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Seren
Seren
Also known as Queen of Harmony
Gender Female
Godhood tier 2[1]
Alignment Peace and growth
Symbol Seren symbol
Colours Cyan
Adjective Serenist[2]
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Seren (pronounced SEH-ren) is the crystalline goddess of the elves,[3] and the divine aspect of light energy and is also said to be the divine aspect of Gielinor's Anima Mundi by the Gnomes, although all transcendant gods have a degree of power over it.[4] Seren, along with Zaros, were created by the Elder Goddess Mah. She had a close relationship with the god of balance, Guthix, who brought her to Gielinor from Tarddiad during the First Age through the World Gate, along with the elves. They settled in Tirannwn and built the great city of Prifddinas from elf crystal.

Seren, as well as Tuska and Marimbo, are the only known goddesses not part of the Menaphite Pantheon, if not counting the Elder Gods as female.

BeliefsEdit

Part of Seren's vision of peace is that she is a pacifist, shying violence as much as she can.[5] She and Armadyl both share similar views in the fact that they both believe in pacifism, although Seren does not wish to be included in another God War and believes her followers should live as they chose, in a sanctuary away from the other gods. Her views are considered to be similar to those of Guthix: he stated that he too was a pacifist and believed that mortals should not be interfered by the gods. Her views are expressed in the Cerddi, which includes the wish to survive "the hostile world" with the elven clans united.

Relationship with GuthixEdit

Guthix (The World Wakes)
Guthix, with whom Seren grew close.

Seren's relationship with Guthix was an extremely close one, as Guthix himself stated "we grew close, and I had no intention of abandoning her" in his memories. Guthix brought Seren and her followers, the Elves, to Gielinor, and had views like her own. After his departure Seren remained on Gielinor with her elves, which she was told not to do by Guthix. When Seren exploded, Guthix thought she had left for good and wept for her. As the divine aspect of the Anima Mundi, Seren is believed to have mourned for Guthix after his death, as "crying trees" formed across Gielinor, which mourned his loss.

Relationship with ZarosEdit

Zaros (robeless)
Zaros, Seren's companion.

According to Zaros, Seren and himself were created by Mah. They were created as companions for one another, sharing a strong interest in each other when in close proximity. It is clear, however, that Zaros is concealing when referring to Seren, and refuses to say much about her. Nevertheless, he is somewhat protective of her, and is pleased with adventurers that serve her, hoping that they will protect her in exchange for her guidance.[6] It must also be noted that Zaros sent a reconnaissance party to Seren during the Second Age and stole the World Gate from her.[7]

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Seren altar
A shrine to Seren on Freneskae.
Elf god seren
Seren depicted as a tall crystalline structure.

Seren was created on Freneskae by the Elder God Mah, alongside Zaros. Zaros represented Dark energy while Seren represented Light energy. They were tied to each other in ways neither could control. It was a mutual "attraction" of sorts that weakened Zaros' concentration and Seren's will in order to bring them together. Mah, with the temperament of a child, saw them as her playthings in a sense.

However, Zaros resented this. He longed to escape and create his own destiny; to create his own fate. Seren, on the other hand, felt it was their duty to remain with Mah. She felt that Mah needed them and only created them out of the fear of being alone. Zaros eventually fled while Mah was sleeping, but Seren chose to stay, arguing that Mah gave them life and they were indebted to the Elder Goddess for that reason.

Mah was upset that Zaros had left, and sometimes had lucid nightmares in which she called out for Zaros. When Mah awakened after these nightmares, Seren would try to comfort her, to not much avail. Mah began to sleep more often, and her dreams of Zaros and Seren began to manifest, creating the Mahjarrat race. Seren manipulated the Mahjarrat into sacrificing their own people to Mah, so that she could replenish the energy she lost upon manifesting them.

It then reached a point where she would have violent nightmares where very powerful and grotesque Muspah would now manifest and prevent the inhabitants of Freneskae from going on pilgrimiges to Mah's volcano. Seren revealed in her third Memoriam crystal: "Mah is comatose now, and there is nothing more I can do for her. [...] Even when she does lapse back into semi-consciousness, all she does is wail and scream and hurt herself."

Seren decided to depart, but before departing, she visited the Mahjarrat while posing as Mah again, and taught them the ritual of Enervation, which would give birth to a new Mahjarrat. This was necessary to calm Mah down when she had a very violent nightmare that could damage Freneskae.

At some point prior to Gielinor's First Age, she visited the homeworld of the elves and was mesmerised by the way they lived in perfect harmony with each other and the world. The elves loved her, and she became their patron goddess. She lived with them on their homeworld, one of crystal.[8] She brought large amounts of crystal with her from her own world and taught the elves how to chant it.[9] Like herself, crystal is sentient and is able to align itself to its user, although Seren has always been the only crystalline being the elves could communicate with.[10] The elves fashioned many kinds of crystal equipment and their civilisation prospered.[11] Of the eight elven clans or families their society was divided into, the Ithell Clan were the most skilled crystal chanters.[12]

Arrival to GielinorEdit

After his ascension to godhood at the end of the Naragi God Wars, the naragi god of balance Guthix travelled the multiverse in sorrow. He visited many realms and planets, including the elven plane and Gielinor, the Elder Gods' perfect creation, and shaped it using various Elder Artefacts he found. He befriended Seren and invited her and her elves to come with him to Gielinor, which he found so beautiful that it deserved to be inhabited by peaceful mortals, without gods.[13] Although some elves were reluctant to abandon their home, she was keen to follow him.[14] After travelling to Gielinor through the World Gate, the elves were astounded by the planet's lush flora and fauna, which contrasted with their own crystal plane, and all reluctancy to stay there disappeared.[15] Seren became closely affiliated with the world's Anima Mundi and her elves lived in harmony in the forest of Isafdar, in Tirannwn, separated from the lands to the east by the Galarpos Mountains. After bringing the elves to Gielinor,[16] Guthix used the World Gate (at that point called the Portal of Life) to bring in humans, dwarves and gnomes, among other races.

Main gate
The splendid main gate to the city of Prifddinas.

In a clearing north of Isafdar, Seren gave a shard of herself unto each elven clan and created the legendary Tower of Voices from crystal to serve as a means of communication while she would be with Guthix. The tower, connected to eight smaller towers, each owned by one clan, is even said to contain her heart.[17] Here, the elves constructed Gielinor's first city and the oldest settlement still in existence today: Prifddinas. The necessary amount of crystal was provided by their homeworld, which remained accessible through the World Gate.

Together, Guthix and Seren helped the mortal races prosper. The two grew close to each other, seeing the care they brought to the world. But while the latter always returned to her elves, whom she is said to love more than anyone, her companion began to grow uncontent with the mortals' worshipping him. Guthix then revealed his true feelings: Gielinor should belong to mortals and he attempted to convince Seren to leave the planet with him.[18] As Guthix gradually began to make less appearances until he finally retreated into the earth to sleep, hoping for the world to forget him and live in peace without gods, however, she stayed behind and hid, remaining with her followers as Guthix slept, unable to part from them.[19][20] At this point, Seren's only followers, aside from animals such as falcons and dire wolves, were the elves, who continued to worship Seren for millennia.[21]

Clash with other godsEdit

Zaros arrives
Zaros arrives to Gielinor and begins his invasion.

In the Second Age, other gods began to arrive to Gielinor. Most notable was Zaros, who established a massive and ever growing empire known as Forinthry using vast armies of wicked creatures. Most other gods' views were also opposite to the harmonious and pacifistic ideals of Guthix and Seren, for example Saradomin, who claimed Gielinor as his own,[22] or Bandos, who, as god of war, desired to turn it into his personal playground of eternal warfare. As hostile forces, especially the Zarosians, advanced to the west, nearing the Galarpos, the elves even lost the World Gate to an 'emptiness', as Zaros had taken the World Gate to find new worlds. This had cut Seren and the elves off from their homeworld and their supply of crystal.[23]

Elvenscapeisafdar
Most elves remained safe with Seren in Tirannwn.

The state of affairs in the Second Age led to a schism in elven society. Some clans wished to remain secluded in Tirannwn while others desired to take the fight to the enemy, despite Seren's attempts to keep everybody united and safe. This split led to the deaths of many, while Seren could not do anything to stop it, having promised Guthix to stay away from battle.[24] The elves that stayed with their goddess were protected by her, mourning the deaths of their fallen kinsmen. This isolation of the elves led to the knowledge of them being scarce until they were nearly forgotten by the other beings of the world.[25]

Nevertheless, Zaros expressed significant interest in Seren and sent at least one scouting mission, consisting of his closest generals such as Zamorak and Char, to the west.[7] This particular one was ambushed and defeated by elven troops. Why Zaros showed such curiosity towards' Seren's could have been due to the fact that Zaros has hardly seen Seren for a very long time.

During the God WarsEdit

The Second Age made way for the Third when Zamorak, who had rebelled against and defeated Zaros, returned from the Infernal dimension and declared war on Saradomin over the Stone of Jas. Soon enough, nearly the entire world suffered under an all-out war of the gods. The elves were initially unaware of this, but soon the hostile forces began to approach Tirannwn. However, the Cadarn Clan, the most military clan led by the legendary King Baxtorian Cadarn, was able to hold each invasion off at the Underground Pass through the Galarpos.[26] Again, however, some elves, such as the famous commander Valis, chose to leave the safety of Seren and to fight. Towards the end of the God Wars, Seren closed the Grand Library of Prifddinas with nine seals, most likely to protect the knowledge within.

After some four thousand years of battle, Zamorak reobtained the Stone of Jas and used it to utterly destroy what was left of Forinthry in a last-ditch-effort to save himself from being defeated. The impact of the blast was immense; hundreds if not thousands square kilometers of once fertile land were turned into a barren wilderness; lifeforms caught in the blast were killed, which caused the near-extinction of the aviantese. The devastation was so great that the Anima Mundi itself cried out in pain, waking Guthix after six thousand years of slumber.[27] Upon seeing the destruction brought upon his world, Guthix was filled with anger and sorrow. More powerful than any of the other gods, he cast them out of Gielinor and created a magical barrier, known as the Edicts of Guthix, preventing any powerful god from entering Gielinor, after which he hid the Stone of Jas underground, under protection. Some Guthixians believe that part of the Edicts state that Guthix will destroy then reshape the world if another war breaks out.[28] After banishing the gods during a series of battles between Guthixians and other forces, which also saw the deaths of many elves who refused to retreat as well as other Serenists such as the dire wolf Riled Coyote and the grenwall Dinsdale, Guthix visited Seren and, saddened that she had broken her promise, Guthix ordered her to leave as well.[29]

Seren could not leave her elves but did not want to go against her friend either. As such, she sorrowfully shattered herself, exploding in many bits of crystal. Guthix now heartbroken as well returned to sleep afterwards, crying at the atrocities he had seen.[30]

Elven Civil WarEdit

Seren concept art
Concept art of Seren.

The Fourth Age saw the elves without their goddess's guidance for the first time. They mourned her, but at the same time charished the thought that she was still in their hearts, as well as in the crystal they used. The Cadarn Clan attempted to keep elven society together more than anyone else.[31] Without Seren to protect them, the Cadarn Clan also broke free of their isolation. An event known as The Break Out took place; after constructing the Arandar pass over the Galarpos, King Baxtorian led the elven settlers to the east.[32] In the east, the elves formed treaties with the humans and gnomes (but were unable to do so with the ogres due to the Feldip Hills Civil War) and established a large kingdom, with the Cadarn Clan as the primary inhabitants.[33] Soon enough, other clans followed as well and the kingdom prospered.

However, the absence of Seren had led to a schism in society back in Tirannwn. The Iorwerth Clan abandoned Seren and turned to a Dark Lord, who was not on Gielinor. With their strongest opponents, the Cadarn Clan, away, Lord Iorwerth seized the opportunity to conquer Prifddinas and the Tower of Voices, denying access to other clans. Thus began the Elven Civil War, which led to the deaths of many elves. In 1930, nearly two millennia later, The Great Divide occurred as the eastern settlers lost all contact with the west and Arandar became impassable.[34] Five scouts were sent to Tirannwn through the Underground Pass, of whom only one, Adwr, returned. She informed the Cadarn of the civil war and King Baxorian launched a campaign to liberate Tirannwn from Iorwerth's tyranny. The Baxtorian Campaign failed, however, as the Iorwerth Clan crushed the Cadarn forces at the Battle of Prifddinas. The defeated king returned to the east five years later to find his kingdom in ruins and his wife Glarial taken by the enemy. His sorrow was so great that he sealed himself beneath a waterfall, thus eliminating Iorwerth's greatest opponent. The remaining elves travelled west again and attempted to restore peace as rebels, but these were hunted down by the Iorwerth, who continued their attempts to return the Dark Lord due to Seren's absence. Eventually, the Elven Council of Elders decided to completely revert Prifddinas to a crystal seed to protect it.

Over two centuries later, in 169 of the Fifth Age, Guthix was murdered by a Zarosian Mahjarrat, shattering his edicts. The elves soon learnt of this; some hope to bring Seren back by either collecting every crystal to reform her, or by recreating the city for her. They also believe that if they can find the World Gate, they would be able to travel back to their homeworld and recreate her there. Still others wish to leave her at rest, honouring her final act.

FollowersEdit

Chapel of Seren
The only Serenist Altar found in Gielinor

TriviaEdit

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Map of crystal tree locations, forming the symbol of Seren.
  • There is one known altar to Seren found in the elven outpost of Lletya.
  • When the RuneScape-based game Armies of Gielinor was released on Jagex's Funorb website on 16 January 2009, the front page had stacked pillars depicting the followers and the symbols of the six gods whose followers players can control. Of those, only Menaphites (Followers of Tumeken) and Seren were previously unknown.
  • Seren is the Welsh word for "star." This is the accepted meaning of her name, as nearly all other elven names are also in Welsh. Her name can also be derived from the word "serenity", a synonym for peace, which is Seren's alignment.
  • The locations where crystal trees can appear form a diamond similar to the symbol of Seren when connected. However, one corner of this is missing, and its presumed location is in the centre of Prifddinas.
  • The sign of life resembles the symbol of Seren.
  • The facial structure on Seren's concept art heavily resembles the facial structure of the Elder God concept art. Additionally, her body shape, crystalline structures, and facial structure also strongly resemble the concept art of Zaros' incorporeal form. It would make sense though, since Zaros and Seren were created at the same time, as companions.
  • In the quest, Fate of the Gods, there is an altar devoted to Seren, with Memoriam Crystals inside of it. Players must tag the lit up pillars, up to a total of 80 times to obtain all crystals.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Phoenix. "Q&A: The Death of Chivalry". 15 August 2013. Community Home Forums.
  2. ^ Mod Crow. Reddit Post by Mod Crow. 21:20, December 28, 2013 (UTC).*
  3. ^ Jagex. "Odd Gods", Question Who is your favourite deity in RuneScape?. 26 July 2010. RuneScape Polls.
  4. ^ Hazelmere, The Path of Glouphrie, RuneScape. "Elven magic revolves the power of Seren. Seren is the divine aspect of the anima mundi that the elves revere. They use their voices to charm those things connected to the anima. They call it chanting."
  5. ^ Mod Crow. "Campfire - Answers". 27 June 2013. General Forums. "Seren is a pacifist because she believes that peace can only be achieved by segregating and living behind walls."
  6. ^ Zaros, Fate of the Gods, RuneScape. "I am pleased that you would seek her guidance and protection, and in turn protect her. However, that is all I am willing to say about Seren."
  7. ^ a b Char, "Book of Char", RuneScape. "He was curious of the activity of the ‘goddess’ Seren, hidden away in her crystalline city, and wished to send a party of the most trusted followers to scout the area, or so he claimed. When he told me, something seemed wrong, Zaros was troubled, I could feel it."
  8. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "The Song of Creation tells of how Seren first came to our home plane. She was the living embodiment of our crystal world - beauty and grace, tranquillity and harmony."
  9. ^ Crystal Singing for Beginners, author unknown, RuneScape. "You may not know that all crystal seeds come from the same place; the ancestral home of Seren."
  10. ^ Crystal Singing for Beginners, author unknown, RuneScape. "Reading the 'Cerddi' tells us that crystal seed is sentient, although no one has ever been able converse with any crystal consciousness other than that of Seren. One of the ways we can see this consciousness in action is in the way that crystal equipment, when first used, becomes aligned to that person."
  11. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "She taught us many things: how to shape the crystal with our voices; how to live at one with the world around us; to take only what we needed and to give back all that we could."
  12. ^ Crystal Singing for Beginners, author unknown, RuneScape. "As far as we can tell there have always been those with the ability to chant crystal, these tend to be from the Ithell family, but it has been known for these 'Crystal Chanters' to be born to other families."
  13. ^ Guthix, his memories, RuneScape. "So much beauty...a world completely unspoiled. Of all the worlds I had travelled to, this one felt a masterwork of creation. [...] This world was not solely for me. This was a world to be shared with races most deserving..."
  14. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "The dawning of our race was a timeless period, so rapt were we with our home and our goddess, but all changed when the green god - Guthix - visited our world. He invited us to join him on a journey to a perfect world. History tells that my people scarce believed his claims, but Seren was eager to explore the universe before her, and was as enamoured with him as she was with us."
  15. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "Any apprehensions my ancestors may have had were instantly forgotten when they saw Gielinor for the first time, for Guthix had spoken truly. Where our world shone with the light of a million stars, this one's beauty was found in its lush flora and teeming life."
  16. ^ Haluned, Meeting History, RuneScape. "These must be the humans Guthix spoke of. We are not alone in these lands; I must report."
  17. ^ Jagex. RuneFest 2013 future updates session: Ideas for the Future Mod Osborne. RuneFest 3 recording, 2 November 2013.
  18. ^ Guthix, his memories, RuneScape. "We'd grown close, and I had no intention of abandoning her. I wanted to persuade her to likewise leave Gielinor – if the world was to be for mortals, then neither of us should remain. Her eyes glistened with crystal and with tears, but I believed she would leave her people to rest with me..."
  19. ^ Guthix, his memories, RuneScape. "I considered telling my people - the people - what I was doing, but I decided against it. A promise to someday return would only fuel the worship they have begun to show me. No, It would be better just to fade away. My appearances have grown fewer and fewer. My final disappearance would have no fanfare. They could not sustain my cult forever if I withdrew all evidence of my existence. I would sleep in my hidden dwelling until they forgot me. They would be happier then. Happy and free. Seren promised that she would follow me, after leaving her people in..."
  20. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "So when Guthix set out to remove the influence of gods from the mortal races and bid Seren join him, her heart was torn. But her love for us was strong, and she chose to stay, promising the green god that she would join him in fullness of time."
  21. ^ Jagex. Postbag 5 - "Chaotic chat, family trouble and secrets revealed!", letter #1, by Elf. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  22. ^ Jagex. "God Letter 21 - Saradomin Illuminates, letter 14." RuneScape God Letters. "Although technically I did not create the world, it is my creation nonetheless."
  23. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "Whatever my goddess's intentions, they were set aside when a great emptiness fell upon this world. It spread like a blight across the land - led by one who cared not to live in harmony with the world as we did, but sought to control all and bend it to its will. We even lost the World Gate to its insatiable hunger, and could travel no more to our crystal world of old."
  24. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "But Seren herself had promised the green god to not involve herself with the wider world; instead to stay within the great forest that was our home. Some of the elf clans were not content to sit at home while their friends and families were dying in the east. Though we all loved the forest and our crystal goddess, our society was split."
  25. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "Those of us who remained within the forest were protected by Seren's light, and the darkness did not touch us. We mourned those who had left to fight, but eventually we lost track of time and the world outside, much as we had back on our home plane. We had our forest and our goddess - what more did we need? In turn, we were all but forgotten by the world."
  26. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "The war threatened to encroach on our domain, but it could not. Our great king - Baxtorian - held it at the pass: the secret way our people used to travel to the east. Our lady was as strong as she was pure, and her will kept us hidden and secure."
  27. ^ Jagex. Motion comic: Origins of Gielinor. 28 February 2013.*
  28. ^ King Roald Remanis III, Darkness of Hallowvale, RuneScape. "When all three sides are joined in war, according to the edicts, Guthix will ‘reawaken and remake the world without mercy for the pain of beast or man.’"
  29. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "At the last, once the influences of all other gods have been removed, he visited our lady in the forest. Though she had chosen to stay with us and to not involve us in this great and terrible war, Guthix was now so resolved in his desire to remove godly influence from the world that he gave her no choice but to leave."
  30. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "Even still, with sadness and shame in her heart, she would not abandon us completely. She instead chose to wane, exploding in a shower of light and crystal, scattering herself throughout the forest. The green god wept - believing her to be gone - and then he left."
  31. ^ The Book of Seren, author unknown, RuneScape. "Baxtorian and his queen - the lady Glarial - held us strong through our grief, and did much to rebuild our society."
  32. ^ Exploration of the Eastern Realm, author unknown, RuneScape. "After centuries of isolated development, after the god wars, it was decided that the Elven domain needed to expand. With their backs to the sea, there was only one way to go; East. After many years of hard work, a pass over the mountains was created."
  33. ^ Settlement of the East, author unknown, RuneScape. "It was decided that as the Ogre nation to the south was unstable, that the Cadarn clan should be the first to settle the newly acquired land, as they were one of the few clans able to defend themselves. It was not long before the first Elven town in the eastern realm had grown, populated by the Cadarn clans settlers."
  34. ^ The Great Divide, author unknown, RuneScape. "For almost two millennia we lived in the eastern realm, then in the year 1930 we lost all contact with our people on the other side of Arandar. We found that the route over the mountains was impassable and our incantations were unable to penetrate a wall of static that now surrounded our homeland."


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