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Falkenberg
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As you're probably aware, several times in quests we've encountered beings that are the last (known) member of their race. Some of them have played huge parts in RS lore in overall. I can't help but feel this is a trope that has been getting sort of oversaturated as of late. Does being the last scion of a race have to be a thing for a character to appear as interesting and memorable? Personally I disagree.
For the sake of clarity, I will list all entities *I* recall.

- Bandos
- Guthix
- Char
- The fairy dragon from rfd
- Therragorn
- Tuska (debatable, she's just an ascended piggy after all)
- The last living Chelon-Mah


Related races of which there are few individuals left, possibly facing extinction.
-The Illujan*a
- The ourgs
-The icyene (until confirmation that there's a steady population on New Domina)
-The Dragonkin
- The Imcando dwarves
- The centaurs of enchanted valley


Do you mind this being a recurring theme in lore? Would stripping mentioned characters make them less interesting? Would you care if Jagex keeps making liberal use of the trope in order to drive lore forward? Please discuss.
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08-Jun-2016 10:29:19 - Last edited on 13-Jun-2016 12:33:47 by Falkenberg

Sepulchre
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I could be wrong, but I think the Centaur race is extinct, and that's why Saradomin wants to raise them. Else he'd just go back to their homeworld.
The Mahjarrat are close to extinction, in numbers not so much by years of life they have left.. that's a lot of years.
There are some Aviansie left on Abbinah, but judging by Armadyl's dialogue in WE2, not many remain.
The Phoenix is said to be going extinct, with the one we encounter in the caverns in the middle of the Piscatoris lands being one of two in-game.
The Goebies seem to be scarce, though not immediately endangered.

If you want to go into subgroups or groups by religion/etc..
Vanescula implies that there are very few trueborn Vampyres remaining in Morytania, or at all for that matter.
Zarosians.
Bandosians with brains to do simple math/Bandosians in general.
Werewolves (If judging only by Gielinorian population)
I'm not 100% sure on this, but there seem to be very few citizens of the Moonclan remaining, though Scale theory is a thing here.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
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08-Jun-2016 10:49:15

Sepulchre
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To answer your questions...
I don't think it's overused, when compared to the number of races that exist. This cycle of the Revision could have hundreds upon hundreds of races in it, as each world seemed to create different sentient beings from the imperfect Anima. There are probably as many races as there are other worlds in this Cycle that were considered "imperfect" by the Elder Gods before making Gielinor.
I don't think stripping those characters mentioned of this title would have any effect for me on my interest in them.
Bandos is still a very skilled and cunning warlord. Guthix is.. Guthix, being the last Naragi is barely even an interesting fact about him when you consider the other things we know. The Auspah are still a very interesting race to me, since they're basically firebenders. Fairy Dragons .... Hmm. White Dragons are still a majestic race with VERY expensive hides. Tuska is literally a new island, and she ties into a lot of Guthix and other-worldly lore. All the creations of Mah have their intrigue.. connections to Zaros/Seren, connections to the Elder Gods, etc. Moia is a human/Mahjarrat hybrid. Not only do I wonder somewhat creepily about the process of Human-Mahjarrat mating, but also if the "half-blooded Humans-(Powerful race here) are generally uber powerful." thing applies to RuneScape.

I would hope that Jagex uses it wisely, and doesn't throw it on every new damn race we meet, yes... but otherwise, I'm okay with it.
A
World Guardian
must learn to find
Balance
in themselves.
Only then can they
Control
themselves and forge their own
Fate.

08-Jun-2016 10:58:02 - Last edited on 08-Jun-2016 10:59:09 by Sepulchre

AesirWarrior

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Honestly the trope doesn't bother me that much. Sometimes it's just used for cheap sympathy, but I think it's mostly done well. The kin for example are much cooler as a near-extinct race, and Bandos has a kickass backstory of killing everything with meteors.

What's more annoying is when previously extinct races are suddenly revealed to be alive. That can be done well too, but it's much harder to pull off.
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I have noticed your kind does tend to blindly stumble forward towards danger simply because it exists. What is your word for that?
- We call it being a hero.

08-Jun-2016 14:00:57

Wahisietel
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Let's list the races who used to be the last of their kind but aren't anymore.

Thurgo
General Graardor
Commander Zilyana
Hannibus
Aviansie in GWD

There are pretty much no "last of their kind" races left.
You never were our brightest star, Khazard. 'Vermin slaughtered like lambs'? What does that even mean?

08-Jun-2016 14:13:07

Hguoh
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To be fair Wahi,

Thurgo is the last Imcando Dwarf.
There is only one other ourg besides Graardor.
Hannibus was never even said to be alive prior to OoaK (the same quest where it is revealed that some Ilujanka are left on Iaia), so he was the last of his kind for all of 30 minutes.

On another note (since you are counting Moia), the Homunculus, from the Tower of Life quest, is also the first and only one of its kind and plays very little role in lore. That being said, as this is a major exception to the 'Only Elder God power can create life' clause, I'd really like to see it brought up again in a new quests.

08-Jun-2016 14:59:19

AesirWarrior

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Thurgo isn't the last imcando. There's whatshisface blind guy from Defender of Varrock. -
I have noticed your kind does tend to blindly stumble forward towards danger simply because it exists. What is your word for that?
- We call it being a hero.

08-Jun-2016 15:20:25

ZAmorakZaros
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sir eos lee said:
where exactly does it say the Icyene are dying out?

Wouldn't Salafaan be in the list too?
A human, icyene, vampyre hybrid.

WYRD

And the icyene are very near extinct in gielinor
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08-Jun-2016 15:48:17

AesirWarrior

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sir eos lee said:
where exactly does it say the Icyene are dying out?

Wouldn't Salafaan be in the list too?
A human, icyene, vampyre hybrid.


Some old lore released with the first GWD IIRC, and the outdated game guide.
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I have noticed your kind does tend to blindly stumble forward towards danger simply because it exists. What is your word for that?
- We call it being a hero.

08-Jun-2016 16:25:20

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