|Release date||4 April 2005 (Update)|
|Start point||Ali Morrisane, north of Faruq in Al Kharid|
|Member requirement||Members only|
|Requirements||Skill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.|
|Items required||Items from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
|Enemies to defeat||
Starting the miniquest
Players start by talking to Ali Morrisane. You can do each part individually, or you can talk to Aubury, Blackjack seller, and Siamun before returning to talk to Ali again.
Part 1: Runes from Aubury
Opening the caskets
Ali complains that there is an odd lock mechanism on the caskets of runes and that he is unable to open them. There are 2 caskets: Small casket and large casket. For both caskets, players get these three options:
- Force Box: higher chances of success with higher Strength levels, provides Strength experience
- Pick Lock: higher chances of success with higher Thieving levels, provides Thieving experience
- Examine Lock: players will see a "RuneSudoku" puzzle.
The small casket contains elemental runes and is easier to open compared to the large casket. Players may choose any of the 3 options on the small casket.
The large casket contains non-elemental runes and can only be opened via the puzzle - choose "Examine Lock".
The runes substitute numbers in a standard Sudoku puzzle. The yellow and orange squares indicate the 2x2 or 3x3 small squares (for the Small Casket and Large Casket respectively) that must have 1 of each rune, just as each horizontal row and each vertical column must have 1 of each rune.
A trick that always works with the Small Casket is to position the runes as shown.
1 2 3 4 4 3 2 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 4 3
The placement of the starting runes varies, but the pattern is always the same. This pattern can always be performed, regardless of the starting placement. The pattern for Large Casket is random for everyone.
After opening the caskets, players have the options of choosing either to buy all the runes (of unknown type and quantity) for a specified amount or to see what the runes are.
Seeing what they are adds them to Ali's stock. Even if players decide to see what the runes are, they can still buy them from his stock for a more expensive price compared to buying the runes without seeing them first. With time, Ali's stock decreases slowly, presumably as he sells the runes. Players may replenish his stock by opening more caskets.
In order to buy the runes inside a casket (especially a large one - assuming you have solved the puzzle) you must have the coins in your inventory or in your currency pouch.
Also, the price it states to buy the runes is inaccurate. You will be charged for the cost of the runes as if you bought them from a regular store.
Part 2: Blackjacks from Pollnivneach
In order to obtain different types of blackjacks (defensive blackjacks and offensive blackjacks), players have to talk to the blackjack seller in Pollnivneach. He is just south of Ali the Kebab-Seller. Players may do the steps for either offensive or defensive first. The player will need to return to Ali Morrisane before being able to talk to the Blackjack seller to switch types.
For defensive blackjacks, players need to go through the conversation with the blackjack seller and choose the 'cunning plan'. Players then need to talk to the Street Urchin, who asks the player for 100 coins to assist in convincing the Blackjack seller that he needs to produce some different equipment. Don't forget to talk to the Blackjack seller afterwards! When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase defensive blackjacks from him.
For offensive blackjacks, the player must bet that the blackjack seller cannot knock out the player with two hits from a blackjack. After attacking the player twice (for no damage), he agrees that the blackjacks need to be stronger. Occasionally, the blackjack seller may knock out the player, causing 30 damage. This will require you to go through the motions of both attacks again. When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase offensive blackjacks from him.
When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase offensive or defensive blackjacks from him. He asks the player to return to Pollnivneach and to ask the Blackjack seller to make additional kinds of blackjacks. Players may repeat this process to switch between Defensive and Offensive Blackjacks.
Part 3: Clothes from Sophanem
If players have completed Icthlarin's Little Helper, they may take a carpet ride from south Pollnivneach to Sophanem, and talk to Siamun in the building with the spinning wheel or around the silk stall. Siamun is a rude, gruff character who wants either 3 dyes or 3 animal pelts of the same animal.
Standard dyes can be bought from players or are sold at Lletya Seamstress, run by Oronwen in Lletya. Otherwise, Aggie in Draynor Village and Ali the dyer in Pollnivneach will make these dyes for the player if they are brought certain ingredients. Once the dyes are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Desert outfits.
Allowed animal pelts include cowhide (not tanned), snakeskin, wool, various types of fur (bear, wolf, etc.) and possibly skins of other creatures. Dragonhide, Yak-hide or imphide do not work, neither do swamp snakeskins acquired through Temple Trekking. If players do not have pelts in inventory, they could retrieve them from the closest bank, in Sophanem (if they have completed Contact!), otherwise from the bank in Shantay Pass or Nardah, and return. Once the hides are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Menaphite clothing.
When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase desert or Menaphite clothing from him. He asks the player to return to Sophanem and to ask Siamun to make additional clothing. Players may repeat the process to switch between Menaphite clothing and the Desert outfits.
- Desert outfits
- Menaphite clothing
- Defensive and Offensive Blackjacks
- Magic Carpet rides at discounted prices, Travel now 500 from usual 1,000
- Runes are often more expensive than normal store prices as seen below.
|Rune||Cost per rune||GE Price||Savings|
|Fire rune||17 coins||159 coins||142 coins|
|Water rune||17 coins||25 coins||8 coins|
|Air rune||17 coins||90 coins||73 coins|
|Earth rune||17 coins||18 coins||1 coins|
|Mind rune||17 coins||19 coins||2 coins|
|Body rune||16 coins||48 coins||32 coins|
|Chaos rune||140 coins||152 coins||12 coins|
|Death rune||310 coins||232 coins||-78 coins|
|Cosmic rune||232 coins||412 coins||180 coins|
|Law rune||378 coins||570 coins||192 coins|
|Nature rune||372 coins||405 coins||33 coins|
|Blood rune||550 coins||678 coins||128 coins|
|Soul rune||410 coins||1,345 coins||Script error coins|
- On a Rune High ( 10) - Unlock the highest rune shop from Ali Morrisane.
- Ali the Trader ( 15) - Unlock all Rogue Trader merchandise.