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Prifddinas, also known as the Crystal City, is home to the elves. The city was regrown from crystal after the events of the Plague's End quest and so completion of this quest is required to access the city.
Before it was rebuilt in the Sixth Age, the majority of Prifddinas was built by the original elves who travelled to Gielinor with Seren from their home-world of Tarddiad , although Seren herself made the Tower of Voices . The city was made octagonal with the Tower of Voices at the centre so that the eight elf clans would have equal access to the tower and its wisdom. It was also built with high outer walls for protection against potential attackers .
The buildings of the city were built from crystal seeds brought from their old home and crystal singers sang the city into shape . Seren gave special seeds to the clan leaders so that they could each build a tower of their own in their areas of the city .
The elves lived in peace with Seren until other gods came to Gielinor causing destruction as they all fought to rule the world. Seren fought back but when Guthix awoke and sent the gods away from Gielinor he asked that Seren do also so that Gielinor might no longer be influenced by the gods . Unwilling to leave, Seren shattered herself into crystal fragments so that she could remain with her people . Safe from the gods, the elves remained in the city, keeping themselves separate from the other races of Gielinor as Seren would have wanted.
But some of the elves didn't want to remain isolated from the rest of the world. Clan Cadarn, led by Baxtorian, left the city but as they did so, another clan saw an opportunity to take control . The Iorwerth clan went to war with the other clans, defeating them easily for they had no warriors. In order to prevent Iorwerth ruling the city a ritual was performed to unmake the city and Prifddinas as it was, was no more .
After this only the Iorwerth clan remained in the city, or rather the empty field behind the high city walls, though many attempts were made to get back inside. Mourners also regularly emerged from a hole near the east entrance, crossing Arandar to reach western Kandarin but the city was sealed to anyone else. An underground route leading to Prifddinas was discovered, but this had been blocked off, possibly when the city reverted to crystal seed form .
The city as it is seen in its current form did not come into being until the Sixth Age. The, then, Lord Iorwerth had found a way into the library that held the capability to regrow the city, but he was overthrown before he could do so . The clan leaders - including the elf that would become the new lord of the Iorwerth clan - rebuilt the city in a new image, signifying a new start for the elves who could finally return home.
Access to the city can be gained in two ways:
- The main entrance is via a ramp on the southern side. This requires you to navigate your way through the forests of Isafdar, starting near Lletya.
- A secondary slope is found on the eastern side of the city which can only be reached from the end of the Arandar mountain pass.
Points of Interest
- Tower of Voices
- Max Guild
- Clan Iorwerth area
- Clan Trahaearn area
- Clan Cadarn area
- Clan Crwys area
- Clan Meilyr area
- Clan Hefin area
- Clan Amlodd area
- Clan Ithell area
On the east side of the city there are some stairs down to the Prifddinas Undercity.
Tower of Voices
At the centre of Prifddinas is the Tower of Voices which contains the lodestone for the city. The ground floor of the tower is dominated by two booths for the grand exchange clerks and bankers, providing access to the Grand Exchange and bank respectively.
Also on the outer edge are a permanent bonfire and a crystal tree patch.
On the first floor is a memoriam device. You can place various memoriam crystals that can be found around the city into this device in order to hear the stories the crystals hold. A fragment of the spirit of Seren can also be found on this floor. The first floor is accessed via the stairs in the north-east corner of the tower.
Note that although it cannot be seen, the Voice of Seren emanates from the tower. The Voice of Seren blesses one or more of the clans every hour. Skilling activities within city areas belonging to the affected clan(s) will result in extra XP and, in some cases, extra rewards.
Main article: Max Guild
To enter the Max Guild (located in the south-east of the city), you must have at least one skill at level 99 or be eligible to wear the quest point cape - either of these allows entry to the garden area. To enter the guild proper, you will need to be eligible to wear a max cape.
The guild's garden is where Elen Anterth can be found. She is a skill master, like Max, and has all her levels at maximum. As with her counterpart Elen will sell the max cape to those who qualify. You can also find two skill portals in the garden, which can be attuned to various high-level training areas. There are also banners which can be unfurled when the requirements for them are met and a replica golden statue of Rhiannon.
On the ground floor of the guild building, you will find Challenge Mistress Heriau who can issue rewards for completing daily challenges. You will have access to the Grand Exchange and a bank on this floor.
Up the stairs into the guild's tower you will see a permanent bonfire, a combat portal that can be attuned to various high-level combat areas and the Throne of Fame that will only let those who can wear a completionist cape sit upon it.
Above the the stained glass window behind the throne, 8 crystals can be seen. Each crystal represents one of the elven clans. When the voice of Seren is active over a clan's city area, the crystal representing that clan will glow.
The Iorwerth clan is associated with Slayer and melee skills and within their area you will find activities related to these skills. The whole area is filled with combat targets in the form of the level 122 guards and scouts.
In the north of the area you will find a musician, the slayer master Morvran and the entrance to his weekly D&D, Rush of Blood. To receive a task from Morvan, you need to have at least level 85 Slayer and a combat level of at least 120. There is also a mini Summoning obelisk located nearby.
The Iorwerth chapel located south of the clan herald houses an altar for recharging Prayer points as well as Lord Iorwerth himself and the Iorwerth workers. The altar offers a hefty boost to your melee stats - Attack, Defence and Strength. Those with crystal keys, may want to note the location of the crystal chest which can be opened with this key for greater rewards than the chest in Taverley.
In the northern half of the Trahaearn area, you will find four large boulders around which a variety of runite (north), adamantite (north), mithril (northwest), coal (west) and enhanced gem rocks (east) mining sites may be found.
In the southernmost building stands an anvil and a furnace. North of here is a tree patch. The southern area also contains Trahaearn workers whom you can pickpocket.
To the west of the tree patch are the five Seren stones which can be mined for corrupted ore.
In the east of the area is a musician, a small flax field, a loom and a spinning wheel. You will also find pickpocketing targets in the shape of the Cadarn workers around this area. The entrance to the Max Guild can be found just south of here.
North of them is the Tears of Seren fountain that can recharge all types of dragonstone jewellery. Inside the building to the west of the fountain is a battlestaff shop run by Haf and an elven grimoire. The grimoire allows you to change between the standard and ancient spellbooks as well as between prayers and curses. It also serves as an altar (recharging Prayer points) and provides a boost to the player's Defence, Magic and Ranged.
On the northern edge of the area are two magic trees that you can chop for magic logs.
In the north-western section of the Crwys area you will find a and two Farming patches: one for bushes and one for herbs. There is also a seed and sapling shop run by Coeden and overgrown with ivy which you can chop back.
To the east is a particularly large spirit tree who is able to send you to other spirit trees you have discovered around the world. Glouron stands next to the tree and will offer information on planting three spirit trees at once to those with level 89 Farming. North of the spirit tree is a patch for growing an elder tree.
There are rare trees to cut in the Crwys area too. You will find two yew trees in the northern section and two magic trees in the southern section.
All around this area are Crwys workers that you can pickpocket.
To the east you'll find a greenhouse that houses Lady Meilyr and her herb shop. To the west of her you'll find a fruit tree patch and to her south you'll find the entrance to a resource dungeon. The dungeon entrance is guarded by Wythien who will not only grant you entrance for a price, but will offer rewards also.
The south-east corner of the area contains a musician, a water source, a bank chest, and another resource dungeon entrance. You'll also find several harmony pillars for you to grow moss on. The harmony pillar farmer will explain how these work.
All around this area are Meilyr workers that you can pickpocket.
In the northern end of the Hefin area you'll find the Hefin Cathedral that houses an altar for recharging Prayer points as well as a corrupted Seren stone that can be cleansed with cleansing crystals for Prayer XP. Cleansing crystals are sold by the Hefin monks within the cathedral.
In the south-west corner of the area you'll find a musician and a bank chest. A light creature will allow you to claim rewards from the Prifddinas Agility Course, and the Talent scout will offer you the chance to take part in The Pit D&D.
In the south-east corner, Lady Hefin has an Agility training method that you may be interested in. Simply talk to her to begin your training and copy the moves that she performs.
All around this area are Hefin workers that you can pickpocket.
In the western corner you'll find a Summoning obelisk, and a fairy ring. You'll also find the impling collector Daffyd who will give you a list of implings to catch and will take them off your hands in exchange for Hunter XP.
The central section contains the clan herald and a bank chest.
The eastern section is overrun with shadows that have been lured to Gielinor by the Amlodd elves. They have opened rifts around the area to draw the shadows in so that the elves can slay them and cleanse their cores. You too can vanquish these Slayer creatures and cleanse their cores by offering them to the light rift for Divination XP. Converting cores requires a different Divination level depending on the core - cores from truthful shadows need level 71, cores from blissful shadows need level 81 and cores from manifest shadows need level 91.
All around this area are Amlodd workers that you can pickpocket.
In the north-west section you'll find a robust glassmaking machine for making crystal flasks, and two mining sites; one of which is a stretch of crystal-flecked sandstone, and the other is formed of several veins of soft clay. You'll also find a pottery oven, a cooking range, a tanner, and a water source here.
In the south-west section you'll find several harps which will provide you with harmonic dust when played, and you'll also find a sand pit.
The central section contains the clan herald and a bank chest.
All around this area are Ithell workers that you can pickpocket.
|Arianwyn (Lord Cadarn)||Lord Crwys|
Previously Arianwyn led the elves of Lletya who had rebelled against the then Lord Iorwerth's rule on the city. When the lord was defeated Arianwyn took his place as the leader of the Cadarn elf clan
Lord Crwys is the leader of the Crwys elf clan. For many years he held the form of a tree before he was awoken to help rebuild the city.
|Arianwyn can be found in the Cadarn section of Prifddinas, east of the Tears of Seren.||Lord Crwys can be found in the Crwys section of Prifddinas, north of the farming shop.|
|Iestin Edern (Lord Iorwerth)||Lady Trahaearn|
Iestin was a researcher under the previous Lord of the Iorwerth clan. He helped to unlock the Grand library located under the city of Prifddinas. He now leads the Iorwerth clan after his predecessor met his end.
Lady Trahaearn is very old, so old that her body is failing her and she must wear an exoskeleton to keep her mobile. Before the city was rebuilt, she slept within a hidden cave just off of the cavern containing the Well of Voyage. She is the leader of the Trahaearn clan.
|Iestin Edern can be found in the Iorwerth section of Prifddinas, near the altar.||Lady Trahaearn can be found in the Trahaearn section of Prifddinas, near the Seren stones.|
|Lady Hefin||Lord Amlodd|
After the former incarnation of Prifddinas was destroyed, the leader of the Hefin clan hid herself away as a hermit on the western shore of the Poison Wastes. Lady Hefin remained there until she was called to help rebuild the city.
Lord Amlodd exiled himself in to the Spirit Plane after the former Lord Iorwerth took over leadership of the elf clans. He remained in exile until Iorwerth was overthrown when he returned the city and helped to rebuild it as leader of the Amlodd clan.
|Lady Hefin can be found in the Hefin section of Prifddinas, near the statue of Seren.||Lord Amlodd can be found in the Amlodd section of Prifddinas, near the Summoning obelisk.|
|Lady Meilyr||Lady Ithell|
When her clan was exiled, Lady Meilyr hide herself away in a section of Daemonheim where she studied the local herbs and potions. She is the leader of the Meilyr clan.
Before discovering that she was leader of the Ithell clan, Lady Ithell was known as Kelyn and lived in the elven village of Lletya. When she discovered her calling as leader of her clan, she helped to sing Prifddinas back from its destroyed state into the magnificent city that exists today.
|Lady Meilyr can be found in the Meilyr section of Prifddinas, in the greenhouse.||Lady Ithell can be found in the Ithell section of Prifddinas, near the sawmill.|
|Iorwerth scout ( Level 122 | Weak to )||Iorwerth guard ( Level 122 | Weak to )|
|Cadarn ranger ( Level 122 | Weak to )||Cadarn magus ( Level 122 | Weak to )|
- A series of design documents released in May-June 2014 gave an insight into the city's development.
- Prifddinas was chosen for development over the Inventor skill in a Player Power poll in January 2014.
- Various titles can be earned within the city, related to the elves, their clans, and more.
- 1 NPC: Cadarn herald - "The great city of Prifddinas was originally built many centuries ago by the original settlers, who travelled here with Seren."
- 2 Literature: Prifddinas' history - "Seren proceeded to show them all to a clearing in the forest, where she had already created 'The Tower of Voices', a place for all Elven kind to congregate and the future home of 'The Assembly of Elders'."
- 3 Literature: Prifddinas' history - "It was decided that the city should be set out in an octagon with eight walls and eight towers. Each of the eight clans would have its own segment of the city. Each segment would be edged on one side by a city wall with its opposing corner at the city center, where 'The Tower of Voices' is located. This would give each of the clans equal access to hear the words of Seren and equal responsibility for the city's protection in the case of a siege."
- 4 NPC: Cadarn herald - "We brought the original materials from our world Tarddiad, as a reminder of the world left behind. But they had Seren beside them, and so the elves prospered. Crystal singers weaved the inert crystal seeds into the beautiful structures that you see today."
- 5 Literature: Prifddinas' history - "Seren then provided one special seed for every clan, telling them that each seed should be taken to the center of each clan's segment of the city. Once there, it should be planted where it will develop to form a tower."
- 6 NPC: Cadarn herald - "They cut across Gielinor like a forest fire, destroying everything in their path. To save her people, Seren stood against them, though I'm sure she knew what it would cost her. Guthix awoke, disturbed from his slumber by the war raging above and he cast the gods out of the world. Because she had fought them, he demanded Seren leave with the gods."
- 7 NPC: Cadarn herald - "She shattered herself and distributed her crystalline essence across the world, knowing that the elves would seek her out and keep her close."
- 8 NPC: Cadarn herald - "Led by Baxtorian, they left for pastures new. But with Clan Cadarn gone, we were left defenceless from the evil that had grown within our own city."
- 9 NPC: Cadarn herald - "To protect Prifddinas, they performed the Ritual of Reversion and the city began to unmake itself."
- 10 Quest: Within the Light
- 11 Quest: Plague's End
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