Battle of Plain of Mud
Hemenster map
Hemenster, the approximate location of the battle. The lake which dominates the region may have been created soon after due to erosion caused by the battle.
Goblin Tribal War
Mid Fourth Age
Location of modern-day Hemenster
Decrease in inter-tribal goblin conflicts, construction of Bandos Holy Temple, beginning of increased Goblin hostility towards other races, writing of the Goblin Holy Book, increased imbalance in tribal equality
Thorobshuun Tribe, Ekeleshuun Tribe, Garagorshuun Tribe, Idithuun Tribe, Rekeshuun Tribe, Norogoshuun Tribe, Drogokishuun, Huzamogaarb Tribe, Horogothgar Tribe, Saragorgak Tribe, Yurkolgokh
Various Goblin Generals
Virtually every surviving Goblin in the region; likely well over 100,000 soldiers
Unknown, most likely most of the goblin forces.
Previous battle
Feldip Hills Civil War

The Battle of Plain of Mud was a major battle which took place in the mid Fourth Age, in the area which is now modern-day Hemenster. The battle was fought between eleven goblin tribes (minus the Dorgeshuun, who had established a society underground), and was a turning point in goblin history, now remembered by goblins far and wide as the turn of the new Goblin century.

Prelude and battle

About in the middle of Fourth Age, the larger human and a few other intelligent races' settlements were able to defend themselves from attacks by hostile tribes and races. Goblins, who had been driven north by the ogres as a result of the Feldip Hills Civil War, were starting to lose the competition for food resources in Gielinor due to inferior technology and skills. Due to the fact that food was unevenly distributed between different goblin tribes, goblin tribes without food started attacking tribes with food.

It culminated when almost every goblin tribe gathered into two factions in place of modern Fishing Guild and the Battle of Plain of Mud began which lasted several days. Both sides were about evenly strong, and casualties were heavy. Due to the rainy weather, lots of goblin bodies and goblin feet trampling the ground, it turned into an enormous, sunken Plain of Mud.

Hopespear's vision

In the midst of the battle, one of the Narogoshuun tribe's goblin footsoldiers named Hopespear saw a dream about Bandos ordering him to stop the battle. Although Bandos liked the battle, he was afraid that it would lead the goblin race to extinction, thus losing many of his followers. Bandos promised that one day he'll send a Chosen Commander who will lead goblins to victory.


After Hopespear told about his vision to his general, all of the remaining goblin generals gathered to an emergency meeting and ended the battle. Hopespear's vision was written down in a Goblin Holy Book, and a temple was built in the place where Battle of Plain of Mud took place. It soon sank into mud where it is still one of the most important goblin temples, featuring in many quests in the Dorgeshuun quest series, as well as the Hopespear's Will miniquest. There is also the last resting place of Hopespear, the prophet.

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