They perform 3 functions:
- Delaying the player with requests on the first visit.
- Tending the beacon after it is lit, after receiving 5 more of the same log.
- Displaying a map showing the player which beacons are currently lit and how large the fire is.
There are 14 beacons in all, with only 12 keepers. The last 2 beacons in high level Wilderness are not tended by keepers.
Note: After an update, you no longer are required to confirm handing out the macaw pouch.
Unlocking all Beacon Keepers and fully unlocking the map by providing every Beacon Keeper with a macaw pouch is a requirement to obtain the master quest cape.
- Before the aforementioned update, in-game, during the dialogue for macaw, they used to be called fire Tenders.