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Missing, Presumed Death (#191)
Missing, Presumed Death
Also called MPD
Release date 15 October 2013 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Voice acted? Yes
Official difficulty Novice
Official length Medium
Quest series Mahjarrat (Sliske)
God
Dragonkin
Developer(s) Oliver H
Age Sixth Age
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Missing, Presumed Death is a quest that features Death, who has gone missing, and the Menaphite god of the dead, Icthlarin, who is attempting to take over his role until he is found. The quest starts in Silvarea, west of Paterdomus, where some monks have been murdered, their souls unable to pass on due to Death's disappearance.

It also involves the Mahjarrat Sliske, revealing how he obtained the Staff of Armadyl from the Dragonkin prior to the assassination of Guthix.

Official descriptionEdit

When a group of Saradominist monks are slaughtered by an unknown assailant you are asked by the only survivor - a monk who is extremely traumatised - to find the killer and bring them to justice. But there's more to this puzzle than meets the eye, starting with the souls of the dead monks being trapped in their bodies...

WalkthroughEdit

Start point Quest map icon
Missing, Presumed Death icon
Speak to Brother Samwell in Silvarea, west of Paterdomus.
Member requirement P2P icon
Official difficulty Novice Novice
Length Medium
Requirements None, although completion of the following quests are highly recommended for full storyline comprehension and additional dialogue:
Quest Quests:
Items required Items from the toolbelt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
None

Recommended:

Enemies to defeat

Murders in SilvareaEdit

Brother Samwell chathead
To start the quest, speak to Brother Samwell in the mountain pass of Silvarea, located west of Paterdomus and east of Varrock. The player calms him down, and he hands the investigation notebook to the player.

There are three core clues. Investigate the torso of the dead monk in the north east, a plant a little further east to find a lost ring, and a tree to the south west with an arrow stuck in it. An additional clue is found by listening to the trapped soul of the monk to the south west.

NOTE: Sometimes, not all the pieces register as "found". Destroy the problem item and find it again, if this happens.

Return to Brother Samwell.

He then says find a witness, Go up the hill and talk to the Odd Old Man. In order to get him to talk, persuade him three times, then threaten him. He will say that he saw an elf, and after the monks were murdered, a tall, hooded figure making off to the east, who seemed to be taller than the elf and wearing darker clothes. Return to Brother Samwell.

Select all the chat options. It won't matter who you'll accuse with the options, as you will be investigating further.

Next, follow the crystals to the east. These crystals are small and blue; they may not appear on low detail. The trail leads up the steps and off towards the beacon. Upon coming to the end of the trail, the player sees the dead elf. Click her to find a core clue on her hands and an additional clue by listening to her soul. Also, investigate the plant to find a necklace, the clothing on the fence, and the bench to find a letter. Talk to Blaze at the beacon by threatening him twice then persuading him for more information. Return to Brother Samwell.

Go to the Wizard's Tower south of Draynor and talk to Wizard Valina (at the front entrance). Show her the clues, then ask her about elves, Saradominist wizards and teleportation. If you accuse her of covering up for wizards for a more thorough explanation, she claims that it is neither elves nor wizards who did the crime - this is not necessary to proceed with the quest.

Fighting with Icthlarin

Fighting the Wights with Icthlarin by your side.

Icthlarin chathead

Return to Brother Samwell and tell him what was learned. Select the option about a "Clear conclusion." Choose any option to discuss a possible suspect, but none of the clues address the trapped souls. Icthlarin communicates with the player telepathically and appears. Go through all his dialogue options to learn about Death's disappearance and their work. At this point, 4 wights attack. Their life points vary depending on your level. Icthlarin will battle them alongside you with magic, but you will have to finish them off yourself as he can only weaken them to around 25% of their lifepoints.

After defeating the wights, the last one you kill drops an invitation box. The box, left by the killer Sliske, invites Icthlarin to attend his ascension. Ichthlarin debates going, but decides to do so after dealing with the dead monks. Open the invitation box to be transported to the Empyrean Citadel.

The Empyrean CitadelEdit

Sliske's Grand Ascendancy Gathering

The followers of the gods gather outside the citadel.

Upon arriving at the citadel, there are representatives of the gods standing outside a set of doors guarded by the Barrows Brothers. The player may talk to any of them for some interesting, but inconsequential, dialogue.

The Zamorakian Mahjarrat are present, who tell you that Zamorak is threatening to disown the Mahjarrat after they failed to attend the Battle of Lumbridge, and Zemouregal expresses a desire to claim godhood for himself. Commander Zilyana and Ilfeen can be found arguing over the murders of Saradominists and Serenists earlier in the quest, to which you have an option to tell them about the truth about what Sliske did or side with one of them. Depending on your choice in The World Wakes, Zilyana will either believe you if you tell the truth or continue to argue with Ilfeen.

The Zarosian Mahjarrat are also present, with Azzanadra still fully believing that Sliske is Zarosian, while Wahisietel continues to doubt his true motives, and calls Azzanadra a fool for trusting him. Kharshai is there trying to quell the contact between the two bands of Mahjarrat, while K'ril Tsutsaroth, General Graardor, Flight Killisa and Flockleader Geerin are there to serve their respective gods.

When you are finished, talk to Icthlarin to proceed, who will enter through the main door, evoking anger from Zemouregal, who then tries to enter himself, only to be repelled by Sliske's shadow magic.

The MazeEdit

Armadyl chathead

Enter the door to the west then head north to the window to witness a cutscene of Saradomin, Zamorak, Bandos and Armadyl arguing. Icthlarin enters and tries to unite them to no avail.

Empyrean Maze

Navigating through Sliske's maze.

Once the cutscene is over, head to the south west corner to find a storage crate, which you can search to find a note revealing that Sliske is planning to experiment on the Barrows Brothers in the Shadow Realm. Continue out the southern window, jumping over the gap, running over the planks, jumping down the rocks then up the rocks to enter the western window. Climb through the obstacle, then head outside. You'll find another storage crate here, which reveals an invitation list, listing all of the gods as invited, and listing you and Death as "other mischief makers." Head to the northern door to proceed.

Attack of the WightsEdit

Fighting Sliske's wights

Fighting Sliske's army of Wights.

Enter the northern room and you will find a wight footsoldier in the shadows, and a Sliske Mask will warn you to turn on the lights before you start the fight. Follow its advice and pull all three levers in the room, as this will reveal some light in the room which makes the wights vulnerable, as you can only harm them while they are standing in these spots. You may have to lure each wight into the light in order to kill it.

After killing the first wight footsoldier, two ranger wights will appear, and on their death, 4 wight footsoldiers. Once all the wights are dead, go to the window to view a cutscene of the gods, discussing why they are here. Zamorak reveals that he attended to see another of his kind ascend, Armadyl came to try and reclaim his citadel, Bandos came because Sliske promised there would be a war, and Saradomin came due to wishing to confront Seren about the attack on the monks. Icthlarin reveals that the attack was a set up by Sliske, and reveals that he came due to Sliske kidnapping Death, which causes Bandos and Zamorak to mock him.

After finishing the cutscene, go through the door to the north. If you die in the battle, you have to restart the waves; however, the lights stay on.

The Shadow/Light ChamberEdit

Shadow caster solution

The solution to the puzzle.

Sliske TWW chathead

You will encounter a room with two sentient masks on a viewing panel, a cheerful mask named Light and a depressed mask named Shadow, who will tell you that they are in charge of the puzzle involving the lights and shadows.

Sliske's Grand Entrance

Sliske makes his grand entrance.

Clicking on the panel yields an interface in which you need to rotate the shadow casters to project an image on the floor. Rotate the bottom-left machine once, the top-left one twice, the top-right one three times and the bottom-right machine once, which will reveal a shadow of Sliske's symbol. Go to the window to view a cutscene of Sliske's arrival, and then continue through the door to the east.

The Statue of DeathEdit

In the next room, you will initially appear to see death, but on getting closer, it will be revealed to be a simple statue. Talk to the Statue of Death, and it will promise that it will give you Death, or at the very least "a gift worthy for the gods themselves" if you solve his riddles.

For each of the riddles, the answer can be found in the form of an item in one of the chests next to him. The item then must then be placed on the pedestal next to him. An additional chest will open with each riddle.

Riddle Solution Picture Location
I can build castles, that melt in the rain, but I trickle down, as the seconds drain. Sand
Sand (Missing, Presumed Death)
First chest
I can fall from the sky, but I cannot climb higher, I spring with no legs, I run but don't tire. Water
Water (Missing, Presumed Death)
Second chest
Glass can't create me, but stone and steel do, I'm made by the sun, but out of its view, I can be tiny, and also be vast, in the shape of my maker, like a spell I am cast. Shadow
Shadow (Missing, Presumed Death)
Second chest

After solving the last riddle, you receive an invitation to Sliske's ascension, and the statue will reveal that he told a "little white lie" about giving you death. Go to the window to see the gods arguing once again, who eventually proceed to threaten to kill Sliske, causing him to reveal Death and the Dragonkin Strisath in the cages next to him, threatening to kill Death and release Strisath if he is attacked. Leave by the southern door and jump off the drop down the drain.

On the Edge of WarEdit

Sliske's Grand Ascendancy

The gods at Sliske's 'ascension'.

Speak to one of the Barrows brothers to get inside the main room. Once inside, and after some dialogue that is dependant on which, if any, God Emissary you have supported, and Sliske announces a contest: whoever kills the most gods will be awarded the Stone of Jas, which he reveals he obtained by luring Strisath into the Shadow Realm in order to capture him and claim the Staff of Armadyl, before proceeding to use it to track his connection to the stone, which he found in one of five locations, depending on which number you chose during Ritual of the Mahjarrat.

Strisath's attack

Strisath goes on a rampage.

After you make a decision as to whether to trust Sliske or not, and state which god you plan to side with, Sliske sets the dragonkin loose (which goes on a rampage) and throws the key to Death's cage at you. Icthlarin puts up a shield to protect you from the dragonkin's attacks while you get to Death. The Gods quickly flee from Strisath, and he will soon begin attacking only Icthlarin and the player. If Icthlarin's shield is destroyed, he will die, and the sequence will start over.

To rescue Death, head west and stamp out the flames until you get to his cage. Free him and return to Icthlarin. Talk to him and Icthlarin's shield will disappear, causing Death to call his Scythe and teleport himself, Icthlarin and you to to safety just before one of Strisath's fireballs hits you.

Finishing UpEdit

Death chathead

You will arrive back in Silvarea, by Brother Samwell, and Death and Icthlarin will thank you for freeing Death, and also warn you that another God War will soon begin, with both the gods and mortals wishing to claim the Stone of Jas for themselves. Samwell will be saddened that Sliske was not brought to justice due to his actions against his brothers, although Death quickly reassures him that he will take their souls to the afterlife so they can rest in peace.

With his brothers souls at rest, Samwell thanks you for your assistance and rewards you.

Congratulations, quest complete!

RewardsEdit

Missing, Presumed Death reward

Additional rewardsEdit

After completion of the quest, one can return to the Empyrean Citadel and talk to the statue to gain extra rewards if you meet the requirements, which cannot be boosted. These rewards are:

  • Thieving lamp, granting 50,000 Thieving experience (requires 75 Thieving; temporary skill boosts will not work)
  • Constitution lamp, granting 50,000 Constitution experience (requires 75 Constitution)
  • Antique lamp, granting 30,000 experience in a chosen skill that is at least level 75
  • 30 Barrows amulets (requires 80+ Combat Level to Obtain)
  • Two new death animations

Note: If you do not have the required level to claim a lamp, the Statue of Death will withhold that lamp and you will receive a message stating that you cannot claim the lamp. Moreover, all lamps are claimed at once and, as with most experience lamps in the game, they cannot be banked.

WARNING: You will not be able to recover the lamps if you destroy them.

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Post-quest FAQEdit

TranscriptEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The quest's title is a pun on the phrase "missing, presumed dead," which was used in times of war when someone was missing in battle, no body having been identified.
  • "Final answer" the confirmation choice in the riddle game is a reference to the television show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".
  • Sliske's dialogue "Are you sitting comfortably?" is a reference to the old BBC children's radio show "Listen with Mother".
  • A purple aura could be seen over Zaros' podium, indicating that the Empty Lord was fully aware of what was happening. Azzanadra additionally says that Zaros is 'ever-present'.
  • If you have revived Hazeel and/or released Kharshai, they will be present at the citadel. Hazeel will take Khazard's place, though.
  • The talking masks in the first puzzle room occasionally say things that break the fourth wall, such as referring the puzzle as novice difficulty, or accusing the player of using a walkthrough, amongst others.
  • Relomia, the Emissary of Sliske, can be seen on the walkway to the second puzzle room on one of the floating rocks in the distance. She seems to have arrived to see Sliske.
  • Upon completion of the quest the Adventure's Log states: I saved Death from Sliske, after hearing him announce that he would give the Stone of Jas to the person that could kill the most gods.
  • After completion of the quest, additional dialogue is available with Brassica Prime (who can be found on a podium in the throne-room), Azzanadra and Wahisietel, involving the current state of Sliske and the Stone of Jas.
  • This is the third quest in which dead Saradominist hermits are seen, and the second of them to be investigated.
  • Although, initially, the throne-room remained closed after the completion of Missing, Presumed Death, both the purple aura floating above Zaros' pedestal and Brassica Prime were visible from the outside. It has since opened up. Zaros' aura is no longer present, but Brassica Prime remains; he claims he likes the way the cushion feels on his leaves.

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