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Rune Mysteries is mostly important for unlocking the ability to mine essence for the Runecrafting skill. With proper teleportation methods, this quest is very easy and short, but for many new non-members without teleports, this quest can be very "annoying", seeing that you run back and forth a lot.

Official description

Recent research at the Wizards' Tower has found a way to create runes for the first time in centuries. Assist the head wizard, Sedridor, in his research and he may teach you these secrets too...


Start pointQuest map icon.png
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Lumbridge Castle. Go to the 1st2nd floor[UK] and talk to Duke Horacio.
Member requirementF2P icon.png Free to play
Official difficultyNovice Novice
Official lengthShort
RequirementsSkill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable. None, but Teleport to Varrock spells would make the journey considerably faster
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
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Enemies to defeat
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Horacio's Talisman

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To start this quest, talk to Duke Horacio, who is on the first floor of Lumbridge Castle, and ask him for a quest. He will give you a strange talisman, and asks you to take it to the head wizard of the Wizards' Tower for identification. Exit the castle, and go to the Wizards' Tower, which is south-west of the Castle and south of Draynor Village, and go meet the head wizard.

Head Wizard

Look for the wizard Sedridor in the basement and then talk to him. He will confirm to be the head wizard and take the talisman given by Duke Horacio before giving you a research package, which you have to deliver to rune expert Aubury in Varrock. Aubury lives south of Varrock's east bank where he has his own Magic shop map icon.png Rune Shop.

Passionate About Runes

Getting There: From the Wizards' Tower, you can use the Varrock Teleport to greatly shorten the trip, as it is a long walk from the Tower to Varrock. Alternatively, you can use the Lumbridge Teleport, then use a canoe to Varrock, (if you have a level 12 woodcutting) or the Varrock Lodestone.

Go to Aubury's Rune Shop and talk to Aubury. He'll want you to deliver some notes back to Wizard Sedridor and also ask you if you would like to be teleported directly to the Wizards' Tower. This teleport will bring you outside the Wizards' Tower. (He sometimes will not ask)


After giving the notes to Wizard Sedridor, he will give you an air talisman and he'll explain the Runecrafting-icon.png Runecrafting skill. Congratulations, quest complete!


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Required for completing



  • It's possible to train Runecrafting without actually completing this quest, but you can't mine Rune Essence. This is easier because of the introduction of the Grand Exchange, because you can trade rune essence or pure essence without having to have completed the quest. Methods of training include Runespan, Runecrafting during Dungeoneering or buying essence and then runecrafting at altars.
  • After completing the quest, if you talk to Juna, your character will say "...So, I brought Aubury's notes to Sedridor the Head Wizard and, from then on, I was able to mine rune essence."
  • Before an update, players used the drop trick to gain multiple Air talisman to make considerable amounts of money. It's now a strange talisman.
  • This was the first quest released in RuneScape 2.