Between a Rock... Quest Guide

Difficulty: Intermediate
Length: Medium
Members only: Yes


  • 2 quest points
  • Rune pickaxe
  • 5000 Defence, Mining and Smithing XP
  • Access to the gold mine
  • Two extra spins on the Squeal of Fortune.


Begin by talking to Dondakan the Dwarf in the Keldagrim Mines.

Needed skills:

  • 30 Defence
  • 40 Mining
  • 50 Smithing
  • The ability to defeat a level 75-125 enemy, depending on your level

Needed quests:

Needed items:


First off, make your way to the Keldagrim Mines located northeast of the mining site found east of Rellekka and go inside. Go through the small Cave Entrance on the east wall, and then speak to the Dwarven Ferryman. Ask him for a ride and pay 2gp to get across the river. Cross the bridge to the east and head to the room in the northwest corner of the cave.

Now talk to Dondakan the Dwarf, and ask him why he's firing cannonballs against the wall. He says that the rock is impenetrable, so tell him that you'll try and help him. He wants you to get information about the rock.

After speaking to Donadakan, speak to the Dwarven Boatman and take the boat to Keldagrim. Head north, and then cross over the river to the west. Go south to the Library on the east side of the road just southeast of the bank. Speak to the Librarian who sends you to find Wemund's Wrench Warehouse in the main building just north of the store. Look for an Anvil symbol, and inside will be the allusive Dwarven Engineer.

Talk to the him and he says that you should talk to Rolad, a renowned scholar. Now leave Keldagrim and the cave.

Rolad's Book
Rolad can be found in a small house near the entrance to the Dwarven Mines, southwest of the Monk's Monastery. He tells you that he has a book that may be able to help, but it seems to be missing some pages, which can be found in the mine.

Page 1: Kill a Scorpion for this page. You may need to kill more than 1.

Page 2: Search the Mine Carts until you find this page.

Page 3: Mine from the rocks until you obtain this page.

After you have the 3 pages, bring them to Rolad who will give you a book on Dwarven Lore. Read this book and then talk to him again, who will allow you to keep the book for awhile. While you're in the area, buy an Ammo Mould from Nulodion for 5gp in the other nearby house (if you don't already have 1).

A Golden... Cannonball of Hope?
Now go back to Dondakan and ask him what he's tried on the rock so far. He says that he's tried everything from having 100 Dwarven mining at it, to firing a Rune Cannonball at it. Make a Gold Cannonball by using a Gold Bar with a Furnace, while carrying an Ammo mould (gives 37 smithing xp). Use this with Dondakan and tell him that you're sure that it will work, which is should.

Now that your idea has worked, he now wants you to make a Gold Helmet. A Gold Helmet can be forged by using 3 Gold bars on an anvil. Dondakan also needs some schematics so that he can modify his cannon to fire you through the wall. He gives you a set of Base Schematics, but you also need 3 others.

The Schematics
The 3 sets of schematics are relatively simple to get. The Dwarven Engineer will give you a set of schematics, and you can find another set by re-reading your book of Dwarven Lore. For the last set, talk to Khorvak, a Dwarven Engineer located in the tunnel under White Wolf Mountain. Give him a Dwarven Stout an he will give you the schematics.

Now that you have all 3 sets, you need to Assemble them. Choose the 'Assemble' option on the Base Schematics, and a screen will appear. Begin by unchecking all of the other schematics from the list in the bottom right corner, except for the one you wish to work on to make it easier.

  • Schematic 1: Use the arrows to make the person's body line up with the shape in the Base Set.
  • Schematic 2: Uncheck Schematic 1 and check off Schematic 2. Align the shapes at the top of the diagram with the ones on the base. You may need to rotate this one to complete it.
  • Schematic 3: Uncheck Schematic 2 and check off Schematic 3. Just match the legs of the person up with the ones on the Base Set and you should receive a message saying that they are complete.

Avatar of Magic
Once you have completed the schematics and have a solid gold Helmet, head back to Dondakan. You should bring some food, as well as prayer potions and magic resistant armor. Dondakan will fire you from the cannon and you'll appear inside of the rock.

Once inside, you will only have 8 minutes to complete what you need to do, and after that you will remove your helmet and be teleported out of the rock. Mine about 5 Gold ore and then follow the path east. Jump through the Wall of Flame, and then speak to the Wall of Flame in the center of the room.

You will be attacked by an Arzinian Avatar of Magic, which ranges from level 75 to 125, depending on your level. Defeat it, and you should be teleported just outside of the rock. Dondakan will thank you and give you your reward. Quest complete!

NOTE: The more gold you mine, the weaker Arzinian will be.

Quest completion scroll of Between a Rock...

You will also get the ability to access the gold mine. Just bring your helmet so that you can enter. To leave you just remove the helmet. The Dwarven boatman to the east will bank your ores for you, but he charges 1 Gold ore per shipment and 1 ore for every 5 he takes back.

Guide credits
Guide written by: G M0n3y
Last update: 14-Jul-2009 04:22 by Tim
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