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Desert Treasure IDesert Treasure II - The Fallen Empire
Azzanadra (Desert Treasure I).png
Released18 April 2005 (Update)
QuestDesert Treasure I, Desert Treasure II - The Fallen Empire
LocationAncient Pyramid
ExamineA mysterious ghostly figure.
Advanced data
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Azzanadra is a powerful Zarosian Mahjarrat and high priest of Zaros. He was trapped in the Ancient Pyramid during the God Wars. He is freed by the player during Desert Treasure I; in return he teaches the player how to use Ancient Magicks as a reward. He aids the player in Desert Treasure II in disguise as Dr Banikan, himself being in search of the Frostenhorn artefact.

History[edit | edit source]

Azzanadra is a Mahjarrat who served the Zarosian Empire under the rank of Pontifex Maximus.[1] After Zaros was betrayed and banished by Zamorak, Azzanadra was part of the faction that remained loyal to Zaros.

Azzanadra is released from his prison.

During the God Wars, Saradominist and Zamorakian forces worked together in order to trap the nearly invincible Azzanadra in the Jaldraocht Pyramid, also known as the Ancient Pyramid.[2] During the Desert Treasure I quest, the player meets Azzanadra and frees him from his imprisonment and in return Azzanadra teaches the player how to use Ancient Magicks as a reward for their service.

Following his release, Azzanadra travelled the world to familiarise himself with the status quo and was shocked to learn the Zarosian Empire had been all but forgotten.[3]

The player runs into Azzanadra again during Desert Treasure II initially in the guise of the archaeologist and Zarosian history expert Dr Banikan. With the player's help Azzanadra gets access to an ancient Zarosian military installation containing a golem functioning as a database of various subjects. Azzanadra used it to search for information on the Frostenhorn, an ancient artefact, that he would need to locate and contact Zaros. Whilst the player sought out four high-ranking Zarosians, Azzanadra began his search, but came up empty-handed as the Frostenhorn had already been found and likely destroyed by his supposed-ally Zarosian Sliske.

Azzanadra appeared again once the player had gained access to the Ancient Vault and its treasure; the Elder Horn. This was not what Azzanadra was looking for, but he was nonetheless interested in the horn as well as how the Forgotten Four managed to hide it. Azzanadra apologised for his mistrust in the player earlier by not revealing his true identity, but then the Zamorakians Hazeel and Enakhra showed up intending to claim the Horn in Zamorak's name. After his ally Akthanakos had revealed himself, Azzanadra noted that there were five Mahjarrat present in the chamber, though he could only see three, the last Mahjarrat was revealed to be Sliske in the disguise of Asgarnia Smith. When the other Mahjarrat heard of Sliske's plan to claim the Elder Horn, Azzanadra appealed to him, that Sliske should have let him know about the Horn's presence. Sliske summoned the Barrows Brothers to attack Azzanadra and Hazeel, so he could teleport the Horn away, with Azzanadra handling Karil the Tainted, Torag the Corrupted and Verac the Defiled, but unable to reach Sliske.

Azzanadra fighting Sliske's wights in the Ancient Vault.

After Sliske teleported away with the Elder Horn, Azzanadra was concerned with his prospect, he reluctantly offered an alliance with the Zamorakians, as he now saw Sliske as a threat to all Mahjarrat. Azzanadra was horrified learning that Sliske also had sabotaged his plans by destroying all three of the artefacts, he would need to search for Zaros, calling it the darkest day since the fall of Zaros. He then rewarded the player for their help and told them to prepare for the upcoming Ritual of the Mahjarrat, as he would prepare himself.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
26 July 2023
  • Azzanadra was graphically updated.
  • Azzanadra's examine text was changed, previously it was "A Mahjarrat warrior."

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

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Azzanadra (Desert Treasure I).png
Azzanadra chathead v1.png Azzanadra (Desert Treasure I) chathead.png
18 April 2005–
26 July 2023
26 July 2023 –

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Azzanadra was first mentioned by a Guardian of Armadyl in the Temple of Ikov quest, released in 2002, more than three years before Desert Treasure I was released.[4]
  • Azzanadra's old chathead (image) is considerably larger than it appeared in the chatbox.
  • Prior to the release of Desert Treasure II - The Fallen Empire, Azzanadra's model did not share a similar appearance to other Mahjarrat, instead resembling a man with the head of a jackal, similar to the ancient Egyptian god Anubis. The reason for his unusual model was, according to Mod James, the result of several assets being salvaged from an unrelated project a Jagex intern was working on before being dismissed from the company. [5]
  • The name Azzanadra seems to be a variation on the name 'Azzandara', which is an alternative name for the Zoroastrian deity 'Ahura Mazda'.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Golem (Desert Treasure II). Old School RuneScape. "Rank: Pontifex Maximus"
  2. ^ Eblis in Desert Treasure I. Old School RuneScape. "The spiteful Saradomin and pathetic Zamorak warred with each other, but the hatred they had for each other was as nothing to the hatred they held towards us! With each battle they waged, we lost more and more land, unable to fight on all fronts, and were pushed further and further South into this gods-forsaken desert. Our greatest hero, Azzanadra, was finally trapped in a strange stone structure to the South of here, and bound within by terrible powers..."
  3. ^ Azzanadra. Postbag 9: "Sawdust, Wallbeasts and Kebabs!". Letter 5. Old School RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge. Jagex. "Yes, I have made some quick travels through RuneScape since being freed from my incarceration and I can but concur with you on the poor condition of this world, though I know not why you call it Gielinor. It saddens me that the once great empire is not only gone, but as good as forgotten."
  4. ^ Guardian of Armadyl in Temple of Ikov. Old School RuneScape. "Mahjarrat such as Lucien and Azzanadra would become very powerful if they came into possession of the Staff of Armadyl"
  5. ^ MrNyarlathotep. [Reminiscing On] Runescape, 2003-2007. NeoGAF. 20 June 2015. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017.