Oaknock the Engineer

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Oaknock the Engineer
Oaknock the Engineer.png
Released15 August 2006 (Update)
LocationQuest cutscene
QuestThe Eyes of Glouphrie
ExamineCan he build it? Yes he can!
Advanced data
NPC ID4644
Oaknock the Engineer chathead.png

Oaknock the Engineer was a gnomish inventor and architect and one of the gnomes' great heroes of their golden age, famous for building most of the Tree Gnome Stronghold.[1] He also developed many great technologies, many of which have been forgotten. Players will first learn of Oaknock while doing the The Eyes of Glouphrie quest, where it is shown how his machine dispelled Glouphrie the Untrusted’s illusion concealing Argento’s death. Oaknock died at some point before the current date of RuneScape.

He had multiple children, of whom Yewnock is famous for inventing the gnome glider based on the models Oaknock used to make.[2] The crystal saw is another of Oaknock’s inventions, based on his acquaintance with the elves.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Not much is known about Oaknock's early history, but he was one of King Healthorg's advisers during the Grand Migration of the gnomes at the end of the Fourth Age, alongside the mages Glouphrie the Untrusted and Hazelmere the Ethereal. There was mutual enmity between Oaknock and Glouphrie, though.[4]

Glouphrie casts his spell (Oaknock on the far left).

Healthorg and his people lived to the north of Baxtorian's elvish kingdom and Oaknock was said to socialise with the elves, taking inspiration from their crystal singing for his inventions. At one point, the elves all travelled west due to The Great Divide, leaving their former territory unoccupied. This led to conflicts between the gnomes and the goblins that were travelling north as a result of the Feldip Hills Civil War.[5] The so-called Goblin Wars culminated in the Battle of Atarisundri; whilst the gnomes were outmatched, Glouphrie's illusionary army of battle tortoises scared them off, leaving the gnomes victorious.

Oaknock dispels Glouphrie's illusion.

After this Grand Migration of the gnomes, they settled in what is now their Tree Gnome Stronghold. Oaknock was responsible for designing and building most of it.[1] He had a personal workshop in a cave (now Brimstail's cave) in the south-west of the stronghold.[6] His Aspidistra plant is still present in that cave, as are the elven-inspired crystal singing bowl and anti-illusion machine.[7] The Stronghold contained an old and wise silver spirit tree, Argento, who was a friend of Hazelmere's. One day, however, Hazelmere sensed his friend's death, although his outward appearance had not changed. Yet, the tree would talk to him no longer. He consulted Oaknock, who immediately blamed Glouphrie. The engineer prepared his elvish anti-illusion machine and summoned the King and his advisers to the tree.[8] The machine was switched on, revealing that Glouphrie had indeed concealed Argento's death, for which King Healthorg exiled him. Glouphrie and some of his companions left the stronghold and are said to have founded a city called Arposandra.[9]

The following takes place during The Eyes of Glouphrie.

Long after Oaknock's death, in 169 of the Fifth Age, the gnome mage Brimstail, now living in Oaknock's old workshop, sought to uncover the history of Glouphrie and the gnomes. He enlisted an adventurer's help to learn this history from Hazelmere, but whilst doing so, an invisible intruder sabotaged Oaknock's machine. It was repaired and subsequently activated, revealed the various cute creatures around the stronghold (including inside the workshop) were actually Arposandran spies. For their aid, the adventurer was gifted a crystal seed by King Narnode Shareen, which had been given by Oaknock to King Healthorg and passed down to subsequent kings and was intended for a hero of the gnomes. Using Oaknock's crystal bowl, the seed was transformed into a crystal saw.[10]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His examine description is a reference to the television show Bob the Builder.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Brimstail, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "Ah, Oaknock was an engineer and architect. Very famous. There are statues to him around the place – his reputation amongst gnomes is second only to King Healthorg himself. He built most of the Stronghold you know."
  2. ^ Display case 10, "Varrock Museum", Old School RuneScape. "They did mention that an old gnome engineer called Oaknock used to make model gliders for his children. Oaknock's son, Yewknock, ended up creating this method of transport with inspiration from his father's models."
  3. ^ Brimstail, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "I've no idea, it must have been Oaknock's, he liked talking to the elves."
  4. ^ Brimstail, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "Oaknock the Engineer and Glouphrie didn't like each other either..."
  5. ^ Hazelmere, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "Let us travel back in time, to the time you humans call the Fourth Age. King Healthorg had become King. The elves mysteriously decided to travel west, leaving most of Kandarin open for conquest. The humans weren't here yet, only King Healthorg and the gnomes to the north, and a collection of Goblin tribes to the south. Both armies moved to claim the lands, and were of course destined to meet in battle... And so it came to pass the Goblin and Gnome armies met at the Battle of Atarisundri."
  6. ^ Brimstail, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "It was built by Oaknock. [...] That room used to be Oaknock's workshop. I'd also recognise his style anywhere."
  7. ^ Brimstail, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "Oh, that's not my potplant. I think it was Oaknock's."
  8. ^ Hazelmere, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "Someone had hidden his death. I talked to Oaknock and he was incensed. He immediately blamed Glouphrie, and although Oaknock could be rather irrational when it came to Glouphrie – they never saw eye to eye – I knew he was right this time. Glouphrie had used his magicks to hide the truth from all of us. Oaknock had made a machine – an anti-illusion machine, with some help from the elves. He prepared it, and summoned the advisors to Argento..."
  9. ^ Hazelmere, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "And so Glouphrie left and travelled with some companions to a place they called Arposandra. We have heard nothing but rumours about them since... [...] The rumour is that after founding his new home, Glouphrie used his magicks to shroud the city in mist. Arposandra may not exist at all, however I suspect that Glouphrie is still around, one way or another."
  10. ^ King Narnode Shareen, "The Eyes of Glouphrie", Old School RuneScape. "It was passed down to me from King to King. It belonged to Oaknock. He proclaimed that only a hero of the gnomes should have it. I think you count as a hero."