Rogue Trader

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Rogue Trader is a miniquest playable after completing The Feud quest. There are 3 parts to the Rogue Trader miniquest. Each part allows the player to buy something different from Ali Morrisane.

Having fully unlocked the Rogue Trader shop is a requirement for the master quest cape and trimming the completionist cape.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Starting the miniquest[edit | edit source]

Players start by talking to Ali Morrisane. You can do each part individually, or you can talk to Aubury, Blackjack seller, and Siamun before returning to talk to Ali again.

Part 1: Runes from Aubury[edit | edit source]

Aubrey's rune chest at Ali's stand.

Ali tells the player to talk to Aubury in Varrock about a rune deal. After doing so, players should return to Ali Morrisane.

Opening the caskets[edit | edit source]

Ali complains that there is an odd lock mechanism on the caskets of runes and that he is unable to open them. There are 2 caskets: Small casket and large casket. For both caskets, players get these three options:

  • Force Box: higher chances of success with higher Strength levels, provides Strength experience
  • Pick Lock: higher chances of success with higher Thieving levels, provides Thieving experience
  • Examine Lock: players will see a "RuneSudoku" puzzle.

The small casket contains elemental runes and is easier to open compared to the large casket. Players may choose any of the 3 options on the small casket.

The large casket contains non-elemental runes and can only be opened via the puzzle - choose "Examine Lock".

Opening the caskets will allow you to purchase runes from Ali. See #Buying runes below for details.

RuneSudoku[edit | edit source]

RuneSudoku puzzle (for Small Casket)
RuneSudoku screen for Large Caskets.

The runes substitute numbers in a standard Sudoku puzzle. The yellow and orange squares indicate the 2x2 or 3x3 small squares (for the Small Casket and Large Casket respectively) that must have 1 of each rune, just as each horizontal row and each vertical column must have 1 of each rune.

A trick that always works with the Small Casket is to position the runes as shown.

1    2    3    4

4    3    2    1

3    4    1    2

2    1    4    3

The placement of the starting runes varies, but the pattern is always the same. This pattern can always be performed, regardless of the starting placement. The pattern for Large Casket is random for everyone.

Buying runes[edit | edit source]

After opening the caskets, players have the options of choosing either to buy all the runes (of unknown type and quantity) for a specified amount or to see what the runes are.

Seeing what they are adds them to Ali's stock. Even if players decide to see what the runes are, they can still buy them from his stock for a more expensive price compared to buying the runes without seeing them first. With time, Ali's stock decreases slowly, presumably as he sells the runes. Players may replenish his stock by opening more caskets.

In order to buy the runes inside a casket (especially a large one - assuming you have solved the puzzle) you must have the coins in your inventory or in your currency pouch.

Also, the price it states to buy the runes is inaccurate. You will be charged for the cost of the runes as if you bought them from a regular store.

Part 2: Blackjacks from Pollnivneach[edit | edit source]

In order to obtain different types of blackjacks (defensive blackjacks and offensive blackjacks), players have to talk to the blackjack seller in Pollnivneach. He is just south of Ali the Kebab-Seller. Players may do the steps for either offensive or defensive first. The player will need to return to Ali Morrisane before being able to talk to the Blackjack seller to switch types.

Defensive Blackjacks[edit | edit source]

For defensive blackjacks, players need to go through the conversation with the blackjack seller and choose the 'cunning plan'. Players then need to talk to the Street Urchin, who asks the player for 100 coins to assist in convincing the Blackjack seller that he needs to produce some different equipment. Don't forget to talk to the Blackjack seller afterwards! When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase defensive blackjacks from him.

Offensive Blackjacks[edit | edit source]

For offensive blackjacks, the player must bet that the blackjack seller cannot knock out the player with two hits from a blackjack. After attacking the player twice (for no damage), he agrees that the blackjacks need to be stronger. Occasionally, the blackjack seller may knock out the player, causing 30 damage. This will require you to go through the motions of both attacks again. When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase offensive blackjacks from him.

Buying blackjacks[edit | edit source]

When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase offensive or defensive blackjacks from him. He asks the player to return to Pollnivneach and to ask the Blackjack seller to make additional kinds of blackjacks. Players may repeat this process to switch between Defensive and Offensive Blackjacks.

Part 3: Clothes from Sophanem[edit | edit source]

A player wearing a set of Red and Yellow Menaphite robes.

If players have completed Icthlarin's Little Helper, they may take a carpet ride from south Pollnivneach to Sophanem, and talk to Siamun in the building with the spinning wheel or around the silk stall. Siamun is a rude, gruff character who wants either 3 dyes or 3 animal pelts of the same animal.

Desert outfits[edit | edit source]

Standard dyes can be bought from players or are sold at Lletya Seamstress, run by Oronwen in Lletya. Otherwise, Aggie in Draynor Village and Ali the dyer in Pollnivneach will make these dyes for the player if they are brought certain ingredients. Once the dyes are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Desert outfits.

Menaphite clothing[edit | edit source]

Allowed animal pelts include cowhide (not tanned), snakeskin, wool, various types of fur (bear, wolf, etc.) and possibly skins of other creatures. Dragonhide, Yak-hide or imphide do not work, neither do swamp snakeskins acquired through Temple Trekking. If players do not have pelts in inventory, they could retrieve them from the closest bank, in Sophanem (if they have completed Contact!), otherwise from the bank in Shantay Pass or Nardah, and return. Once the hides are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Menaphite clothing.

Buying clothing[edit | edit source]

When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase desert or Menaphite clothing from him. He asks the player to return to Sophanem and to ask Siamun to make additional clothing. Players may repeat the process to switch between Menaphite clothing and the Desert outfits.

Post-errand task[edit | edit source]

After helping Ali Morrisane with runes, blackjacks and clothing, you may engage in optional, additional dialogue with any shop owner within Al Kharid, asking about their opinion of Ali. They will all claim that he is a shifty man, and that he's brought four men from the south to set up business, and has sent them to all the shop owners around Al Kharid to threaten them if they do not work for Ali Morrisane.

These four men are Ali the Farmer, Ali the Guard, Ali the Smith and Ali the Tailor, who appear south of Ali Morrisane's stall immediately after you complete his three errands. Speak to any of them, asking that you have heard that they work for Ali Morrisane. They will say that he has assisted them in setting up shop in exchange for a cut of their profits.

Speak to Ali Morrisane. Ask him that you have heard of his plans of expanding business, and that his men are threatening the other shopkeepers. He will state that that is regrettable and justifies the threats by stating that his men are overenthusiastic, and that he is planning to take over all of Al Kharid's shops to stop this.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Ali Morrisane in Al Kharid will now sell:

Rune Cost per rune GE Price Savings
Fire rune.png Fire rune 17 coins 97 coins 80 coins
Water rune.png Water rune 17 coins 24 coins 7 coins
Air rune.png Air rune 17 coins 39 coins 22 coins
Earth rune.png Earth rune 17 coins 19 coins 2 coins
Mind rune.png Mind rune 17 coins 20 coins 3 coins
Body rune.png Body rune 16 coins 44 coins 28 coins
Chaos rune.png Chaos rune 140 coins 118 coins -22 coins
Death rune.png Death rune 310 coins 122 coins -188 coins
Cosmic rune.png Cosmic rune 232 coins 408 coins 176 coins
Law rune.png Law rune 378 coins 480 coins 102 coins
Nature rune.png Nature rune 372 coins 403 coins 31 coins
Blood rune.png Blood rune 550 coins 727 coins 177 coins
Soul rune.png Soul rune 410 coins 410 coins 0 coins

Achievement[edit | edit source]

  • So Su Me (RuneScore.png 10) – Solve an easy runedoku casket (Choose "examine lock" option rather than force or pick lock).
  • On a Rune High (RuneScore.png 10) – Unlock the highest rune shop from Ali Morrisane.
  • Ali the Trader (RuneScore.png 15) – Unlock all Rogue Trader merchandise.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • Resolved an animation problem with the Rogue Trader top when worn by female characters and with the Stealing Creation platebody when performing an emote.