I have very little experience with the wider world of Runescape. There was a point in 2008 when a few friends and I got a membership for one account and took turns playing around with it. The only thing I remember doing was going to the HAM stronghold which is in Lumbridge. I don’t think I’ve ever been out of the free to play area before.
With the world finally open to me I wasn’t sure what I should do next. I didn’t feel much like skilling but I also didn’t know where I should be going for quests either. Ultimately, I decided to do the quests that I could around Varrock until I had a better idea of what I wanted to do.
I started with Gertude’s Cat. This was an easy quest where I was tasked with finding a missing cat and bringing it back. This didn’t take me too far out of Varrock as the cat ended up being in the lumberyard just north of the city. She also had kittens which I brought back to Gertrude as well. In the end, Gertrude gave me a kitten to take care of.
The next quests I took was Priest in Peril and Nature’s Spirit which led me to my first member’s areas: Paterdornus Temple and the Mort Myre swamp. Both of these were behind a gate that can’t be opened on a free world so I was in completely unfamiliar territory. Morytania is a spooky area. It’s filled with ghosts, ghouls, werewolves and the like.
Doing all of these quests really points out how tedious running back and forth to areas can be. Doing Nature’s Spirit I would have to run back to the bank every time I forgot to equip my amulet of ghost speak so I could even talk to the quest giver. In full plate armor, depleting all my run energy took about a minute maybe less. Regening takes around 12 minutes to get back up to full. This lead to walking around constantly which was annoying to say the least.
I had my first goal, level up agility for faster run energy regen. This would be the first members skill I would train. So I hoofed it straight across the map to the Gnome Stronghold to begin the agility grind.