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Northern Sea
Misthalin Lordship of the North Coast Port Phasmatys
Canifis
Now known as "Fenkenstrain's Castle" in honour of a treacherous doctor, this castle is believed to have been the political centre of the fief.

The Lordship of the North Coast was a small independent fief on Morytania's northern coastline founded by Misthalanian still-loyal humans after the downfall of Zaros' empire, presumably at some point in the Fourth Age. These founders may have been part of the settlers from Misthalin who arrived in Morytania in 1777, and decided to set up an independent kingdom where they could worship their chosen god in peace. It was ruled by a line of hereditary Lords, who were buried in the nearby Mausoleum, and who, judging by the symbols above the graves found here, worshipped Zaros. The last of these Lords was Lord Rologarth, who was murdered by Dr. Fenkenstrain in c. year 150 of the Fifth Age.

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Founding

Although direct accounts are extremely lacking, it is presumed that the lordship was founded by followers of the god Zaros, who were possibly among settlers from Misthalin. It would seem likely, at first glance, that the founders simply survived the purge of Zarosians that took place in the early Third Age and continued to rule part of Zaros' realm independent of his direct supervision but in his name; however, owing to the fact that there is evidence that the fief lasted for only (though still a long time compared to other nations) fifteen human generations, and bearing in mind the difficulties of maintaining any form of secure society during the God Wars, this is improbable, if not actually impossible.

It is unknown how large or populous was the fief, but graves of its residents are found as far apart as the Mausoleum (where its rulers were buried) and the Haunted Woods. However, it could not have been of great size or power, or it would surely have attracted the attention of Drakan far sooner than it actually did.

The ruling family of the fief had a habit of naming their children Rolo-, presumably for unknown cultural reasons. After the year 27 of the Fifth Age, they remained safe from the Werewolves in nearby Canifis through use of the Ring of Charos, an item passed down through the family of Drakan's human adivisor Charos, which had the power of tricking Werewolves into recognising their own kin in ordinary humans.

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In the late Fifth Age, during the reign of Lord Rologarth, the Vampyres in the south of Morytania noticed the undesirable presence of politically free humans dwelling in their territory, and began threatening the Lord. They soon subjugated the area surrounding the castle and trapped the surviving citizens within. Acting on the manipulative advice of castle physician Doctor Fenkenstrain, Rologarth began sending residents to the Vampyres as tributes, in the hope that they might be satisfactorily appeased and leave the castle alone. This plan was a failure, and Rologarth realised that Fenkenstrain was in league with Lord Drakan.

Desperate, Rologarth penned a letter to his brother Rologarric, who had left the castle some ten years previously due to a mistrust of Fenkenstrain, but received no response. Fenkenstrain, in a failed attempt to steal the Ring of Charos from Rologarth and then flee the castle, was forced to kill him to remain undercover. He was discovered doing this by other family members, whom he also murdered. Drakan enslaved what humans still dwelt in the castle, and he was rewarded for his services with permission to remain in the now empty building without having to pay Blood Tithes. He renamed the castle Castle Fenkenstrain, and practised necromantic research there.

Events of Creature of Fenkenstrain

Lord Rologarth, 15th Lord of the North Coast, after being accidentally reanimated by Fenkenstrain.

In the year 169 of the Fifth Age, an adventurer, applying for the post of "Braindead Butler" at Fenkenstrain's Castle, entered into his employment, and was ordered to assist him in his project of making a living being out of the body parts of dead humans.


However, the brain acquired for this task turned out, by remarkable coincidence, to be the brain of Lord Rologarth, which had been sold to the Hair of the Dog tavern in Canifis for unknown reasons. When the creature was animated, Rologarth attempted to murder Fenkenstrain, and informed the player of his history; the player then returned the Ring of Charos to Rologarth, who refused it on grounds of not needing protection from Werewolves since they only enjoy eating live flesh. Rologarth still rules his empty castle today.

Known Citizens

The Lords of the North Coast were buied here. Note the Zarosian symbols affixed above the graves.

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

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