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A work-in-progress model of Nex, showcasing one of her special attacks in the first phase of the fight.

Nex (meaning "murder" or "death" in Latin) is one of Zaros' most powerful followers. She is located in the Ancient Prison, sealed away beneath the God Wars Dungeon.

An immensely powerful entity and one of Zaros's most powerful weapons of war, Nex is a nihil (properly called Zarytes) from Freneskae and possesses physical traits of the icyene, demons, aviantese and vampyres.

History[edit | edit source]

Imprisonment[edit | edit source]

Following the Betrayal of Zaros in the Second Age, a group of Zarosians were working to secure the area around the Mahjarrat ritual site (found south-east of Weiss today) to gain the upper hand. The leader of these Zarosians was Nex. Gaining power whenever she battled, Nex was considered unstoppable.

However, despite her immense strength, the forces of Saradomin were eventually able to imprison Nex and the Zarosian army around the beginning of the Third Age. With much effort and sacrifice, the Saradomin army managed to lead Nex and her army into a large icy cavern, where they enchanted them into a frozen sleep. Afterwards, the Saradominist forces built the Temple of Lost Ancients around it, known today as the God Wars Dungeon.

Many years after that event, a flock of aviantese were ambushed by an army of demons while transporting a newly created Godsword through the Trollheim mountains. Because of their small numbers, they were forced to retreat into the Temple of Lost Ancients. Eventually, reinforcements arrived from each side and the battle grew. Thus the battle of the godsword began.

Escape and re-imprisonment[edit | edit source]

Much later, Saradominist priests, one of them being Ashuelot Reis, were approached by a mysterious figure who spoke of Guthix. He taught them that Guthix was the only god who could end the chaos and stop the war. The priests, having grown weary from the endless wars, abandoned the cause of Saradomin and became followers of Guthix.

Their new leader, the mysterious figure, taught them the druidic ways of Guthix, including an ancient ritual that had the power to awaken Guthix himself. However, after the priests and their leader performed the ritual, it was discovered that the ritual was one that reopened the ancient prison, releasing Nex and her army in the process. Their leader, who had taught them the awakening ritual and the ways of Guthix, revealed himself to be Sliske, a Zarosian Mahjarrat.

Due to the length of her enchanted sleep, Nex was not at full strength. Despite this, she quickly laid waste to vast numbers from all sides. Rapidly gaining power, the four factions fighting for the Godsword temporarily formed an alliance and managed to drive Nex and her forces back into their prison, but the magical protections that contained them were damaged in the process.

Historical[edit | edit source]

Nex was originally released in RuneScape on 10 January, 2011. However, the Nex of Old School RuneScape has several differences which aim to address the issues with Nex's RuneScape counterpart and better adapt her for the community of Old School RuneScape.

  • Originally, players obtained four pieces of a frozen key (dropped by NPCs of each faction inside their strongholds), thus obtaining every part of the key required at least level 70 Ranged, Strength, Agility, and Hitpoints. In Old School, players must complete a miniquest (requiring Desert Treasure) to open the frozen door.
  • The NPCs of the ancient prison are spiritual rangers, warriors, and mages, rather than living soldiers.
  • In RuneScape, the killcount to reach Nex's outer chambers could be skipped by wearing ancient ceremonial robes; however, as ecumenical keys exist in Old School, the robes do not have the ability to skip killcount, though it gives the stats of monk robes rather than being cosmetic.
  • The mechanics of the boss fight received some modifications and balancing tweaks to fit Old School, though the fight is still largely similar how it was in 2011.
  • New rewards were proposed rather than copying Nex's drop table as it was in 2011.

Pre-release teaser[edit | edit source]

On 20 October 2021, a teaser to Nex and the Ancient Prison was quietly added, much like the original teaser released on 20 December 2010 in RuneScape; the frozen doors by the entrance to Armadyl's Eyrie were given an open option, and attempting to open the doors results in a chatbox message stating "You try to open the door, but it doesn't seem to budge."

After attempting to open the doors, a Strange Voice will speak in the chatbox, speaking one of six phrases. However, unlike the original teaser in 2010, there is no voice acting present.

  • All those who oppose us will perish...
  • Face me and know despair...
  • Give me the power of shadow...
  • Mortals, only death awaits you here...
  • My revenge will be great...
  • You cannot imprison me forever...