By: Infiniti
Special Thanks to: Ambo100, Avantoe, Bulimic Pig, Egghebrecht, Gain Again, Mith, Shamin_Rock, TakerMayFire, Venomblood
Original Guide by: Psv02

The city of Sophanem can be found at the far southern part of the Kharidian Desert, past the Shantay Pass and to the south. This city, although found in the middle of nowhere, has many attractions such as the quests: Icthlarin's Little Helper and Contact! and the Activity: Pyramid Plunder. Sophanem has its particularity in it though: everything is infected there! All the people have spots on them and the cows and the frogs are infected too! Like all other cities in the desert you do not need waterskins to survive here.

City Map

Map of Sophanem


There are many attractions in Sophanem including two pyramids, a temple for the lesser deities and another temple for the priests. Each has its uses.

(1) Rug Merchant

The Rug Merchant will allow you to ride a Magic Carpet to the south of Pollnivneach. Here are the prices:

  • Original price: 200gp
  • With Ring of Charos: 100gp
  • Having done Rogue Trader with Ring of Charos: 75gp
The rug merchant

Note: You can only access this carpet ride after you have finished Icthlarin's Little Helper.

(2) The Entrance

The entrance - which is just next to the rug merchant - to Sophanem is a big gate in a large brick wall. There are two priests guarding the entrance.

The gate to Sophanem

Note: You can only open the gate after you have started Icthlarin's Little Helper.

(3) The Pyramid (for the Pyramid Plunder Activity)

This pyramid is used for an Activity called Pyramid Plunder. It is used for training thieving at a fast rate. Please note that the higher your thieving level, the faster you will train. Do not attempt this Activity without having read this guide. To enter the Activity you will have to go in of the four doors. Three of the four lead to empty tombs and one of them has a mummy inside. Watch out, because if you fail opening the door that leads to the mummy, a bandaged hand will come and knock you out!

The Pyramid Plunder pyramid

Warning: This dungeon is highly dangerous, and you will lose your items if you die. Do not bring any valuables in here.

(4) The Pyramid (for the Icthlarin's Little Helper Quest)

Here is Klenter's Pyramid, used in the Icthlarin's Little Helper Quest. It's located in the center of the city, and inside you'll find some level 84 Zombies, a few level 92 Scarabs, some wall crushers, hidden trapdoors, a big black pit and some mysterious rooms full of sarcophaguses...

The Icthlarin's Little Helper pyramid

Note: You cannot go in the pyramid without a kitten or a cat. After you have finished Icthlarin's Little Helper you should not have to go back in the dungeon again.

(5) The Priest Temple

High priest

To the west of the city is temple with many priests in it. At the top of it is a High Priest. He is important in the quest Ichthlarin's Little Helper and he starts Contact!. There is a ladder at the south of the temple which brings you up to the first floor with another ladder to the roof but there is nothing up there. There is also an altar on the ground floor where you can recharge your prayer near the high priest.

The priest temple

(6) Temple of the Lesser Deities

Lesser deityLesser deity

At the north-east of the city is a temple. It is used in the Contact! quest. After you have started the quest you can go down the ladder to an underground dungeon. There is a bank (broken or fixed, depending if you finished the quest or not) and 2 sophanem guards there (with no spots!) who can sell you a torch for 200gp and a tinderbox for 50gp. From there you can enter the maze from a trapdoor. Again, there is a ladder to the second floor but there is nothing up there.

The smashed altar

(7) Bridge and Gate to Menaphos

You can cross this bridge to Menaphos but when you get there all you see is a big gate with two Menaphite Guards on the other side. It is used in Contact! in a cut-scene. Later on, maybe Menaphos will open up and allow you to go in.

Bridge and gate to Menaphos

(8) Centerpiece

At the south of town is a centerpiece used to make salt. To find out how to make salt, speak to the Embalmer.

The centerpiece

(9) Embalmer

The Embalmer is in the south-east of town. He buys and sells things. In his backyard he has a camel named Neferti and if you talk to him with a camulet on he will tell you he wants to see the world. He also sells various items, but you can only trade him after you have finished Icthlarin's Little Helper:

Pot Pot 1gp
Gnome Spice Gnome Spice 3gp
Curry Leaf Curry Leaf 28gp
Pile of Salt Pile of Salt 30gp
Bucket of Sap Bucket of Sap 45gp
Antipoison Potion (3) Anti-Poison (3) 432gp

The embalmer will also buy all of your Buckets of Sap for 30gp each, and Salt for 20gp each. You can obtain Sap by using a Knife with an Evergreen Tree while carrying a bucket in your inventory.

To Make Salt

  1. Use a bucket with the lake north of Sophanem
  2. Use the bucket of salt with the centerpiece a the south-west of the city.

To Make Sap

  1. Use a knife with an evergreen tree with a bucket in your inventory.

Embalming ManualThere's a book called the Embalming Manual on the first floor up a ladder, which is used in the Icthlarin's Little Helper Quest.

(10) Carpenter

The Carpenter is a nice man in the east of town who will buy all of your Willow Logs for 40gp each.

The carpenter

(11) Raetul


Raetul sells various supplies including fabrics, desert clothes and needles and threads. He was called the linen worker in the old days but Jagex has changed his name.

Raetul and Co's Cloth Store
Linen Linen 30gp
Desert Shirt Desert Shirt 40gp
Desert Robe Desert Robe 40gp
Silk Silk 30gp
Thread Thread 1gp
Needle Needle 1gp

(12) Siamun

Just east of Raetul is a very tidy house (a lot tidier than the others) with Raetul and his cat, Neite in it. Raetul is present in the Rogue Trader Activity and he is not the most pleasant person in Sophanem...

Siamun's house



These are the various people that you will find wandering around Sophanem.


They are very unfriendly and just stare at you when you try to talk to them. They are all over town.



They are situated in the priest temple with the high priest.


Klenter the Ghost

You need a ghostspeak amulet to talk to him. He is south of the pyramid plunder Activity.





He talks about the pyramid plunder Activity and is south of it.


Guardian Mummy

Talk to him to start the Pyramid Plunder Activity. He is situated inside the pyramid.

Guardian Mummy

Plagued Cows

Plagued cow


Plagued Frogs

Level: 11

Plagued frog


Level: 18



Level: 84



Level: 92

These can poison you.


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Published on: February 23, 2007 02:07 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: July 28, 2013 04:11 PM UTC by Reepicheep