Recruitment Drive

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Recruitment Drive is the first quest in the Temple Knight series. It marks the first appearance of Sir Tiffy Cashien, who recruits you for the Temple Knights. However, your recruitment involves several puzzles to test your wits.

Official description[edit | edit source]

The Temple Knights of Saradomin, a secret organisation founded many centuries ago by Saradomin himself, are currently looking to expand their ranks with some new blood.

After the successful thwarting of the Black Knights' plans to take over Asgarnia, and with the personal recommendation of Sir Amik, you have now been offered the chance to apply for membership in this organisation... but are you up to the challenge?

Overview[edit | edit source]

Temple Knights[edit | edit source]

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A player before and after a gender change from the Makeover Mage.

Talk to Sir Amik Varze to start the quest. Find him in Falador White Knights' Castle in the western tower on the 2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US]. He asks you to join their secret organisation, the Temple Knights. If you accept, he directs you to a certain Sir Tiffy Cashien to begin your training immediately.

Bank all of your items and equipment and talk to Sir Tiffy Cashien in Falador Park to take the mental test. Sir Tiffy won't let you start the test if you have anything in your inventory or equipped.

Training Grounds[edit | edit source]

Sir Cashien will take you to the testing grounds. There are seven different testing rooms. In each room, there is a yellow portal at the beginning of the room which returns you to Falador, and a yellow portal at the end of the room which you may use to travel to the next room after you pass the test. You need to complete five in a row. The first test is always either Sir Ren Itchwood, Ms. Hynn Terprett, or Sir Tinley. Certain other tests, such as Sir Kuam Ferentse are always included in the rotation. The remaining tests will be a random selection. If you fail a test, you will be returned to Falador and will have to speak with Sir Cashien again to start over from the beginning.

Lady Table[edit | edit source]

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A room with statues of knights

Lady Table will test your memory. She will have 11 statues of a knight in front of her. There are supposed to be 12, but one has been taken away. You will have a few seconds to look at the statues, then the missing one will be returned. You must then touch the one that was missing.

The trick to passing this one is to analyse the types of statues. There are 4 statues for each of the 3 metal types: bronze, silver, and gold. First see which type has only 3 statues shown. After you figure out the type, figure out the weapon. There are 4 weapons: sword, halberd, greataxe, and mace. Figure out which weapon is missing. After you have figured it out, touch the statue.

A good strategy is to take a screenshot of the statues, and use it to find the missing statue.

Do not talk to her during the ten seconds you have to locate the missing statue, as the order will be reset; however, your ten seconds will not, thus giving you less time to find it again.

Sir Kuam Ferentse[edit | edit source]

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The challenge room of Sir Kuam Ferentse.

Sir Kuam Ferentse tells you that you must defeat Sir Leye, who is level 7. Sir Leye has been blessed by Saradomin so that no man may defeat him. So unless you have a female character, you will not be able to hit the final blow on him. Defeat him to pass the test. With low combat abilities it may be hard to hit Sir Leye without weapons, but the use of Legacy Mode helps.

You can visit the Makeover Mage to change your character's gender to female, if it isn't already.

If you are a male character, exit through the portal and change your character's gender to female. Low-level players may die to Sir Leye while being any gender, as dying wont reset your quest progress. Enter the testing rooms again through Sir Tiffy Cashien and continue testing. Complete 5 tests in a row to complete the quest.

Sir Spishyus[edit | edit source]

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Sir Spishyus' challenge room.

Right next to Sir Spishyus you'll see a 5 kg chicken, a 5 kg bag of grain, and a 5 kg fox. You must get all 3 of them across a bridge that only supports 5 kilograms in one go. The tricky part is that if you leave the fox and chicken alone, the fox will eat the chicken. The chicken will also eat the bag of grain if the two of them are left alone. Be sure you wield (take) the item/animal before dropping another.

A player wielding the chicken.
  1. Take the chicken to the other side, since the fox and grain are the only pair that actually get along.
  2. Drop the chicken, then come back and grab the fox.
  3. Take it to the other side then grab the chicken and drop the fox. Then take the chicken back to the start.
  4. Grab the Grain, drop the chicken, and take the grain across the bridge.
  5. Drop the grain, then go back to the beginning for the chicken and take it across.

Once you complete the puzzle, the door now unlocks and you can proceed to the next puzzle via the portal.

Miss Cheevers[edit | edit source]

Miss Cheevers.

Speaking to Miss Cheevers, you see that to pass this room, you need to make a duplicate key to unlock the final door. She reminds you that there are limited resources, and that if you mess up, you need to leave the room and start all over again.

There are two doors that you must get through. The first door is missing a handle, while the second one is locked. Firstly, search all of the bookcases and crates in the room to find the following items:

Miss Cheevers' challenge room.

You may also find nitrous oxide, sodium chloride, acetic acid, shears, and a magnet, but these serve no purpose. If a player mixes two wrong substances, it creates a useless mixture (??? mixture). You can't get some of the substances back if you mess up so make it count and pay attention to details!

  1. To get past the first door, take the metal spade and use it on the Bunsen burner on the table to remove the wood, leaving a metal spade head.
  2. Use the spade head on the door. Do not click Pull-spade stone-door yet.
  3. Use the cupric sulphate on the door.
  4. Add one of the vials of liquid. This will make the spade expand, trapping it in the hole. It can then be pulled to open the door.
  5. To get past the second door use the gypsum on the tin then the vial of liquid on the tin to get a clay substance
  6. Next, find the key chained to the western wall and use the tin of clay on it to get an imprint.
  7. Add the cupric ore powder and tin ore powder to the tin.
  8. Use the tin on the Bunsen burner to make a bronze key.
  9. Use the knife, chisel, or bronze wire on the tin to scrape the key out.
  10. Take your key and unlock the door.

Sir Ren Itchood[edit | edit source]

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Sir Ren Itchhood's challenge room.

When you talk to Sir Ren Itchood, he will speak in riddles, the answer to which is a four letter word, made up of the first letter of each line of his riddle. Use the answer to unlock the combination lock on the next door. The possible solutions are: BITE, FISH, LAST, MEAT, RAIN or TIME.

Ms. Hynn Terprett[edit | edit source]

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Ms. Hynn Terprett will give you a multiple choice riddle. There are many to choose from - Here are all the riddles and answers:

Riddle Answer
Imagine that you have been captured by an enemy. You are to be killed, but in a moment of mercy, the enemy has allowed you to pick your own demise. Your first choice is to be drowned in a lake of acid. Your second choice is to be burned on a fire. Your third choice is to be thrown to a pack of wolves that have not been fed in over a month. Your final choice of fate is to be thrown from the walls of a castle, many hundreds of feet high. What fate would you be wise to choose? Being fed to the wolves - wolves cannot survive for 30 days without food, because they would all be dead.
I dropped four identical stones, into four identical buckets, each containing an identical amount of water. The first bucket was at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the second was at 33 degrees, the third was at 34 and the fourth was at 35 degrees. Which bucket's stone dropped to the bottom of the bucket last? The first bucket (32 degree bucket).
I have both a husband and a daughter. My husband is four times older than my daughter. In twenty years time, he will be twice as old as my daughter. How old is my daughter now? 10.
Counting the creatures and humans in RuneScape you get about a million inhabitants. If you multiply the fingers on everything's left hand by a million, how many would you get? Zero - the key word here is "everything's" as opposed to "everyone's." One definition for the word "things" relates to inanimate objects. Inanimate objects don't have fingers. Using this rationale, the equation is then 0 x 1,000,000 = 0. The first sentence in the clue simply sets up a false pretext to throw you off.
The number of false statements here is one. The number of false statements here is two. The number of false statements here is three. The number of false statements here is four. How many false statements are there? There are 3 false statements.

Sir Tinley[edit | edit source]

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Sir Tinley's challenge room.

After entering Sir Tinley's room, talk to him and then simply stand still until he speaks to you; it may take a while before he does finally talk to you. If you move, or do anything while you're waiting, you will fail the task. Patience is the key to success.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Recruitment Drive is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[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!
  • ninja 6 November 2017 (Update):
    • Recruitment Drive now awards three XP lamps worth 1,000 XP each in the Prayer, Herblore and Agility skills, requiring level 8 in the respective skills.
  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Chicken, fox and grain during Recruitment Drive are now visible when picked up by player and it is no longer possible to smuggle them out of the quest.
  • 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 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Recruitment Drive has a combination lock puzzle that didn't work in Portuguese.

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • When asking Sir Amik Varze about the organisation at the start of the quest, he refers to "Temple Knights" who were founded by Saradomin many centuries ago. This could be a reference to the Knights Templar, a group of Christians mainly stationed in Europe who were used as militia to recapture Jerusalem from the Muslims, until persecuted by different kings to gain land and money.
  • Miss Cheever's room may be a reference to MacGyver, a fictional character that also uses odd items to escape difficult situations.
  • Dihydrogen Monoxide is another name for water and is most likely a reference to the Dihydrogen Monoxide Hoax.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The answer to Miss Cheever's question regarding the coin and the bucket of water has an unusual explanation. water's viscosity increases as its temperature decreases, so the lowest temperature water would delay the fall of the coin the most, though the difference would be almost imperceptible. An incorrect line of thought that the 32 degree bucket would have ice would also lead to the correct result - though the underlying reasoning would be incorrect, as at the freezing point of a liquid, it can exist in either the liquid or solid forms depending on the total energy of the system, and the question stem clearly states that the bucket contains water.
  • If a player uses the dihydrogen monoxide and the sodium chloride together, the character will say "I've got no time for brine!" Dihydrogen monoxide and sodium chloride are water and salt respectively, and when put together, they create salt-water, or brine.
  • If a player opens the bottle of nitrous oxide, the word "haha" will appear in the chatbox. Nitrous oxide is commonly used for its calming effects on patients and its nickname "laughing gas".
  • The reaction of anhydrous cupric sulfate (copper (II) sulfate) with water is indeed exothermic, though the quantity used in the quest is not nearly sufficient to heat up a large metal spade head and cause it to expand to provide a good tight fit into the door.
  • While a Bunsen burner would theoretically create sufficiently high temperatures to smelt copper and tin into bronze, the hottest temperatures are in a very small portion of the flame tip, and it would be almost impossible to use a single Bunsen burner to smelt bronze in a gypsum plaster cast. Furthermore, the plaster cast is typically first baked to remove excess water, a step not performed in the quest, which would result in the produced key having less fidelity to the original.
  • The Sir Spishyus challenge is a variation of a real life children's riddle, Fox, goose and bag of beans puzzle.
  • The reward scroll is one of the few reward scrolls that says something other than "You have completed *questname*. Instead, It says "You have passed the Recruitment Drive!". It shares this trait with The Giant Dwarf, One Small Favour, My Arm's Big Adventure, Horror from the Deep, and Troll Romance (and Between a Rock... in the past).
  • When the White Knights were graphically updated with the Invasion of Falador, the white knights in this quest were not.