|Released||10 January 2007 (Update)|
|Lead developer(s)||Chris J, Matt H|
|“||Deep within the Kharidian Desert, south of Shantay Pass, unrest is growing within the cities of Menaphos and Sophanem. With the threat of the Devourer still lurking in the shadows, the High Priest of Icthlarin has deemed it time to make contact with the citizens of Sophanem who had fled to Menaphos in the face of the recent plague. Thus far his attempts have proved futile, however, as Menaphos remains wary of the contagion and refuses to comply.||”|
Details[edit | edit source]
|Start point||Speak to the High Priest of Sophanem.|
|Description||The High Priest of Sophanem has problems again - this time with the inhabitants of Menaphos. Sophanem is recovering from the plague, yet most of its citizens are still trapped on the other side of the river. Diplomacy has failed and subterfuge beckons. Clearly, this is the sort of job that a shifty adventurer could excel in.|
|Enemies to defeat||Giant scarab (level 191)|
Walkthrough[edit | edit source]
Two sides of one Coenus[edit | edit source]
Travel to Sophanem and speak to the High Priest in the western temple. He will tell you that the struggle for Klenter's soul continues and that the citizens have been having problems getting in contact with their sister city of Menaphos. Even though you proved the plague is not contagious, the Menaphites refuse to lift their quarantine and are not open to discussion. Offer your help, for which the high priest is grateful. In a cutscene he recounts how the Menaphite Guard, led by the cruel Coenus, rudely attacked the High Priest's delegation when they approached the gates of Menaphos across the bridge to talk to the Menaphites, who had orders not to let them pass. He explains the Pharaoh of Menaphos is more secular than the priest would like and respect for the clergy is diminishing.
The High Priest continues to explain that whilst Sophanem has some contact with the outside world via its own gates and the magic carpet routes, the city still requires access to Menaphos because many Sophanites are currently stuck there. He wants you to find a way to make contact with them to let them know Sophanem is safe. You can suggest several ideas: the High Priest dismisses a Menaphite disguise, for Coenus would even shoot his mother were she to cross the bridge. It is impossible to scale the walls due to the strong currents and crocodiles in the River Elid and the bridge itself is guarded and lit day and night. The High Priest does not wish you to harm the guards in combat, them being the Sophanites' brethren after all, and does not know of any hidden underground passages into Menaphos. He elaborates that the children of Tumeken, head of the Menaphite Pantheon, revel in the light nowadays, as the temples of the Devourer have been destroyed.
He goes on to explain the Book of Light and Day's story that Tumeken once fell into a deep sleep for four days and nights, creating the lesser deities such as Apmeken during the first three nights' good dreams. The fourth dream, however, was bad; Tumeken dreamt of his own isolation, whence the lesser deity Scabaras came into being. The High Priest mentions the Sect of Scabaras, once 'great architects of the subterranean', until Elidinis allegedly smote them for trying to build a passage beneath her river. He directs you to the Temple of the Lesser Gods in the north-east of the city, which contains a shrine to Scabaras. The High Priest tells you to talk to its caretaker Jex.
Find Jex in the temple in the corner of the city; it has a broken altar inside. He will tell you that the temple and its cellar, including the bank, were destroyed when strange scarab creatures burst inside from some kind of dungeon a few months ago, forcing the Sophanites to fight them back. He recommends that you do not go inside; many townsfolk have died in the dark cave due to the vicious monsters and dangerous traps. Upon hearing you are working for the High Priest, Jex blesses you and explains how to open the barricaded trapdoor beneath the temple. He advises you to be very careful and to bring a light source.
The Sect of Scabaras[edit | edit source]
Go down a level and talk to a guard. The two will explain that they are guarding the trapdoor to make sure nothing comes out and nobody in, thinking the monsters below are related to the ancient Sect of Scabaras. They also mention they were not in Sophanem when the plague broke out, as they were trying to capture Simon Templeton. They will also sell you a torch for 200 coins and a tinderbox for 50. It is strongly recommended that you take good food, a tinderbox, a light source, an antipoison potion, and an emergency escape teleport such as the ectophial. Also, it is best not to bring any valuables in case of death. Make your way through the multicombat maze to the other end and go down the right ladder. Most ladders lead to even more dangerous caves below containing more Scabarites.
Traps[edit | edit source]
The dungeon is riddled with various types of traps, which should generally be avoided or bypassed.
You will also encounter scarab mages, scarab swarms, and locust riders. These can be very dangerous, and it is recommended you use Prayer against these foes. Scarab swarms can poison and will only appear if you step on a sand pit trap.
|Floor trap - Spikes: Similar to the floor traps found in the Rogues' Den (but easier to see - "X" markings on floor), these can be avoided using Agility by selecting "Search floor". If you run over them, you will be hit for 14-17 hitpoints.|
|Wall trap: Similar to the wall traps in Rogues' Den, these can be disabled by Thieving by selecting "Search Odd markings". If you run through them, you will be hit for 14-17 hitpoints.|
|Wall Crusher: These are also found in the pyramid in Icthlarin's Little Helper. Simply, move diagonally carefully around them. If you run into them, you will be hit for around 8 hitpoints of damage. (Note: You can run through these without taking damage by just clicking past them with run enabled).|
|Sand pits: Barely visible circles on the ground. If you step on these, the ground will crack open and a Scarab swarm will come out. This can be avoided by walking around the pit.|
|Scarab trap: Similar to the pits in Desert Treasure, these pits appear if you stand next to a wall spot with a scarab symbol on it. This will extinguish your light source and cause you to fall down to the bottom level.|
Tips[edit | edit source]
Turn auto-retaliate off through the combat tab, since it might cause you to waste some Prayer points fighting back,or cause you to run into a trap if you are hit at an inopportune moment. Go down the trapdoor and follow the dungeon around until you get to the ladder north of the south-west corner using the Protect from Magic prayer. When following the route to the right, you will only encounter scarab mages. Therefore, use Protect from Magic and keep auto-retaliate off. The mages hit high but attack very slowly; it is therefore possible to only pray against one attack with ample time to run past. The locust riders use ranged and likewise hit high but attack slowly.
The ladders in the dungeon all lead to a much more dangerous lower level of the dungeon. If you go down the wrong ladder or fall down a pit, you will be placed in the lower portion of the dungeon. There are level 98 and 106 locust riders and lots of Scarab mages. It is a multicombat area and your hitpoints will be reduced very quickly. Find a ladder and get out fast or use an emergency teleport. If you have enough protection, this level could be a shortcut going from the north middle ladder (2) to the south-west ladder (6). Then, go up, east, north, and west to the exit ladder.
Warning: Unless you have a piece of Kandarin headgear, or a bruma torch, in your inventory, your light source can be extinguished at any time (even bullseye lanterns). If this happens, use a tinderbox to light it again. The firemaking cape, equipped, cannot be extinguished.
Kaleef's corpse[edit | edit source]
Once you have found the correct ladder (being the one directly north of the south-westernmost one; you unlock a new music track), follow the passage around until you come to the corpse of Kaleef. There are no more dangers here. Search the corpse to get his notes and read them. They are orders from 'Os' to Kaleef to contact an agent inside Menaphos using the Scabarite tunnels beneath the Temple of the Lesser Gods.
Go slightly west and speak to Maisa, a comically badly disguised woman stood at the other end of a gaping chasm. She will expect Kaleef, of whose death you inform her, causing her to cry. She curses Osman, the Spymaster of Al Kharid, and says she wants to go home; Kaleef was supposed to tell her how to get out of Menaphos. To win her trust, tell her you have helped rescue Prince Ali, who was being held in Draynor Village by Lady Keli, and that Leela assisted you. She will then agree to cooperate and tell you to tell Osman to come to the cave, after which she will inform the Sophanites inside Menaphos that it is safe to return. She emphasises that Osman himself should come, and not another one of his agents.
I Spy with my Little Eye[edit | edit source]
Travel to Al Kharid and speak to Osman outside the palace. Try and convince him that his help is needed most urgently in Sophanem. Initially, he will not believe you spoke to Maisa, claiming she is inside Menaphos, locked to the outside world 'thanks in no small part to [him].' He says he had his agents stir up civil unrest in the southern city, for he has old scores to settle even though the cities are officially not at war. Upon being informed of the situation with Kaleef and Maisa, Osman will agree to sending one of his people to the dungeon but refuses to come himself, saying he would be lynched on sight.
Osman explains Al Kharid and Menaphos were at war for centuries, the Menaphites' trying to expand their dominion northwards. Despite the official peace, there remains much bad blood between the two and Osman claims to have done 'many a dark deed' as Spy Master, explaining why he wants to stay away from the Menaphites. You explain that the plague of Sophanem is not contagious and the High Priest wants to open the town again and allow its inhabitants to return from Menaphos. Osman asks why he would help you with this plan that would benefit the enemy of Al Kharid.
Trying to convince him that it is more thrilling than standing around in Al Kharid, getting to spy on the Menaphites himself or the promise of graverobbed treasures beneath Sophanem will not do the trick; Osman has his people for doing the spying and does not wish to rob the dead and end up like Simon Templeton. He is susceptible to the idea of driving a wedge between the two cities Sophanem and Menaphos, however. He will agree to help and meet you at the gates of Sophanem after dealing with a few more things.
Before travelling back, equip yourself for a big fight. Bring good food and some prayer potions as well as previous supplies to traverse the maze, such as your light source. Super potion sets are recommended if you're using melee, as the monsters may hit over 20 and the final boss is fairly resistant to melee. Iban Blast and Ice Rush spells are quite effective.
Return to Sophanem. Osman will be just outside the gates, unable to find a way in. Simply using the gates would cause a skirmish defeating the purpose of his trying to establish a truce with the Sophanites and a disguise would still be too risky. Suggest the secret entrance just north of the city that you had used previously. He will suggest that you split up to avoid getting caught together, stating that he knows his way around Sophanem. A cutscene then shows Osman sneaking into the city, killing a giant locust, luring Jex, knocking the hapless man unconscious, and getting into the caves below the temple. You then decide to look for Osman inside the cave.
Beetle battle[edit | edit source]
If you want, talk to Jex for some amusing dialogue about his being attacked by some 'degenerate' he suspects to be Siamun. He also comments that his temple is still in its sorry state, for most Sophanites mainly revere Icthlarin, and Simon Templeton stole some of the damaged masonry. Go back through the Sophanem Dungeon to where you found the body of Kaleef. As soon as you go down the ladder, you will see another cutscene.
Osman is seen talking to Maisa across the chasm, imploring her to stay disguised. Suddenly the caves starts to shake. Maisa flees into Menaphos whilst Osman is surrounded by scarab swarms appearing from cracks in the ground. They merge into one giant scarab that attacks Osman. He is seemingly knocked out and vanishes from sight.
Head into the cave and fight the level 191 giant scarab, which hits up to 20 with melee and ranged (the ranged attack looks like earth blast). Keep an eye on your hitpoints or game messages, as the scarab can poison you through anti-poison, negating your poison timer. It can also summon level 68 Locust riders and Scarab mages (which can also do 9 damage with poison) to aid it, which will attack at the same time. The riders will attack with ranged or melee and the mages will attack with slow but powerful magic, so you are being attacked by all three combat styles at once. It is recommended to focus on the scarab, unless you find that you are taking too much damage, in which case defeat the minions as soon as they spawn depending on which style you pray against. Note that a cannon cannot be used during this fight.
If you're using melee, you will require pretty high stats (70 or better). Protect from Melee is recommended against the scarab, and having plenty of good food such as sharks is recommended, you may also need a prayer potion as the scarab has incredibly high defence and drags out the fight. Wearing dragonhide armour alongside mid-tier melee boots, gloves and helmet (dragon, Neitiznot) will help protect against both Magic and Ranged - anything lower than this will lead to relying on good hits to win the fight. You should kill the ranger or mager as soon as they spawn, as more will continuously spawn throughout the fight. Simply hit the scarab in-between spawns.
If you're using Ranged, use a rune crossbow with broad bolts or higher, or use a crystal bow. Anything lower will cause problems, due to the scarab's high Defence. Use Karil the Tainted's equipment or black dragonhide armour, and use the safespot also listed in the mage tips below. Doing range any other way is not very effective in this battle. Use Protect from Missiles, if you can not get to the safespot, try using the Scarab mage or the Locust riders as obstacle to avoid melee damage.
If you're using Magic, there are various safespots in the cave; hide there and use Protect from Missiles. For example, one may safespot from the entrance, near Kaleef's corpse. Using mystic robes and the Iban Blast spell are ideal, due to the scarab's low Magic level. With this setup and the protection prayers, it is an extremely easy fight for players with decent stats.
Contact established[edit | edit source]
Once the scarab is defeated, any remaining Scabarites will die and the three scarab swarms disappear. Osman, dishevelled and slightly injured, reappears, having blended into the shadows, claiming the situation was under control. He tells you to take the Keris dagger on the floor, which Kaleef had used to pierce the bug's shell from behind. He thanks you and teleports away.
- If you have enough food remaining, killing a locust rider with the Keris is a hard Desert Diary task. One is also found just up the ladder, and scarab mages work too. The wall trap in the passage to the southern corridor (and only that one) will have been rendered broken by rust.
In Sophanem, the townsfolks from Menaphos have returned and business, albeit slowly, is starting to return to normal. Go back to the High Priest. If you have little food left, teleporting away and coming back via the magic carpets may be safer and probably faster than going through the dungeon again. He will confirm that Maisa was indeed successful and reward you with a magic lamp granting two wishes.
Congratulations! Quest complete!
Rewards[edit | edit source]
- 1 Quest point
- 7,000 Thieving experience
- Combat lamp giving two wishes granting 7,000 experience to Attack, Strength, Defence, Hitpoints, Ranged, or Magic
- The Keris dagger
- Access to Sophanem's bank
- The music track Back to Life
Music unlocked[edit | edit source]
|Name||Unlock details||Music track|
|Labyrinth||Unlocked in the Scabarite maze below Sophanem|
|The Depths||Unlocked in the deepest part of the caves beneath Sophanem|
|Beetle Juice||Unlocked in the same cave when the giant scarab is present|
|Back to Life||Unlocked in Sophanem upon quest completion|
Unlisted tracks[edit | edit source]
|Unlock details||Music track|
|Plays during the High Priest's encounter with Coenus|
|Plays when Osman sneaks into Sophanem|
Required for Completing[edit | edit source]
- Hard tier of the Desert Diary