The Tale of the Muspah

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The Tale of the Muspah is a novice quest that starts the Mysteries of the Mahjarrat quest series. It also sees the first appearance of Ali the Wise, the series' main protagonist. Additionally, players learn about the Mahjarrat Ritual of Rejuvenation for the first time in this quest.

Official description[edit | edit source]

Experienced adventurers will be familiar with the Fremennik rite of passage, and the difficulties it presents. It's little wonder, then, that Fremennik children are always on the lookout for an easier path to adulthood, and Erjolf is no exception.

Join him in his quest for a trophy, unravel the puzzling story of a curious corpse, and discover dark secrets of one of the most fearsome races to ever walk Gielinor.

Overview[edit | edit source]

How to Become a Fremennik[edit | edit source]

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To start, speak to the young Fremennik child named Erjolf, who can be found on the icy mountain north-east of Rellekka. Fairy ring code dks or the lodestone can be used for quicker access.

Erjolf is excited about a finding he has discovered in the nearby ice strykewyrm cave. After some beating around the bush, he agrees to lead you there, as long as you vow to never reveal what it is. Agree and follow him into the cave.

Click on the flat rock near Erjolf to cross the river and head deeper inside the cave. Talk to him again and he'll tell you that he thinks he might have spotted a probably-ancient armour, frozen in the ice at the centre of the pool, which he thinks he can use to complete his Fremennik Trials.

Sublimation[edit | edit source]

You may mine the four sapphire rocks found in the cave for uncut sapphires, albeit only once. You will need the uncut gems for later in the quest.

Ask him about his progress with the trials and he'll ask for your help to retrieve the armour from the ice. Offer to help him, and he'll tell you that you need to build fire rafts to melt the ice, derived from an old Fremennik tradition, using driftwood and basic tools.

Obtain some driftwood from the nearby pile, and create at least 14 fire rafts, one from each set of driftwood. You can walk around the cave by jumping on the flat rocks. You can dig on a mound of snow by each water exit to block or unblock the respective streams.

Side of ice to melt Streams Notes
East Blocked: West and East

Unblocked: South

You have to set 5 rafts alight quickly from the northern shore of the pool. Light them from a spot such that when they float south, they end up across the east side of the frozen armour and are blocked from leaving the cave by a rock.
The Eastern side of the mound being melted.
Step 1 for melting ice.
North Blocked: West and East

Unblocked: South

You have to set 3 rafts alight from the northern shore of the pool. Light them on 3 spots that, when they float south, they end up on the north side of the frozen armour.
The Northern side of the mound being melted.
Step 2 for melting ice.
South Blocked: East and South

Unblocked: West

You have to set 4 rafts quickly alight from the south-east edge of the pool. Light them on a spot that, when they float west, they end up across the south side of the frozen armour.
The Southern side of the mound being melted.
Step 3 for melting ice.
West Blocked: West and South

Unblocked: East

You have to set 2 rafts alight from the western edges of the pool. Light them on 2 spots that, when they float east, they end up on the west side of the frozen armour.
The Western side of the mound being melted.
Step 4 for melting ice.

Mythbusters[edit | edit source]

Once you have melted all the icicles, Erjolf will ask you to come and talk to him. A cutscene ensues, where you see a monster inside the block of ice. Erjolf instantly notices that the ice around the monster hasn't melted, even by the fire rafts, and deduces that help might be needed.

The monster in the ice.

He'll tell you to find a natural historian who is located on the iceberg in the Trollweiss Hunter area and ask him about the monster; you'll then be given the option to "Look-at" the monster to accurately describe it to the historian. Make sure you do, otherwise you won't be able to progress with the quest.

Exit the cave and go north to the hunting area, past the sabre-toothed kyatts. Take the steps leading onto the platform and walk north-east until you see the historian. After some conversing, he will ask you about the creature's features. The information needed is:

  1. It's yellow.
  2. It has four arms.
  3. It has no legs, like a snail.
  4. It has spikes, which run down its spine.
  5. It has a spiky tail, with vicious spines.
  6. It has pincers, like a crab.

Looking at this depiction, he becomes shocked, saying that this is a mythical creature and that a statue of a similar construct was found in the Kharidian desert, east of the Desert Mining Camp. The historian gives you a Lumbridge teleport tab for cutting down on travel time.

Terror of the Mind[edit | edit source]

The location of the statue.

The fastest way to get there is to use either the slayer ring or Pollnivneach teleport scroll to teleport to northern Pollnivneach and walk north, or take the magic carpet from Shantay Pass to Pollnivneach, and then run north. The statue is along the meandering river, and is covered under a sand pile.

Once the crumbling statue is revealed, Ali the Wise will appear and seems shocked at your discovery. When he is done, talk to him again and ask him about the creature, and he'll tell you that it is a fabled race, going by the name of muspah. Although they are generally always spoken of in folk tales, their creators were powerful mages, and Ali is suspicious of magical activity in the ice.

Fortunately, he knows of a special method to melt it - you will need 4 cut sapphires, 4 water runes and 4 cosmic runes. He instructs you to fix the gems into the ice and enchant each one of them, diverting the magic into the gems instead. If you ask him for help to go back to the cave, he will hand you a Camelot teleport tab.

The Mahjarrat[edit | edit source]

The ice around the Muspah is melting.

Head back to the Muspah cave and mine the sapphires near the entrance, if you haven't already. Cross the wooden raft bridge, insert the cut sapphires into the ice block, and enchant them (use the "bore-sapphires" and "enchant-sapphires" options to do them).

The Muspah transforms!

The ice will melt, revealing the muspah inside; Erjolf will run away as the muspah starts to move. Talk to the muspah to find out that he is actually Jhallan, one of the shape-shifting Mahjarrat.

Mahjarrat have the ability to transform into another shape of being, and Jhallan has accidentally morphed into a muspah while he dreamed of it in his nightmare, expending a lot of energy in the process and making him weak.

He explains that he was hibernating in ice for the Ritual of Rejuvenation, a ceremony where one of their kin is sacrificed to restore themselves to their former glory. Alas, Jhallan is still too weak to protect himself, and asks you to reverse the process, so he may return to slumber; only this time he wants to choose a safer place, while still being under the ritual site.

Back to the Future[edit | edit source]

The canoe ride route.

Make sure to pick the 4 cut sapphires you just used, or you'll have to mine new ones. Go and find Erjolf just outside the ice chamber. Ask him about reaching the ritual caves and he'll tell you that the only way to get to there is by water. He will tell you to meet him at the west coast of the Rellekka Hunter area. You will also need another 4 water runes and 4 cosmic runes.

Meet him at the rendezvous point and he'll point you to a log that you can carve a boat from. Craft a crude canoe and use it to travel to the Mahjarrat Ritual Site Cavern.

Jhallan's new resting spot, with sapphires bored in.

Go to the heart of the cave to find Jhallan. Already weakening, he will ask you to find him a dark corner, with no water flow, not too warm, and not in the middle of a tunnel. He will not follow you if you have a familiar summoned.

The only spot suitable is the south-westernmost end of the cave. To get there, head south-east to a 3-way junction, then west all the way to the end of the tunnel where you will reach a T-junction, and finally south to find the spot where Jhallan can hibernate.

Speak with Jhallan and bore the sapphires around him, then enchant the sapphires. Before Jhallan goes into hibernation, you will blackmail Jhallan into giving you a fake muspah tail, as a souvenir for Erjolf. Jhallan will then be finally entombed in the ice, going to rest for the ritual.

Take the canoe back to Erjolf and you give him the tail to complete the quest.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

The Tale of the Muspah is directly required for the following quests/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 21 March 2022 (Update):
    • Modified the required items description in The Tale of Muspah quest overview to correctly show that Lvl-1 Enchant must be cast eight times, not four.
  • patch 30 November 2020 (Update):
    • The yellow stripes on the Muspah imprisoned in a block of ice in The Tale of the Muspah will now appear correctly.
  • patch 9 December 2019 (Update):
    • The Tale of the Muspah now has its item requirements correctly recorded.
  • patch 19 August 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed a typo when talking to Jhallan in The Tale of The Muspah quest.
  • patch 12 August 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where players could not search the Muspah statue in Tale of the Muspah.
  • patch 16 November 2015 (Update):
    • A spelling error affecting Erjolf during “The Tales of the Muspah” has been fixed.
  • patch 10 November 2014 (Update):
    • Several jellies in the Tale of the Muspah quest area have been updated, to match those recently reworked.
  • patch 19 December 2012 (Update):
    • Corrected a typo in Tales of the Muspah.
  • patch 20 November 2012 (Update):
    • Players can now progress through Tales of the Muspah if they left the frozen cave at a certain point.
  • patch 8 February 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a problem with the height mapping in Tale of the Muspah.
  • patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
    • Adjusted some text in Tale of the Muspah quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While talking about his search for Yetis, the Natural Historian says that he's "starting to wonder if people are just imagining them," poking fun at real life people who say they have seen a yeti, sasquatch or other large humanoids.
  • The title of the quest is a play on the word 'tale' as you learn about the history of the Muspah, while you also give Erjolf an actual tail of the Muspah.
  • On the day of release, if a player was about to unlock the spoilers, they would get a message saying: The rewards have been frozen in an ancient block of ice, which can only be melted tomorrow.
  • Near the release date, if you used Quick Chat, and said "I am doing quest.." You could say "I am doing quest Mysteries of the Mahjarrat" - this was the quest's working title. This quest and multiple others in the series were originally intended (as can be read in a development diary) to be a multi-part quest like Recipe for Disaster, but this was changed because the parts were too different.
  • The enchant sapphires action can be performed even if you do not have that spell in your spellbook (e.g. Lunar Spellbook).
  • Ali the Wise is hinted as being a Mahjarrat when Jhallan says that the player "learns quickly for a human." Ali the Wise similarly complements the player when the player remarks that the magic surrounding the encased Muspah can only be dispelled with further magic.