Tree wizards' journal

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Tree wizards' journal
Tree wizards' journal.png
Released27 January 2021 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineA worn diary with a dark green cover.
Value2 coins
High alch1 coin
Low alch0 coins
Weight0.003 kg
Advanced data
Item ID25474
Tree wizards' journal detail.png

The tree wizards' journal is a journal obtained from chests within the Shade Catacombs, in which higher tier chests give a higher chance of obtaining the item. Opening the journal for the first time gives players a runescroll of swampbark, which can be read to unlock the ability to create swampbark armour.

When the journal is first opened, a message in the chatbox will state "As you open the ancient notes, a rough scroll falls out." After having read the book once, the player will from now on receive the accompanying scroll as a reward from the chest whenever otherwise a book would have been obtained.

Written by a Zarosian warlock named Xazyd Wier, who lived during the early years of the Third Age, the journal describes their experiences with a great hollow tree after the fall of Kharyrll.

The journal can be retrieved from the bookcase in a player-owned house.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Tree wizards' journal.

If found, please return to:
Xazyd Wier

I fled in the night as the turncloaks breached the fortress and I now find myself held up in a great hollow tree that sits amid an overgrown ruin. Tonight I shall sleep here within this tree and then move farther south - perhaps the coast has avoided destruction?

How long has it been? I dreamt of being stuck within a tree, I've written multiple entries yet this seems to only be my second... What vile traps have I willfully climbed into? My dreams were wild and frantic - I first listened in darkness, unable to move or speak, as the town around me was rebuilt for the hundredth time. After that my voice slowly came back to me and as I groaned in the dim light an old woman responded to my drawn out calls in a low rumble, with questions of sacrifice and blood. Visions floated before me just before I awoke. A shadow of a man passed into a tree and a young woman in a red cloak went by leaving a trail of blood.

As my dreams continue they become clearer and much harder to distinguish from reality. I've become one with the tree and its perception of the natural world is far beyond my own. Today I spoke with a young girl who had come from the south, beyond the Humblethorn wood. She looked quite astonished at first, as to be expected as trees rarely spoke with humans. She wondered how a man becomes armoured within a tree like I am and how long I'd been living like that. Why, now that I think about it the weeds seem less lively now, as if growing in reverse. The young girl started to dance around the tree while dressed in silk robes, the moon sat in the sky a harsh crescent drinking in the scene before the great hollow tree. The taste of blood and ash still lingers many moons later.

The moon dies and is reborn over and over and my time within the tree feels like an eternity as ages come and go. War springs up around me time and time again, winged shadows fill the air, 7 heroes, no... 6 heroes, bright lights take flight as a young man fights a horde of horrific demons. Finally it turns to scenes of fire and blood sacrifice as faint screams of ancient forest dwellers echo throughout my branches.

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here (include RDT).
Black Chest (black)N/A Casket.png11/372.2; 1/368.35
Black Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png11/376.07; 1/372.2
Black Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png11/374.13; 1/370.28
Black Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png11/370.28; 1/366.43
Black Chest (red)N/A Casket.png11/378; 1/374.13
Gold Chest (black)N/A Casket.png11/103.73; 1/99.71
Gold Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png11/107.73; 1/103.73
Gold Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png11/105.73; 1/101.72
Gold Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png11/107.73; 1/103.73
Gold Chest (red)N/A Casket.png11/109.74; 1/105.73
Silver Chest (black)N/A Casket.png11/148.47; 1/144.49
Silver Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png11/152.46; 1/148.47
Silver Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png11/150.5; 1/146.48
Silver Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png11/146.48; 1/142.5
Silver Chest (red)N/A Casket.png11/154.45; 1/150.47
Steel Chest (black)N/A Casket.png11/1,212.2; 1/1,208.84
Steel Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png11/1,215.61; 1/1,212.2
Steel Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png11/1,213.9; 1/1,210.52
Steel Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png11/1,210.52; 1/1,207.18
Steel Chest (red)N/A Casket.png11/1,217.32; 1/1,213.9

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The old woman mentioned in the second paragraph is Otrava, who also wrote her own book on the events surrounding the tree.
  • The heroes and the winged shadows mentioned in the last paragraph may be referring to the Barrows Brothers, possibly alongside with someone else, leading an assault against the Vampyres during the Third Age. They may also be the Seven Priestly Warriors, who led an assault on Morytania to bless the River Salve in the Fourth Age.
  • Tree Wizard and the weeds "growing in reverse" may be a reference to Taskmaster Series 1, in which Romesh Ranganathan created a reverse video about a Tree Wizard.