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 With his death, the Edicts of Guthix put in place at the end of the God Wars are no longer in effect, allowing for the return of gods to Gielinor and for their respective plans to be put in motion.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.
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.
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, on Fentuary 22nd, 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. 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.
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 with Armadyl victory, Bandos was defeated, and killed.
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.
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 killed by the Dark Lord during the battle.
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, the portal on Tuska's back granted access to Mazcab within a week later. Tuska's corpse can be accessed by swimming from Desert Bandit Camp or from Bedabin Camp.
Sixth Age questsEdit
There are a number of quests set during the Sixth Age. These include:
- Bringing Home the Bacon
- Birthright of the Dwarves
- The Death of Chivalry
- 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
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