A sextant is an item used for solving coordinate clues whilst on a Treasure Trail. It does not need to be brought with the player if the exact coordinate is known beforehand.
A chart can be obtained by first talking to the Observatory professor (who may be at the Observatory or the nearby Observatory reception building to the northeast, depending upon whether the player has completed the Observatory Quest), then, speaking to Murphy in Port Khazard, who will give you a sextant. Murphy is found on the dock near the trawler for the Fishing Trawler. Brother Kojo in the Clock Tower can then give the player a watch.
After first obtaining a sextant from Murphy, the player may thereafter make sextants. A sextant can be made by having one steel bar in inventory and clicking on a clock makers table in the Workshop of a player's house.
Operating the sextant is a fairly simple task. The idea is to put the horizon and the sun in the middle of the screen.
First use the vertical 'arrow buttons' on the right to put the horizon in the centre of the viewer on the right hand side. Then use the horizontal arrow buttons to move the sun onto the horizon in the middle of the screen. Clicking 'get location' will give the coordinates of the player's position. This consists of two numbers; the first indicates how far the player is North or South of the Observatory, in degrees and minutes, and the second how far East or West. Note that one degree is 60 minutes, and each game square is approximately 1.875 minutes.
Sextants will often need to be used quickly in wilderness locations, as monster attacks can interrupt plotting.
- Interestingly enough, even though the item appears to be made of wood and brass, a steel bar is the only item used in its construction.
- You can obtain multiple sextants by dropping your sextant and speaking to Murphy. He will give you another sextant and you can then pick up the one that you dropped. This makes it much more convenient if you die while you have the sextant because you won't have to go back to Murphy to obtain another.
- Strangely if the sextant is looked through in a cave you will still see the clear blue skies, even though you are underground. However the sun is not visible.