Bone Voyage

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Bone Voyage is a quest about the construction of a barge for the Varrock museum. The quest unlocks Fossil Island, which is of archaeological interest to the museum Curator Haig Halen.

Details[edit | edit source]

Map Showing the Bone Voyage Quest Legend:
1: Start quest, Curator Haig Halen, 2: Barge foreman, 3: Lumber Yard, 4: Woodcutting Guild or Billy, 5: Lumber Yard, 6: Lead Navigator, 7: Jack Seagull, 8: Odd Old Man, 9: Apothecary, Map: Quest Area (Area to travel, from begin to end, if item collected beforehand).

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Starting out[edit | edit source]

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Talk to Curator Haig Halen at the Varrock Museum. Ask if he has any interesting news. He will tell you that they have found an interesting island north of Morytania, and that they believe it may be of archaeological significance. They are in the process of making the final preparations for the voyage, and he has recommended you to the barge foreman, who requested the aid of a qualified and experienced adventurer. Agree to help, and make your way to the Digsite.

The finishing touches[edit | edit source]

Head to the canal barge north of the Digsite. There, speak to the barge foreman in front of the barge. They are in the final stages of preparation, but there are a few minor adjustments he'd like to make to the barge before getting the crew ready. He requires a sturdier type of wood to keep the barge afloat; magic logs will not do, since they had peculiar side effects (which you will learn later). He will require a high-grade wood found only in the distant Western lands - redwood.

The barge foreman will instruct the player to talk to the Sawmill operator at the Sawmill north-west from the barge.

Travel to the Lumber Yard and speak to the Sawmill operator. In order to obtain redwood planks, he has arranged a fairly generous deal between himself and the sawmill in Great Kourend's Woodcutting Guild. He will give you a sawmill proposal, which you will have to deliver to the Woodcutting Guild.

Now, travel to the Woodcutting Guild in Hosidius using your skills necklace (ironmen may want to use the Tithe farm minigame teleport instead), and hand the proposal to the Woodcutting Guild Sawmill operator. If you don't have the requirements to enter the Woodcutting Guild, try to open the eastern gate to the guild to complete this step; Berry will sign it on behalf of the guild's sawmill operator.

Return to the Varrock Sawmill operator, and give him the sawmill agreement.

The cursed voyage[edit | edit source]

The completed barge.

Go back to the barge foreman, who will ask you to board the barge. Speak to the barge guard, and he will let you board the barge. On the barge, speak to the Lead Navigator. He will ask you if you are aware of the previous attempts at the expedition. Pick the first option if you wish to know what happened. Otherwise, pick the second to skip the dialogue.

  • The first barge had some serious design flaws... it didn't float.
  • The second barge suffered from 'feature creep'. Senior museum staff stuck their oar in and added unnecessary features: 'go-faster stripes', a portable fossil centrifuge and a walk-on mini-museum. Needless to say, it had... buoyancy issues.
  • The third barge made it out to sea, but a special sealant was used that attracted sea monsters. They didn't make it very far.
  • The fourth also used a special sealant, this one attracted icebergs.
  • The fifth barge crashed into the sixth.
  • We lost the seventh one.
  • The eighth barge is still here, we think. An accident involving a magical explosion and some talking anchovies means that it is now believed to reside 12 seconds out of phase.
  • The ninth version was built with magic logs. The barge gained some form of rudimentary sentience. It developed serious depression and ran itself aground near Crandor.

Thus, he will believe the voyage is cursed, and will refuse to sail unless you can ensure the safety of the crew from this curse. He asks you to talk to some experienced sailors in the Rusty Anchor Inn in Port Sarim.

Teleport and go to the Rusty Anchor Inn in Port Sarim using amulet of glory or Rimmington house teleport. Talk to Jack Seagull in the Rusty Anchor Inn, and ask him if he has ever made any cursed voyages. He will claim that you need a lucky bone charm, and that you should speak to the Odd Old Man in Silvarea to get one. Ahab will interrupt, claiming that a 'potion of sealegs' will have you sail the voyage unscathed. You decide that you'll ask the navigators which one they'll prefer to have.

Return to the Lead Navigator. He will want the potion of sealegs, but the Junior Navigator wants the bone charm instead.

Visit the Odd Old Man (the rag and bone man) by the Silvarea mine, north of the Digsite, and ask for a lucky charm. Tell him that you're making a cursed voyage to receive the bone charm.

Speak to the Apothecary in Varrock south-west of Varrock Square. He will require a marrentill potion (unf) and two bottles of vodka. Speak to him again to receive the potion of sealegs.

The "cursed" voyage[edit | edit source]

Sailing the treacherous waters to Fossil Island.

Return to the barge, and give the Junior Navigator the bone charm and the Lead Navigator the potion of sealegs.

The barge controls.

Unsurprisingly, the potion has made everyone except the Junior Navigator pass out. As he has never navigated open waters, you will now have to steer the barge. You will have to steer left or right using the controls on the interface. The progress bar will indicate how far you have to go to reach the island.

  • When the top arrow tilts to the left, click on the right arrow.
  • When the top arrow tilts to the right, click on the left arrow.
  • Changing the height of the sails will alter how drastically the boat shifts from side to side. Having the boat's sails as large as possible when going in a straight line will allow for a more consistent travel route.

The trick to sailing the boat is to first click the left and right arrows until the boat is going straight, do not spam click the left/right arrows as you may over correct when steering, aim to click at a consistent interval. Once the boat is going straight, click the up arrow on the sails and you should be making good progress. When you start to see the arrow move to either side click the down arrow on the sails to reduce the speed and then attempt to correct the direction of travel using the technique mentioned before with the arrows.

Once the progress bar is filled, you will arrive at Fossil Island.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The log in screen upon the release of the Bone Voyage and Fossil Island.
  • A log in screen competition was held around 2 weeks before release in order to use a player-made log in screen to commemorate release of the quest. The winner of the competition, Runezilla, was awarded with "1 Year of Membership".
  • The name of the quest is a pun on the French bon voyage, used to wish others a safe journey, and bones, since the destination is Fossil Island. The pun made its first appearance in an update news post on 10 April 2006 with the release of Rag and Bone Man.
  • The term "feature creep" used to describe the second flawed design refers to a common anti-pattern in software design, where unnecessary features are added to the system. In real life this often results in the failure of the system.
  • The problem with the ninth barge may be a reference to the Liveship novels by Robin Hobb. The novels feature a moody, sentient ship made from magical wood that runs itself aground several times.
  • The problem with the eighth barge may be a reference to the science-fiction series Star Trek. In the series, phase shifting is a ship-cloaking technology commonly used by the Romulan Star Empire.