Rune Memories

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Rune Memories (#186)
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Release date28 November 2012 (Update)
Voice OverFull
Official seriesAriane #2
AgeFifth Age
Start areaWizards' Tower
Entity iconRune Memories entity icon.png
Advanced data
Quest ID359
Quest create ID195
Quest timeline
override sequence
Official difficultyNovice

Rune Memories is the sequel to Rune Mysteries. In the quest, the player helps Ariane save the Wizards' Tower and learns much about the Wizards' Tower's history.

Official description[edit | edit source]

At the end of Rune Mysteries, Ariane found herself in a bit of a bind, and now she needs your help once more. You'll fully explore the arcane ruins beneath the Wizards' Tower and experience - through the memories of its former inhabitants - the clashes of magical ideals that led to the old tower's downfall. Dig deep enough and put together the pieces of this ancient puzzle, and you'll have all you need to free Ariane and avert the disaster once and for all.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Return to the Tower[edit | edit source]

Speak with Ariane who is in the ruins beneath the Wizards' Tower. There is a dungeon link on the north east side of the tower. You must pass through two doors in the ruins before you reach Ariane. She will tell you she wishes to investigate the vortices further and requires your help. Accept and start the quest.

Once you accept the quest, Ariane will attempt to cast a spell, but it will lead her to be trapped within the power beam. In order to aid her, Ariane will give you a prepared fire rune and a prepared air rune. Use the fire rune on any red vortex, and the air rune on any grey vortex. Doing so will absorb the soul fragment contained in the vortex into the rune, making the rune glow.

Speak with Ariane again. She will tell you to use the runes to try and trigger a memory in the Library.

The Teleportation Problem[edit | edit source]

Viewing the memories of Kelavan the Red and Mei the Grey

Head through the entrance to the library (east of Ariane), and you will see four chairs. If you examine these you can see that they are red, blue, grey and green. Use the glowing fire rune on the red chair and the glowing air rune on the grey chair. This will trigger a cutscene of a memory between Kelavan the Red and Mei the Grey You will see Kelavan presenting his studies of a combat spell problem to Mei. Mei sees this as a possible solution to the 'Teleportation Problem'.

After the cutscene, the runes will be returned to your inventory. If not, the runes are in the chairs where Mei and Kelavan were sitting. (Don't pick up the runes from the chairs or the cutscene will not play.) Return and speak with Ariane.

The Meeting of the Head Wizards[edit | edit source]

The Head Wizards gather to discuss the discovery of Teleportation.

When you speak with Ariane again, she will give you the remaining runes you need to hold the soul fragments. Use the prepared chaos rune on the remaining red vortex, and the cosmic rune on the remaining Grey vortex. Use the nature and earth runes on the green vortices and the law and water runes on the blue vortices.

At this point, remember what soul each of the following Glowing runes represents:

Character Rune type Role
Saradomin symbol.png Unaia the Blue Law rune Blue Master
Perien the Blue Water rune Blue Apprentice
Zamorak symbol.png Zanmaron the Red Chaos rune Red Master
Kelavan the Red Fire rune Red Apprentice
Guthix symbol.png Azris the Green Nature rune Green Master
Sland the Green Earth rune Green Apprentice
Armadyl symbol.png Temrin the Grey Cosmic rune Grey Master
Mei the Grey Air rune Grey Apprentice

Talk to Ariane again and she will tell you to try and trigger a memory upstairs in the Statue room in the Old Tower. Go back up the staircase, and past the statue you knocked over in the first quest, and to the statue room, in which you first met the Rune Guardian guarding the entrance to the old tower. Use the runes with the corresponding statue as presented below. A cutscene will begin.

Alignment Rune type Location
Armadyl symbol.png Armadyl,
other gods and unaligned
Cosmic rune North-west
Guthix symbol.png Guthix Nature rune North-east
Saradomin symbol.png Saradomin Law rune South-east
Zamorak symbol.png Zamorak Chaos rune South-west

The Green Master will present the same idea that the Red Apprentice had in the first memory, having stolen it and claimed it as her own work. She will give each master a copy of the idea, and they will return to their studies to discuss the plan with their apprentices.

After the cutscene, the runes will be returned to your inventory. Return and speak with Ariane once again.

Memories of the Abyss[edit | edit source]

When you speak with Ariane, she will be horrified to learn that the Wizards of the Old tower were not above such pettiness as to steal each others ideas, and will ask you to go and trigger another memory in one of the studies of the four masters.

Azacorax, Keeper of the Key to the Abyss is summoned.

Head north through the studies door and then to the Red Master's study, which is to the north-east. Use the chaos rune on the Master chair, and the fire rune on the chair across the table. This will trigger a cutscene of a memory where the Red Master and Apprentice talk about how Azris the Green stole his idea. And that instead of trying to convince them it was his idea, they would just complete the research and be the first to come up with a ritual to use another plane to support teleportation. At the end of the cutscene you will see the Red Master summon a demon named Azacorax.

After the cutscene the runes will be returned to your inventory. Return and speak with Ariane.

The Teleportation Debate[edit | edit source]

Zanmaron tells the apprentices to prepare themselves for the creation of the beam.

Once again speak with Ariane and she will tell you to trigger a memory in the library. Head to the library (east of Ariane) and use the air rune on the grey chair, the water rune on the blue chair, the fire rune on the red chair, the earth rune on the green chair, and the chaos rune on the table. This will trigger a cutscene of the Red Master and all the tower apprentices. He will announce he has finished a ritual to open a passage to the abyss, and presents each apprentice with a copy of the ritual to deliver to their Masters. He stresses that the ritual must be done exactly as stated or disastrous consequences could ensue.

After the cutscene the runes will be returned to your inventory. Return and speak with Ariane.

Ariane will tell you she thinks if you can trigger the memory of the ritual, she may be set free. But as the ritual had to be so specific, and you don't know how it was done, you must search for old documents containing information on the ritual.

Head back to the library (east) and search the shelves along the north-west walls and to the east straight past the table. There are 2 document fragments to find here. Then head to the studies to the north of Ariane. The crates/chests in the destroyed studies are now searchable. Each room is labelled by the corresponding flag outside of the room. Search the Grey room, then the Blue room, and finally the Red room. There is one document fragment in each of the 3 remaining studies, plus a Diary in the Zamorak room within the same crate. Return and speak with Ariane once you have all 5 document fragments and the diary.

Beaming[edit | edit source]

Ariane will tell you to read the documents to decipher where each rune must be placed to trigger the memory.

Image of how the Masters and Apprentices should be placed.

The runes should be placed on the floor as follows; you must have all of the document fragments for this to work.

  • North: Law
  • North-east: Fire
  • East: Nature
  • South-east: Air
  • South: Chaos
  • South-west: Water
  • West: Cosmic
  • North-west: Earth

A cutscene of the wizards performing the ritual will begin. They will get partly through the ritual before the Blue wizards leave in anger as they realise the ritual consists of pure Red magic and involves demons. They break the ritual, and a lightning beam strikes down the Red Master. The cutscene ends, and Ariane is freed from the beam. However, she notices that the ritual is happening again, and Ariane pushes you out of the way while a similar bolt of lightning strikes her down and induces a magical coma.

Investigate Ariane and you will see that you should go and speak with Wizard Ellaron; Wizard Ellaron has now moved to the entrance of the tower. You will discover that he is part of a Secret Order of Red Wizards who mean to destroy the Wizards' Tower, and that he planned the whole thing. Go through all the options until Ariane rises up from the middle of the beam in the tower.

The Burning Tower[edit | edit source]

Ariane attacks wizard Ellaron.

Speak with Ellaron who is located at the entrance desk next to Valina, and you will learn that Ariane is being possessed by each of the souls from the old tower. You will need to draw them all out of her using the prepared runes you have in order to save her and stop her from exploding causing the destruction of the tower.

The beam around her will flash between red, grey, blue, and green. There are two types of beam styles: a simple coloured beam that contains an apprentice's soul, and the spinning, more elaborate beam that contains a master's soul. You will need to take note of the wizard or apprentice that speaks to you through Ariane, then use their appropriate rune on Ariane the next time the matching beam appears.

First, wait for the elaborate grey beam, and use the cosmic rune on Ariane. Next is the simple blue beam, which requires a water rune. She will then ascend to the next floor; follow her up.

Now wait for the simple green beam, which requires an earth rune. Then use the fire rune on Ariane when you see the simple red beam. She will again ascend to the next floor; follow her up.

Then, wait for the elaborate blue beam, which requires a law rune, followed by an elaborate green beam, requiring a nature rune. She will then ascend to the next floor; follow her up again.

Finally, use the chaos rune on Ariane when you see the elaborate red beam, and the remaining air rune when you see the simple grey beam.

Note: Your avatar must complete the casting action while the beam is active in the actions listed. If you have lag you may need to anticipate the beam colour change. Once you are successful with matching the rune to the beam, that style of beam will be removed from the rotation of beam styles.

Once you have drawn out all the souls, Ariane will be free. The souls will then possess Wizard Ellaron, and teleport him to the Abyss where he will supposedly explode, saving the Wizards' Tower!

Speak with Ariane.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Additional rewards/activities
  • The Archmage [Name] (requires 99 Magic and 99 Runecrafting; speak to Archmage Sedridor to retrieve the title)
Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Rune Memories is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Rune Memories
DeveloperMod John A
Art & Graphics
CharactersMod Alec
EnvironmentsMod Joe
AnimationDavid C
Quality Assurance
CoreJuliet T (Project Lead), Mod Giara, Dan M, Mod Sarah
Voice ActingAdam Longworth, Ali Dowling, Alix Wilton Regan, Anna Bentinck, Coleen Prendergast, Dadiv Rintoul, Glen McCready, John Bull, Keith Wickham, Nathanial Parker, Peter Marinker, Tim Bentinck
Recording EngineerJuanma Delfin
Dialogue DirectorMark Estdale
Dialogue EditorVicky Prentice, Kit Challis

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 27 May 2014 (Update):
    • The titles awarded from the Rune Memories quest now update correctly when activated.
  • patch 19 May 2014 (Update):
    • Players can now rewatch the memories after completing the Rune Memories quest.
    • Players can now switch their order colour without re-taking the Rune Guardian's test after Rune Memories.
    • The old Wizard Tower's basement can now be re-entered as a non-instanced area after Rune Memories.
  • patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
    • A bug that stopped players from being able to complete Rune Memories if they had a follower has been fixed.
  • patch 5 February 2013 (Update):
    • A section of text has been changed to match the audio during Rune Memories.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Player who have bought membership while still on trial membership will now be able to start Rune Memories.
    • The special runes in Rune Memories can now be used on the beam as well as on Ariane to withdraw the souls.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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The Teleportation Beam
The unlisted track that plays when the teleportation beam is created.

  • Upon completing this quest, the Adventurer's Log will read: "I helped Ariane discover what happened to the old Wizards' Tower, and stop a secret Zamorakian from destroying the new one."
  • Sedridor's essence chest can contain a maximum of 24,750 pure essence (at level 99 Runecrafting), worth 6,855,750 coins.