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We all know Sliske's Endgame is approaching is finale this year, likely with multiple gods dying or being incapacitated. But the mystery of it all remains...how will the final act of his game play out?

Sliske is typically a person of his word, as in he almost always does what he says he will do -- there is simply a twist or half-truth baked into it that benefits him most of all.

With that in mind, Sliske has promised the Stone of Jas to the god who slays the most gods. Jmods have also said the Stone of Jas story (started in While Guthix Sleeps) will come to its end later this year. The Stone has played such a pivotal role in the entire storyline of Runescape, it seems inconceivable that it wouldn't continue to be vitally important if it stayed intact somehow....even if it was moved to a far off land or planet, its power and importance would draw it back into the spotlight soon. So if the Stone of Jas storyline really has to end, it makes the most sense if the Stone is somehow destroyed...

So my theory:

Sliske's endgame will draw to a close with Sliske somehow finding a way to shatter the Stone of Jas and send its shards littering the landscape of Gielinor.

Think about how this would drastically change things. The act likely would cause an explosion and jolt in the anima of Gielinor, causing great physical damage to the world (akin to the Wilderness creation). But even more importantly, it would give portions of the Stone's power to dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people...

When a Game of the Gods of a couple handfuls of gods gets boring and dull, let's mix it up! Let's give the power of the gods to the common man! Let the peoples and tribes fight for its power. What, as a centralized source of ultimate power, the gods lobbied for control, as thousands/millions of shards, mortals fight for godly power.

And the world can enter a new post-"god" era where anyone can possess powers of the gods...chaos will rise.

Crazy or plausible? Discuss!
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06-Feb-2016 01:03:18

Kemtros
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I've put this theory out before, and while at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Jagex does something else (I prefer to keep an open mind), I'll go to the usual for me.

In the art for Sliske's Endgame, we see the hexagons of the Stone of Jas peeling off. Now, that could allude to the shards you've suggested, and I could see Sliske wanting to mix things up by making everyone a contestant. However, that sounds like something that would happen in the quest. It would be a part of Sliske's game. The game would only just be continuing, which goes against the idea that the quest is the endgame.

I think the Stone is peeling for a different reason. It's not simply shattering. It's hatching. We know that the Stone of Jas is like a boiled egg. It's not sustainable for an Elder God. So I suspect that this entire contest is to ensure that it can be sustainable. Winning the contest doesn't just get you the Stone of Jas. There's an unborn Elder God that needs another chance at life. Whoever wins the contest will become a vessel for the unborn, the Elder God that could not reincarnate. The Heir of Jas.

There's another factor to the contest, one that I don't see come up as much: Sliske has a time limit. This isn't just that he's getting bored and wants to speed things up. As his ascension, Sliske alluded to an eclipse. He needs the contest to end during the eclipse. There's probably a better analogy for this, but think of it like how a power reaches its peak during a particular alignment of the stars, or to be more mundane, incubating an egg. The eclipse will be what causes the egg to hatch.

We know there are Stonetouchers, and the Dragonkin hunt the False Users. But when the Stone of Jas hatches, and the Heir of Jas is decided? We'll have seen the True User.

06-Feb-2016 05:52:08

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Kemtros said:
I've put this theory out before, and while at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Jagex does something else (I prefer to keep an open mind), I'll go to the usual for me.

In the art for Sliske's Endgame, we see the hexagons of the Stone of Jas peeling off. Now, that could allude to the shards you've suggested, and I could see Sliske wanting to mix things up by making everyone a contestant. However, that sounds like something that would happen in the quest. It would be a part of Sliske's game. The game would only just be continuing, which goes against the idea that the quest is the endgame.

I think the Stone is peeling for a different reason. It's not simply shattering. It's hatching. We know that the Stone of Jas is like a boiled egg. It's not sustainable for an Elder God. So I suspect that this entire contest is to ensure that it can be sustainable. Winning the contest doesn't just get you the Stone of Jas. There's an unborn Elder God that needs another chance at life. Whoever wins the contest will become a vessel for the unborn, the Elder God that could not reincarnate. The Heir of Jas.

There's another factor to the contest, one that I don't see come up as much: Sliske has a time limit. This isn't just that he's getting bored and wants to speed things up. As his ascension, Sliske alluded to an eclipse. He needs the contest to end during the eclipse. There's probably a better analogy for this, but think of it like how a power reaches its peak during a particular alignment of the stars, or to be more mundane, incubating an egg. The eclipse will be what causes the egg to hatch.

We know there are Stonetouchers, and the Dragonkin hunt the False Users. But when the Stone of Jas hatches, and the Heir of Jas is decided? We'll have seen the True User.


One of the best theories I've read, on board 100%.

06-Feb-2016 06:54:31

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^^ Stone is probably hatching, and we could influence the unborn elder god-child into persuading it's parents. Unlike the other elder god eggs the circumstances for Jas's egg are different and that memory loss could occur. We should look at the Tzhaar and their Ga'al for a comparison, and it especially works because while they are are not Tokhaar, their predecessors were and thus were created by the elder gods.

06-Feb-2016 07:21:47 - Last edited on 06-Feb-2016 07:24:42 by KrazydragonL

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I fully expect the stone to be taken out of play, but not in the way you've suggested.

I think it'll depend on who gets it and what they do with it, but as a Zarosian I see either it being drained of everything it has, being turned into just a nice water feature, or the hypothetical child that's in it is killed aiding in Zaros' would be Ascension.

Tbh I hope it is taken out of play, it'll be a very nice place to leave chapter 1/3. Considering next up would likely be the Dragonkin, who knows how they'll react to their plans being botched once the stone is gone.
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06-Feb-2016 07:48:18

Solanumtinkr
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There's a worse possibility that well.

There is something that can harbour divine energy without absorbing it. The egg is probably one but there is another. Something that generates anima in small amounts all of its own accord, and go to lots of places that does as well. Something the egg does not do. Something that is capable of channelling Divine power without being warped or permanently linked to it. If the unborn has no form it can use yet, then it is possible for it to take refuge there and start to grow.

That would spoil the elder gods plans, and probably awaken them. Though when and if the unborn separated from its new host, chances are it would take that host's memories with it. It would also seriously tick off the young gods with a possibility of a dust up with the new host. Only this time the host would have help, a learning curve for the new Elder.

I shudder to think what aspect it would take away, though it would probably be adaptability and Jack of all trades. Adventuring, experimenting, tinkering and absorbing on the fly a bit at a time, rather than one massive gorging session. Which would be a very good thing for the new Elder. Not so good for the old ones. Leaving one seriously ticked off Jas&Co. And it would all be down to Sliske's mischief and a single meddler.

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06-Feb-2016 09:43:08 - Last edited on 06-Feb-2016 10:02:03 by Solanumtinkr

Kemtros
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Lethalintent said:
I fully expect the stone to be taken out of play, but not in the way you've suggested.

I think it'll depend on who gets it and what they do with it, but as a Zarosian I see either it being drained of everything it has, being turned into just a nice water feature, or the hypothetical child that's in it is killed aiding in Zaros' would be Ascension.

Tbh I hope it is taken out of play, it'll be a very nice place to leave chapter 1/3. Considering next up would likely be the Dragonkin, who knows how they'll react to their plans being botched once the stone is gone.


This is the big part of my Heir of Jas theory, but also possibly its biggest weakness. Either the Stone of Jas has a very unconditional resolution for all players, so the Dragonkin quests don't have to account for our choice, making it easier to develop and make them playable for all, similar to how One of a Kind and Hero's Welcome are separate from Fate of the Gods and The Mighty Fall, although One of a Kind predates them all, so Hero's Welcome is probably the better comparison, but it's still separate from Dishonour Among Thieves.

Alternatively, future Dragonkin quests would have to require Sliske's Endgame in some capacity. The main concern is that, while I agree that the Dragonkin are likely the next Sixth Age pillar that will be focused on, how do you tell that story after Sliske's Endgame, and make it accessible?

But, say you can still tell it, and my theory holds up for the most part. Does the new Heir of Jas actively control the Dragonkin? What even happens to the curse? If the host is deemed worthy, then is it possible for there to even be no more False Users? The Dactyl can probably keep to their own methods, but who would the Necrosy*tes have left to hunt? Would they still try to kill Saradomin or Zamorak, or will they abandon such plans and focus on fighting the Heir?

06-Feb-2016 16:05:34

Kemtros
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Yes, I know. I think it's something like when the eggs of the Elder Gods are laid, it's preparing for a new "version", a reincarnation of that god. The Heir would be a vessel for Jas to reincarnate through. Even if that's not the case, the vessel would still be an embodiment of what was once the Stone of Jas. In other words, the vessel is the Catalyst. The curse tethers the Dragonkin to the Stone. Even if the Catalyst is no longer a stone, it is still the Catalyst. That is what binds the Dragonkin. The most basic story of the Dragonkin is that they want to rid themselves of the curse, so you either change the story completely by removing the curse entirely, or you change the details of the curse, in this case, what is the Catalyst that binds the Dragonkin?

06-Feb-2016 16:52:34 - Last edited on 06-Feb-2016 16:53:01 by Kemtros

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I was thinking that if the 2, Jas and the Heir, become separate, then which way the Dragonkin's bond goes is up for grabs. And certainly not set in stone. It could end up that the Heir is not a reincarnation of Jas at all but more a Daughter. A Daughter would definitely be the redheaded stepchild and an unwanted blemish in Jas' plans.

The Daughter would have her own plans and have taken her cues and aptititudes from those around her rather than Jas. The Elder Gods plans would have beached on the rocks of that shattered Stone.

That and the Dragonkin could be left bound to Jas while the Daughter would be still be a potential Catalyst, but with a mind and plan of her own. Then the sewage would really hit the fan!
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06-Feb-2016 17:45:37 - Last edited on 06-Feb-2016 17:59:49 by Solanumtinkr

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