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The Outpost is an old, now-derelict tower to the north of West Ardougne, and is involved heavily in the Making History quest, which centres around the tower. The Outpost, though now disused, played a very important role in the history of Kandarin and the Ardignas line of royalty.

Location[edit | edit source]

The Outpost lies just off the north-west corner of West Ardougne, and can be reached in a variety of ways.

Note: Many of the fast transport methods require the start or completion of various quests before they can be used.

History[edit | edit source]

Foundation[edit | edit source]

Established in the year 30 of the Fifth Age,[1] shortly after the discovery of Runestones by the Fremennik, the Outpost was originally a simple watchtower to guard the city of Ardougne from the many threats that existed close to the Arandar mountain range, though its life as a watchtower was short lived: in a relatively peaceful age, it was quickly abandoned and became derelict, used whenever various groups of people pleased to meet petty ends.

It was not until year 94 of the Fifth Age that the Outpost was put to important use. 65 years after its construction, a group of followers of Zamorak, a religion which was becoming popular in Kandarin, moved into the Outpost and began to cause trouble around Ardougne, in the period now known as "The Dreaded Years of Tragedy" in history books, in which the Zamorakians carried out various mischief such as turning all the children in Ardougne invisible and letting them cause chaos. Three years later, Saradominists launched a crusade to defeat the Zamorakians.

The Great Battle[edit | edit source]

After several years of chaos in Ardougne, the authorities there called for help, and an army of Saradominists, led by the former friend of the Zamorakian leader, met with the Zamorakians and fought what later became known as The Great Battle, a battle which led to the deaths of everyone present, with the exception of the two leaders, the Saradominist and the Zamorakian, both being the most powerful mages. After seeing all the bloodshed they had caused, the two put aside their differences and both converted to Guthixianism, following the teaches of the god of balance, Guthix. Later the two set about helping the steadily growing city of Ardougne, one of the two becoming the King, who ruled fairly and leniently.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

The King that rose from the inconclusive Great Battle is believed to be the first in the line of Ardignas, a powerful and influential line in Kandarin. While his name is not recorded, some speculate that he is King Narras, a ruler who went mad and invented the game Hangman, though it is unlikely that Narras was the first; his dates do not match the dates of The Great Battle and the founding of the line. However, great kings such as King Ulthas, who is known to have formed the Ardougne City Council and the Royal Army of Ardougne. His two sons, King Lathas and King Tyras, still rule Ardougne, which has now been split into two parts, East and West.

Features[edit | edit source]

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Following the completion of the Making History quest, the Outpost is the location of a small Museum, which houses several oddities and artefacts as well as several books on the History of the Outpost itself, the modern-day history of Ardougne and the Ardignas line, and a book on "The Mysterious Adventurer", which is a tale told about the player themselves.

Several important items are on display in glass cases in the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] and 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of the outpost, consisting of a helmet supposedly worn by Wally, a hero in the history of Varrock who slew the demon Delrith with the sword Silverlight, a battleaxe wielded by Arrav before his quest to find a magical shield to save Avarrocka from Zemouregal, a Mahjarrat, and last walking boots which were worn by Randas, a famous explorer who was known to have braved the Underground Pass only to be corrupted by Zamorak and turned into a Soulless.

There is also a large, wooden shield in a glass case akin to those used by the Fremennik, nomadic people who are the closest link to the Fourth Age there currently is, and an Iron mace which serves as an early example of smithing weaponry, and two flags: one bearing the Star of Saradomin, and the other the symbol of Zamorak. On the roof of the outpost there lies a dilapidated and rotten catapult.

Personalities and monsters[edit | edit source]

  • Jorral, a historian whose plight is to save the historically important Outpost from being torn down by Lathas. He begins the Making History quest.
  • The Outpost is surrounded by several creatures and monsters which could pose a danger to lower-levelled players, such as Grizzly bears, Wolves and Hobgoblins. Also, further north, close to the Tree Gnome Stronghold, there are groups of gnomes and warriors dotted around the forest.

Quests[edit | edit source]

One quest can be started in the Outpost, one of which is heavily centred around the building.

  • Making History, in which the player pieces together the history of the Outpost to save it from being demolished and turns it into a museum.
  • If Making History is completed before initiating the quest Tower of Life, it is revealed by Effigy, that the Outpost was supposed to be their new alchemist tower. Unfortunately (due to a pesky adventurer) the plan was spoiled when the Outpost became a museum.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The large display on 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of the Outpost incorrectly states that the battle occurred 68 years after the start of the Fifth Age rather than 68 years after the construction of the Outpost.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "Scroll (Making History)". Old School RuneScape. "Timeline of the Ardougne Outpost: Start of Fifth age: Outpost built + 65 Years: 'The Dreaded Years of Tragedy' + 68 Years: 'The Great Battle'" The Great Battle occurred in the year 98. Therefore, the Outpost was likely built in the year 30.