Burning of the first Wizards Tower (Year 70)

After the discovery of magic, a wizard’s tower was created on an island south of Draynor Village.

Saradominist, Zamorakian and Guthixian mages studied in peace there for a time. In the year 70 there was a schism, and a ritual to create the present power beam and solve the teleportation problem went wrong. The members of the four orders could not agree and did not perform the ritual correctly, which caused an explosion that destroyed the tower.

The destruction of the tower was blamed unfairly on the Zamorakians, when the Saradominists and Guthixians were actually equally to blame. The Tower was soon rebuilt by Archmage Perien who also sealed the ruins of the old one and banished Zamorakians forever. It has been falsely believed that</span> the Zamorakian mages sought complete control, burnt the tower, and destroyed countless irreplaceable tomes. After the burning, public outrage followed in Varrock, which eventually led to the discovery of the Dagon’hai’s plans in the Tunnel of Chaos. Despite the expulsion of the Dagon’hai from Varrock, the secrets of runecrafting were lost to most humans for nearly a century.

The Moon Clan, however, retained Runecrafting skills, though they used Lunar Magicks instead of standard magic.