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Bandos, also known as the Big High War God, is the god of war. He is lesser-known by the humans of RuneScape, although he has many followers of different races. He is highly aggressive and violent and values things such as obedience and glory through battle above all else. He seems mostly indifferent to his followers and does not care if most of his armies are wiped out - he fights solely for the sake of battle. Many of his followers seem to obey him out of a sense of awe, respect and unquestionable loyalty. He has provided his followers with four commandments to live by, reading as follows:

  • Not to run from battle. Cowards must die!
  • Not to show mercy. Merciful must die!
  • Not to doubt Big High War God. Doubters must die!
  • Not to make own plans. Thinkers must die!

Bandos arrived in Gielinor around the start of the God Wars, seeking to take part in the imminent conflict. He brought with him several races to fight for him, such as the ogres, the orks, the goblins and the ourgs. The Dorgeshuun goblin tribe did at some point grow unwilling and defected from Bandos and hid deep beneath the earth to escape from the war and avoid his punishment. When Guthix awoke, Bandos, alongside many other gods, was banished from Gielinor. Although banished millenia ago, the descendants of his soldiers are many and still highly devoted to their god, Bandos is almost forgotten by humans, mainly because Bandosians rarely speak of their god with other races, and they rarely refer to him by name. Among the Bandosians there is a legend of a "Chosen Commander", chosen by Bandos, that will someday lead the Bandosians to victory over the world. In Another Slice of H.A.M., the Chosen Commander is revealed to be Zanik.

Followers of Bandos[edit | edit source]

Groups and races[edit | edit source]

  • Goblins - Small, green humanoids that lives widespread around the world.
  • Hobgoblins - Goblin-like creatures, but bigger, stronger and brown-skinned.
  • Orks - Big, green-skinned humanoids with tusks, very muscular and aggressive.
  • Ogres - Big, fat and strong humanoids, dominating the Feldip Hills
  • Jogres - A variant of ogres adapted to tropical environments such as Karamja.
  • Mogres - Aquatic ogres adapted to the seas and oceans.
  • Cyclopes - One-eyed giants hailing from the Eastern Lands.
  • Ourgs - Gigantic ork-like creatures and strongest followers of Bandos. Almost extinct.
  • Fayrgs & Raurgs - Presumably ogre-like beings. Extinct.

Notable individuals[edit | edit source]

Affiliated items[edit | edit source]

Items in italics do NOT provide protection against Bandos' troops in the God Wars Dungeon:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Most creatures that follow Bandos are strong and stupid. The main exception to this is the goblins, who are just stupid, though they partially make up for their lack in strength with their large numbers.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The living statues, Old School RuneScape. "We were forced into fighting for the god Bandos, or as I like to call him, the Big High Idiot."