The Winter of 114 was a devastating period of time during the late Year 114 and early 115 of the Fifth Age. The winter had terrible consequences for the central human kingdoms of Misthalin, Asgarnia, and Kandarin, wiping out agriculture and causing massive economic depressions. The Winter of 114 is referred to only in the first RuneScape novel, Betrayal at Falador.
As communities fell and kingdoms suffered, individuals that had devoutly worshipped Saradomin for years began to lose faith. The dwindling supply of runes caused by the burning of the first Wizards' Tower also took a toll as it became increasingly difficult for wizards to defend settlements from hostile races.
The Winter of 114 promoted a surge in secular thought, as both magic and religion proved insufficient in quelling the crisis. Despite being a time of famine and hopelessness for many, the Winter prompted scientific, alchemical, and technological advances that still benefit Gielinor's human population today.
According to Lord Despaard's account in the Return to Canifis novel, the winter was truly terrible, causing even the River Salve to freeze over. Peasants were the worst affected, starvation leading them to attack their neighbours, some dressing up as Wolves to take what food remained by force and fear, and in cases where no food was available, would take children from surrounding villages, resorting to cannibalism to survive.