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Betrayal at Falador alternate cover This article or section contains information from Betrayal at Falador, Return to Canifis, and/or Legacy of Blood.
It is generally considered canon, unless contradicted in-game, in which case the game takes precedence.
Prince Tenebra Remanis
Race Vampyre (formerly human)
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Faction Morytania (formerly Varrock)
First appearance Return to Canifis
Last appearance Legacy of Blood

The Black Prince, or Prince Tenebra Remanis, is a very prominent member of the Drakan family, and is a human-born Vampyre Lord. He appears only once in the Return to Canifis novel and is only mentioned by Kara-Meir on Tuska's corpse in-game if the player is wielding the Sunspear.

It is revealed that he was the one who sent Jerrod the werewolf over the River Salve to retrieve Gar'rth, and also sent the Wyrd, a type of powerful vampyre able to cross the Salve, to weaken the holy barrier of the river in preparation for an impending invasion of Misthalin.

In Gar'rth's letter to Kara-Meir, it is revealed that the Black Prince is in fact Prince Tenebra, a prince of Misthalin that rode to war against Morytania centuries ago. It is also revealed that he is Gar'rth's father. As vampyrism is not inherited from human-borns, and Tenebra was once human, this made Gar'rth half human, half werewolf, as opposed to half werewolf, half vampyre. This is why he was able to resist Zamorak for so long.

As a human, Tenebra was the eldest of The Five Princes of Misthalin who rode to war against the dark forces of Morytania centuries ago, where he was presumed dead after he went missing in battle. This would leave Gar'rth as the rightful heir to the throne of Misthalin.

After his capture, he suffered nearly 20 years of torture, death, and resurrection at the hands of Vanescula, before he was finally transformed into a vampyre. From there, he slowly plotted his invasion of Misthalin, learning many different magicks. One plot involved planting a false prophecy nearly a century before his invasion, saying the true prince of Misthalin would return.

Jerrod (wolf)

Jerrod the werewolf.

He made numerous attempts to produce an heir with werewolves. Though many of his attempts failed, creating grotesque results, he eventually succeeded with Gar'rth. With Gar'rth currently in his father's possession, Tenebra moved forward with his plot to invade Misthalin, using several large siege machines built in the slums of Meiyerditch to take his place as Lord of both the Land of the Dead and of the Living.

While Gar'rth was under his watch, Tenebra forced him to try and accept Zamorak as a way of dealing with the Myreque. Throughout this time, Gar'rth tried and failed to kill his father several times. When Gar'rth refused to kill some Myreque captives and tried to kill Tenebra instead, his father imprisoned him with a dying girl and his old journals.

At the second Battle of the Salve, Tenebra released Gar'rth and marched with him and an army of zombies to the Paterdomus Temple. The zombies defeated the Misthalian army and were on the point of victory when Gar'rth and Kara-Meir used the Sunspear to attack him. Tenebra ran back to get reinforcements from Vanescula's army, but she refused to send them over, having intended for him to die all along. When Tenebra died, the zombies in the temple lost any form of coherence and were easily defeated.

He seemed to have some form of rivalry with Vanescula Drakan.


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  • It is likely that Tenebra is based on Edward of Woodstock (1330-1376), the eldest son of Edward III of England, known better as "the Black Prince". This name was given either due to the colour of his arms, or due to his black reputation against the French he ruled over in Aquitaine. This seem to be in par with Tenebra's character, who is also the eldest son of a king but did not succeed him. Additionally, both of them were very successful military commanders, though Edward more so than Tenebra.
  • Tenebra is likely a reference to the word tenebrae, which is Latin for darkness.

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