|King's Ransom (#127)|
|Release date||24 July 2007 (Update)|
|Main developer(s)||Nancy J|
|Quality assurance||Unknown edit|
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Official description[edit | edit source]
Life has been quiet at the Sinclair Mansion since you discovered the murderer... too quiet. So quiet, in fact, that the family has gone!
Suspicions are running high that the Sinclairs' recent departure is tied to the disappearance of King Arthur and his knights. But time is running short and clues are scarce, will you crack the case in time?
Overview[edit | edit source]
|Start point||Gossip, outside Sinclair Mansion.|
|Member requirement||Members only|
|Official length||Medium to Long|
|Requirements||Skill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
|Items required||Items from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.|
|Enemies to defeat||
Shady Disappearances[edit | edit source]
To begin, speak to Gossip outside the Sinclair Mansion - he explains to you that the Sinclairs have packed up and left after incriminating Anna as Lord Sinclair's murderer; Gossip explains that one of the family members provided new evidence to prove Anna's guilt. He will also mention that King Arthur and his knights suddenly disappeared at the same time as the family's departure.
Agree to investigate, and head onto Sinclair property. Speak to the guard in the garden, and he'll profess that he thinks that the Sinclairs have something to do with the mysterious disappearance of the Knights of the Round Table from Camelot; he also suspects that the disappearances may be part of a bigger plot to reclaim Camelot. The guard will further divulge that the Seers' Council has forbidden anyone to enter Sinclair Mansion or Camelot, but since you've helped them earlier, he will allow you a part on the investigation in the mansion.
Déjà Vu[edit | edit source]
Since the main door is locked, head to the eastern side of the mansion and break the window to reach the interiors of the house. Take the scrap paper near the dining room fireplace, on the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US]; the note contains some unintelligible scribblings, seemingly related to Camelot.
If you cannot see the scrap paper, log out and back in to reset the items. You should now be able to see the scrap paper just south of the fireplace.
Take the stairs up to the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] library, and take the empty address form that proves that the Sinclairs left for good and never intended to tell anyone where they were moving. Search the bookcases in the same room as the address form to find a non-equippable black knight helm.
Exit the mansion through the broken window and submit all three pieces of evidence to the guard, who notes that there is enough to prove bad intent towards King Arthur. Unfortunately, since he has to follow proper procedures, he will have to wait a month before presenting the evidence; you offer to avoid the bureaucracy. He will recommend that you learn more about the Sinclair family history, suggesting to approach the town gossips.
The Sinclairs[edit | edit source]
Speak to Gossip outside the mansion, and follow through all the chat options to learn about the Sinclairs.
- The first conversation is about the family history. Gossip will explain that Lord Sinclair was a good friend of King Ulthas and did many good things for Kandarin. His children, however, were spoiled-rotten brats, but Gossip admits he didn't think they would commit murder.
- The second is about the mansion. He will tell you that the Sinclairs originally lived in Camelot, which had a different name then. Lord Sinclair agreed to hand the castle over to King Arthur and his men, and so they built the Sinclair Mansion for themselves. His children were furious.
- The third option is about Anna. Gossip will tell you that she is in the courthouse in Seers' Village, giving the authorities a really hard time. He tells you that he is positive Anna will receive a guilty verdict.
Head to the Seers' Village courthouse, located south-east of the bank, and speak to the guard there. Ask him if you can speak with the prisoner, Anna Sinclair; when he approves, bring up a dialogue with Anna.
She exclaims that the murderer you had suspected previously is setting her up with forged evidence, but gives up, saying that no one is going to believe her. Ask her where her family has gone; she says she has no clue since they disappeared after she was locked up.
As you go to leave, she will make a deal to help you get into Camelot in exchange for help in receiving a not-guilty verdict. She will then hand you the criminal's thread that you found on the window in Murder Mystery. Anna suggests that the servants may be able to provide testimony in her defence.
Although not necessary to progress in the quest, you may go back to the mansion and speak with the six servants - Pierre, Hobbes, Louisa, Mary, Donovan the Family Handyman, and Stanford - to gauge their statements at the trial.
Courtroom Drama[edit | edit source]
(Note that if you leave the courtroom or logout at any time, all your progress will be lost. As such, you may restart the trial whenever you make a mistake)
Once you are ready, go back to the courthouse and go down the stairs to start the trial.
During the trial, you must call witnesses by talking to the judge and question them. The questions available correspond to those asked while in the mansion. To successfully clear Anna of her charges, you must rebut the evidence put forward by the prosecutor without providing more incriminating information against Anna (for example, bringing out testimony which puts Anna near Lord Sinclair's meal before he died).
The evidence provided by the prosecutor include:
- Anna's fingerprints on the dagger
- Anna having bought poison and not used it
- A thread from Anna's clothing being found at the crime scene
- Anna being at the scene of the crime
To acquit Anna, call the following witnesses and ask them the respective questions:
- Call the Dog Handler as a witness and ask him about the poison.
- Call the Butler and ask him about the dagger.
- Call the Maid and ask her about what she saw the night of the murder.
- Call anyone and ask them about the thread.
The judge will end the trial and ask for a verdict - the jury releases a not-guilty verdict against Anna. Successfully saving Anna, exit the courtroom through the gate.
Note: Currently the UI in the courtroom is bugged and the options to interact with the court official and the witnesses is displaced to the right of where they actually should be. It is possible the camera may not rotate either. Point the camera north before going in to the trial to be able to click on the witnesses and judge.
The Judas Kiss[edit | edit source]
Talk to Anna in her cell, who is just as brash as before the trial, and she will tell you how to enter Camelot - you must complete the entire dialogue or you will not be able to get into Camelot.
You must now head to the north-east side of the Camelot castle and search the statue near the temple. As you enter the castle, a cut scene ensues, wherein Anna is seen talking to David about setting you up to free Anna. They explain they have no intention to help you and call upon Morgan Le Faye, who appears and knocks you out with her staff.
You wake up in a jail alongside Merlin and the Knights of Camelot. Speak to Merlin to gather the situation - all the Sinclair kids and Morgan Le Faye have teamed up to usurp Arthur and reclaim the Camelot castle with the help of the Black Knights; Morgan has also stolen the Holy Grail and turned King Arthur into a granite statue, to be transported elsewhere by the black knights.
If you leave the jail, it is possible to reach back by either searching the statue again, or by attempting to enter the grounds of Camelot through the main gate.
Jailbreaker[edit | edit source]
Ask Merlin what he suggests they should do, and follow through the entire conversation. Try to reach the vent at the top of the wall, opposite the prison gate; a funny cutscene shows the knights making a shaky pyramid to help Merlin escape through the vent.
If you escape through the vent yourself, you will appear at Keep le Faye. Simply exit the front doors and try to open them from the outside to be returned to the prison.
Speak to all the knights, and ask them if they have anything useful to help them escape. You will get an assortment of items, including an air rune, a law rune, an empty vial, a cooked fish, a normal log, and a bottle of vodka.
If you received a lockpick, use it on the jail lock; if not, use Telekinetic Grab on the guard fixing his hair outside the cell to obtain a hair clip, which you can use to unlock the gate. Either way, you will now need to solve a puzzle to unlock the jail lock; the puzzle very closely resembles the popular board game, Mastermind.
To beat the puzzle, you must set each of the four tumblers at the correct height.
A way to do this is to set all tumblers to the lowest height and try the lock.
- If a tumbler shows a green circle, do not change that tumbler anymore.
- If a tumbler shows a blue circle, increase the height by one, and set the original height with the remaining tumblers until you get a green circle on them.
- If a tumbler shows a red circle, keep increasing the height by one until you get either a blue or green circle.
Continue these steps until the gate is unlocked.
The Holy Grail[edit | edit source]
You will emerge at the base of the Keep Le Faye - Arthur's knights will be engaged in battle with the Renegade Knights. Do not try to leave through the front door, as Morgan Le Faye will put you back in jail.
Climb up to the top floor and search the table full of containers; one of these holds the coveted Holy Grail that was stolen by Morgan, and the correct container hides behind a clue, in the form of a riddle, that you must solve to retrieve it.
- If the wrong container is chosen, you will take 50 damage and be teleported outside south-west Ardougne. To continue the quest, you can either walk back to Keep Le Faye, teleport to Camelot and attempt to enter the main gates, or use the Catherby lodestone and get inside the crate near the candle shop. Whichever route you take, Morgan will appear and teleport you back to jail, from where you can just open the door and walk back to the top floor.
The correct box is the purple and pink cylinder, second from the right.
For Camelot![edit | edit source]
With the Holy Grail back in safe hands, all you need to do now is figure out a way to locate and free King Arthur from his stone prison. Speak to Wizard Cromperty in the north-eastern part of East Ardougne.
Cromperty explains that to free King Arthur, you need to use the same process that saved the girl during One Small Favour, although this time you will also need to unravel Morgan's spell. If you don't have it already, he will give you an animate rock scroll to use on King Arthur, with the Holy Grail and some granite in your inventory.
Equip the bronze medium helm and iron chainbody and head to the Black Knights' Fortress. Some quick ways to reach the fortress are using the Combat bracelet or Edgeville lodestone to teleport to the monastery, or the Skull of Remembrance to directly appear inside the fortress, after which you'll have to descend down to the building entrance.
Climb down the ladder to the west of the entrance to find King Arthur; use the free option on his statue. Bring the king up to speed by talking to him and give the guard's uniform - bronze helm and iron chainbody - to help him escape. Leave the fortress and return to Camelot, where you must speak to Arthur to finish the quest, and receive your reward.
Rewards[edit | edit source]
- 1 quest point
- 33,000 experience
- 5,000 experience
- An antique lamp granting 5,000 experience in any skill that is level 50 or above
- The hair clip, a more durable version of the lockpick
- Access to the Knight Waves Training Grounds miniquest
- Access to the Court Cases Distraction and Diversion
- 2 Treasure Hunter keys and 2 Hearts of Ice (Ironman accounts will not receive these)
- Music unlocked
Achievements[edit | edit source]
- King's Ransom ( 0) – Complete this Experienced quest.
- Seers' Village achievements
Required for completing[edit | edit source]
King's Ransom is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:
- Full completion of Azzanadra's Quest
- Children of Mah
- Full completion of Curse of the Black Stone
- Desperate Measures
- Full completion of Desperate Times
- Dishonour among Thieves
- Fate of the Gods
- Full completion of Heart of Stone
- Full completion of Hero's Welcome
- Kindred Spirits
- Koschei's Troubles
- Mahjarrat Memories
- Full completion of Missing, Presumed Death
- Full completion of Nadir
- Nomad's Elegy
- Full completion of One of a Kind
- Rebuilding Edgeville
- Ritual of the Mahjarrat
- Sins of the Father
- Sliske's Endgame
- Tales of Nomad
- The Light Within
- The Mighty Fall
- Full completion of The World Wakes
Transcript[edit | edit source]
Update history[edit | edit source]
- patch 16 November 2020 (Update):
- A cutscene has been added for Merlin's escape during King's Ransom. Interact with the vent after discussing your plans with Merlin during the quest to see it.
- patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
- The prosecutor from King's Ransom has had a transparent line across the face fixed.
- patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
- The black full helm in the King’s Ransom quest now displays correctly.
- patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
- Some random floor tiles are no longer visible during a cutscene in King's Ransom.
- patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
- Updated some of the code in the King's Ransom quest.
- When fighting the knights as part of King's Ransom, it should now properly remember your progress should you logout.
- patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
- The lockpick interface in Kings Ransom has been adjusted to better fit the text.
- patch 8 July 2009 (Update):
- Added more sounds to the King's Ransom quest and areas.
- Added various lock-picking sounds to the King's Ransom quest.
- Made Merlin a little easier to find after the King's Ransom quest.
- patch 17 March 2009 (Update):
- We have removed a discrepancy with the King's Ransom starting requirements.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- On the first day of release when you clicked to see the rewards you got the message: I object! No spoilers will be released until one day's term has been served.
- When in jail, Sir Tristram repeatedly throws a ball against the wall; this is a reference to the Steve McQueen movie The Great Escape.
- After the quest was released, the Party Room was moved from Seers' Village to Falador to make room for the courthouse. This is referenced in the quest when after the trial is over, balloons fall down from the ceiling and the Judge mentions the Dancing Knights.
- Upon the completion of this quest, one's Adventurer's Log will read: "After freeing the Knights of the Round Table, I got a spell from Wizard Cromperty that freed King Arthur from his stone prison in the Black Knights' Fortress."
- After the release of The Death of Chivalry and Black Knights' Fortress update, the fortress' guards' comments about King Arthur are voiced over. However the basement where the statue was located hasn't received graphical update like the rest of the building.
- Strangely enough, sometimes you will get a different colour of the criminal's thread than you got in Murder Mystery.
- The riddle is basically the same one that Hermione solves in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.