Spirits of the Elid

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Spirits of the Elid is a quest in which you must assist the villagers of Nardah in restoring water to their town, which has all but disappeared. The villagers believe themselves to be the victim of a curse, and you must discover the truth of what has happened to the village's water sources.

Official description[edit | edit source]

The people in the desert village of Nardah have a problem. Their town well has dried up and any water they try to get from the river mysteriously disappears before they can get it back to town.

The villagers suspect they have been cursed in some way. Can you unravel what is going on and save the village?

Overview[edit | edit source]

The ballad[edit | edit source]

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To start this quest, head to Nardah and speak to Awusah the Mayor, located in the house directly east of the fountain. He will tell you that there is a curse on the town, and there is no more water available to the people anymore. Go to the house just north of the mayor's house and speak to Ghaslor the Elder. He will give you a ballad.

The ballad sings about a man's journey to the source of water for Nardah - quite similar to your quest. It also tells you about an ancestral key used by his priestess to open a great stone door, through which appear "Three great men all hewn of rock, three small chambers they did block". His comrades were murdered by the "rock men", but he managed to retreat after successfully slaying one of them.

Go to the shrine, just north of the dried up fountain and west of Ghaslor the Elder's house. Take the ancestral key from the enclosed area on the east side of the museum using telekinetic grab and search the northwest cupboard to find some torn robes; there's a robe top and bottom, so get both. Left-click on the robes to repair and turn them into the Robe of Elidinis top and Robe of Elidinis bottom. Speak with Shiratti the Custodian to learn about what the key can do. You may attach the ancestral key to your steel key ring if you've completed the One Small Favour quest.

The source[edit | edit source]

If you need it, make sure to have food and/or prayer potions for fighting the golems. You have to bring at least three weapons, each representing a different melee attack style (crush - mace, club; slash - scimitar, whip; stab - sword, spear). Ensure that you do not forget your rope.

Climbing the waterfall, entering the Water Ravine Dungeon

Leave the city and either walk north, or travel to the Shantay Pass and walk east and north of the Dominion Tower until you come to a waterfall at the source of the river. On the way you'll pass respawn points for some bronze arrows, south of the Dominion Tower, and a shortbow, north of the Dominion Tower. If you didn't bring these with you, take them now. If you have level 50 Strength, there is a rope spawn in the Eagles eyrie (completing Eagles' Peak is not required). You can also teleport here with the Traveller's necklace.

When you reach the entrance to the Water Ravine Dungeon, click on the waterfall to climb it. Once inside the dungeon, you will find yourself before a locked door. While wearing the robes of elidinis, unlock the door with the ancestral key. If you have both the robes and the key and the door still won't open, go back to Nardah and talk to Ghaslor the Elder.

The watering hole[edit | edit source]

Once you're inside, you'll see three doors to the east. They are each guarded by a level 77 golem that is weak against a certain attack type and almost immune to all others. You need to defeat them, then solve the puzzle behind the door to clear the water channels.

Clearing one of the water channels.
  • The white golem in the south room is weak against stabbing attacks, and will appear when you try to enter the south door. Kill it, then clear the water channel behind the door with thieving.
  • The grey golem in the east room is weak against slashing attacks. He will appear when you try to open the east door. Once it's dead, clear the water channel with your pickaxe.
  • The black golem in the north-east room is weak against crush attacks and lurks behind the north-east door. Kill it, then enter the room. Once you're inside, you'll see a little target on the other side of the water channel. Equip your bow and arrow and shoot it down (Try wearing the Robe of Elidinis (top) and Robe of Elidinis (bottom) if it doesn't work). Once you've destroyed it, the channel will be cleared (there is currently a bug in the game wherein you may be unable to clear the third channel, in which case you can simply leave your group and try again).

After you clear all 3 channels, the northern door will open. Go through this door, walk around the lake, and talk to one of the spirits, Nirrie, Tirrie or Hallak. They will speak as if their minds are one, telling you to recover the sacred statue of Elidinis and return it to the shrine in Nardah to break the curse.

Due to a bug, when exiting the cave it is possible to get stuck. If this happens, use your home teleport spell to get on track again.

Peace at last[edit | edit source]

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Head back to Nardah and talk to the mayor once again. He will tell you that they threw the statue down a crevice west of town.

Before leaving, take the mayor's shoes beside the entrance door of his house and use a knife on them to create two "soles." Note that you must step outside the house to do this; if you try to cut them inside, he will see you and tell you to leave his shoes alone.

Go west from the general store in Nardah until you come to the large crevice. You need a light source to enter it, or else you will be eaten alive by tiny bugs. Go through the crevice and you'll enter a cave full of snakes with a door to the north. Walk through the door and talk to the Genie, who tells you to get the mayor's "sole" in exchange for the statue; pass one of the shoe soles to the Genie in exchange for the statue.

Finally, use the statue of Elidinis on the statue plinth in the shrine to Elidinis, in the building just north of the city's fountain, to finish the quest.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Spirits of the Elid is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

It is therefore an indirect requirement for the following quests and miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • The genie's examine text is "Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty-bitty living space." This is a reference to Disney's Aladdin.

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 18 May 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that caused disconnects when attacking the black golem during the Spirits of the Elid quest using melee armour/weapons with armour spikes.
  • patch 27 August 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where the Golems in Spirits of the Elid were not weak to the correct combat styles.
  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • Corrected the quest requirements of Spirits of the Elid.
  • patch 5 February 2013 (Update):
    • An incorrect message about the ancestral door in Spirits of the Elid has been fixed.
  • patch 2 April 2012 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to craft the robes during Spirits of the Elid without thread.
  • patch 4 January 2012 (Update):
    • A typo in Spirits of the Elid has been fixed.
  • patch 17 November 2009 (Update):
    • Various animation issues in Spirits of the Elid have been resolved and various sounds added.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If a player tries to take the lamp on the table in the genie's rift, there will be a dialogue with the genie saying "Hey, get your hands off my house." If the player tries to tele-grab the lamp, there will be a dialogue saying "Hey, no casting spells on my house!"
  • Awusah the Mayor will tell the player that the priest of Saradomin was convinced that by praying he could become impervious to arrows, to which the player may respond that it is easy and they can do it as well, referring to the Protect from Missiles prayer.