|In the heat of the moment!|
Today marked the release of Runescape's latest quest, Song From The Depths. Listed as a short quest, and rated Novice level, 'Song' is a tantalizing teaser for the upcoming Queen Black Dragon boss.
The quest might be short and easy, but it's very worthwhile. I loved the graphics, the story, and the voice acting. Especially the voices. Sounds like Jagex is using professional talent. Beautiful voices, full of sorrow, anguish, hope. I already empathized with Remora (the central character of the story), but her soulful songs and heartfelt story just... lived... when listened to. If you usually play with the speech turned off, I strongly recommend giving the voice mode a try with 'Song'.
|Rimmington Square- note the polar bear in the well..|
It takes some help from Lucille to enter a lucid dreaming state. From there, you follow the trapped spirits. As you enter the cave, you begin to hear the song, a haunting melody and tragic story of the mermaid Remora. You also hear The Raptor growling his threats and ill humor along the way. You'll hear clues as you go, but if you get lost, just follow the occasional spirits that pass by.
|What lies beyond the door?|
|It's a long way down...|
You know what's coming next... Yep. Jump in after him. The Queen Black Dragon appears, and swallows everybody entire. Inside, there are acid pits and small monsters. Avoid where possible, but if you brought some food (or an Enhanced Excalibur) it's easier to just bull straight through everything. You'll take small damage, just heal as you go.
Incidentally, her song rescued the trapped spirits. Somewhere in the middle of all this, Raptor shows up, and threatens to kill Remora. Once convinced he needs her to escape, he stands down, but warns "I'll be watching you!"
Grab the coral crossbow on the floor, free Remora, and prepare for a wild cut-scene again. The Queen Black Dragon will vomit all three of you up now (I know... Yuck, right?)
You might think it's all over now, but you still have to talk to Lucille to get close out the quest. The reward is one quest point, 700 Constitution Experience, the Coral Crossbow with 50 bolts, Remora's necklace, reduced damage taken from the QBD (when she's released next week), and access to the new dungeon.
You also get 2 SOF spins, and 30,000 Constitution as an after-quest kind of thing. Go back into the quest cave, follow the hints (remember Wiki is your friend!) and you'll find 2 cavern walls. Reading the blue glowing runes on one will give you 5k Constitution exp. Then swim across the acid pool, read the 2nd wall, and it will give 25k Constitution exp.
Some things of particular note. Remora's Amulet allows you to teleport directly to the Grotworm Lair once a day. I like things that teleport. One of my favorite rewards. Another cool item: The Coral Crossbow. It's upgradeable (once the QBD is released), and according to Jagex, will become a "truly fearsome weapon." Cool.
On the bad side, it only fires coral bolts. As far as I know, they can only be obtained as drops from the Grotworms, so if you want to take on the Queen, better use this week in advance to stock up. You get 50 from the quest, and they're untradeable. Even better, Coral Bolts are supposed to have an unknown (as of yet) special effect against the Queen. Don't know about you, but I think I'm going to spend some time with the Grotworms!
The level 167 worms seemed resistant to whip damage, but also seemed very inaccurate. Occasionally one would hit hard, but mostly they missed or did light damage. I'll have to follow up and see what they're weak to.
Great atmospherics, easy (yet fun) quest. To me, it was a great intro for the Queen Black Dragon. Now I'm even more excited- going to be hard waiting for her official release!!