Players cannot bring any of their own items into the quest, and there is no bank or Grand Exchange, meaning players will have to create or purchase their own equipment to complete the quest. Like Broken Home, it is replayable, with some additional rewards available for doing so.
Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if you did not exist? In a pocket dimension of Varrock - an alternate reality - you were never born, the Sixth Age never happened, and the villains you would have defeated rule with impunity.
In this reality, Varrock has suffered greatly over the past year; its citizens massacred when the demon Delrith was summoned by Denath. Shortly thereafter, the city was conquered by the Mahjarrat necromancer Zemouregal's horde of armoured zombies.
Zemouregal has since corralled Delrith behind a demonic ward in the south-east corner of the city, and raised any Varrock citizens who are still reasonably intact as zombies.
Can you find your way into this dimension and overthrow the villains once more?
After completing the first subquest, you will arrive in New Varrock, an alternate version of Varrock under the control of the MahjarratZemouregal. It is wholly separate from the rest of the game, and you cannot bring any items in. Thus, you will have to make most items yourself, either using items gathered or bought in shops with zemomarks, the currency of New Varrock. Alternatively, you can trade with other players.
After completing Curse of Arrav, you will have freed New Varrock from Zemouregal's control and will be returned to standard Varrock. Speak to Gypsy Aris, and she will congratulate you, tell you some statistics, and give you some additional rewards.
The quest's location and the inclusion of twisted Shield of Arrav were the result of two Player Power polls. Gertrude's Cat also won the same Player Power poll, but was added to a task set unique to alternate Varrock. It was originally supposed to be its own quest, but lack of time (and connection to the main storyline) prevented this from happening.
Other titles for the quest included The Edge of Disaster, Nothing Interesting Happens, City of Villains and A World without Heroes, while New Varrock's originally suggested names were all based on Zemouregal's name.
The quest may be a reference to Turn Left, an episode of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, where a gypsy teleports the Doctor's companion to a similar alternate universe where the Doctor does not exist any more, due to an earlier defeat.
The episode is also an allusion to It's a Wonderful Life, which popularised the formula of an alternate universe where the main character does not exist.
The tramp, who throws rotten tomatoes at the locked-up adventurers, occasionally says "Shut up, Meg!" This is a reference to Family Guy in which Peter Griffin often says this to his daughter, Meg. It may also be referencing the same dialogue option in player-owned ports.
One of the lines from the quest says "Bring your friends. Stay a while. Stay forever. Journey to the Dimension of Disaster", a reference to the game Impossible Mission. When the player first starts the game, the villain says "Another visitor. Stay awhile. Stay forever!"
The gypsy's line, if you suggest another coin might be required "Your lack of faith disturbs me." - is an echo of the line from Star Wars "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
When using Zemouregal's scrying pool, and observing Arrav in the 'Garden of Hostility', the reference is to the lyrics of the song in The Wizard of Oz performed by the Tin Man.