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P Caesar said:
How alien is Xau-tak? Let's try to put him on a level of "alien".


This is actually an interesting question that a lot of your theories have skirted around. I mean, most of you still seem to refer to Xau-Tak by gendered pronouns and ascribe it very ‘human’ goals. This is interesting to see as you are simultaneously going ‘it must be an incomprehensible, Lovecraftian god!’ and ‘I’ll bet we’re going to get to talk to him/her!’

It also kind of addresses some of the power issues that were being discussed recently. As noted, a lot of eldritch horrors tend to have powers that defy rationality, which might push up the danger of confronting them. Consider the ‘Liquid Satan’ from Prince of Darkness. It was basically a pool of evil juice that could take people over and make them go crazy. Nothing much there to write home about. It was also planning of pulling the anti-god into our dimension, and therefore sending everything to literal hell in a handbasket.

Plus, it introduced one of the best, subtle horror moments in cinema. During a quiet moment of down time one of the cast is doing the old ‘make a card disappear by flipping it behind your fingers’ trick. They give it a go…then realize that the card has actually vanished. Just by being in the same building as the monster means that physics and reality are breaking down around the cast. And that’s before the spiders get involved…


Let’s also consider Ghatanothoa. On paper it seems like the kind of thing the players kill as a bit of a boss fight. It’s big, messy, flails around a lot and is only worshipped as a god to keep it from rolling downhill and eating everyone. Not too tricky an issue to deal with, right? Oh, except that looking at it, or images of it, or reflections of it, causes you to mummify instantly. You don’t die, of course. You just live out an eternity of mute, lunatic horror as a living brain trapped inside your leathery shell of a body.

It is this sort of alien nature that people need to consider. Don’t worry though! I have not added spoilers by using the above examples. Liquid Satan, the anti-god and Ghatanothoa are all way, way more human and relatable than Xau-Tak. ;)

04-Aug-2016 17:22:19 - Last edited on 04-Aug-2016 17:54:45 by Mod Wilson

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I know you probably have plans to Push the character of Xau-Tak beyond anything Runescape has ever known, and believe me I am excited.

But I'm also reserved due to V.

He's survived some sort of encounter by the sounds of it, knowing Xau-Tak is a real threat he thought he could deal with, and knowing it has Tendrils that have taken root here. Surely they can't all be tales and rumors?

Yet, he seems unscathed from any battle, mentally or physically.

I'm concerned that while all the Lovecraftian wordplay is impressive build up, if someone as, if we're being honest, Weak as V can live to tell the tale about Xau-Tak what's to stop a god of real power like Seren or Zaros from Effortlessly Merking Xau-Tak if it ever tried to do harm?
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Raleirosen said:
Lethalintent said:
He's survived some sort of encounter by the sounds of it

how do you know that


Well, knowing its name isn't proof enough.

Gods can sense each other, but how do you think he specifically knows it's Xau-Tak taking root on Gielinor if all he had to go on were stories?

"I can even feel the tendrils of Xau-Tak have already taken root somewhere on the world."

He has without a doubt from this quote, at least to me, been in its presence because he not only recognizes it's Xau-Tak but specifically mentions its Tendrils. They're quite a distinctive appendage.
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04-Aug-2016 20:52:14 - Last edited on 04-Aug-2016 20:56:49 by Lethalintent

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That post by Wilson (which was comprehensible for once) makes me think back to the theory of whether Xau-Tak was a complete entity or not. I think we're going to have to widen our way of thinking about reality if we can even get a small grasp on what IT is. For example, he it could be some sort of 4 dimensional creature that drives people insane due to how implausible it may look to them.

What if whatever Xau-Tak is, is some sort of entity that doesn't exist in mortal terms, something that can't be comprehended or categorized that easily? Is "tendrils" just another term for something else that isn't actually "tendrils" but is the easiest way to describe it?

I can't fully translate what I'm thinking into words that easily O_o, the above text is just some rambling, but I wonder if maybe I'm thinking too much about this. Then again Wilson is either implying that Xau-Tak's powers are beyond that of an eldritch abomination, or much much below it. Though upon closer reading I'm wondering if maybe Xau-Tak isn't as PHYSICALLY powerful as we thought, maybe more powerful on the mind...

Though in the end it's funny that something this mind-warpingly horrifying is linked to a quest series about zombie pirates drinking rum :P, how far back was Xau-Tak even an idea?
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Maybe Xau-Tak isn't an mortal entity (I mean that he can't be seen or touched) but more like a disease which spreads from person to person, and the tendrils that are said to already be on Gielinor just means that the "disease" has come to Gielinor and taken hold of Rabid Jack, the cave goblin, the sailor and the werewolf from one of the books in Kindred Spirits, and maybe others

Sorry if someone has written something similar or we know this is not the case.
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04-Aug-2016 22:02:52

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If there ever WAS a time where Xau-Tak was a mortal (or something else we could comprehend), then by the present day it has ascended to the point where what it once was is completely irrelevant.

This is true to an extent with all the gods, but they generally adapt more "human" mannerisms and stuff because they have an interest in being relatable to their followers. Even the gods that were never mortal (Seren and Zaros) have adopted genders (and in the case of the former, a much more elvish appearance).

Xau-Tak has no such need or desire to be relatable though. All of its followers are either truly terrible people, brainwashed, or outright insane. It has a goal and will achieve it - everything else is irrelevant.
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Lethalintent said:
Well, knowing its name isn't proof enough.

Gods can sense each other, but how do you think he specifically knows it's Xau-Tak taking root on Gielinor if all he had to go on were stories?

"I can even feel the tendrils of Xau-Tak have already taken root somewhere on the world."

He has without a doubt from this quote, at least to me, been in its presence because he not only recognizes it's Xau-Tak but specifically mentions its Tendrils. They're quite a distinctive appendage.

It's far more likely that he passed through areas that Xau-Tak devastated, and/or learned of its existence (and perhaps appearance) from third-party sources. Unless there's some other factor at work here, I can't see how V could physically encounter XT with zero consequences.
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05-Aug-2016 04:29:32

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Raleirosen said:
Lethalintent said:
Well, knowing its name isn't proof enough.

Gods can sense each other, but how do you think he specifically knows it's Xau-Tak taking root on Gielinor if all he had to go on were stories?

"I can even feel the tendrils of Xau-Tak have already taken root somewhere on the world."

He has without a doubt from this quote, at least to me, been in its presence because he not only recognizes it's Xau-Tak but specifically mentions its Tendrils. They're quite a distinctive appendage.

It's far more likely that he passed through areas that Xau-Tak devastated, and/or learned of its existence (and perhaps appearance) from third-party sources. Unless there's some other factor at work here, I can't see how V could physically encounter XT with zero consequences.
Well, let's look at this objectively. V's words were:

I have seen worlds where the gods have been victorious. Most of them were...adequate, if a little stifled. But so many of the so-called good gods terribly oppress the mortals that worship them. And that's not even counting the evil gods and the worlds they ruin! ...
The corpse oceans of Xau-Tak.


I believe it's highly possible V has simply visited worlds where Xau-Tak conquered and heard his name somewhere in one of those worlds, never actually encountered Xau-Tak.
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