Series 6, Quest 7. The Witch Queen, Greystagg, fumes at dungeoneer Chris for wearing a witch's robe.

Series 6 Quest 7

By Keith McDonald

Team 7: Chris, Nicholas, Gavin, and Simon from Ruislip.


The seventh quest of Series 6 was for the Sword and lasted 35 minutes.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Chris, the dungeoneer.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. The advisors: Nicholas, Gavin and Simon.

Pre-Quest

Hordriss wants to seek positive alignment with the Powers that Be. He offers Sidriss's assistance for the next quest, thereby 'ensuring victory'.

Couldn't Hordriss do something really useful, like not sending Sidriss to help?

Pickle

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Hordriss and Sidriss address Treguard and the team.

Level 1

From the Hall of Choice to the Level 1 clue room. The scroll reads: 'The ACME persuader. Tap to table top to make new friends'.

Spyglass: Skarkill reports that Elita is locked up. He has sold the key to Julius Scaramonger, who will sell it on to the Grimwolds. Lord Fear is pleased.

Lord Fear: "With her out of the way, there'll be nobody to ply their green monster with firestones, which means that our Red Death can move in on the action."

Chris takes gold and a mallet, leaving a bar of silver.

Treguard: "These are dangerous days. We certainly don't want a red dragon loose in the higher dungeons!"

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Chris finds a drunk Julius Scaramonger in Level 1.

Julius Scaramonger is drunk, having resigned himself to defeat against fellow tradesman, Ah Wok.

Chris asks him about the key, but Scaramonger says it is pre-pledged. He won't even accept gold for it.

Chris taps the ACME persuader on the table. A large mallet appears and strikes Scaramonger on the head.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. A large mallet appears to strike Scaramonger.

Once he realises that Chris is responsible, he agrees to exchange the key for the gold.

Julius Scarmonger: "If you happen to come across a bloke called Ah Wok, you might try using that thing on him."

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Sidriss appears at the other end of the causeway.

The Level 1 causeway. The team doesn't have the combination, but Sidriss appears at the other side to provide it.

Sidriss: "I've got to try and raise Smirkenorff. Elita's gone missing, so no-one's been feeding him."

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Chris turns in the middle of the causeway to collect a scroll.

A scroll lies on one of the incorrect floor tiles. Chris must collect it without stepping off the correct sequence.

The scroll reads: "Passport". It's the password for the blocker.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Chris released Elita from a box in Wolfenden.

Into Wolfenden, where Chris finds Elita locked inside a large chest. He alerts her to the red dragon, so she rushes him to Smirkenorff.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Smirkenorff talks to Chris and Elita.

He obliges!


Level 2

It's a short flight, as Smirkenorff is weak from hunger.

Into a clearing, with some clues on a boulder. The scroll reads: "Dress the part - or lose your head".

Spyglass: Greystagg's antechamber. She has refused Lord Fear's alliance and fortified the causeway to protect Witch Haven.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Greystagg addresses Heggatty in the Level 2 spyglass.

She tells Heggatty that they cannot harvest the Amber Forest without Lord Fear's permission. Since that is now out of the question, they are scouring the kingdom for witch-amber.

This was the first time a spyglass did not feature Lord Fear as the main protagonist. It only occurred on one other occasion, in Series 8.

They take a bar of gold and a wheat grinder, leaving behind an ornament.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Ah Wok tries to sell Chris a broomstick.

On the outskirts of Witch Haven, they encounter Ah Wok. His special offer of the day includes a broomstick and a robe.

Ah Wok: "Make you look like witch. No-one notice you. No-one throw firebombs at you."

Since they cannot carry three quest objects, Ah Wok offers to take the mallet and reimburse Chris later if he sells it. The team decide they need the broomstick more and make the trade.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Disguised as a witch, Chris pretends to charm away Sly Hands's warts.

Sylvester Hands is waiting in the next chamber. He is glad to see a witch, and offers some amber for wart charming.

Hands: "I've even got warts on warts."

Chris makes up a rhyme, which causes some laughter. But there's an unexpected complication when the hood falls, revealing the Helmet of Justice.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Sylvester Hands gets suspicious when the hood of Chris's outfit slips to reveal the helmet.

Hands is immediately suspicious. The team somehow persuades him that all is legit. When he shuts his eyes to point out everything he wants charming, they seize the chance to escape.

Note - Chris is now "carrying" three objects!

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Chris takes a flight on the broomstick to evade Peggatty.

Into the heart of Witch Haven, where Peggatty is hurling fireballs.

Chris manages to fly across the chamber, guiding the broomstick by voice as he is guided himself.

Into one of the decorated Halls. Greystagg emerges, and is furious at Chris's disguise.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Greystagg glares at Chris.

Greystagg: "Why are you conducting this ridiculous masquerade? Why you do insult the grey sisters with this ludicrous pretence?"

Once Chris agrees to surrender his accessories, she becomes more agreeable. It remains a difficult conversation, however.

Eventually, Greystagg hints at the impassable causeway. Chris then exchanges the witch-amber for the rights of passage.

Greystagg: "The Pooka's name is hidden on a hex tile. First, you must gain this information and then dispel it, whilst avoiding a fatal fall..."

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. A pooka approaches Chris on the Level 2 causeway.

The Level 2 causeway. As the Pooka approaches, they (again) collect a scroll from an adjacent tile. It says: "FALGO".

Gavin dispels, and the Pooka reverses its path and disappears.

The team cross the causeway successfully.

As they reach the exit, the view unexpectedly switches to Hordriss's antechamber.

Knightmare Series 6 Team 7. Hordriss interrupts the quest to announce an emergency.

Treguard! Can you hear me? This is an emergency!

Hordriss

How did it end? See the gripping series finale.


Hear from the team

In July 2000, advisor Simon signed the Guestbook

Brilliant!!! A website dedicated to the mighty show that was Knightmare! I had a fantastic few days when my friends and I were on the show, Season 6 finale. I heartily agree that Knightmare should return to our screens. Kids' TV could certainly benefit from the quality of a show that made people think whilst having a great time.

Simon

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