What Lies Below

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What Lies Below (#122)
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Released 27 March 2007 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series None
Official difficulty Intermediate
Lead developer(s) Danny J

What Lies Below is a quest that deals with the Dagon'hai, an order of powerful Zamorakian mages. During the quest you team up with the Varrock Palace Secret Guard to help capture Surok Magis.

Details[edit | edit source]

Start pointQuest point icon.png Talk to Rat Burgiss south of Varrock.
Official difficultyIntermediate
DescriptionA travelling trader has been stranded south of Varrock after his cart was attacked by local outlaws. He needs the help of a hero to recover his lost documents, but that's not all... The Varrock Palace Secret Guard (VPSG) are on the trail of treacherous dealings with the Monks of Zamorak. Will you be able to help the VPSG and uncover what lies below?
Official lengthShort
Items required
Enemies to defeat

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Rat Burgiss[edit | edit source]

Rat Burgiss's location.

Speak to Rat Burgiss on the crossroads between Varrock and Lumbridge. He tells you that a bunch of outlaws have ransacked his trading cart and that he needs you to get back the five papers they stole from him. He will give you an empty folder to keep them in.

The outlaws' campsite.

The outlaws are located between Edgeville and the Grand Exchange. You can use a Skills necklace or Ring of wealth to travel towards them. Once at the camp, kill five outlaws (level 32) to retrieve five of Rat's papers, and then use them on the folder to get a full folder.

Fighting the outlaws in their camp.

Return to Rat with the folder; he will then ask you to deliver a letter to Surok Magis in the Varrock Palace library.

Head to the library, on the north side of the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] of the castle, and speak to Surok Magis. He will destroy the letter and tell you that he can turn plain clay into gold bars! He will need two items, an ordinary bowl and an infused wand. He gives you Sin'keth's diary and a wand to be infused with chaos.

Note: If you want to get kudos from the Varrock museum you'll need to get the book Dagon'hai History. You'll find it in one of the two bookcases furthest east. After the quest you can give the book to the Historian Minas on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] of the Varrock museum.

Chaos Altar[edit | edit source]

Head to the Chaos Altar, with 15 chaos runes in your inventory. Entering the altar requires either a chaos talisman or tiara, or access to the Abyss. There are four ways to reach the altar.

Option 1[edit | edit source]

Following this option avoids the Wilderness entirely. Read the Sin'keth's diary, and then go east of Varrock. Go south-west of the Lumberyard and west of the Earth Altar. You should find a statue of Saradomin. Talk to Anna Jones, and she will give you a bronze pickaxe. You must use a bronze pickaxe to excavate the statue to reveal the Tunnel of Chaos entrance. Enter the tunnel, and you will find that the Dagon'hai organisation lives there. Head north until you reach a portal. The portal leads to the second level of the Chaos Maze. Climb down a ladder to reach the Chaos Altar.

Option 2[edit | edit source]

Travel through the Wilderness (level 10). Head to the Chaos Altar entrance. Once inside, make your way through the maze to the Chaos Altar.

Infusing the wand.

Option 3[edit | edit source]

Use the Abyss to travel to the Chaos Altar, which requires completion of the Enter the Abyss miniquest. Teleport via the Mage of Zamorak north of Edgeville to reach the Abyss. Your prayer will be drained and you will be skulled. Make your way past Abyssal walkers (level 81) into the inner circle, from where you can teleport to the altar.

Option 4[edit | edit source]

This option avoids the wilderness. Travel to the Chaos Altar by entering the Guardian of Chaos at the Temple of the Eye, which requires completion of the Temple of the Eye quest. To do this, join a game of Guardians of the Rift and wait for the Guardian of Chaos to be active, or use a Portal Talisman (Chaos) to access the Chaos Altar when the Guardian is inactive. This will teleport you close to the altar. To leave, go back through the portal and pass through the barrier at the entrance to Guardians of the Rift.

Wand[edit | edit source]

When you have reached the Chaos Altar, you must use your wand on the altar. This will absorb the 15 chaos runes to turn the wand into the Infused wand. Return to the library of Varrock, and talk to Surok Magis with the infused wand and an empty bowl. He will then give you Surok's letter for Rat Burgiss.

Note: If you take Surok's letter to show King Roald before Rat Burgiss, you will learn about his guards' skills.

Ending[edit | edit source]

Head back to Rat Burgiss, and deliver the letter. Rat Burgiss will explain to you that he is actually the commander of Varrock Palace Secret Guard and that Surok Magis is planning on taking over the Kingdom of Misthalin by using a mind-control spell on King Roald, and that you accidentally helped him with that. Rat Burgiss will direct you to Zaff, owner of the staff shop in Varrock, in order to prepare a spell to counteract Surok's.

Talk to Zaff, who will explain his plan to you. Zaff will give you a beacon ring and instructions on how to arrest Surok Magis. You do not need to equip the ring.

Get your gear ready for a fight. Head to Surok Magis (who is now wearing Dagon'hai robes), and talk to him. He will cast his mind-control spell on King Roald (level 47), who you will have to fight. When the King has low health, your character will say that "Now would be a good time to summon Zaff!". Now you can operate the Beacon ring to summon Zaff.

Zaff will arrive and saves King Roald by teleporting him away. Then he casts a spell on Surok Magis that permanently seals him in the library. Zaff then casts another spell and the library goes dark. When the light comes back, evidence of the battle is cleaned up and Zaff is gone. After this occurs, you will be able to purchase battlestaves from Zaff's Superior Staffs, in addition to the discounted battlestaves from the Varrock Diary.

Return to Rat Burgiss to finish the quest.

Note: If you are a 1 defence pure, it is advised not to speak to Rat, as Defence experience will be gained. Regardless, a confirmation message is given right before completion of the quest.

Congratulations! Quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

What Lies Below reward scroll.png

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
27 April 2022

The 42 Mining requirement for What Lies Below has been changed to a recommendation.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The 'Aphro-Dizzy-Yak' Surok mentions refers to "aphrodisiac", something which causes sexual arousal.
  • The woman who gives you a bronze pickaxe to help find the shortcut is named Anna Jones. If you talk to her further, she reveals her full name to be Louisiana Jones, a play on the famous movie hero Indiana Jones.
  • The Letter to Surok obtained from Rat Burgiss can be translated, and foreshadows Surok's plan before it is fully revealed.
  • The player character says "Won't he be disinclined to acquiesce to the request?" which is a reference to a line said by Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • If you have completed the Garden of Tranquillity quest, while fighting King Roald, he will shout phrases like "I'm allergic to roses!" and "That garden was awful!", which is a reference to the quest. If Shield of Arrav is completed, he will also say, "A member of the Phoenix Gang?". If Darkness of Hallowvale is completed, he will say, "You are with the Vampyres!".
  • An update made it possible to buy staffs at Zaff's in Varrock without completing What Lies Below.
  • After returning to Rat Burgiss with the full folder, he'll ask you to speak to Surok; your character will say, "All work and no pay makes (username) a dull adventurer," which is a reference to an old proverb.
  • By using Surok's Letter on King Roald before delivering it to Rat, the player character and the king will have a conversation revolving around the king's inability to accept he is in danger.
  • Chaos altar can be accessed through Guardians of the Rift minigame, so going into the Wilderness isn't required.