This article is about the ruler of Menaphos. For other uses, see Pharaoh (disambiguation).
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The Menaphite Pharaoh on his throne

The Pharaoh is the current ruler of Menaphos. He is considered by non-Menaphites to be greedy and cruel.[1][2] He appears to hold little regard for religion, employing men willing to open fire on religious leaders.[3] He rules through fear and employs a vast spy network to suppress dissent.[4]


The Pharaoh was the son of an unnamed female Pharaoh who Osman regarded as a militant and petty ruler. It is unknown what happened to the Pharaoh's mother, but he assumed the throne after her reign. In his early years as Pharaoh, he was a kind and just ruler, righting all the sins of his mother. Sometime near the end of the Fifth Age, he suddenly changed and became like his mother.

At an unknown time, a group of Amascut devotees attempted to overthrow the Pharaoh, but failed. They were subsequently exiled from Menaphos and retreated to Pollnivneach to regroup for another attempt.[5]

During the Fifth Age, Menaphos was at war with Al Kharid but the Pharaoh, then a worshipper of Apmeken, declared a fragile peace with Emir Shah.[6] Amascut, furious at the cessation of of hostilities, dealt with the Pharaoh.[7]

When the Emir fell ill and his son Ali Mirza went missing in 169, Jabari, a Menaphite ambassador and thrall of the Devourer sent to Al Kharid demanded stability, even if that meant putting a Menaphite on the throne, even temporarily. The offer was rejected, with Al Kharid's spymaster Osman suggesting the Pharaoh was involved in the kidnapping of the Prince.[8] The Emir believed that Menaphos would declare war should he die without Ali to take up the throne, though the prince was later recovered.

When the neighbouring city of Sophanem became infested by plagues, the Pharaoh ordered the gates between the cities sealed, quarantining the city and restricting the movement of Sophanites. Attempts to establish contact between the cities have been violently repelled by Coenus, the vicious Captain of the Menaphite Guard. Upon hearing the slaves of Sophanem had been temporarily relieved of their duty following the quarantine, the Menaphite slaves rose in rebellion, although Coenus and his men managed to harshly subdue the revolt in the imperial and merchant districts.

Sometime ago, during a riot , the Menaphite guards captured Batal. To ensure no more workers would riot, the Pharaoh had Batal's hands cut off to make him an example of what would happen if he was defied again.

According to rumours, the Pharaoh is not planning on opening the city gates soon - the opposite, if anything.[9]

During The Jack of Spades quest, the Pharaoh reluctantly allows the player and Grand Vizier Hassan into the city, telling Jabari that he is taking a big risk inviting outsiders into Menaphos. He has his men watch the two to ensure they do not cause any trouble while they stay in the city.

During Crocodile Tears, the Pharaoh learns that Crondis has broken free of Amascut's hold, and decides to take Jabari's advice of paying the local bandits and thugs to terrorise the city.

During Our Man in the North, Jabari informs him that the player he invited is meddling in imperial affairs, which he disregards. Near the end of the quest, the Pharaoh reveals his goals and tries to find Jabari, but fails.

In 'Phite Club, the Pharaoh fights the player but is defeated. It is shown that he was corrupted by Amascut and begs for mercy. Regardless of the player's decision, Osman appears and kills him.


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Unknown (was once Osmumten) Pharaoh of Menaphos Osman


  1. ^ Jex, RuneScape. "The Pharaoh of Menaphos is a greedy, cruel man whose lack of restraint is beyond even Crondis's help."
  2. ^ Osman, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "I ask only for what must be done. Else, Al Kharid will fall to the tyrant of Menaphos."
  3. ^ High Priest (Sophanem), "Contact!", RuneScape. "The Menaphites are led by a more secular ruler than I would like. Respect for the old ways is diminishing."
  4. ^ Jagex. The Pharaoh. Jagex. "Rarely seen but always feared, his web of informants ensure that none speak out against him."*
  5. ^ Menaphite leader, "The Feud", RuneScape. "We are the chosen, exiled from Menaphos for trying to overthrow the Pharaoh. Loyal servants of Amascut the Devourer, God of Destruction. We are regrouping to launch another offensive against the thrall of Tumeken, using Pollnivneach as a spawning ground for revolution!"
  6. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "Fifty years ago, the progressive young Pharaoh of Menaphos proposed an alliance of Al Kharid, in the hopes of bringing prosperity to the desert. He was a worshipper of Apmeken."
  7. ^ Mizaru, "Do No Evil", RuneScape. "Amascut was furious. Without war there could be no destruction on the scale that she desired. She cured the pharaoh and hunted down Apmeken."
  8. ^ Osman, "Stolen Hearts", RuneScape. "Not missing, kidnapped! This was a deliberate act. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Menaphos was behind it. Employing 'politics' where war has failed you. Rest assured, my people are looking into this."
  9. ^ Maisa, "Dealing with Scabaras", RuneScape. "Well, some say that the Pharaoh is intending to make the town more self-sufficient, which might be a sign that he is aiming for more, rather than less isolation in future."
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