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Sliske
Sliske TWW
Release date 4 March 2013 (Update)
Race Mahjarrat
Members NPC? Yes
Quest NPC? The World Wakes
Location Guthix temple
Sells items? No
Gender Male
Examine A mysterious and devious Zarosian Mahjarrat.
Notable features Slayer of Guthix
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Sliske (pronounced slis-KAY[1]) is a Mahjarrat loyal to Zaros and the brother of Wahisietel. Azzanadra describes him as "Sliske the serpent-tongued, who delves the shadows".[2] and Zemouregal calls him: "One of the more powerful of our number. Sliske has particularly strong shapeshifting capabilities and powers over shadows. I would love to catch this guy, but he's a slippery fellow." His name is similar to the Polish word "śliskie" meaning "slippery".[3] Sliske is one of the more mysterious and powerful Mahjarrat, being unfindable unless he desires to seek you himself. He also collects strong warriors and adds them to his collection as his undead wights, which he uses in battle.

Although a devout Zarosian, Sliske is very unlike his fellow Mahjarrat. In line with his titles, Sliske is extremely cunning, an excellent liar and able to betray allies at a whim. He often works towards his own goals while making his allies believe what they want to believe. This is most evident when he turns against an allied adventurer at the 18th Rejuvenation Ritual, and even more when he pretends to agree with Wahisietel and Azzanadra to wake and bargain with Guthix to return Zaros, when in reality he had somehow obtained the Staff of Armadyl, planning to slay the god.

Guthix achieved its godhood by slaying the ancient god Skargaroth with one of the Elder Weapons, transferring Skargaroth's power to Guthix in a similar way as how Zamorak became a god, knowing that it is more than a possibility that Sliske became extremely powerful after killing Guthix. Azzanadra also speaks of this if you talk to him about Guthix's death. However, he strongly believes Sliske wouldn't want to become a god, for it would have far too much responsabilities and his faith lies in Zaros. This does not mean he hasn't received any godly powers from Guthix after his slaying, and for having the Staff of Armadyl, an Elder Weapon, it makes it even more likely.

Abilities

Sliske teleport
Sliske - Lord of the Shadows

Not much is known of Sliske's powers. He is known for "delving the shadows," possibly due to his "powers over shadows," as Zemouregal mentioned in his notes. Sliske's "power over shadows" is noted to be very useful by Azzanadra, who states that "Not many of our kind are able to reach into the Shadow Realm, but of those who can, Sliske’s mastery is unmatched." [4]. Azzanadra has also said of Sliske, "An ally he may be, but I did not become master of my Lord's legions without being sure of the powers wielded by those close to me. Sliske is one whose actions can be seen each and every day in the smallest of this world's details[5]."

Suggested by the fellow Mahjarrat's comments, it is possible that Sliske is intelligent and very cunning, as he was known to Azzanadra as "Sliske the serpent-tongued" and a "slippery fellow" to Zemouregal. His "Serpent-tongue" seems to be similar to the abilities of the Ring of Charos. Azzanadra states that "too many would assume this to be just his manner of speaking – he is far from being a snake. Rather, his words carry weight in the mind, and have a way of bending the weak to his will" [6]. Azzanadra has also stated that "power is fleeting, and Sliske always gets what he wants out of deals; I’d advise, should you ever meet him, not to make deals with him.". This is further evidenced by his backstabbing of the player in The Ritual of the Mahjarrat, where he attempts to turn you into a Barrows wight.

He is thought to have great control over the undead, as he is thought to be the stranger in The Fall of Six who granted the Barrows brothers their abilities and to have reanimated their spirits[7]; the stranger in the tale is described as "delving into the shadows at its (the camp's) edge".[8] Azzanadra states that "Sliske himself did not kill his Barrows toys, but it was the power he granted them that sealed their fate." It seems Sliske only controls specific warriors of whom he thinks are worthy of becoming his slaves, unlike Zemouregal, who takes any zombie as his servant, and trains them later.

Sliske Heads to the Ritual
Sliske leaves the Barrows for the Ritual of Rejuvenation.

History of Sliske

Arrival to Gielinor

Sliske, like the rest of his kin, was brought to Gielinor from Freneskae, the realm of perpetual warfare, by the Menaphite god of the dead, Icthlarin. The Mahjarrat served him and protected the desert, until switching allegiance to Zaros, who offered them more combat and freedom. Sliske was amongst those Mahjarrat who grew happy with Zaros's reign, although he always retained a certain trait of unpredictability. As Sliske's own combat abilities are yet to be seen, it is likely that he animated the corpses of fallen enemies to serve as his wights, as he does today.

Not a lot is known about Sliske's actions during the fall of Zaros, when Zaros's general Zamorak started a rebellion which ended with Zaros vanished and Zamorak becoming a god himself. Zamorak briefly cooperated with Saradomin to destroy everything that remained of the Empty Lord's empire before beginning the God Wars against the remaining three gods of any significant power (Saradomin, Armadyl and Bandos).

Release of Nex

Nex
Nex, a Zarosian general.
God Wars Dungeon temple
The temple, today known as the God Wars Dungeon.

As the purge of Zaros' followers reached its conclusion, the last army of Zaros was trying to secure the location of the Mahjarrat ritual stone when they were attacked by Saradominists. Zaros' forces were led by the devastating creature Nex. The Saradominists had no hope of defeating such a strong force, so with great effort they drove Zaros' army back into a cave where they were sent into an enchanted sleep, after which the cave was sealed. Saradomin then erected a temple around it. As even Zaros's most powerful champion, Azzanadra, fell to the forces of Zamorak and Saradomin, and the settlements of Zaros fell one by one, Sliske did what he did best and went into hiding as the God Wars began.

Towards the end of the God Wars, a small flock of Armadyl's Aviantese followers were ambushed by a much larger group of demons that Zamorak had sent. The Aviantese carried the "Godsword", an exceptionally powerful weapon imbued with the power of a deity. Unable to repel the attack, the Aviantese fled into the very same temple, unaware of what it covered. Forces from all sides soon arrived, and the Battle for the Godsword erupted.

Sliske, seeing an opportunity, disguised himself as a follower of Guthix and used his manipulating influence on a group of Saradominists. He told them that Guthix was an almighty god, the only one powerful enough to stop the war (which, some time later, turned out to be true) and that a ritual had to be performed to awake Guthix from his slumber. The priests, amongst whose number was Ashuelot Reis, were converted to Guthixism and performed the ritual. To their horror, the ritual instead unlocked the seal Saradomin had placed and thus opened the Ancient Prison. Nex and her forces were free, and caused huge losses amongst all sides. Sliske slipped away again, his work done.

Unbeknownst to Sliske, all four forces (those of Zamorak, Armadyl, Saradomin and Bandos) united for the only time in history to drive back the Zarosians. Eventually, they succeeded and they sealed the army behind a frozen door. Its key was smashed into four pieces, one to be guarded by each faction. Their common threat defeated, the factions once again broke into fighting. With the constant warfare the temple itself collapsed, burying and freezing the four remaining factions for millennia. Ashuelot saw the error of her ways and became a nature spirit in the icy prison, ready to warn people should they ever breach the frozen door.

Morytania Campaign

Barrows Scenery
The last resting place of the six brothers.

As a reward for helping in the coup of Zaros, Zamorak granted vampyre overlord Lowerniel V. Drakan the right to invade Hallowland and claim it as his own. So he went in with a huge army of vampyres. The defending icyene put up a good fight, but the country eventually fell. When he reached the capital Hallowvale, where humans and Icyene lived in peace, he managed to kidnap King Ascertes, forcing Queen Efaritay to surrender and give up the city. Drakan gave power to an already strong vampyre named Vanstrom Klause to find the last Icyene of Hallowland, Efaritay's son Safalaan and renamed the city Meiyerditch.

A Saradominist campaign was launched at the end of the God Wars, consisting of an army of several thousand mercenaries and warriors, in an attempt to reclaim "Morytania" in the name of Saradomin. They were led by six brothers, each very adept at their branch of combat. Sliske appeared before them disguised once again, and granted them great powers. The campaign advanced, albeit with difficulty. After one last stop, the army advanced and reached the walls of Darkmeyer and Castle Drakan. Sliske then appeared before the six brothers, Ahrim, Dharok, Guthan, Karil, Torag and Verac, and spoke to them. He told them that he had given them power so that they could serve their god, but now, it was time for them to serve his god. The brothers all died and were interred under barrows just outside Darkmeyer. Sliske raised the brothers as his undead minions and tasked them with guarding a precious Zarosian artefact. Drakan had suffered a blow, but due to the brothers' deaths, the campaign failed and the vampyres were victorious. The indifferent but satisfied Slike disappeared yet again.

18th Ritual of Rejuvenation

Sliske first showed himself to players in Ritual of the Mahjarrat. He revealed himself to the player as the individual who had been keeping The Barrows Brothers trapped as vengeful spirits. He appeared at Ghorrock for the Ritual of Rejuvenation just at the time the player, Wahisietel, Sir Tiffy Cashien and a battalion of Temple Knights were about to fight Lucien and his forces, and joined the fight against Lucien, aiding in defeating the powerful Ice Demons that he summons.

Barrows Brothers vs Arrav
Sliske commanding his wights to attack Arrav.
When the Ritual commenced, Sliske went along with Lucien's suggestion that the fellow Zarosian Jhallan should be sacrificed because he is the weakest of their kind. When the decision was about to be made, Wahisietel demanded that Lucien had to be the one sacrificed due to the danger he offers to Gielinor, starting a fight between the Zarosian and the Zamorakian Mahjarrat. During the fight, Sliske summoned the Barrows Brothers once more to fight off Zemouregal's followers, starting with Armoured Zombies and ending with Zemouregal's second in command, Sharathteerk.

After the Ritual was completed and Jhallan was sacrificed, Azzanadra summoned the power of Zaros, almost killing Lucien in the process. Enraged, Lucien touched the Stone of Jas in attempt to use its power to punish the opposing Mahjarrat.  However, the Dragonkin are summoned and they kill Lucien after a short but intense battle. After witnessing Lucien's death, most of the Mahjarrat teleported away, terrified by the Dragonkin but satisfied by the Ritual. Sliske was one of the two Mahjarrat that did not teleport away (the other being Wahisietel). Instead, impressed by the player's power, Sliske remained to attempt to claim the player as a new addition to the Barrows Brothers, but failed as Akrisae saved the player by jumping in front of the spell that Sliske had cast. Akrisae was then turned into a Barrows Brother called Akrisae the Doomed and Sliske teleported away with his new minion, commenting that he would do for now.

Slaying of Guthix

Later, Sliske disguised himself to do some reconnaissance around several locations. The reason for this was that an archaeologist from Varrock Museum, Orlando Smith, had discovered an ancient Guthixian site in Kandarin. Thinking it may be the resting place of Guthix himself, a location that many Mahjarrat looked for for a long time after the end of the God Wars, wishing to find Guthix and undo his edicts, Sliske quickly formed a plan of actions.

Shadowy figure revealed
Sliske reveals himself as the Shadowy Figure.
When Orlando enlists the adventurer's help to explore the dungeon (the adventurer strangely being able to open the ancient door), they accidentally set off the alarm system of the cavern, unbeknownst to them also wakening Guthix. After Orlando is slain by three automatons, which are part of the security system, thinking he was a Mahjarrat, Sliske reveals himself, pretending to be Guthix. The adventurer does not believe this however, and Sliske reveals his true identity, explaining why the automatons had traced a Mahjarrat lifeform. He states that his intention is to find Guthix and negotiate Zaros' return with him and not killing him, which is what other gods' followers are looking for. He explains that they are standing in Guthix's resting place and that triggering the alarm was sensible all over the world. He predicts that many other creatures are about to storm in, eager to reach Guthix and kill him to return their own god. As such, he advises that the adventurer side with the Zarosians, who will not kill Guthix, while pretending to side with the Guthixians (who will want to protect Guthix, obviously) to reach him first. When asked why Sliske should be trusted, he simply replies he shouldn't be. After that, he conceals them in the Shadow Realm, and they visit the Wilderness Crater, where the sword Guthix slammed into the ground when declaring his edicts is pulsating red light. Sliske explains that the sword was activated when the alarm was triggered and that it is communicating with all the stone circles - include the Zamorakian one near Varrock. They then spy on Zemouregal and Sharathteerk in Zemouregal's Fort, seeing Zemouregal finding out that Guthix's cave has been discovered as some dark wizards report to him that the stone circle is crying out with pain. They move on to the entrance of the God Wars Dungeon and notice Commander Zilyana flying off towards the cave to return Saradomin. As they return to the cave, the ground begins shaking when Zilyana, Kree'arra and K'ril Tsutsaroth storm in in their attempt to assassinate Guthix, to which Sliske teleports away and advises the adventurer to try not to die. He then proceeds to the Ancient Prison and releases Nex.
Guthix's slaying
Sliske murders Guthix using the Staff of Armadyl.

As the adventurer defeats Kree'arra and ventures further into the cave, allying themselves with the Guardians of Guthix and other important Guthixians, they arrive in the central chamber when all factions attack at once. A mighty battle erupts and, after dealing with General Graardor, K'ril Tsutsaroth, Zemouregal and Enakhra (all come to return Bandos and Zamorak respectively) Zilyana appears with her army and kills the Guardian of Guthix Cres, thinking him to be Guthix. Having secretly followed the Saradominists, the powerful Zarosians (Sliske excluded) swarm the room and after a tense discussion, while no one payed attention, Sliske broke the into the last chamber and quickly killed Guthix with the legendary Staff of Armadyl, proving the adventurer's trust misplaced. Even Azzanadra was surprised by Sliske's act, despite earlier warnings of Wahisietel not to believe that Sliske would not kill Guthix. It is unknown if Sliske acquired the power of Guthix, if Guthix had already transferred its powers to the adventurer or if its power was simply lost. According to many notable Zarosians, Sliske secretly did that to become the most valuable and respected Zarosian and that he didn't betray Zaros, he killed Guthix in his name. They haven't seen him since that event but still state with much security that such thing is normal for Sliske and that he is loyal to Zaros.

It is unknown how Sliske obtained the Staff, as half of it was in possession of the Dragonkin after the events of the last ritual, but it should be noted that Sliske still has the staff, effectively making him one of the most powerful beings currently alive.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Sliske is the third individual known to have killed a god, the other two being Guthix, who slew Skargaroth, and Zamorak, who defeated Zaros. Like Zamorak, Sliske used the Staff of Armadyl. However, Sliske is the only one of these three individuals who did not immediately ascend to godhood following the kill; the reason for this is unknown.

References

  1. ^ Pronunciation Guide - RuneScape Wiki. RuneScape Wiki. Jagex Ltd. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  2. ^ Jagex. Postbag 20 - "[[Tales from earlier ages#{{{letter}}}|Tales from earlier ages]]". RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  3. ^ Notes (k-z)
  4. ^ Jagex. Postbag 44 - "[[Postbag from the Heim.#{{{letter}}}|Postbag from the Heim.]]". RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  5. ^ Jagex. Postbag 38 - "[[What's the matter, Jad? Chicken?#{{{letter}}}|What's the matter, Jad? Chicken?]]". RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  6. ^ Jagex. Postbag 44 - "[[Postbag from the Heim.#{{{letter}}}|Postbag from the Heim.]]". RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  7. ^ Jagex. Postbag 44 - "[[Postbag from the Heim.#{{{letter}}}|Postbag from the Heim.]]". RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  8. ^ Lores and Histories - The Fall of Six


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