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|Wise Old Man|
|Release date||6 June 2005 (Update)|
|Quest NPC?||Yes - Swan Song, Garden of Tranquility, Love Story, Defender of Varrock, Recipe for Disaster|
|Sells items?||Sells the Quest point cape|
|Examine|| Before the Draynor Bank Robbery: A venerable sage. |
After: A venerable and rich sage.
Snow Gnomecopters: A venerable and rich sage on holiday.
|Notable features|| Legendary Saradominist warrior (now retired), sage, and bank robber.|
The Wise Old Man, also known by his true name of Dionysius, and often nicknamed Dissy by people such as Zenevivia, Xenia and Elsie is a character that currently resides in Draynor Village. His name is possibly a reference to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, or it may refer to Dionysius, a tyrant from the Greek ancient world. He is now a retired adventurer but during his younger days, Dionysius was a famed hero, saving countless lives and fighting back the dark forces of Gielinor.
The Wise Old Man is amongst the most popular characters in RuneScape, playing roles in several quests and cutscenes. He is also a commonly recurring character in the Postbag from the Hedge, often having a special section at the end of each Postbag.
Several significant events in his life are detailed in Herman's book. He is responsible for both the Draynor Bank Robbery as well as the Wizards' Tower Robbery. According to the Cryptic Clue Fest IV Day 4 Clue he is really a 24 year old man using magic to appear old.
The Wise Old Man was born in Varrock many years ago. During his time there, he performed numerous deeds that were considered heroic by the youth of the time. According to Elsie one of his more memorable actions was painting "Saradomin Pwns" on the Zamorakian Temple in the southern part of the town. When he turned 15, the age at which children of that time advanced to adulthood, he turned down a prestigious offer to study amongst the priests of Entrana and decided to travel the world before settling down. At some point before he retired, the Wise Old Man was also trained by Lozar, the mage who had escaped Crandor. He spent many years travelling Gielinor, visiting many lands and performing countless memorable actions. Most of his adventures have not been told in detail. One of the first areas he visited was the mines in and around Keldagrim, where some of the oldest dwarves still remember his aid in their war against a rogue tribe of trolls that threatened to destroy the city. Today, the trolls still wander near the entrance of Keldagrim but are unable to enter the city.
Some time after leaving the mountain tribes he travelled to Karamja, where he taught the natives of certain herbs that would aid them in combat. He also ventured into Brimhaven Dungeon, which few people at the time dared to enter. Afterwards, he advised the locals to charge any adventurer who wished to enter the dungeon, which is why Saniboch charges a fee of 875 coins for any player to enter.He later travelled into the Kharidian Desert, where he lived amongst the Bedabin for some time. He travelled to many of the desert cities, including Menaphos and Sophanem. He also studied the mysterious pyramid to the south of the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert). He would never speak about what he discovered in the pyramid, and it troubles him to this day. The Wise Old Man is known to have fought the Kalphite Queen in that time. In one adventure, he rescued Larry from an avalanche.
After countless adventures, Dionysius travelled back to Entrana to complete his studies. Even on Entrana he found excitement, when he ventured into the demon-infested dungeon beneath it. At one point, he was offered admittance to the Temple Knights. He is also the author of "Magicks Most Destructive", of which very few copies survive today, and only fragments of it remain in the Temple Knight library. There is a copy in the Chemist's house, but it is currently unreadable. Only many years later, after many more adventures, did he finally retire and settle down in Draynor Village.
According to the Signature Hero Xenia, she, Grand Vizier of the Legends' Guild Radimus Erkle and Dionysius had once adventured to Karamja together in the hopes of mapping the Khazrai Jungle. They managed to make the first partial map of the area, but then the Jogre Wars began and they weren't able to complete it. When this happened is still unknown.
Dionysius tells the player that he and Ellamaria 'go way back', long before she was married to 'that fool', the King of Varrock, and suggests that you 'do the fastest run you can off the nearest pier you can find' when he discovers you are in her service.
The Wise Old Man today
After completing his adventures, Dionysius began to feel bitter that he had not been adequately "rewarded" for his deeds, as he was forced to live in relative squalor. He thought that it was within his right, therefore, to reward himself, and uses this as justification for his crimes.
His most notorious act was the robbing of the local bank, killing several people in the process. One of these unfortunate victims, an NPC named Elfinlocks, dropped a blue partyhat, which the Wise Old Man claimed for himself due to its rarity and possible visual appeal. A player can watch the robbery's recording by speaking to the guard outside the bank. It can be watched once for free; afterwards, a fee of 50 coins must be paid in order to view it again. His telescope, which pointed to the bank prior to the robbery, is currently pointing towards the Wizards' Tower; his Strange book also notes that he is running short on runes and that the wizards have plenty, yet supply him with none. Dionysius has grown desperate to attain runes even to the point of taking them directly from players who asks him to examine their runestones. In Postbag 12, the Wise Old Man confirms, after defending his morally dubious recent actions (as he did to the player), that he is indeed planning an assault there, despite his denials to players, and that the reason for doing so is that he is "short of runes these days" and that an excursion to the Tower could "solve my problem permanently." Yet, the Wise Old Man, despite all his power and skill, also admits he is reluctant to launch the attack, for "the powers of Wizard Traiborn are not to be underestimated" and his plans are "not yet finalised." Further evidence pointing to his planned attack lies in his own words of, "All good things come to those who wait, currently I'm interested in...local...concerns." when a suggestion and plan for him to assault and scour the Elven city of Prifddinas was sent to him.
|“||In the distant past, when I travelled the world solving people's problems and saving those in distress just as you do today, I held the hope that my efforts would be appreciated and met with appropriate gratitude. But what did I get? When I grew old and the time came for me to retire, I found myself forced into this poxy shack in Draynor Village, neighboured by a pigment-obsessed hag and a 'navigator' whose prowess at knitting exceeds his ability to steer a boat. Not to mention the constant flow of unashamed thieves through the village market! (The hideous harpy who sits gawking through my window will gladly show you a picture of the house as it was when I first came here.) My meek and placid nature notwithstanding, I realised that if I did not take my reward for myself, I would receive nothing at all. So I took up my trusty staff and headed for the bank. I am sure you would be likewise frustrated beyond belief if you were to dedicate a lifetime's effort to the service of others and receive no reward.||”|
— Wise Old Man Postbag from the Hedge
The Temple Knights, realising how dangerous he is, are currently monitoring him, and have labelled him as an ultraviolet archangel threat. The Bank of RuneScape, the guards of Draynor Village, and many of the locals are also monitoring him closely, though he does not seem to be worried about this. Despite this and obvious proof of his crimes, the authorities of Misthalin have, as of yet, made no attempt to bring him to justice, probably because they know how powerful he is.
The Wise Old Man will search a player's bank for unneeded quest items. If he is asked to examine any of the cheaper runes, he will say they are useful and take a few of them. If he is asked to examine more expensive ones, however, such as Death Runes or Nature runes, he will just say that it's quite valuable. If you show him a coloured goblin mail, he will want to buy it for 60 coins. He has a few unique books on his bookshelf which the player can read. One, the Book on chickens, is about the legend of the Evil Chicken, while the Strange book has personal notes which mention that he is running out of runes. However, if you use any of his books on him, he will take them back from you. He also has numerous tinderboxes in his house. His house also includes a model aeroplane and very rare, gold-trimmed Saradomin armour, which, according to the Strange Book, he had trimmed with some of his stolen money.
The Wise Old Man also has a Saradomin staff. When players ask him about Zaros, the Menaphite Pantheon, or Armadyl, he denies their existence, though from his frantic responses it appears that he has indeed heard of them and their vast power. Apparently, he is a Saradominist who only believes (or at least only openly admits to) in three gods: Saradomin, Guthix, and Zamorak.
During the quest Love Story, The Wise Old Man's old girlfriend, Zenevivia returns to challenge him to battle, seeking to reclaim her honor, after The Wise Old Man defeated her years ago. Players learn of The Wise Old Man's romantic involvement with Zenevivia all those years ago, and together, you and the Wise Old Man battle Zenevivia in The Wise Old Man's 'NPC-Owned House'. After defeating her, Zenevivia and the Wise Old Man stage the Wizards' Tower Robbery, and they reignite their love.
In members' worlds, the player can do favours for the Wise Old Man, such as getting him swords or bars, or delivering notes. If the player completes these tasks, he will reward him/her. Most of the time the reward is a blessing, which increases the player's Prayer experience, or a small amount of runes, seeds, herbs or coins may be given. One of these tasks require the player to fight a monster under his bed, after which he will reward the player with some Constitution experience.
The Quest point Cape of Achievement is available from the Wise Old Man for a fee to players who have completed all the quests. The Wise Old Man is also an integral part of the Swan Song and Love Story quests. He is one of two characters that do not wear the Cape of Accomplishment that they sell (the other being Thok, who merely guards it).
The Wise Old Man briefly appeared at the Clan Wars activity (on 29 September 2008). He took it upon himself to warn players that gravestones had been removed from the Dangerous Clan Wars portal, meaning they will lose items upon death.
Dionysius appears none too fond of the organisation known as H.A.M., despite it mainly consisting of Saradominists like himself, calling them "ridiculously attired xenophobes", and his liking of them is even lessened still by his suspicion that the creature under his bed is "a subterranean creature forced out of its natural habitat".
Along with this, among the possible jobs the Wise Old Man will assign a player, one of them includes delivering a letter to one of the following:
- Oracle on Ice Mountain.
- Reldo, Librarian of Varrock.
- Abbot Langley of the Monastery.
- High Priest of Entrana.
- Thurgo south of Port Sarim.
This indicates that the Wise Old Man knows these famous figures through out Gielinor, and that they, to some extent, know him. He corresponds with them somewhat frequently. Dionysius has expressed distaste for his neighbors, such as the witch Aggie, the sailor and knitter Ned and the suspicious and gossiping Miss Schism.
Despite his bitterness, Dionysius in old age still does enjoy the occasional trip to foreign lands. He has travelled far and wide. He's recently visited areas such as Trollweiss Mountain (seen sledding during the now discontinued Gnomecopter Tours) and Oo'glog (to enjoy the new spa facilities and local hospitality). Dionysius appears to take much joy in drinking. He has also stated in Postbag from the Hedge 28 that he would like to get into Prifddinas.
Skills and abilities
Magical and combat abilitiesDionysius' most distinguished talent is his magical ability, which he has honed over the years learning from countless sources. Amongst his arsenal is the spell Saradomin Strike, a difficult-to-use attack that draws from the power of Saradomin himself. This spell, already lethal in any Mage's hands, has been amplified by Dionysius, and is capable of dealing more damage than initially thought possible, easily able to hit 400s, (while the maximum damage for players using Saradomin Strike is 300, when using the Charge spell. Also, in the Swan Song quest (where he hit the Sea Troll General about 3150), it shows that his Saradomin Strike actually runs on one Mist rune, Lava rune, and a half blood rune, saying that it is heavily modified as casting a half Blood rune is impossible, and it also uses all four basic elemental runes. One regular Saradomin Strike runs on 2 fire and blood runes, along with 4 air runes. This excludes the Saradomin Staff requirement.) His most deadly offensive ability, though, is a spell of unknown nature that, when used, instantly incinerates the flesh, muscle, and organs of the victim. This spell, apart from being lethal, is also capable of destroying brick walls and virtually any other obstacle in its way. However, he refrains from using this spell on any other occasion. This can be explained as a lack of skill in his earlier years, and lack of runes after the bank robbery (although, such an explanation raises the question as to why Dionysius didn't ask the player to supply the runes necessary for the spell).
Although he has a plethora of magical weapons at his disposal, Dionysius has openly displayed very few of them. He has shown his abilities extend beyond simple combat, capable of using Telekinetic Grab and other basic spells with ease. He has also delved deep into the art of mental magic, and can push those attempting to scry into his mind away while simultaneously dealing a powerful counter-attack. As an example, when the NPC Contact Lunar Spell is set to "Random NPC", it may sometimes yield a conversation with the Wise Old Man. When contacted, though, he will force them out of his mind, stating "Keep your foreign Magicks out of my head!" His calling of the Lunar spell thus may imply that he himself has garnered minimal knowledge of the mystic lore in the Lunar spellbook. The Wise Old Man, upon breaking the Lunar spell, will then direct a Fire Wave from afar at the player, whose location he can apparently pinpoint, across vast distances and even into other dimensions. Dionysius also denies the very existence of Zaros's Ancient Magicks, calling the adventurer a "foul trickster" and their words "foolishness" should one mention them to him; however, Zenevivia, one whom Dionysius knew well in his earlier days, uses spells from the Ancient Magicks. He has also displayed a knack for alchemy and other strange divisions of magic, as is evident in his cryptic writings.
Dionysius also possesses a deep understanding of teleportation, seeming to be aware of the Abyss and its role in the teleportation process. The only Mage known to do so, Dionysius implements teleportation liberally in combat, confusing his opponents by teleporting all around them and launching attacks from all sides, which further proves his abilities, as Mr. Mordaut claims that teleporting a short distance away is harder than teleporting long distances. He is also capable of teleporting to virtually any destination, rather than using only those simple channels utilised by most teleporters, which suggests that he might be able to resist the effects of teleblocking, as Mr. Mordaut claims that besides the locations players can teleport to all other locations are teleblocked.
Even in his advanced age, Dionysius is extremely adept at hand-to-hand combat and is in peak shape. In combat, he has shown that even without using magic, he is capable of defeating the strongest of foes. His skill in using basic weaponry is unrivaled, and he has proven himself able to defeat even armed foes using only a staff. He also possesses a lethal kick, which has been shown capable of shattering even the shell of the Kalphite Queen. According to Dionysius, he is even now capable of wrestling Crocodiles on the banks of the River Elid. He has been recorded being hit by 2540 damage during the Swan Song quest, without his life points bar even showing damage, although it does incapacitate him for the remainder of the battle.
Knowledge and skills
During his adventures, Dionysius gained a deep understanding of the world, learning of its histories and nature. What he learned, though, he often will not share openly, and he seems to possess historical knowledge that, in the wrong hands, could be deadly. He seems to have learned of the god Zaros during his time in the Kharidian Desert, and today attempts to cover up any information relating to the banished god.
Dionysius has also displayed a fluent understanding of multiple languages, ranging from tribal Karamjan to the ancient Dwarvish tongue[ ]. Though he most often speaks simple English, he often mixes Latin into his speech, such as Vini; volui; mihi est (I came; I wanted; it's mine), which is a reference to the famous Roman phrase Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)
Despite his extraordinary proficiency with the mystic arts of Gielinor, it does not appear to rival the Wise Old Man's knowledge about Runecrafting; Dionysius himself has confessed he is running short on runes, which the skilled runecrafter has less of an issue with, and is eager to buy Sedridor's notes and Aubury's Research Package (albeit for one coin), commenting, "How exciting - a study in the origin of runes!", which Dionysius would not likely require if indeed he lacked such lore.
During his travels, Dionysius often shunned training in favour of monetary payment. Despite this, he has shown a good understanding of virtually any skill, particularly Cooking.
Dionysius, according to the ever-watchful Miss Schism, once possessed "a scruffy old black thing" (until his graphical update, which left him bald), but, after downing Elfinlocks, obtained a Blue partyhat.
Draynor Bank Robbery
The Draynor Bank Robbery was a bank break-in in which the Wise Old Man killed several NPCs, stole from the bank chests, and obtained a blue partyhat by killing a player spoof. Below is a gallery of images documenting the bank robbery in order from first to last in the scene.
- Deesus is mentioned in Herman's book, given to the player in Swan Song. Deesus is said to be an invincible warrior who wielded a powerful staff. The book states that Deesus is surely a corruption of Dionysus.
- The poster of the Wise Old Man in the 28th issue of the Postbag from the Hedge is a reference to the British war posters of Lord Kitchener in the First World War.
- Zenevivia's and Xenia's nickname for him is Dissy. He is also referred to as Dissy when you hear a story about him by Elsie by giving her a cup of tea.
- In Greek mythology, Dionysius is the god of wine.
- His nickname "Dissy" may be a reference to Odysseus, a famous Greek adventurer and logician
- It was revealed as a joke at the fourth cryptic clue fest that, his age is really 24 and that he used magic to conceal his true age. His favourite item is a cowhide, due to being nostalgic for the "good old days".
- In greek mythology, Dionysus is normally represented as a young man, as opposed to his ingame appearance. However, the clue fest joke may be a reference to the traditional appearance.
- He is the one of the only two Cape of Accomplishment sellers to not wear the cape they sell. The other being Thok.
- Old man's message: the delivery message given by the Wise Old Man
- Old man: other NPCs being referred to as "Old Man"
- Wise Old Man Tasks: a list and guide to the tasks he assigns