Swept Away

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Swept Away is a quest originally released to accompany the 2008 Hallowe'en event. It revolves around helping the witch Maggie complete something special being cooked in her cauldron.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Maggie the travelling witch is cooking up something spectacular in her cauldron, but she needs a little help finishing it off. If you can help her out – and solve a puzzle or two along the way – she just might share some of the final product with you.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The travelling coven[edit | edit source]

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Begin the quest by speaking to Maggie, the travelling witch, just west of the Draynor Village lodestone. She wants your help to finish making her delicious goulash in the nearby cauldron.

To make the stew, she needs you to get her broomstick enchanted by her three witch friends: Aggie in Draynor Village, Betty in Port Sarim and Hetty in Rimmington; she would do it herself, but her sick ox, Babe, cannot be left alone.

The order of the friends you visit does not matter, but with each witch there is a puzzle.

Aggie in Draynor Village[edit | edit source]

You must create a pattern containing four triangles.

Head south to Draynor Village and speak to Aggie, in the western-most house, about enchanting the broom. She tells you that the enchantment needs to be done in a special place, infused with 'magical pizazz'.

Agree to teleport, and you'll be taken to a small clearing, with a sand pattern created at the heart of it. Aggie informs you that a specific sand symbol contains hidden power which could be harnessed into the broomstick.

The arrangement must be created by sweeping four lines to end up with four triangles. One of the two solutions is shown to the right. Once you've completed the pattern, a surge of power will pass through the area and enchant Maggie's broomstick.

Betty in Port Sarim[edit | edit source]

Next, speak to Betty in her magic shop located in Port Sarim, and tell her about Maggie's broom. Although she would be happy to enchant it, she requires her wand which is stored and locked up in the basement. Nevertheless, she suggests talking to her assistant, Lottie, for help in retrieving it.

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Climb down into the shop basement and speak to Lottie, who tells you that the wand is secure in the nearby chest and the key to unlock it is in the form of a puzzle - you need to put the menagerie in the southern chamber back into order.

Lottie will give you a magic slate that will help you keep track of the animals' locations while you are moving them around. Keep in mind that the animals can only be moved to a cage adjacent to their current one, and that you cannot have two animals in the same cage at the same time. The bat, snail and blackbird are already placed in their proper pens.

Move To
Blackbird.png Blackbird Holding Pen
Rat (Swept Away).png Rat Blackbird Pen
Spider (Swept Away).png Spider Spider pen
Reptile.png Reptile Reptile Pen
Rat (Swept Away).png Rat Rat Pen
Blackbird.png Blackbird Blackbird Pen

After completing the puzzle, open the chest and search it to obtain Betty's wand. Go back upstairs and hand over the wand to Betty, who proceeds to enchant the broomstick for you.

Hetty in Rimmington[edit | edit source]

For the final enchantment, travel to Rimmington and speak to Hetty in her house located east of the town well. Instead of enchanting the broom, Hetty promises to concoct a 'theurgical broom ointment' that you directly apply on the broomstick. However, she needs a newt to complete it.

The three crates in Hetty's basement

Hetty has recently received a new package of newts and toads, so she asks you to simply retrieve a newt from her basement. Agree and go down the trapdoor south of her house. You'll meet up with Gus, the delivery ghoul, who explains that the three delivery crates - containing newts, toads, and a combination of newts and toads - have got their labels mixed up somehow and being phobic to newts, he cannot dare to look in and check each of the crates.

Gus requests you to help him label the crates correctly, keeping in mind that ALL the crates are wrongly labelled and that you can only remove ONE sample from any ONE crate. He gives you three labels to apply on the correct crates: Newt label, Toad label and Newts and toads label. The combination is different for every player.

To solve the puzzle, you must remember that every crate is labelled wrong, and that you are only allowed to choose the sample from one crate.

  1. Extract a creature from the incorrectly labelled 'Newt and Toad' mixture. If you extract a newt from the mixture crate, place a newt label on that crate; if you extract a toad from the mixture, put a toad label on that crate.
  2. Of the remaining two crates, one will have the label of the creature that wasn't in the previous crate; apply the 'Newts and Toads' label to this crate.
  3. Add the final label to the last box.

If you make a mistake, Gus will let you know and you can start over. Just keep trying the possible combinations from the table below until you get it right (sometimes it may glitch and he will only say "don't touch the crates without my permission").

Left Box Middle Box Right Box
Newts & Toads Newts Toads
Newts Newts & Toads Toads
Newts Toads Newts & Toads
Newts & Toads Toads Newts
Toads Newts & Toads Newts
Toads Newts Newts & Toads

After you've successfully labelled all the crates correctly, take a newt out of the newt crate and head back to Hetty. She'll apply some newt slime to the ointment and pass it back to you; use this mixture on the broom to enchant it.

Sugar, spice and everything nice[edit | edit source]

Using the broom to stir the goulash

Bring the enchanted broom back to Maggie. She tells you that since you are the one who enchanted it, you get the honour of stirring the goulash with the 'good stuff'. Stir the goulash in the cauldron with the broomstick and talk to Maggie again to receive a bowl to drink the goulash in.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Swept Away (RuneScore.png 0) – Complete this Novice quest.
  • Advanced Sweeping (RuneScore.png 15) – Fully enchant your broomstick after the 'Swept Away' quest.

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Swept Away is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 12 August 2019 (Update):
    • Movement abilities such as Surge can no longer be used to bypass the core mechanics of the animal pen puzzle of Swept Away.
  • ninja 9 October 2017 (Update):
    • Swept Away's post-quest content (excluding the Sorceress' Garden and members area rewards) are now available to free players.
  • patch 2 April 2013 (Update):
    • The quest start icon has been added to the start location for Swept Away.
  • patch 18 March 2013 (Update):
    • Progress can now continue in the Swept Away quest after eating a humble pie.
  • patch 11 April 2012 (Update):
    • The sweeping puzzle in Swept Away no longer has flickering issues.
  • patch 14 June 2011 (Update):
    • Aggie has now been updated to match the Draynor version in this quest.
  • patch 4 January 2011 (Update):
    • Improved animation for opening Betty's chest during Swept Away.
  • patch 2 November 2010 (Update):
    • The Myths of the White Lands and Swept Away quests now report the correct number of Quest Points that a player will receive upon completing them.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • During Swept Away, the player would get Aggie and Hetty mixed up in one line of chat.
  • patch 21 July 2009 (Update):
    • Improved some of the puzzle mechanic code in the Swept Away quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • On the day of the quest's release, the spoiler page said, "The spoilers are too afraid to show themselves today. Maybe they will be feeling braver tomorrow..."
  • Upon the completion of this quest, one's Adventurer's Log will read: "Which witch is the greatest witch? I have an itching feeling that it may be me! I have learnt from the best and now I've gained my very own witching broom."
  • Originally, this quest was only available to free players for the first two weeks of the Hallowe'en event; after 11 November 2008, only members could start the quest. On 24 June 2010, the quest became permanently available to free players.
  • The starting point was originally south of Falador, but after 11 November 2008, the quest's starting point was moved to west of the Legends' Guild. When the quest became permanently available to free players, the starting point was shifted to south of Draynor Village, near the bridge to the Wizards' Tower. With the release of Divination, it moved yet again to its current location: south of Draynor Manor.
  • The broomstick won second place in the Guaranteed Hallowe'en Poll for the 2007 Hallowe'en event, where it and the Grim reaper hood fought head-to-head.
  • Lottie is the name of a witch's assistant in Diana Wynne Jones' book, Howl's Moving Castle.
  • When you ask Aggie to leave the area, she mentions you'll be back faster than you can wiggle your nose. This is a reference to Bewitched, a T.V show where the main character cast spells by wiggling her nose.
  • When Hetty in Rimmington says she needs you to retrieve a newt from her basement, your character replies with "A Newt?". This is likely a reference to the movie Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail, in which a similar verbal exchange is held amongst villagers about a witch.