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Lumbridge Castle.

Lumbridge Castle is a castle located in Lumbridge, and is the home of Duke Horacio. The courtyard enclosed by the outer walls features two decorative fountains and two statues of King Roald II (the father of the current king, Roald III). A short flight of steps joins this to the castle's front entrance. Another entrance is behind the castle.

It is often a busy place, as players respawn here after death by default, though members have the option to respawn in Falador (after completing Recruitment Drive) or in Camelot (after completing Knight Waves Training Grounds).

Lumbridge Home Teleport and Lumbridge Teleport spells take players to the courtyard of the castle.

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History

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Early History

Lumbridge Castle, in one form or another, has existed for over 1,000 years. The first mention of Lumbridge can be traced back to the year 1100 of the Fourth Age, when the developing nation of Misthalin was largely uninhabited, save for the city of Avarrocka. At first, Lumbridge Castle was a small wooden fort, built solely to protect Misthalin from the many threats that still lived both outside and within it.

For hundreds of years, Lumbridge Castle was the only significant structure in the area, essentially making the castle the only thing in the then-unincorporated town of Lumbridge. This all changed in the year 1937, when King Claudius of Varrock granted the area to Polonius, the man who would soon become the first Duke of Lumbridge.

Re-Development

Polonius, a vassal lord in the Misthalanian feudal system, established Lumbridge, expanding its borders beyond the wooden fortress. Polonius then ordered a bridge to be built over the River Lum, which would not only earn the town its name, but would also herald a new era of prosperity as commerce in areas such as Al Kharid and Entrana increased.

As Lumbridge became increasingly important, Polonius had the wooden fort destroyed and replaced with the much stronger Lumbridge Castle that exists today. Since then, Lumbridge Castle has housed the Dukes of Lumbridge, including the current duke, Horacio.

Modern History

The Dorgeshuun

The following takes place during the Lost Tribe quest.

Recently, in the Year 169 of the Fifth Age, the Dorgeshuun cave goblins tunnelled into Lumbridge Castle's cellar by mistake. The Dorgeshuun, having hidden in the underground city of Dorgesh-Kaan since the cataclysmic God Wars, resealed the hole in an effort to continue their isolation.

The Dorgeshuun were seen, however, prompting an adventurer to re-establish contact with the long lost tribe. After much diplomatic effort, the Dorgeshuun signed a peace treaty with Duke Horacio, making Lumbridge Castle a portal of commerce between the surface and caves. The castle's advisor, Sigmund, outraged by the treaty, revealed himself to be a member of the extremist H.A.M. cult and was promptly exiled.

The Lumbridge Secret Council

The following takes place during the Recipe for Disaster quest.

Shortly after the Dorgeshuun treaty, Duke Horacio established the Lumbridge Secret Council, a collection of influential individuals from all over Gielinor. Inviting them to a feast in the castle's dining hall, Horacio ordered his castle chef to prepare a feast.

The chef, however, accidentally used a recipe of the Culinaromancer, one of the castle's past chefs. The deceased Culinaromancer attacked the council during the meal. Only with the help of a skilled adventurer and the gypsy (Using a time spell.) was the Council saved and the Culinaromancer defeated.

The Lumbridge Guardsmen

Duke Horacio, feeling the castle should be better protected, established the Lumbridge Guardsmen, a small group of trained locals hired to protect the castle from potential enemies. Today they still serve loyally, although they have not been called to action for some time.

Areas

Courtyard

Ground floor & Courtyard

An open courtyard surrounds the castle. Hans continually walks clockwise around the castle, inspecting it. A few men and women are in the courtyard, often being killed by beginner players. Many rats are found in the south courtyard, making it a popular place for training cats.

The two towers in front of the castle can be climbed via interior stairs, leading to an area with two bronze pickaxe respawns. The tower behind the castle has two doors, allowing passage to the area behind the castle, which contains a tree patch and many trees, including a few yew trees.

Ground floor

The kitchen adjoins the dining room on the ground floor.

The ground floor consists of two rooms: the kitchen to the south adjoins the dining room to the north. The dining room contains various decorations, such as a long table, and many portraits.

The kitchen contains various water sources and a range. It is also home to the Cook, who is the starting point for two quests: Cook's Assistant (which players must complete to use the range) and Recipe for Disaster. The cook claims the range burns food less than other ranges.

The kitchen contains respawns for a bowl, pot, knife, and jug. Respawns for a mind rune and a bronze arrow are next to the south and north stairs, respectively.

In member's worlds, Bob the cat can sometimes be found wandering around the southern corridor near the stairs.

First floor

1st floor
The first floor of lumbridge.

The first floor of Lumbridge Castle contains two rooms. The northern room is Duke Horacio's bedroom, and players can find the Duke himself here. He provides a free anti-dragon shield to any player who has started the Dragon Slayer quest, and players can also start the Rune Mysteries quest by speaking with him.

Before The Lost Tribe is completed, the Duke's advisor Sigmund may also be found in this room, and is the starting point of The Lost Tribe.

The southern room contains a spinning wheel and the Crafting tutor, as well as a bronze dagger respawn. There seem to be many random events in this room, most likely due to the fact that it is a popular spot for people making bowstrings and other crafting goods. The spinning wheel has recently become the most popular (most used) spinning wheel on RuneScape (overtaking Seers' Village spinning wheel), due to its proximity to the second floor bank.

Second floor

2nd floor
The second floor of Lumbridge Castle.

The most notable feature on the second floor is a bank, which used to house the only bank tutor. There is also a place where four logs respawn, which can be useful for training Firemaking.

Third floor

3rd floor
A player raising the flag.

As part of the Lumbridge and Al Kharid updates in July 2008, a third floor was added to the castle. Its most notable features are being the highest point in Lumbridge, and a flag (which can be raised by anyone). Reaching the third floor and raising the flag are tasks in the beginner section of the Lumbridge Achievement Diary and players will automatically exclaim "All Hail the Duke". To get to the third floor you must climb the ladder on the north side of the bank on the second floor.

Cellar

Cellar

A trapdoor in the kitchen leads down to the cellar. Before either the Recipe for Disaster or The Lost Tribe quests, the cellar has no use except for several respawns: a cabbage, some leather boots, a bucket, a knife, and a jug.

In member's worlds, after Lost Tribe has been started, there is an entrance to the Dorgeshuun Mine, which connects to the Lumbridge Swamp Caves.

Also in member's worlds, after the first part of Recipe for Disaster has been partially completed, the Culinaromancer's Chest is visible. The chest serves as a partial-service bank; one's bank account may be accessed, but not the Grand Exchange or returned items. The chest is also a food store and an item store, with more items and greater quantities becoming available as more subquests are completed.

Personalities

Trivia

  • Before the introduction of Learning the Ropes on 14 July 2008, new RuneScape players started in the courtyard of Lumbridge castle after completing Tutorial Island. This system was returned after Learning the Ropes was removed to be reworked. The tutorial Unstable Foundations, added on 17 September 2009, is what's currently used.
  • On the 19 January 2008,the pot and jug in the kitchen were on the same spot on the table against the wall closest to the door. This was later fixed.
  • The Lumbridge Castle can be seen in the Snowglobe from the 2007 Christmas event.
  • Before the Skill tutors update, there was no bank originally on the second floor of the castle.
  • The cellar is a popular place to train mage for most levels of magic incorporating the use of spells ranging from Air Strike to Fire Surge on the spiders that occupy it. Magic lowering armour is used to prevent the spiders from dying so that consistent magic exp can be gained.
  • Though there are goblins in the woods to the west, eight of the castle's nine cannon face east, oddly enough endangering part of the town. The cannon appear to be positioned to command the bridge to the west and the river approach into Misthalin. The growth of the church and eastern portion of the town under the castle's guns implies that those guns have not been needed for a very long time.
  • Opening the back door of the Lumbridge Castle several times will cause it to be stuck.
  • Before the back doors used to be able to be opened and closed, now they aren't allowed.
  • Some new music was added to the upper floors of Lumbridge Castle on 9 November 2009.

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

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