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Start point Speak to Veronica, just south of Draynor Manor by the gate. Speak to Veronica, just south of Draynor Manor by the gate.
Official difficulty Novice
Description Veronica is very worried. Her fiancé went into the big spooky manor house to ask for directions. An hour later and he's still not out yet.
Length Short
  • The ability to defend from a level 22 Skeleton.
Items required
  • A spade (can be obtained during the quest)
  • 1 Fish food (can be obtained during the quest)
  • 1 Poison (can be obtained during the quest)
Enemies to defeat None


Starting out

Talk to Veronica standing just outside the courtyard of the Draynor Manor. She wants you to find her fiancé, Ernest, who had gone to the manor an hour ago for help and has not come back yet.

Enter the manor and climb up the staircase. Climb up the spiral stairs to the west and to the right of the previous staircase, and talk to Professor Oddenstein, who will explain that Ernest was turned into a chicken when he was helping on an experiment with his 'pouletmorph' machine. However, to change him back, the professor needs parts that were stolen and hidden by the poltergeists in the manor.

You need to help him find a pressure gauge, a rubber tube, and an oil can, in any order you wish.

Pressure gauge

To get the pressure gauge, you will need some fish food and poison. The fish food is in a blue box; the box can be found on the 1st floor[?] in the room directly south of the winding staircase used to reach Professor Oddenstein. To get the poison, you need to go to the small northwestern room on the ground floor just south of the cooking range.

Once you have obtained both items, use the poison with the fish food to create some poisoned fish food. Go outside the manor through the east door, and grab a spade (which is needed to get the rubber tube) located to the west (left) of the exit inside the door; if you don't have one already. Look for the fountain on the southwest corner of the manor grounds. Use the poisoned fish food with the fountain to kill the piranhas, and search the fountain to get the gauge.

Rubber tube

The rubber tube and the skeleton.

Look for the compost on the west side of the grounds. The compost heap is found north from the Belladonna (Cave nightshade patch), just before a small patch of cabbages. Use a spade (one can be found in the southeast room on the ground floor, or if you are a member, there is a tool leprechaun right next to the compost heap if you have one stored there) on the compost, and you will get a key. Go back into the manor through the front entrance, and use the key with the door containing the room with the skeleton, and take the rubber tube. The room is right behind the stairs. When you do so, the skeleton will attack you; you can choose to kill the skeleton or simply dodge its attacks and leave the room.

Oil can

Go to the westernmost room on the ground floor. Search the bookcase on the left(west) side on the wall, to gain access to a secret room. Look for a ladder that leads downwards, and climb down into the basement. There will be doors and levers around you. Follow the steps given below to obtain the oil can.

Note: It is not possible to use Telekinetic Grab to pick up the oil can.

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  1. Pull Levers A and B down.
  2. Enter Door 1.
  3. Pull Lever D down; leave C up.
  4. Enter Doors 2 and 3.
  5. Pull Levers A and B up.
  6. Enter Doors 3, 4 and 5.
  7. Pull Levers E and F down.
  8. Enter Doors 6 and 7.
  9. Pull Lever C down.
  10. Enter Doors 7 and 6.
  11. Pull Lever E up.
  12. Enter Doors 6, 8 and 3.
Note: The levers can be reset by leaving the room and returning.

Finally, go through Door 9. Grab the oil can and leave the basement. Pull the lever on the east wall to exit the secret room.

Go to the top floor and talk to Professor Oddenstein. Give him the items, and he will fix his machine, which will turn Ernest back into a human.

Congratulations, quest complete!


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