The Prisoner of Glouphrie

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The Prisoner of Glouphrie is the sixth and latest quest in the gnome quest series which involves the continued hunt for Glouphrie. With the help of Golrie's mother, Golrana, players go off in search of Bolrie, a long lost gnome, and Arposandra, the hidden stone city.

Official description[edit | edit source]

An old letter is found in a disorderly storeroom, leading you to Lletya in the company of a gnome mother, using a path that no human - and only one gnome - has ever trodden before.

Be introduced to Yewnock's most ingenious calibration device to date, and gain a unique insight into life within underground Arposandra, as you investigate the fate of the prisoner of Glouphrie!

Overview[edit | edit source]

A Gnomish Coincidence[edit | edit source]

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To start the quest, speak to Golrie, who is located in the jail of the Gnome Village Dungeon. The entrance to the dungeon is located slightly east of Elkoy's location near the centre of the maze and is denoted by the dungeon icon (Dungeon map icon.png). Golrie will inform you that what he had been using as a bookmark for several years was in fact a note from his long lost grandfather, Bolrie. He asks you for your help and suggests that you take his mother, Golrana, with you. Golrie tells you that she can be found on the surface inside the Tree Gnome Village and teleports you directly to her. (Note: If you run into a bug where you can't click the X to close the letter without moving your character, right-click on the X and click "Close", or use the "Esc" key)

The Way to Lletya[edit | edit source]

The entrance to the maze

Once at the surface, Golrie will introduce you to his mother, Golrana. He tells her that you were using the letter as a bookmark for a few years before you realised that it was really a letter from Bolrie. Golrana becomes excited and snatches the letter from Golrie to read it for herself. Eager for the chance to rescue her father, Golrana is resolved to go save him by herself, but after a little bit of prompting, she will allow you to accompany her as her "questing apprentice". Golrana tells you to meet her north of the observatory and south of the lava fields when you're ready.

Golrana will be waiting for you in a clearing with hill giants, just south-west of the entrance to the Ourania Runecrafting Altar (ZMI Altar). Speak to her and tell her that you are ready to continue, and you will appear on the other side of the plants west of where you were previously standing. (If you squeeze-past the plant back east, you may encounter a glitch where Golrana appears twice, and you cannot squeeze through again with your cloned "follower." If this happens, run away from the clone until she loses sight of you.) Should you stray too far from the correct path, Golrana will disappear. To fix this, either press the "call follower" button, or pass back through the plants to find her standing north of the observatory, where she originally told you to meet her.

Location of the dead tree
Map of the caverns

After passing through the plants, head north-west through the path of dead trees until you come across a large and decaying dead tree. Search the tree to reveal the entrance to a cavern. Enter through the tree to find yourself in a tunnel. A wide chasm prevents you from continuing forward, and Golrana will suggest that you look around to find a way to cross it. Investigate the southern wall to reveal a crossable ledge. Golrana quickly dismisses the idea of you crossing the ledge, maintaining that your legs are too "freakishly long". Golrana will cross the ledge herself and throw a rope across the rift for you to traverse.

After crossing the rope, head further south (follow the south-easternmost route) until you come to three separated plateaus, each accessible by jumping from the previous plateau. Each jump will have a shortcut icon denoting it on the minimap (Shortcut map icon.png). To jump over, click on the gap itself, not the ledge. Continue along the path until you reach a small stream with stepping stones blocking the way (follow the north-westernmost route). There won't be enough stepping stones for you to navigate it successfully, so Golrana will need to reach the other side and push an extra stone into the stream for you to cross. Investigate a crevice on the south wall, and Golrana will squeeze through, telling you to stay put and wait for her to get back. She will appear on the other side and move the extra stepping stone into the brook, allowing you to cross.

The stepping stones
The exit to the cave

Cross the stream by jumping from one stepping stone to the other; it is only possible to jump to a block that is no more than 2 spaces away from your current location. Upon successfully crossing, travel north and around to the south-west corner through the tunnel until you reach an opening leading out of the cave.

The sturdy tree with the rope attached

Note: When you reach the exit crevice, you should wait for Golrana to catch up, or else you may lose her when you go through. Even if she is beside you, if she doesn't have direct access to the exit, she will vanish when appearing on the other side. If she does disappear, continue towards the sturdy tree and use the rope as listed on the recommended items on it. Golrana will reappear and the quest will continue.

The exit leads into the Galarpos Mountains east of Lletya. Head as far west and south as you can and investigate the "sturdy tree". Golrana will express doubt whether the tree will be able to hold your weight. Nevertheless, you attach a rope and climb down and arrive in the Lletya bank. Ilfeen will be waiting for you at the bank, stating that this is only the second time a gnome has come into Lletya. She will lead you to Bolrie's lab so that you may look for clues as to his current location.

If you have not yet begun Mourning's End Part I, be careful who you speak to in the village. It is safe to use the bank and shops, and to speak to most of the elves, but if you speak to Arianwyn (and possibly some others) you will be teleported out of the village because you don't belong there. If you already had access to Lletya from the Mourning's End Part I quest, that will not be a problem.

Bolrie's Lab[edit | edit source]

Building the device[edit | edit source]

The singing bowl and the prism in the lab

Ilfeen escorts you through the sheep field and through the trapdoor to Bolrie's lab, where you find a handwritten book on a crate next to the ladder. You will need to pick up and read the book in order to access the materials available in the room. The book will contain information as to which materials are required to build the anti-illusion device. In total, you will need:

  • 6 short planks
  • 2 medium planks
  • 2 long planks
  • 2 strips of fabric
  • 1 short crystal
  • 1 long crystal
  • 1 medium crystal
  • 1 light crystal and
  • rune glue.

The planks, the long crystal and the short crystal may be found inside various crates throughout the room. The strips of fabric may be found in a crate against the wall directly south of the hammock. The rune glue can be found by searching the picture in the north-west corner beside the hammock. The medium crystal is found on the shelf beside that painting- on the west wall. Finally, the light crystal may be found by searching the elven lamp immediately west of the ladder leading into the lab (there are two lamps, search the more northern one). Once you have found all of the necessary items to build the device, your character will say that they've found everything. Head to the table in the east side of the room and click on it to build the anti-illusion device.

Calibrating the device[edit | edit source]

The anti-illusion device after having being calibrated. In this example, section one (cyan) required a green and blue almond, two (magenta) required a red square and blue square, and three (yellow) required a yellow pentagon and a yellow almond.

Once the device has been built, you will need to calibrate it to make it fully functional. To successfully calibrate the device, various coins of different shapes and colours must be placed in the 6 slots of the machine. Coins may be made by shaping minute crystal seeds using the singing bowl. Additional minute crystal seeds can be found in the northern crate to the east of the singing bowl. The colour of the coin is defined by the current colour of the singing bowl. The colour of the singing bowl can be changed by rotating the crystal through which the light is beamed. Each rotation of the crystal will cause the colour of the bowl to cycle through each of the seven colours of the rainbow.

Different shapes of the coins are formed based on the fill-level of the bowl. An empty bowl will form a circle, a slightly more filled bowl will form an almond (20% full), then a triangle (40% full), square (60% full), pentagon (80% full), and a completely full bowl will form a hexagon.

The device will be divided into three sections, each of which has a colour and a number associated with it and 2 slots for coins. The average of the colours of the two coins inserted into the slots and the sum of their values must match with the colour and number provided in the partition. Below is a list of coin values based on the colour and shape.

Below is a table of the values of all the shapes:
Colour Value
Circle Almond Triangle Square Pentagon Hexagon
Red 1 2 3 4 5 6
Orange 2 4 6 8 10 12
Yellow 3 6 9 12 15 18
Green 4 8 12 16 20 24
Blue 5 10 15 20 25 30
Indigo 6 12 18 24 30 36
Violet 7 14 21 28 35 42

Combining the colours[edit | edit source]

The three colours that must be made in order to calibrate the device are cyan, magenta, and yellow, or the three primary pigments.

Only one of the methods have to be chosen.

Cyan can be made only by combining a blue crystal and a green crystal which both have the same shape.

Magenta can be made by combining:

  • a red crystal and a blue crystal which both have the same shape.
  • a red triangle and an indigo square.
  • a red crystal and a violet crystal, where the violet crystal has twice the number of sides as the red.

Yellow can be made by combining:

  • a red crystal and a green crystal which both have the same shape.
  • a green crystal and an orange crystal, where the orange crystal has twice the number of sides as the green.
  • two yellow crystals.

Circle crystals are considered to have 1 side.

Additionally, the numbers corresponding to each of the crystal pieces inserted into the two slots must add up to the specified number. The simplest way to approach the puzzle is to pick one option from above that will combine to find the right colour and determine whether or not different shapes may be selected to also sum up to the specified number. If it is not possible with the colours that you selected, pick a different option from above and repeat.

Note that there may be multiple solutions in some circumstances. For example, yellow at intensity 15 can be a yellow circle and a yellow square, a yellow almond and a yellow triangle, or a red triangle and a green triangle.


If you wish to work out the solution yourself, do not unhide the following section.

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Templates used
 template  = tpogc
 form      = tpogcF
 result    = tpogcR
 param     = colour|Colour|Cyan|select|Cyan,Magenta,Yellow
 param     = target|Target||int|0-100
Please wait for the form to load.
Please submit the form.
By hand

The following algorithm is what is used by the above calculator.

  • Cyan

Divide the target intensity by 9. This is the number of sides the blue and green crystal must have.

  • Magenta

If the target intensity is 27, then the solution is a red triangle and an indigo square.

Else, divide the target intensity by 15. If this number is whole (i.e. it has no decimal/fractional part), then you need a red crystal with that many sides, and a violet crystal with twice that many sides.

Else, divide the target intensity by 6. This is the number of sides the red and blue crystals must have.

  • Yellow

Divide the target intensity by 5. If this number is whole (i.e. it has no decimal/fractional part), then you need a red crystal and a green crystal with that many sides.

Else, divide the target intensity by 8. If this number is whole (i.e. it has no decimal/fractional part), then you need a green crystal with that many sides and an orange crystal with twice that many sides.

Else, you need two yellow crystals. There is no relation between the number of sides. First, divide the target by 3. You then need two numbers which add up to that number, both of which must be less than or equal to 6. Those two numbers will represent the number of sides each yellow crystal requires. Note that it is likely that there will be multiple solutions, any of which will work.

Arposandra[edit | edit source]

The vent in the rocks

Reaching Arposandra[edit | edit source]

The gnomes are capable of turning invisible.

After successfully calibrating the anti-illusion device, speak to Golrana and she will offer to take the crystal pieces off your hands and instruct you to meet her back at the Lletya bank. Exit the cave through the ladder and meet her where you originally met with Ilfeen. Speak to her and tell her that you're ready to go on; you will appear next to the sturdy tree east of Lletya.

Start heading eastwards through the forest until Golrana stops you and points your attention to an air vent that the anti-illusion device revealed. Open the vent, and Golrana will hand you a rope to attach to it, allowing you to climb down. Head down the vent. After heading down the vent, you will see a cutscene with a gnome that appears to be Glouphrie training a handful of gnomes who have the ability to create an illusion to conceal themselves. After the cutscene, you will fall through the vent and arrive in a room with a few mining tortoises.

If you are logged out while you are in Arposandra, you may return by climbing the rope in Lletya into the forest and heading back through the vent. To get to the rope squeeze through the fence right next to the entrance to the bank. You can also go to the building immediately north of the bank and go through the north door and then squeeze through the fence as soon as you exit.

Finding Bolrie[edit | edit source]

Avoid these.
The lower level of Arposandra
The upper level of Arposandra

After a short chat with Golrana, head up the stairs on the west side of the room to a level with several watchers dispersed throughout the floor. Make sure you do not walk in front of a watcher as you will be caught. Go east down the pathway until you reach the entrance to a prison with a watcher guarding the entrance. Walk behind the watcher and rotate it so that it is facing the wall. Enter the jail and you will be confronted by Guard no. 103. No matter what option you choose, the guard will become convinced and leave you alone with the prisoner.( Update : if you want the guard to leave you alone, Say "my name is *insert your username here*. Followed by "I am a human ,fear me!" The terrorbird will then panic and try to press the red button, your character should automatically trick them into saying they passed a test and that they deserve a break, the guard should then leave.) Pick-lock the prison door to find Bolrie slouched against the wall in the far side of the cell.

When you first speak to Bolrie, he will suspect that you are Glouck disguised as a human. When you mention Glouphrie, he will decide to humour your story and quiz you to determine whether you truly are whom you claim to be.

Quiz answers:

  • The elf he mentioned in his letter: Ilfeen
  • The gnome the letter was addressed to: Gena
  • The number of possible combinations with his machine: 42
  • What was on his picture at his wall in his cave: The Grand Tree

You may also choose "I don't remember" to all of the questions and you will convince him by doing the dance emote instead, on the logic that Glouck would never do that (or anyone, for that matter.)

Finishing up[edit | edit source]

Finally a moment to reunite.
Breeder no. 153 and Operator no. 126 mutating terrorbirds

Once you have gained Bolrie's trust, exit the prison and head west, past where you originally emerged from the stairs. About halfway through cave, you will stop and instruct Bolrie to hide in a small alcove in the passageway. Head forward through the tunnel and open the locked door and you will run into Golrana. You witness two terrorbird breeders attempt to transform captured terrorbirds by forcing them through a machine. The first one succeeds and turns into No. 202, however the second one, of which Operator no. 126 thought that she was good ("lovely plumage"), transforms into a warped terrorbird and is dumped in to the sewers. A short while after the process has begun, an alarm will sound, signaling that Bolrie's escape has been discovered. Heading out of the room, you run into Bolrie, and all three of you will head up back to the Galarpos Mountains. Glouck's minions will be in hot pursuit, so you are forced to push a boulder into the vent to prevent them from catching you.

Bolrie and Bolren are reunited.

Now that you are safe from being caught, Bolrie and Golrana will begin to catch up on the events that have transpired since Bolrie's disappearance centuries ago. Bolrie inquires about his wife, Gena, and Golrana woefully informs him about her passing. However, she tells him that she is now married to Captain Belmondo and has a son. Golrana will signal for gnome gliders, and Captain Belmondo arrives to take them back to the Tree Gnome Village. Once back at the Tree Gnome Village, Bolrie and his brother, King Bolren, are reunited, and Golrie is finally able to meet his grandfather for the first time.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

The Prisoner of Glouphrie reward.png
Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Prisoner of Glouphrie is not currently required for any quests or miniquests.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Gallery[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 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • The quest icon for The Prisoner of Glouphrie has been updated.
  • patch 1 July 2014 (Update):
    • It is now possible to continue the Prisoner of Glouphrie quest after clicking out of conversation after climbing down the sturdy tree.
  • patch 29 May 2013 (Update):
    • A cutscene in the Prisoner of Glouphrie quest now displays trees with canopies.
  • patch 20 November 2012 (Update):
    • Golrana should no longer wander off and the player should no longer get stuck looking for Bolrie's path during the Prisoner of Glouphrie quest.
  • patch 26 September 2012 (Update):
    • Bolrie and Golrana hugging animation is again displaying properly.
    • The cutscene at the end of The Prisoner of Glouphrie is now displaying properly.
  • patch 22 May 2012 (Update):
    • Golrana no longer disappears during Prisoner of Glouphrie if the player goes to a certain place on the mountain.
  • patch 23 August 2011 (Update):
    • A typo in the Prisoner of Glouphrie's quest journal has been fixed.
  • patch 4 April 2011 (Update):
    • Pets no longer wander off during a certain part of Prisoner of Glouphrie.
  • patch 8 March 2011 (Update):
    • A typo in the Prisoner of Glouphrie Quest Journal has been fixed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On the day of the release the spoilers said: "We subjected the spoilers to the anti-illusion device and they disappeared! Come back tomorrow when we manage to wrestle the real rewards from Glouphrie."
  • The song "Cage against the Machine" is a reference to the American metal band, Rage Against the Machine.
  • If you investigate the crack on the other side of the stepping stones after you cross a message will say, "All in all just another crack in the wall", this is a reference to the song Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.
  • After discovering the air vent Golrana will say "An air vent in the middle of the mountains? I call shenanigans!...", this refers to a popular meme for pointing out trickery or mischief.
  • The phrase "lovely plumage" is a reference to Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch.
  • After the quest, when you speak to King Bolren and tell him about the dangerous property of Arposandra, he simply says he doubts you. Bolrie and Bolren are siblings, and Bolren has ire for Glouphrie's crimes, yet he still takes what the player says as dubious.
  • When entering the prison containing Bolrie, the guard will say "Aren't you a little tall for a gnome?" This might be a reference to Star Wars in which Leia asks a disguised Luke "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"
  • It has been more than a decade since the quest was released, and yet the follow-up and finale has not been released. This is presumably the first quest series to be ongoing for a decade, since its latest instalment.
  • After the quest, the player can talk to Golrie about his grandfather, Bolrie. The player talks to him about how his mum is training to be a tree whisperer and that she's full of surprises. Golrie replies with "Yeah? Well, your mum...". This is a lighthearted reference to "Yo mamma" jokes.
  • When answering Bolrie's questions in his cell, the answer to one of his question being "42" is a reference to the 1979 book written by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy or the 2005 movie by the same name, where "42" is the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything. Later in the quest when the alarm goes off, one of the terrorbirds says "don't panic." This may also be a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy series, where the words "DON'T PANIC" are printed in large friendly letters on the cover of the Guide, but is more likely to be a reference to Dads Army where Lance Corporal Jack Jones shouts "DON'T PANIC" while panicking - a repeated joke throughout the show.