Posts Tagged With: Al Kharid

Ozan the useless.

Look for the guy wearing orange.

Look for the guy wearing orange.

The next quest I started was called “Stolen Hearts” and to begin I had to find Ozan, one fo the fellows I helped defeat the troll general with in the tutorial. So the deal here is his friend was acting super sketchy and he fears he may have joined one of the Daynor gangs.

After I posed as a gang member to infiltrate the gang’s hideout, I found that Ozan friend, Khnum, was actually the leader/founder. Hmm, fancy that. Oh and I learned he had three of his kronies out kidnapping someone, but that is for later. Before Khnum would fully accept me in his gang I had to prove I was a true “Skull” by finding the “Skull” headquarters. Fair enough, old man.

I went top-side and told Ozan everything like the snitch I am. Then we stalked Khnum to HQ and ambushed him there to question him about the shenanigans going down with that whole kidnapping schpeal. At first, we thought we wouldn’t be able to break him but once we threatened to take away his food. HA! Men. So easily swayed when food is involved.

Anyway, moving on.

There we were interrogating hm when out of nowhere this Amazonian-looking woman brandishes a cross-bow at us. Well. I don’t know who invited her but NOT COOL, BRO. We were obviously in the middle of in interrogation, here!

Leela. Definitely NOT a princess in disguise. Definitely NOT an Aladdin reference.

Leela. Definitely NOT a princess in disguise. Definitely NOT an Aladdin reference.

Turns out she was there on business of her own and just so happened to spot Ozan, and knowing he was a bandit/thief/bad guy followed him. It took Ozan a minute but he soon saw through her disguise. She was Leela, daughter of Osman the spymaster of Al Kharid; they had known one another before Ozan was exiled. Once we figured that whole thing out, our focus was back on Khnum. Well, the kidnapping thing we were discussing earlier ended up being Prince Ali (Another Aladdin reference?), the prince of Al Kharid and probably the reason why the Al Kharid palace was on lockdown last time I ventured that far east. Yeah. to get back at his former empolyers (Khnum as once a palace guard), Khnum had kidnapped the prince but only after the promised pay through this mysterious Lady Keli.

We only have so much time before Lady  Keli sails away with the prince, so after locking Khnum up in his HQ we book it south to the shore just in time for Lady keli to deliver a lovely little monologue while threatening to kill prince Ali if we don’t deliver the Emir’s heart. Jeez, I really hope this isn’t a Snow White reference.

When we refused, she possessed the henchmen helping her with her crazy lady-demon-magic and made them attack Ozan, Leela, and me. This is the part I felt was a bit comical. For some reason, these “great” warriors could not even make a dent in these guys’ health bars. I had to kill the one that was attacking me and then go save the others. Really? The only reason I got these two was for chit-chatting purposes?! So I killed off the bad guys and saved the day but, alas, the prince was still missing so Ozan and I headed down to Al Kharid to try and talk to the emir and the spymaster.

Good thing my agility is so high!

Good thing my agility is so high!

Once we got there, the guard wouldn’t let us into the palace even when we fully explained the threat. Dude. Seriously. Your prince is missing and there is business to be done! So we had to go the Ozan-route, meaning we had to Assassin’s Creed our way into the building by leading from house to house, shimmying across roofs and down awnings.

When passing one of the castle windows we overheard a conversation between the emir, Osman, Hassan, and a Menaphos emissary: Jabari. They are trying to solidify peace between the two nations; however, the emir is dying and the prince is missing. If there is no one to hold the throne, Menaphos will take over. You can imagine our frustration when we hear this due to the fact that a couple of Lady Keli’s cronies were wearing the colors of Menaphos.

From left to right: Jabari, the emir, and Hassan

From left to right: Jabari, the emir, and HassanRS

Eventually Jabari and Hassan leave. When the Emir and Osman are alone they discuss how the emir is dying and how the threat of menaphos is very real and very terrifying if they do now find the prince. The ransom is for the Emir’s heart, when in reality, the emir’s heart stands for a diamond kept in the Emir’s vault. Forunately for us, Ozan knows a way into this vault. There he was been caught once before by Osman and exiled as a boy, at this time, Khnum was also exiled and blamed for the boy’s insolence thus Khnum’s hatred for Ozan.

Once in the vault I looked around in a chest and found a piece of parchment with a sotry on it describing the heart of Het and how I could possibly obtain it. It was all about balance and truth and something about someone being the heaviest in guilt because all the others weighed the same.

Eventually I found the heaviest weight and used it to obtain the diamond. Well, right then we were caught. Osman barged into the vault because by taking the diamond we had set off an alarm. Once Osman hears we had been working with his daughter, his guards are ordered to stand down. We are then forced to give up the diamond and are taken to the Emir who, after we explain the diamond is the only way he can get his son back, exclaims how he will give anything else but the diamond and promptly dies of a “heart attack.” Well.

We aren’t blamed for the death of the Emir, thank god, Ozan is released from exile, and I reap the benefits of completing yet another quest.

Ahhh yeshhh.

Ahhh yeshhh.

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Categories: Agility, Al Kharid, Draynor, f2p, p2p, Port Sarim, Quests, Stolen Hearts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The deep desert is still not fun.

Alright guys, I finally got out of that darned desert prison and moved forward in the quest…only to reach yet another road block. It all began when I forced myself to look at things from a different angle. For one, the only PCPs in there were slaves and guards. I couldn’t pose as a guard, I couldn’t fight the guards (they were combat level 50 while I’m a measly combat level 31), so the only option I had was to look like a slave. The one time I wasn’t apprehended by the guards was when I was picking at some of the copper outside so maybe it was when I was wielding my weapons?

BINGO.

AHH YEHH!

I unequipped all of my armor (except for those fancy-shmancy desert robes) and I finally could walk among the peoples of the miner camp unhindered by those rapscallion guards. Hmmm, now what.  continued to look around and I found a couple of key on the table outside my cell: one for the main gate and one for my cell. I went outside and started talking to people again, starting with the slaves. I soon came across one particular male slave who was just so planning a grand escape and needed some help. It took me a couple of tries but I got his handcuffs off and then we were going to trade clothes. (I needed to disguise myself as a slave, disgusting robes and everything to get into the underground mine where I was to find that woman’s daughter.) I thought I was all good and then this male slave decided to get picky; apparently he wanted the entire set of robes. I didn’t have the robe bottoms, only the shirt. Well, fine! Sheesh. I guess you can only try to escape once, so you better do it right.

Since I had the main gate key, I returned to Al Kharid to buy a robe bottom only thing is, is that I couldn’t find one. It took me ages but I finally realized there was a guy named Shantay right next to the entrance to the entrance to the desert. I had walked right past him… Sweet.

So, with my full set of robes I returned to the slave and traded with him. He moved on to freedom as I headed down into the mines, around a labyrinth of slaves to a prison guard who required I bribe him with a certain pineapple. REALLY?! COME ON. This girl is definitely NOT worth all this effort. Seriously.

Those are my slick slave robes. I'm bringing 90s grunge back.

Those are my slick slave robes. I’m bringing 90s grunge back.

Alas, I digress.

Out of the mines I go to the Tenti peoples and attempt to get this “special” pineapple. Well, of course they have something for me to do first. They need some top secret plans hidden away in a chest in the miners’ camp. I need to get them and build this ultimate weapon. COOL, GUYS. Soon enough I’m back at the miner’s camp talking to the captain, trying to distract im enough to let me into that chest. This is one of those parts where you may try everything, multiple times and it still won’t work. Dig deep, everyone, you’ll get through this. I told him there was a Fire for about the fifth time and he finally took me seriously and got a bit worried. BOOM. THOSE PLANS ARE MINE, YOU FOOL.

Alright now back to the Tentis with the plans. Oh, now they want me to build it because they can’t. Ok, so you want these plans that aren’t yours to build a weapon that you don’t have the skills to make… Seems legit. I agreed to build their weapon for them because I guess I don’t have anything better to do.

Check it.

Check it.

Now, I need at least twenty feathers and a bronze bar. I had to return to Shantay to buy some more stuffs, only this time I travelled my magic carpet. I bought the feathers however, he was all out of bronze bars. Ugh.

Lumbridge has a copper and tin mine just South of it so I teleported over there and went to mine some ore, smelted it, and returned via magic carpet to the Tentis. Fortunately they had an anvil that I could use oh but wait, I wasn’t a high enough smelting level to make this weapon.

My thought process:

  • Well, f*** it. That girl can die for all I care.
  • Alright no, come on. I need to level up anyway.
  • Fine.
  • Off to the Burthrope mines!

Thus begins the tedious process of raising my smelting level.

(Hint: before you begin any quest, check the RS wiki to see what you’ll need. Please, for your sanity’s sake.)

 

Categories: Al Kharid, Burthorpe, f2p, Lumbridge, Mining, p2p, Quests, Smelting, Tourist Trap | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The deep desert is not fun.

Wares officially bartered.

Wares officially bartered.

After Potam acquired her imp hide robes but she still had all those leather items in her bank. What do we do when we have an exceptional amount of items? We sell them! Sell them all! So, I teleported to the Varrock and headed to the Grand Exchange to barter my wares. Unfortunately none of these items are in particularly high demand so it will take some time to sell all of them.

Alright, moving on.

I was getting kind of tired of the whole Lumbridge/Varrock scene so after teleporting back to Lumbridge I headed south, out of Lumbridge, and then west over a bridge into Al Kharid, a desert city. I explored a bit and learned the castle there is on lockdown. You can’t get in anywhere but you can kill the guards if you’re bored but there really isn’t much else you can do to interact with the castle itself.

It is very beige there.

It is very beige there.

I moved on the rest of the city and activated the lodestone. The city itself is not very big but there are places to buy scimitars (Hint: this is the prime weapon for any melee-focused character), plate legs, or plate skirts. (You know, in case you want to look feminine when you’re killing goblins.) There ar also the Al Kharid games you can look into. Personally, I’ve always viewed these as a perfectly good waste of time and gp but whatever floats your goat. If you’re in need of snacks, there is a Kebab shop where you can buy…wait for it… kebabs for one gp. Kebabs are meant to be a bit risky though. Sometimes they can give you 300 health points while other times they can give you nothing. In addition to giving you health points, if you get a spectacularly delectable kebab it can even raise some combat stats whereas a putrid kebab can lower stats.

From there I headed south to where there was an alcove with a bank chest and from there I couldn’t go any further south without receiving this message (for f2p players, you shall not pass):

Psh.

Psh.

Obviously I clicked “Proceed Regardless” because I’m not afraid of anything and into the desert I ventured. To the right of this gate there was a weeping damsel in distress. Me, being the good samaritan that I am, asked her what was the matter and apparently her daughter had gone into the desert and NOT RETURNED. GASP.

THE QUEST HAS BEGUN.

I was told to follow some footsteps heading south and sure enough there were some footsteps in the sand clear as day.

It's like they wanted me to see them or something.

It’s like they wanted me to see them or something.

So, I followed said footsteps to a band of miners guarding some sort of gate. I sweet-talked my way (meaning I paid one miner five gp) into telling me how to get past the gate. apparently the guard captain had a key on him but he wasn’t going to let me in, of all people, unless I found some guy named Al Zaba Bhasim (possibly hiding in the west *hint*hint*wink*wink*), captured him, and brought him back to the head guard. All of the sudden I lost about three fourths of my health. I looked in my chat box: I guess we need waterskins to hang out in the desert. Who knew? Well, I certainly didn’t. I had maybe 100 health left out of 500 so I had to book it back to Al Kharid to buy some (4) waterskins. (Hint: you can buy them from the guy next to the guy selling game stuffs.) I also bought a desert shirt, boots, robe, a fake beard, and a turban. If you combine your turban with your fake beard it makes a desert disguise. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be used for but I put it on anyways, just in case.

So, with my sweet desert disguise and my waterskins I journeyed back to the desert, to the miners’ camp, and west to find that Al Zabadoobeedoo guy and return him to the hands of justice! Soon enough I found a camp and in the centermost tent was the tent-dwellers’ leader who told me that man doe not exist. I had to return to the captain, insult him for not fighting his own battles and then we fought. It took some time and a kebab but eventually I killed him, and look at that! He dropped a key!

Me in my desert garb.

Me in my desert garb stuck in my cell.

There I took the key, got in through the gate and I wasn’t in there a minute before some guards caught me and threw me in jail. Great.

I’ve tried to escape time and time again but to no avail. I’ve bent the bars, gone outside, talked to all the slaves, the cart drivers, and even the camel. I’ve checked all the crates and even snuck up to the second floor of the prison and talked to the captain. I tried to convince him there was a fire in the lower mines and instead of sounding the alarm I ran to save him first but I got nowhere. Oh, and I was caught and roughed up by some guards at least ten times whilst completing these tasks. I’m officially stuck. I guess I’ll have cave and check the wiki. Or maybe not… no matter how many times I get thrown back into jail, I will find a way! I promise you that! By the way, I’m down to one waterskin so I better figure this out soon or I’m going to die. Cool beans.

Categories: Al Kharid, f2p, Lumbridge, p2p, Quests, The Grand Exchange, Varrock | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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