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Map of Tor
Map of Tor
Map of Menhir
Map of Menhirs

79. Menhirs of Cernunnos

Adventurers returning from the forest tell whispered and frightened tales of the sounds of the hunting horns in the dark woods. Having witnessed human and other entrails hanging from the branches of trees, and having come across the flattened corpses of somethings, these adventurers seem quite happy to avoid travelling the deeper woods of Fantasy realm. The rites of the Horned One have been rediscovered by the darker clergy and the practice of invoking the Wild Hunt has been recalled. Performed according to the ancient druidic protocols and strictures on the high tor, the rites are not for the faint of heart.

Search in the Realm of Fantasy

Thinking : (5/10)
Exploring : (5/10)
Fighting : (10/10)

Quest Point Value : 50
Designed for Levels: 40+
Created by : Bran and Tarin
Once per Reboot : No

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Quest Notes (last solved and updated: October 2021)

AREA NAME: Tor [Bran]
Monster class range since inception: 37,613 to 40,943

AREA NAME: Menhirs [Bran]
Monster class range since inception: 34 to 80,233

From Center of Town:
Step 1: You'll need a torch during this quest so that you can light something on fire. A wand of illumination will be your best option (since you may also need the additional light sources that the wand can provide for dark rooms).
Step 1-1: From Center of Town (aka CoT), travel <2n, withdraw 2424>
Step 1-2: <n, 2w, s, 4w, n, buy wand>
Step 1-3: Return to Fantasy portal - <s, e>

Step 2: Find the pebble - <portal, 12n, leave, 2n, 2e, path, sw, e, search stones>
You search the stones carefully and find nothing. As you turn away in bitter disappointment you trip over a pebble and almost break your neck.

Step 3: On this step, as soon as you complete it, within a few seconds battle will begin with Cernunnos - <get pebble, rub pebble>
  38k : Cernunnos

You rub the pebble and the air in the centre of the circle goes quiet ...

The stones begin to sing out, starting at a frequency you find impossible to hear. You know it's happening because your bones are vibrating in time with the stones ..

The pitch increases in frequency and the volume increases. You fear your ear drums might soon burst!

The pitch of the song rises out of audible range. Somehow you just know that the power being generated here is phenomenal and increasing rapidly!

There is a loud *BOOM* of released energy. Something is here with you that shouldn't have brought to this plane ..

Step 4: Travel to the Menhirs area - <e, nw, path, 2w, 2s, enter, 12s, 15e, leave, 10e, 2s>

Step 5: <worship cernunnos>

Step 6: While it may not appear to be an octogan, it is what this area seems to be. Travel <2w, sw, se, 2sw>

Step 7: <2s, 3se, 2e, n, sw, w, 2nw, n, ne>

Step 8: If there is any cleric that blocks your path on this step, kill them - <2se, n, rub pebble>
You rub the meteoric iron pebble and the air in the centre of the circle goes quiet ...

The stones need to be warmed somehow.

Step 9: <build fire>
Smudgy fires crackle to life at the base of each stone and send aromatic smoke upwards in offering to the stars. The standing stones begin to hum quietly with power.

Step 10: <rub pebble>
You rub the meteoric iron pebble and the air in the centre of the circle goes quiet ...

A bolt of stellar energy surges out of the stones and blasts into your head with frightening power.

With perfect hindsight, you think to yourself: I need something to channel all that energy away from my scrawny neck - yeah - that's the ticket.


Step 11: Again, if there are any clerics blocking your path here, kill them - <w, nw, ne, e, se, sw, kneel>
You kneel before the pool and a fenette, all dressed in white, rises from the centre of the black pool. She silently assesses you with green eyes, and finding you worthy, lays a meteoric iron torc at your feet and then disappears beneath the waters without a ripple.

Step 12: Kill any clerics blocking your path. Once this step is complete, after a few seconds, battle will begin with Cernunnos - <get amulet, wear amulet, ne, nw, w, sw, 2se, n, rub pebble>
  96k : Cernunnos

You rub the meteoric iron pebble and the air in the centre of the circle goes quiet ...

The stones begin to sing out, starting at a frequency you find impossible to hear. You know its happening because your bones are vibrating in time with the stones ...

The pitch increases in frequency and the volume increases ... You fear your ear drums might soon burst!

The pitch of the song rises out of audible range ... somehow you just know that the power being generated here is phenomenal and increasing rapidly!!

There is a loud *BOOM* of released energy ... Something is here with you that shouldn't have brought to this plane ...


Step 13: Cernunnos gives you a sword upon his death.
Cernunnos' earthly form blows away like aromatic smoke ..
High in the air, you hear the hornsman blow as Cernunnos leads the wild hunt on to other game. In his hand, he wields the glowing meteoric iron warsword.
The horned huntsman calls out and Persied meteors shower down on the menhirs on the tor and into the forest below. The stones pulse ..

Cernunnos' voice whispers in your ear ..
'You alone are worthy of this sword .. do not let it leave your hand.'


Step 14: <get crown> - Keep the crown and sword within your inventory. Once you leave this room, the menhir's come to life. They're transform into a living menhir, druid, or dogs that will attack you as you traverse through the area.

Step 15: (Read steps 15 and 16 entirely prior to leaving this room so that you don't kill what you're looking for.) If you're an Eternal, turn off your eradication - <(toggle eradication>. You'll need to explore the area to locate the specific menhir with this rune on it;
You peer closely at the glowing rune on the living stone:
 +-----+
 | +-+ |
 | |@| |
 | +-+ |
 +-----+
As you move around the area, some rooms will have a menhir in the room (as an object, not a mob). Immediately after entering the room the menhir will either transform into an aggro menhir mob, or a pair of hounds. You will see a message when this happens:
For the menhir:
The ground trembles at your feet, and begins to heave around the base of the stone. The stone sheds all of its lichens and mosses and the runes carved into its sides glow with a dark violet power ...

For the hounds:
Glowing, the menhir topples over on its long side, and splits in two halves. The pieces whine with power and then form into a rocky whorl before you eyes. The whorl snaps and growls with a stoney voice and the hounds of the horned one are released from their stoney stasis ...
These mobs are around 65k each (so if this size is a tiny mob for you, be sure to disable as much damage as possible so you do not kill it before you have a chance to review and trace the rune you need.)
List of where the @ Menhir has been found (appears that location moves per boot):
Location 1 - <e, sw, 2nw, sw, s, 2se, e, ne, s, 2w, 3nw, 2n, 2ne, nw, 3sw, 3s, 4se, 3e, look at rune, trace rune>
Location 2 - <e, sw, 2nw, sw, s, 2se, e, ne, s, 3ne, 2n, look at rune, trace rune>
Location 3 - please message Locrian or Elminster if you found your menhir in a different room (and which room you found it in)

Step 16: If hounds or druids appear, kill them immediately as they are not relevant, but will hunt. When it transforms into a menhir mob, you need to type <look at rune>. If the rune is not the one mentioned above, finish killing the menhir. If the rune IS the correct one listed above, then quickly <trace rune> before it dies to complete the quest. You will be transported to the center of Tor, where the menhir will hunt and you can finish killing it.
  63k : Gray marl menhir

You trace your finger tip on the rune and the living stone hums ever so quietly.

You have solved the quest (in case it wasn't already clear.)


DONE!

Get back to Fantasy: <w, ne, path, 2w, 2s, enter, 12s, portal> (If you turned off your eradication, turn it back on now.)

Map of Tor
Map of Tor
Map of Menhirs
Map of Menhirs