....The Barrows minigame was released the same year as slayer. Could this be a coincidence? Other releases were Creature of Fenkenstrain, Zogre Flesh Eaters, and finally...
W A T E R B I R T H I S L A N D!
Xau-Tak is related to Death and the Seas, Dagannoths are obviously deep sea creatures. Zogre flesh eaters and Creature Of F.Strain rotate around the concept of death, zogre f. eaters, around the zombification of ogres, and C.o.F around resurrecting a dead corpse!
The black rock slabs are strong catalysts for Resurrection, they resurrect anything, also tying in with the Xau-Tak Theme.
Waterbirth is so important because there is a number of sea creatures living there, Wallasalkis, Dagganoths,Rock Lobsters, Rock Crabs, and the Dagannoth Kings, that all seem to hate humans and the player, all of the Xau-Tak, "You think you can save them Aredan? You Can't" Lines SEEM to be hostile. (Go Sherlock)
To be honest im fairly sure the body altar looks that way because it's meant to be a Heart, (You know, entry portal, if mapped to a human heart, is where deoxygenated blood, which rune essence represents, goes in and the exit portal is where the runes (oxygenated blood) come out)
Now i'm not all for coincidence but the Body Altar was a thing before Xau-Tak... so if it has any possible link i would be incredibly surprised!
- Last edited on 17-Feb-2018 12:49:20 by Ahtelhrax
I'm quite sure Xau-Tak has nothing to do with the runecrafting altars, from the evidence we have. Just because something has 'tendrils' or looks lovecraftian does not mean it is Xau-Tak related. Also trolls are not rocks, they are a living race. They were not stones enchanted to come alive, besides if trolls were linked to Xau-Tak then why do they follow Bandos/Bandosian teachings?
Sure, you COULD have Sea Trolls follow Xau-Tak, but that means you might have to have Dagonnoths and Crassians follow him too as the only way i can see that happening is because they're "Sea Related" that's like having all winged creatures follow Armadyl because they're "Air Related", and the only race we even have a inkling of truth to their following of Xau-Tak are the Horrors.
Tbh the coin is probably that same black stone we see everywhere Xau-Tak is around. And that warning, that is NOT about Rabid jack. If that isn't either Xau-Tak returning through Jack or Xau-Tak himself returning then it is nothing. I think Xau-tak is gonna have a massive part to play in Pieces of Hate, we just won't see it. Speaking of pirates...
Do Y0u tHinK YoU CaN sAvE ThEM pLayEr? YoU cAN't, ThERe iS A (Insert lovecraftian description) AnD ThIs Is XAU-TAK
Hguohsaid: N7spongysaid: Perhaps when Xau-Tak showed up the Mwanu interpreted it to be Tezcasalasagna, but that was wrong, because Tezcasablanca isn't a real person or deity.
Xau's influence is clear at the lake the Mwanu used to escape to Gielinor, and in the lore books referencing their life after leaving Jermyn (black stone hands, and the black stone in general). Meanwhile, there seems little to no influence of Xau on Jermyn prior to this point (at best, you have the Mwanu liking to make just about every animal other than them dead to satisfy Tezcasathla's hunger).
The Mwanu misinterpretting Xau-Tak as their own god, Tezcasathla, seems to be an easy enough mix-up (especially considering their desperation at the time).
Maybe the mwanu had something akin to the Aviansie Spirits? And when they saw Xau-Tak, like you say, they thought he was one of them. But it could also be the case that they based their religion on their UNDERSTANDING of Xau-Tak. What we know of Xau seems to imply that mortals mentally can't understand Xau-Tak without going insane, so therefore the Mwanu could have used their religion as a understanding method?
So i recently completed Pieces of Hate, and i found something quite interesting...
"What dwells below in deepest dark, betwixt the corpse of squid and shark With flesh of stone and midnight black, We cry his name, we cry..."
"Flesh of stone and midnight black," That sounds an awful lot like the hand we fought at the final Rabid jack boss, doesn't it? You know you've gone up in the world when a primordial, ancient, antediluvian horror-god tries to batter your body into dust... wait... "I'll grind you into dust..."-Rabid jack.
"What dwells below in deepest dark, betwixt the corpse of squid and shark,"
Yeah that reinforces the idea that before we went to Ulthven Kreath (Which has a part of its name that means black coincidentally) Bill Teach tells us there was "something in the water", he described it as being, "Something else. Something huge... like hands of black stone... so many hands." I'm not sure how Xau-Tak is able to fit more than one hand through that portal... but that sounds like there's a full body of hands and whatever else appendages down there, perhaps the portal can expand and fit xau-tak fully through, but he chose not to do so when we arrived?
Also that "corpse of squid and shark" line references the 'corpse oceans of Xau-Tak' line from hero's welcome.
Obviously the final word in that song, as with every other song relating to horrors, or evils, or anything sinister in the pirate related storyline, is...
Xau-Tak. It even says in the chatbox for that poem that the character saying the song does not want to sing the final word, like most others who speak Xau-Tak's name.
We know Teragard was at least in danger of Xt's forces, from a line spoken by an Undead witch, probably part of Oreb's entourage - "When the day is done all of Teragard's resources will be under our command"