Along with the rest of the Runescape playing world, I watched the Runeshark video.
The more charitable of my friends suggested that Solomon might be a key figure in the upcoming Olympics tie-in, the Gielinor Games.
We all looked miserably at the artwork. But another association was ringing in my mind.
Solomon was quite patently a genie. Even the brief blarb released with the teaser image stated that. But isn't that a terrible name for one of the jinn?
It is, if you have ever read the Qur'an. Genies were basically enslaved and exploited by King Solomon. They were set to degrading tasks and suffered utter humiliation.Their jobs included making 'ample coats of mail'. Any genie who refused to comply was tortured, usually by burning in molten copper.
The genies were so in thrall to increasing Solomon's wealth, that they continued working until Allah saved them.
Qur'an 34 recounts how Solomon died while leaning on his wooden staff. Because his eyes seemed to be staring at the genie slaves, none of them realized that his supervision was over. They went on, amassing riches for the monarch, until Allah sent a worm into the cavern.
The little worm gnawed away at the staff, until it could not hold the corpse anymore. Solomon crashed to the ground and 'the jinn saw plainly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have tarried in unabasing torment.' (Qur'an sura 34 (Saba), ayah 14)
There's also another famous story involving Solomon and a genie. This one was recounted in another Arabic tale Thousand and One Nights.
The genie Ashmedai is abducted from his home and tightly bound by Solomon's Vizier. Ashmedai is then dragged into the court and thrown at the monarch's feet. Solomon demands that the genie declares his faith in God. Ashmedai refuses. Solomon forces the captured genie into a bottle, then seals it in God's name.
The bottle is cast out into the ocean, where it washes up on various shores. Everywhere he goes, Ashmedai sees some sign that Solomon has been there before.
A little like Jagex and Nexon then. The associations did not fill me with confidence.