Death Plateau

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Death Plateau (#56)
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Release date31 January 2012 (Update)
Voice OverFull
Official seriesTroll #1
AgeFifth Age
Start areaBurthorpe
CombatNPC combat level 4–5
Entity iconDeath Plateau entity icon.png
Advanced data
Quest ID140
Quest create ID29
Official difficultyNovice

Death Plateau is a short quest wherein you are to help the Burthorpe Imperial Guard gain access to the Death Plateau in order to defeat the hostile trolls.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Trolls have come down from the north and are camped on Death Plateau. They are using this base to launch attacks on the principality of Burthorpe!

The Imperial Guard is taking heavy losses. They need your help!

Overview[edit | edit source]

Routing the trolls[edit | edit source]

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Start the quest by talking to Commander Denulth in the training camp east of Burthorpe Castle, north-east of the lodestone. Ask him if he has any quests available and he will inform the player that Trolls have taken over Death Plateau and that his men cannot remove them. He says the trolls have been pushing hard and that they need to act before the trolls start sending in forces. He explains that the path up is blocked by Thrower Trolls and that he wants to find another route up.

He will inform you of a cave past the defensive wall where a dwarf named Sabbot lives. Accept helping him to begin the quest.

The dwarf in the cave[edit | edit source]

The path to the trolls and Sabbot's cave.

Head west along the road and through the defensive wall to the west (through the hole where the Wall guard stands, not via the door, which is locked). From the wall, head north-west and into a cave (marked on the map with a red arrow icon, right between Warriors' Guild and the Death Plateau). Head north inside the cave and talk to Sabbot.

Tell him that an alternate route needs to be found and he will insist that it is not his problem. Tell him that you will not move until he helps and then keep saying "Fine!" until the dwarf gives in. He will explain that the best way to get up the pass is by going under the rocks by breaking into a natural cave. He will explain that his wife, Freda, has some notes that will help. Freda lives in a house to the southwest, along the path.

The dwarf's wife[edit | edit source]

Fully supplied outpost

From Sabbot's cave, follow the path to the West until stumbling upon a T-intersection. Do not go north on this intersection as there are trolls which will attack you. Take the path west then travel south until you see Freda's house.

Talk to Freda and the player will ask for the surveys she and her husband created. The player will tell her that they need the survey so that the Burthorpe Imperial Guard can ambush the trolls. She says she can start on the survey when she gets back from town and that she needs to dig out the information from very technical terms. She explains that she needs to go to town to get her climbing boots re-spiked. Offer to help and she will tell the player to see Dunstan in a house east of Burthorpe Castle in order to get her boots respiked.

Use your home teleport to get back to Burthorpe. Head east and talk to Dunstan just south of the training camp, and ask him to put fresh spikes on the boots. Dunstan will tell you that these are Freda's boots and your character will tell him that she told you to get them respiked. He will repair the boots which the player then needs to bring back to Freda. Note: If you happen to have your own pair of climbing boots with you too, you will lose both pairs.

The alternative route[edit | edit source]

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Go back to Freda, and then give her the spiked boots. She will give the player a survey. Read the survey and then talk to Sabbot back in his cave.

Mine the Western 'rockwall' in Sabbot's cave. Enter the cave and Sabbot will give the player four rabbit sandwiches. Inside the cave there will be several obstacles that you must overcome. You may take some damage from them. You also in total will receive 48 Agility experience for completing these. Jump down the cliffside to the south and proceed east to a gap (marked by a green arrow on the Minimap). Go through the gap, to the east and then jump the crevice. Head all the way south and swing across the rope swing hanging from the vines. Proceed west and jump the stepping stones. Then go through the gap to the south.

Fighting The Map.

Finally, climb the cliffside to the south, then exit the cave. A cutscene will play where the player talks about ambushing the trolls while a troll named The Map walks up to them. Talk to The Map and say "Prepare to die troll". The Map will then attack you. He is weak to water spells and is extremely easy to defeat, only having 100 life points, and he rarely hits high. Once he's dead, you should return to Burthorpe via the Home Teleport spell.

The Map will not be registered as killed if you are in a group.

Finishing up[edit | edit source]

The trolls are ambushed.
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Taverley Adventure
The unlisted remix of Taverley Adventure that plays when fighting The Map.

Talk to Commander Denulth. The player will inform him that they found a good spot to ambush the trolls. A cutscene will occur where the player directs an ambush against the trolls on Death Plateau. Denulth will remark on how well the ambush went and the quest will be completed!

Reward[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Death Plateau is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

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

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Death Plateau
DeveloperMod Wilson
Design reviewMod Jack, Mod Mark, Mod Osborne
Art & Graphics
UIRakesh M, Thomas G
CharactersMod Alec, Mod Ante, Mark C, Manu L, Bajinder S, Mod Damo
EnvironmentsMod Alex, Mod Joe, Stephen W
AnimationMod Wing, Dave C, Chris W, Mod Hing, Henrik W, Mod Stu O, Simon P, Gurpreet K
ConceptPascal B, Mod Piso, Mod GiuG, Mod Neil, Mod Yann
Quality Assurance
Quality assuranceMod James H, Jon-Paul S, Jamie B, Ashley S, Alex D, Scott T
AudioMod Lord, Mod Bond, Mod Ian, Michael Manning
WalkthroughMod Osborne

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 12 June 2023 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where players couldn't jump the crevasse in the Death Plateau quest cave (after knocking down the wall in Sabbot's Cave).
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • A typo in the "Death Plateau" quest information describing a level 4 Troll, which is in fact level 2, has been fixed.
  • hotfix 25 January 2018 (Update):
    • The reworked version of Death Plateau, Druidic Ritual, and Wolf Whistle can once again be started if the pre-reworked version of the quest was already completed.
  • ninja 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • The quest information for Death Plateau no longer asks for a pickaxe, since all players now possess this in their toolbelts as a default item.
  • patch 20 October 2014 (Update):
    • Wooden beams on the side of the huts on Death Plateau can no longer be walked on.
  • patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
    • A reference to the Sherpa near Death Plateau has been tweaked to refer to Freda instead.
  • patch 13 May 2013 (Update):
    • Dialogue regarding the Death Plateau quest no longer appears in Troll Stronghold if players have already completed it.
  • patch 12 March 2013 (Update):
    • A grammatical error in some chat during the Death Plateau quest has been corrected.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • The quest start requirements for Recruitment Drive & Jungle Potion have been updated to explain that the player needs to complete the new version of Death Plateau to continue.
  • patch 7 February 2012 (Update):
    • Some repeatable content is now available to all players after the reworked Death Plateau is complete.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The 3x reward lamps you get as a reward for delivering the 5 crates of supplies to the Ambush Commander after the quest (a total of 15 lamps) stack as 5 separate items in the bank.
  • During your encounter with The Map, you are in an instance with all other NPCs removed - Death Plateau to the south is devoid of trolls, and you can even go further to visit an empty version of Burthorpe that terminates just north of Heroes' Guild. The Warriors' Guild cannot be entered, but the bank is functional. The skill icons for skill tutors (e.g. Carwen Essencebinder) still appear despite the NPC not appearing. You're automatically returned to the normal version of the game once The Map is killed.
  • The Map is described as level 4 in the quest start interface, despite being level 2.