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Released4 January 2001 (Update)
Quest The Lost Tribe
Death to the Dorgeshuun
OptionsTalk-to, Age
ExamineServant of the Duke of Lumbridge.
Advanced data
NPC ID3105
Hans chathead.png

Hans is the servant of Duke Horacio[1] and can be found walking in circles around the Lumbridge Castle courtyard. He is easily scared, screaming and running away in fright when threatened.[2] He can tell players how old their accounts are or how long they've spent online by talking to him.

He played a minor role in the 2016 Birthday event, where he witnessed a seagull take a gnome child's hat. He also played a minor role in the 2018 Christmas event, where he was one of the recipients of a gift from Duke Horacio. He is given a chair from the Duke's room, which he takes in relief, having spent many years circling the castle without relief.[3][4]

Hans can also be spoken to by selecting "random contact" on the NPC Contact spell. If Hans is contacted, your character will claim you are a knight coming to kill everyone in Lumbridge Castle. Hans panics in response.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

  • Hans is the solution to the beginner cryptic clue: Always walking around the castle grounds and somehow knows everyone's age.
  • Hans is the solution to the easy cryptic clue: Speak to Hans to solve the clue.
  • Hans is the solution to the medium anagram clue: SNAH.
  • Hans is the solution to the hard cryptic clue: Snah? I feel all confused, like one of those cakes...

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Hans was the first non-player character created in RuneScape[5].
  • When running scared he can be lured out of the castle walls as far as the entrance of the H.A.M. Hideout.
  • Hans may be a pun about time, as his name resembles "hands" (as in the hands of a clock), he runs clockwise around Lumbridge castle and tells you how much time you've spent in RuneScape
  • Hans walks around Lumbridge castle clockwise where it takes him exactly 1 minute to complete a lap, this resembles the second hand on a clock needing exactly one minute to fully rotate.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Postbag 4 - "Transcript:Goblins, globes and golems!", 3, by Duke Horacio. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  2. Jagex. Postbag 2 - "Transcript:Magic, Hans and Bankers!", 2, by Hans. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
  3. Hans, "2018 Christmas event", Old School RuneScape. "Oh my aching feet! A chair! Just what I've been needing! I'm going to go sit by the fountain, so pretty this time of year."
  4. Player character, "2018 Christmas event", Old School RuneScape. "I reckon Hans could do with a sit down as he's always on his feet."
  5. Mod Chris L. "Capes of Distinction." 3 May 2011. Old School RuneScape News.