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Symbol of Lumbridge.

Lumbridge (also known to players as Lumby or Lummy for short) is a town in the kingdom of Misthalin. It was the setting of Learning the Ropes, and it is the place where new players started their true RuneScape adventure after completing Tutorial Island. It is the first town a player will ever visit. Lumbrige is known and classified some to be a city for low-level activities, although there is both high- and low-level.

Lumbridge is the default respawn point for players who die (though members can change it to Falador if they have done the Recruitment Drive quest, or Camelot if they have completed King's Ransom, and as of 11 January 2010, Soul Wars after Nomad's Requiem). Its main features include Lumbridge Castle, where players can start several quests, and where there is also a bank to deposit/withdraw items. There is also a general store, west of which is a large tree that players cannot do anything with, not even examine it. South of the city is Lumbridge Swamp. Lumbridge also includes entrances to other cities such as Zanaris and Dorgesh-Kaan. Next to the town's setting is the Lum River, the second largest river in RuneScape. It is a popular spot for training the Fishing skill, as it is close to the bank and the general store, where players can sell the fish for a reasonable price.

There are actually two versions of Lumbridge: one is fenced off with barricades and used in the tutorial, preventing the player from leaving Lumbridge. There are a few other differences, such as the mine being open and Sir Vant's house having a basement. The Lumbridge visited during the tutorial is meant to be the town before the player enters the game, making it something like a prequel that takes place immediately before the rest of the game.

The name of the town is derived from the bridge that crosses the River Lum. The Grassy Hills Training arena in Arcanists, a game on FunOrb, may be based on Lumbridge, due to its completely neutral and player-friendly nature and the presence of a castle in the background.

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In-game history

Lumbridge was named after the bridge across the River Lum.
A Detailed image of the River Lum from Jagex Games Studio.

In the year 1937 of the 4th Age, long after the God Wars, a town was settled on the River Lum by migrating human nomads. A bridge was made over the River Lum connecting the areas separated by the river. They named the town after the River "Lum Bridge" or "Lumbridge". The bridge also opened up trade and colonisation of Al Kharid, and many island areas of Entrana and Karamja. This led to the town becoming a centre of trade within the Breadbasket of Misthalin.

Lumbridge is a duchy ruled by Duke Horacio, but as part of Misthalin it ultimately answers to King Roald III. Duke Horacio was apparently born in Crandor, as learned in the Dragon Slayer quest.

Prior to Horacio, there was an unknown number of Dukes ruling Lumbridge from 1937 of the 4th age to the early 5th age. However, Polonius was the first Duke of Lumbridge. Polonius was given the land by the King of all of Misthalin, King Claudius, at the time. Duke Horacio is a direct descendant of Polonius.

Polonius also built Lumbridge Castle in the place of a wooden fort that had stood as a temporary fortress against invading forces, mainly goblins that largely inhabited the Lumbridge area, and still do to this day.

It is known that meat is very well-liked in Lumbridge (and possibly all of Misthalin), as the word "vegetarian" is considered profanity.[1]

Development

Lumbridge may have been based on the real life city of Cambridge in England, where Jagex has its headquarters. Since its inception, it has had three graphical makeovers. The first was in 2005, and marked the beginning of the graphical updating of the whole of RuneScape.

Players had long complained about the lack of a bank in Lumbridge, which caused serious inconvenience to players, especially new ones, and the popularity was lower than the main cities. Not until the Skill Tutors update of 27 September 2006 did Jagex finally install a bank for all players, along with Lumbridge home teleport[2]. This raised the popularity of it very much.

The second graphical makeover for Lumbridge came with RuneScape High Detail, which was released as beta on 1 July 2008[3]. On the day when RuneScape HD was released and Lumbridge was graphically updated, there was a glitch on the second floor above Explorer Jack's apartment that made players unable to move. The only option was to teleport out. The glitch is now repaired.

Night time in Lumbridge.

Entrances

To enter Lumbridge, players can use the bridge to the east of the town over the River Lum, along the path that leads from Al Kharid and Varrock. Players can also use the path that comes from the farm to the north.

A path from Lumbridge Swamp enters the town from the south, and a path from Draynor Village and the Wizards' Tower leads from the west towards the back of the castle.

Transportation

  • Lumbridge Home Teleport - A spell that does not require any runes, and one that all players on the standard spellbook can use. However, it takes approximately 10 seconds to cast, and can be interrupted by combat. Players can also only use it every 30 minutes of real time (which passes even when logged out).
  • Lumbridge Teleport - Unlike the Lumbridge Home Teleport, this spell requires level 31 Magic, 1 law rune, 1 earth rune and 3 air runes to cast, and does not have a time limit.
  • Canoe - This transport system allows transportation to several landing points along the River Lum. Provided the player has the necessary Woodcutting level and a usable hatchet in their inventory, they may use the system to reach several locations, including Lumbridge.
  • Zanaris - Players who have completed the quest Lost City can exit from Zanaris into Lumbridge Swamp.
  • Portal Chamber - Players with at least 50 Construction can build a Lumbridge Teleportation Portal in their home. Using 100 law runes, 300 air runes, and 100 earth runes, a portal can be made that will allow infinite teleports to the area.
  • Death - A method that requires little to no effort, and no requirements, simply dying can send you back to your respawn point. If it is set to Lumbridge, this provides a way to get there quickly without skills or quests. Players are advised, however, to store away in the bank any valuable items, as they may lose them.
  • Mystic - The Mystic in Stealing Creation, on the west side, he will hit you with his club and will teleport you to Lumbridge (if it is your respawn point).

Inhabitants

The Lubridge musician entertaining near the River Lum

Players can find a number of non-player characters (NPCs) in Lumbridge. Several NPCs in Lumbridge can give players jobs in return for some coins. This is one of many easy ways for to gain money with little work, and may be especially useful for new players.

Duke Horacio, Polonius and King Claudius may be named after characters from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. Additionally, four Hamlet-themed gravestones can be found near the church in Port Sarim that may be related. Their examine text makes reference to Yorick, Horatio, Ophelia and Hamlet, respectively.

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Skills tutors

Lumbridge contains a particularly high number of tutors, since they may be useful for new players. These were introduced with the Skill Tutors update, and include:

  • Magic tutor, named Mikasi
  • Melee instructor, named Harlan (Also the Master of Defence)
  • Ranged and Fletching instructor, named Nemarti
  • Lumbridge Sage who helps to accustom newcomers to the game, named Phileas
  • Quest tutors, named Donie
  • Roddeck, the advisor. He can be helpful to the newcomers
  • Previously, there was a Fishing Tutor named Finlay (mending a small fishing net or occasionally a cray-fish cage) who could be found sitting on a stool near the Lumbridge Swamp fishing spots.
  • Previously, the Woodcutting tutor, Wilfred, was found in between Roddeck's house and the Lumbridge Furnace. Wilfred is now found in the trees norh of Falador, still selling the Woodcutting Cape of Achievement.
  • Previously, the Prayer Tutor, Yauchomi, was found in the Lumbridge cathedral.
  • Previously, the Cooking Tutor, Cordero was found giving tips to newbie cooks in the house south of Bob's Brilliant Axes.
  • Previously, the Crafting Tutor, Cadmus, was found in the room adjacent to Duke Horacio's, the one with a spinning wheel, in the Lumbridge Castle.
  • The Smelting Tutor, Feoras, can still be, compared to some other Tutors, found working beside the Lumbridge Furnace. However, he cannot be engaged in conversation.  

Jobs (Discontinued)

Please note that Lumbridge money-making was removed from the game along with some of the tutors with the introduction of the Advisor system ;

Players were asked to bring certain items to tutors and other NPCs around Lumbridge would usually ask players to bring a certain number of items to them

The Lumbridge Sage can be found dressed in blue and white.

or bury a certain number of bones, although only the Prayer Tutor gave this task. The job asked would always be within the skill range of the player. The difficulty of the job increased with the player's experience in the corresponding skill. Payment could range from a few hundred coins to a few thousand. Items include:

Logs

Others

Lumbridge Castle

Main article: Lumbridge Castle
A player raising the flag at the roof of the bank.
A model of Lumbridge Castle is inside the Snow globe.

Duke Horacio, and his adviser Sigmund are found on the first floor. The spinning wheel (File:Spinningwheelicon.PNG), used in Crafting, is also located upstairs. Players who have started the Recipe for Disaster quest can also access the Culinaromancer's Chest in the Cook's basement, as well as a wide variety of cooking ingredients and cooking implements to buy. Along with the Lumbridge tutors update, a free bank File:Bankicon.PNG was added to the top floor of the castle.

The basement is a place of interest for new players, as it has training on level 2 spiders and spawns of gloves and leather boots. It also contains the entrance to the Dorgeshuun Mines.

There was much controversy over the update that brought the tutors and the bank. Many people considered the additions to make the game too easy. The forums were at one time riddled with players trying to bring back "challenge" to the game.

Raising the flag on top of the castle is one of the easy tasks in the Lumbridge and Draynor achievement diary File:Achievmentdiary.PNG .

Collapsed Mine

North east of Lumbridge is a collapsed mine File:Miningicon.PNG in which the Mining Tutor was in.

Banks

The bank on the top floor of Lumbridge Castle

The main bank is on the top floor of Lumbridge Castle, and features the bank tutor who teaches players the basics of banking. Before, there was no free-to-play bank in Lumbridge. An update added this bank. According to issue 34 of Postbag from the Hedge, the female banker's name is Barb, and she has a "love for chartered accounting"[4]. This bank is a popular location for players trying to sell and buy accounts, especially on free play servers. Players passing through here should be aware that account trading is in breach of rules 6 of the Rules of RuneScape[5], and could get them banned from the game permanently.

Players who have completed at least the first part of Recipe for Disaster also have access to the Culinaromancer's Chest in Lumbridge Castle cellar, which provides another bank.

Spawns

The following items spawn in or around Lumbridge Castle:

Lumbridge Castle basement

The castle basement is a dark room under the Lumbridge Castle kitchen, accessible through a trapdoor. The basement contains spawn points for the following items: Knife, Cabbage, Bucket and 2 pairs of Leather boots. Recently players invented a way to train Magic on low-level monsters (below level 5). The idea is to wear heavy metal armour (i.e. Rune or Dragon) and/or any other "gears" to minimize your Magic attack. Players don't hit, neither do monsters. Magic experience are not gained for hitting the enemy, but for every spell cast. Wielding a Staff and attacking a low-level monster can end up in 30+ minutes of getting Magic experience without losing a single Hitpoint. Famous monsters are Spiders (level 1) since they are very weak. Player can go away from keyboard without being afraid of losing anything or even logging out. Lumbridge Castle basement has 4 Spider spawn points. It is then a popular place to do such training. Originally this was done with the most basic strike spells only but now it has extend above that to include bolt, blast and even wave spells to make more experience.

Shops

Lumbridge General Store

An infinite number of general items can be bought at the general store File:gstore.PNG. Many of the items available in this general store can also be picked up around the area. In free-to-play worlds it will sometimes have more than 40,000 logs of many types, such as willow and oak. This is the result of heavy macro usage in this area. Due to an update on 2 September 2009, you will not be able to see other players items in shops, as they are now, as all shops are now personalized shops. The general store can be found north of Lumbridge Castle, next to the Combat Tutors centre and connected to a house by a catwalk. In a recent update, the general store installed a new door east of the store, but an unfixed bug caused the door only able to let people in and not letting them out. However, by turning on the run option it is possible to get out through the east door.

Bob's Brilliant Axes

A selection of hatchets available for sale

Bob's Brilliant Axes File:Axe shop icon.png is a shop that is advertised on fliers dropped by many non-player characters. Bob starts the easy part of Lumbridge and Draynor achievement diary, and he repairs Barrows equipment for a price. Before the random event update, he also repaired broken hatchets and pickaxes. He also buys and sells a limited range of tools, including:

Lumbridge Fishing Supplies

Hank's Fishing Shop is the place to be for all your basic fishing equipment (nets and rods) or if you want to stock up on Feathers or Fishing Bait. He also gives away a Small Fishing Net and a Crayfish Cage

Farms

North farm

Fred the Farmer's house.

The farm at the northern end of Lumbridge is owned by Fred the Farmer, and is an excellent place to obtain wool. Players can shear the sheep in the farm to obtain wool (using the shears that respawn on the table in Fred's house), and then spin it into balls of wool on the spinning wheel in Lumbridge Castle. The balls of wool are needed in the Sheep Shearer quest.

Farmer Fred also keeps chickens, which players can kill to obtain raw chickens, feathers and bones. They are particularly popular for players training Prayer, since they are easy to kill and always drop bones for burying. They are also an easy source of free feathers for use in Fishing and Fletching. Cutting nearby trees, making fires, and cooking the raw chickens earns minor experience in woodcutting, firemaking, and cooking.

Behind Farmer Fred's house is an onion patch with 12 onions. This is particularly useful for players who wish to make yellow dye. Players can also take a bronze axe from the log standing on the ground outside of Farmer Fred's house.

Farther north is a large field containing cows and calves, which players can kill to obtain cowhides, raw beef and bones. There is also a dairy cow here, which players can use to obtain milk for use in Cooking. Farmer Fred's house contains a dairy churn, which members can use to turn the milk into cream, butter or cheese, if they have a high enough Cooking level.

East farm

The second farm in Lumbridge is on the east side of the River Lum, on the path that leads north to Varrock. It includes a cow pasture on the east side of the path, and chicken coop on the west side of the path.

The cow pasture is a place for beginners to train in combat. It is usually crowded, and often there will be higher levelled players collecting cowhides there. For those who need milk, there are two dairy cows close to the entrance of the pasture.

The chicken coop to the north-west includes Chicken that are an alternative for low-level players wishing to train their combat skills. There are also two egg spawns, one inside the coop and one just to the west side of it. A building is just to the side of the chicken coop. This building has a dairy churn and a fireplace for those who wish to level up cooking.

Points of interest

A relief map of Lumbridge showing notable features as icons

Furnace

Lumbridge is home to a furnace that new players may find very useful.

The furnace File:Furnaceicon.PNG here is useful for new players and for members using the agility shortcut from the mine. It is usually populated with low level players who have mined Copper ore and Tin ore from the mines south of Lumbridge. The closest bank is in the castle. Unfortunately there is no anvil located in Lumbridge, so players have to go to Varrock if they need to Smith. There is a blacksmith working the bellows next to the furnace.

Bait and fly-fishing spots

The River Lum is a useful source of trout, pike and salmon.
Players training in the Lumbridge Armoury.

Level 20 Fishing is required to go fly-fishing for trout, level 25 to go bait fishing for pike, and level 30 to go fly-fishing for salmon[6]. Players cannot use a net here, though there are net fishing spots south of the town.

Goblin house

The goblin house is on the east side of the River Lum, near a farm containing cows.

On the east side of the river, there is a building that houses large numbers of level 2 goblins and an iron dagger respawn, though the entire area is crawling with spiders and goblins. This area is a very popular area for new players to start training. The most valuable goblin drop is a level one clue scroll, which is very rare but can lead to valuable items. Also occasionally dropped by the Goblins are Air talismans, which can be useful for new players starting the runecrafting skill.

As said by Victoria, these two goblin houses were previously owned by the residents of Lumbridge. The previous owners were forced to retreat to the western side of the River Lum. Two residents were the poor Lachtopher and H.A.M. agent William.

The four torches lining the outer walls can cause bronze armour to appear gold or gilded when a player is standing near them.

Toll gate

Players can pay a fee of ten coins to use the shortcut between Lumbridge and Al Kharid.

After crossing the south bridge, players would come to a gate. This is the toll gate, which separates Lumbridge from the Kharidian Desert. This area is outside the Starter area. It normally requires a fee of 10 coins to pass, but players who have completed the Prince Ali Rescue quest can go through for free. If they do not have 10 coins, they can kill a few men to get it. Players who do not wish to pay the toll can use a break in the fence to the north, near the fork in the path on the way to Varrock.

Saradomin Church

Players can find Father Aereck inside this church to Saradomin.
A player ringing the bell of the church.

Father Aereck watches over his 230+ year old church of Saradomin here. There is also an altar to recharge Prayer points, and the prayer tutor. Players are also able to upgrade their gravestones at the church once they have completed The Restless Ghost quest by speaking to Father Aereck. It also has a sign that shows how many players died in the respective day in RuneScape. It differs from normal worlds to PvP worlds, the death tolls in the latter always being higher by tens of thousands of players.

Trees

Lumbridge includes a number of ordinary trees, two willow trees (around the furnace building), and at least one yew tree (in the graveyard). These may be useful to those training Woodcutting, Firemaking or Fletching, and a couple of oak trees are found near the castle.

Tree patch

Just west of the castle is a patch that members can use to grow wood trees with the Farming skill.

Lumbridge Armoury (Combat Tutors' Building)

Main article: Combat Tutors

After the graphical update, the combat tutors are re-located and are now located in the building to the north of the General store, there is a number of dummies and targets (3 dummies each for magic and melee, 2 targets for range) for use here, but they do not give very much experience and it can be quite crowded or otherwise vacant, note that the player needs the training range equipment to use on the range targets. The melee dummies have fifteen hitpoints and fully replenish their hitpoints after each blow. They also cannot be destroyed as the maximum damage you can do to it is 14.

Achievement Diary

The Lumbridge and Draynor Diary for all players can be started by talking to Explorer Jack in a house north of the castle. It focuses on doing different tasks all around Lumbridge and Draynor Village.

Explorer Jack, Bob, and Ned (in Draynor Village) will reward the player for completing the beginner, easy, and medium tasks, respectively.

Nearby features

West Forest

The forest west of Lumbridge and east of Draynor Village is inhabited by many goblins and level 2 giant spiders. It contains an extremely high amount of trees, as well as some oak trees and 4 yew trees. The yew trees are commonly chopped by free-to-play woodcutters and their logs banked in Draynor Village or Lumbridge Castle to make money.

Many spiders and giant spiders are found around the H.A.M. Hideout entrance. They are good for low-level training.

Interestingly, there has been a large tree around this area ever since RuneScape classic, which you are unable to cut down. This tree is just purely for cosmetics at this current time and serves no purpose.

H.A.M. Hideout

Main article: H.A.M. Hideout

The H.A.M. Hideout is in the northern area of the forest, west of the general store. It takes part in the quests The Lost Tribe, Death to the Dorgeshuun, and One Small Favour. It is the main setting of H.A.M., an organisation to wipe out all non-human species. Only members can pick-lock the trapdoor and get inside.

Draynor Village Jail

Located east of Draynor Village and on the north-west area of the forest, the jail plays an important part in Prince Ali Rescue. During that quest, the player rescues the jail's only prisoner, Prince Ali of Al Kharid, from Lady Keli. Aggressive level 26 Jail guards are in and around the jail, attacking anyone under level 53. They are known to kill many low-level players unaware of the threat.

Lumbridge Swamps

Main article: Lumbridge Swamp

Lumbridge Swamp is south of Lumbridge through the graveyard next to the altar and cooking range. It is home to many things, including the water altar, a mine, the Fishing tutor and mining instructor, fishing spots, the entrance to the Lumbridge Swamp Caves, and Zanaris(members only) (The tool shack used to be members-only before Lumbridge and Draynor Diary came out). Another point to note is the spawn of Swamp tar in the swamp which is a useful way to make money. More details in the Money making guide.

Water altar

Main article: Water altar

The water altar is in Lumbridge Swamp, south of the town. Players can craft water runes here, though they need level 5 Runecrafting to do so[7].

Mill Lane Mill

Main article: Mill Lane Mill

Mill Lane Mill is nearby, and is surrounded by fields where players can pick free grain, potatoes, onions and cabbages.

Mine

South of Lumbridge is a small mine where players can obtain copper ore and tin ore, enough to make bronze bars at a furnace. Players with a low Mining skill may also find this useful for training, since they need only level 1 Mining[8].

Net fishing spots

Just north-east of the mine are some net fishing spots File:Fishing spot icon.png where players can catch Shrimps with level 1 Fishing, or Anchovies with level 15 Fishing[6].

There is also a small fishing net spawn and the Fishing tutor, both of which may be especially useful to new players.

Crayfish cage spots

One of the Lumbridge crayfishing spots.

There is one on the lake with the willow trees, along with one behind the church.

Quests

Players can start the following quests in Lumbridge:

Music

Listen to audio.
Autumn voyage (link)
North of Lumbridge, near the chicken coop.

The following music tracks are unlocked in Lumbridge:

  • Harmony - The majority of Lumbridge south of the cow pasture
  • Harmony 2 - In the Lumbridge Castle basement
  • Autumn Voyage - North of Lumbridge, near the chicken coop
  • Flute Salad - Around Fred the Farmer's house
  • Dream - In the forest west of Lumbridge inhabited by goblins
  • Yesteryear - South of Lumbridge, past the cemetery
  • The Duke - First floor of Lumbridge Castle

Trivia

  • According to the map of DeviousMUD (the forerunner to RuneScape), Lumbridge was originally not to be a town, but just a castle and bridge.
  • The town's name is a reference to Cambridge, the home of Jagex studios.

See also

References

  1. ^ Cook's brother, "2009 Thanksgiving event", RuneScape. *
  2. ^ Skill Tutors. RuneScape News List. Jagex (2006-09-27). Retrieved on 2009-03-28. “This week the Duke of Lumbridge has recruited a number of tutors to help our new players, both F2P and members ... Other additions include: A Lumbridge bank, found at the top of Lumbridge Castle.”
  3. ^ RuneScape HD - Members-Only Beta Launch. RuneScape News List. Jagex (2008-07-01). Retrieved on 2009-03-28. “RuneScape has been reworked and now looks better than ever! If you are a member, you will be able to access this update by following the directions below. If you are a free player, you can expect to be playing RuneScape HD as soon as the Beta period is over.”
  4. ^ Barb (2008-09-30). Evil Dave's Evil Postbag (Postbag 34). Postbag from the Hedge. Jagex. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. “I have a love... And that’s my love for chartered accounting.”
  5. ^ Rule 6 - Account Sharing/Trading. Rules of RuneScape. Jagex (2008-02-27). Retrieved on 2009-03-28. “Each account should only be used by ONE person. Account sharing is NOT allowed. You may not sell, transfer or lend your account to anyone else, or permit anyone else to use your account, and you may not accept an account that anybody else offers you.”
  6. ^ a b "Fishing - Non-Members Table", RuneScape manual
  7. ^ "Runecrafting - Crafting Runes", RuneScape manual
  8. ^ "Mining - Ores", RuneScape manual

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

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