The Old Monument  

Start Area: Lower Jeuno
Start NPC:Mertaire (I - 8)
Type:Job Related
Related Areas:Buburimu Peninsula
Min Level:30
Max Level:75
(Average from 7 ratings)
Last Updated: Thu Aug 20 05:58:37 2009

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Talk to Mertaire (I-8, Merry Minstrel Meadhouse in Lower Jeuno). He'll lament on a lost love. Talk to Bki Tbujhja, behind the counter in the same room. She talks about Song Runes in Buburimu and how it would cheer up the broken-hearted.

Head to Buburimu Peninsula. On the western edge of the Khoonta Dunes (beach) there is a hidden path in the shallows (G-10) that takes you to (F/G-9). Click on the Song Runes, on the west side up from the beach, for a cut scene that NPC Lewenhart swings by in. After the cut scene, click on the Song Runes again for the clue to bring it 'a parchment'. (Confirmed that parchment is not regularly sold in Mhaura.)


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# Nov 03 2006 at 11:19 PM Rating: Decent
i started at valkurm dunes and i got a Cut scene and lewenhart appeard with no one else and i dont know what to do after that
Just in case...
# Mar 06 2006 at 5:08 AM Rating: Default
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Just in case - the parchment is Leatherworking.
# Feb 27 2006 at 2:38 AM Rating: Decent
just a heads up, rather than buying the parchment, buy a flute (from bastok if you want it for 50 gil, otherwise its 1000gil or so on AH) and then synth it with a lighting crystal and you get a parchment.
Title granted
# Dec 22 2005 at 11:31 PM Rating: Decent
I think there is a title you get before the one listed. After I got the cutsceen in Buburimu, my title was "Researcher of Classics."
RE: Title granted
# Mar 09 2006 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
I'm doing this right now
# Jun 23 2005 at 7:15 AM Rating: Excellent
26 posts
I'm doing this quest on PS2 while i'm typing this. Here is what is happening.

Start in Lower Jeuno Tavern:"Merry Minstrel". Talked to Bki Tbujhja the Mithra behind counter. She talks about the Song runes in Buburimu Peninsula. Talked to Mertaire he talks about some girl who left him. I bought a "Pachment" from AH under Leather Craft. Headed to Buburimu Peninsula. Went to Khoota dunes south of the map. Went through the 1st tunnel west of the beach. On other side of the short tunnel is a little beach that leads to Bibiki Bay. This is the <pos> where the Runes are (G-9). Checking the west side of the <pos> I find the Song Runes and check them. Watched cut scene of Lewenhart. After cut Scene I hear the theme music that plays when a Quest is completed. Checked Runes again and reads "If only you had a parchment,you could jot down the lyrics". Obtained: Poetic parchment. Warp back to Jeuno and entered Merry Minstrel. Traded Poetic parchment to Mertaire. Watched cut scene of Mertaire and Lewenhart. Again theme music of "quest completed" and obtained 2100 gil. Traveled to Secret Beach at far west of Valkurm Dunes (C-6). Found Song Runes at east side of secret beach along wall before Gustav Tunnel entrance. Watched cut scene with Mertaire and Lewenhart. Quest completed theme then reads "You can now become a bard!"played obtained 3000 gil. When you check completed quests Jeuno the 3 parts are added to the list. In order: The Old monument (1st part at Buburimu where you trade parchment), A minstrel in Despair (Back to Jeuno tavern and trade Poetic parchment to Mertaire), and Path of the Bard (check Song Runes in Valkurm Dunes). This is how I have done this right now and completed bard quests.
RE: I'm doing this right now
# Sep 29 2005 at 3:16 PM Rating: Decent
Thanks for this thorough walkthrough!!! Before I read this, I was planning on attempting to do this quest this way.

I was in Jeuno, talked to NPC's at Merry Minstrel... (no quest flagged for Jeuno Quests) went to AH and bought a parchment (was 3,000 gil on Remora server) under Leatherworking (almost bought the wrong one... I thought it might have been the wood parchment under woodcrafting), and got a chocobo to go to Windy (was multitasking and doing multiple quests at once). Now I'm on my way back to Buburimu penninsula to trade parchment to get first runes. may go to Mhuara, then to Selbina via ship and head to Valkurm... will this work if I go to get the second parchment before heading back to Jeuno? well, if no one responds in the near future, I'll check and add more to this post.
RE: I'm doing this right now
# Oct 05 2005 at 10:18 AM Rating: Decent
You cannot go to Valkurm before you go to Jeuno. Head to Jeuno first, trade the Poetic Parchment to Mertaire, and you'll get a CS where Lewenhart shows up at the Merry Minstrel. You'll hear the quest completed music and be rewarded 2100 gil. Now, you can go to the dunes at any time to get the other song runes. You don't need to buy another parchment. Just go to the dunes, find the secret beach, click on the Song Runes here, and you'll get another CS where Mertaire and Lewenhart both show up. After the cutscene, you get the message that you can now become a Bard, along with more gil.

Question for other BRD's: How much gil should you recieve after touching the second runes? I only got another 2100 gil, where I thought I would get 3000. The other quests (Path of the Bard) says you should recieve a total of 5100 gil after completing the quest(s) to unlock the BRD job, but I only recieved 4200. I just did this last night, so it's still fresh in my memory.
RE: I'm doing this right now
# Nov 05 2005 at 1:45 AM Rating: Decent
21 posts
i just did the quest right now, and yea, you're suppose to get a total of 5100 (which didnt cover all expenses encurred) i'm on fairy, parchment cost me 5000 and chocobo rides from jueno cost me 1200 a piece, i had to take 2 of course, one to the first song runes, the other to the second
good thing i still have a nice wad of money. Anyway, the first time he gives you 2100, the second time, when you meet him in the second set of runes, he gives you 3000 and the ability to become a bard, so yea, its a grand total of 5100, would be a weird bug if you got 4200...
# Apr 24 2005 at 6:28 PM Rating: Decent
Thanx for the heads up Midnight.
watch out for gobs
# Apr 21 2005 at 12:30 PM Rating: Decent
2,075 posts
Just a small warning - the path to and from the secret beach in Valkurm is kinda narrow, and can be dangerous if you're completing this quest alone at lvl 30. I got aggro from a pair of goblins on the way out when I did it, and had to 2hr them.
# Apr 20 2005 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
Sounds like getting bard job... wonder why it took kaz so long to post.
RE: Bard?
# Apr 20 2005 at 9:35 PM Rating: Decent
155 posts
Well, this quest was never actually considered a quest. As the guide says, "Note that this is not a quest and therefore will not appear on the list of Jeuno quests. You are not obligated to do this, you are doing out of compassion and the good of your heart." He never asked you to do this, you are just being nice. ^.^
So now is it considered a quest, I mean does it appear on the list?
RE: Bard?
# Apr 21 2005 at 10:04 AM Rating: Decent
253 posts
When you first trigger the events for the bard flag, no quest appears in your list, however this quest "the old monument" does go in the list before you get the second song runes...Confusing isn't it?
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