The Vault of Shadows

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The Vault of Shadows is a mystery as well as an achievement that requires the player to complete four puzzles. Each puzzle must be completed to solve the mystery and can be started from any wall location with the corresponding spell. The order of the puzzles is fixed and can be progressed through the remaining spell locations in any order.

Alignment Zaros symbol.png Zarosian
Dig site Kharid-et
Requirements
Required items These items can be obtained before and/or during the mystery.
Rewards
  • 2,500 Archaeology experience (Ice button with 58 Archaeology Archaeology)[B]
  • 5,000 Archaeology experience (Blood button with 86 Archaeology Archaeology)[B]
  • 7,500 Archaeology experience (Smoke button with 100 Archaeology Archaeology)[B]
  • 10,000 Archaeology experience (Shadow button with 107 Archaeology Archaeology)[B]
  • 25,000 Divination experience
  • 30,000 Archaeology experience

Steps[edit | edit source]

First side[edit | edit source]

The locations of all four dials.
The dial commands
  • Enter the eastern door of the prison block of Kharid-et.
  • Cast the 'Incite Fear' spell scroll (which requires level 58 Archaeology and is consumed on use) while standing next to the dial on the west wall when you run to the south end of the corridor (just outside the southernmost room), and press the ice button to teleport to the puzzle.
  • Pick up the praetor's log page 1 and follow the steps detailed below to adjust the dials in the correct configuration (the solution is the same as with the prison door in Prison Break; shadow dials first (top row), then blood dials (second row), then smoke dials (third row), and finally ice dials (bottom row)):
    • Position the camera to be facing north
    • Move north-east dial forward once
    • Move east dial forward once
    • Move north-east dial backward once
    • Move south-west dial backward once
    • Move south dial forward twice
    • Move south-east dial forward twice
    • Move centre dial forward once
    • Move north dial backward once
    • Move south dial backward once
    • Move west dial forward once
    • Move north-west dial forward once
  • Should you make an error, leaving and returning will reset the puzzle.
  • When you solve the puzzle, you will find the praetor's log page 2.

Second side[edit | edit source]

The second puzzle, labelled.
  • Use the 'Exsanguinate' spell scroll (from the level 86 Orcus altar excavation hotspots) on the dial on the northern wall in the chapel. This will open the southern way into the blood vault.
  • There is a similar puzzle to the first side, but this time the player has 5 buttons in an X formation instead of 9. Again the final order of dials is 'Shadow', 'Blood', 'Smoke', 'Ice'. To solve the puzzle do the following:
    • Move south-west 1 time backward
    • Move middle 1 time forward
    • Move north-west 2 times forward
    • Move south-west 1 time backward
    • Move middle 2 times backward
    • Move north-east 1 time forward
    • Move south-east 1 time forward
    • Move middle 1 time backward
    • Move north-east 2 times backward
    • Move middle 2 times backward
    • Move north-east 1 time backward
    • Move middle 1 time backward
    • Move south-west 1 time backward
    • Move south-east 1 time forward
    • Move middle 1 time forward
    • Move south-east 1 time forward
    • Move middle 1 time forward
    • Move south-east 1 time forward
    • Move south-west 1 time forward
    • Move middle 1 time forward
    • Move south-west 1 time backward
    • Move middle 2 times forward
  • Should you make an error, leaving and returning will reset the puzzle. Changing worlds or going to lobby will put you back in the chapel. Using the boat will take you out by the river and put you on the bank of the river, opposite the dominion tower.
  • When you solve the puzzle, you will find the praetor's log page 3.

Third side[edit | edit source]

The third puzzle, labelled.
  • Use the 'Smoke Cloud' spell scroll (from the level 100 culinarum debris excavation hotspot) on the dial on the western wall next to the oven.
  • In this puzzle, the horizontal buttons will move columns and the vertical buttons will move rows. The solution is the same.
  • Click the buttons (all forward, no backwards) in the following order, according to the image on the right:
    • 7, 8, 1, 1, 3
    • 4, 4, 4, 8, 7
    • 8, 8, 1, 1, 8
    • 8, 8, 1, 1, 3
    • 3, 8, 3, 3, 2
    • 4, 7, 7, 7, 8
    • 4, 8, 8, 8, 2
    • 2, 2, 4, 4, 4
    • 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 4
  • When you solve the puzzle, you will find the praetor's log page 4.

Fourth side[edit | edit source]

The fourth puzzle, labelled
  • Use the 'Animate Dead' spell scroll (from the level 107 ancient magick munitions excavation hotspot) on the dial in the War room. The dial is in the furthest west room, on the western wall.
  • The solution for the puzzle is, once again, the same:
    • 3rd button 2 times forward
    • 1st button 1 time backward
    • 3rd button 2 times backward
    • 1st button 1 time backward
    • 5th button 1 time backward
    • 2nd button 2 times forward
    • 4th button 1 time forward
    • 1st button 1 time backward
    • 3rd button 1 time backward
    • 1st button 1 time forward
    • 5th button 1 time backward
    • 3rd button 2 times forward
    • 5th button 1 time forward
    • 2nd button 1 time backward
    • 3rd button 1 time backward
    • 2nd button 1 time backward
    • 3rd button 2 times forward
    • 4th button 2 times forward
    • 3rd button 2 times forward

Finishing the mystery[edit | edit source]

Floating crystal in the center of the vault.
  • After completing all four puzzles, the player can pick up the shadow engrammeter (depleted) from the centre.
  • You must then train divination, collecting 500 vibrant tier or higher memories to fill the shadow engrammeter.
  • Return to the centre of the Vault, and operate the engrammeter to get Trindine's memory.
  • Bring the memory to Nabanik outside of Kharid-et to get Trindine's memory as a book.
  • Bring the book back to the vault, either wearing a ring of visibility or having the ability to permanently see the Shadow Realm, and talk to Trindine who is now in the centre.
  • After the cutscene return to the Vault and talk to Trindine.

The 8 Shadow anchors must be activated or the Pylon needs to be active in order for the cutscene to appear.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where an NPC was repeating the wrong dialogue after completing the Vault of Shadows mystery.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The player L33 was the first player who completed this mystery on 5 April 2020 which was shown in-game with the announcement: Game announcement.png News: L33 is the first to solve the 'The Vault of Shadows' mystery!

Bugs[edit | edit source]