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PostSubject: Summer's End   Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:43 pm

Summer's End


Quest WARNING:
If you die while fighting the beast, your gravestone will appear right under Summer, just north east of Varrock (near the wilderness wall).

■ Automatically when you die you will keep your spade, tinderbox and ghostspeak amulet as well as your normal three other items, making for much less clicking at your gravesite when regathering supplies.

■ Deposit all unneeded items in the bank, as armour and weapons will not help in this quest.
■ Jennica's ring will be right next to Summer in the pile of rubble.

■ Protect from magic or any protection prayers will not work or help when fighting the spirit beast; the only time you need prayer is in the 3rd room when blessing the graves, redemption can help you stay alive, and Rapid renewal and Protect item can have their place depending on your strategy.

WARNING: This can be a rather difficult quest, depending on experience and the quality of the player's Internet connection.

Background

In the Void with the spirits. Items needed: Jennica's ring, a Ghostspeak amulet, a pickaxe (any type is sufficient), 4-5 Summoning pouches made from Blue charms, high-value foods.

■ Go to the church in varrock and walk north through the gate. then, walk northeast and go to the quest icon on the minimap.
■ Talk to Summer, who will be near the Wilderness wall. Ask her what's happening, and she tells you to follow her.
■ When you follow her through the Spiritual portal, instead of arriving in the Spirit Realm you appear in The Void that separates the real realm from the Spirit Realm.
■ Erik Bonde, Summer's father, explains that the Spirit Beast is getting stronger and is breaking through the veil separating the two realms.

Preparing the mine

Items needed: Jennica's ring, Ghostspeak amulet, Pickaxe.
■ In order to trap the beast, you have to lure it into a mine. However, the mine entrance is closed in the Spirit Realm. Destroy the mine entrance a bit northwest of the farm in the real realm, so that the one in the Spirit Realm will open. Return to the real realm by operating Jennica's ring while standing on the portal. You must be wearing the ring to operate it.
■ Travel north to the mine entrance (it is marked with a dungeon icon on the minimap)
■ If you wish you can enter the mine and explore the Runescape version of the mine to get a feel for it. There is a functioning "decayed altar" if you wish to top up your prayer. This is a good idea, as it lets you scout out the arena for the fights. You can search the skeleton just inside the cave for a bronze pickaxe, a mithril hatchet, tinderbox and a spade.
■ Collapse the mine entrance using a pickaxe.
■ Return to the ruined farm. Travel into the Spirit realm (by operating Jennica's ring while standing at the Spiritual portal.)
■ Travel north until you are near the mine entrance.

Luring the beast

Items needed: Jennica's ring, Ghostspeak amulet, 4-5 Blue charm pouches.
■ The beast is now familiar with the types of spirits you used to lure it in Spirit of Summer. As you used familiars made with gold, green, and crimson charms in the Spirit of Summer quest, the beast is "familiar" with any familiars made with them. So, a new type of spirit is required.
■ Lure the beast using any Blue charm familiar. It is possible the beast can be lured with just one familiar, but bring 4-5 pouches, as the beast will eat your familiar if the luring fails.
■ This can be much more difficult than it sounds. It is best to stay as near the cave entrance as possible while being close to (if not directly on) the beast's "patrol" route. ■ It may help if you position yourself so that you are closer to the mine entrance than your familiar, as it is you entering the mine that counts.

■ Position yourself by walking a bit further away from the mine with your familiar following you, and then walking a bit back towards the entrance. Once you are ready, it may also help to turn run on.
■ Once the beast is focused onto the familiar or you, enter the mine. If the beast devours your familiar, try again with another pouch. If the beast ignores your familiar, it means that the beast was too far away. Position it closer to the beast's route for the next attempt. It's better to be too early than too late when entering the mine.
■ Once the beast is in the mine you may wish to consider dumping excess pouches, both for inventory space and to save better items in the event of death (for example Ring of life and Phoenix necklace are both saved with less priority than spirit larupia pouches).

Before killing the beast

Warning: Even very high-level players are likely to die repeatedly as they confront the Spirit Beast, which can hit very fast causing very high damage: multiple 300s are possible in a single attack. It is highly possible to be killed in a single attack without a chance to heal or teleport out! You should not take any items you aren't willing to lose. Believe the ghosts when they warn you that armour and weapons are of no use against the beast. You should have no trouble getting to your grave in time if you die.
■ It is necessary to run to avoid the beast's attacks. Using the "infinite" run energy boost from the quest As a First Resort... is an option (the infinite run is recommended over familiars as there is no time to trigger scrolls). If you have not done the quest, you should consider bringing several Super energy potions, or, if you have level 40 or 52 Summoning, a Bull Ant or Spirit terrorbird with many Tireless run or Unburden scrolls. (It takes several seconds to use a scroll, so make sure you find a place out of range of the beast before using the scrolls.)
■ The beast makes long-ranged attacks, similar to a catapult attack. An attack is not instantaneous, but takes a short time to reach its target point. When launched, the attack targets where you are standing and does not track you if you move. When the attack hits the ground, it splashes into several secondary attacks, which hit you if you are still nearby. These attacks can hit into the 300s, and mid-200s are common. You can be hit by several of the splashes at once - being hit by all of them at once is nearly a guaranteed death.
■ The key to survival and eventual victory is to avoid the beast's attacks. The earth shakes when the beast is unleashing its attack. You can thus avoid an attack by watching for this sign. Also, the attack makes a "whoosh" sound while in flight, which can alert you if you missed the shaking. You have less time to react when you hear a whoosh. Run away from the attacks.
■ As the beast is weakened, it attacks faster, the attacks splash into more secondary attacks, and the splashes travel further.
■ You can run into any of the other rooms the beast is not in (but not the cave entrance) if you need to replenish your run energy or eat in peace. The beast can not attack you there. However, the beast will wait just outside the room's entrance and can attack you almost as soon as you enter the room again. If this is a problem, you can log out of the game without losing your progress. When you log in again, you are back in the real realm at the portal in the ruined farm. You can re-enter the Spirit Realm and resume the struggle in the cave (or you can take this opportunity to restock at the bank).
■ The beast cannot melee; however it still can be dangerous to get close to it, as at very short range its regular attacks take little time to hit the ground. Also, some players have reported that it seems to take them longer to start running when they are close to the beast, though this may just be lag.
■ It is often useful or necessary to watch the beast while being able to run far from it. This can be done by turning on the fullscreen mode. If your PC lags go on fixed mode. In the fixed mode, it works best to use both the main view and the minimap. Move the camera down near the ground and point it at the beast, turning it as you move. However, move by clicking on the minimap rather than the main view, so that you can run away further.
■ When the beast moves into a new room, you remain behind in the previous room. You can move on to the next room, but this is a good time to leave the cave and restock. Every time you restock, it is recommended that you make another visit to the Oo'glog spa to restore infinite run energy.
■ Remember that all the characters you meet during this quests are ghosts. Except for one occasion, you must wear the Ghostspeak amulet to communicate with them. (The exception is that Summer will still intelligently speak to you at the end of the quest even without the amulet.) You do not need to wear the amulet to fight the beast, however, so you could switch to a Phoenix necklace at those times if necessary.
■ For each room, be patient and repeat what you need to do until you succeed.
■ Turn on "ambient sounds" in the audio options, it is easier to know when the beast is attacking if you can hear it shooting a blast.
■ Avoid listening to any music while doing this quest, as you may not realise that you are about to be hit.
■ The Redemption prayer can be of some use through healing, however the beast can easily hit high enough that the prayer is not activated.
■ If you already collapsed the cave in the real Runescape you can bank your pickaxe now or after you die if it's important to you.

First room: The Fire

The Spirit Beast.


Items needed: Jennica's ring, Ghostspeak amulet, Tinderbox, Hatchet (Rune hatchet or Dragon hatchet recommended), at least one empty inventory slot, Food. (Players can loot the skeleton at the cave entrance for a Mithril hatchet and tinderbox, if needed.)

(This quest contains many bugs. If you see that the Spirit Beasts stops attacking, or if you see 2 Spirit Beasts, or if burning all the logs in the first cavern does not result in the beast moving to the next, you should try to switch worlds.)
■ Once you've lured the beast into the cave, a cutscene ensues. Meranek Thanatos explains that he has discovered the beast has a weakness in its chest, where it stores the energy of the souls it devours.
■ Logs cut from the cursed willow roots in the room burn with exceptional brightness, and the beast mistakes the fire for souls. So, he needs you to make the fire to distract the beast, which is when Meranek strikes.
■ You need to build 3 pyres, each pyre requiring 5 logs. Cut Cursed willow logs (which are not bankable) from the roots growing along the walls of the room and place them in any of the three fire pits. You can choose to fill one pit first and then move on to another. Or, since you're likely to be running all around the room anyway, it's quite feasible to fill 3 pits as you go. There is no need to fill more than 3 pits.
■ Because the beast attacks faster after each fire is lit, it is recommended to build all 3 pyres completely before lighting any of them. Light the three pyres with a Tinderbox.
■ The Beast's attacks are not like normal attacks. Once the beast begins its attack (the ground will shake and the beast will perform an attack animation) the place in which it will attack is fixed. Therefore, you can 'dodge' the attacks. However, when the attack hits the ground, it splits up! The more times it has been attacked, the more attack splits it will have. The splits can inflict similar damage to the initial attack. Also, the more times the beast has been hurt the faster its attack is. When it has been attacked twice, its attack is incredibly fast! ■ The pyres do not have to be made and lit in the same session, you can log out and the number lit will be remembered. But any logs you placed in the pyres will be gone.
■ If you leave the cave for some reason the logs that have been stacked but not lit will be removed. When lighting a fire make sure the beast is only a few spaces away; it is easy to miss the window of range.

■ After lighting a fire, a cutscene will play showing the beast investigating the fire and being attacked by Meranek Thanatos. If you do not see the cutscene, your pyre had no effect and you may have to try again.
■It is possible to trap the spirit beast between two fires due to his large size; once you have done this, hug the wall to keep out of his max range: then you can chop to your heart's desire. Resting would also be wise. If you cannot do this, a brief reprive for resting and eating can be found by moving into the second room, where the beast cannot attack. This only works before it moves there, however.
■ When Meranek has attacked the beast three times, it moves into the second room.
■ This is a good time for you to eat. This is also a good time to leave the cave to restock food and recharge run energy.

Strategy

■ Rune hatchet or Dragon hatchet is recommended because they cut faster than other hatchets. Speed is important, since the beast's attacks will interfere with your woodcutting. The Inferno Adze, however, is not recomended because it will burn some of the logs, wasting time, and if you die, it will NOT be saved by the gravestone.
■ Empty inventory slots are used to hold the logs you cut from the roots. ■ You can get by with just one, but it may be more efficient to hold five at a time (enough for one pyre). You are very likely to free up slots as you stay in the room, as you will need to eat food often.
■ Logs must be placed on the pyres one-by-one, anyway.

■ Good timing is very important to succeed. Stay at least five squares from your goal (roots or fire pit) and prepare your action: ■ Chopping roots: Position your mouse on the closest root.
■ Building a pyre: Left click on a log (use logs) and position your mouse to the fire pit.

■ When the beast signals it is attacking, left click your target.
■ When chopping roots, try to chop for 2–3 seconds to try to get a log. The roots in the north and north-west of the cave are close enough together that you can cut for a moment at one then run to cut another, all on the same screen, each time dodging the attacks of the beast. Alternatively, you can cut the roots towards the west as soon as you enter the room. The beast may not see you at first, but he moves around so be careful.
■ When dodging, move to another place 5 squares from your new goal.
■ If you die in this room the damage the beast has already taken from the fires will not reset. (For example if you manage to successfully place five logs, build a fire and then die; you will only need to build two additional fires.) Any unlit logs you have placed in the fire pit will disappear if you die.
■ You may wish to cut the 15 logs required and have a games necklace with you. This way, when you die, you can merely teleport back to Clan Wars or the Wilderness Volcano, pick up the logs, and return to the cave. This method no longer works due to an update.
■ The beast makes a noise when it attacks, a player can simply listen out for the attack rather than looking at the beast, your screen will also shake a bit when the beast attacks.
■When you enter the cave the beast may not see you or attack for some time. Run in and cut along the most southern root along west wall. This is the one closest to the cave entrance. Cut there until the beast attacks, then run outside the cave. You will keep your logs and the beast will be reset. Repeat this process cutting 2-5 logs every time without taking damage. Continue this until you have 10 or 15 logs.
■You may use this strategy for the fire pits as well. The beast will not attack for a while if you use fire pit closest to the door. You sometimes have enough time to put five logs onto this pit and light it. This will create the cut scene. After the cut scene you may leave the cave and do it again.
■An efficient method is to build all 3 pyres but don't light them. As you light the first one there will be a short cutscene, during this cutscene click on the location of the next pyre on the minimap and your character will run to the next pyre during the scene. This means the beast can't attack you during the scene and when it ends you will be at the next pyre ready to light it. Do this for all 3 pyres and you will not take any damage.
■On the western wall, there are 2 roots that are close to each other. Cut one, and when the screen shakes, go to the other. This is a very simple way to get the logs, with less risk. Do not get too confident after you stop taking damage- because the slightest mistake can result in death.
■ You can bank you hatchet now or after you die if it's important to you

Second room: The Dark Core
Items needed: Jennica's ring, Ghostspeak amulet, spade.

Important Note: You may have started this quest without having the Hunter level required; however for this step, you need it.
■ As you enter the room, a cutscene plays. Jallek Lenkin knows how to damage the Spirit Beast more and needs your help. The dark core must be lured out from inside the Spirit Beast and trapped in a hole. When the beast goes to retrieve its core from the hole, Jallek attacks. He needs to attack it three times.
■ Run around avoiding attacks until the dark core comes out. When the core is out, use your spade next to a patch of the soft soil to dig a hole. The core will head toward you if it is close enough. Otherwise, get nearer to it to get its attention.
■ Put the hole between yourself and it, and it will fall in. When successful, a cutscene of Jallek's attack plays. Failure means the beast will come up and retrieve the core. (If the core touches you, you will take a small amount of damage. Although Jallek warns you to avoid this, it is not necessary to bother. The damage pales in comparison to what you take from one of the beast's attacks.) (Note) If you manage to get the core into a hole then you can leave the cave to restock and come back and do it two more times however if you die while the core is stuck in the hole and before the cutsence it will not count.
■ Each time after Jallek attacks, it takes longer for the dark core to come out, and the beast attacks faster, with more splashes.
■ When Jallek has attacked the beast three times, it moves into the third room. This is a good time for you to eat. This is also a good time to leave the cave to restock food and recharge run energy.

Strategy

Safe Spot for Room two during Summer's End.
■ This room should seem a bit easier to survive in than the last room because you don't have to stop while the beast attacks.
■ A very effective strategy involves the usage of the salt water pool (and thermal bath for 15-20% extra lifepoints) if you have completed As A First Resort... Since you must run for long periods of time without stopping, bathe in the pond before you attempt to face the beast. The beast will stay relatively in the center of the dirt mounds, so you can run around it repeatedly while it attacks you, staying on the trail of the mounds.
■ Learn to move around the room so that you are often near a patch of soft soil. This lets you dig a hole as soon as the core comes out. The room is quite large and the patches are only near the walls, so it is easy to end up far from a patch if you do not pay attention. A good strategy is to use the minimap, where darker squares represent the soft dirt. Run from patch to patch in a circle, which will keep the beast relatively stationary in the middle. This is very energy-depleting though so bring at least 3 super energy potions.
■ Keep the beast in view so that you can see the core coming out. If you miss it coming out, the beast stops attacking you, which clues you in. However, in this case, the beast may retrieve the core before you can do much.
■ When the dark core emerges you get a green message in the chat box telling you that "The dark core has come out of the Beast." Until you get that message, there is nothing to do except running around the beast.
■ When the beast signals it is attacking, run away.
■ Holes you dig collapse quickly, so it is not a good idea to dig holes while waiting for the core to emerge.
■ When the beast is attacking quickly, run in the direction you are facing. Do not turn around as you will get hit.
■ There are two recesses in the room's wall, right before the entrance to the third (eastern) room. These make partial safe spots from the beast's attacks. If you go to one and see the signs that the beast is attacking, run across to the other one, as splash attacks can strike you in the first one. However, the beast will then approach the recesses so closely that it will not make another attack while you are in the recess. This gives you a chance to rest and eat. When ready, run out into the room, being careful to avoid the beast which will be close to the recesses, or log out and log in again. Doing this will bring you back to the real realm at the Spiritual portal in the ruined farm.
■ When the core is out, it does not move normally, but jumps towards you in intervals. It is not necessary to put a hole between you and the core; just stand right next to the hole and the core will be trapped automatically.
■ You can bank your spade now if you wish.

Final room: Blessing the graves
Items needed: Jennica's ring, Ghostspeak amulet.

The final fight with the Spirit Beast.

■ In the final room, you will finally help destroy the beast. When you enter the room a cutscene plays, and the three spirits explain that this room has their graves. If the player blesses the graves at the right time, the spirits can hurt and destroy the beast.
■ There are five graves in the room. Each spirit will inhabit one grave at a time. Each also has its own colour: red, yellow, blue. (Erik's soul is red, Jallek's soul is yellow and Meranek's soul is blue. )
■ Once the cutscene ends, you will see each coloured spirit fly to a grave. The beast then starts attacking.
■ For each attack, the beast charges with a colour the same as one of the three spirits. If you bless the grave containing the spirit with the same colour as the attack being charged, the attack when made will rebound against the beast.
■ Do this once (and only once) for each of the three colours. After the beast attacks, the spirits may or may not change graves. (The cursed nature of the ground in the cave means the spirits cannot stay in one grave long.)
■ A bug may occur where the beast stops participating in battle, and begins roaming around the grave room, uninterested in combat. Simply hop worlds to fix this. You will appear at Summer. Talk to her and return to the cave to resume battle.

Strategy

■ Track just one spirit colour at a time, and be near the grave it is in. When the beast begins charging an attack of that colour, bless the grave.
■ Alternatively, track two spirit colours at a time and bless the proper grave at the proper time. This is more difficult to do. (Trying to track all three colours at once is very difficult to do.)
■ Remember which spirits (colours) have caused the beast's attack to rebound. A spirit will only rebound the attack once. Simply ignore the spirit once it has had its effect.
■ Blessing a grave can be dangerous. You must bless it when the beast is charging. If you are too late, you cannot bless it in time and instead will be hit by the attack. If you bless the wrong grave (i.e. an empty grave, or the blue spirit's grave when a yellow attack is charging), the attack will hit you. Finally, if you bless the grave of a spirit that has already had its effect, the spirit will 'not rebound the attack a second time. Instead, you will be hit. So, in all cases when you are unsure if you are at the correct grave, it is better to dodge out of the way and try again when you are sure.
■ The Spirit uses a three-way attack in this room which covers nearly the entire area in front of him in heavy damage every time he attacks. Because of this, it is suggested that when dodging attacks to simply run behind the beast as he is charging his attack, thus avoiding all damage.
■If you die in this room the damage the beast has already taken from the colours will not reset. (For example if you manage to successfully counter the beast's yellow attack and then die you will not need to counter the yellow attack again.)
■Erik's soul is red, Jallek's soul is yellow and Meranek's soul is blue. Should you die or want to re-stock, make note of the writing in green and figure out which colours you still need to bless.
■Note: Even if you bless the correct grave, the Beast's attacks may still ricochet into you.
■Another strategy is to stand outside the archway to the room and angle the camera so that you can see inside. Note which colour spirit is in the grave nearest the archway. Click the arch to enter the room, and the beast will begin charging an attack. If the attack matches the spirit in the nearest grave, bless it. If not, click the arch to exit the room, wait for the beast's attack splashes to disappear, and then try again. This will (usually) avoid taking any damage, though it may take awhile to complete. Watch the grave closely to be sure that the spirit doesn't leave while the beast is charging; if it does leave, immediately either run away and exit the room or continue running forward and go behind the beast.

Finishing up

■ Note: If you killed the beast and died at the same time, it still counts! Just return to the third room in the cave to find Summer and the other spirits.
■ After the beast is destroyed, Summer will appear and tell you that her energy is feeling more powerful already. She is still a ghost, but she will still talk to you even if you are not wearing the Ghostspeak amulet. ■ For example, if you were wearing a Phoenix necklace during the final battle, you will not have time to change to the Ghostspeak amulet before Summer speaks to you.

■ She tells you to speak to the elder spirits in the cave. Equip the Ghostspeak amulet (if you aren't wearing it), and speak to the spirits to hear their story.

The 'End' of Summer's End
■ Agree to leave the cave with them, and you will be transported out of it. Speak to them again to obtain the rewards.

Congratulations. Quest complete!


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