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Browncow45

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It's Xau-Tak. While he's been steadily making his way into the spotlight in recent history, learning more about him has actually given some answers to some older lore. Simply saying Zamorak was responsible for all the weirdness in Daemonheim never really fit the bill for his character. Zamorak was using the place as a hideout, but he's not responsible for its existence and nature. Let's make a little checklist for characteristics that are in line with Xau Tak.

Mutation in living beings. Check.

Occult obsessed with necromancy. Check.

Lab created and later abandoned by Dragonkin? Check. This may have been where the scientists at the Dragonkin Lab got their black stone, although it may have simply been way out at Ulthven Kreath.

Actively taints the areas around him? Check.

Portals linked between many worlds? Check.

Manipulative whispering that appeals to the desires of the host in order to bend them to his will and drive them insane? Mega check. You can even hear these whispers sometimes in the Occult Floors.

Black stone hand? Next time you're dunging, pay attention to what's grabbing you in the teleport animation. I always thought this teleport was oddly sinister and had no idea what the purpose for it was. Turns out I was right, and now I can never un-see it. It's very similar to Floor Masters from the Zelda franchise.

Now that I'm almost positive that he has strong influence in Daemonheim, the question is what is he doing down there and what does he want? I think it's safe to say the Smuggler is guarding the place's secrets, but why did Xau want Bilrach to reach the bottom? Did he do something to Bill once he reached his goal? Bill seemed much more polite in DoT than in his chronicles. Xau has had a better foothold in the world since the 2nd age, so why here?

16-Aug-2018 18:37:19

Browncow45

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I think you may be right about it being Kranon. It would explain why he just recently became active again if he didn't escape until the end of the 5th age. Whatever was down there, Astea and Lexicus both thought it was dangerous enough to throw the whole world into darkness, and Kranon seems to be the queen on Xau-Tak's chess board. It doesn't make much sense for him to be inactive unless he had been imprisoned until recently, and miles beneath Daemonheim seems like just the place where the dragonkin would keep a high profile prisoner. I feel like we're going to get answers in Elite Dungeon 3.

17-Aug-2018 02:05:27

Browncow45

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Tauwaru said:
Just to clarify, what teleport animation do you mean? If it's the gatestone teleports, I thought it looked more like a tendril or vine with a mouth than a hand.

Yes, the gatestone teleport. Take a close look and you can see fingers at the end of it. Also note how it pulls you into and out of the floor and ceiling. This thing may have to do with why the rooms are constantly randomizing themselves.

19-Aug-2018 21:12:20

Browncow45

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Another bit of evidence just dropped out of the sky for this theory. The Tainted Shard, which is most likely made of black stone, can be taken into Daemonheim. While it could be said that it's just for the sake of xp, remember that you can't even bring your Gorajo outfits down there.

28-Sep-2018 16:18:48

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