The Needle Skips

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The Needle Skips is a quest featuring the story of a local family and The Needle, one of the Elder Artefacts. It is one of few quests that are fully voice-acted, and has a mystery theme that takes after previous quests like One Piercing Note. The Needle Skips is very narrative-driven, and players must find and enter clues to unlock the full story.

Mod Osborne and Mod Krista, prior to her departure from Jagex, began working on the quest as part of the 2017 Game Jam.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Starting out[edit | edit source]

Begin the quest by searching the Needle, located west of Piscatoris. Upon searching the Needle, you will enter a short dialogue and cut-scene showing the nearby buildings while the player wonders what has happened. After the cut-scene, the player will receive a shard of the needle and a Mysterious Body will appear laying on the ground beside the Needle.

The body, hunched over in front of the Needle

A search of the body will reveal that the body appears to be frozen in time, with a message saying "Megan" written in blood near it. Communing with the shard will allow the player to search for keywords from the story. By entering the message found near the body, the player will unlock a memory that is viewable through the shard.

Continue searching the quest area for additional keywords, and enter them into the shard to unlock more memories and/or add characters and items to the quest area. Throughout the quest, scenery such as fireplaces, bookcases and bushes will have to be interacted with.

A temporal portal will appear next to the Needle once chapters are completed. Use the portal to progress to the next chapter. Note that it is not necessary for the player to unlock all memories to progress.

It should be noted that one can enter all of the keywords for a section, play through the story, and then interact with the necessary scenery to progress the quest. The interactions and the memory unlocks don't need to be done in any particular order to complete the quest.

Chapter 1[edit | edit source]

Chapter 1 is told from Megan's perspective.

If you are interested in the story, type in the first word of each subchapter, for it to play in order. Be careful as some words are repeated so typing in one word will play 2 memories, most likely out of order. Read through all the subchapters and choose words that only appear in the subchapter you are trying to play.

If you're not interested in the story, you can skip to the end of this section by entering the word fire or fireplace into your needle shard and interacting with the fireplace. Go to the portal next to the Needle to progress to next chapter.

Below are all keywords needed to fill up Megan's section of the shard.

Chapter 1
30thabandonedadventuresangryapprenticeargumentattackbanquet
bedbirthdaybleedingbloodbluebooksbrandcalendar
cartchoirclothcookcreaturescrydeathdisease
doctordyingfearfireplaceflamesfriendsfuelgail
godshannibushelphomeownerhousehusbandillnessimagination
jossjourneykilledlazinesslearnletterlovemarriage
medicinemeganmiserymonstersmonthmothermurderedneedle
packpoetrypotionsprayersprimroseramblingssaradominscar
sea trollssecretsingsloopsongspearspellsstranger
studytemperthinnertowertoysvoicewandweak
wisheswizardsyakyearzamorak

Below are all words categorised into the subchapters as seen on the shard.

Subchapter Keywords
Crushed under a pile of books books, gods, husband, imagination, joss, marriage, saradomin, toys, wizards, zamorak, secret
The day we moved here books, cart, help, homeowner, journey, megan, yak
The men I have loved angry, love, prayers, saradomin
Temper-temper abandoned, husband, joss, laziness, temper, wand
The arrogance of wizards learn, tower, study, wizards
The blue woman abandoned, blue, gail, husband, joss, love, monsters, needle, spells, stranger
Imagining another family creatures, friends, imagination, letter, monsters, poetry, ramblings, sing, song
Songbird choir, sing, song, voice
A wilting flower argument, bed, disease, dying, fear, illness, love, misery, mother, primrose, weak
A year angry, creatures, disease, doctor, dying, illness, monsters, thinner, year
I would pay any price doctor, medicine, potions
Papercuts adventures, cry, hannibus, weak
Pulling closed the curtain attack, bleeding, blood, death, house, imagination, killed, murdered, sea trolls, spear
The worst moment attack, sea trolls
Damn you Saradomin gods, prayers, saradomin, sea trolls
A second chance 30th, birthday, calendar, homeowner, megan, month, wishes
No one's going to harm you again 30th, birthday, month
The wizard's tower apprentice, banquet, cart, cloth, cook, joss, tower, pack, sloop, wizards
The wizard's apprentice apprentice, sloop
An unforgivable act adventures, friends, hannibus
The fire within us brand, flames, fireplace, fuel, letter, poetry, scar

Chapter 2[edit | edit source]

Chapter 2 is told from Primrose's perspective. If you're not interested in the story, you can skip to the end of this section by entering the word birthday. Go to the portal next to the Needle to progress to next chapter.

Below are all keywords needed to fill up Primrose's section of the shard.

Chapter 2
30thapprenticebababeautifulbedbirthdaybookbooks
boredombottleboyfriendburncloakclownconstellationsdad
daemonheimdanceddemondiarydomedoubtdubbofriends
gailghostgiantgillygossipgravehannibusjoss
keylettersliarlieslizardlizardmanlooklover
lyingmagicmedicinemeganmetummumoverbearingplagiarism
poisonpossessedpotionreturnruntscarscaryshade
sheepsicknesssloopsnakestrengththingthoktime
willikers

Below are all words categorised into the subchapters as seen on the shard.

Subchapter Keywords
Imaginary friends bed, boredom, friends, lying, thok, time, lies, liar
The last dragonrider hannibus, lizardman, lizard, book, books, thok, baba, gilly
Between the pages apprentice, boyfriend, dad, letters, lover, plagiarism, sloop, joss
Dubbo's story baba, dubbo, giant, medicine, megan, overbearing, poison, runt, sheep, mum
My champion thok, daemonheim, demon, ghost
The lonely demon demon, possessed, thing
A moment's respite medicine, poison, potion, strength
A big old bag of lies burn, liar, lies, scar, sloop, snake, lying
A new lie every day liar, lies, lying
The shade shade, cloak
Silly old sheep baba, sheep, gilly, willikers, bottle, medicine, gossip
Gilly clown, gilly, key, time, willikers, cloak, diary
A moment of strength diary, 30th, return
Dancing without music 30th, grave, return
The weaver's dance danced, look, dome, constellations
The most beautiful woman gail, strength, beautiful, scary, sickness, magic
A missing grave grave, look
Happy birthday doubt, birthday
A demon's name metum
Travelling back birthday

Chapter 3[edit | edit source]

Chapter 3 is told from Gail's perspective. If you're not interested in the story, you can skip to the end of this section by entering the word wenla. Go to the Needle to finish the chapter.

Below are all keywords needed to fill up Gail's section of the shard.

Chapter 3
angerangrybedbetrayedbookbuckthornburnchildhood
costcrueldeaddemondiseasedyingendingenergy
evilfaintedfaintingfamilyfatefatherfixfollowing
gailhappinesshappyhelpillillnessinfectedknife
legsloopmeganmetummistakesmonstermothernecessary
necessary evilneedlenonotepaperparentspeelingpeople
possessedprimrosereturnreturningscarsiblingsskinstories
storythingtraitorwenlaworse

Below are all words categorised into the subchapters as seen on the shard.

Subchapter Keywords
Growing pains childhood, father, mistakes, mother, needle, gail
Loneliness happy, happiness, people, energy
What family means family, happy, parents, siblings
Burning books book, burn, anger, angry
There was someone in there with her burn, demon, megan, possessed, scar, book
A demon's name metum
An evil in the ink demon, monster, possessed, thing
The agony of kindness needle, returning
Just one more cruel, disease, fate, illness, dying, dead
Easing her pain disease, fix, illness, infected, legs, peeling, skin, worse
A necessary evil evil, necessary evil
The note note, paper
The beginning of the end bed, buckthorn, evil, fainting, following, necessary, no, primrose, return
Family buckthorn, cost, family, help, no, primrose
Closing the loop ending, loop
Assuming the worst fainting, fainted
The buckthorn bush buckthorn
A dulled needle betrayed, traitor, knife
This isn't the end dead, dying, story, stories
The end of the chapter wenla

The Finale[edit | edit source]

Gail tells Megan what needs to happen

Go back to the Needle and continue to the finale. This time, you will end up in the present. You will need to find a cure for Gail, Primrose, and Megan. As Gail mentioned previously, the leaves and berries of the buckthorn bush can be used to cure illness. Run down the path, and pick from the buckthorn bush with two free inventory spaces. Grind both the leaves and the berries.

Walk to the house, and use the buckthorn smelling salts on Primrose, who is lying upstairs, unconscious.

Go back downstairs, investigate the book case. Megan is cursed, and can only be healed by saying the demon's name to her. Talk to her, and say the right name, "Metum". The name can also be found in the quest dialogue.

Use the crushed buckthorn berries, now bottle of crushed berries on the stove or fireplace in the house to get the buckthorn salve. Use this buckthorn salve on Gail, who is still up at the hill, next to the Needle. She will stand up and go down to Megan to talk to her.

After the dialogue that follows, continue to the Needle, pick up the note and walk back to the house. Go back to Megan at the house and give her the note to finish the quest.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The Needle Skips reward.png
Additional rewards/activities
  • For full completion, players can find all of the words in each chapter. After the quest is completed, players can replay chapters by searching the Needle. To get the additional lamps you need to speak with Megan out of the quest replays.
Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Pulling on the Threads (RuneScore.png 10) - Discover all of the chapters in 'The Needle Skips' and then claim your reward from Megan.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Needle was first mentioned in Runescape: Idle Adventures, a mobile spin-off of Runescape released in February 2016.
    • Similarly, Gail bears a close resemblance to Sally, the avatar of the Needle.
  • As mentioned during "The fire within us", Megan owns a horse, which is one of the few references to horses within the game.
  • Primrose and Gail's names may reference the The Hunger Games trilogy.
  • Upon completion of the quest RuneMetrics state: "I released Megan from her self imposed torment and helped Primrose to fulfill her destiny and become Gail."
  • This quest was the 400th quest point to be released. Upon completion, if every quest released prior had been completed, players were finally able to claim the eighth lamp from Philipe Carnillean and Spot the black dragon.

Gallery[edit | edit source]