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7.6 (December 12, 2005)
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Also known as: Banuta Quest, Ape Quest, Monkey Quest, King Bong Quest, Big Bong Quest, Forbidden Lands Quest
Reward: Ability to buy bananas, Monkey Statue (No Hearing) Monkey Statue (No Seeing) and Monkey Statue (No Speaking), Shaman Outfits and permission to go to Forbidden Lands and Deeper Banuta.
Location: Various; begins in Tiquanda
Level required: 0
Level recommended: 130+
Be prepared to face: Dworcs, Apes, Lizards, Spit Nettles, Skeletons, Ghouls, Fire Devil, Scarabs, Carniphilas, Gargoyles, Stone Golems, Bonelords, Green Djinns, Crypt Shamblers, Demon Skeletons, Elder Bonelords, Efreets, Bonebeasts, Giant Spiders, Serpent Spawns, Hydras, Behemoths, etc.
Legend: The renowned Merlkin Hairycles is trying to find true friends amongst the humans. To prove that you can be one of those friends, you must help the apes.
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Required Equipment

  • Shovel, or equivalent
  • Rope, or equivalent
  • Cough Syrup (recommended to purchase in advance)
  • Hydra Egg (recommended to purchase in advance)
  • Crowbar
  • Melee weapon (for breaking Amphoras, the crowbar also works)
  • Dwarven Ring (1 recommended for all team members for last mission)
  • A lot of traveling money.

Method

To begin the quest, you must first go to Hairycles' temple in south-eastern Banuta (here). On the way there you will meet Carniphilas and other usual Tiquanda monsters, as well as many Apes of all kinds. On the first floor above ground of the temple you will find Hairycles, the main NPC of the quest, who is willing to entrust players in such dire times.

Mission 1: Whisper Moss

Ask Hairycles for a mission. He will tell you about a plague affecting the ape people. He wants for you to infiltrate the Dworc Caves and steal some Whisper Moss which is said to be a cure.

In Trapwood, the southern part of Tiquanda, fall down the south-easternmost Pitfall leading to the Dworc Caves (here). Use a melee weapon on the damaged Wooden Bars. If you picked another pitfall you will have to make your way to the correct room. In the eastern part of this room there is a sealed door. Go in and open the box inside it to obtain Whisper Moss.

Bring it to Hairycles and report about your mission.

Mission 2: The Cure

Hairycles now needs Cough Syrup that humans use. Hairycles will send you to the local barkeeper Brewster, but Brewster would send you to Ustan who would explain that his cough syrup supply was stolen in an ape raid. Ultimately, you would be sent to Carlin to buy it from the local druid there, Padreia. To buy it, ask Padreia for cough syrup. It will cost you 50gp. You can buy this in advance to save a trip to and from Banuta or accept syrup from another player, you don't need to purchase it yourself.

Bring the Cough Syrup to Hairycles to complete the mission.

Mission 3: Lizard Parchment

Hairycles thinks the plague is the work of the Lizards. Hairycles wants you to collect an Old Parchment from the lizard city of Chor. When you are ready, enter Chor from the south-western log (here) and go south, cross the bridge and then turn east. You should find a building with a sealed door on the eastern side of it. Go in the door and open the box in it to get the Old Parchment.

Note: Prepare your team because there are a lot of lizards in Chor. It might help to bring a mage with Great Fireball because of their numbers. Kill the Lizard Snakecharmer first because their summoned Cobras can be annoying. You can use a Stealth Ring for the Lizard Templars, but the other two lizards will see through it. Templars are the only monsters that will try to surround you, so it can help get out of a sticky situation.

Bring the Old Parchment back to Hairycles and report about your mission.

Mission 4: Parchment Decyphering

Hairycles cannot read the scroll. He needs you to find a way to decipher it.

Go to Ankrahmun and leave the city from the north-east exit. Follow the town walls south-east and dig for the Shadow Tomb (here). Go down into the tomb to the second main floor, the floor with the blue flame (not through it). Go south from the ramp and east all the way to the end, to find an Obelisk and 4 Red Shrine Stones. Step close to the obelisk to decipher the scroll. The text !-! -O- I_I (/( --I Morgathla will appear above your head.

In the tomb you will encounter Skeletons, scarabs, Ghouls, Crypt Shamblers and 1 Fire Devil. There might also be lured Stalkers, Ghosts, Vampires and Mummys.

When you have deciphered the scroll, report back to Hairycles about your mission.

Mission 5: Hydra Egg

Hairycles needs a Hydra Egg to prepare his charm. Your mission is to bring him one.

You can bring him any Hydra Egg. It is suggested to simply buy one from the market because they are common loot from Hydras. If that is not possible, you can loot one yourself or receive it from the Hydra's Nest, on the Hydra Egg Quest (here). You can expect to fight one or multiple Hydras in either case if purchasing the egg is not possible.

Bring a Hydra Egg to Hairycles to complete this mission.

Mission 6: Witches' Cap Spot

Hairycles needs a sample of the Witches' Cap Spot for his Charm of Life. This can only be found in the Fibula Dungeon, the Bonelord section.

You will need Key 3940. Bring it if you have it. If you don't, you will need 800 gp (Simon the Beggar) or 2,000 gp (Dermot) to purchase it.

Go to Fibula which is through a tunnel far south of Thais, here. Purchase Key 3940 if you need to, and then use the Draw Well in the middle of the small town to enter the Fibula Dungeon. Follow the path south, east and then north to cross a bridge and find the door to use the key, if it's locked. Open the door and go in and down the stairs inside. Go directly south through the door and down one of the two ladders at the end of the passage. There are several Bonelords here. Keep going south until the end and then turn west until you hit a wall. You should see a sealed door. Go in the door and use the Witches' Cap Spot to obtain a sample of it.

Bring the sample back to Hairycles and report about your mission. You are now a friend of the apes and can purchase Bananas for 2gp. Hairycles will also heal you if you are low in health.

Mission 7: Destroying Casks With Crowbar

Hairycles wants you to destroy the Casks below the city left by the Lizard ancestors so that the Apes cannot drink from them.

From Hairycles, go down twice to enter the basement. Go north and follow the corridor to a large room full of Apes. Turn west and go down the stairs at the end of the hall. Now go east, north, west and north again. Ignore the first chance to turn east but take the second. Follow the passage and you will reach a large room with lots of Apes and 7 Casks on the east side. Enter each door and destroy the casks until you are done.

You need to destroy 3 casks per person; if you are in a large group you may need to wait for them to respawn (3-5 minutes?).

Note: There are lots of Apes underground. If you are a mage it is recommended to bring Avalanche Runes to deal with them.

Mission 8: Looking for a hair of holy ape

Hairycles aims to strengthen the spirit of the apes. He wants for you to find evidence of the holy ape figure Bong existing within the Forbidden Lands.

Save for the last mission, this is the hardest part of the quest. East of Banuta you will find The Blind Prophet (here). Ask the Blind Prophet to transport you to the Forbidden Lands. The Forbidden Lands contain a lot of massive monsters, like Behemoths, Hydras, Giant Spiders and Massive Earth Elementals. Expect to face 2-3 Behemoths, 2-4 Giant Spiders, many Massive Earth Elementals and other Tiquanda monsters, like Carniphilas and Spit Nettles. Hydras spawn on the north-east side of the Forbidden Lands, it is unlikely that you will encounter them.

From the ramp at Forbidden Lands, go all the way west, staying close to the southern Palisade to avoid most of the monsters. If you stick south you should be able to avoid the Behemoth on the surface by the ramp to Forbidden Lands Behemoth Cave. When you reach the corner, turn north and continue following the path until you find a hole. You will most likely encounter a Behemoth as you walk north. The hole leads to the Forbidden Lands Hydra Cave. Go north-east of the hole and you should find two giant footprints (here). Use the north-western tile of the left footprint to obtain the Giant Ape's Hair.

Now go back to Hairycles and report about your mission.

Mission 9: The Deepest Catacombs

Note: If you received a Snake Destroyer before, bring it. If you forget the snake destroyer, you cannot complete the quest and will have wasted a lot of time on this mission.

Hairycles wants you to go deep under Banuta and find the Lizards' serpent god monument and destroy it. On accepting this mission you will receive a Snake Destroyer (you will need this) and gain entry to Deeper Banuta.

From Hairycles, go down twice to the basement and follow the path north. When you reach a large room, turn west and go down the stairs at the end of the hallway. On this floor, go east, north, west, north again and east at the very first chance that you get. You will find a lot of Apes in this room and a Magic Forcefield in the center of it.

Enter the Magic Forcefield to appear at the first floor of Deeper Banuta. Here you will encounter Green Djinns and Efreets, Bonelords and Elder Bonelords, among minor monsters. You must go further down, but in order to do so you must open the teleporter on this floor. There are 4 Large Amphoras that must be broken in order to open the teleporter. The amphoras will recover after a certain period so you must be fast.

The best way is to send the group to the teleporter in the center and have one person run and destroy the amphoras. There is plenty of time to do that if the amphora breaker ignores all the monsters. A second player breaking the amphoras will make it even quicker, one player working on the south side and the other on the north side.

When the amphoras are broken, everyone in the group should jump in the Magic Forcefield in the center of the floor. When you arrive at the lower floor, you may immediately be chased by a Serpent Spawn.

Deeper Banuta Lever Route

Legend

Suggested route
Levers to pull (7x)
Monument to destroy





Now you are at the quest floor. This floor is significantly harder than the floor above. On this floor there are Bonebeasts, Hydras, Serpent Spawns and Medusae. You must find and destroy the Statue of the Snake God, which is in the northern room. However, the room is sealed and can only be accessed if you open the wall.

Throughout the floor there are 7 levers. All of these 7 must be pulled to the right. The order in which they are pulled does not matter except the last one. The last lever to pull is by the wall that will be removed. You have a limited amount of time to pull the levers.

The quickest strategy is to have a high level (200+ recommended) run the levers, ignoring the monsters. This can be dangerous for lower leveled players, mostly due to the constant Paralysis from Hydras. Another strategy is to have 2 people pulling the levers, splitting the floor in half, both starting on the south-west side and working in opposite directions.

When all the levers are pulled, the wall will disappear. Go through the hole in the wall and find the Statue of the Snake God north. There are no creatures in this room. Use your Snake Destroyer on the statue to complete your mission. It takes 40 seconds for the statue to recover.

While in this room, you have the opportunity to receive Damaged Steel Helmet (north) for the Knight Outfits Quest, if you have the quest to do so. You can also see the level 999 Door of Expertise (east).

When your team is done, you can leave the floor by stepping back through the portal at the start. If the wall returns and you are inside it, you can use the lever by the wall to open it again and leave. When you enter the portal at the start of the floor, you will appear at the second floor of Banuta, with Apes, not the last floor you came from.

Report back to Hairycles about your mission and then ask for shamanic powers to receive your Shaman Outfit.

Transcripts

Mission 1: Whisper Moss

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: These are dire times for our people. Problems plenty are in this times. But me people not grant trust easy. Are you willing to prove you friend of ape people?
Player: yes
Hairycles: To become friend of ape people a long and difficult way is. We do not trust easy but help is needed. Will you listen to story of Hairycles?
Player: yes
Hairycles: So listen, little ape was struck by plague. Hairycles not does know what plague it is. That is strange. Hairycles should know. But Hairycles learnt lots and lots ...
Hairycles: Me sure to make cure so strong to drive away all plague. But to create great cure me need powerful components ...
Hairycles: Me need whisper moss. Whisper moss growing south of human settlement is. Problem is, evil little dworcs harvest all whisper moss immediately ...
Hairycles: Me know they hoard some in their underground lair. My people raided dworcs often before humans came. So we know the moss is hidden in east of upper level of dworc lair ...
Hairycles: You go there and take good moss from evil dworcs. Talk with me about mission when having moss.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


You have found whisper moss.

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: Oh, you brought me whisper moss? Good hairless ape you are! Can me take it?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Ah yes! That's it. Thank you for bringing mighty whisper moss to Hairycles. It will help but still much is to be done. Just ask for other mission if you ready.


Mission 2: The Cure

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: Whisper moss strong is, but me need liquid that humans have to make it work ...
Hairycles: Our raiders brought it from human settlement, it's called cough syrup. Go ask healer there for it.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


Player: hi
Brewster: G...greetings <hicks>.
Player: cough syrup
Brewster: The only person who might have some cough syrup is this druid Ustan. You find him in the tavern. Hmmm the tavern ... <hicks>
Player: bye
Brewster: Exactly! <hicks>


Player: hi
Ustan: Crunor's blessing, traveller.
Player: cough syrup
Ustan: I had some cough syrup a while ago. It was stolen in an ape raid. I fear if you want more cough syrup you will have to buy it in the druids guild in carlin.
Player: bye
Ustan: Good bye, traveller.


Player: hi
Padreia: Welcome to our humble guild, wanderer. May I be of any assistance to you?
Player: cough syrup
Padreia: Do you want to buy a bottle of cough syrup for 50 gold?
Player: yes
Padreia: Thank you. Here it is.
Player: bye
Padreia: Farewell.


Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: You brought me that cough syrup from human healer me asked for?
Player: yes
Hairycles: You so good! Brought syrup to me! Thank you, will prepare cure now. Just ask for mission if you want help again.


Mission 3: Lizard Parchment

Player: mission
Hairycles: Little ape should be healthy soon. Me so happy is. Thank you again! But me suspect we in more trouble than we thought. Will you help us again?
Player: yes
Hairycles: So listen, please. Plague was not ordinary plague. That's why Hairycles could not heal at first. It is new curse of evil lizard people ...
Hairycles: I think curse on little one was only a try. We have to be prepared for big strike ...
Hairycles: Me need papers of lizard magician! For sure you find it in his hut in their dwelling. It's south east of jungle. Go look there please! Are you willing to go?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Good thing that is! Report about your mission when have scroll.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


You have found an old parchment.

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: You got scroll from lizard village in south east?
Player: yes
Hairycles: You brought scroll with lizard text? Good! I will see what text tells me! Come back when ready for other mission.


Mission 4: Parchment Decyphering

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: Ah yes that scroll. Sadly me not could read it yet. But the holy banana me insight gave! In dreams Hairycles saw where to find solution ...
Hairycles: Me saw a stone with lizard signs and other signs at once. If you read signs and tell Hairycles, me will know how to read signs ...
Hairycles: You go east to big desert. In desert there city. East of city under sand hidden tomb is. You will have to dig until you find it, so take shovel ...
Hairycles: Go down in tomb until come to big level and then go down another. There you find a stone with signs between two huge red stones ...
Hairycles: Read it and return to me. Are you up to that challenge?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Good thing that is! Report about mission when you have read those signs.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


You have decyhered the signs.

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: Ah yes, you read the signs in tomb? Good! May me look into your mind to see what you saw?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Oh, so clear is all now! Easy it will be to read the signs now! Soon we will know what to do! Thank you again! Ask for mission if you feel ready.


Mission 5: Hydra Egg

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: So much there is to do for Hairycles to prepare charm that will protect all ape people ...
Hairycles: You can help more. To create charm of life me need mighty token of life! Best is egg of a regenerating beast as a hydra is ...
Hairycles: Bring me egg of hydra please. You may fight it in lair of Hydra at little lake south east of our lovely city Banuta! You think you can do?
Player: yes
Hairycles: You brave hairless ape! Get me hydra egg. If you lose egg, you probably have to fight many, many hydras to get another.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


You have the Hydra Egg

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: You bring Hairycles egg of hydra?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Ah, the egg! Mighty warrior you be! Thank you. Hairycles will put it at safe place immediately.


Mission 6: Witches' Cap Spot

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: Last ingredient for charm of life is thing to lure magic. Only thing me know like that is mushroom called witches cap. Me was told it be found in isle called Fibula, where humans live ...
Hairycles: Hidden under Fibula is a secret dungeon. There you will find witches cap. Are you willing to go there for good ape people?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Long journey it will take, good luck to you.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


You have the Mushroom

Player: hi
Hairycles: Oh! Hello! Hello! Did not notice!
Player: mission
Hairycles: You brought Hairycles witches cap from Fibula?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Incredible, you brought a witches cap! Now me can prepare mighty charm of life. Yet still other missions will await you,friend.


Mission 7: Destroying Casks With Crowbar

Player: hi
Hairycles: Be greeted, friend of the ape people. If you want to trade, just ask for my offers. If you are injured, ask for healing.
Player: mission
Hairycles: Mighty life charm is protecting us now! But my people are still in danger. Danger from within ...
Hairycles: Some of my people try to mimic lizards to become strong. Like lizards did before, this cult drinks strange fluid that lizardsleft when fled ...
Hairycles: Under the city still the underground temple of lizards is. There you find casks with red fluid. Take crowbar and destroy three of them to stop this madness. Are you willing to do that?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Hairycles sure you will make it. Good luck, friend.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


Mission 8: Looking for a hair of holy ape

Player: hi
Hairycles: Be greeted, friend of the ape people. If you want to trade, just ask for my offers. If you are injured, ask for healing.
Player: mission
Hairycles: You do please Hairycles again, friend. Me hope madness will not spread further now. Perhaps you are ready for other mission.
Player: mission
Hairycles: Now that the false cult was stopped, we need to strengthen the spirit of my people. We need a symbol of our faith that apepeople can see and touch ...
Hairycles: Since you have proven a friend of the ape people I will grant you permission to enter the forbidden land ...
Hairycles: To enter the forbidden land in the north-east of the jungle, look for a cave in the mountains east of it. There you will find theblind prophet ...
Hairycles: Tell him Hairycles you sent and he will grant you entrance ...
Hairycles: Forbidden land is home of Bong. Holy giant ape big as mountain. Don't annoy him in any way but look for a hair of holy ape ...
Hairycles: You might find at places he has been, should be easy to see them since Bong is big ...
Hairycles: Return a hair of the holy ape to me. Will you do this for Hairycles?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Hairycles proud of you. Go and find holy hair. Good luck, friend.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


Mission 9: The Deepest Catacombs

Player: hi
Hairycles: Be greeted, friend of the ape people. If you want to trade, just ask for my offers. If you are injured, ask for healing.
Player: mission
Hairycles: You brought hair of holy ape?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Incredible! You got a hair of holy Bong! This will raise the spirit of my people. You are truly a friend. But one last mission awaitsyou.
Player: mission
Hairycles: You have proven yourself a friend, me will grant you permission to enter the deepest catacombs under Banuta which we havesealed in the past ...
Hairycles: Me still can sense the evil presence there. We did not dare to go deeper and fight creatures of evil there ...
Hairycles: You may go there, fight the evil and find the monument of the serpent god and destroy it with hammer me give to you ...
Hairycles: Only then my people will be safe. Please tell Hairycles, will you go there?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Hairycles sure you will make it. Just use hammer on all that looks like snake or lizard. Tell Hairycles if you succeed with mission.
You see a snake destroyer.It weighs 66.00 oz.
Player: bye
Hairycles: Bye, bye.


Player: hi
Hairycles: Be greeted, friend of the ape people. If you want to trade, just ask for my offers. If you are injured, ask for healing.
Player: Mission
Hairycles: Finally my people are safe! You have done incredible good for ape people and one day even me brethren will recognise that ...
Hairycles: I wish I could speak for all when me call you true friend but my people need time to get accustomed to change ...
Hairycles: Let us hope one day whole Banuta will greet you as a friend. Perhaps you want to check me offers for special friends... or shamanic powers.
Player: shamanic powers
Hairycles: Me truly proud of you, friend. You learn many about plants, charms and ape people. Me want grant you shamanic power now. You ready?
Player: yes
Hairycles: Friend of the ape people! Take my gift and become me apprentice! Here is shaman clothing for you!


From now on you can buy ape statues: Seeing, Speaking and Hearing.

To be continued...

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