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You remember Tuska, the mindless boar goddess who destroyed Naragun in Guthix's backstory? The one who was partially responsible for Aagi's death? The one Guthix stabbed in the eye? Yeah, she's back, and she's looking to repeat her act on Gielinor. This is a bad thing, but fortunately, Gielinor's defenders are on the case! Tuska can't be directly killed because she has a shield made of Anima, but that can be overcome. Enter the players, whose job it is to land on Tuska's back (Tuska being That's No Moon!-sized) and gather up the wisps of Anima around her (remnants of the worlds she destroyed) and use them to charge a weapon to hit Tuska in her weak point, hopefully weakening her enough that she can be killed before she reaches Gielinor.

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Four factions have banded together to defeat Tuska: the Godless, represented by Voragonote , Armadyl, represented by Kamieenote , Saradomin, represented by Breenote , and Zamorak, represented by Moianote . Soran, representing Zaros, was there as an observer, hidden in the Shadow Realm.

Players could align with any of these factions to gain faction-associated rewards, and the faction with the most people who successfully stabbed Tuska would win for that day. If nobody got enough stabbing done, Tuska would win for the day — bad news for everyone on Gielinor below.

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The month-long event ended with the Godless accruing 20 victories to Tuska's 10 and everyone else's 0. Therefore Vorago was the one to finally slay Tuska, growing to giant size and punching her before charging up a powerful attack with the Anima Mundi to kill her. Her remains crashed into the ocean outside the Kharidian Desert, where they provide access to Mazcabnote  as well as the Anima Islands Distraction and Diversion.


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  • Apocalypse How: The stated consequences if Tuska were to win. Fortunately, we never found out what that would be like in-game.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Godless pulled off one of these in the end — although Jagex was already giving them some serious Character Shilling at that point in quests and lore, which played a role in enough players picking the Godless to take down a god.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Vorago got to do the honours.
  • The Dreaded: Tuska was this, at least to anyone in-universe who knew about her.
  • Enemy Mine: Tuska was dangerous enough that pretty much every major active faction on Gielinor banded together to defeat her. Even the virulently Naytheistic Godless allied with the forces of three separate gods to take her down.
  • Fed to Pigs: Attempted on Gielinor as a whole, and ultimately unsuccessful.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Past a certain point, it was pretty clear that the Godless were going to win the event.
  • Full-Boar Action: Tuska and the Airut definitely have a boar theme going.
  • God Is Dumb: Tuska was noted as basically being a mindless force of destruction.
  • Killed Off for Real: Tuska, fortunately for Gielinor, and for any other planets she might have devoured afterwards.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Early on in the event, Tuska had a number of "winning" days. Fortunately, the players regrouped and started to do better — that, or Jagex quietly lowered the bar behind the scenes for easier victory — and the Godless started to run away with the win.
  • Planet Eater: Tuska.
  • Proud Warrior Race: Tuska's minions, the Airut, valued strength greatly. Thus, when Tuska visited their world and showed great strength in destroying it, they began following her.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: What the Airut generally do in Tuska's wake.
  • The Remnant: Even after Tuska's death, a number of Airut still remain in a couple of far-flung points on Gielinor, and continue to be assigned as Slayer monsters.

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