- 2 Quest Points.
- 250 Construction XP, 2,500 Woodcutting XP, 6,000 Runecrafting XP, 12,000 Magic XP.
- Small Crystal Seed.
Speak to Brimstail in his cave in the western portion of the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
Skill: 5 Construction, 46 Magic.
Quest: The Grand Tree.
Item: Saw, Hammer, Bucket of Sap, Mud Rune (Water+Earth), Pestle and Mortar, Oak Log, Maple Log.
Skill: 13 Runecrafting, 45 Woodcutting, 58 Magic (for Watchtower Teleport).
Item: Ring of Dueling, Watchtower Teleport Runes.
After you foiled a plan to destroy the Grand Tree things have been quiet in the gnome world. Brimstail has found a strange machine, though, built by Oaknock the Engineer during the Gnomes' Golden Age. What does the weird device do? Why on RuneScape was it built?
If you agree to help this bookworm gnome get this confusing device working, you will learn a little about gnome magicks, gnome history, and you will start to uncover a new threat (or is it an old one?) to gnome security - a threat that is a lot harder to see ...
A RuneScape History
Talk to Brimstail.
Inspect the Strange Machine, the Singing Cup, the Sign.
Talk to Brimstail.
Go to Hazelmere.
Items needed: Bring all items.
To start talk to Brimstail in his Cave on the western side of the Tree Gnome Stronghold, just past the magic trees. First ask him about the Cute Creature, then say that you would love to hear about some history. Brimstail will then tell you to go check out the things in the other room of the cave. You will need to inspect the Strange Machine, the Singing Cup, the Sign just west of the machine and the Disc Exchanger. Once you have inspected all of these objects go back to Brimstail.
He tells you that he thinks the bowl is elven but that's all he knows and that the machine belonged to Oaknock. He then goes on to direct you to Hazelmere, suggesting you ask him about the machine and Glouphrie. Teleport to the Watchtower near Yanille and run east to Hazelmere's island or use the fairy ring code CLS.
Talk to Hazlemere.
Talk to Brimstail twice.
Inspect the machine.
When you speak to him, you can't understand anything he says. He will cast a spell on you which allows you to communicate with each other without speaking and hence allows you to understand him. He talks about a meeting between the Gnomes and the Goblins and a cut scene begins. He explains within it how Glouphrie used illusory magic to summon several fake tortoises which scared the Goblins away. Then, it shows him in the past having a strange feeling and seeing a silver spirit tree die, but when he arrived the tree was still there but had lost its aura.
Continuing within the cut scene he talks to Oaknock about it and they agree that Glouphrie is behind it and attempting to hide something. Oaknock makes an Anti-Illusion device and when used on the spirit tree it reveals that Glouphrie really was hiding it and the King kicks him out. Once the cut scene is over, Hazelmere tells you that he doesn't know how the machine worked but it was run with some sort of crystal disc. He gives you a violet pentagon disc and tells you to return to Brimstail. Use a ring of dueling to return to the Gnome Stronghold quickly by going to the Duel Arena and using the glider in Al Kharid.
Talk to Brimstail and you will tell him about your conversation with Hazlemere. He will say the disc looks familiar and he may have a few lying about. Near the end of the conversation, an invisible person will appear. He will destroy the machine. You realize that there must be a spy somewhere using illusory magic and must repair the machine to stop them. Talk to Brimstail again, and he will tell you to assess the damage. Inspect the machine and it will tell you "it looks like it was made with 2 types of wood and a glue that smells like a coniferous tree and held together with something sticky".
Make the magic glue and repair the machine; tell Brimstail.
Unlock it by doing the puzzle.
Use your pestle and mortar on the mud rune. Then use the ground mud rune on the bucket of sap to get magic glue. Select 'Repair' on the machine with your saw, hammer, oak logs, maple logs and magic glue in your inventory, then return to Brimstail and tell him you have fixed the machine.
Now that you have repaired the machine, you need to unlock it. The numbers you receive are always random during this part of the quest, so this is how you figure out what shape(s) you will need. Please note you will need to fill every window with a shape to make the number requested or else the machine will not work.
The image below shows what the value of each color is. To figure out the shape to put into the machine, you need to multiply the number of sides on the shape by the amount of blocks associated with that color. The colors from left to right are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. You can speak to Brimstail to get more shapes.
So for example, on the following image for the top number, you need one shape that makes up the number six. There are two possible solutions for this number. You could have an indigo circle or you could have an orange triangle. For the middle number, you need two shapes to make up the number five. You could use a green circle and a red circle because green has the value of 4 and red has a value of 1, and each circle has 1 side so you get 4+1 = 5. There is a Disc Exchanger nearby to help you get the correct discs.
Kill the Cute Creature.
Talk to the King.
Kill the spies.
Talk to the King.
Once you finally complete this screen the machine is activated and the Cute Creature Brimstail had at the beginning is now black. You kill it and Brimstail tells you to speak to the King about it.
Speak to King Narnode Shareen in the Grand Tree and he tells you to kill all the spies. There are six in all to kill (if you didn't already killed one in Brimstail's cave, otherwise five).
The first is right beside you and the King.
The second creature is next to the glider in the tree.
The third is by the spirit tree to the south.
The fourth is at the entrance to the stronghold.
The fifth one is north of the swamp which is just west of the Grand Tree where the tortoises are.
The final one is in Brimstail's cave.
Return to the King to complete the quest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I do with the Small Seed?
A: Return to Brimstails cave and use it on the bowl in the middle of the second room to get a Crystal Saw.
Q: What does a Crystal Saw do?
A: It raises you Construction level by 3 levels while using it. After using it to make 28 items higher than your construction level you will have to return to the bowl to recharge it. Note this only works on items you need a saw to build, not buying monsters or rooms.
Q: I've lost my saw where can I get a new one?
A: If you lose/destroy your saw you may return to Brimstail to get another one.
Q: How do I get a bucket of sap?
A: Have a bucket and knife in your inventory, then use your knife on an evergreen tree (normal trees in Tree Gnome Stronghold that have pointed tops are also classed as evergreens).