A Void Dance

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A Void Dance is the second quest of the Void Knights Trilogy. It continues where Quiet Before the Swarm left off, revolving around the hunt for the escaped void pest. During the search, a dangerous plot by a seemingly unrelated enemy is discovered.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Commodore Tyr believes that a smaller scouting party will be able to track down the escaped pest without drawing too much attention to itself. Perhaps, this way, there will not be a repeat of what befell the first landing party, but that doesn't necessarily mean there won't be trouble along the way...

Overview[edit | edit source]

Prison break[edit | edit source]

Commodore Tyr

To begin, travel to the Void Knights' Outpost by speaking to the Squire on the Port Sarim pier. Once there, talk to Commodore Tyr in the north-east building. After finishing an argument with Captain Korasi, he tells you that the Void Knights and Temple Knights have made no progress towards catching the escaped pest from the previous quest.

Tyr proposes to send you, Captain Korasi and Jessika to track down the escaped pest. Talk to Captain Korasi, who asks you to meet her at the Port Sarim dock.

Pest-y business[edit | edit source]

The trail of purple goo, located outside the fishing shop.

Make your way to the Port Sarim dock, and speak with Captain Korasi. With no leads on the pest's whereabouts, she asks you to speak to the locals and find out if anyone has seen anything out of the ordinary.

Speak to Captain Tobias nearby (be sure to right click and select 'Talk to'), who mentions that he hasn't noticed anything strange, but the fishmonger, Gerrant, claims that something has been damaging his fish barrels lately.

The path to take during this part of the quest

Head over to Gerrant's Fishy Business, just north of the lodestone, and speak with its owner. Gerrant reiterates what Tobias said, although adding that the creature headed out west a couple of days back.

Exit the shop and a purple track appears, leading from the dock and continuing onward to the barrels. Follow the track, searching bushes, plants, and stones in the shown order, until you find a mound against the north side of The Rusty Anchor pub. Check the mound, then go and inform Captain Korasi of your findings. She will tell you to go talk to the bartender of the Rusty Anchor pub to gain access to his cellar.

If you ask Captain Korasi about the Void Knights' beliefs, she will hand you a Void knight book.

Muscle-work[edit | edit source]

The bartender is, unfortunately, too sick and has lost the cellar key somewhere in the pub. He mentions looking in one of the junk piles on the floor. Search them until you find the key and proceed to the cellar, via the trapdoor in the north-west corner of the pub.

In the cellar, you are joined by Jessika and Captain Korasi, who asks you both to look around for anything out of the ordinary. Inspect the suspicious-looking wall on the north side and mine it out. A strange purple goo, similar to the one in the trail you just followed, begins to pour out. Jessika tells you she'd like to gather some up for further inspection although she needs a container to collect the goo.

The nearby storeroom houses an empty barrel which you can use, but you must find a way to obtain it through the beer hatch. Once the barrels are in position, kick the empty barrel along the path directed in the picture.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Barrel layout
The barrels should be kicked into the positions as shown.
  • It is possible that in solving this puzzle you will block your exit. If this happens, reset the puzzle and then leave the room; if you already pushed the empty barrel out it will be there already.
  • You can use your Void Knight whistle to undo your last move or reset the puzzle.

The directions and numbers are based on the image above. In the picture, the compass and camera are facing so that north is to the left. For example, pushing barrel #1 to the south would make it closer to barrel #3, while west would make it closer to #7. You can click on the steps to highlight them and keep track.

Kick the barrel south of you twice
Walk 1 east, kick the barrel south of you
Walk 1 south, kick the barrel west of you
Walk 1 west, kick the barrel south of you
Walk 1 south-west, kick the barrel west of you
Walk 1 north-west, kick the barrel east of you twice
Walk 1 north-west, kick the barrel north of you
Walk 1 north, kick the barrel west of you twice
Walk 1 west, kick the barrel south of you thrice
Walk 1 west, kick the barrel south of you
Run around to the other side of the crates (3 east, 1 south), kick the barrel west of you twice (barrel #8)
Kick the south-westernmost barrel south
Kick the southernmost center barrel to the east twice.
Walk 1 east and 2 north, kick the barrel north twice
Walk 1 north and 1 north-west and kick the barrel east.
Walk to the east side of the southern middle barrel, kick it west, then kick it north twice from the south side.
Refer to image pictured right to move the empty barrel out.

Getting hotter...[edit | edit source]

Tracking the Void leech in Musa Point.

After Jessika has collected the samples needed, Captain Korasi instructs you to talk to the bartender and explain their business in the cellar. You can choose to be honest or lie. **This is the first in a series of moral choices you will have to make across this quest and its sequel. Your choices will determine the type of armour you receive as a reward at the end of the quest series, but the outcomes in the quests’ story are unaffected.** Talk to Captain Korasi at the docks, who says that the pest would probably have stowed away again to Musa Point in search of a warmer habitat.

Travel to Karamja and talk to Zambo in the pub about noticing anything odd. He mentions that Kofi, the manager of the general store, recently became ill after he saw a scorpion or 'something'. Go speak to Kofi and he will promise to help you if you can repair his wall.

In the south-west corner of the store, "Take-from" the supply table to get some logs, a plank, a chisel and a hammer. Use the plank and logs on the chisel to get a jointed plank and jointed log. Use the constructed items together to get a joist, which you must place on the north wall to repair it. Talk to Kofi again and he will point you to the pest's trail, similar to the one you saw in Port Sarim.

Waxwood[edit | edit source]

More purple goo tracks for you to follow

Search the logs, shrubs, and succulents to follow the trail. At the end of the track, you will come across another hidden burrow in the banana plantation.

You are joined by the women who suggest you search the hole for more clues. Investigate the mound to get some wood shards, which Jessika identifies as waxwood. She tells you to meet up with Rommik at his crafting store in Rimmington while they go see the chemist about the goo.

Before travelling to Rimmington, make sure you have at least 16 free inventory spaces and the waxwood shards still in your inventory.

Head over to Rimmington and speak with Rommik, who can be found in the western most of the three south houses, about the waxwood. Apparently, he recently delivered a large order of boxes made of the water-proof waxwood to an unknown buyer in Falador. If you misclick or logout after giving the sample to Rommik, you will have to return to Musa Point where Jessika will give you more.

Gooey analysis[edit | edit source]

Analysing the goo.

After learning about the waxwood, go to the Chemist's House to the west and speak with Captain Korasi and then with the chemist. He requires you to help him analyse the purple goo with different reagents in his laboratory.

  • On the top-right of the screen is a chart of five recipes, each combining two substances to obtain a third. They are all of the form "A + B = C." The ways in which they can be combined can vary from player to player.
  • On the top-left of the screen is a chart showing the current state of the machine in three specifications: Heat, Power, and Stability.
    • It also shows a "current" ingredient (either A or B) and a "desired" result (C). After short intervals of time, both of these factors change. Refer to the recipes to see what ingredient must be added to the current one in order to obtain the desired result.
  • To perform the analysis, players must add the required ingredient from their inventory into the hopper. While doing this, the machine may become unbalanced with heat and pressure, as indicated by the top-left table.
Controls layout Compass.png
Component box
As you run out of samples
Sample hopper
Use correct secondary sample on hopper
If power is low
If heat is low
Flywheel brake
If power is high
Furnace vent
If heat is high

If all parts of the machine are continually kept in balance and the correct ingredients are added when needed, the machine eventually reaches 100%. If not, the machine explodes (it can explode with 100% showing) and players need to start the analysis again from the beginning.

Predicament[edit | edit source]

Captain Korasi about to strike the puzzle box, revealing the goo.

After completing the puzzle, speak to the chemist. He reveals that the goo drains life energy from its surroundings to feed itself. On this news, Jessika offers to teleport you to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park to discuss the matters with the Temple Knights.

Speak with Sir Tiffy and he will tell you there is a stall-owner, Ali Tist, who has opened up for business south of the eastern bank and is selling mysterious puzzle boxes. Head over to Ali's shop and buy one box off him and return to Sir Tiffy. After you try to open the box, Sir Tiffy, Captain Korasi, and Jessika each take a go at it, but fail.

Jessika then suggests some complex ways to open it. It does not matter what you choose, so go ahead with any of them. Captain Korasi will then crack it open with her sword pommel to find more of the goo. Return to Ali and attempt to find out where he got the boxes, but he flatly refuses. Return to Sir Tiffy, who tells you to speak with Sir Amik Varze, the leader of the White Knights. He can be found on the 2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US], of the west tower in White Knights' Castle, and he will give you a warrant to search Tist's stall.

Whodunnit?[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Sextant, chart, watch, Spade, and an onion. (The sextant, chart, and watch are only required to begin this part of the quest and need not be operated to find the next clue; the ones in the tool belt will work.)

With the warrant, question Ali until he gives you a mysterious clue scroll, saying that the clue was what led him to the mysterious boxes in a cave. Return to Sir Tiffy to begin the Treasure Trail, with Captain Korasi and Jessika keeping contact via Commorb. If you do not already have a sextant, chart, and watch, Sir Tiffy will direct you to the observatory professor, who gives you instructions for retrieving them.

Clue 1[edit | edit source]

The location of the first clue.

The first clue is a map, the location of which is south of the wheat field, west of Falador, south of Taverley and north of Nora T. Hagg's house. Show on map

  • Digging approximately in the area demonstrated by the scroll will provide you with a new scroll.

Clue 2[edit | edit source]

The location of the second clue.

The clue you receive will read: "South of a city and east of a guild, there wanders a fellow whose path went astray. Hand him an onion and give him a wave, if on track for treasure you're wishing to stay." Show on map

  • Go east of the Crafting Guild and find the man wandering with a walking stick around the area. Give him an onion and then select the wave option. You will receive another clue.
  • If you don't have an onion, you can pick one just south-east of the Crafting Guild, north of Rimmington.

Clue 3[edit | edit source]

The location of the third clue

The third clue reads: "Check a crate in the farmhouse west of the Falador farming patch." Show on map

  • Enter the farmhouse south of Falador, and search the crate just beside the lobby entrance to receive another clue.

Clue 4[edit | edit source]

The location of the fourth clue

The new clue reads "Splash of red in a holy bed; lies north of its fountain, east of Ice Mountain. Its three closest neighbours have petals of blue; just dig where it's planted to find your next clue." Show on map

  • The location of the clue is the Edgeville Monastery, so make your way there (The Edgeville lodestone is right near it).
  • The flower is in the north-east corner of the central fountain area.
  • After digging on the correct red flower, you will receive a coordinate clue.

Clue 5[edit | edit source]

The location of the hatch

This is the time to prepare all your potions, food, and armour. There is a safespot available and the knight is very weak to magic, so it is strongly recommended. It is not necessary to bring the final clue scroll or any treasure hunting equipment, but remember to bring the commorb. Show on map

The coordinate clue reads: "11 degrees, 9 minutes north 17 degrees, 56 minutes east" which is a hatch entrance south of the Black Knights' Fortress. This is different from the Treasure Trail coordinate clues; these coordinates do not require the usual equipment.

Try to enter the hatchway and you will speak with Captain Korasi and Jessika via the commorb. They will teleport to you to help you out, where Jessika also speaks with Korasi about joining the Void Knights.

Quick thinking[edit | edit source]

The player and Captain Korasi opening the hatch

The three of you enter the hatchway and appear in a room full of boxes. Captain Korasi will knock out the knight on guard and kill him. Speak with Captain Korasi and she will try to enter the next room, although the black knight doorkeeper will stop her as she does not know the password.

To get a hold of the passcode, Jessika will summon a Void drone, which you have to plant on the low box near the door. Sneak your way over to the low box near the door avoiding contact with the workers walking in and out of the room. Plant the bug and wait for a worker to go through the door.

Captain Korasi preparing to strike the black knight.

Pick the Void Drone up and speak with Jessika, who tells you the password. Jessika approaches the door and tells the guard the password but, without an identification insignia, she is not allowed in. Pickpocket a worker as he is leaving and you will receive the insignia. Knock on the door and speak with the guard. You will say the password and he will ask for your insignia. After trying to trick you with a "secret handshake," you will enter with Captain Korasi and Jessika.

Jessika summons a Void Drone.

You can kill or bind and gag the guard, then speak with Captain Korasi. Enter the next room and either right click "Murder" on an indentured servant to receive a workshop key. Alternately, search the north-west bench to receive a tool. Use this with the north-east bench to receive a piece of metal. With a few more tools, do the same with the other two benches in the south-east and south-west. Combine the hook and both pieces of metal into a gaff. To the west of the door you will find a key on a shelf. Use the hooked pole on this shelf to obtain the key.

Void vs. Black[edit | edit source]

Captain Korasi and the Player fight the knights.

Be sure to drain your prayer points before entering the final room.

Use the key on the next door to be faced by a level 77 Black Knight Guardian with 2750 life points, weak to magic, and another level 110 guardian with 1500 life points, weak to melee. Captain Korasi attacks the one on the east, leaving the western knight for you. The guardian uses only melee, but can hit hard and accurately and has high Defence stats. Should you die, your gravestone will appear upstairs next to the hatch; you will have to start your fight again.

The Trapped Void Leech

It is recommended to use magic against the Black Knight Guardian, as he is incredibly weak to water spells. He has moderate melee defence and high ranged defence, although both can also be used with sufficiently high-levelled gear. At a decent magic level (50+), one can expect to kill him in seconds with basic abilities. Also, if you have completed Desert Treasure, ice spells can be used to stop the Guardian's movements, and are highly recommended due to his weakness to water. As he can only hit you within melee distance, this makes it possible to take no damage throughout the fight.

If the player has any prayer points while fighting the knight, he will shout "En garde!", "Your energy will fuel my life!" or "In Zamorak's name!", drain the player's prayer points and heal himself.

Talking to Commodore Tyr

When you finish killing the Guardian, speak with the Void leech, which tells you a little about itself. The void pest was caught by the Kinshra to harvest the goo, which they planned to wreak havoc over Falador using Ali Tist's boxes.

You are given the option to set it free or kill it. Either way, Captain Korasi will teleport you and Jessika back to the Void Knights' Outpost. Speak with Commodore Tyr, and after a cut-scene, the quest is complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

A Void Dance reward.png
Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

A Void Dance is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

The icon of A Void Dance when it appears on the featured tab of the Adventures interface.
  • When telling the barman a comforting lie, the conversation about a gas leak caused by light from a distant planet reflecting through a weather balloon is a reference to Men in Black.
  • When the player tries to open the puzzle box given by Ali Tist, the player says "What is this? I don't even..." which is a popular Internet Meme. Also, an option to open the box is "burn with fire", which is another reference to an internet meme.
  • When the player is unimpressed by the puzzle box given by Ali Tist, Tist replies "Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance...", which is a reference to the movie Aladdin.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 7 November 2016 (Update):
    • Captain Tobias' 'Pay' and 'Talk' options are now working in the correct order during A Void Dance.
  • patch 22 August 2016 (Update):
    • A duplicate quest icon on the world map for A Void Dance has been removed.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Players are now shown to use a hammer when fixing a wall in A Void Dance.
  • patch 15 September 2010 (Update):
    • Removed the shadows from the trail you need to follow in A Void Dance.
  • patch 25 August 2010 (Update):
    • Adjusted the quest list name for the A Void Dance quest.
  • patch 19 August 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a rank issue with an NPC.
    • Adjusted the Quest Journal to give you the correct info about the elite black knights.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "A Void Dance" is a play on the word "avoidance".
  • On the day of release, the spoilers on the website read: Was writing rewards. Had no energy. Will do later. Check back tomorrow. This is a reference to the illness that the void leech causes.
  • If the player uses the puzzle box on Ali Tirst after obtaining it, then he will respond with "No Refunds.".