2017 Hallowe'en event

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This is a safe event.
If you die, you will not lose any of your items.

The 2017 Hallowe'en event consists of a miniquest called Ghost Stories of Gielinor and several other activities. It was released on 30 October 2017. In the miniquest, players help Closure track down nine ghosts to collect their last moments. Ironmen can participate in the event.

Ghost Stories of Gielinor[edit | edit source]

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

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To start this event, you need to speak to Closure who is located outside of Death's office, near the Draynor Village lodestone. Quick access can be gained through the various event noticeboards or the holiday portal in Prifddinas.

He will ask players to track down ghosts and collect their final moments in The Ghastly Grimoire. There are nine different ghosts that must be tracked down for Closure, located across Gielinor. They each reveal a different story when found.

After each story is collected, a chat message will inform you: You have discovered #/10 of the ghost stories.

You will also receive a ghost treat for completing a story.

Story Ghost location
F2P icon.png Heralds of the Apocalypse North-east of the Edgeville lodestone  Ghost (Edgeville) location.png
F2P icon.png The Group Gatestone Daemonheim (east of Abandoned I barrier) Ghost (Daemonheim, 2017 Hallowe'en event) location.png
F2P icon.png Always and Forever North of Aubury's Rune Shop in Varrock Ghost (Aubury's Rune Shop) location.png
F2P icon.png By the Light of the Moon West of Falador's north gate Ghost (Falador) location.png
F2P icon.png Family Reunion South-west of the Varrock lodestone Ghost (Blue Moon Inn) location.png
P2P icon.png Wool Outside of the Taxidermist in Canifis Ghost (Canifis) location.png
P2P icon.png Asleep House southeast of the East Ardougne lodestone Ghost (Ardougne) location.png
P2P icon.png Clockwork Southeast of general store in Burgh de Rott Ghost (Burgh de Rott) location.png
P2P icon.png Saradomin Have Mercy Near the entrance to Barrows in Morytania Ghost (Barrows) location.png
P2P icon.png The Beginning and the End North of the Draynor Village lodestone. Closure location.png

Heralds of the Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Any kind of food, any form of water (watering cans, waterskins or holy water will not work)
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Head north-east of the Edgeville lodestone, next to the Wilderness wall, to find a ghost who requires food. Upon providing her with some, the food will turn to ash. She then asks for water, which when provided turns to steam and the container it was in is destroyed. She then reveals her story, completing this part of the miniquest.

The Group Gatestone[edit | edit source]

Travel to the lobby area of Daemonheim and bank everything that isn't allowed in dungeons normally except the book, and then speak to the ghost who will lead you to a dungeon. Your ring of kinship gets replaced with a blooded variant temporarily while in the dungeon. Interacting with the ghost while wearing forbidden items results in a chatbox message stating You are [carrying/wearing] items that cannot be taken into this ghost's story.

Once inside the dungeon, read the ominous journal in the north-east part of the room. Pick up everything on the tables, and mine three novite ore and pick two salve nettles. Use an air rune on the furnace, then smelt the novite ore into novite bars, and spin the salve nettles into salve cloth on the nearby spinning wheel. Whilst using the spinning wheel, you prick your finger.

Use the anvil to create a primordial gatestone. Remove the ring and use it on the primordial gatestone to create a bloodied gatestone. Finally, use the bloodied gatestone on the group gatestone portal to finish the story.

Always and Forever[edit | edit source]

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The ghost can be found north of Aubury's Rune Shop in Varrock.

After speaking to the ghost, read the dark grimoire, then search the broken crate directly south of the ghost to obtain 4 undyed candles.

With the candles in your inventory, investigate the magical dye cauldron northeast of the crates. Dye the candles such that you have 1 of each colour (white, black, red, blue).

After dyeing the candles the correct answer, you must place them on the ground on the ritual circle:

  • Place the candle (ice blue) on the north point
  • Place the candle (shadow black) on the east point
  • Place the candle (smoke grey) on the west point
  • Place the candle (blood red) on the south point

By the Light of the Moon[edit | edit source]

The ghost can be found west of the Falador north gate.

After speaking to the ghost, it will move outside the Rising Sun Inn. Speak to it again and it will tell you to head upstairs, to find a werewolf in order to avenge it. There are 6 NPCs upstairs, and the available dialogue options are:

  • Where were you on the full moon?
  • Did you see anything suspicious?
  • Who do you suspect of being the werewolf?
  • [Accuse (NPC) of being the werewolf.]

Accuse Daniel of being the werewolf, and he will transform into his werewolf form and run out of the inn. Return to the ghost to complete the story.

Wrongly accusing someone of being the werewolf will result in the death of said NPC. This has no impact on the story line.

Family Reunion[edit | edit source]

The ghost can be found just south of the Varrock lodestone. Upon interacting with the ghost, it will shift to outside the entrance of the Blue Moon Inn. Interacting with it again will cause it to shift to the northwest room on the upper floor in the Blue Moon Inn, where it will be scaring Andrea.

In the same room as the ghost, pose in the mirror three times. The ghost will move to the southwest room.

Search the wardrobe in the northeast room and put on the spooky outfit. Talk to the ghost to finish this story. Simply walking down the stairs will remove the outfit.

Wool P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

The solution to the Wool puzzle

Outside of the Taxidermist in Canifis, talk to the ghost and offer to help in order to be transported to a location full of sheep with a fountain in the middle. The goal is to get to the centre with only removing 3 sheep, no more no less. Start at the 5th row down on west side and aim to get towards the west side of the fountain. The goal of this minigame is to get to the fountain and drink the water removing no more than three sheep.

After drinking from the fountain, you will be transported back and the story is completed.

Asleep P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

Talk to the ghost in the house southeast of the Ardougne lodestone. Solve the memory afflicted puzzle (a guide can be found here). After solving it, the display will turn black and white and the puzzle will get a red hue. A monster will appear under the bed.

Tip: Exit the puzzle and enter the puzzle until you get a message "The ghost has pieced together as much of her memory as she can." The ghost will automatically complete a row each time until the last two rows are left to solve. With last two rows, start from left side and work right, one column at a time.

Clockwork P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

Head to the ghost that's at the east end of Burgh de Rott. Talk to the ghost and offer your help. Then search the barrel, shelves, and both bookcases in the house next to the ghost for parts. Read the inventor's diary on book stand:

  1. Take the mainspring and carefully attach the gear train. (Use the gear train on the mainspring to make powered gears.)
  2. [This step is smudged] (Add the balance wheel to the powered gears to make a powered balance wheel.)
  3. The escapement must then be carefully tightened on to the final gear. (Add the escapement to the powered balance wheel to make a powered clockwork.)
  4. [This step is smeared] (Add the valve assembly to the powered clockwork to make a powered valve assembly.)
  5. Finally, the pump must be slotted in place. (Use the pump on the powered valve assembly to make a clockwork heart.)

Talk to the ghost to finish the story.

Saradomin Have Mercy P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

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Right next to the entrance to the Barrows area, talk to the ghost and offer to help and you will be transported into the Barrows tomb at the reward chest.

Do nothing. Don't open the chest. Wait for the scene to finish.

If you do click on the treasure chest, you will get a confirmation dialogue box "Claim reward from chest?" with the options of "Yes" and "No". If you select "Yes", then you get the message "As you open the chest, all faith and hope abandons you." and you will harmlessly be sent back to the ghost next to the entrance to the Barrows area, where it asks for your help, "Show me how to resist temptation. Show me the strength of your faith."

The Beginning and the End P2P icon.png[edit | edit source]

Once you have collected all 9 stories, go back to Closure. You will be rewarded for your first 5 stories. Talk to him again and you will be presented with a quiz based on the previous stories. Note that the questions will be asked in random order.

Question Answer
In 'Always and Forever', where was Trent trying to teleport to? The Afterlife.
In 'Asleep', what was written on the wall? I know that you're awake.
In 'By the Light of the Moon', who was the werewolf? Alice.
In 'Clockwork', where was the child found? Church.
In 'Family Reunion', what was the nickname of the dead girl? Puffball.
In 'Heralds of the Apocalypse', which of the heralds calls Forinthry home. War.
In 'Saradomin Have Mercy', what was being tested...and slowly lost? Faith.
In 'The Group Gatestone', on which floors were people trapped? Abandoned.
In 'Wool', what was the name of the taxidermist? Fish Miller.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Transcript[edit | edit source]

Balloon drop[edit | edit source]

From 30 October to the end of 1 November, orange and black balloons dropped near lodestones every 30 minutes, approximately every :45 and :15 in game time. A global message was displayed two minutes prior to the drop:

Balloons will drop near all lodestones (except Prifddinas) in two minutes, as part of Gielinor's Hallowe'en celebrations!

Players could pop up to 50 of the balloons daily to receive a random assortment of the following:

It was also possible that a balloon was empty. If there was not enough inventory space when popping a balloon, the following message was shown:

Your prizes drop to the floor because you do not have enough inventory space.

Costume gathering[edit | edit source]

As with the 2016 event, strange boy and girl could be found organising a costume gathering on 31 October.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 13 November 2017 (Update):
    • Ghosts around Gielinor have now been laid to rest permanently, leading Closure to also depart from the realm of the living. Their stories will forever live on through the adventurers who heard them, and can be reclaimed via Diango.
  • hotfix 30 October 2017 (Update):
    • Balloons now drop around the Catherby lodestone.
  • hotfix 30 October 2017 (Update):
    • Putting items on the table in the Daemonheim puzzle during Ghost Stories of Gielinor no longer deletes the item, potentially requiring restarting the story.
  • hotfix 30 October 2017 (Update):
    • Ensured that the fourth puzzle in Ghost Stories of Gielinor advances as intended. Anyone who was stuck after following the ghost can click on the stairs in the Rising Sun Inn to force the ghost outside to update.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Some of the stories in the event were written by players, while others were written by Mod Raven, Scorpio, Mohawk, Rowley, and Osborne.[1]
  • The "Asleep" story is a retelling of the Masterpiece Creepypasta.
  • The "Heralds of the Apocalypse" story chronicles a civilian first-hand account of the destruction of Forinthry at the end of the Gielinorian God Wars. The 'red light' seen dancing on the horizon is the Stone of Jas in its unstable state being wielded by Zamorak, referencing the events seen in the flashback at the end of Dishonour among Thieves. The text also makes reference to the four horsemen of the apocalypse Death, Famine, Pestilence and War to describe the various fates befalling Forinthry in the days following the blast.
  • During "The Group Gatestone" the player pricks their finger on the spinning wheel, which is likely a reference to Sleeping Beauty.
  • During "The Group Gatestone", the player can interact with the doors in the room multiple times for some comical chat messages.
    • Dark spirit door: "This isn't a hilarious story to share with your grandchildren.", "This is the door you will die on.", "Keep going. See what happens.", "That's the spirit."
    • Guardian door: "The door won't unlock until everything in the room is dead...", "That includes you.", "You can't fool it.", "It's watching you..."
    • Barred door: "You are too weak.", "You will always be too weak.", "You won't get out this way."
      • The requirement for opening the door is always one level higher than your current Strength level, even if you boost it using the provided strong melee potion.
    • Purple diamond door: "You don't have the right key.", "You can't save them from it.", "It's coming for you next.", "You should be afraid."
  • After accusing Daniel during "By the Light of the Moon" of being a werewolf, he will say "I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for you meddling World Guardians!" This is a reference to Scooby-Doo villains.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Scorpio. Hallowe'en - Poll Improvements. 30 October 2017. (Archived from the original on 30 October 2017.)