Salt in the Wound

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Salt in the Wound is an intermediate members quest that was first announced in Behind the Scenes - July 2011 update,[1] and was released on 5 July 2011. It is the last quest in the Sea Slug quest series.[2] The quest involves the final battle with Mother Mallum, the Queen of the Sea Slugs, and involves several characters from the previous quests in the series such as Ezekial Lovecraft and Kennith, as well as new ones such as Eva, Sir Tiffy Cashien's niece.

This quest was the second to involve Dungeoneering as a requirement and as a feature, the first one being A Clockwork Syringe. Its involvement in the quest has to do with an ingredient for a serum, which can disrupt the Sea Slugs' mind control, being contained within Daemonheim.

Official description[edit | edit source]

It's time to save the residents of Witchaven - not that they want rescuing from their 'enlightenment'.

A solution has finally been found for the sea-slug infestation and it's your job to lead a crack team of slug-slaying soldiers into battle against this slimy foe.

Overview[edit | edit source]

This whole quest can be completed without your character fighting anything but this makes the quest much more difficult. You will not lose any items if you die during the dungeon or citadel parts of this quest, as this will only restart the current floor.

Starting off[edit | edit source]

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Begin by talking to Kennith. Kennith can be found on the far east side of the Daemonheim Peninsula standing near Sonje and the Fremennik shipmaster. He will be an adult now, having grown up with Bailey on the Fishing Platform and also having learned powerful spells, up to Fire surge. He will say that he is glad to have found you, after having had contact with Sir Tiffy Cashien. He will want to talk in private and teleport a small distance away. Go west, up the stairs and Kennith will be waiting there. Talk to him and he will teleport two other helpers in, the fisherman partner from Kennith's Concerns, Ezekial (who is completely unaware of the mission), and Sir Tiffy's niece, Eva.

Introduce yourself and talk to Eva again, agree to start the mission. Ezekial will throw one of his rubium bombs at the wall, which will open up. The party will enter the dungeon. A humorous cutscene takes place, in which Elfinlocks slays a Soulgazer and gets a hexhunter bow as a drop, only for the wall near her to be blown open, destroying the bow and killing her, resulting in Ezekial becoming skulled. Qutiedoll and 1337sp34kr will approach looking surprised. They run through the hole, planning to sell their gatestone on the Grand Exchange.

Daemonheim Dungeon[edit | edit source]

Once in the dungeon, you need to find a blue key. The blue key will unlock the puzzle room. You will be required to fight some NPCs to get to the key room. If you have a low combat level, you may want to bring some food.

The Puzzle Room[edit | edit source]

You will enter the room with a Caustic gazer standing in front of a familiar dungeoneering puzzle. Choose a hero (preferably the one with the most health). Your character will distract the Caustic gazer while the chosen hero must cross the gaps to the other side without coming within one square of the Guardian Sphere.

One way to solve the puzzle is:

  • Jump south across the first gap
  • Jump west twice
  • Jump south
  • Jump north, back to the same spot
  • Jump east three times
  • Jump south two times and the puzzle is completed.

Inspect the Seeker of Truth and return across the gap (regroup does not work). One way to get back across is to simply have the Guardian Sphere capture the character chosen. (This will hit for 500 life points) If the character dies, just reenter the dungeon and talk to Kennith to teleport. After completing the puzzle Kennith will ask if you are ready to be teleported to the Fishing Platform. Say I'm ready and teleport to the fishing platform.

Fishing Platform[edit | edit source]

Luring a Sea slug

The Fishing Platform is located due east of Witchaven. To reach the Fishing Platform, if you didn't take the offer of being teleported when asked in the quest, talk to Jeb who can be found in the northern part of Witchaven. He will row you out to the fishing platform.

Once you reach the platform talk with Kennith and he will tell you that you need some ingredients for an anti-mind control serum. He says you will need some blood, given freely. To get the blood you simply punch Bailey and then respond, "So you don't feel pain?". Then say, "No pain? Prove it." Bailey will then take a shard of glass and cut his arm to prove that he no longer feels pain. He will give you the Blood-stained glass as proof of this.

Kennith catches a Sea slug.

Kennith also tells you that you need a live specimen for the potion. To get a sea slug, head east to the fishing spot. Lure the fishing spot (don't try to take the slug, as this will damage you for 30 life points) and go back to Kennith, the slug will follow you.

Kennith will daze and telegrab the slug for you. A dazed sea slug will appear in your inventory. You will need a free inventory slot for the slug. Talk to him and he will say that you have all of the ingredients and give you the Seeker gland. Pick up the pestle and mortar in the room (a pestle and mortar from the tool belt will work as well) and use any piece of the potion to make the anti-mind control serum. Talk to Kennith to prompt your team to move to the cave entrance.

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Kennith catches a Sea slug
I see you there!

Go west to the cave. Enter the cave by talking to the Slug thralls and ask, "Why can't we come in?". Then "I'm not a stranger", "I seek enlightenment in the joining", and finally, "I wish to hear the...". The guards will let you enter the Slug Citadel.

Slug Citadel[edit | edit source]

The Slug Citadel consists of a series of rooms. You will need to make your way, with your party of adventurers, through the rooms by solving puzzles. The rooms have a varying number of Risen Knights, some of which will need to be killed and some of which can be avoided. The members of your party will be healed to full health automatically when you move on to the next room. Unfortunately, your character is not healed so you will need to bring some food. The exception to this is if one of your party dies before the room is completed, in that case, all members will be healed (including yourself) and you will only need to restart that room.

If you log off you will find yourself outside on Witchaven near Jeb but all completed rooms will remain completed, and killed Risen Knights will stay dead except the ones the village people conjure. You will have to walk yourself and your characters through all completed rooms to return to the last room you were in before you logged out.

Your characters will follow you automatically wherever you go and if they are attacked they will fight to the end unless you move them or regroup.

To make a character stay in or go to a specific point simply click on the character and click where you want them to go. The same principle applies to using them to knock out witchaven guardians/killing Risen Knights or pulling levers.

Always make sure that you click the character again to return control to your player or you will find your character running aimlessly around the screen. Alternatively, you can click control straight from one character to another, but practise this first as this action will be needed when in the 4th citadel room which is the most difficult.

It doesn't matter which characters you use, but they are named in the guide to allow you to keep track of them.

You may sometimes have trouble getting the characters to pull the levers; you may order them to do so only for them to simply stand there. Positioning the characters directly in front of the lever before clicking on it will solve this problem.

First Room[edit | edit source]

This room has a number of gates blocking your way to the exit. There are levers which can be pulled to open the gates. The levers need to be opened in a particular order so you can progress. If you are spotted by Witchaven villager, you will be frozen for a few seconds and a Risen Knight is summoned and attacks you.

Leave Ezekial by the Witchaven villager just north of the entrance and move the remaining 2 to the metal gate to the northeast. Make sure they stay there and don't follow you.
Use Ezekial to knock out the Witchaven villager and proceed south with your player. There is a safe spot by the narrow opening to pause before knocking out the other Witchaven villager, then proceed into the room with the lever and pull it.
The metal door to the north will now be open. Send Eva through, but do not pull the lever yet.
Pull your lever again and knock out the villager again. Go to the same safe spot and again use Ezekial to knock out the other villager, allowing your player to run north to Kennith and Eva without being stunned and attacked by risen Knights.
Bring Ezekial to join your player. Use Eva to pull the lever to let you all in. Pull the lever again and run south, east then north to the exit.
Some characters may lag behind and get attacked, simply click 'regroup' for them to catch up.
Exit through the cave to go to the second room

Second Room[edit | edit source]

This room is similar to the first room in that a number of levers have to be pulled in a certain order to open gates for your character to progress to the exit.

Send everyone to the north as far as they can go, using your player to knock villager out.
Pull the lever.
Send Kennith and your character in the room to the east.
Send Ezekial to the western room.
Send your character south and pull the lever.
Send Kennith in to the easternmost room and pull the lever.
Have your character pull the southern lever again.
Send Ezekial all the way south and pull the lever. Make sure Ezekial knocks out the villager in his path or time it correctly so that Ezekial can run past the villager without being seen.
Make Kennith pull the lever.
Send Kennith into the southern room on his side and pull the lever.
Send your character back to the central chamber with Eva.
Make Ezekial pull his lever.
Send Kennith back to the central chamber.
Make Ezekial pull his lever again, then send him to the central chamber too. You will need to knock-out or sneak past the villager here too.
Now that your party is regrouped, go to the next room.

Third Room[edit | edit source]

Eva and Kennith fight a Risen knight.

Killing all the Risen Knights will make the room easier. The easiest way is to simply do this yourself, as you are likely much more powerful than your companions. You can rest while the others are defeating the Risen Knights if you need to raise your hit points.

Send Kennith to mage the rangers on the central pillars then to the NE room to kill the risen knight. Leave him there. Send Eva to the SE and Ezekial to the SW, killing Risen Knights as needed. Have them pull the levers in this order: northeast (Kennith), southeast (Eva) and southwest (Ezekial).
Have your character run to the northwestern corner with a patrolling Witchaven villager (sneak behind her and knock her out), and pull the lever. This will open all the gates in the middle of the room and the outer four gates.
Send your player to the newly opened gates and 'regroup' characters. Proceed to the next room to the north.

Fourth Room[edit | edit source]

In this room your character releases various waves of Risen Knights while trying to open the exit. The Risen Knights have to be killed in order to proceed. Unfortunately, your character is stuck and cannot fight. You have to use the other members of your adventurer's party to kill the knights.

Use your character to search the strange device; your character will become unplayable and Risen Knights will begin to appear one at a time. The knights are not usually aggressive so take time to plan. Once the first wave of three knights are dead your character will investigate the second hole. Two knights will appear at a time for a total of six knights in the second wave.

Once the second wave is dead a third wave will appear and two to three knights will appear at a time for a total of 9 knights in the third wave. Continue on into the last room.

If a party member dies, you will have to restart the room.

Make sure you take advantage of the combat triangle or this battle will be difficult. The hero that you send into battle first will take the most damage, so keep the lower health ones as backup.

Kennith, Ezekial and Eva take care of the Risen knights.

It is best to use the 'select all' command to attack the Risen Knights and then pulling back Eva to behind the pillar as the knights will continue to take damage from Kennith and Ezekiel. When more than one Risen knight appears, target Mage first, then Melee and Finally the Range knight.

Alternatively send the player who corresponds to the opposite in the combat triangle to attack first, then use a secondary player (Kennith is most useful) to double up on the attack. Ezekial can be useful here even with the number of Melee knights here. He can be used to tank hits due to his high life points. He may also be used to lure the knights behind the pillar so that they cannot damage your party.

You cannot heal your characters in this room and once they die, you have to restart the room. Once the fight is over, there is no need to heal your party for they will be back to full health upon entering the last room.

It is possible for the players to become stuck in this room. After a couple of waves of risen knights, the game may fail to spawn more, rendering the player unable to continue. This is caused by killing the last two knights (that spawn next to one another) at the same time. To prevent this from happening, be sure to kill these last two knights one at a time. Currently, it seems the only way to bypass this (if it does occur) is to log out and restart the dungeon. The player only has to run through the already completed floors.

Mother Mallum[edit | edit source]

Ezekial blows up a damaged wall.
Kennith and Ezekial in position to throw the serum

This is the last room and is the climax of the quest. Once the cutscene is complete,

Use Kennith to speak to Brother Maledict who is located just to the west.
Once the gate to the west is open, knock down the wall in the western chamber with Ezekial and move Kennith north. Place him as close as possible to Mother Mallum while standing on the western ledge.
Take control of Ezekial and knock down the wall to the east and proceed north.
There is a knight on route, either attack and kill him or just run straight past and position Ezekial directly opposite Kennith, who is on the other side of the chasm. If Ezekial is low on life points, there is a safe spot behind a group of rocks to the southern portion of this cave (north of the wall you just knocked down).
Take control of Kennith again and attack Mother Mallum once Ezekial is in place (make sure that Ezekial is on the opposite side of the chasm of Kennith or it won't work).
You will now have control of Eva. Talk to Mayor Hobb and knock him out, and then attack Mallum and she will throw you over herself.
Use Eva to move north of the statue and topple the statue. This will push the statue onto the slug queen, killing her.

You can talk freely with any of the three characters/adventurers before leaving the cave of the Slug Citadel. Questions that once had a response of "We have a mission to do," will be answered by the characters. Note that not all of the information given by the characters pertains to the quest itself. They will talk about themselves or their relations with the other adventurers in the party. Talk to Lucy, the choice will not have any effect on the outcome, though lying is arguably the nicer choice. Leave the citadel using the cave exit (the same one you entered with).

Congratulations, quest complete!

Map[edit | edit source]

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Salt in the Wound is not currently required for any quests or miniquests.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

When the quest was released, it had a large amount of massive flaws and plot holes, such as Captain Marlin's omission from the quest, the seemingly random dead stalker, most NPCs' acting out of character or the plot set up in The Slug Menace simply being ignored. Starting with the previous quest line being completely ignored, to the forced inclusion of Dungeoneering, large amounts of humour in a quest line that was previously very dark, and then ending on an anticlimax involving a conveniently placed pillar falling on the boss. This quest was perceived to be a massive disappointment as it was generally agreed that it did not live up anywhere close to the potential the previous quest had set up.

It remains poorly regarded long after its release: in 2022, when discussing potential RuneScape quests from the 2008-2011 era to be ported to Old School RuneScape, developer Mod Ed criticised Salt in the Wound and cited it as an example of a quest that would never be ported to Old School under any circumstances.[3]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • The mechanic of three additional characters following the player-character throughout the quest is influenced by the game mechanics in Dragon Age. The line "You must gather your party before venturing forth", which appears if you try to leave an area without grouping the others, is a direct reference to Dragon Age: Origins. This reference originated in the Baldur's Gate series.
  • At the beginning of the quest when Eva tells Ezekial to go, he uses the NATO phonetic alphabet terms "Foxtrot", "Tango" and "Whiskey", their first letters spelling the slang term "FTW" which means "for the win".
  • There are a few references to Star Wars:
    • When you enter the room at the start with the Caustic Gazer, Eva will say "This isn't the creature we are looking for!". In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi says "These are not the droids you are looking for.".
    • To gain access to the slug citadel Kennith uses the "Jedi mind trick" and says " I am not here." to the thralls, to which they respond: "You are not here.".
    • When convincing the two thralls to allow you to access the citadel, there is an option to say "I AM YOUR FATHER!" This is identical to a line said by Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Throughout the quest, Kennith uses his magic to convince the sea slug thralls to obey his commands, repeating his lines after him. This is a reference to the Jedi mind control power.
  • When trying to make the Anti-Mind Control Serum, if you do not have all the ingredients and try to make the potion, a message will appear saying: "You do not have all the required ingredients: blood, freely given; a live slug; and a live seeker gland." This could possibly be taken from the revival potion to bring back Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the ingredients included "Blood of the enemy, forcibly taken" (Harry's Blood) a body for him to be reborn in (in HP "Bone of the father, unknowingly given" (in this case the live slug) and a part of one's body (Wormtail's hand, or in this case, the seeker gland).
  • When talking to Kennith after the mother is dead about teaching others his magic, he will ask the player to imagine a box, and then think outside of it by getting past the fourth wall. This is a reference to thinking outside the box and breaking the fourth wall, which is, traditionally, the "wall" between the performers and the audience.

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!
  • patch 27 July 2020 (Update):
    • A typo in a warning message during the 'Salt in the Wound' quest has been corrected.
  • patch 25 November 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed a client crash on Mobile when the player is possessed by Mother Mallum during the Salt in the Wound quest.
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • Players will no longer get stuck in the fight waves of the "Salt in the Wound" quest.
  • hotfix 8 November 2016 (Update):
    • Players can now re-enter the slug cave during the Salt in the Wound quest if they use the "skip cutscene" for travelling on ships.
  • patch 7 September 2015 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to attack Risen Knights while the player has their hand stuck in the strange device.
  • patch 27 April 2015 (Update):
    • Camera issues in the Salt in the Wound cave have been fixed.
  • patch 17 February 2014 (Update):
    • Player will now be able to complete the 'Try not to step on any aquatic nasties while searching this crate.' treasure trail clue scroll when part-way through the 'Salt in the Wound' quest.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • A black triangle has been removed from some water inside the Salt in the Wound cave.
  • patch 13 May 2013 (Update):
    • There is now a boat moored in the water near Witchaven after beginning the Salt in the Wound quest.
  • patch 2 April 2013 (Update):
    • NPC names now fit correctly in the overlay provided in the Salt in the Wound quest.
  • patch 15 October 2013 (Update):
    • Some camera issues during the Salt in the Wound quest have been fixed.
  • patch 12 October 2011 (Update):
    • The quest icon for Salt in the Wound now uses the updated model for the Slug Queen.
  • patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
    • Ezekial has returned for players who have previously completed Salt in the Wound.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On the day of the release, the spoilers read "The spoilers are currently oozing with slug goo. Come back tomorrow once we've laid out the slug pellets."
  • The quest was criticised by many due to its anticlimactic ending where Mother Mallum is squashed by a pillar. After the quest's release, jokes about pillars falling and crushing various things ran rampant throughout the forums. During the Thok Your Block Off saga, Bone Face says "That's ridiculous! Who ever heard of a boss being killed with a pillar?" in reply to Thok's threatening to use a pillar to kill him, which is a reference to the quest.
  • After completion of the quest, Brother Maledict will continue to walk as if he is still possessed. This seems to be a graphical glitch as he no longer speaks as such.
  • When entering the Daemonheim dungeon, the chatbox lists information about the floor just like a regular Dungeoneering floor, which reads: Floor 14 Complexity 4 Size Large Difficulty 7:3[Overflow].
  • Upon completing the quest, your Adventurer's Log says: "I teamed up with Kennith, Ezekial and Eva to put an end to the slug menace."
  • There is a Skull (status) icon above Ezekial's head after blowing in the dungeon wall, which falls on Elfinlocks, killing them instantly and in turn gets Ezekial "skulled".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Mark. "Behind the Scenes – July." 1 July 2011. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Mod Trick. "Salt in the Wound." 5 July 2011. RuneScape News.
  3. ^