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Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf (#85)
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Released 26 July 2005 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series Red Axe, #2
Official difficulty Intermediate
Lead developer(s) Vincent van M

Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf is the second quest in the Rise of the Red Axe quest series, in which you must track down clues to find the truth behind the Red Axe corporation. It is the sequel to The Giant Dwarf quest.

Details[edit | edit source]

Start pointMinimap icon Talk to Commander Veldaban in the Dwarven Black Guard headquarters in Keldagrim. Show on map
Official difficultyIntermediate
DescriptionForgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf is part 2 in the Rise of the Red Axe series, focusing on the dwarves and their capital city of Keldagrim. After the events in The Giant Dwarf, the Red Axe mining company has departed the city and set up a new headquarters in a remote underground location.

Veldaban, the Commander of the Dwarven Black Guard in Keldagrim, wants you to investigate the case and find out if the Red Axe is planning anything nefarious. The problem is, the only lead he's got is an extremely drunken and kebab obsessed dwarf.

Use your farming and brewing abilities to your advantage, then prepare to be perplexed by puzzles as you follow the trail to the Red Axe...
Official lengthLong
Items required
  • ~400 coins
  • 2 barley malt (no range in Keldagrim, plain barley has to be cooked elsewhere)
  • 2 buckets of water
  • Seed dibber (no Tool leprechaun in Keldagrim)
  • Rake (obtainable during the quest)
  • Ale yeast (or a Pot (obtainable during the quest) + 25 coins)
  • Kebab (purchasable during quest for 1 coin)
  • 2 beers (purchasable during quest for 1-2 coins each)
  • Beer glass (obtainable during the quest)
  • A random item from the list below (see list for details)


Enemies to defeat None

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Note: This quest involves waiting for 15-20 minutes twice. If you don't want to do this quest intermittently, you can bring something to fill this time with, such as runes and items for High Level Alchemy. For the first waiting period there is a bank nearby.

Starting out[edit | edit source]

Items required: Beer (or 2 coins to buy one)

Commander Veldaban chathead.png

Head to Keldagrim. A great way to get there is by using the Grouping teleport to Blast Furnace. Another great way is to use the cart trapdoor in the north-western part of Grand Exchange. The fairy ring code DKS will bring you right next to the entrance to Keldagrim. There are also cart rides from the Dwarven Mine, the underground White Wolf Mountain passageway, and Dorgesh-Kaan (if you completed the quest Another Slice of H.A.M.).

To start this quest, talk to Veldaban, Commander of the Black Guard in the Black Guard H.Q., west of the Keldagrim bank. He is rather shocked to tell you that, after the incident at the end of The Giant Dwarf, the Red Axe company has left Keldagrim and will soon be kicked out of the Consortium.

However, he finds it rather suspicious and wants you to investigate the mining group. The only lead they have currently, is a dwarf living in east Keldagrim who expresses strange behaviour when the company is mentioned.

Agree to help Veldaban, and you will automatically be transported to the dwarf's house in east Keldagrim after a short cutscene. Speak to the dwarf, who is rather drunk and will ask you for a drink. Talk to him to give him the beer. Beer can be bought in the Laughing Miner or the King's Axe Inn for two coins. He, however, wants "some of the REALLY good stuff", which is an incredibly alcoholic drink called Kelda stout.

Getting the seeds[edit | edit source]

Items required: Random item (see below), and a beer glass or beer (purchasable for 1 coin). Recommended: 200 coins to take the minecart train to White Wolf Mountain.

To make the drink, you need to grow some kelda hops from 4 kelda seeds, possessed by some of his drunken friends - namely Khorvak, Gauss and the rowdy dwarf.

  • The drunken dwarf gives the first seed to set you off.
  • For the next seed, go to the Laughing Miner pub (directly south of the drunken dwarf's house) and you should see the Rowdy dwarf, circling around the pub. He asks you for a random item in exchange for another seed. See the list of items and how to obtain them below. Before teleporting outside of Keldagrim to obtain whatever item you're asked for (if needed), proceed to obtaining the next seed.
  • For the third seed, go to the White Wolf Mountain by using the minecarts. In the pub, talk to Khorvak, a dwarven engineer. Convince him that you will bring the seed back when you are done, and he will let you "borrow" it. Alternatively, you may give him a dwarven stout from a nearby table in exchange for the seed.
  • For the last seed, go to the west side of Keldagrim and talk to Gauss. He is in the King's Axe Inn, south of the bank in west Keldagrim. He will ask you to do a toast with him. If you don't have an empty beer glass, buy a beer and toast with him to get the seed. You may toast with an empty beer glass or with a full beer; toasting with a full beer will not consume the beer, and it may be used later in the quest.
The Rowdy Dwarf may ask you for one of the following (if you cannot obtain the item, wait a few minutes and talk to him again for a different request):

Brewing[edit | edit source]

Items required: 4 kelda seeds, rake (obtainable for free), seed dibber, 2 buckets of water, 2 barley malt, ale yeast (or pot (obtainable for free) and 25 coins), beer glass

Harvesting the Kelda hops

Once you have all four seeds, go to the hops farming plot in front of the palace in West Keldagrim and east of the bank. Ask Rind the gardener for advice on planting the seeds, and he will explain that sunlight is harmful for kelda seeds and hence you can only grow it underground. He then gives you permission to use the Kelda hops patch. Pick up the rake to the south if needed.

Weed the garden using a rake, plant the hops, and wait 15-20 minutes. You don't have to be online, but logging in and out will reset the timer. You'll get a notification when the hops are ready saying: Perhaps I should take a look and see if my Kelda hops have grown... The hops don't require attention or water and cannot get diseased, as they are known for having a remarkably fast growing speed.

If you need something to pass the time, you can talk to Rind the gardener and deliver a letter for him; you must take it to Elstan, the gardener at the allotment south of Falador (you can quickly reach him using the cabbage port from the Explorer's ring 2, 3, or 4), then go back to Keldagrim to Rind to get two marrentill seeds. Note: You can only do this delivery during this stage of this quest. After you picked the hops this little side quest is no longer available.

When your seeds have grown, pick the Kelda hops.

You now need to head to the bar in East Keldagrim and up the stairs to the fermenting vat. The vat at Port Phasmatys cannot be used; the vat will give the message, "These special hops need to be brewed in the Keldagrim brewery. Oh well..." If you already have contents in the fermenting vat bring 8 beer glasses or 2 calquat kegs to empty them. If the contents are still fermenting you can drain the vat by using the valve (whatever contents were fermenting in this vat will be lost).

If ready to brew the ale, use two buckets of water on the vat, then add two barley malt, then the kelda hops. If you didn't bring ale yeast, take the pot from the nearby table and ask Blandebir to fill it up with ale yeast for 25gp. Use the ale yeast on the vat and the fermenting process will begin. This will take another 15–20 minutes and you will get a notification when it's ready.

When it's done fermenting, turn the valve (behind the barrel) and use a beer glass on the barrel. Head to the Drunken Dwarf's house just north and talk about the Red Axe. He will ask for the Kelda stout and then tell you about the boarded up tunnel along with a small cutscene.

Exploring the closed tunnel[edit | edit source]

Items required: None, Empty weapon and shield slot (You need both hands free)

Cart Conductor and the blocked passage

Talk to the cart conductor to the south at the train cart tracks (only one of the conductors will give you the option to ask about the closed off tunnel, which would be the one furthest south, nearest to the closed off tunnel). Now, talk to the director of the mining company that you joined during The Giant Dwarf quest, which is located upstairs in either the west or the east marketplace. Ask them for help with the boarded up tunnel, and they will have the boards removed at once. Go back to the conductor and ride the cart that goes into the new tunnel (the most southern cart, no ticket required).

You will find yourself before a gigantic abyss at the end of the cart ride. A short cutscene shows the vastness of the area, along with tracks floating out in all directions.

If you log out at anytime while in the cave, you will be transported out in the city, and your progress will be saved.

Room 1[edit | edit source]

To proceed, you will need to head through one of the many exits on the other side of the chasm. First, you need to solve a puzzle to set the tracks to the exit. Collect the square stones from the box next to the controls, and set them in the dwarven machinery. A green stone will make the cart take the top path at a junction, and a yellow stone will make it take the bottom path.

Your goal is to set up a connection between the red square all the way to the left and the boxes that are to the right. To place/rotate a stone in a junction, click once for green, twice for yellow, and three times to remove the stone. The green line shows the path the cart will take. The chest at the top of Room 1 cannot be reached.

  1. To get past this room, operate the controls and place the yellow stone on the farthest spot to the left and the green stone one spot below that, as shown below. Hop onto the cart, and search the box on the platform that you reach to obtain another green square stone. Take the cart back to the control box.
  2. There are two ways to go forward with the next one: either green, yellow, green or green, green, yellow. Ride the cart again, search the box for a second yellow stone, and return to the control box.
  3. Finally, connect the stones to the red cross, with the two yellow blocks on the left hand side and two green blocks on the right hand side. Ride the cart to reach the second room.

Room 2[edit | edit source]

Overhearing an important conversation...

In this room, you eavesdrop on a conversation between Hreidmar (the Red Axe Director), an Ogre Shaman, and a Red Axe Henchman discussing their plans. You learn that The Red Axe bribed the boatman into deliberately crashing into the statue so that they could blame it on a human in The Giant Dwarf quest. Crawl through the hole at the opposite end of the room from where you entered.

Room 3[edit | edit source]

You'll now be in another minecart abyss. Search the box to receive two yellow and one green stone. The chest at the top of Room 3 is empty when searched.

  1. Put the green stone on the far left, a yellow one above it, and another yellow one to the right. Ride the cart, search the box, and ride back.
  2. Put a yellow stone at the far left, another yellow one spot below that, a green one below that, and another green to the right. Ride the cart, search the box, and ride back.
  3. Put a green stone on the far left, another green one spot above that, a yellow one spot above that, a green to the right and below, and a yellow to the right. Ride the cart into the fourth room.

Room 4[edit | edit source]

You appear in a small archive room, with a number of bookcases and crates, the ones with visible contents being searchable. Search the three crates. One contains papers concerning statistical data, salary structures, and shopping lists. The other two, however, are much more interesting. YOU MUST ALSO SEARCH A BOOKCASE BEFORE MOVING ON.

  • There is a copy of a letter addressed to the dwarven boatman, signed by Colonel Grimsson. It speaks of the bribe, which was part of the plans you overheard earlier, so that the boatman takes along some gullible human on his boat to blame and destroy the statue of King Alvis:
I am writing to advise you that our secret preparations to the statue have been completed. All you need to do now is hit it with your boat. Take some gullible human along when you do, the mines are crawling with them these days. The human will surely get the major blame.
After this, the statue is going to be rebuilt in the image of our great director. You need not concern yourself with the how and why, but rest assured you will be compensated greatly.
— Regards, Colonel Grimsson of the Red Axe
  • The other letter is a report on an exploring dwarf who entered the mines - your new buddy, the drunken dwarf - whose memory was wiped to avoid any risk:
Report on Intruder

We found a dwarf wandering in our mines. We weren't sure if he was a spy or simply an explorer, but we couldn't take any risks. We decided to send him back with his memory wiped, rather than put him to use as one of our test subjects. We can't afford having to explain another mysterious disappearance at this point. Additionally, we added something to the spell that would make him hungry for kebabs and thirsty for beer, so that whatever he can remember will be dismissed as the ravings of a drunken fool. Grunsh did a good job, he seems to be fitting in well. Nevertheless, the spell seems to have been a little bit too strong, the subject is unlikely to recover from his condition. His obsession with kebabs is a bit too extreme. Will tell Grunsh to adjust his spell next time.

  • One of the books in the bookcases contains information on Red Axe employees, in particular Colonel Grimsson and Grunsh, the Red Axe Henchman and ogre shaman encountered earlier:
Red Axe Employee Records

Hreidmar, director of the Red Axe (employee #1)

Information classified.

Grimsson, the butcher of Barendir (employee #4297)

Grimsson was once a soldier in the dwarven army and quickly made his way up the ranks, up to colonel. He served with the Black Guard at Ice Mountain and in Kandarin. He was present at the battle of Barendir when he fought against an army of trolls. It was here that he got his nickname, the Butcher of Barendir, as he mercilessly killed the trolls even as they retreated in defeat. Here, also, he got his distinctive scar running across his forehead in a hand-to-hand battle with a particularly ferocious troll. After this battle Grimsson became more and more aggressive, even to his fellow dwarves. Following a particularly vicious attack on a comrade, he was dismissed from the Black Guard. Soon after, he was recruited by the Red Axe. Here he's learned to control his rage and become even stronger. By now, he has become the right hand dwarf of the director. While he holds no official rank, he is still often affectionately referred to as 'The Colonel'.

Grunsh, Ogre Shaman (employee #38262)

Found lost and near death in the ice cold mountains above Keldagrim, Grunsh was nearly mistaken for a troll at first. Taken in by the Red Axe and nursed back to health, it turned out that he was in fact a powerful ogre shaman. Intelligent by ogre standards, and steadfastly loyal to his rescuers, he has taken up a prominent position in the ranks of the Red Axe. This is primarily due to the fact that since dwarves cannot use magic, they must rely on other races as spellcasters. Grunsh fits the bill perfectly.

Room 5[edit | edit source]

Moving forward from the reports room, you arrive at the final chasm. Search the box for two yellow and two green stones.

  1. Put a green stone on the far left, a green stone one above that, a yellow stone one above that, and a yellow one to the right. Ride, search, and ride back.
  2. Put a yellow stone on the far left, another yellow one below that, another yellow one below that, a green to the right, a green above that, and another green above that. Ride, search, and ride back.
  3. Put a green stone on the far left, another green one above that, a yellow one above that, a green to the right of that, a yellow above, a green below, a yellow above, then a yellow below. Ride to the sixth and final room.

Room 6[edit | edit source]

Hreidmar assembles his army.
The shaman casts a memory-erasing spell.

A cutscene starts, where the Red Axe Director will show off his army of Chaos Dwarves. But, before you can report to Commander Veldaban of what you've seen so far, Grunsh the Ogre shaman catches you prying into their plans and casts a spell that eliminates all your memories of the caves.

Finishing[edit | edit source]

Items required: Kebab (purchase from kebab shop for 1 coin), beer (buy from barmaid for 2 coins)

Go back and talk to Commander Veldaban, where you began the quest. (Note: Drinking the beer/eating the kebab before talking to Commander Veldaban will not initiate the cut scene.) You won't remember any of what had happened, but your instincts will tell you to go to the Laughing Miner pub in east Keldagrim and have a beer and kebab. Buy a kebab from the store on the east side (directly south-west of the drunken dwarf's house) and a beer from the pub. Now, drink the beer/eat the kebab in the east pub to begin the final cutscene. You will get drunk and tell a nonsensical story to a bunch of drunken dwarves.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The player character commenting on how half the world seems to be farmers is referring to the Farming skill being released in the same month as this quest.
  • The quest journal will have revisions once an ogre shaman alters your memory:
    • Hi hi hi ha ha ha ha.
    • Lalalalalalalalala.
    • Rock hot nice butterfly bad wolf sing song down the river.
    • I saw... I saw... I saw kebabs? Wearing silly hats! Yes!
    • AHAHAHAHA, I've gone totally mad! AHAHAHAHA!
  • In regard to the failed plan to destroy the statue, the Red Axe Director exclaims "And we would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for that pesky human!". This is a reference to the catchphrase used by villains in the cartoon Scooby-Doo.
  • If the player attempts to drink the Kelda stout, they will remark how vile it is and suggest they take it back to their "drunken, kebab-obsessed friend".
  • If you have changed your gender between The Giant Dwarf and this quest, your company director will comment how you "look a little masculine/feminine today".