The Slug Menace

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The Slug Menace is the second quest in the sea slug series, which involves the player investigating strange occurrences in Witchaven.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Something dark is stirring in the village of Witchaven. This once prosperous fishing village has an ancient secret sleeping beneath it, one that could spell a dark fate for the inhabitants of RuneScape.

Why are the villagers behaving so oddly? What has happened to Mayor Hobb to make him look so strange? Why has Col. O'Niall retired from the Temple Knights to such a forlorn place? Will Ezekial Lovecraft ever find a friend?

All these questions and more must be answered before the lurking menace escapes to doom all of the world!

Overview[edit | edit source]

We have a mission for you...[edit | edit source]

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Head to Falador Park and speak with Sir Tiffy Cashien to inquire about any jobs that he might have.

Along with his ramblings, he tells you about the village of Witchaven, which has had some rather strange goings-on recently. He tells you that since you have been instated into the Temple Knights, you are eligible for a new mission. He tells you to check in with the Temple Knights' local agent in Witchaven, Col. O'Niall, with the password "In Falador, the geese fly backwards on Tuesdays." Sir Tiffy also provides you with an upgraded Commorb v2.

Witchaven[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Commorb v2
Scanning with the Commorb v2.

Make your way to Witchaven using any of the possible ways and find Colonel Jake O'Niall rocking in a chair on the dock, found in the north-east corner of town. Talking to the retired member of the Temple Knights reveals that some of the villagers have started acting strangely since about three weeks, especially Mayor Eustace Hobb. He also tells you that some of them are in a dazed and confused state.

If you have not already, ask O'Niall who the important people are in Witchaven. He points you to Mayor Hobb, Brother Maledict and Holgart, the fisherman, who helped you during the Sea Slug quest. O'Niall also suggests that the others may also have some insight into what has been happening to their fellow-mates.

Make sure to finish talking to O'Naill about who to speak to, or they won't give you the right dialogue.

Start off by talking to Mayor Hobb at his house. It is on the west side of town. Mayor Hobb tells you various things, one of which is about a certain shrine dedicated to Saradomin. As you start to leave the house, Savant stops you. She notes the mayor is acting a bit fishy and asks you to scan him. Inside the mayor's house, choose the scan option on the Commorb v2. She gets an odd reading - two life forms from the Mayor - but she is unsure what it means.

The shrine dungeon entrance

Next, head to the church — just south-east of the mayor — and speak with Brother Maledict. He tells you he is worried about his flock, who have begun to act a little bit strangely lately, emulating what O'Niall had told you.

Now, walk a little bit north by the shore, and talk to Holgart. He tells you that the mayor recently confiscated his boat and gave it to another man named Jeb. He also mentions that the fishing platform looks a mighty bit stranger and that you should go take a look.

Shrine of Saradomin[edit | edit source]

The false wall
The imposing doors with strange markings
A map of Witchaven Dungeon
Items needed: Commorb v2, and food and armour to survive a brief encounter with level 40 aggressive giant lobsters

Report back to Col. Jake O'Niall, and tell him what you have found out so far. He suggests you take a good look at the shrine. Head to the western edge of the village — to the ruins — and climb down the old entrance to get into the Witchaven dungeon, which houses the shrine.

Once you are in the dungeon, look to the minimap. On the east wall, look for a red section indicating a false wall. Choose the Push Wall option to open this section, and then enter the wall opening. You find yourself in a winding tunnel with aggressive giant lobsters that have been possessed by sea slugs.

Make your way through the tunnel — or save some time and climb through the Agility shortcut 30 Agility — and head to the imposing doors blocking your way. Do not try to open the doors or else a flash of light will spring from them, burning your hand for 50 life points.

Savant contacts you via the Commorb v2 to ask you to take a scan of the strange markings on the door. Choose the scan option on the Commorb v2. She says they look similar to some Saradomin glyphs she studied at the academy. She gives you a transcript of the runes to take to Jorral, who can translate them.

Before you go, grab the dead sea slug nearby as it is required later. Savant contacts you about the slug you picked up and does a scan to analyse it.

Mahey'ish Medron[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Commorb v2 and the door transcription
Items recommended: A traveller's necklace, an activated lodestone in Ardougne or Ardougne Teleport for faster travel

Travel to Jorral at the Outpost, which is north-west of West Ardougne and south of the Tree Gnome Stronghold. Talk to him about translations. Savant pops up in the Commorb v2 and coaches you on how to get Jorral to translate the message. Eventually, Jorral takes a look at the text and says it refers to a great battle between the temple of Saradomin and an evil creature called Mahey'ish Medron, or as she more commonly called, the Mother Mallum.

After Jorral is done, Savant contacts you again to catch you up on what she has learned about Mother Mallum. Head back to Witchaven, and check in with O'Niall. He suggests you speak with Brother Maledict to see if he knows anything about Mallum.

Mayor Hobb is seen welcoming Brother Maledict to the family

Approach the church's door, and you see a brief cutscene of the mayor leaving the chapel. When you enter the church, the priest is wobbling around, looking rather ill and acting strangely. Talk to him about what is behind the imposing doors you found and he tells you he has a book that has information on how to keep Mother Mallum trapped, but someone has stolen the three pages pertaining to the shrine's history and it is imperative you recover them immediately.

History lesson[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Commorb v2, 5 empty inventory spaces, swamp paste, and a dead sea slug
  • For the first page, enter the mayor's house and search his study desk to obtain the first page of Maledict's holy book.
  • Talk to Ezekial Lovecraft — the owner of Lovecraft's Tackle fishing shop south of the dock — to get the second page of the holy book.
  • To recover the last page, talk to O'Niall again. He too has the same nauseous look as the other villagers. He, strangely, does have the last page, which, unfortunately, has been ripped into three pieces.
    • Try to use swamp paste on any fragment to glue the page back together, but Savant stops you. She warns the oily tar would ruin the ancient parchment and instead advises you to make sticky glue from a rendered slug, mentioning that it can only be done by someone who is renowned in seafood cooking.
    • Travel to the fishing platform by talking to Jeb, who is next to Holgart. Talk to Bailey in the small room on the south west corner of the platform. Hand him the dead slug you picked up earlier from the shrine, and in a few seconds, he gives you the sea slug glue you need. Finally, use the glue on the fragments, and a puzzle will pop up.

If for whatever reason you have lost or dropped the dead sea slug, an infinite number spawn outside the door with the strange markings in the shrine. Be sure not to try to pick a live sea slug, however, because it will bite you, dealing 20-30 life points of damage.

Jigsaw[edit | edit source]

The completed puzzle

Move the three pieces of the page around using the controls over in the bottom-right corner of your screen:

  1. Use the arrows to move, rotate, and even flip over the fragments.
  2. Use the Show and Select buttons to choose which pieces to show and to move.

The easiest way to tell if you have got them all on the right side is that the correct side is lighter than the other. The image to the right gives you a general idea of how the fragments should fit together. The third piece may be out of view at the very bottom; select the third piece and click the up button several times to bring it in view.

When you put the pieces in their correct place, the puzzle fragments will close automatically, forming the last page.

Now talk to Jeb on the dock and have him take you back to Witchaven.

Imbuing[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Commorb v2; page 1, page 2, and page 3; 5+ rune essence or pure essence; an earth, water, fire, air and mind talisman, or their equivalent tiaras. Alternatively, a wicked hood can be used as the talismans, as well as for holding the essence.

It is possible to fail while shaping or empowering an essence and break it, so it is advised to shape them at each altar in case you fail to empower and break the blank rune.

Right click and choose the shape option from the three pages to create a blank rune.

  1. Page 1 to shape a blank earth rune
  2. Page 1 to shape a blank air rune
  3. Page 2 to shape a blank fire rune
  4. Page 2 to shape a blank water rune
  5. Page 3 to shape a blank mind rune
Crafting the special runes at an altar

Take each of the blank runes to its associated altar, and use it on their respective altar: the blank earth rune on the earth altar, and so on. Take caution as to not click on the altar, as your essence may be crafted into runes.

Once complete, your inventory should contain special misshapen counterparts of the elemental runes.

Conspiracy[edit | edit source]

Mayor Hobb and the Slug Prince appear
Items needed: The commorb v2 and the 5 runes you created
Items recommended: Bring melee equipment to fight a level 51 enemy
Fighting the Prince of the Sea Slugs!

When ready, go back to the shrine and return to the imposing doors. Use each of the specially-shaped runes you made on the doors to trigger a cutscene. You see that Mayor Hobb tricked you into opening the door so that Mother Mallum could escape. Following the cutscene, you must fight a level 51 slug prince. The prince is immune to both magic and ranged attacks and should only be fought using melee. A slashing weapon is recommended to take advantage of his weakness, with a halberd being the best option as it enables you to kill the prince without taking damage.

After you kill the prince, you see another cutscene with Mother Mallum. She threatens to make you her new host, but Savant pops in via the Commorb v2 and teleports you safely to Falador Park. Talk to Sir Tiffy to be promoted to a Proselyte for your efforts.

Congratulations, quest complete!

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Slug Menace 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 15 June 2015 (Update):
    • Graphical issues with the unique runes in the Slug Menace quest have been fixed.
  • patch 2 April 2013 (Update):
    • An issue with Kennith's chathead in the Slug Menace quest has been fixed.
  • patch 31 January 2012 (Update):
    • Some wall kit used in Slug Menace no longer has clipping issues.
  • patch 28 November 2011 (Update):
    • Hobbs model from Slug Menace is now updated with a fishy head at the relevant point in the quest.
  • patch 5 July 2011 (Update):
    • The torn paper interface during this quest has had the tooltips updated.
  • patch 24 November 2010 (Update):
    • A shortcut used during the Slug Menace quest no longer uses the climbing animation.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • A render issue with a pool of liquid in the Slug Menace quest has been fixed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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Mother Mallum!
An un-unlockable music track that plays during the encounter with Mother Mallum. It follows the melody of Slug a Bug Ball

  • The quest is based very heavily on the story, The Shadow over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft, where a struggling fishing community makes a deal with creatures known only as "The Deep Ones" who in turn for ensuring the prosperity of the village, require people as sacrifices. They also produce horrible frog-featured offspring with the villagers that eventually become fully developed Deep Ones and return to the seas. These creatures were practically immortal, and worshiped two demigods known as Father Dagon and Mother Hydra. The shopkeeper in Witchaven, Ezekial Lovecraft, is a nod towards the author. If you talk to him, he notes he has a relative named Howard, which was H.P. Lovecraft's first name. He also says, when asked what he does, that the Lovecrafts have always been bait sellers or writers.
  • When talking to Jorral, Savant tells you to say you work for Petmel Books. This may also be a reference to the book "Shadow over Innsmouth".
  • At the end of the quest, when the player is about to be killed by Mother Mallum, they say "Savant, now would be a good time." This is a reference to Chekov's line in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
  • Colonel Jake O'Naill is a reference to Colonel Jack O'Neill, one of the main characters from the TV series Stargate SG-1. Another Stargate SG-1 reference is likely to be the sea slugs who are quite similar to the alien serpentine parasites known as the Goa'uld, who take over the body and mind of their hosts. Also, Stargate produced an episode based on "Shadow over Innsmouth", by H.P. Lovecraft.
  • During the first conversation a player has with Col. Jake O'Niall, he will say "Don't call me Sir. I work for a living." This is most likely a reference to Stripes, a film featuring Bill Murray, in which a sergeant says the same line to the protagonist.
  • If you destroy the commorb during the last stage of the quest and defeat the prince then during the cutscene, Savant will seem to communicate with you out of nowhere!