Atlax

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A rift through time, the Rewards Guardian grants the diary of Atlax to the player after safeguarding it through the ages.

Atlax was a Saradominist wizard who lived some time during the Third Age, when they were one of the workers tasked to restore the remnants of the Temple of the Eye, which had been left in ruins in the aftermath of the invasion of the Fallen Empire, whose assault had inadvertently opened an abyssal rift leading to The Scar. Atlax kept a diary of the time they spent rebuilding the temple, which spans a little over a week from the 15th till the 23rd of Bennath.

In this diary, Atlax describes working under the supervision of Pharana, who had been sent by Aliya, the Justiciar of the Lion, to oversee the work of clearing the site.[1] It would seem however that Aliya had not been fully transparent as to the original purpose of the temple, nor disclosed to Atlax or the other workers why these emergency repairs had to be executed with such haste. When Atlax describes turning over a cache of amulets they had found bearing the symbol of the Eye of Saradomin to Pharana, she reportedly mutters that the Justiciar has some explaining to do, indicating that she had figured out where they had been sent: the sanctuary built to house the Stone of Jas.[2] Unlike their supervisor however, Atlax remains in the dark about the identity of their worksite.[3] As Aliya had originally been instructed to keep all matters relating to the Eye a secret when charged by Zachariah, Justiciar of the Owl, to build the temple, it is likely that Aliya kept to this secrecy even after it had been discovered by the forces of the fallen empire.[4]

It is probable that Atlax was a wizard of some description, or at least possessed some magical ability, as they record having imbued their diary with a spell in order to keep it dry, as the bubble they reside in still lets through some seawater, possibly due to being damaged during the battle.[5] As the Justiciar of the Lion is known to have led an order of wizards – that being bestowed upon the most powerful among them – it is possible that Atlax was a member of that order.[6] Given that the Justiciar of the Lion resided in a college based somewhere in the Hallowvale, and built the temple somewhere beneath its southern sea, it is possible that Aliya mobilised her order out of urgency, as the most rapid labourforce available to her.[7][8]

One notable event recorded by Atlax in their diary is the discovery of an animated stone guardian among the rubble of the sanctuary, which they baptise as “Egg”.[9] Atlax keeps the existence of Egg secret from Pharana for a few days, during which the guardian gradually divulges information about its nature, prompted by Atlax's inquiries.[10] There exists some uncertainty as to the exact nature of the animated statue found by Atlax: it states to protect the rift at the behest of the Justiciar, and knows about the Scar and the danger it still poses. This would imply Egg to be a runic guardian akin to those featured in the Guardians of the Rift minigame; at the same time, it is described as enclosing “some sort of swirling, green core” at the centre of its body, reminiscent more of the rift guardians one can obtain as a pet while training Runecrafting.[11] As the runic guardians of the rift were created by Aliya only after the battle had taken place, in order to protect the temple in case the Scar were ever reopened, it is unclear how it would have ended up beneath the rubble the battle had left in its wake.[12] As Egg also describes having been “trapped” during the battle, leading to their energy being “bound to the stone”, it is perhaps more likely that Egg was originally a guardian that had been created at an earlier stage, to assist the Saradominists in their runic production efforts, with help of the Eye.[13][14]

When Atlax writes down their intention of revealing Egg’s existence to Pharana, the diary also ends, stating that “[t]his may be my last entry for a while”.[15] The fate of Atlax beyond this point is unknown, nor is there an explanation at hand for how their diary ended up in the “folded-space storage rift” inside of the Rewards Guardian.[16]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Atlax uses the standard calendar to organise their diary, labelling the entries by the day of the month Bennath they were written in. According to an older issue of the Postbag from the Hedge however, the RuneScape calendar was first developed by Phyrrys, apprentice to the astronomer Scorpius, who lived at the beginning of the Fourth Age.[17][18]A text from the Lores and Histories, generally no longer considered to be canon, similarly dates the invention of the calender to occur at some point during the Fourth Age.[19] As Atlax lived during the events of the God Wars, the use of this calendar could be considered an inconsistency.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "According to Pharana, the Justiciar of the Lion wants no time wasted. We start work tomorrow."
  2. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "Today I found a hidden cache of amulets with eye symbols on them. I reported it to Pharana and she thanked me for the good work, smiling as she did. (…) Interestingly, as she walked away, I heard her mutter something like 'Could it be true? Perhaps the justiciar has some explaining to do.'"
  3. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "I don't know what she meant, but I wonder if there's more to our work here than we realised."
  4. ^ Aliya, "Temple of the Eye", Old School RuneScape. "What would [Saradomin] have me do? [Zachariah: You must build a sanctuary for the Eye. The forces of chaos already seek to reobtain it, as do countless others.] I will keep it safe, no matter the cost." There is some ambiguity still as to how much Atlax actually knew about the temple, as the first entry in their diary does mention previously having heard “stories of how grand it was”, despite apparently not knowing its true purpose.
  5. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "I also managed to find time today to imbue this diary with a spell to keep it dry. I just wish the spell would work on my boots as well."
  6. ^ Knight of the Lion, Old School RuneScape. "The Justiciar of the Lion is a title bestowed upon the most powerful wizard of our order. She was capable of wiping out an entire army of Zamorakian demons with a single spell!"
  7. ^ Knight of the Lion, Old School RuneScape. "Last I heard, she was residing in the college here in Hallowvale."
  8. ^ Apprentice Tamara, "Temple of the Eye", Old School RuneScape. "It seems we're deep below the sea, just south of Morytania!"
  9. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "I went to report my discovery, but as soon as I turned around, I had this funny feeling like I was being followed. The statue had come to life! (…) I've named the creature 'Egg' due to the uncanny shape of its head. I didn't expect a reply when I asked what it was doing here, but to my great surprise, Egg spoke. 'We guard the rift,' it said."
  10. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "I followed up with a multitude of questions and quickly discovered Egg to not be the oversharing type. That said, if the questions are specific enough, it usually gives some form of answer."
  11. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "Within the centre of its body is some sort of swirling, green core."
  12. ^ The Great Guardian, "Temple of the Eye", Old School RuneScape. "The Eye was removed after the battle, but not before the Justiciar of the Lion used it to seal the rift once more. She then created us, the Guardians of the Rift, to protect this place in the event the rift was ever reopened."
  13. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "'Many bodies were destroyed in the battle. This body was trapped, our energy bound to the stone.'"
  14. ^ Wizard Persten, "Temple of the Eye", Old School RuneScape. "Then, with the power from this 'Eye' and support from their rune guardians, they'd have been able to create runes at lightning speed!"
  15. ^ Atlax's diary, Old School RuneScape. "I suspect she won't thank me with a smile this time. I've kept Egg secret for too long. This may be my last entry for a while."
  16. ^ Apprentice Felix, Old School RuneScape. "That rift they have is a folded-space storage rift, just like the ones Traiborn uses! Small on the outside, but big on the inside!"
  17. ^ Jagex. Postbag 21 - "Transcript:Somethingorotherwotsit", Letter 5, by Reldo. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  18. ^ Astronomy book, Old School RuneScape. "At the start of the 4th age, a learned man by the name of Scorpius, known well for his powers of vision and magic, sought communion with the gods of the world."
  19. ^ Transcript:A Brief History of RuneScape, Old School RuneScape. "Although actual details are scarce, I believe the passage from the third age to the fourth age is marked by whatever event caused the Gods to no longer conduct their wars and battles upon our soil directly. (…) Also the concept of the calendar began to appear, as farming practices improved and the time of crop planting and harvesting became more important now that these settlements could no longer simply move on to a new location when their resources were exhausted."