The Sixth Age, also known as The Divine Age, is the age following the Fifth Age. It commenced with the death of Guthix at the hands of the Zarosian Mahjarrat Sliske. With his death, the Edicts of Guthix put in place at the end of the God Wars are no longer in effect, allowing for the return of gods to Gielinor and for their respective plans to be put in motion. Saradomin was the first of these gods to return.
With the beginning of the new age, a new Guardian of Guthix was chosen to shape the world as they see fit, either by fulfilling Guthix's final wish of a world without gods, siding with a god of their choice, or striving for godhood themselves.
Having barely begun, there are few events written in the Sixth Age. Despite that, there is a terrible sense of uncertainty within the world. While Saradomin's arrival is considered a blessing to the humans, the death of Guthix and the release of the godhood-adjacent dragonkin and their rampage throughout Gielinor will prove to be a daunting task for organisations such as the Crux Eqal, who are forced to deal with threats more dangerous even than Lucien.
In addition, many of the Signature Heroes lost their lives in the Sixth Age. Owen was corrupted during the assault on the Black Knights Fortress, Xenia meets her end trying to forestall the Elder Gods return and Linza is turned into a Wight by Sliske.
Tribute to GuthixEdit
Shortly following Guthix' death, Kaqemeex spread news to the Taverley Order of Druids. Thus the Tribute to Guthix began, as a way to honour, but not worship the late god. The Anima Mundi paid its respects by crying as well, as was seen in strange glowing trees that appeared throughout Runescape. Eventually the Gielinorians succeeded in creating a tribute stone, a combined prayer altar and small obelisk, by combining more than 100,000 pieces of rune and pure essence to honour Guthix's passing. Some druids agreed to remain with the ancient order and teach Guthix's ways while not worshipping him, in line with his last wish. Others left the order, unable to continue with it after what happened. One of these, Biehn, founded the order of The Godless with the adventuress Kara-Meir, to help defend the world against the gods.
Following the death of Guthix, a group of powerful creatures known as the Order of Ascension who were created by the Guardian of Guthix Ocellus, began kidnapping nearby villagers in attempt to create a new Guthix to worship. Ocellus now guards the door to the Order's dungeon and stops them from escaping, while looking for help from adventurers.
Sardomin vs ZamorakEdit
Meanwhile, the death of Guthix had caused some of his power to be spread around the world, including one such fragment which may have, according to speculation from an expert, created the portal near Lumbridge. Shortly after, Zamorak returned to Gielinor through the portal, immediately causing a wave of chaos which threatened to destroy the nearby town. He was confronted by Saradomin, his long-time adversary and rival, and the two gods made battle to the west of Lumbridge, flattening the entire surrounding forest and destroying part of the castle in the resulting crater. This disturbance also resulted in the relocation of several nearby sites, including the H.A.M. Hideout and a certain Tree patch. The two gods, locked in a stalemate, called armies of supporters to the fight. The resulting battle raged for more than ten weeks, with countless soldiers and beasts of war fighting over divine tears, remnants of Guthix's power. During the battle, Saradomin had sent a clone of himself to task Sir Owen, with the help of the World Guardian, to retrieve the Wand of Resurrection that was in the hands of the Black Knights. At the battle's conclusion, Saradomin, having amassed more tears than Zamorak by a narrow margin, was finally able to overpower his foe. Though Zamorak's lieutenant Moia saved him from a killing blow, the defeat nonetheless resulted in a significant loss of power for Zamorak.
Guthix's leftover power from when he died begun spreading around Gielinor. This caused small craters appearing in various locations, leaking energy known as wisps. Humans quickly discovered this, and began collecting this energy for themselves, for their own uses.
End of the Red AxeEdit
During the conclusion of Zamorak's defeat, the war between the dwarves of Keldagrim and the Red Axe came into an end, with the death of Colonel Grimsson and Hreidmar resulting in the production of Red Axe dwarves to stop, with remaining red axe warrior being located and attacked. This also decides the fate of the rule over Keldagrim, Veldaban and other beings that took part of the Red Axe event.
Sliske's grand ascensionEdit
During this time Sliske had caused some small events to get the gods' attention by murdering the warriors of the gods. After this he sent the gods an invitation to his "grand ascension", even allowing the World Guardian to join in starting the announcement. The Mahjarrat revealed that he had kidnapped death, and caused these event to propose a game, a contest for the Stone of Jas. The winner would be determined by who kills the most gods. The game would end when Gielinor's moon Zanaris eclipse over the sun, and the winner will be announced then.
Armadyl vs BandosEdit
After Sliske's announcement and with the depletion of the rift in Lumbridge at the climax of the battle between Saradomin and Zamorak, the gods were forced to find other sources of divine energy. Both Armadyl and Bandos turned to the newly discovered skill of Divination, and sent caravans of their followers to travel the world and bring the energy back to towers which had been erected by the gods.
To do this, they established sites in key places around Asgarnia and Misthalin, and gathered followers to claim and defend these sites in addition to the caravans. The Godless took a more direct action during the second major battle of the Sixth Age. Members of the Godless would ambush caravans belonging to the two factions in order to prevent one side or the other from gaining a stronghold on the region. At times, they would offer a temporary truce to the combatants. The Battle ended during the beginning of the second year with Armadyl victory, Bandos was defeated, and killed.
Return of ZarosEdit
Zaros had made contact with his loyal followers to prepare for his return, needing the help of the World Guardian. Sliske had done something to prevent most Mahjarrat from entering the shadow realm. Zaros had return with a new body, and only alerted some of his loyal followers, including his emissary. This was also the time when the World Gate was reopened to the public. Zaros also excommunicated Sliske, forbidding him for having any business with the Zarosians. This event also reveals the motive of the Elder Gods and Zaros' plans to deal with them.
Party of the godsEdit
Not long after Zaros returned to Gielinor, the goddess of the monkeys Marimbo returned. As soon as she returned, she faced up against the god of cabbages, Brassica Prime, at Saradomin's old camp next to the Lumbridge Crater. The Emissary of the Godless, Holstein, arrived to disrupt Marimbo and Brassica Prime's contest. Unlike other god battles, the two gods didn't want to fight. They decided to have a non-fatal competition with each other. Brassica was the victor of this competition, with Marimbo landing in second, and the Godless in third, almost beating the goddess score.
During this event Ashdale had been attacked by creatures known as Crassian, who were kidnapping the citizen of the island. Thanks to the World Guardian, they managed to save the people of Ashdale by defeating a larger Crassian known as Agoroth.
After Bandos' death, his followers had gathered together and murdered some of the human bandosians, believing it was partly their fault for his death. Soon after, they decide to take their revenge on residents of Dorgesh-Kaan, believing because of their deed off rebelling against their god during his attempt to return. Scouts of Dorgesh-Kaan had blocked off the where the bandosian army were at to avoid them from getting to the city. Thanks to the World Guardian and Zanik, the bandosians were distracted from their original task and held a tournament to decide who should lead the faction. This event lead to the fate of the bandosians and Zanik herself.
Revival of PrifddinasEdit
With the help of the World Guardian, the elven city of Prifddinas was regrown from the Great Library by the once-lost elven elders, and the Dark Lord, a cast-off aspect of Seren fascinated with death, was destroyed. King Lathas was also killed during these events, either by the World Guardian, or by the Dark Lord, and Lord Iorwerth was also killed by the Dark Lord during the battle. The rule over the kingdom of Kandarin was given to King Thoros during this event.
As Tuska hurdled through space to consume Gielinor, Astromancer Wizard Chambers sent adventurers to Tuska's back to stop her. Aligning with Saradominist, Zamorakian, Armadylian, and the Godless factions, adventurers charged an Anima Mundi spear then buried them into Tuska's skull. Following Godless victory against Tuska, with Vorago dealing the final blow, having Tuska land south of the Wizards' Tower. The portal on Tuska's back granted access to Mazcab within a week later, which is being guarded by the Godless, and a Scopulus.
The return and death of VEdit
During the final days of Tuska, the Fremennik and the Moon Clan had both temporarily worked together with the World Guardian to prepare a celebration for V, their hero. On his return, after announcing his goal, of reuniting the tribes and protecting his people, plus Gielinor. Of course V was located and killed by the Dragonkin. After being partly avenged by the World Guardian. V's followers agreed to uphold his goal on reuniting the tribes. An emissary remains at V's resting place recruiting those who over heard of his death, this includes goblins, who were amazed by V's stories with most comparing his death to Bandos.
Invasion of FaladorEdit
The Zamorakian Black Knights stage an invasion of Saradominist Falador under White Knights control, in search for the lost sword of King Raddallin and the Banner of Raddallin. After several weeks, the Black Knights had retreated after failing in locating the two artifacts. This resulted in the White Knights victory.
Being displeased on the result of his contest not getting enough activity, Sliske had planted his very own "sword of edict" in the middle of the Grand Exchange, hosting as a scoreboard on his contest showing each factions score. Of course during this time Nomad had been trying to siphon all of Gielinor's soul in order to create his very own god, one that is under his control. This plan was foiled by the World Guardian, Death, Icthlarin and other allies from the past, with the death of Nomad's god being credited in the scoreboard. This event also determined the fate of Zanik once again, with her returning to protect the Soul obelisk or remaining dead.
The Heart of GielinorEdit
Deep within the Kharidian desert resides the Heart of Gielinor, a location that has a powerful pool of anima whose controller would gain unimaginable ability and power. There headed the four faction of Sliske, Zaros, Seren Zamorak. Each faction wanting to claim the Heart for their respective god and personal goal, as well as the grudge most of them hold against each other. The battle continues to this day awakening Telos, a anima mundi creature that guards the Heart of Gielinor. This was predicted by Soothsayer Sybil who informs the World Guardian that they are the only one powerful and skilled enough to put it back to sleep. the Soothsayer hopes that Telos awakening is only to protect the pool, and not to cause destruction towards Gielinor.
Invasion of Port SarimEdit
After his plans on kidnapping people and selling them as slaves was foiled by the World Guardian, Jed also known as the Iron Link who hires pirates from the Skull region of the Wushanko Isles to invade Port Sarim in order to get more slaves, replacing the ones he lost and to gain more. Port Sarim fought back against the invading pirate, but in the end Jed has succeeded in capturing more slaves, fleeing towards The Arc.
Dig site discovery and a new arrivalEdit
At the dig site, a woman named Celia Diggory, with other workers, had discovered the ancient throne room of Zaros. The dig site had hired workers to help clear some crystal, and other objects for the Varrock museum. The dig site is still asking help from adventurers, who collects ancient scrolls for the museum as well. During this event, the annual fire festival was coming into an conclusion, only for a giant nihil to emerge from the flame, asking for help from the adventurers. Its goal is to collect enough burning embers for the Queen of Ashes for her plan, once she arrives on Gielinor.
The moon Zanaris had finally covered the sun from Gielinor. There each gods arrived to their fortress or camp site. Armadyl at his divine focus tower alone, Saradomin at the White Knights castle gathering his forces with his commanders, Zilyana who was looking at the horizon and Padomenes who began training the forces of Saradomin. Zamorak had arrived at the Kinshra's fortress presenting himself to his followers and aligned warriors there. The gods were all invited to meet up at the heart of Gielinor, to finally compete for the stone of Jas. Vorago, Death, Icthlarin, Brassica, the adventurer and Marimbo also attended the game, with Marimbo and Brassica both leaving the contest due to little interest towards the Stone. The Dragonkins were also part of the contest. Ending with the stone of Jas being destroyed and Sliske's death.
Sixth Age questsEdit
There are a number of quests set during the Sixth Age. These include:
- Bringing Home the Bacon
- The Death of Chivalry
- Birthright of the Dwarves
- Missing, Presumed Death
- One of a Kind
- Fate of the Gods
- A Shadow over Ashdale
- The Mighty Fall
- Plague's End
- Broken Home
- Heart of Stone
- Dishonour among Thieves
- Dimension of Disaster
- Hero's Welcome
- The Light Within
- Call of the Ancestors
- Beneath Cursed Tides
- Nomad's Elegy
- Kindred Spirits
- Gower Quest
- Children of Mah
- Sliske's Endgame