Operation: Phoenix

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The modern Wizards' Tower, rebuilt following the battle.

Operation: Phoenix is the name given to what is claimed to have been an organised attack by Zamorakian wizards against the first Wizards' Tower. The operation supposedly took place in the year 70 of the Fifth Age, and ultimately resulted in the complete destruction of the tower and the loss of many magical secrets. The event, though referenced frequently throughout RuneScape's history and dialogue, has been referred to by name only once, in a Temple Knight commorb dossier obtained during the Wanted! quest.[1]

Details regarding the incident itself are few. Prior to the attack, Zamorakians had largely been tolerated, if not fully accepted, by most within nations such as Misthalin and Asgarnia. Many had worked in the Wizards' Tower itself, with Zamorakians being one of the four orders that made up the Tower's inhabitants. For reasons that are not completely clear, these Zamorakian mages betrayed the Wizards' Tower and, in the process, burned it to the ground. Many of the secrets of magic and runecrafting were lost as a result.

Following the destruction, anti-Zamorakian sentiment was strong throughout the human kingdoms. Many Zamorakians, such as the Dagon'hai in Varrock, were persecuted and forced into hiding. Although this sentiment still exists today, it has diminished to a degree. The Wizards' Tower was later rebuilt, albeit on a smaller scale and restricted only to the Saradominist Blue Order. The modern Zamorak Magical Institute is believed by the Temple Knights to be descended from the Zamorakian mages originally responsible for the plot.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Commorb, "Wanted!", Old School RuneScape. "Observation suggests that the Z.M.I. is the same faction of Zamorakians that burnt down the Wizards' Tower in Operation: Phoenix, but firm conclusions as to the reason for this remain at best sketchy and unsupported by evidence."