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The First Age is the first era of the history of RuneScape.



Virtually nothing is known of the First Age, as it ended roughly 8,000 years ago. The only things that can be safely assumed is that this is the period when Guthix discovered a "blank plane" called Gielinor and shaped it how he pleased. A possible end of this age is when Guthix descended deep underground and began his long sleep until the end of the God Wars.

Major Events and Information

  • Year 1 - Guthix discovers the blank plane which he names Gielinor.
  • Guthix starts to shape Gielinor and create some wild life-forms.
  • TzHaar already existed during First Age; it is possible they were present even before Guthix's arrival.
  • World Gate is opened.
  • Elves arrived on Gielinor.
  • Prifddinas is constructed.
  • "Short folks of varying kinds" already existed, along with Elves, prior to the arrival of humans.
  • The first humans stepped through the Portal of Life from their unknown plane, which Jack describes as one with "a great many people" and "far less strange...people and scientific laws." Guthix appears before the first humans of Gielinor and tells them to use, not abuse, their new world. They are seen in Meeting History and observed by the elf Haluned.
  • Guthix uses the power of the Stone of Jas to create the Magic of Gielinor itself, imbuing it within Runestones which he scatters all over the land, allowing sentient races to practice the mystic arts.
  • Many other gods and members of the desert pantheon may have arrived on Gielinor before Guthix descended underground.
  • Icthlarin transports the Mahjarrat from their home plane, Freneskae, to Gielinor.
  • Year 4000 (approx.) - Guthix descends deep underground, beginning his slumber lasting about 6000 years. This marks the end of the First Age.


An alternate theory proposed in the Book of Folklore links the creation and 'life-force' of Gielinor with the existence of an ancient race of creatures known as the Elder-dragons. As long as the Elder-dragons remained, the world would continue, though the extinction of the aforementioned Dragons would result in the "end of the world." It is possible that the Elder-dragons could be the Dragonkin that Robert the Strong annihilated; however, the Dragonkin are believed to be extinct, though the survival of a very limited number would tie in with the Elder-dragons and the world's continued existence. It is also possible that fairy dragons, such as K'klik, were these Elder-dragons, as his examine text asks the question, 'Could this be one of the elder dragons?'

The Elder-dragon theory is not widely known, nor popular with skeptics, believing it to have been created to throw doubt on the idea of Gielinor being barren before the gods arrived.

In the final cutscene of While Guthix Sleeps, it is confirmed that the dragonkin are still alive. The scene features three dragonkin, Sakirth, Sithaph and Strisath.

The Elves' Arrival

Although historical texts differ on the exact timeline of the elves, many scholars believe the elves arrived some time in the First Age through the World Gate. The elves, who had come from another world, were led through the gate by Seren, who brought them into Tirannwn.

Once there, Seren brought the elves to a massive clearing in the forest of Isafdar, where she had created the legendary Tower of Voices from Crystal. Here the elves constructed Prifddinas, one of Gielinor's first cities and the oldest settlement still in existence today.

The World Gate

The "World Gate" is one of Gielinor's greatest mysteries. Very few texts speak of it, although it is known to have existed in the First Age. It is through the gate that the elves were led, although others may have arrived through it as well.

The World Gate seems to have since been sealed, although whether by Guthix or another is unknown. Exactly what the World Gate is or was remains unknown; it may be that it served as a connection point to other worlds, or universes. This may once have been one of the few ways to enter Gielinor, but during the Second Age and God Wars the barriers may have been weakened. It is possible that the portal that leads to the killerwatt plane is a man-made world gate, but this cannot be proven.


  • RuneScape Game Guide
    • History of the World of RuneScape

This article uses material from the "First Age" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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