Some of the major competitive Quests (often a major component of the Gem Quests) involves the seeking out and acquisition of "artifacts" distributed about the land by divine hands. The most popular forms of this contest are the rare shell collection quest (the SHELLQUEST) or the golden egg gathering (the EGGQUEST). Type RULES SHELLQUEST or RULES EGGQUEST (depending which is active) to see the specific regulations governing the contest.
Two commands exist to aid you in lodging your found artifacts and redeeming or turning them into points: LODGE and REDEEM.
Rules of any collection-and-redemption competition will vary but all require competitors to seek out and gather artifacts (shells or eggs) and then keep hold of them against whatever obstacles are thrown in their way. These artifacts are redeemed - at the end of the contest or at special "redemption" phases using designatedd recepticles - for points. Points are ranked on a league and the player with the highest score is the winner.
To redeem an artifact for points; to record its acquisition against your name: type REDEEM followed by the artifact while holding it in your inventory e..g. REDEEM SHELL to register a shell and gain points based on its worth.
Sometimes these seek-and-redeem Quests are played out over a long period, typically 24 hours, occasionally longer. Most likely you will not be able to remain in Avalon the whole time. There is a facility called "lodging" which allows you to keep hold of genuinely acquired artifacts while you are not in Avalon: type LODGE followed by the artifact while holding it in your inventory, e..g. LODGE EGG. This will place the golden egg in stasis 'til you next log onto Avalon, at which point it will be restored to your inventory.
Syntax: REDEEMERS and SHELLTOPS or EGGTOPS.
You can usually view the league table of redeemers by typing REDEEMERS - to learn who is ranked where, who has acquired and redeem the most points. This is akin to SHELLTOPS and EGGTOPS for the Coral and Emerald Gem Quests respectively.
You will be able to review the specific rules and regulations of the seek-and-redeem contest by typing REDEEMING. This is often an adjunct of the overall Quest rules, which will be displayed when you type RULES.