Kourend Castle

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Kourend Castle
Kourend Castle.png
Released17 November 2016 (Update)
LocationGreat Kourend
TeleportsKourend Castle Teleport
Advanced data

The Kourend Castle is a large castle found in the centre of Great Kourend, its courtyard directly flowing into the district of Kingstown. As Great Kourend is a currently ruled by the Kourend Council, there is no king that rules here, even though the castle appears to be furnished for royalty; this is because the last king that ruled Great Kourend, King Kharedst IV, ruled until the 139th decade (about 20 years ago).

In the context of Kourend's long history, the castle was constructed only relatively recently, as it first opened during the reign of King Kharedst the Builder, some time after the conclusion of the War of the Five Houses in the 123rd decade.[1] While it is not explicitly stated whom in the line of Kharedst the title of 'the Builder' was attributed to, it is possible to make a reasonable inference with regard to his identity based on a letter addressed to Jonathan published in the Postbag from the Hedge. In his response, he mentions a census conducted by King Kharedst the Builder, containing "countless records of mothers without sons or husbands", which in his estimation provides "fascinating insight into life before and after the War of the Five Houses".[2] The conclusion that could be drawn from this document is that King Kharedst the Builder came to power immediately following the War of the Five Houses, meaning he would have been the first of his line, King Kharedst I.

The castle acts as a diplomatic hub, attracting ambassadors and business representatives, such as the Knight of Varlamore. With the inhabitants of the mainland beginning to travel to Great Kourend, this may extend to rulers found in major kingdoms such as Asgarnia, Misthalin and Kandarin in the future.

Throughout the castle, Shayzien guards and Head Guards can be found. The western entrance's portcullis is closed, heavily guarded, and contains a large arsenal of ballistae, spear walls, gabion defences and barrels containing swords and bows.

Noteworthy features[edit | edit source]

Ground floor[edit | edit source]

  • The statue found at the courtyard, upon investigation, leads down to the Catacombs of Kourend.
  • The statue, upon first arriving to Great Kourend, is a slab of stone and is incomplete; players must complete the Architectural Alliance miniquest to complete its construction. The statue depicts the first King of Great Kourend, King Rada I. In addition, the statue can be read, revealing a poem titled "Kourend the Magnificent".
Click "Expand" to view the poem:

Kourend the magnificent,
Kourend the resplendent,
Kourend the most powerful
of the nations in the world.

Kourend is our citadel,
Kourend is our homeland.
We will live and die for Kourend,
for the kingdom of our birth.

From the rugged mountains,
to the foaming seas,
here we make our home in Kourend,
all together, all in peace.

Kourend is a monument,
Kourend is a triumph;
it shall stand here forever
in the shadow of our King.

  • The courtyard contains several stalls the player can steal from (silver, fruit, bakeries, silk, and gems). The player may be caught by Shayzien guards if they fail while stealing items.
  • The courtyard has four yew trees the player can cut.
  • There is a portrait that is an artist's impression of King Byrne I, who is known for his coronation speech.
  • There is an anvil by the south-west corner of the castle.

First floor[edit | edit source]

Second floor[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
16 June 2021

A new woodland area has been added to the west of the castle. The burnt bone spawns and the western gate have been removed.

10 January 2019

Most Shayzien guards and head guards who patrolled the castle have been replaced by unattackable Royal Guards.

4 May 2017

Added a missing water source symbol to the map at Kourend Castle.

24 November 2016

The portrait on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US], which was a re-used asset of the portrait of King Lathas on the top floor of the Varrock Museum, has been recoloured to depict an artist's impression of King Byrne I.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Lord Trobin Arceuus, Old School RuneScape. "I was there when Kharedst the Builder opened Kourend Castle"
  2. ^ Jagex. Postbag 27 - "Transcript:A fatherly Dad and some bloody insights", 4, by Jonathan. Old School RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.