Behind the Scenes - August 2014

Our longest-running quest series concludes this month with Plague's End - a massive Grandmaster quest that's also the lead-up to the opening of Prifddinas - the Elf City - later this year.

There's also a month-load of clan updates and events, a boss-bashing Slayer update and a player-pitched overhaul to Barbarian Assault. It's looking like an awesome August for RuneScape!

Plague's End

Thereís a massive milestone for questers this month as we bring you Plague's End: the exciting conclusion to RuneScapeís longest running quest series, which began with Plague City back in 2002.

It's a sprawling, two-hour+ Grandmaster quest that'll see you start a revolution, complete light puzzles, seek out the lost leaders of the fabled elf clans, and finally come face-to-face with the legendary Dark Lord himself.

Plague's End

Earn huge rewards like 500k XP over a range of skills and a special outfit to help you with all your Thieving needs.

This quest's also the prelude to the opening of the awe-inspiring Elf City when it starts to open next month - and you'll need to complete it if you want to get in.

Get working on the requirements, listed below. You definitely don't want to miss this epic quest.


  • 75 Agility
  • 75 Crafting
  • 75 Construction
  • 75 Dungeoneering
  • 75 Herblore
  • 75 Mining
  • 75 Prayer
  • 75 Ranged
  • 75 Summoning
  • 75 Woodcutting
  • Catapult Construction
  • Making History
  • Within The Light

Clan Month

The elves arenít the only ones to breathe life into their clans this month. Youíll also benefit from a batch of improvements to player-run clans, as discussed with you on the forums over the last year.

  • Reworked Clan Camp
  • New vexillum stands and teleport flag in Burthorpe

We're also bringing in a bunch of temporary benefits for the Clan Month:

  • XP return from skill plots in citadels increased to 140%
  • Increased XP buffs, heals and damage protection from your clan avatar
  • Increased bonus XP from your quartermaster and right-click fealty reward from your clan cloak

We're also making some more functional improvements to clan systems like links to the clan homepage on the vexillum interface - and more.

There are plenty of podcasts and competitions coming up too, as we get ready for the Clan Cup. Get practicing - registration will open mid-August, ready for the Clan Cup to start at the beginning of September!

Thereís never been a better reason to start recruiting for your clan or join a clan if youíre not already in one. Perhaps youíve got a citadel that youíve been neglecting - go and give it some TLC!

Soul Reaper

The ninjas have been busy too, bringing you a Slayer update we're calling Soul Reaper.

You see, Death is getting a little frustrated with the amount of life these boss monsters have, so he wants you to kill them. All of them. Lots and lots of times.

As a reward for completing his special assignments, heís happy to offer fat chunks of Slayer XP, plus access to a brand new gem - which can be crafted into some tasty, top-tier jewellery. These are far more powerful than the onyx gear you have available right now, although they still require onyx to craft.

Youíll also be able to earn larger bonuses to your health in PvM battles via the bonfires and get access to some new stats showing you your best times for killing each boss - plus a record of how many times you've killed them.

Barbarian Assault Rework

After an amazing pitch last year from PrimalMoose during RuneFestís Dragons'-Den-style competition, weíve taken Barbarian Assault and shoved it down the gullet of a Penance runner. Itís been slashed viciously by a Penance fighter, gnawed on by a healer, eyeballed by a spawn and revived by a Penance Queen - more deadly and rewarding than ever before.

Penance creature concept art

Take on the new hard mode to fight the Penance King, using all the teamwork you can muster! Experience a shiny new environment, improved Penance creature graphics, and updated rewards! Plus, dual-wield flamethrowers!

The whole minigame is really quite fantastic, and the feel and vibe of the original game is still there - just even more MEGA.

There are brand new rewards too but youíll have to try it out to learn more about them.

With absolutely no level requirements, there's no excuse not to go try Barbarian Assault! Access to the minigame can be found by the Barbarian Assault course - just a click of a games necklace away.

In Other News

Youíll be able to find some brand new wings and tails to play about with in Solomon's Store this month, and we're releasing our 1000th music track: a real labour of love from our cracking Audio Team.

Hopefully youíll be able to recognise some of our inspiration and even hear quite a few Jagex voices involved in the track. Donít forget the awesome new emote for it too!

We've listened to your feedback and are making some tweaks to the world map icons - bringing them back in line with what you're used to.

Donít forget that we're also releasing a huge number of dormant account names for you to use and making some significant changes to the Adventurer's Log - like being able to see your skill history.

Have fun!

Mod Mark and the RuneScape Team

What is a 'Behind the Scenes' article?

Behind the Scenes is a sneak peek at the planned game updates that we hope to launch in the coming month.

This, however, is only a plan - not a promise - that a particular update will be released in a particular way or at a particular time. To get you the highest quality updates as quickly as possible, we usually keep on tweaking and testing right up until the moment before release, so sometimes things change or take a bit longer than expected. We aren't afraid to change our plan if necessary, as we will never launch an update before it is ready.

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