Making Friends with My Arm
|Making Friends with My Arm (#139)|
|Released||6 September 2018 (Update)|
|Lead developer(s)||Ashleigh B, Mod Munro|
Making Friends with My Arm is a master quest in the troll quest series that follows on from My Arm's Big Adventure. It was first announced during RuneFest 2016 on 17 September 2016 and polled on 15 August 2018 as part of the Raise your hands for My Arm? poll.
The quest involves travelling with My Arm to Weiss, a troll town just north-east of Trollweiss Mountain, to establish relations with the ice trolls who were driven out of the mines of Keldagrim by the Wise Old Man many years ago. However, My Arm must first woo the troll maiden Snowflake and kill the Wise Old Man.
Details[edit | edit source]
|Start point||Talk to Burntmeat in the Troll Stronghold's kitchen.|
|Description||My Arm, the troll from My Arm's Big Adventure, must embark on another journey of discovery. This time, you'll be escorting him to Weiss, a newly discovered troll town in the far north of the world, so he can share his wisdom *cough* with the inhabitants, in exchange for learning about their inventions. Life's journeys can take us to some strange places, but My Arm is about to face the greatest adventure of all - true love. Plus, they'd like him to kill the Wise Old Man of Draynor Village, which doesn't sound like a clever move. Can you help My Arm get a grip on the situation and woo the fair Snowflake over the objections of her father, Mother? Or will My Arm be left to a loveless life of loneliness?|
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Walkthrough[edit | edit source]
Starting out[edit | edit source]
Wolfbone comes from a place called Weiss, a troll town far north of the Stronghold, and wants to meet with the mountain trolls to trade knowledge. His leader, Mother, wants the mountain trolls to send an ambassador up to Weiss to teach the Weiss Trolls their inventions, while Wolfbone teaches theirs in the Stronghold. Burntmeat will tell you that they have chosen My Arm to be the ambassador for the mountain trolls, as he has travelled to distant lands (with you) before. Wolfbone will then show you the way to their town by sea, as climbing the mountains is too difficult.
Go to My Arm by his herb patch by taking the stairs south of Burntmeat, and climbing the ladder on the wall north of Kob. You will see My Arm training Drunken Dwarf's Leg to take over his role as the herb patch caretaker. Talk to My Arm, and ask him to meet you by Larry's boat, north-east of Rellekka.
Head to Larry's boat. The quickest way to reach there is using the fairy ring code DKS, and then running west. Talk to Larry and ask him if you could borrow his boat, and after some amusing dialogue, a short cutscene will play, showing My Arm's arrival. Speak to Larry again, and you and My Arm will sail to Weiss.
Troll Diplomacy[edit | edit source]
Items required: Any pickaxe and rope (both obtainable during this part), mining and agility boosts if you need them.
Items recommended: Weight-reducing clothing and stamina potions, a teleport to Draynor Village. If your agility level is not much higher than 68, bring some food, as failing the rockslides can deal at least 15 damage.
After some time, you and My Arm will arrive just north of Weiss. As My Arm cannot climb the rockslide, you must find a way to help him. Search the wrecked boat and obtain a rope and bronze pickaxe if needed. A hammer can also be taken if one hasn't been obtained by the player.
Attempt to mine the cave entrance. After some dialogue, boost up if necessary, and climb up the rockslides (requiring 68 Agility), and use a rope on the tree. Next, climb the rope and cross the ledge. Lastly, climb the next rockslide and pass the fallen tree.
Once you've reached the top, speak to Boulder. He will not let you in, as Weiss is a troll town and humans are unwelcome. Instead, go east of him and sneak in through the gap in the fence. You will enter an instanced version of the city with trolls throwing rocks at you, which will knock you out of the city if they hit you. Be sure to read through below and reference the diagrams, as once you start running, unless you are in a safe area, the trolls will hit you and kick you out. Running diagonally tends to help evade troll throws.
City surface[edit | edit source]
Go south along the city's edge, then west, until you come across a small alleyway. Click on the minimap to do this. Move yourself to POSITION A, shown on the right, and recover your run energy here if necessary. Now, click on the bucket spawn slightly northwest.
Now for the hardest part. Drop the bucket from your inventory, and click on Little boulder just north of the western troll. Once you are a tile away, click on the hole. If everything goes correctly, you should make it inside, but this may take a few attempts. Once inside, DO NOT try to use the ramp; instead, immediately click on the narrow gap to the south, near the body of water. You have reached the first checkpoint; if you get past this gap, then next time you are knocked out, you will find yourself here after you enter the village again.
Cave level[edit | edit source]
Follow the path and swim through the water, again avoiding the thrown rocks. At the end will be the mine entrance that needs to be unblocked for My Arm to enter, requiring 72 Mining. However, before he can enter, a path of five stepping stones needs to be created in the water for My Arm to walk on, conveniently provided by the trolls above throwing their rocks into the water. To create this path, first swim to the other side. Click the square you want a stone thrown to, and then move one square away when you see the troll's throwing animation begin. Continue this until the path is completed, then boost up if necessary, mine the rubble, and let My Arm walk in. The trolls cease attacking and will take you to the city's leader — Mother, his bodyguard Don't Know What, and his inventor assistant Odd Mushroom. He also has a daughter, Snowflake, with whom My Arm falls in love.
Once Mother asks what My Arm has to offer to the trolls of Weiss, pick every chat option possible. Mother will be uninterested in any of the offerings My Arm has to make any business with Weiss, and he is adamant that trolls only need to be concerned about physical strength and prowess; he also wants his daughter to marry Don't Know What, who would inherit the throne once Mother dies.
Having nothing to offer to Mother, you and My Arm leave the hut. Outside, speak to My Arm, and pick every chat option once more. You will learn from Odd Mushroom that the trolls of Weiss once lived further south near Keldagrim, and was driven away by a then-young Wise Old Man. A plan is devised to let My Arm impress Mother by faking the killing of Wise Old Man, a long-time enemy of the Weiss trolls.
The Wise "Dead" Man[edit | edit source]
- Items required: Hammer, saw, 5 mahogany planks, a bolt of cloth, cadava berries, Bucket of Water. This part will automatically go to the combat sequence when complete although you can exit to gear up before battle.
- Recommended: Draynor teleport method, Varrock teleport method, Weiss travel method
Make your way to Draynor Village where you will have to talk to the Wise Old Man. Ask him to help My Arm. He will initially refuse, as he is more of an adventurer than a family mediator; after reminding him of you saving his life during Swan Song, he will agree to help you.
He will ask that you build a mahogany coffin and have the Apothecary brew a cadava potion that is suited for his age. The coffin can be built next to him, granting the player 715 Construction experience.
Make your way to the Apothecary in Varrock, and have him make a reduced cadava potion. Return to the Wise Old Man and talk to him. He will then drink the potion and "die". Pick up the old man's coffin, and make your way back to Weiss, and speak to My Arm. You can avoid climbing the rockslides by entering the cave you cleared out earlier, which takes you directly into the city.
My Arm will now offer the Wise Old Man's "corpse" to Mother, but he doubts its authenticity due to a lack of battle wounds. Odd Mushroom will attempt to persuade Mother to accept My Arm into the tribe and have Snowflake marry him, but Mother is still set in his ways, claiming that she needs to marry a proper troll like Don't Know What.
Snowflake will then become enraged at Mother, telling him he shouldn't tell her how to think and love, and declaring her love for My Arm. He still insists that My Arm is not to be trusted. Suddenly, the Wise Old Man begins snoring. Odd Mushroom will claim that it is the remains of his magic escaping his body. The Wise Old Man will then break wind, convincing Mother that this is all a trick. He will then lock you, My Arm, Snowflake, a mortally wounded Odd Mushroom, and the now-awake Wise Old Man in a cell.
Talk to Odd Mushroom. He will tell you that Mother has lit a Fire of Domination, which drastically increases his strength and prevents teleportation magic from working, indicating his intention to kill everyone. Odd Mushroom will instruct you to find his notes where he writes down his inventions, so that Snowflake can carry on with his inventions. Shortly afterwards, Odd Mushroom passes away from his wounds. Snowflake will then ask you to kill her father as revenge for killing Odd Mushroom.
Matricide[edit | edit source]
Items required: Ranged equipment, Bucket of Water.
The Wise Old Man will break the cell door, and Don't Know What will attack. He uses ranged attacks that can hit through the player's protection prayers. These attacks are different to his normal attacks, and he has a different animation when doing them. When doing the attacks that hit through protection prayers, two boulders are thrown. One where the player is standing and the other is the normal attack. If you successfully dodge the one that is thrown where you are standing then you will not take damage from it, so he can be beaten by running around the arena while attacking with ranged. He has 220 Hitpoints, and is very resistant to magic, so melee or ranged attacks are recommended. Even though Snowflake, My Arm and the Wise Old Man assist you in the fight, they will not do much damage. Both Don't Know What and Mother are vulnerable to venom (and poison).
If players need to escape, they must use the smelly hole found within the cell. This will take them outside of Weiss right next to the boat.
After defeating Don't Know What, you and the gang will have to fight Mother, who plans to kill Snowflake. Before fighting him, you must take a bucket next to the large barrel of water, fill it with water and extinguish the Fire of Domination, or else none of your attacks will hit. You may also escape through the staircase to replenish your supplies. When you come back to Weiss, enter through the cave and you will start the fight with Mother from the beginning. If you die during this fight you will only need to fight Mother again, you will not need to re-do the fight with Don't Know What. As well, if you already put out the fire, you will not need to do so a second time.
Once Mother has switched to Protect From Magic, you have successfully put out the fire. Mother uses the same attacks as Don't Know What, but also uses a melee attack that drains prayer. To easily beat Mother, use ranged, as well as Protect From Missiles and run away from him around the arena so he does not hit you with his melee attack that drains prayer. You can also use melee and not run away from Mother, but then you will have your prayer drained and you will be stunned.
A New Leader[edit | edit source]
Items required: Bucket
After killing Mother, Snowflake will call all the trolls of Weiss and declare herself as the new leader of Weiss, with all of them in agreement, claiming she is much nicer than Mother. She will then ask you to perform the wedding ceremony for her and My Arm; they will say their vows, and you will pronounce them as husband and wife. They will then perform the ancient dance of love (which is following each other at the same time).
After the ceremony, Snowflake will ask you to fetch some goat dung for her. Goat dung can be found in the north-east building. You will need a bucket to pick up the dung; you should still have it from the fight against Mother. If not, simply pick up another bucket next to the large barrel of water.
Return to Snowflake, who will make two herb patches just west; one to grow goutweed, and one for you. She will then give you Odd Mushroom's Weiss fire notes, which contains the information required to light braziers. Read it, and speak to her once more.
Congratulations! Quest complete!
Optional post-quest reward - Players can return to Burntmeat and Wolfbone to inform them of the situation in Weiss, and to give Burntmeat the Weiss fire notes. As Burntmeat has felt that you dislike his burnt meat, he will have Wolfbone reward you instead. Humorously, Wolfbone gives you burnt meat as a reward, while Burntmeat eats the notes you gave him, much to your annoyance. (The notes can be reobtained by talking to Snowflake if desired.)
Rewards[edit | edit source]
- 2 Quest points
- 2,000 Construction experience
- 5,000 Firemaking experience
- 10,000 Mining experience
- 10,000 Agility experience
- Access to the Salt Mines
- Ability to build fire pits
- A new disease-free herb patch in Weiss (requires building the fire pit before use)
- Ability to direct a teleport room portal to Troll Stronghold with a combination of salt
Transcript[edit | edit source]
Music unlocked[edit | edit source]
|Name||Unlock details||Music track|
|Barren Land||Unlocked outside Weiss|
|Troll Shuffle||Unlocked when attempting to sneak around Weiss|
|Lumbering||Unlocked when properly entering Weiss|
|Mother Ruckus||Unlocked during the fight with Mother|
|Snowflake & My Arm||Unlocked during Snowflake and My Arm's wedding ceremony|
Pre-release gallery[edit | edit source]
Mod Ash shows My Arm's substitute for the Trollheim herb patch, Drunken dwarf's leg.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The title of the quest is a reference to a euphemism.
- While speaking to the Apothecary, and having the required cadava berry before he asks you for it, he will tell you "That's very clever. I hope you've got a real feeling of pride and satisfaction from that." This is a reference to controversy and backlash that arose from game developer Electronic Arts implementing a micro-transaction system within the video game Star Wars Battlefront II.
- After killing Don't Know What, Squirrel runs to Mother, declaring "OLD MAN IN THE DUNGEON!" which is a reference to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone when a troll is released in the school and Professor Quirrell (notice the name similarity) bursts into the Great Hall yelling, "TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!"
- When Mother is justifying himself to Butterfly and Odd Stone about wanting to kill Snowflake. He says "We are trolls, not softy liberals like Snowflake", a pun about the state of politics in the United States.
- The ancient dance of love My Arm and Snowflake perform is a reference to how two players circle around one another when they follow each other.
- Although Mother uncovers the deception after the Wise Old Man passes gas, in real life it is not unusual for a fresh corpse to pass gas.
- When the Wise Old Man says "you have my support," My Arm adds, "and My Arm." This is a reference to the Lord of the Rings when Gimli says, "and my axe!"
References[edit | edit source]
- Shauny. "In the Games Industry - An interview with Mod Ash!." (01:41:00), YouTube video. 20 February 2020.