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Official quest description: The wizard Merlin has been trapped in a magical crystal by the witch Morgan Le Faye. So far, King Arthur hasn't been able to figure out how to free his mentor from his crystal prison. Can you help?
Release date: 27 February 2002 (Update)
Start: Talk to King Arthur in Camelot.
Difficulty: *****
Length: Medium-Long
Members only: Yes
Requirements:
  • Must be able to defeat a level 37 enemy.
Items needed:
  • 24 coins or a loaf of bread.
  • Teleports to Falador, Camelot and an amulet of glory would be helpful.
  • Tinderbox
Monsters to kill:

Walkthrough

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Starting Up

To begin the quest, talk to King Arthur in his castle of Camelot. Ask him if you can join the Knights of the Round Table, and he'll suggest you complete a quest first to prove yourself. He'll tell you that his friend and mentor Merlin has been trapped in a crystal by Morgan Le Faye. While they did manage to find him and bring him back to the castle, they haven't quite figured out just how to get him out. Arthur will tell you to ask the other knights if they have any ideas.

Gathering Info

Go talk to the other knights around Camelot. First you should talk to Sir Gawain and talk to him about Merlin to try to get some ideas about how to get him out. He'll mention that perhaps Morgan will know, since she created the enchantment. However, the Keep Le Faye is all but impenetrable.

Next go talk to Sir Lancelot, upstairs on the second floor of Camelot. Talk to him and ask him if he has any idea on how to get into the Keep. He'll say something about how the only way to get into the Keep Le Faye is from the sea.

Infiltrating the Keep

Now that you've got a lead, head down the road to the south to Catherby. Arhein will be on the dock just south of the bank. If you talk to him, you'll quickly find out that he does, in fact, sail to the Keep to deliver goods. He's not about to let you hitch a ride, though.

Since he's so adamant about it, you'll have to find another way. Grab some armour and go up between the bank and the candle shop and you'll find a few crates against the back of the candle shop. You can click on them to slip inside and hide. There will be a bit of dialogue as workers come to pack you up and put you in the boat. After a while, you'll end up in the Keep LaFaye, at which point you can climb out.

Freeing Merlin

Now that you've arrived at the Keep, go inside and go to the top floor of the place. There you will see Sir Mordred. Talk to him and he will attack you. WARNING: Try not to use prayer during the fight as if your prayer runs out right when you "kill" Sir Mordred you will have to fight him again. Watch out for the Renegade Knights that are wandering around the castle and run up the stairs to the very top floor. Up here you'll find Sir Mordred (level 39).WARNING: It is possible for some one else to come in and attack him, they will not get the 'someone else is already fighting that' you will, and you will have to fight Mordred again. Fight him and just as you defeat him, Morgan will appear begging you not to kill her son. In exchange for sparing him, she will finally tell you how to release Merlin. You will need a number of things to do so:

Bat bones

There are bats right outside the Keep. Just go out the other door on the first floor to get outside and kill one.

Black candle

Remember the candlemaker in Catherby? If not, he's in the house just west of the Catherby bank. Talk to him and he'll tell you that he can make black candles, but he doesn't stock any because it's seriously bad luck. However, you can convince him to make you some if you just get the wax.

In a house just north of the bank you can find a bottle of insect repellent on a table. Now head to the west where there's a fenced in area full of bee hives (near the flax field). Use the insect repellent on a hive to temporarily drive the bees away, then use a bucket (there is one that respawns in the field) to get a bucket of wax. Take this back to the candlemaker to get your black candle.

Excalibur

The legendary sword itself. It's kept by The Lady of the Lake. To find her, go just south of Taverley to the lake there (note: you will have to cross White Wolf Mountain, it is recommended for lower level players to teleport to Falador first, and then travel to the destination, as for players who have completed Fishing Contest, just go underground.). At the north end is a spar of land that juts out into the middle of the lake. The Lady of the Lake will be here. Talk to her, and she'll tell you that she has the sword, but first she wants you to go to the jewellery shop in Port Sarim.

Along the way, grab a loaf of bread from the food shop (located just south of the fishing store), then head to Port Sarim's Jewellery Shop. As you open the door, a begger will approach you, begging you for some food to feed his starving family. Give him the loaf of bread. When you do, the tramp will change into the Lady of the Lake, who was simply testing the purity of your spirit. Satisfied, she'll give you the sword Excalibur.

Magic Words

Go to Varrock and go to the temple in the south-east corner of the city. In the building there (not in the fenced off area), there is a zamorakian church with a chaos altar. On it will be the words you need: Snarthon Candtrick Termanto. You must find the magic words yourself or you will not be able to complete the ritual.

Freeing Merlin

Now to free the wizard. First, head back to Camelot, don't forget to take a tinderbox. On the outside of the castle (inside the fence, though), there is a fountain on the north east side of the castle, and to the north east, under a small roof, there is a 12 pointed star in the style of a pentagram. Light your black candle and drop the bat bones (be careful not to bury them) on the ground. A ghost named Thrantax the Mighty will appear and you will be prompted to say the magic words. If you get it right, the ghost will obey you and disappear. If not, he will attack you and you'll have to try again. Be careful, though, as he is level 92 and can hit in double figures. If you fail you need to get a new black candle.

Once the ghost is under your control, you'll make your request to free Merlin and the ghost will do as you wish. Now go back inside Camelot and climb up to the very top of the south-east tower. At the top, Merlin will be imprisoned in a blue crystal. Use Excalibur on the crystal and it will shatter.

King Arthur granting the player honorary Knightship.

Head back downstairs and talk to King Arthur. He will grant you honorary Knightship in the Knights of the Round Table. You have finished the quest. Congratulations!

Rewards

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Music

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