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Ancient Drew
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From what I gather, the Living Rock Caverns have an ecosystem with inhabitants purely made of rock. These inhabitants are:

- Living rock creatures (critters, strikers, protectors, and the patriarch)
- Cavefish
- Rocktails

The rock creatures have bodies with living minerals which act as food for the fish. These minerals are likely to be highly nutritious, as rocktail fishing spots are 2x2 squares, much larger than normal fishing spots, and they give a maximum hitpoint boost when eaten. It can also be made into a soup once you unlock the recipe in Player Owned Ports. It's possible that the minerals in the rocks are seeped in the Anima Mundi, or Wen's energy in the local area.

My hypothesis is that this is where Bik started building her mountains, and that assuming Wen did split herself after the Elder Gods slept, the biggest concentration of her parts is here as it's between Ice Mountain and White Wolf Mountain. It could also be near a fountain of anima, being fought over by the Saradominist and Zamorakian forces to this day. Oddly enough, the Kinshra have set camp at a spot which is geographically very close to where Wen*ra is. And Falador happens to be set close to the Living Rock Caverns, and might be a part of what used to be the Zarosian fortress of Lassar, which is set on Ice Mountain. Assuming Wen represents death and inversion, her power could actually have fed the fortress quite a decent amount of strength.
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02-May-2016 20:47:54

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I think there's almost certainly a large amount of Anima here! Remember - Vorago is nearby too. That's a pretty good indicator that there's anima.

I like this theory, the Living Rock Creatures always did seem like some kind of natural golem.
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02-May-2016 22:20:22

Ancient Drew
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Captain Lime said:
I think there's almost certainly a large amount of Anima here! Remember - Vorago is nearby too. That's a pretty good indicator that there's anima.

I like this theory, the Living Rock Creatures always did seem like some kind of natural golem.
Thank you. :)

Vorago also mentioned knowing about the living rock creatures, and said that they are his wards. This suggests that the ecosystem was designed to keep him hidden, or to speed up regeneration of the Anima Mundi for him, while he rests before performing his next duties, like killing Tuska. I believe he was originally designed to aid in chipping at the earth that Bik created in order to give it shape, perhaps a similar task to Wen's, before they went to sleep. Vorago might therefore be considered an essential cog in making the recipe the Elder Gods need to awaken and make another cycle.

Whether he's just a guardian of Gielinor's anima, or part of a plan that Jas had come up with (she is considered the plan maker of the Elders), I can't really say. Bik makes the clay and basic shapes of the land, Ful heats and shapes it further, and Wen cools it down and chips at it. The Tok'Haar came from the Elder Kiln after sacred clay was added to it, so it can be assumed that Bik gave some of her clay to Ful in order to make some assistants. Her clay is also the same sacred clay from the Stealing Creation minigame, which is set near Falador and therefore close to the Living Rock Caverns. Perhaps this same clay was used to make the ecosystem inside, while Vorago was created by Wen to chip the earth?
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03-May-2016 17:29:25

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Then there's the fish. Cavefish can be caught with normal fishing bait and a rod, but rocktails require living minerals from the rock creatures. The creatures are aggressive to everyone unless a shark outfit or magic golem set is worn, but why would they attack people? Vorago doesn't really need protection from mortals, surely? It's my belief that the fish are in some way important to the rock creatures.

One theory is that the cavefish are bottom feeders who clean the rock creatures when they take a dip, and the rocktails are either predatory to the cavefish and/or scavengers of the bodies of the rock creatures. Both fish would be protected since they contribute to the ecosystem and as such would regenerate anima for Vorago (and possibly the Elder Gods) that much more quickly. And if the fish were to eat parts from the creatures, it would increase their nutritional value for adventurers, making the Living Rock Caverns akin to a bees' nest for bears.
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03-May-2016 20:32:27

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Another part of the ecosystem and possibly the food chain here could be the various coal and gold deposits around the caverns. They might be food for the rock creatures, causing them to drop noted ores and gems among other things upon death. They are also known to drop pickaxes (Farli mentions a rock creature stealing his pickaxe), charms, and a small variety of runes. The rune drops are:

- Protectors and strikers: Mud, death and nature.
- Patriarch: Mud and blood.

Since the presence of sacred clay (earth) and Wen's energy (water) is here, it is possible that mud runes were made naturally. Death runes may also have come from Wen's energy as she represents death and inversion, which is a theme in mining their corpses and turning them back into living minerals to become food for the rocktails. And nature energy may come from almost any burgeoning ecosystem. But the reason for the patriarch dropping blood runes remains a mystery, as there have been no signs of vampyres or Icyene anywhere near the area.
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03-May-2016 20:53:50

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Bees have a network of different roles for each type. Assuming the patriarch is akin to the queen, and the protectors and strikers both protect the fish and ores that provide food for the colony, the critters might be akin to the larvae who go around feeding on the ores and fish to mature. It could have been a critter that stole Farli's pickaxe, and they could also have fed off cavefish in order to grow. When a player eats a cavefish, a random combat stat gets a temporary +2 boost. It's probably this boost which causes the critters, assuming they're the young of the living rock creatures' colony, to mature and grow into either protectors or strikers, so that they can protect the fish for the next generation.

The patriarch might have been a critter who grew up by feeding not only on the cavefish, but also on the top-quality ores that are dropped by the brawlers in the What's Mine is Yours quest. Assuming the top-quality ore is an equivalent to royal jelly for bee larvae to grow into queens, there might be one critter that is currently being fed that top-quality ore in order to become the next patriarch. In real life, royal jelly is sold in pills in certain health stores, and it is said to have multiple benefits as a dietary supplement. Doric may have seen the benefits of top-quality ore being taken by the brawlers and tasked us with taking it to him, so that he may boost his smithing business.

This is all I have at the moment, please feel free to post your opinions on this. :)
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04-May-2016 08:38:03

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