Wintertodt parable

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Wintertodt parable is a book found in the Grand Library in Arceuus. Professor Gracklebone, Sam and Villia may ask the player to find this book for them, in which their location is random and changes every 80-100 minutes. Upon handing in the book to the player's customer, a book of arcane knowledge and 2.5% Arceuus favour is rewarded.

Players cannot perform a drop trick to obtain more books, as they will disappear once dropped; this is done to prevent the player from obtaining multiple copies in order to gain favour quicker by having the book readily available after a customer asks for it.

The book speaks about a particularly harsh winter that attracted the Wintertodt, who devoured all the crops of a certain Lord's farm. It details Dentristus, a farm hand who sought to defeat the Wintertodt in order to gain the Lord's daughter's hand in marriage.

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There was a man called Dentristus, a farm hand on his lord's farm. His lord had a beautiful daughter, Arastasia, with whom he was in love, but always he knew he would never win her hand.

That winter was the Great Winter which drew down the Wintertodt from the north, It[sic] proceeded to devour the animals upon the farm and freezing the next year's crops. The lord had no food and Arastasia wept at the fear and distress caused to her people. This broke the heart of Dentristus and so he approached the Lord.

'My Lord! I cannot bear to see you beautiful daughter cry so over the despair that this beast has caused. I vow that I will venture into the mountains and destroy the beast so it shall trouble us no more.'

'Dentristus, you are a brave man,' replied the Lord. 'This is a dangerous undertaking and if you succeed I will grant you my daughter's hand in marriage as you will truly be the only man that can make her happy.'

Dressed in the Lord's best armour and wielding his most dangerous weapon Destristus started upon his quest.

Into the mountains Dentristus climbed, camping at night in caves to protect himself from the wind and snow in search of the Wintertodt. From devastated village to devastated village he travelled following the carnage of the Wintertodt.

With hope in his heart and love strengthening his arm Dentristus felt invincible in his armour and powerful with his sword in his hand, he was ready when he met the Wintertodt.

One wishes you could say he put up a fight, but Dentristus lay dead before he even saw the Wintertodt, the icy wind freezing him to the bone before he could lay a blow.

The fate of Dentristus is a notable reminder that some battles cannot be fought alone.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
16 May 2019
(update)
The book may no longer be deposited to a bank to prevent their use as an efficient Runecraft training method.
10 January 2019
(update)
The text was slightly altered.