The Slug Menace is the second quest in the Sea Slug quest series, and was the update to greatly expand upon the small fishing village of Witchaven.
|Start point||Talk to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador.|
|Description||The small village of Witchaven was all but deserted when the Fishing Platform was built a short ways off the coast. Now, some of the inhabitants of the village have been acting somewhat strangely....|
|Length||Medium - Long|
|Enemies to defeat||Slug Prince (level 62)|
Items Needed: Commorb, Ardougne teleport (optional)
To begin, talk with Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park. He'll tell you about the city of Witchaven, which has had some rather strange things going on recently. He'll tell you to check in with their local agent in Witchaven, Col. Jake O'Niall. Give your Commorb to Sir Tiffy Cashien to upgrade it to Commorb v2, which will start the quest; then use the contact option on Commorb v2 and head to Witchaven.
O'Niall sits on a rocking chair on the pier at the north-east corner of town. Talk to him, and he'll tell you that some of the people have been acting strangely recently, especially Mayor Eustace Hobb. Recently, he started looking rather sickly and working feverishly to restore the ancient, ruined shrine just west of town (between Witchaven and Ardougne). Before leaving, ask O'Niall about who the important people in town are, which are Mayor Hobb, Brother Maledict, and Holgart. Speak to each of them in any order.
Although you can speak to any of the important people in any order, you can start off by heading to Mayor Hobb's house. It's the one at the north-west side of Witchaven. Talk to him, and ask him about Witchaven or the shrine. When you are done speaking to him, don't go anywhere as Savant will stop you. She'll ask you to scan the mayor, so click on the Commorb to scan. Once she's finished speaking, go to the church, and talk to Brother Maledict.
NOTE: You may need to finish the dialogue with Mayor Hobb with "Nothing at the moment thanks" after asking the questions to make Savant ask you to scan him. It takes 3–4 seconds before she contacts you after ending the conversation.
Brother Maledict and Holgart
Brother Maledict will mention that he's a bit worried about some of his congregation, who have begun to act a little bit strangely lately. After asking him any of the available options, walk a little bit north, and talk to Holgart, who'll tell you that the mayor recently took his boat and gave it to another man named Jeb, standing near by.
Walk a little ways west of town, and climb down the stairs to get into the shrine. Once you're inside, look at the minimap. You can see a red portion of wall indicating where there's a false wall that can be pushed open. Do so, and you'll be let in to a new area. Inside are some aggressive level 45 giant lobsters in a winding tunnel. Walk through it, or take the Agility shortcut to get to where there's an imposing door blocking your way. Walk up to it (You don't need to try to open it, and you will take 5 damage if you do), and Savant will contact the Commorb to tell you about the strange markings on the door. Scan the Commorb for her. She can't read them and suggests you take them to Jorral to try to find out what they mean. Make sure you have inventory space, as you will not get the notes if your inventory is full. Pick up the dead sea slug off the floor before leaving and head to Jorral's house, which is located at an outpost just north-west of West Ardougne.
Items needed: Swamp paste and five open inventory spaces
Now, go talk to Jorral, who is at his Outpost. After some coaching from Savant on what to say, Jorral will translate the message for you. As you leave the building again, Savant will contact you again to let you know just what this new revelation entails. Head back to Witchaven again, and report in with O'Niall. He'll suggest you go talk to the priest and see if he knows anything about how to open the door. As you approach the church, you'll see a brief cutscene of the mayor leaving the church and when you go in, the priest will be looking rather ill and acting strangely. Anyway, when you ask him about the door, he'll tell you that he has a book that might be of use, but the three most important pages are missing.
For the first one, go to the mayor's house and look in his desk. The second one will be given to you by Ezekial Lovecraft, the owner of the Fishing store, Lovecraft's Tackle, when you talk to him. For the last one, go talk to O'Niall again. He too has taken the same look as the rest of the villagers. He'll give you the last page, but unfortunately, it has been ripped into three pieces. You, therefore, have to have five open spaces in your backpack for two whole pages and three pieces of the third page.
Try to use swamp paste on any of Fragment 1, Fragment 2, or Fragment 3 to glue the page back together, but Savant stops you. The oily tar would ruin the ancient parchment, she warns. Instead, she advises, to make sticky glue from a rendered slug, and she mentions that it can only be done by someone who is renowned in seafood cooking.
Travel to the Fishing Platform by talking to Jeb, who is next to Holgart. Talk to Bailey in the small room on the south west corner of the platform. Hand him the dead slug you picked up earlier from the shrine, and in a few seconds, he gives you the sea slug glue you need. Finally, use the glue on the fragments, and a puzzle will pop up.
You can move the three pieces around using the buttons on the side, turn them, and even flip them over. The easiest way to tell if you've got them all on the right side is that one side is lighter than the other. It doesn't matter which way you have it, but the light side has an image on it. When you put the pieces in their correct place, the puzzle will close automatically. The picture will give you a general idea of how they should look.
Crafting the runes
Items needed: Commorb, at least 5 rune or pure essence (it is recommended to bring more), chisel, tiaras/talismans for entering the air, water, fire, earth, and mind altars (not necessary if using the abyss)
To do the next part, you'll need to get your chisel and at least five rune or pure essence. Right-click on each page, and select the options to make the runes into the shape of air, water, fire, earth, and mind. It is possible to fail this and break a rune, and be careful not to use the chisel on the essence, or you get fragments. Now, you need to go to each of the odd shaped essences' respective altars and use them on them (e.g. earth on the earth altar, fire on the fire altar, and so on). It is also possible to fail to enchant the shaped essence at the altar, thus destroying it. Keep your pages, chisel and spare essence handy as you make your way to the various altars. Using an Amulet of glory and the Abyss will shorten this process.
The imposing door
Items needed: Commorb, melee weapon, the 5 created runes from the previous section
Now, to open the final door. Head back to Witchaven and prepare for a fight; bring your newly created runes and Commorb. Then, go down into the shrine again. Use each of the runes you made on the door to trigger another cutscene. You see that Mayor Hobb tricked you into opening the door so that Mother Mallum could escape.
Once you kill it, you'll be treated to another cinematic introducing you to Mother Mallum. The situation gets too hot to handle, and Savant will teleport you to Falador Park, just steps away from turning the quest in by talking to Sir Tiffy.
Congratulations! Quest complete!
- 1 Quest point
- 3,500 Crafting experience
- 3,500 Runecrafting experience
- 3,500 Thieving experience
- Promotion to Proselyte among the Temple Knights. This means you can buy and wear Proselyte armour with a greater Prayer bonus than Initiate. You can buy each piece individually, or buy the armour pack which, when opened, gives you the plate, helm, and legs/tassets all at once. The pack costs 25,000 coins.
- Buying the upgraded armour in separate pieces cost more: the helm costs 8,000 coins, the platelegs and plateskirt cost 10,000 coins, and the platebody costs 12,000 coins for a total of 30,000 coins.
- Mayor Hobb is currently the only known human victim of the sea slugs' control who achieved metamorphosis into a more aquatic creature, likely due to his long time possessed.
- Hobb's beard's style changes after he is possessed.
- Col. Jake O'Niall may be a reference to Stargate's Col. Jack O'Neill, both seem to have an affinity for fishing. Jake is also "semi" retired (while still retaining security clearance), as Jack was several times throughout the show. Jake also gets possessed by a sea slug, which seems to be an obvious reference to the Goa'uld, a parasitic race of worm-like aliens that take over a host completely.
- In addition to the obvious Stargate references, when the Mayor leaves the church and says: "Welcome to the family" it may be a reference to the Slitheen Family from Doctor Who.
- Ezekial's last name is a reference to the famous American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, Howard Phillips ("H.P.") Lovecraft. Ezekial mentions his family have always been either bait sellers or writers, and mentions his relative Howard. This is further confirmed by the nature of the quests he's involved in.
- Instead of "Trade", like all other shop owners, Ezekial has a right-click option "Shop" that opens the shop's window.
- Ezekial's favourite food is tuna, which is made clear in RuneScape 3's Salt in the Wound, for when fed any tuna-related item (such as a tuna potato with sweetcorn) he will exclaim "Tuna! My favourite!" and is healed a much higher amount of Hitpoints than normal.
- The scarf around Maledict's neck gets a gold trim when he is possessed.
- Col. O'Niall makes a military in-joke 'Don't Sir me, boy, I work for a living.' This refers to petty/warrant officers in the military who, while technically being officers, don't hold a royal commission. The joke being that officers with a commission are just management roles and don't do any of the actual work. This is also a quote from the 1981 movie, "Stripes" with Bill Murray.