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This article covers the quest; see Tower of Life (building) for the building itself.

Tower of Life is the 117th quest.


Start pointQuest map icon Talk to Effigy near the tower south of Ardougne, next to the Necromancer's tower.
Member requirementP2P icon Members only
Official difficultyNovice Novice
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
  • Beer (or 2 coins if going to the Flying Horse Inn or the Poison Arrow Pub)



  • At least 14 empty spaces to carry items acquired during the quest.
Enemies to defeat None


Effigy chathead

Builder of the Year

Begin the quest by heading to the Tower of Life south of Ardougne and just south-west of the Necromancer's Tower. Once at the tower, talk to Effigy. Effigy, an alchemist, wants you to convince the builders, who are on strike, to complete the tower which he believes will change the world. He will tell you speak to Bonafido, the head builder, if you want to help.

TowerOfLife location

The tower's location.

Talk to Bonafido, near the tower's entrance, who prevents you access into the building. To be the man for the job, you need to look the part - Bonafido will let you in, if you suit up in a builder's outfit. You need a hard hat, some builder's trousers, a builder's shirt, and a pair of builder's boots. Talk to the other builders to get them.

  • Talk to Gummy and ask for trousers. He says that he was drying his trousers on a line by the shore, after which they went missing. Search the plants - the ones south-east of the tower, near the ocean - to find the Builder's trousers.
  • Talk to "The Guns", who wants a beer. If you do not have it already, you can buy beer from the The Poison Arrow pub in East Ardougne. Return to The Guns, and exchange the beer for the shirt.
  • Talk to Black Eye, who is willing to part with his hardhat, if you can answer his questions based on construction correctly.:
  1. How many nails does it take to make a rocking chair? -- 3
  2. What takes 3 planks, 3 cloth and 3 nails to make, and help remove light from a room? -- Torn curtains
  3. I like fish and I want to put some in my garden, but I need a special water feature. What materials would I require? - 10 clay pieces
  • Finally, talk to "No fingers", who just flatly refuses to give you the boots. Pickpocket him to obtain them. This may take a while, but you will eventually be successful.

Once you've acquired all the items, you must answer some questions from Bonafido, who wants to test your attitude as a builder.

  1. You've plenty of work to do, but you need a drink fast - what do you go for? - Tea
  2. Now, let's hear you whistle! - Whistle for attention
  3. What's a good sign that you need to repair your trowsers? - Your legs are getting a bit cold
  4. What do you do if you cut your finger? - Carry on, it'll fix itself.

After answering these questions, Bonafido recognises you as a bonafide builder, and lets you enter the tower.

Playing God's Right Hand

A quick survey of the tower shows that it houses three important, but unfinished systems - a pressure machine, a pipe system, and a strange cage at the top. A hammer and saw (or crystal saw) are needed to fix these machines.

All the required items are on the ground floor in crates. Each crate contains one type of resource - search them multiple times to gather more of the same material.

TowerOfLife GroundFlr

Contents of the searchable crates

Item Machine Number
Valve wheel Pressure 4
Metal sheet Pressure 3
Coloured ball Pressure 4
Pipe Pipe 4
Pipe ring Pipe 5
Rivets Pipe 6
Metal bar Cage 5
Binding fluid Cage 4
Triangle sandwich - -

Under Pressure

Tol pipes1

Fixing the pipes

Items Needed:

  • 4 Coloured balls
  • 3 Metal sheets
  • 4 Valve wheels

Climb up to the first floor, where you see the pressure machine on the north wall. The machine is broken and water is leaking from various parts. Using the items that you collected, repair it. The valve wheels are used to complete the water-flowing mechanism, whereas the coloured balls are being used to block the leaks in the pipes. To do this, follow the given instructions:

  1. Pull the right lever down and turn the 1st wheel left until the ball blocks the hole.
  2. Then pull the left lever down and the right lever up. Turn the 2nd wheel left until the ball blocks the hole.
  3. Then turn the 3rd wheel right until there's another leak, then turn it left to fill the ball into the hole.
  4. Pull the right lever down. Turn the 4th wheel right until a leak appears, then turn it left.
  5. Now turn the 4th wheel right, till the pipe is fully filled with water. Pull the right lever up and fill the 3rd pipe by turning the corresponding valve right.
  6. Turn the 2nd wheel right till it's filled and pull the left lever up. Finally, Pull the right lever down and turn the 1st wheel right to fill the section with water.'

After the dialogue states that you've fixed the leaks, make sure that there is water in every section. Once this happens the puzzle screen will disappear.

I Want to Play a Game

Tol pipes2

Initial puzzle

Items needed:

  • 6 Rivets (stackable)
  • 4 Pipes
  • 5 Pipe rings.
ToL Pipe Puzzle

The completed puzzle

After fixing the pressure machine, move on to the second floor, where you stumble onto a broken pipe machine. Collect the required items from the ground floor, if you haven't already. Construct the machine using the pipes and rivets.

You will now need to solve a rather simple puzzle, similar to a jigsaw. Using the arrows at the bottom of the screen, move the pieces into their correct positions, as illustrated on the right. As soon as you put a pipe in the correct location it will lock in place. You only have to rotate the largest piece, the rest are in the correct orientation when you start.

Using the image on the right as a reference, move the pipes, one by one into their respective places.

The machine is now working!

Cradle of Life

Tower of Life cage fix

Fixing the cage

Items needed:

  • 5 Metal bars
  • 4 Bottles of binding fluid

Once the machine starts working, collect the remaining items from the crates at the bottom floor. Finally, climb up to the top floor of the tower, where you will find an unfinished cage. Build the cage using the items, and a puzzle will appear.

Clicking the horizontal or vertical button will make a bar appear. The bars can be changed in size by using the '+' and '-' sign. The bars initially start off at size one. Click "place bar" to fit the bar at the broken areas.

  1. Click "Horizontal" and then "+" to make it bigger [1]. Click "Place bar". It should be placed now.
  2. Click Horizontal and scale it to size [3]
  3. Vertical - size [2]

That side of the cage is now complete. Now click the right arrow on the cage to turn the cage. As a precaution, an attempt to place another bar will give you the message "this side is complete" to let you know you are finished with that side.

  1. Horizontal - size [2]
  2. Vertical - size [2]
  3. Vertical - size [4]

That side of the cage is now complete. Turn the cage using the right arrow.

  1. Horizontal - size [4]
  2. Vertical - size [2]
  3. Vertical - size [3]

That side is complete; turn the cage

  1. Horizontal - [2]
  2. Horizontal - [2]
  3. Vertical - [2]

Now that the cage is complete, the puzzle screen should disappear.

The Homunculus


The Homunculus.

Homuncolus Birth

The Homuncolus is born.

Once all the three machines are properly fixed, you must go back to the ground level and talk to Effigy. He will be delighted that you've finished the tower and disappear to the top of the tower, along with the other alchemists. You decide to join them.

Go back up to the top, where a long cut scene plays, in which a Homunculus is brought to life. To your player's surprise, the three alchemists mistreat the creature. They run away in fear when it proves able to cast a powerful magic spell.

Go back to the base of the tower and talk to Effigy. Unsurprisingly, he wants you to go back and confront the monster and hopefully calm it down, so that they can carry on with their experiment. Once again, return back up top.

Homunculus Magic or Logic

Helping Homunculus with magic or logic

You now need to push the Homunculus' mind towards magic or logic. All multiple-choice answers are either magical, logical or neither. You need to push the bar at the top of the screen either to fully magical or fully logical. It does not matter if you push the Homunculus's mind towards magic or logic, the outcome will be the same. Once committed to a certain belief, the Homunculus will feel okay.

There are 14 questions. Choosing a 'Magical' answer moves the arrow to the left, a 'Logical' answer moves the arrow to the right, and a 'Neither' answer stays put the progress. If you do not move the arrow all the way to one end, then the questions repeat. Likewise, you could finish before all the questions are asked.

  • How can I make fire appear at my fingertips?
    • Logic - Get some logs and a tinderbox.
    • Magic - With the aid of 5 fire runes.
    • Neither - That's impossible! No one can do that!
  • How do dragons breathe fire?
    • Neither - Not too sure, I've never seen it happen.
    • Magic - With the help of the magical dragonstones!
    • Logic - By ignition of gas in their belly as they exhale.
  • What do people do, day-in, day-out?
    • Magic - Runecraft, enchant jewellery, perform alchemy.
    • Neither - Eat, sleep, nothing that exciting.
    • Logic - Fletching, Crafting, Smithing.
  • What could I do with unwanted bones?
    • Logic - Bury them.
    • Neither - I'd like to think you wouldn't be carrying bones around.
    • Magic - Turn them into bananas or peaches!
  • What's the best way to travel?
    • Neither - I'm not really much of a traveller, sorry.
    • Logic - Run, run as fast as you can.
    • Magic - Depends where you are headed, but teleport spells are a safe bet.
  • I hear people whisper of potions...
    • Magic - Yes, you can make magic potions to boost your skills.
    • Logic - People mix together ingredients in vials. The nutrients will help you.
    • Neither - Yes, liquid-filled vials. Big deal.
  • How are rune stones created?
    • Magic - By harnessing the power of the gods!
    • Neither - Never seen one personally.
    • Logic - Take a rune stone to an altar and use a talisman.
  • Can people move things with the power of the mind?
    • Neither - Perhaps. I've never seen it myself, though.
    • Magic - Yep, you can use the Telekinetic Grab spell.
    • Logic - Sure. Use your brain to tell someone to move it!
  • How can I possibly exist?
    • Magic - Through the power of alchemy.
    • Neither - It's beyond me!
    • Logic - It's a simple case of combining materials.
  • Explain those flashing sparks that scared the alchemists.
    • Magic - You have special powers - no surprise seeing how you were created.
    • Logic - Coincidence - there is a lot of loose metal around.
    • Neither - Yeah, they were cool! Nice one.
  • I want to learn more - what should I study?
    • Logic - Try some Mining followed by Smithing.
    • Magic - How about Magic and Runecrafting?
    • Neither - That's up to you; depends on what you find interesting.
  • If I reach out far enough I can grab the sun.
    • Logic - Don't be silly! You'd get burnt!
    • Magic - Can't see why not, anything is possible.
    • Neither - Well the sun is not actually there, it's where it used to be!
  • Am I a creature of magic or a creature of logic?
    • Logic - Everything has a reason, even if you don't know what it is.
    • Neither - Probably a bit of both.
    • Magic - Your very existence speaks of mystical forces.
  • Which do you believe in?
    • Magic - Magic.
    • Neither - I'm too laid back to really care, mate.
    • Logic - Logic.
Alchemists leave

The Alchemists leave.


One last time, return to the ground floor and speak with Effigy. The Homunculus will appear and scare off the alchemists and will want to speak with you again and tell you to meet him in the basement of the tower. You can get in there by using the trapdoor on the south wall. Go into the dungeon and talk to the Homunculus once more to complete the quest. He is located north of the ladder by the experiments table.


Music unlocked

Required for completing

Completion of Tower of Life is required for the following:


  • Once the quest is completed, it is no longer necessary to wear the Builders' clothes to enter the tower for access to the Creature Creation minigame.
  • Bonafido states - "Hahaha, don't be a plonka!" which is a variation of the term plonker. It is a British and Australian derogatory slang for a very stupid person. Made popular in the British TV sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" (1981–1996, 2001–2003) in which the main character Derek "Del Boy" Trotter often referred to his daft brother Rodney as "a right plonker".
  • The Homunculus of alchemy were created by combining parts of different animals to create a hybrid.
  • Upon examining some floating vials, the player receives the message "Oh, oh, oh, it's magic!", a reference to the song Magic.
  • 'The Guns', builder weightlifter, counts up to 10,000. He will then lose count, saying numbers such as, 10,004, 10,283, and 23,330. He then starts over again at 1.
  • Upon completing the quest, your adventurer's log will say "As I learned the contrast between magic and logic, the homunculus was created. I set out to help him find his place in this world.
  • If you complete the quest Making History before talking to Effigy, he recognizes the adventurer as the saver of the outpost and says the king was going to build a chemist lab there.
  • In the final words of the quest, there is a typo in Homonculus's speech. He says "Thrank you." It is clearly a typo as he does not use any other misspelled words in his dialog.
  • Outside of the Tower of Life , 'Currency' The Alchemist and 'Transmute' The Alchemist are using the old standing animation frames, but during a cutscene on the top floor in the Tower of Life, they are using the new animation frames.
  • In the basement of the Tower of Life, there appears to be a symbol of Zamorak on the minimap, though in actuality there are just some machines in that formation. It is unclear if this is purely coincidental or not.

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