"Abbey" redirects here. For the music track, see The Abbey.

The worn exterior of the Abbey

A map of the Abbey

The Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede is a large abbey in the desert where the followers of Saint Elspeth live. The organisation and abbey were founded in 99 or 100 of the Fifth Age.[1] It is located east of Al Kharid, past the desert strykewyrms. A Saradominist abbey was founded there in her memory,[1] and the Sisters of Saint Elspeth devote their time to music and prayer within its walls. The abbey has sand-blasted walls, and a gate to keep out the desert strykewyrms, which are found immediately to the west, as well as bandits.

It is the location where St. Elspeth's remains were found. The Ripper's remains are also found here, though the abbey's inhabitants are seemingly unaware of it. Unlike Elspeth, The Ripper survived and is lingering beneath the abbey, having corrupted several miners and turned them into a pack of ripper demons.

The abbey plays a large part in the quest One Piercing Note, where a murder takes place within its walls and, not long after, a secular troubadour sets up outside the abbey.

In the basement, accessed through the north-east descending staircase, players can retrieve the Holy Cithara and the Citharede robes. Illuminated god books are created within the abbey.


  • From Al Kharid lodestone, head east and then south via the road around the castle and then east via the east entrance to the city.



Members of the order




  • There is a cave south of the abbey. When examined it says, "Deep scratches have been made on the lip of this cave." It is where the Eagles lie, but it could also be where Sister Anna hid when she broke out through the window of her cell.
  • The portcullis examine text reads, "The abbey is built much like a fortress."
  • The abbey is known to use Vespers and Compline, which are prayers in the Christian tradition of canonical hours.


Concept art


  1. ^ a b Sister Cecilia, "One Piercing Note", RuneScape. "Her remains lay unburied until the present age. Then, seventy years ago, a group of holy women found them and built this abbey in her memory."
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