This article is about the quest. For the location, see Death Plateau (location).
|“|| Trolls have come down from the north and are camped on Death Plateau. They are using this base to launch attacks on the principality of Burthorpe!
The Imperial Guard is taking heavy losses. They need your help!
|Start point||Go to the town north of Taverley, Burthorpe. Talk to Denulth in his tent. Tell him you will discover the path for him.|
|Length||Medium with required items|
|Enemies to defeat||None|
Head to Denulth, who is located north of the Heroes' Guild (north of Taverley) in a town called Burthorpe. He tells you trolls have taken over the Death Plateau and are using it to launch nightly raids. However, they cannot reclaim the camp because the main path is heavily guarded by trolls. It has now become your job to find a different path to the Death Plateau. You also have to open the equipment storage room, which requires a combination code that a guard has lost.
To obtain the combination from the guard, go to the top floor of the castle, and talk to Eohric in the Burthorpe castle. He will tell you that the guard, Harold, who was on duty is at the Toad and Chicken Pub in Burthorpe. Go to the pub, and head upstairs and to the left to find him. Try and speak to Harold, but he doesn't want to talk about the combination.
Go back and talk to Eohric. He will tell you that a beer and gambling may help to make Harold get over of his guilt. Giving Harold drinks before talking to Eohric, the second time, will not allow you to progress in the quest. Players MUST speak to Eohric before proceeding to give the beer to Harold.
Buy him an Asgarnian ale, or get one from the table downstairs, and try talking to him again. This time, he will tell you he lost the combination and that he has searched for it everywhere without any success. You can ask Harold if he would like another drink and hand over a Blurberry special or Premade blurb' sp., which makes Harold drunk and unable to count. This allows you to win all the dice games as Harold believes you are using all four dices.
Now, ask him if he wants to gamble. Be sure to have a high amount of cash on hand, as he will owe you, you will have to pay him. Keep trying to beat him (you will only get an IOU betting in amounts between 60-1000gp) until you get an IOU. Read it to find that the combination code, to the storage, is on the back of the IOU! Don't drop this, as you'll need it with you at the end of the quest.
The combination is:
|“|| Red is North of Blue.|
Yellow is South of Purple.
Green is North of Purple.
Blue is West of Yellow.
Purple is East of Red.
Head back to the castle (have 5 empty slots in your pack) and you'll see some coloured stone balls on the ground. Pick up the 5 stones (one of each colour; the yellow ball is just below the green ball) and place them in this order:
- Blue in the bottom left corner.
- Yellow in the bottom right corner.
- Red in the middle on the left.
- Purple in the middle on the right.
- Green in the top right corner.
Go through the door north of the table, and climb the ladder. Talk to the archer there, and he will thank you for getting the combination right and opening the door. Make sure you talk to him and not attack him.
The New Route
Walk out of the castle, and head north-west, up the path towards Death Plateau to find a cave. Go in and talk to Saba. Ask about if he knows of another path to the Death Plateau. The guy has a very rude and grumpy demeanour that may put off anybody, but he hates trolls as much as those who disturb him, so he will negotiate with you. He proceeds to share with you a secret path from a certain Sherpa's house, which leads directly to the Death Plateau.
Exit Saba's cave, and continue heading west along the path and until the path splits to into a fork north and south. A wounded soldier marks the dangerous route towards the north. If you head north, a warning sign will tell you that Death Plateau is dangerous and you will be attacked by trolls. Do not go this way! Head back south-west. Follow the southern path and enter the house, inside you will find the Sherpa Tenzing. Talk to Tenzing, ask for his help. He will help you in return for 10 loaves of bread, 10 cooked trout and some Spiked boots. He will hand you some Climbing boots, take those to Dunstan near the anvil in north-east Burthorpe to get them changed into Spiked boots.
Take the climbing boots to Dunstan in north-east Burthorpe (marked by an anvil on the mini-map, northeast of the castle) to get them changed into spiked boots. He tells you that he will make you the boots under one condition: His son should be made into an Imperial Guard. He also requires an iron bar to make the spiked boots.
After talking to Dunstan, head back to the tent where you started the quest, and talk to Denulth, and tell him that you have found a new path. However, it will only be revealed under the condition that the Sherpa has spiked boots and Dunstan's son be put into the Imperial Guard. Denulth makes an exception and gives you a certificate to accept Dunstan's son into the Imperial troops. Go back to Dunstan, and give him the iron bar and the certificate to receive a pair of spiked boots.
Into the mountains
Go back to Tenzing, and give him his supplies. Tenzing gives you a map of the secret area. You need to check the path before telling Denulth about it. Exit Tenzing's house out the side door to his backyard and climb over the stile. Take the path to the east and keep walking, even after you see the shortcut symbol to the north (don't try to climb the rocks).
Just keep walking east until you get the message that it's safe to tell Denulth about the secret path. Return to Denulth with the IOU (combination) and secret map in your inventory to complete the quest. You can get a new IOU from Harold if you've lost it.
- 1 Quest point
- 3,000 Attack experience
- Steel claws
- The ability to make claws
- Ability to purchase climbing boots from Tenzing, allowing you to cross the secret path for some troll killing (and cross into Rellekka as well). They do not need to be spiked, although it does say that you would need a good reason to go that way when you try to climb over the rocks. This message will disappear and you will be able to climb over the rocks once you have started the Troll Stronghold Quest.
Required for completing
Completion of Death Plateau is required for the following:
- Tenzing is an allusion to the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who, along with the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, was the first to climb Mount Everest.
- When you open the door to Tenzing's house for the first time, he exclaims 'No milk today! Thank you!' This is probably a reference to the song 'No Milk Today', by the 1960s band Template:WP. Coincidentally, the song 'Hermit' is unlocked during the quest.
- The 3000 Attack experience gained is enough to bring a player from 1 to 16 Attack, which is more than adequate to wield the Steel Claws you receive.
- Once you get the combination right and talk to the archer, he says "Thank god. I've been stuck in here since last night.", though there are many gods in RuneScape and it seems as though he would have said the exact name of the god he was referring to.
- When talking to Tenzing, "Yeah" is spelt "Yeh" as a typing error.
- Upon the completion of this quest, after making Tenzing his climbing boots, an attempt of wearing regular Rock Climbing Boots says: "The sherpa's feet must be very small; I can't get them on," instead of saying: "You need to complete Death Plateau in order to wear these." This is a bug.