|Alignment||The dead and the Underworld|
|Examine||A jackal-headed demi god.|
Icthlarin (pronounced "ick-thlar-in") is the Menaphite demigod and guardian of the dead and the Underworld. He is the son of Tumeken and Elidinis and brother of Amascut. He was the original leader of the Mahjarrat before they defected and joined Zaros. Unlike most gods Icthlarin wasn't banished by Guthix following the God Wars. Icthlarin is first encountered in Icthlarin's Little Helper quest.
History[edit | edit source]
Origin[edit | edit source]
Icthlarin was presumably born in the early Second Age to the gods Tumeken and Elidinis, who arrived on Gielinor after Guthix went to sleep and new gods began to set foot on the world. Together with the other gods of the Menaphite Pantheon, Icthlarin helped establish and rule the Kharidian empire, one of the most prosperous areas on Gielinor at the time.
Kharidian - Zarosian War[edit | edit source]
During the Second Age, the peace of the desert became threatened, when the god Zaros sought to expand his already vast empire into Menaphite territory, beginning a long and bloody conflict known as the Kharidian - Zarosian War. Icthlarin and the rest of the Pantheon fought to defend the empire, but even combined they struggled to resist the might of the Empty Lord, and slowly but surely more ground was lost to the invaders.
Eventually, as the situation began to become particularly dire, Icthlarin realised that they alone could not turn the tide of battle, and resolved to find allies who could. Leaving Gielinor, Icthlarin and Amascut eventually came upon the war-torn world of Freneskae, home of the powerful and near-immortal race known as the Mahjarrat. Here, Icthlarin was able to convince a number of them to join him and help bring an end to the Zarosian incursion.
With the Mahjarrat in tow, Icthlarin and Amascut returned to Gielinor. Almost immediately, the tide of the war began to change as the Mahjarrat - dubbed the "Stern Judges of Icthlarin" by the Kharidian defenders - quickly started decimating Zaros' forces. For the first time since the war began, the Kharidians were on the offensive.
Ultimately, the Kharidian army and its Mahjarrat allies, under the leadership of Icthlarin were able to successfully expel the Zarosians from the desert. Peace, albeit a temporary one, had returned to the desert.
Losing the Mahjarrat[edit | edit source]
Following the war, Icthlarin faced new trouble in the form of his own Stern Judges. Despite enjoying the victory against the Empty Lord, the Mahjarrat quickly grew restless with the newfound peace of the desert, and they eventually defected to Zaros.
Rivalry with Amascut[edit | edit source]
Around this time, Icthlarin also began to face trouble from within his own family. His sister Amascut, the then-goddess of rebirth, had seen the power of the Mahjarrat and become disturbed by it, to the point it drove her insane. Amascut declared herself The Devourer, intent on feasting upon the souls of the deceased and reap destruction upon the land, in direct opposition to her brother and the rest of the Pantheon, whom she now held with great contempt. Icthlarin and Amascut have been locked in a rivalry ever since.
Sometime after her metamorphosis, Amascut began to destroy her own temples and clergy. In response, her followers, including Neite - then one of Amascut's chief priestesses - rose up against her, cursing her that her name would be forgotten, any body she held would cast her out before long, and never again could she assemble willing disciples. Amascut, however, retaliated with a curse of her own, binding her priests in her own form, dooming them to walk the world as cats, which she in turn grew deathly afraid of.
Icthlarin, seeking to protect Neite and the others from his sister's wrath, brought them under his wing, gifting them with immortality that they may never die from natural causes. Around the same time, Icthlarin also appointed the Sphinx as the guardian of feline kind, safeguarding them against the agents of the Devourer in return for eternal life.
Amascut's insanity would cause great problems for Icthlarin, as in addition to causing troubles on the surface, she had created beasts to prowl the underworld, eager for souls to devour. This meant that escorting and guarding souls through the underworld took up more of Icthlarin's time, and meant that he would not always be successful, with many souls being devoured by Amascut's beasts. Icthlarin's role now consumes so much of his time that he has little time to devote to what happens on the surface, only interfering when he absolutely must.
In the year 169 of the Fifth Age, Amascut sought to obtain the soul of Klenter, a former High Priest of Icthlarin. To this end, Amascut - disguised as The Wanderer, hypnotised a passing adventurer into infiltrating his tomb and stealing one of the canopic jars. This act of depravity, however, did not go unnoticed by the god of the dead, prompting Icthlarin himself to appear before his sister's latest tool and relinquish the Devourer's hold over them, denying Amascut Klenter's soul.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Icthlarin is likely based on Anubis, the wolf-headed (commonly misinterpreted as jackal-headed) Egyptian god of death and mummification.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sphinx, "Icthlarin's Little Helper", Old School RuneScape. "The Devourer has taken to destroying humans. (...) Not just killing them; totally destroying them, body and soul. This has brought her into conflict with Icthlarin."
- Neite, Old School RuneScape. "It is not in Icthlarin's best interest to let us die, so we will never die of natural causes."
- Sphinx, "Icthlarin's Little Helper", Old School RuneScape. "I ensure the survival of cats and, for this service, Icthlarin grants me eternal life. (...) I look after my kind and, for that, Icthlarin looks after me."