The Darkness of Hallowvale

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The Darkness of Hallowvale is the fifth quest in the Myreque series, and involves travelling to Meiyerditch to contact the Myreque faction there.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Fighting tooth and nail against the vampyre overlord, Drakan, the Myreque have moved their secret base camp to Burgh de Rott. Now the fight starts in earnest! Veliaf needs someone to make their way into the Sanguinesti region - the eastern side of Morytania cut off from the west behind an impenetrably huge wall.

Will the fight be supported by Myreque resistance inside the vampyres' domain? What grim discoveries are to be found behind that dread wall? And what of the Vyrewatch - deadly sky-bound patrollers of the blood-tithed lands of Meiyerditch?

Only a daring, quick-witted agent with an eye for detail can hope to pick their way through the tumbled down slums of Meiyerditch.

Game Guide

Overview[edit | edit source]

In search of the Myreque[edit | edit source]

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Travel to Burgh de Rott and head to the basement of the pub there. Speak to Veliaf Hurtz. He wants to make contact with the Myreque in the Sanguinesti region so that the Myreque may be able to free the people 'living' there. He also needs help from Misthalin to fight vampyre forces. If you wish, ask more about the mission then agree to help him. He wants you to enter Meiyerditch and seek contact with the Myreque. The resistance in fact originated there and under Safalaan Hallow some members managed to escape the ghetto. You will need to ask citizens about the Myreque since they are hidden very well. Finally, he warns you about the Vyrewatch who patrol the Burgh de Rott Woods along with the 'juves' and cannot be harmed by weapons, not even the Rod of Ivandis!

Fixing the boat.

With the wall being higher than any building in Burgh de Rott, you will need to somehow go around the wall at open sea by accumulating items from the village. You will need to ask Veliaf how you're supposed to get into the Sanguinesti region before you can move on to the next part. After talking to Veliaf, you can search the chest in the basement and take some garlic if you want to.

Getting into Meiyerditch[edit | edit source]

Items needed: 8 Nails, 2 Planks

Leave the basement and go south-east to a dilapidated hut with a boat in it. It is south of the furnace. You will need to repair the boat using a plank and 4 nails of any metal. You will then need to repair the launching chute with the same materials. Push the boat and it will slide down the chute into the water.

The repaired boat

Board the boat from the dock and travel to Meiyerditch. You arrive at the very southern end of the wall where you can get on it. Walk up the wall a little until you pass a section where the boards creak (you are informed in the chatbox). It is around the corner of the wall. Kick the boards (right click option) and then climb down them into the passage below.

At any stage whilst you are in Meiyerditch, you may be noticed by a member of the Vyrewatch. You have five options:

  • Pay a blood tithe (causes approximately 60 damage (also occasionally causes large damage) to your life points).
  • Attack them. The Vyrewatch are invulnerable during this stage of the quest series, but you can simply run away. The vyrewatch will be impressed at your courage and leave you be.
  • Distract him (does not always work and will take a blood tithe if you fail). Success rate depends on Thieving level. This is a recommended option if you are low on Prayer.
  • Go to the mines (appears after you've found the Myreque hideout instead of getting attacked. You need to mine 15 ores. You'll then appear in the north-east part of the city).
  • Additionally, it is possible to use Freedom to escape the Vyrewatch's stun and run away before they talk to you. However this may backfire as the Vyrewatch that stunned you will call upon you randomly which may interrupt conversations with other NPCs.

Go north and climb over the wall rubble, go north, and talk to the citizen that is in the same house as Old Man Ral – all of them are incredibly slim and full of tithing wounds. Question them, if you wish, about the situation in the ghetto or the vampyres. They will complain about the vampyre oppression and the brutality of the Vyrewatch, saying they try to survive rather than live in Meiyerditch. They are too scared to say anything about the Myreque though. After finishing your conversation, speak to a citizen again; this time, whisper that you really need to meet the Myreque, to which they will redirect you to Old Man Ral, who is in the middle of sector one. They tell you to tell him that a friend sent you, so that he feels important.

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Old Man Ral revealing the Myreque's location.

Old Man Ral is in a house near the task symbol on the minimap. Nearby you can also find Trader Sven who is a black market trader and can sell you a set of citizen clothing or vyrewatch clothing, which will reduce the frequency at which the vyrewatch take an interest in you. Speak to Old Man Ral, who answers every question with another question and refuses to tell you about the Myreque, or anything at all for that matter. Tell him that "Someone told me you could help me" then say his nickname is the 'Sage of the Sanguinesti'; flattered, he will eventually tell you to "follow the symbols" to get into the third sector, where the Myreque reside.

The way to the Myreque[edit | edit source]

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You now need to make a complex journey across the city – watch for the sickle marks (if you have trouble seeing them, switch to Midday skybox by right clicking on the world map and selecting "Skybox/Filters"), or simply follow the instructions below (you may click each of the steps below as you do it to track your progress). Most actions give 5 Agility experience.

Jumping, crawling, climbing...
Repairing the broken ladder in sector 3.
Pushing the sickle button.
  • Go to the house south-west of Old Man Ral with the door facing north (the western of the two houses with northern doors – it has a sickle next to it on the outside wall).
  • Climb up the ladder there.
  • Jump south to the floorboards.
  • Jump east to the floorboards.
  • Go to the north-east corner of the room, push the wall and walk across the gap.
  • Crawl under the wall to the north.
  • Go north to the second room, look on the west side, push the wall and go across.
  • Go down the ladder.
  • Search the table next to the wall, open the trapdoor, and go through the resulting tunnel.
  • Climb up the shelf next to the sickle in the north-west corner of the room.
  • Crawl under the wall to the east side.
  • Jump to the floorboards to the east.
  • Go down the ladder.
  • Search the pots near the eastern door to get a key and use it to open the door. You are now in sector two.
  • Go up the ladder in the room to the east, by the sickle.
  • Jump south to the floorboards.
  • Go east around the wall then climb up the shelves to the south.
  • Go west and up the ladder.
  • Jump south again to the floorboards.
  • Go immediately down the ladder.
  • Go east and walk across the washing line.
  • Climb down the ladder.
  • Push the wall to the north and walk across the floor.
  • Climb up the shelf to the north.
  • Climb down the shelf in the north-eastern corner.
  • Jump to the floorboards to the north.
  • Jump to the floorboards to the north again.
  • Go to the northwest corner and then east (around a gap in the floor) and jump to the floorboards.
  • The ladder going down is broken and you have to repair it; so climb up the other ladder.
  • Search the wall (to the west) to get the topmost part of a ladder.
  • Climb down again, repair the broken ladder going down with the ladder top and go down. You are now in sector three.
  • Open the door and go north outside. Go past the first door, and into the house with a door on its east side. You should be in a room that has an UNLIT fireplace, a portrait, and some sort of wall east of it joined to a room that is a perfect diamond. There is a knife upstairs if you forgot to bring one.
  • (Do not climb the ladder nor jump the wall upstairs, as this leads to the long way around through sector four.)
  • Go through the door on the west/left side, and then outside.
  • (There will be a T-junction with a sickle logo, a "Barricade" object that looks like tables forming doors to the north-west, and a room with two buckets in it to the east.)
  • Head east at the sickle logo, immediately north of the house with two buckets.
  • Enter the house to the south, east of the room with two buckets and north of the diamond room from earlier.
  • Go up the ladder.
  • Jump to the floorboards to the east.
  • Climb down the stairs.
  • Go south along the eastern side of the stairs. Search the wall and use a knife or a sickle to unlock the latch (tool belt knife works), allowing you to push it open.
  • Push the decorated wall from the southern side.
  • Open the lumpy rug from the southeast square in the 5-square pattern in the middle of the rug (if you take too long, you will have to push the wall again as the system will quickly reset).
  • Climb down trapdoor to enter the hideout.
Myreque Hideout (Meiyerditch) entrance location

Walk west around the corner, past Mekritus A'hara, and into the room with Flaygian Screwte and Vertida Sefalatis. Speak to Vertida. At first, he will be angry at you for trespassing, but you will convince him that you are an ally. Tell him you've come to investigate and he will give you a message to take to Veliaf Hurtz back in Burgh de Rott.

Consulting Misthalin[edit | edit source]

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Get back to Burgh de Rott any way you see fit, and talk to Veliaf Hurtz in the basement of the pub again. He will read the message – the Myreque stands strong but is weakened and the vampyres seem to be getting fresh victims. He will tell you to talk to Drezel in Paterdomus for advice, since strange noises have recently been heard around the temple and people have gone missing. He will also tell you to speak to King Roald in Varrock Palace for military help in battling the vampyres. Make sure that you ask Veliaf what he wants you to do next.

Werewolves in Silvarea?!

A fast way to reach Paterdomus from Burgh de Rott is using the Invitation box from Missing, Presumed Death or by going through the Temple Trekking minigame. Veliaf hints you to it when you ask him for tips. Any other route, such as using the Canifis lodestone teleport, will do as well to complete the quest.

Go to Drezel, who is in the catacomb beneath the temple; he will say that he and Ivan Strom have been hearing strange noises, almost animal voices, outside the temple and would like you to investigate, preferably to the west of the stairs. He will also say that people have gone missing while at the Silvarea mining site. Finally he exclaims his praise over Ivan and sees in him his successor as Paterdomus's protector.

Exit the mausoleum (north exit), go southwest to the church entrance staircase, and infront of the right statue look for a bush that is searchable. Click on it, a short cutscene will follow where you will find an unconscious man and then be knocked out by a shadowy figure. Two werewolves have managed to get across the River Salve and are "collecting" humans to pay the extra blood tithes which Gadderanks had mentioned during In Aid of the Myreque.

After a long, useless conversation, you are teleported away.

Return to Drezel and tell him what you have just seen. It is very grave news indeed. He tells you to speak to King Roald and gives you runes for a Varrock Teleport spell. If you want, you can return to Veliaf now to inform him of the news – he will be shocked and urge you to go to the king at once.

Go to Varrock Castle and speak with King Roald – he's on the ground floor on the east side. You will briefly explain the cause of the Myreque and how Lowerniel Drakan is terrorising the people of Morytania. Roald is shocked and agrees they need help, but his advisor Aeonisig Raispher intervenes and notes that Misthalin cannot help them if these people aren't Saradominist. Roald will agree, but you manage to convince him that religion does not matter in such horrible situation.

You then mention the two werewolves who crossed the River Salve and whom you could not kill, as Roald assumed. He is now convinced and decides to set up an army against Morytania. But once again, Aeonisig disagrees and tells him that warfare against Morytania will disrupt balance and possibly cause another God War. He also says that there is no proof Lord Drakan has actually invaded Misthalin. He also does not find you trustworthy as you were knocked out. Roald angrily responds that they must do something for the people, but Aeonisig tells it is impossible due to the Edicts of Guthix. After a fruitless conversation, Aeonisig decides to "begin with the paperwork" and the Church of Saradomin begins looking into the Edicts. Sadly, Roald agrees, although he will set up a mercenary protocol so that adventurers may battle the vampyric forces with his blessing. Meanwhile, they will study the Edicts in order to rid the world of Drakan. Ask him some questions about the procedures, then he will offer you a free teleport back to Paterdomus. Accept and Aeonisig will teleport you.

Speak to Drezel again. He will be sad, but he hadn't considered the Edicts before. He can explain some more about them, telling you that most political leaders have spiritual advisors that help them maintain the balance of the world in accordance with the Edicts lest the druids and other Guthixians wake up the god of balance from his slumber so that he can completely reshape the world, then ask you to report back to the Myreque. He also notes that more refugees from Morytania have been passing through the temple into Misthalin recently, and wonders if it is due to your actions.

Go back to Burgh de Rott and speak to Veliaf Hurtz again. Tell him about the werewolf attack and about the Edicts and the protocol. He will be shocked about the werewolves' having crossed the Salve, and blame the refusal of Misthalin to aid directly on political games before asking you to quickly forward this news to the leader of the Sanguinesti division in the Myreque hideout there.

Meeting Safalaan Hallow[edit | edit source]

Go back to Vertida Sefalatis in Meiyerditch.

The easiest way to do this is to deliberately get caught by the Vyrewatch, then tell them to take you to the Meiyerditch mine. If you are struggling to get their attention, try exiting to the lobby and rejoining the world. If you choose to go the mines, you must mine 15 Daeyalt ores (they stack in the inventory so only require one free space to mine), place them into a mine cart, and then talk to one of the Juvinate guards to leave.

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Map of route – mines to hideout

You will now find yourself in the northern part of the city. Run south and enter the house marked on the map (See map screenshot for reference, enlarging the mini map means you can click on the house you need to run to), using the path on the next map. This house has a bucket of water inside. Leave through the south door, then enter the house directly south. Climb up the ladder, jump the floorboard to the east, and then climb down the stairs. Once you push the wall to the south of the stairs, you will find yourself at the entrance to the hideout. Push the decorated wall from the south side, then open the southeastern lumpy rug.

Where to meet Safalaan.

Vertida Sefalatis will then tell you to talk to his friend and the leader, Safalaan, who is near Castle Drakan. He will tell you to go there using the Vyrewall and that a certain barricade can be opened temporarily using a wall switch just south-east of it. He will offer to lead you to sector 1 of the city, and you will appear on the first floor of the first house marked with a sickle.

Speaking to Safalaan near the castle.

Head south back to the boat and climb over the wall rubble and back up onto the wall. Then travel all the way north until you cannot go any further and go down the ladder. Right-click to search the rocky surface east of the ladder, and the barricade to the north will unlock. Simply search the barricade to go through it. Go north, and then climb a ladder. On the wall, go north, up a ladder and back down another to cross a gap. Keep going north until you see a long ladder against a high wall, climb it, then head north until you see Safalaan. After you introduce yourself as a Myreque associate, you tell him about the werewolf attack and the Edicts. He finds both matters rather suspicious, as Drakan should have launched a full invasion by now if he had managed to cross the Salve, and the Guthixian Edicts had been used as an excuse not to send aid before. He returns to the base to discuss these matters and requests that you sketch the castle in three places – north, then west, then south; there are sickle symbols on the ground to tell you where to sketch. He gives you some papyrus and charcoal to make the drawings with. He also mentions that Old Man Ral has more papyrus should you run out for some reason, although the Myreque base also has a crate with papyrus.

Intelligence gathering[edit | edit source]

Head west along the path and travel around to the north part of the castle and stand on the sickle. Use the charcoal on the papyrus here to make a sketch. You will see a short cutscene of Vanstrom Klause talking to Vanescula Drakan and Ranis Drakan. They will drink some fresh blood and then fly away.

Ranis and Vanescula Drakan talking with Vanstrom

Go to the west side of the castle and make the second sketch on the sickle emblem.

Go the south side of the castle and attempt to make another drawing on the sickle emblem near where Safalaan was. You will be spotted and Vanstrom Klause (level 82) will attack and, after around 3-5 turns, knock you out (but not kill you)! You won't be able to hit him back, as he will erect a blue-white shield every time you attack. Wearing a Ring of Life at this stage will teleport you away as you near death, requiring you to come all the way back and repeat the step. Using Protect from Melee or Deflect Melee will stop most damage. When he knocks you out, a lady called Sarius Guile will save you.

The secret laboratory[edit | edit source]

When you recover, Sarius Guile will speak to you. Vanescula did not actually request to save your life, but she does have a strange interest in Safalaan. As a favour in return, she will ask to deliver him a message and give you a long-winded hint about where to find it near a place of smoke and statues, then disappear. Remember to make the third and final sketch of the castle before leaving this area!

Deliver the sketches to Safalaan, who has returned to the Meiyerditch base. The quickest way to return is to get noticed by the Vyrewatch, get sent to the mine, and then go southeast to the hideout as before. Safalaan will be grateful and ask you to find the message Sarius spoke of.

Exit the hideout, push the wall, climb up the stairs, jump the floorboard, go down the ladder, then head to the building directly southwest with a ladder and with the fireplace opposite a portrait of a vyre statue; use a knife on the fireplace on the northern wall of the room to get the message (tool belt works). Read it. It will speak of an abandoned laboratory in the north-east of Meiyerditch where vampyres did experiments to acquire more blood, using human slaves to work for them. At some point, the laboratory was abruptly shut down and its location hidden due to a discovery that even the vampyres feared. The author's coworkers disappeared and he hid himself, commenting that he was hunted by the vampyres. He finally reveals the location of the laboratory and signs his letter; Mauritys Guile. You can also slash the vyrewatch portrait to the south before you leave to save yourself a trip before heading to Safalaan and the laboratory.

Make your way back to Safalaan in the base. He will ask you to see if you can find the laboratory. The laboratory is located north-east of Trakerel's Fish Shop and east of the Skull in a Chest Inn. The hideout is in the room with the yellow and red tapestry.

  • Go back up through the trapdoor.
  • Push the wall.
  • Go up the stairs.
  • Jump to the western house's floorboards.
  • Go down the ladder and exit the house through the north door.
  • Walk through the house to the north, then head to the north-east part of sector three.
  • Near the eastern wall of the city, you'll find a house with a yellow and red tapestry on its northern wall (see image below).
  • Use your knife on the tapestry.
  • Walk through it and search the vampyre statue. Be careful, sometimes a vyrewatch can roam inside this building and bind you! It appears that a key is needed to unlock the door.

If you get a message when using the knife on the tapestry saying: "you see no reason to destroy this lovely looking tapestry", then you need to show the message to Safalaan.

The house where you found the message (the one with the fireplace) contains a portrait of the exact same vyrewatch, except she's holding a key. Search and slash the portrait on the southern wall of this house to get a large ornate key. Go back to the house with the tapestry and use the key on the statue. Do not use the key on the east door, or else you will suffer an electric shock and take 100 life points of damage.

Acquiring the book.

Open the door to the east and go down the stairs – you will find yourself in the laboratory. Search the broken rune case west of stairs you came down for some Telekinetic grab runes. Use telekinetic grab on the Haemalchemy book on the table near the broken tube. It is too difficult to understand, however. Take the book back to Safalaan. He will be very happy and thankful and gives you a shortcut key and tell you to return to Veliaf Hurtz with a sealed message, as a last task. Go back to Burgh de Rott. If you decide to return to Burgh de Rott via the Meiyerditch, along the route there will be two doors with a key painted on them. The shortcut key unlocks these for faster travel (see Meiyerditch shortcut guide). Speak to Veliaf Hurtz in the basement of the pub once you reach Burgh de Rott to find out that Safalaan has promoted you to Myreque Private in the message.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Darkness of Hallowvale is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:

Transcript[edit | edit source]

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 April 2016 (Update):
    • Aeonisig will now correctly offer the free teleport during Darkness of Hallowvale.
  • ninja 20 July 2015 (Update):
    • Corrected the name of a Vyrewatch in a cutscene during Darkness of Hallowvale.
  • patch 26 September 2012 (Update):
    • A minor typo has been corrected in a Darkness of Hallowvale cutscene.
  • patch 14 September 2011 (Update):
    • Players can now continue after clicking out of the conversation with Sarius during The Darkness of Hallowvale.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

An unused castle sketch sprite can be found within the Jagex cache.
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The werewolf cutscene

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The Drakan cutscene

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The unlisted music that plays when you ride the boat.

  • The three sketches of Castle Drakan still resemble the previously Gothic-styled complex in spite of its 2015 graphical update.
  • While speaking with Drezel, the player will comment that they can "talk to kings without losing their common touch," which is a line from the 1910 Rudyard Kipling poem If—.
  • During the short cutscene, of Vanstrom Klause talking to Vanescula Drakan and Ranis Drakan they drink some fresh blood and Vanescula Drakan says "Why, with these blood tithes you're really spoiling us!" This could be a reference to a 1993 advert for Ferrero Rocher chocolates where the guest at an ambassadors party says "Monsieur, with these Rocher you're really spoiling us."
  • Prior to the release of several sequels, all the Meiyerditch traversal options were only visible through right-click. They were moved to left-click in an update's patch notes several years later.