The Riddle of Master Lu Walkthrough

8 October 1995
Revised 12 April 1997

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Can't get something to work in the game?
Try one of these Sanctuary Woods patches:

roml205.exe (933 KB): fixes skipping mouse & billiard room switch
bartomb.exe (48 KB): saved game just past Baron's tomb
ironsup.exe (45 KB): saved game with iron support open

New York

New Game
Get handling stick
Move left into other Odditorium room
Open drawer
Get turtle treats (and turtle also, to avoid revisiting New York below)
Go right and exit to Posh Express office
Talk to Posh Express agent to send radiogram to Baron von Seltsam
Book passage to Peiping (the only choice)


Talk to agent to buy some yuan
Exit Posh Express office
Put journal on gatekeeper to sketch Chin Shih Huang Ti cartoon
Go right and enter blacksmith's alley
Look at junkpile
Give Chinese yuan to peasant, get amulet
Take wheel
Take seven spokes
Return to courtyard
Give Ripley photo to old lady, get soldier's helmet
Put soldier's helmet on awning
Walk left to alley with wall holes
Use seven spokes on alley wall, get pass
Put journal on any set of tablets to sketch Tablets of History cartoon
Get silver butterfly on ground
Go left, get mallet
Use mallet on gong
"Student of life"
"Too big"
Exhaust dialog with priest (first responses only)
Exit Hall of Classics
Go left to Posh Express office
Send rebus amulet & silver butterfly to New York
Book passage to Danzig (only choice besides New York)


Buy some marks
Exit Posh Express office, take taxi to castle
Sketch castle cartoon
Enter castle, go into sitting room
Exhaust dialog with younger Baron von Seltsam
Look at sofa
Pick up German banknote
Exit sitting room
Enter billiards room
Open writing desk
Open writing desk drawer
Get envelope
Get keys (optional)
Zoom out
Open envelope, get postage stamp
Get billiard ball
Touch Ace of Spades on wall to left of Neptune painting
Touch switch
Look at smoking hutch
Touch lid
Get cigar
Touch vent
Put billiard ball into circular hole
Touch black button on wall
Touch billiard table
Go down stairs
Get periodic table
Put periodic table into glass jar
Open drawer
Get garden hose
Get rubber plug
Get surgical tube
Get pump grips
Close drawer
Get faucet handle
Put pump grips on pump rod (at top of pump)
Put faucet handle on air valve
Put surgical tube on nozzles
Get lever key from left wall
Put lever key on table pivot
Close air valve/handle
Use pump
Open air valve, get Romanov emerald
Touch emerald/cork
Sketch Romanov emerald for cartoon
Put Romanov emerald into iron support
Get glass jar
Get periodic table
Get air valve/handle
Get surgical tube
Get lever key
Get pump grips
Get pump rod
Get faucet pipe
Combine pump rod & lever key
Put lever key/pump rod on bracket
Put glass jar on lever key
Put rubber plug on glass jar
Put cork on glass jar
Put pump grips on glass jar
Put faucet pipe on glass jar
Put garden hose on faucet pipe
Put surgical tube on garden hose
Touch surgical tube to get cursor, put surgical tube on faucet stem
Put faucet handle on faucet stem
Use faucet handle
Get faucet handle (optional)
Get letter (long reading), enter info into journal (snake)
Put Romanov emerald into microscope
Look at periodic table:

	Chemical Symbol		Ti		Xe
	Element			Titanium	Xenon
	Atomic Number		22		54
Note that TiXe is "exit", backwards
2254 backwards is 4522
Use buttons
Enter 4522
Go right to graveyard
Sketch Pommee cross for epitaph cartoon #1
Sketch Celtic cross for epitaph cartoon #2
Return left to Danzig
Send postage stamp & German banknote to New York
Book passage to Sikkim


Get brochure (optional)
Exit Posh Express office
Disassemble cigar
Show cigar band to guard
Pass through gate
Sketch temple for cartoon {major audio error when checking journal!}
Collect prayer wheels 4, 6, 9, 12 and 15 (the only ones removable/the only ones with monk dialog)
Return to each of the five empty niches and try each prayer wheel in the niche until you get thanks from the monk
Talk to each of these five monks to find out what prayer they know and how long they've been there:

Loc	Knows		Seeks		Duration			Variable
4	INSIGHT		WISDOM		1/4 x he who seeks TRUTH	A
6	WISDOM		SERENITY	1/4 x he who has found TRUTH	B
9	TRUTH		PEACE		2 x he who seeks INSIGHT	C
12	PEACE		INSIGHT		2 x he who seeks SERENITY	D
					3 x he who seeks WISDOM
15	SERENITY	TRUTH		(he who seeks PEACE) - 10 years	E
	A = 0.25 E
	B = 0.25 C
	C = 2 D
	D = 2 B
	  = 3 A
	E = C - 10
	A =  5
	B =  7.5
	C = 30
	D = 15
	E = 20
Go to monk with longest service (#9 with 30 years) & talk to him
Go to position 14 that had prayer wheel of Enlightenment (according to brochure)
Descend stairs into temple to position S on map
Note: orientation of rooms does not change with Ripley's position; north is always up
Pull appropriate rope to light way (also required when retracing steps)

For a quick way to the end of the maze, hold down the Ctrl key and press the letters l e e (must be lower-case). This solution from a post by Peter Taylor of Sanctuary Woods. A groan and a gurgle later, and you're at the end of the maze! But don't forget the items you need from inside the maze.

Monastery Maze

Collect chisel & incense burner
Find end of maze
Pull rope to the left of the far door, ladder lowers
Use ladder
Look at Master Lu's book on the left (no music), get info into journal
Use ladder
Return to Posh Express office
Send chisel & incense burner to New York
Book passage to Peru
Sketch stele (condor)
Book passage to Easter Island

Easter Island

Take shirt
Exhaust dialog with Dr. Twelvetrees (trust her)
Sketch glyphs on tilted head
Attempt to leave screen, instead Twelvetrees leads you north to beach
Get driftwood puffin {game crash}, exit beach left
Head west to quarry position D1
Make general sketch of quarry for Easter Island cartoon
Note: quarry position having exit south to field is D1


Quarry Map

Return to dig site
Take note (map)
Return south to Posh Express office
Look at clock & puffins on shelf
Talk to agent about interesting objects, puffins, clock
Give driftwood puffin to agent, get clock facing
Book passage to Easter Island
Take sleeve on pole
Take pole
Enter shed
Use pull cord (recalls Dr. Twelvetrees at beach later)
Get pull cord
Exit shed
Go east to field
Use sleeve on obsidian disk in statue eye socket
Go east to beach
Get driftwood stump near statue base
Put driftwood stump into large hole behind old woman
Put pole on driftwood stump
Use pole
Give clock facing to old woman {program hangs with hourglass if disk is given first}
Look at hole in hillside
Return to dig site
Exhaust dialog with Dr. Twelvetrees, get stick-and-shell map & whale bone horn
Get lighter
Combine pull cord & whale bone horn
Use horn with water
Return to quarry position C4
Put horn on clay to left of grey rock
Use grey rock
Look at fissure
Get rongorongo tablet
Sketch tablet
Return to dig site
Open shed window
Enter shed
Get spark plug tool
Use spark plug tool on gas tank plug
Disassemble pull cord from horn
Put pull cord on gas tank plug
Use pull cord
Put pull cord on wire
Use lighter
Put lit lighter on ground near gas tank
Touch power cable
Exit shed
Send map & horn to New York
Buy local currency
Book passage to Mocha Moche

Moca Moche

Walk to stone wall
Head east
Exhaust dialog with person in hole (Emilio Menendez)
Buy shrunken head for 300, 400, 450 inti
Ask to buy ladder & shovel
Give emerald to Menendez
Get wheeled toy in dirt pile by hole
Walk east & sketch stele (monkey)
Go up stairs
Get green vine at entrance to tower
Get brown vine at entrance to tower
Sketch observatory dome for Moca Moche cartoon
Return to chasm
Tie green vine to spider statue
Use green vine coil on far-side tree
Tie brown vine to spider statue
Use brown vine coil on far-side tree
Cross chasm
Untie rope from tree
Tie green vine coil to tree
Tie brown vine coil to tree
Cross chasm
Get rope
Get shovel next to hole
Get wooden ladder from hole
Climb to top of tower
Put ladder on altar
Touch altar post
Put rope on ladder
Use rope
Get crystal skull
Get rope
Enter observatory
Look at journal to establish that each city's sequence is a cyclic permutation of the snake's:

The only possibility for the spider sequence is:
Put skull on skeleton
Put shovel in hole in capstan
Use shovel, enter info into journal
Get crystal skull
Return to chasm
Cross chasm
Go west to Posh Express office
Send crystal skull, wheeled toy & shrunken head to New York
Book passage to New York

New York Again

Leave Posh Express office
Move left into other Odditorium room
Get turtle
Return to Posh Express office
Book passage to Danzig

Danzig Again

Leave Posh Express office
Touch topiary
Go through gate to side of castle
Talk to Wolf
Get edger
Get plank
Go east to Baron's tomb in graveyard
Put plank on urns
Use plank
Open grate
Put turtle treats on grate
Put edger on turtle treat
Put turtle on turtle treat
Book passage to Peiping, lose inventory

Peiping Again

Exit pagoda south
Get gong
Get mallet
Re-enter pagoda
Put gong on brazier
Push right tablet twice
Use mallet on gap with journal
Get charcoal to right of brazier
Use charcoal on journal

Mount Li

Look at journal for tomb code:

Give money to farmer, get shovel
Open door to root cellar
Enter root cellar
Push rice sack
Use shovel on hand
Pull hand
Look at hole
Exit root cellar
Talk to farmer about lantern, get match
Re-enter root cellar
Go down hole
Halls of Soldiers colors: Enter Blue Hall
Touch 5th Blue Soldier
Exit west
Enter Red Hall
Touch 1st Red Soldier
Pick up wooden beam behind 2nd Red Soldier
Exit east to East Vestibule
Get wooden post
Enter Yellow Hall
Push chariot
Get shield from each of two soldiers flanking jade door
Push chariot through jade door
Get crank
Push chariot
Put crank in slot
Use crank
Put wooden post on crank
Put wooden beam in corridor
Get wooden post under crank
Get crank
Proceed through corridor
Touch wheel three times
Put shovel in hole in bridge
Touch wheel
Give crank to Mei Chen
Talk to Mei Chen: I'll stand
Walk off of bridge
Touch wheel
Take shovel
Touch wheel three times
Talk to Mei Chen
Proceed across bridge
Proceed east to end of walkway
Put shields on lake
Proceed east to mausoleum
Take Imperial Seal
(Endgame Sequence)


(optional): Optional inventory item
{text}: Software errors
Some audio breakup & repetition
Touch urn in graveyard: "As long as the urn keeps burning, that's all I need"

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Copyright © 1995 Balmoral Software ( All rights reserved. Republication, redistribution or conversion is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Balmoral Software. Contents subject to change! For the latest information, see