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Sphinx

The Sophanite sphinx.

A sphinx (pl. sphinges) is a beast with the body of a lion and a human head. In RuneScape, sphinges are also depicted with wings (albeit not appearing to be functional). The one living sphinx found in game is located in the quarantined city of Sophanem.

Sphinges have root in Egyptian, Oriental and Greek myth, most notably being the Sphinx at Giza and the Sphinx at the gate of Thebes, which features prominently in the Oedipus myth.

Accepted Lore

  • There is, or at least was at one time, more than one sphinx present on the Geilinorian plane.
  • The only known official sphinx is female.
  • Sphinges have a natural affinity for cats and are sensitive to just about anything involving them. By extension, a sphinx can usually tell when a humanoid is a "cat person."
    • As such, they are also able to communicate with cats.
  • Sphinges are repulsed from The Devourer.
  • They are generally desert-dwelling creatures.
  • Some or all sphinges give out tokens to signify their approval of an individual. In some circles, the opinion of a sphinx is given a lot of gravity and such a token carries great value.
  • Sphinges are either completely undying creatures or have very long lifespans extending into the several thousands of years.

Debated Lore

  • Sphinges may not like humans, on account of the Sophanite sphinx's dismissive attitude towards them.
  • All sphinges may be female, judging by the only sphinx featured in-game and typical sphinx mythology. However, there is no concrete evidence suggesting a lack of males and this theory leaves questions about sphinx repopulation.
  • Sphinges are a morally neutral race who couldn't care less about human issues. This stance is expressed by the sphinx seen in-game and likely represents the attitude of all sphinges, but there is no concrete evidence proving that it isn't her own personal position.

Common Mistakes

  • Sphinges are rare creatures, so much so that some - or more likely, many - people believe them to be only a myth. A realistic reaction to encountering a sphinx for the first time is surprise, and a realistic reaction to rumors of a real sphinx appearing somewhere may be doubt or hesitation.
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