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Released4 January 2001 (Update)
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ExamineServant of the Duke of Lumbridge.
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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. The account age can also be seen on the Character Summary page.

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...

Holiday events[edit | edit source]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

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Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
16 May 2019

The render priority of Hans was changed to render him on top of players and npcs if they are on the same tile.

6 December 2004

The NPC was graphically updated.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Hans (historical).png
29 March 2004 –
6 December 2004
6 December 2004 –

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 tells you how much time you've spent in RuneScape, and his walking pattern around Lumbridge castle goes clockwise and takes him exactly 1 minute to complete a lap, like the second hand of a clock.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Duke Horacio. Postbag 4: "Goblins, globes and golems!". 3. Old School RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge. Jagex.
  2. ^ Hans. Postbag 2: "Magic, Hans and Bankers!". 2. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge. Jagex.
  3. ^ Hans in 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 in 2018 Christmas event. Old School RuneScape. "I reckon Hans could do with a sit down as he's always on his feet."
  5. ^ "Capes of Distinction". Old School RuneScape News. Mod Chris L. 3 May 2011.