Ruins (east)

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The Abandoned Farm or Eastern Ruins, more commonly referred to simply as the Ruins, are the remains of an ancient settlement in the eastern Wilderness. They lie between Wilderness levels 25 to 31.

In the Spirit of Summer and Summer's End quests, players learn about the Bonde family who built the farm and about the Bonde Farm massacre in which they were killed. The fabric of reality surrounding the farm is naturally weak, and has been further weakened by the Spirit Beast, an entity from a parallel dimension. This has made the farm something of a spacial anomaly, causing constant physical and spiritual overlaps between The Void, the Spirit Realm, and the world of Gielinor itself.

The Ruins contain several item respawns, as well as a furnace. Whilst wandering the ruins, prior to starting Spirit of Summer, the player will receive disturbing messages in their chat box. Until the release of the quest, these messages were the subject of much debate.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The safe, non-pvp quest version of the ruins should be accessed from the Spirit of Summer quest start point, just northeast of Varrock.

History[edit | edit source]

The Ruins' history is filled with tragedy. As discovered in the Summer quest series, the ruins were once a farm, owned by the Erik Bonde and his wife Jennica. Erik, his daughter Summer, and two of their farmhands, Meranek Thanatos and Jallek Lenkin, were massacred in the year 1769 of the Fourth Age. Jennica had died several years before the massacre and Gargon, another farmhand, survived because he was running an errand at the time. Gargon buried them next to Jennica but they became trapped for the next five centuries by the Spirit Beast, who did not let their souls pass on to the afterlife.

Transportation[edit | edit source]

The Ruins are in close proximity to the Corporeal Beast's lair, which makes reaching it fairly simple. By using a Games necklace to teleport to it, then walking to the Ruins, it is possible to reach the area very quickly.

Not far to the south, below the Graveyard of Shadows, is a Wilderness obelisk, which allows players to travel to other obelisks found at different locations within the Wilderness. Before completing the hard Wilderness achievements this method of travel is unreliable because players are unable to choose their destination, but afterwards players can right-click the obelisk and choose which one they would like to teleport to. The Graveyard of Shadows obelisk is in Level 18 Wilderness.

Alternatively, players may reach the Ruins by running north from Varrock or north-east from Edgeville.

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Aside from the Summer quest series, one of the Ruins' attractions is its furnace, which is still operational even after the massacre. Here, players can smelt ore, making it one of the few areas to smelt bars in the Wilderness.

Another large attraction is the Gargoyles that spawn there. Because they are the only gargoyles available in the wilderness, any player completing a gargoyle task from Mandrith or a special slayer contract from Erskine must progress them here.

The Ghostly Voices[edit | edit source]

Before starting Spirit of Summer, players will periodically receive messages in their chat box when wandering around the Ruins. However, without a ghostspeak amulet or completion of the hard Morytania achievements, these messages will appear simply as Woo Woo. During the quest, the player finds out that the voices are from Summer Bonde and other spirits whose souls are trapped in the spirit realm by the Spirit Beast. In Summer's End, the player helps Summer defeat the Spirit Beast and she and the other souls move on to the afterlife.

  • Help...beast...killing family.
  • Please...can hear...help...slowly killing...all.
  • Devouring...soul.
  • Someone please...pain....away.
  • Out there...need...is devouring...pain...stops.
  • Hurry...stuck...agony...death.
  • Beast life...me and...need help.
  • Anyone...help...please.
  • Save...is dying...have much...left.

Monsters[edit | edit source]

The Ruins, though safe by Wilderness standards, are nonetheless highly dangerous and play home to several aggressive monsters. Caution should be taken when visiting the area.

Item spawns[edit | edit source]

Several items will periodically reappear in the Ruins that may be taken freely:

  • Gold ore: a single gold ore can be found respawning near the furnace.
  • Tinderbox: there is a respawn right next to the furnace.
  • Bones: several bone respawns can be found throughout the Ruins.
  • Skull: several skulls can be found in the Ruins. This is one of very few areas where they can be obtained.
  • Steel platelegs: a set of steel platelegs can be found in a ruined structure on the Ruins' east side.

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The ruins were a members only area for over 2 months, until 8 May 2002.
  • The above newspost calls this area the "overgrown village".
  • Prior to the updates of 10 December 2007, the Ruins were physically and graphically set up differently. The Ruins were entirely enclosed by stone walls, except for a small opening on its southern side. They also possessed a second floor, but because all of the ladders leading to it were broken, it was entirely inaccessible. These previous features made it a somewhat safe area for those fleeing from player killers. When the graphics were updated, however, the wall that surrounds the ruins gained several new entrances; two additional gaps on the south side, a small hole on the east side, and an opening on the north wall.
  • The ghostly voices were first discovered 1 July 2008, but there was no mention of what future update it could be related to. Players speculated on what content the voices were teasing. Near the end of the month on 29 July, the Spirit of Summer quest was released, and the player is able to find out the origin of the voices.
  • There is also an underground level that has a large ring with a skull in the middle.
  • Gargoyles were moved to these ruins from the western ruins with the 11 September 2017 update.