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Wahisietel
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---A glimpse into the Underwater City---


During The Light WIthin, if you fail the segment where you have to stay awake during Coeden's story, it is possible to have a nightmare that may provide a glimpse into the fabled Underwater City itself.

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You wake up in a strange landscape. Everywhere you look are obsidian pillars and slabs that suggest buildings, but are somehow subtly wrong in proportion and arrangement. The words 'seas rise, nations fall' are whispered in your ear over and over again, but every time you whip around you see nothing. It is utterly dark but somehow you can still see that there is nobody here with you.

The air feels thick, like treacle, and you suddenly realize that you are deep under water. You try to breathe but can't; after all you are surrounded by cold, black water at the bottom of a terrible, merciless ocean. You struggle, but your limbs won't move. Is it because of the pressure of the water, or could it be the myriad black, stone hands that have emerged from the buildings and are gripping you? In either case, you jerk awake with a gasp. It was all a dream! A terrible, terrible dream.

The description of strange buildings being made out of obsidian pillars and slabs certainly fits the ruins left on Mos Le'Harmless. The many black stone hands that are described gripping your limbs is also remarkably similar to those described trying to pull Gustaf back underwater in Death at Sea. What are these hands, followers of Xau-Tak, or Xau-Tak itself?

Either way, this dream is one of the most detailed Xau-Tak references in the game, and could probably benefit from further scrutiny.
You never were our brightest star, Khazard. 'Vermin slaughtered like lambs'? What does that even mean?

30-Oct-2015 20:52:37 - Last edited on 15-Sep-2016 15:10:43 by Wahisietel

Wahisietel
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---The Big Question: What actually happened to Xau-Tak?---


This is kind of the big question that Kindred Spirits and Death at Sea left us with: WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO XAU-TAK. After the incident that left the Cursed Archipelago reduced to rubble, Xau-Tak proceeded to do absolutely nothing until the late Fifth Age. It (or something else) destroyed a whole area, and then proceeded to do nothing besides mess with the crew of Glory of Zaros.

To answer this question, we must first ask... what actually caused the Cursed Archipelago to be destroyed? Xau-Tak itself destroying the area is the most obvious possibility, but it leaves us with the question of why. From what we've seen of the bordering islands such as Mos Le'Harmless and Harmony, the area was teeming with artefacts of Xau-Tak's power. And even if it wanted to destroy such an area, why would it stop there? Why not go for all of Gielinor?

And that brings us to the other possibility: Something else destroyed it. Something else did something to actually try and stop Xau-Tak. Something else actually managed to severely weaken or imprison Xau-Tak, explaining why its activities since have been far more subtle than the creature who supposedly reduces planets to an ocean of corpses.

Proposal: Some powerful entity, fearing just how dangerous Xau-Tak is, fights it, ending up with Xau-Tak trapped in the Underwater City, with the destruction of the Cursed Archipelago being collateral damage from their fight.

Since then, Xau-Tak has been forced to use proxies such as the Skeletal Horror and Rabid Jack to exert its influence. And the reason it was able to bypass the Edicts of Guthix? It never left Gielinor in the first place. It's been here, trapped in the Underwater City, since the Second Age.

As we know, Xau-Tak is inspired by Cthulhu, and the Underwater City is inspired by R'lyeh. So for Xau-Tak to be trapped in the Underwater City would be fitting.
You never were our brightest star, Khazard. 'Vermin slaughtered like lambs'? What does that even mean?

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Wahisietel
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But what entity would be powerful enough to manage such a feat? What entity has a huge number of aquatic minions, and another group of followers near the Cursed Archipelago known for their naval ability?



Bandos.

Bandos has Sea Trolls. He has Mogres. He has Cyclopes in the Arc, which is relatively close to the Cursed Archipelago. To say that Bandos never encountered Xau-Tak would be incredibly unlikely - we know he's been in the area, and he bred underwater Trolls and Ogres for some reason or another. Bandos is the only known god with an actual Navy - and why would the War God have one if not for war?

And he's certainly got power. Back in the Second Age, he would have been one of the most powerful gods active on Gielinor, behind only Seren and Zaros. The only thing we're really missing is motive, which can be explained easily enough. Even the God of War has his limits - he is not interested in total annihilation of a planet, he just wants endless war. Even with Yu'biusk, it took thousands of years before he managed to accidentally destroy it. Bandos would have been freshly arrived on Gielinor at the time he would have encountered Xau-Tak too, and would probably not take too kindly to someone else ruining his potential fun. So he fought Xau-Tak until it was trapped in the Underwater City. This could be the result of either Bandos himself trapping it, knowing that he was outclassed and unable to actually kill Xau-Tak without greater collateral damage than a series of islands. Or maybe Xau-Tak trapped itself there as a means of self-preservation.

The only real problem with this theory is that V claims to have visited worlds Xau-Tak destroyed back in the Fourth or Fifth Age. But he does never actually claim to have encountered Xau-Tak himself, so it's probable that they were destroyed long before he arrived there.

tl;dr: Bandos fought Xau-Tak, it got trapped in the Underwater City, and Xau-Tak is still there.
You never were our brightest star, Khazard. 'Vermin slaughtered like lambs'? What does that even mean?

30-Oct-2015 20:52:46 - Last edited on 16-Sep-2016 14:28:09 by Wahisietel

Wahisietel
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You may now post. You never were our brightest star, Khazard. 'Vermin slaughtered like lambs'? What does that even mean?

30-Oct-2015 20:53:31 - Last edited on 30-Oct-2015 21:04:42 by Wahisietel

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I think T2 is far too powerful for a god to have such a little impact on history yet clearly be interested in changing it. Even T3 seems too high, maybe T4, but still we are grasping as straws.

31-Oct-2015 00:34:57

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Good thread to sum up this long trail of breadcrumbs.

Please fix this:

Wahisietel said:
In the context of the quote, he is probably referring to how Xau-Tak would not let him die, but as the sea is often referred to as female,
it is
may not mean anything.

31-Oct-2015 00:54:22

Edcy

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Why is the reference so visible? Ahwell.

But i mean the fact this is quite rought pull-off about Pirates of Currybean ofc! Like how there happensed to be a specific cap't related to this goddess and all else...

31-Oct-2015 09:28:48 - Last edited on 31-Oct-2015 09:29:16 by Edcy

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As much as I hate the idea of an "almighty" god being a part of such a satirical storyline, some of this does makes sense.

Also, I wouldn't consider him being a tier 2 god. A lot of things can manipulate anima. The lunar people can rip anima out of the air for magic. Davosi, a skilled diviner, could harvest anima out of the environment and the Wushanko seacreatures easily. Which reminds me, there are anomalies going on in the Wushanko Isles. Phenomenoms such as the anima barriers surrounding the isles and the cave where seacreatures are spontaneously born. Could they have any connection with Xau-Tak? It is on water. I would love to see a pirate vs. ninja warfare.
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