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Ashlin107
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WARNNG: This thread contains major spoilers for both Desprate times and other quests relating to Xau-Tak.





So I've recently completed the new quest and was surprised to learn that Kerapac has been revealed as the next main antagonist with a plan that'd make even Thanos proud. As it seemed all signs were pointing to Xau-Tak being the next main villain. But then I did some thinking what if Xau-Tak and Kerapac are one and the same?

As we know Xau-Tak is capable of communicating with us across time and space. Where as the needle is also tied heavily to the time space continuum. We also know that the host looses their memories when they become host to the needle as we've seen when Primrose transformed into Gail. It's also been stated by Guthix that the needle is broken and is one of the major threats the universe.

So what if eventually the Needle warps Kerapac's mind to the point where all he can remember is our name and seeks revenge against us. As from what we've seen so far Xau-Tak's behaviours seem to be similar to a researcher where no two of his attempts at gaining influence are the same and we know Kerapac was one of the Dragonkin's top researchers.

What's more we even know that Xau-Tak has other Dragonkin amongst his ranks. Most notably The Ambassador and Taraket are faithful servants of Xau-Tak.

But that's just a theory, a Runescape theory.
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15-May-2019 15:34:12

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Aside from it being kind of a cop-out and the "all he can remember is our name and seeks revenge against us." being pretty.. well no offense, lame..
None of this would really explain the Black Stone hands... there's also the fact that Xau-Tak did at one point try to get into Kerapac's mind (mentioned in the 'Dragonkin Research' book from ED2). That may not seem too odd if he loses all his memory, but that also raises the question of how exactly that happens, given we helped him make sure it can't.
Also where the hell would the name Xau-Tak come from? And why isn't Aeternam doing anything about this?
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17-May-2019 18:00:55

Ashlin107
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While it may sound cliche it's still very possible.

Plus I've said how black hand fits in. They are his experiments as to how he can invade Gilenor. He's probing for weaknesses. Such methodical thinking is something closely related to that of a scientist like Kerapac. Plus don't know the origin of the black stone. Did he make it himself? Or is there a supply of it somewhere in the universe he controls?

As for how and why Xau-Tak would interact with and attempt to get in the mind of Kerapac. Well we know those linked to the needle can interact with their past selves as seen with Primrose and Gail in needle skips where Primrose was watching Gail and her mother rewind time. So we can safely assume such an interaction is possible if we were to assume Xau-Tak is actually future Kerapac.

So why would he do such a thing? Well the first possibility it was an accident which is unlikely. The more likely possibility is he was making sure he'd set forth the events of his own creation as he did when he dropped our name in front of Sliske causing him to become obsessed with us.

As for Xau-Tak's name well most likely Kerapac somehow loses control of the needle when it fully corrupts him and he ends up on the horror's or Crassian homeworld.

We are however still missing a few pieces and can only make a few guesses as to who or what Xau-Tak really is. But most of the evidence seems to point this way.
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18-May-2019 13:42:18

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I think something people keep forgetting about Xau is his source material. He is a cosmic horror based off HP lovecraft's deities. He is more alien to this world than even the elder gods. He's impossible to understand and bends the mind just by viewing him. Hes unstoppable. Whatever the "veil" is, its the only thing keeping Geilinor around. Once he sets his gaze upon this world, its over. Kerapacs gone too. I have seen the dark universe yawning, where the black planets roll without aim;
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19-May-2019 06:49:44

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Hmm... well the Dragonkin were imprisoned until the Stone of Jas was taken in While Guthix Sleeps, whereas Xau-Tak was active before that (Rum Deal etc.). The question is: were all Dragonkin locked in their castle or just the Necrosyrtes? Bizarre Boron Fusswell, scryer extraordinaire. Minigames & ninja fixes & achievement ideas!

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19-May-2019 08:29:40

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There is the theory that Xau-Tak may also be the sixth Elder God, but a reminder that it's just that: A theory. Personally, I'm leaning more towards that "something else" relating to the possibility that Wen may have "split" herself.

I would be okay if Kerapac were Xau-Tak. Xau-Tak is likely the form that Kerapac would need to achieve to even attempt destroying the Elder Gods. I would not be surprised if Kranon and Taraket were recruited precisely because they were among the Dactyl. Maybe a lingering respect that Kerapac held even as Xau-Tak.

However, I think the next question is why, and when, would Kerapac go back in time as Xau-Tak? We know he needs something on Orthen, so that's likely the next plot point for him.

19-May-2019 19:23:40

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wasn't Xau-Tak behind Amascuts corruption? how would Kerapac both be imprisoned by the Stone of Jas and also do that?
the one link i see here is the Mahjarrat's role in the desert but still it's a stretch and Kerapac didn't have any such powers at that time
a link i see between Xau-Tak and the dragonkin is the soulgazers in daemonheim which used to be inhabited by dragonkin (see this other thread QFC 341-342-861-66101547)
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31-May-2019 09:43:47 - Last edited on 31-May-2019 09:54:08 by DeathIsMyBFF

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DeathIsMyBFF said:
wasn't Xau-Tak behind Amascuts corruption? how would Kerapac both be imprisoned by the Stone of Jas and also do that?
the one link i see here is the Mahjarrat's role in the desert but still it's a stretch and Kerapac didn't have any such powers at that time
a link i see between Xau-Tak and the dragonkin is the soulgazers in daemonheim which used to be inhabited by dragonkin (see this other thread QFC 341-342-861-66101547)


No, and thank goodness, because we really do not need Xau-Tak to be responsible for Amascut.

It was heavily implied (Though I don't believe explicitly confirmed) that when Amascut and Icthlarin went to Freneskae, Amascut discovered Mah, and that encounter drove Amascut insane.

This thread's theory is that Xau-Tak could have gone back in time, so it's entirely possible that Xau-Tak could have been active just before the Dragonkin were bound to the Stone. However, even if Kerapac/Xau-Tak was around when Mah corrupted Amascut, Xau-Tak would likely have no bearing on that.

01-Jun-2019 19:00:10

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