Temple of the Lesser Gods

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Temple of the Lesser Gods
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Released26 April 2005 (Update)
MusicCity of the Dead, Back to Life
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The Temple of the Lesser Gods in Sophanem is a house of worship for the four lesser deities of the Menaphite Pantheon: Apmeken, Crondis, Het and Scabaras. It is located in the north-eastern corner of the city (surrounded by a swarm of giant locusts) and overseen by Jex, a priest of Icthlarin who is also versed in the worshipping rites of the lesser gods. He used to hold services for them until the temple and its basement, the bank of Sophanem, were severely damaged by an incursion of the Sect of Scabaras from the tunnels below and their subsequent repulsion by the Sophanites.[1] Following the death of several Sophanites who entered the dungeon, the tunnels were shut off by a trapdoor with a complicated lock and two Sophanem guards were stationed in the remains of the bank.[2]

Jex and the Temple are visited in the Contact! quest, when the player accesses the Scabarite tunnels to find a way into Menaphos. As part of this mission, the player brings Osman to Sophanem, where he knocks Jex unconscious and sneaks into the temple. Following the quest, the basement and bank are restored and put back to use.[3] The temple itself, however, remains in its wrecked state. Jex blames this on the fact that Sophanites mainly worship Icthlarin, whereas the lesser deities are more popular in Menaphos, coupled with the fact that the plagues of Sophanem and the subsequent quarantines have taken their toll on the cities' economies. To add insult to injury, the treasure hunter Simon Templeton stole some of the temple's broken stonework.[4]

Although the altar remains broken and unusable, the wall decorations symbolising the four lesser gods are intact. There is a ladder leading to the roof in the corner of the temple, but there is nothing there.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jex, "Contact!", Old School RuneScape. "I know bits and pieces about its history. I help maintain this place and even held services until recently. Please excuse its current sorry state. Some strange scarab creatures burst up from the cellars a few months ago. We fought them back into some kind of dungeon but, in doing so, the temple and the bank beneath were devastated."
  2. Jex, "Contact!", Old School RuneScape. "It's incredibly dangerous down there. We've lost far too many townsfolk already who underestimated the dangers. There are some fearsome traps and vicious monsters lurking in the darkness. [...] We've posted a number of guards there to hold back the scarab monsters. There is a barricaded trapdoor there that is a little complicated to open."
  3. High Priest (Sophanem), "Contact!", Old School RuneScape. "The bank under the Temple of the Lesser Gods has reopened and a number of our merchants have reopened their stalls."
  4. Jex, "Contact!", Old School RuneScape. "The minor gods aren't particularly revered in our fine city. Icthlarin holds sway here and, although a fine deity indeed, he's not the most jolly of sorts. [...] Most of the natural worshippers are in Menaphos; of course, and the local economy is rather depressed. In addition, that Templeton rogue made off with some of the damaged stonework. We should hunt him down like the jackal he is."