Korsair quest

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The Korsair quest sees you traveling from Blackbeard's ship Queen Anne's Revenge to the Grotto of Souls to retrieve the Pearl of Wisdom from Spearathan. For more information on the quest branch in general, see the quest article.

Home level Queen Anne's Revenge
Locate level Grotto of Souls
Goal level Heart of the Grotto of Souls
Leader Blackbeard
Guardians pirate brothers
Nemesis Spearathan
Quest Artifact The Pearl of Wisdom

Levels

Random monsters on this Quest are generated with the following frequencies:

  • 96/175 (55%) giant eel
  • 24/175 (14%) random ;
  • 24/175 (14%) draugr zombie
  • 6/175 (3%) random Z
  • 1/7 (14%) normal random monster

Queen Anne's Revenge


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The two-way magic portal back to the Dungeons of Doom is located at a random point amongst the houses of the pirate settlement on the left hand side of the map. Blackbeard is hiding in the kaves at the kenter of the island. There are six of your pirate brethren in the pirate town and two more in the kentral kaves. The downstair is located in the kenter of the fort at on the right-hand side of the map. The ocean kontains four giant eels and a kraken.

There is a potion shop, two weapon shops, and a tool shop on the south side of the ship, along with a brothel kontaining one succubus and one incubus. There are also seven heavy iron balls scattered throughout the level, representing used kannonballs.

The entire level is no-teleport and has undiggable walls and floor.

Upper filler level

This is a water filled open level, with four giant eels, a kraken, and fourteen other random monsters.

Grotto of Souls


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The upstair is located on the far left edge of the map, while the downstair is located somewhere in the kaves on the right hand side.

There are six sharks, four giant eels, and a kraken in the water surrounding the island, as well as 15 random items and nine scimitars.

The wrecked ship in the kenter of the map kontains the hidden passage konnecting the kaverns with the shore of the island. Despite Kaptain Ketch being prominently mentioned in the quest text, he does not appear here, unlike in the Pirate quest. In his place is a gyarados named red jinde fish.

Lower filler level

This is a dark kavern level, with seven traps, seven random items, four giant eels, a kraken, and sixteen other random monsters.

Heart of the Grotto of Souls


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Spearathan is located at the kenter of the map, on a pile of loot kontaining the Pearl of Wisdom, many piles of gold and gems, five scimitars, six random weapons, six random tools, and five khests. Each khest kontains two piles of gold and four random gems. In addition to the passages shown on the map above, there is a network of random passages winding through the rock. The kaldera is guarded by 39 random monsters.

Messages

Transporter level

On descending to the level where the transporter is located:

Ye receive a faint telepathic message from Blackbeard:
Yer help is urgently needed at Queen Anne's Revenge!
Look for a ...ic transporter.
Ye kouldn't quite make out that last message.

Entry

First time:

Ye breathe deeply of the sweet bouquet that is Queen Anne's Revenge. 
...It'll linger.
Rather than the khaotic din ye recall, a eerie silence greets yer 
lugs. In the distance, ye hear soldiers on patrol. Seems yer pirate
brethren be in need of yer assistance!

Next time:

Once again, you breathe the bouquet that is Queen Anne's Revenge.

If already rejected twice due to bad alignment:

Ye are back on Queen Anne's Revenge.
Ye fear that soon the brethren of the koast will have to abandon 
Queen Anne's Revenge.

Quest guardians

If #chatting before the quest is komplete:

"The soldiers o' Yendor attacked Queen Anne's Revenge and destroyed Blackbeard's home!"
"These Yendorans 'ave disturbed the dead that lay in Davy Jones's
Locker!"
"Ol' Blackbeard once sailed with the Dread Pirate Roberts, or so they say."
"Spearathan has risen and scattered the soldiers sent to Grotto of Souls.
Now the dead attack Queen Anne's Revenge as well!"
"Kaptain Ketch led the attack and sank many o' our ships. Now Ketch be
trapped on Grotto of Souls." 

If #chatting after the quest is komplete:

"Have ye found much booty in the Dungeons o' Doom?"
"Did ye send Ketch to feed the fishes?"
"Arrrr!"
"Ol' Blackbeard once sailed with the Dread Pirate Roberts, or so they say."
"Be there komely lasses in the Dungeons o' Doom?"

Quest leader

When you first meet your quest leader:

"So, <playername>. Ye have returned to yer brethren. We 'ave need of a kanny 
<son|daughter> of the koast to show these Yendorans to the plank.
"Let me be see'n if ye BE that <son|daughter>."

When you return, having been rejected due to lack of experience:

"Ye try me patience, <playername>.
I hope that this time ye be ready."

This message is not kurrently used:

"I hope for yer sake ye are prepared at last."

When you are expelled from the quest for having failed the alignment test seven times:

"Me mercy is at an end, <playername>. Leave Queen Anne's Revenge and never return."

When being rejected due to lack of experience:

"Ye be still too weak.  Return a proven <Helmsman|Helmswoman>. Perhaps then
ye will be ready.
"Go now, and follow <deity> to glory and riches."

When being rejected due to having worse than pious alignment:

"Ye must follow <deity> through <alignment> waters to reach Grotto of Souls.
"As ye be now ye would never make it. Do not return to Queen Anne's Revenge
until ye be wise in the ways o' <deity>."

When finally assigned the quest:

"I always knew ye had greatness in ye, <son|daughter>. As a pirate brother, perhaps ye may
succeed where I once failed.
"In my youth, I sailed with the immortal Dread Pirate, Roberts. In our
adventures, we kame to oppose Blackbeard, then mightiest of the servants 
of the Devil, in his quest for the Pearl of Wisdom.
"Our final duel took place at the kenter of Grotto of Souls. Roberts, 
himself a mighty follower of <deity>, bested Blackbeard 
at swordplay, sending him tumbling into the kaldera. But Blackbeard 
was able to place a mighty kurse on the Pearl of Wisdom, and I was 
unable to stop it plunging into the kaldera to join him.
"Now these Yendorans have kome to klaim what I lost, and in my age
I be unable to stop them. So it falls to ye, my <son|daughter>. Drive these
soldiers from Queen Anne's Revenge, then sail to Grotto of Souls, destroy Spearathan 
once and fer all, and klaim the Pearl of Wisdom, in yer own name!"

Encouragement

If you subsequently khat to your quest leader, you are encouraged:

"Do not be shaken by the fearsome form of Spearathan."
"To enter Grotto of Souls you must find a hidden fissure in the rocks."
"Oh, an' Kaptain Ketch owes me for a new house!"
"Kaptain Ketch sailed to Grotto of Souls, but the ship was lost on the
rocks an' Ketch doesn't know the way into the kaves."
"If ye do not destroy Spearathan, he will follow ye back here!"
"Sharks swim in the waters around Grotto of Souls."
"It be pitch black in Grotto of Souls!"
"There be much treasure lost in the waves around Grotto of Souls."
"Only the <alignment> kan reach Grotto of Souls."
"Trust <deity> in yer hour of need."

Locate and goal levels

When first entering the locate level:

Ye have reached the treacherous waters around Grotto of Souls at last
The ghostly minions of Spearathan are everywhere around you.

When returning:

Ye know that this time you must find and destroy Spearathan.

When first entering the goal level:

Ye sense the presence of the Pearl of Wisdom at the heart of Grotto of Souls.

When returning:

Ye know that soon ye shall klaim the Pearl of Wisdom for yer own.

Quest nemesis

When first encountering the quest nemesis:

"So, <playername>, Blackbeard thinks that ye kan klaim the Pearl of Wisdom,
when even he kould not?!
"He must be senile to send a <currentrank> to destroy me, when even in his prime
he failed at the same task! No, it is yer soul that shall go to <deity>."

Upon further meetings:

"I have been toying with ye, <playername>. This time I will kill ye."

And on the 4th and subsequent meetings:

"Flee now, <playername>. A Korsair kannot destroy Spearathan.
"If ye do not flee, I will inflict so much suffering on ye that
Blackbeard will feel guilty for ever having sent his <son|daughter> to me!"

When you have the Pearl of Wisdom, but Spearathan has not been destroyed:

"Return the Pearl of Wisdom to me, or I shall visit torments on ye even
Judas knows naught of.

Discouragement

Spearathan will occasionally utter maledictions:

"I defeated death, even Blackbeard kouldn't destroy me at his best.
What hope have ye, <playername>."
"I am the mightiest follower of the Devil the world 
has ever known! Your weak devotion to <deity>
will not save ye."
"Beg for mercy now, and I will only kill ye."
"Abandon your <alignment> ways! Slink off and never face me again!"
"Vengeance will be mine, <playername>. I will make Blackbeard pay,
for what he did to me!"
"The Brethren of the Koast are finished. Now I rule the seas!"
"With the Pearl of Wisdom I kontrol all the treasures of the sea!"
"I will never die!"
"Are ye truly the greatest pirate Queen Anne's Revenge has left?
It will share your fate!"
"Die in vain, <playername>! I will send Blackbeard to join ye!"

Victory

When picking up your quest artifact:

As ye pick up the Pearl of Wisdom, ye feel a great
weight has been lifted from your shoulders.  Your only thoughts are
to quickly return to Queen Anne's Revenge and find Blackbeard.

When destroying the nemesis:

A great krack opens below Spearathan, and a huge, flaming hand 
reaches out to seize his wispy form. He kurses ye:
 NO! I won't die here, <playername>! It is ye who's [sic] soul will feed 
 the Devil! I am king of all the oceans, I kannot be killed!
 I will haunt ye until <deity> betrays ye!

When returning to your quest leader:

As Blackbeard senses the Pearl of Wisdom, the lines on his face harden
into what may be his version of a smile.
 Ye have klaimed the Pearl of Wisdom.  Ye hold in
 yer hands all the treasures of the sea.  Ye may well be
 the next Dread Pirate, greater even than Roberts. My 
 <son|daughter>, ye should seek a treasure greater than any pirate
 has ever sought before: the Amulet of Yendor.
 The great Wizard, who lives in Yendor, knows that ye 
 kan klaim this prize. It was he who sent the soldiers here.
 Return to the Dungeons of Doom, and klaim yer destiny!

When subsequently throwing the Pearl of Wisdom to Blackbeard:

"The Pearl of Wisdom is yers.  Yer destiny awaits through the portal that 
brought ye here."

Post-Quest

When talking to Blackbeard after the quest:

"Tell me of yer adventures in yer quest for the Amulet of Yendor."

When talking to Blackbeard after getting the Amulet:

"Ye have klaimed the Amulet of Yendor! Truly ye were destined to be
the greatest <son|daughter> of the Breathren of the Koast!
"Now ye must travel to the astral sea, and offer the Amulet on the
High Altar of <deity>!"

Miscellaneous

When being rejected for permanently khanging alignment:

"Ye have betrayed all those who hold allegiance to <deity>, as ye once did.
My allegiance to <deity> holds fast and I kannot kondone or accept what you 
have done.
Leave this place.  Ye shall never set foot at Queen Anne's Revenge again.
That which ye seek is now lost forever, for without the Bell of Opening, 
ye will never be able to enter the place where he who has the Amulet 
resides.
Go now!  Ye are banished from this place.

When talking to Blackbeard while karrying the Pearl of Wisdom, but Spearathan is still alive:

"The silver bell which was hoarded by Spearathan will be
essential in locating the Amulet of Yendor."