Saradomin (pronounced /ˌsærəˈdoʊ̯mɪn/) is the god of order and wisdom, and is believed to be the most widely worshipped god on Gielinor. Additionally, he appears to be strongly associated with light as well, with various attributes, such as the Book of Light, referring to him as such. In the Third Age, he founded the Ordo Templi Saradominis, a highly secretive, military and espionage organisation based near Falador, from the remnants of the Zarosian order of a similar name. He is even said to give direct orders in person to their current head of operations and second-in-command (after Saradomin himself) - Sir Vey Lance.
Presently, Saradomin has a vast number of followers, most of whom believe him to be the god of good, and there are far more churches dedicated to him than to other gods. Most of his modern followers reside in Misthalin, Asgarnia, Kandarin and Entrana, but there are several groups outside these areas. Unlike those of Zamorak or Guthix, his followers consist almost entirely of humans, though that was not always the case. Saradomin's symbol is a four-pointed star (that is usually coloured gold or silver), which he likely took from his crown. Saradomin was the first god to return to Gielinor in the Sixth Age, after Guthix's death.
Saradomin possesses one of the twelve Elder Artefacts, the Crown Archival. This item is used to locate all the other artefacts. However, possessing any of the other artefacts will likewise reveal the crown's location. It is known to have been in his possession for well over 10,000 years.
The Saradominist religion makes heavy use of symbolism and glorification, and thus Saradomin may at times have been portrayed in a different light throughout the history of Gielinor than what may be the case, and although Saradomin is largely benevolent and wants to do things he regards as good, this does not mean that he is the personification of good itself, nor that his methods reflect his goals, as Saradomin is indeed relentless in his pursuit for order and peace. Saradomin has himself expressed a hope that the ends justify the means. Saradomin is also quick to anger, and has according to himself done things in his past that he regards as shameful and now regrets having undertaken them, such as razing the city Askroth to the ground and waging war on the Naragi when they angered him by refusing to accept his rule.
Although Saradomin is from Teragard, he has little remaining tie to the culture or technology of that world. Saradominist culture is instead based largely on icyene culture, filtered through the interpretation of Saradomin himself and his many human followers. As more and more humans from the former Zarosian empire joined Saradomin, they brought with them Zarosian cultural mores, some of which were adopted into the culture as a whole. Saradomin's people and forces are nearly fanatically loyal to him, as he devotes a great deal of effort to making sure this is the case.
History of Saradomin
Powers and abilities
Saradomin has been shown to have extreme power and abilities. He can teleport himself, objects, and other beings anywhere on a whim except when another being that also has extreme power that either doesn't allow it, or can't be forced on. He can also enlarge both himself and objects to gigantic sizes and infuse power into weapons and other beings. He is also in possession of the Crown Archival, which makes it possible for Saradomin to locate other Elder Artefacts while exposing him to other gods who are in possession of other Elder Artefacts. However, the Crown can only pinpoint which planet these Artefacts are on, and not their specific locations, much to Saradomin's frustration.
Despite maintaining a powerful beam while locked in battle with Zamorak, he could still produce area of effect spells that would empower his followers or weaken his enemies.
Furthermore, as evidenced by his interactions in The Death of Chivalry, Saradomin is capable of creating manifestations of himself elsewhere in the world, that can interact with the world and its inhabitants, as well as teleport and cast spells, even while the true Saradomin is focused on other tasks (such as battling Zamorak); a privilege of being a high-tier god.
Saradomin also gained a great deal of power after he won the Battle of Lumbridge, fuelled by Guthix's divine energy.
|“||A wise man with nothing may defeat a thousand fully armoured foes before they have even realised they are under attack, for wisdom is one of the greatest gifts I can bestow upon my followers.||”|
Saradomin has a vast following, both on Gielinor and across the Multiverse. Because of all the people and races allied with him, many Saradominists have varying opinions on numerous issues. These opinions may not be shared with Saradomin himself. Some Saradominists believe that there are only three gods, denying the existence of other gods/demi-gods. Others go as far to claim that he is the only true god in existence.
Groups and races
- Humans - Most citizens of RuneScape, primarily in Misthalin, Asgarnia and Kandarin, follow Saradomin.
- Monks - Men who have devoted their life to the follow of Saradomin.
- Myreque - An organisation plotting against Lord Drakan in Morytania.
- H.A.M. - A group of human refugees seeking the destruction of various non-human races.
- White Knights - An organisation of religious knights, centred in and devoted to the protection of Asgarnia. Headquartered in Falador.
- Temple Knights - An ancient organisation with ties to the White Knights who perform acts of espionage, surveillance and infiltration.
- Icyene - A race of winged humanoids with notable power against Vampyres.
- Holy Order of Paladins - A division of the Royal Army of Ardougne.
- Imcando dwarves - A tribe of dwarves driven to near extinction by the Runecrafting Crusades.
- Saragorgak - A goblin tribe sold to Saradomin by Bandos.
- Centaurs - Half-horse, half-human creatures.
- Unicorns - Horned equine creatures
- Blue Order - An order of wizards who support Saradomin and were one of the founding orders of the First Wizards' Tower.
- Golems - Golems were used during the Third Age by various factions and are still used by Saradominists today as evidenced by the Saradominist colossus and the Prototype colossus.
- Commander Zilyana - leader of Saradomin's army in the God Wars Dungeon, who is one of the few known Icyene currently in game.
- Padomenes - One of Saradomin's Generals and the leader of Saradomin's army in The Battle of Lumbridge.
- Wise Old Man - A famous Saradominist hero and mage.
- Sigmund - former advisor to the Duke of Lumbridge. He became the leader of his own split faction of the H.A.M cult.
- Drezel - the priest in Paterdomus, the ancient temple dedicated to Saradomin that protects Misthalin from Morytania's evil taint.
- Barrows Brothers - formerly a band of six legendary warriors in the Third Age who assisted the god in his campaign to conquer southern Forinthry during the God Wars and soon after ventured into Morytania, leading the Morytania Campaign.
- Brother Jered - leader of the Monastery located west of Edgeville.
- Sir Amik Varze - leader of the White Knights of Falador and current ruler of Asgarnia.
- King Tyras - ruler of West Ardougne, brother of King Lathas
- Sir Tiffy Cashien - head of the recruitment of the Temple Knights.
- Akrisae - a Saradomin priest who acts as a representative of the Temple Knights during While Guthix Sleeps.
- High Priest - leader of the monastery on Entrana.
- Veliaf Hurtz - former leader of the Myreque in Mort Myre.
- Safalaan Hallow - lieutenant of the Myreque in Meiyerditch and a wyrd.
- Abbess Benita - head of the Abbey in Al Kharid.
- King Roald III - the current king of Varrock and Misthalin.
- King Vallance - the current, ill king of Falador and Asgarnia.
- Sir Vey Lance - head of operations of the Temple Knights.
- Johanhus Ulsbrecht - leader of H.A.M.
- The Missionary - a devout Saradominist who is trying to convert the inhabitants of the Eastern Lands to following Saradomin. He built a church in Hyu-Ji, an island in the Skull archipelago in order to help him to do that.
- Perien the Blue - the first Archmage of the new Wizards' Tower, and a member of the Blue Order.
- Unaia the Blue - the last Master of the Blue order of the first Wizard's tower.
- Saint Elspeth - a legendary woman from the God Wars who became a saint after sacrificing herself saving a village from The Ripper.
- A side effect of his apotheosis is his blue skin, though he is unsure why.
- In the FunOrb game Arcanists, statues of Saradomin can be found on the Sky Castle stage
- During Death of Chivalry, when Sir Owen kneels before Saradomin and starts to praise him, Saradomin says "If there's one thing I can't stand it's when people grovel", which is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where God says the same thing to King Arthur.
- Saradomin is voiced by Voice Actor Stanley Townsend.
- In Sliske's Endgame, Death can be asked how Saradomin would die. Death claims that he hears "the crossing of swords and the warmth of light, then the coolness of shadow. These continue, light then shadow, until I pass."
- It is revealed during Sliske's Endgame that Saradomin has a daughter that is still alive and is currently being held by Zaros.
- Saradomin may be derived from the Latin phrase "Sanctus Dominus", meaning Holy Lord.
- ^ a b Jagex. Above the Lore - episode 6: The Story behind the World Event Mod Osborne : "Saradomin is perhaps our only human god." (28:43) Above the Lore podcast, 26 July 2013.
- ^ a b Jagex. Official lore livestream with Mods Mark and Osborne Official lore livestream, 4 November 2012.
- ^ The examine text of the Saradomin symbol is "The holy symbol of the god of light."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "I was mortal once, a long time ago. I have done...questionable things. Yet I have always hoped that the ends justify my means."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "The ruin I brought to the Naragi is my greatest shame. Civilisations have risen and fallen, and still the actions of my past haunt me."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "I was young and filled with a new and glorious power. I wore the Elder Crown, and thought it granted me the right to rule. In my arrogance, I did not anticipate the Naragi would refuse."
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "The power that Guthix gave you protects you from godly power. As you recall from our last encounter, I cannot teleport you against your will."
- ^ Guthix, "Guthixian Memories", RuneScape. "The crown located other artefacts, but it would - in turn - attract those who kept them..."
- ^ Mod Osborne. "Missing, Presumed Death - FAQ." 18 October 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
- ^ Saradomin, "The Death of Chivalry", RuneScape. "Although I am locked in battle with Zamorak... I am able to project a minor manifestation of my form here to speak with you."
- ^ Jagex. "God Letter 21 - Saradomin Illuminates, 8" RuneScape God Letters.
- ^ Jagex. Above the Lore - episode 5: Bigging up the Dwarves Mod John A : "The Imcando dwarves are meant to be descendants of those that followed Saradomin during the God Wars." (25:43) Above the Lore podcast, 4 July 2013.
- ^ Jagex. Above the Lore - episode 6: The Story behind the World Event Mod Osborne : "This is an extrapolated form of the human form, so he's got blue skin, gotten quite big, and a white beard." (12:07) Above the Lore podcast, 26 July 2013.
- ^ Saradomin, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "Why is this cerulean pallor a product of my transformation? I do not know."
- ^ Zaros, "Sliske's Endgame", RuneScape. "Your daughter is safe Saradomin. Nex found her on one of the Obsidian Tribunal's worlds. She is safely in my possession now."
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