Nothing Matters  

Start Area: Windurst Walls
Start NPC:Koru-Moru (E - 7)
Prerequisites:Blast From the Past
Related Mobs:Anemone
Doom Soldier
Fuepepe (L - 6)
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Grants Gil:10000
(Average from 3 ratings)
Items Required:Cold Bone
Warm Egg
Last Updated: Mon May 16 20:35:52 2005

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Professor Koru-Moru is currently engrossed in an experiment to create "something" out of "nothing." To get closer to the truth of alchemy, he wants you to track down an old "Thesis on Alchemy" for me.


Speak to Koru-Moru in his manor after completing the "Blast From the Past" quest. He will ask you to find someone practiced in the art of Alchemy. Shantotto will tell you that she remembers that there was a student who was formerly in the school who had interests in alchemy.

Head over to the Aurastery in Windurst Waters (North). Speak to Fuepepe, and she will tell you to search in the Acolyte Hostel for a record. Head north, past the Aurastery, and note the door on the left side of the front of the building. Run between the two sides of the building, and go to each of the doors on the left. Answer the trivia questions correctly, and move to the next door. There are 3 doors, and 3 more to the right side of the building. After answering all the questions correctly (they will ask 2 or 3 other questions if you fail, then begin to loop back to the first), go back to the door on the left side of the front of the Hostel to get the Alchemy Papers.

You will get a Vile Elixir if you answer all questions correctly!

Go back to Koru-Moru. After looking at them, he will send you to get the "Lifeforce" (An egg) and the "Power of Death" (a bone).

The egg is a Warm Egg dropped by Anemone in Yhoator Jungle. The bone is a Cold Bone dropped by Doom Soldiers in Cape Teriggan.

After giving Koru-Moru the Cold Bone and Warm Egg, he will ask you to come back in a few days. Merely zoning to another area and returning is not sufficient.

Trade the items to him to get the reward.

Quest Series

This quest is part of a series of quests:

To read the transcripts for this quest, see the Nothing Matters Spoilers page.

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summoner's staff
# Dec 22 2006 at 12:31 AM Rating: Decent
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this quest seems to be blocking me getting started on my summoner's staff (af1.) anyway to get around it?
More trivia
# Mar 30 2006 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
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I got asked these questions and answered correctly with help of LS:

The archduke of Jeuno is... Kam`lanaut.
The San d`Orian delivery boy`s mom has... Davoi-fever
Quadac do not possess a... Quadav hand fetich
The ex-minister of the Monastury is... Zonpa-Zippa
To the west of Zulkheim is... Vollbow
M & P`s Market is located in... Kazham

Edited, Thu Mar 30 15:43:39 2006
More answers
# Mar 19 2006 at 7:31 PM Rating: Good
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Did this quest today, and got a few new questions, but I got them all correct and obtained my Vile Elixer.

The Valeriano's Troupe has -- Six members
The Windurstian Flag has -- Five stars
Curilla's hair covers her -- Left Eye
More answers.
# Feb 10 2006 at 7:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Just to add a couple more answers that I didn't spot:

If asked who created the constellation map, it was by someone named Lagu-something.

The river next to Sandy is the ChevAl river. (I proposely capped the letter a there.)

I enjoyed this trivia, I hope theres more like it in this game, but I haven't heard of any others. ^_^

Edited, Fri Feb 10 06:29:36 2006
More Q & A
# Dec 10 2005 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
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The Norg auction clerk to the left is:
Aragoneu (sp? - it's the only "A" name)
The sea to the east of Mindartia is:
Gugru Blue

Hope this helps. :)
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Why do quests?
# Aug 10 2005 at 12:24 PM Rating: Decent
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in these days of CoP BC fights costing upwards of 1M gil for mages, and often times, you have to repeat these fights multiple times (i know someone who is 0/21 on the airship BC...), you might think, why spend all that money for a few cutscenes, well, the cutscenes and access to <sea>

but once you become higher lvl, either in crafts or a job, it's not hard to make 100k, or 1M, or 5M

so, once you've bought all the items you need for your job, maybe even your 2nd job, and you don't have anything else to buy (yes, it's possible), but you're still making money, probably more than you ever have before... what's the prob with spending a measly 100k on some quest with a new cutscene

and who knows, maybe SE will add a quest later that requires this quest to be done, then think about how expensive that cold bone is gonna cost....
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# Aug 17 2005 at 2:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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None of you guys get vile elixer during the quest?

I have answered all 6 questions correctly in first try and they go to the last door that taru NPC says something you answer all quiz correctly, you didn't cheat?

so i got the key item and a vile elixer which worth 70k on phonix. not too bad at all so i can buy cold bone from AH.
# Mar 11 2006 at 8:06 AM Rating: Good
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Yes, I also received a Vile Elixir for going 6/6 on the quiz. Did't see it listed anywhere on the quest walkthru so I was pleasantly surprised to get it. I guess I'll sell it and buy a Cold Bone to break even on this quest.
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# Nov 15 2005 at 12:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes thank you! I also went 6/6 and obtained a vile elixer ^^

One question not listed here was the cardians in windurst waters are hearts.
blocking Root of the problem!!!
# May 04 2005 at 2:39 PM Rating: Decent
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I notice for a lot of people this quest was blocking the AF quest for the wizard pestatos.
I don't know if it is b/c of a recent patch or not but today I got my quest while having this one active so no worries on that anymore. So maybe the price will come down on items b/c it isn't worth 50-100k when you get 9 or 10k return

Edited, Wed May 4 15:43:19 2005
To clear some things up
# Mar 14 2005 at 9:47 PM Rating: Excellent
21 posts
The warm egg being listed as a recipe result is almost certainly incorrect. I believe there was just confusion regarding the HQ results of hardboiled egg, which of course is softboiled egg, and despite a good series of attempts out of curiosity, I have not seen Warm Egg result despite repeated regular HQs for Soft-Boiled Eggs.

In regards to the Cold Bone, the price on Caitsith for this is well over 100k now, as this is a relatively rare drop, and fighting the doom soldiers is just a pain to begin with (you wanna solo them, you better be 70ish, and depending on job, you may find it rough or impossible even then). I (pld71) and a friend (brd74) have camped these a few times, and have yet to see the bone drop (although we've seen about 50 drk test.s in the process). If you don't think this item is worth the gil... well, try getting it yourself, and see what you think then. As for justifying the cost of the quest with the reward, I have a simple response there too... don't buy it, go farm it, then you won't have to justify the cost.
And finally, as for justifying buying the bone to complete this quest for fame... well, this quest requires high enough fame just to get that if you have this quest in the first place, it is extremely unlikely that you are "questing for fame" anymore. Furthermore, as "questing for fame" is pretty much done by people who don't quest in the first place (and miss much storyline that expands the depth of the FF experience by providing valuable background and tie-ins). Since there are other people who play this game just like they would any other FF, doing all quests, missions, etc., that leaves people who "quest for fame" on a totally different page then the ones who quest for the sake of questing in the first place, and therefore no words could really justify this to someone who approaches the game in a totally different manner anyway.

Finally, can anyone VERIFY once and for all that the Cold Bone is dropped by ALL Doom Soldiers, including the ones in the Toraimarai Canal and Gustav Tunnel, as opposed to the current listing that they are only dropped by the ones in Cape Terrigan (which only appear at night, making camping them somewhat more of a tedious process)?
RE: To clear some things up
# Oct 14 2005 at 1:38 AM Rating: Decent
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I wont *verify* it, persay, but..

A similar quest/mission, the bastok Fetich pieces mission, requires you to go to Pal. mines and kill quadavs for the drops. But.. quadavs in the Highlands drop them too.. so =p.

In theory they very likely do.
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Fame Question
# Feb 22 2005 at 12:53 AM Rating: Decent
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How much fame do you need to start this quest, I have completed Blast from the Past and I have pretty high fame. (Everyone knows your name) Yet, he will not give me this quest.
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I don't understand.
# Feb 09 2005 at 9:32 PM Rating: Good
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Being a BST and actually having seen three Cold Bones drop throughout normal leveling, I have taken an interest in the mystery of the Cold Bone. Yes, I have sold one on the Phoenix server for 50k (my partners at the time got the other two), but I still can't for the life of me understand why people buy this item.

From reading everything I can on it, the best possible reasons I can come up with for why someone would do this quest is because people either 1) are on a crusade to finish every quest possible or 2) want to get the cool title. If they are going for #1, then they surely have a lot of gil to waste but I guess I could sort of understand #2 if you were into that title.

That said, I researched whether or not it would block BLM AF hat as suggested here and that does not appear to be the case. Essentially this is still a mystery to me and I haven't yet seen a really good reason why someone would pay ~60k to finish a 9-10k quest. It just doesn't make sense. I tried to track down some of the people in the sales history for the item but haven't had much luck yet.

Just thought I'd share my research on this, even though I've basically found out nothing satisfactory. ^^;
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RE: I don't understand.
# Aug 19 2005 at 6:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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I also fall under category one.
I simply like to complete any quest I open.

It took me a long time.

I had once gotten a Warm Egg in Yhoator, but didn't know what it was for, and sold it for 10k.

It took me months (of casual hunting when I was in the area from time to time) to get another one.

In fact, I think eventually a friend bought one for me when he saw it available.

I bought my own cold bone. I can't remember what I paid for it.

Yes, it's a little ridiculous to sink so much money into apparently pointless quests, but the quests are the meat of the game, to me.

All that leveling bullsh[/i]it is simply a means to make myself stronger and more capable of doing and surviving more exciting other things.

I suppose a person with 40/80 mog safe slots devoted to soley to furniture (which would probably net around 3 million gil if liquidated) is simply the kind of loony that is willing to go out and pay 100k to finish a quest with no tangible reward, just for the experience of having done it.
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    RE: I don't understand.
    # Mar 21 2005 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
    <--- Falls under category one ^^;; However, I am far from rich, so if anyone on Odin would like to go poke at bones and try to get this drop, your help would be much appreciated.
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    # Jan 11 2005 at 4:46 AM Rating: Decent
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    Just completed this quest - the reward Koru-Moru gave was 10k, not 9k. Also received the title "Seeker of Truth".
    # Nov 25 2004 at 12:12 AM Rating: Decent
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    Delkfutt's tower has 13 floors!!! I cheated and looked for maps, they all listed 12th floor as being the top. )=

    Anyways the 20 year old war is "The Crystal War" and Ayame's sister is Kaede, I got those right.

    Also, Enid Ironheart drew the map of Mindartia.

    Edited, Thu Nov 25 00:16:01 2004
    Umm ><
    # Nov 17 2004 at 9:39 AM Rating: Decent
    11 posts
    laugh at me, but I didn't give the correct answers, so I'm kinda stuck at this damn quest, how am I supposed to solve it now?? whenever I go to investigate the doors at the Acolyte Hostel it only tells me that the door is firmly shut... ; ; /cry
    I need to finish this damn quest >< it blocks my Warp II quest
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    RE: Umm ><
    # Dec 08 2004 at 6:30 PM Rating: Decent
    you dont have to complete this to do warp II just talk to shantoto again after she mentions the alchamy thing... the second conversation will be for warp II
    cold bone
    # Oct 17 2004 at 11:56 AM Rating: Decent
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    The cold bone and the warm egg free up the "nothing matters" quest which may be blocking the start of "The Root of the Problem" quest (AF1-3 Wizard's Petasos (hat)). Once old Koru-Moru is locked into something you cannot get him to do anything else. The 50,000 gil price tag for the cold bone might have something to do with that quest locking and unlocking potential, for those who want their AF hat. What category at the AH is the cold bone in?
    # Jun 23 2004 at 3:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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    You don't have to go back to door one to start over if you miss a question. Just knock on the door you missed a question of and it'll ask a new question.

    All six doors won't have the thesis...but when you are done with the quiz, go back to the southwestern door and a male taru named Katzun-Nattzun will appear. He'll give you a key item named. 'Thesis on alchemy'

    Rest is as posted above.

    I had some different quiz questions, I'll post that under Valyana's post.

    Nutaris just finished this, got all six questions answered correctly the first time through. He got an extra prize of a: Vial Elixir "This potion instantly restores some HP and MP." RARE

    Edited, Wed Jun 23 22:58:52 2004
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    # Jun 13 2004 at 7:23 PM Rating: Default
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    if you look at cold bone its only used for quest.so who in right mind will pay 70k for a quest that yields 9k.you can buy a lot of corenettes for 70k if you want fame.
    # Oct 27 2004 at 8:13 AM Rating: Good
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    This may come as a shock to you, but some people actually do quests for the sake of doing quests, not for fame or rewards. :P

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    # Nov 22 2004 at 1:30 AM Rating: Decent
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    Yeah, I maxed out my fame a long time ago. >.> I'm still doing every quest I can.
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    # Nov 30 2008 at 4:03 AM Rating: Decent
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    well, I was until I botched an answer (sorry, I wasn't sitting there with another computer, or a printout of all the answers)... Now, with the loss of the Vile elixir, and the cost of the bone exceeding the cash reward, this useless quest's gonna sit open until there's a pressing need for me to complete. Looking at the stupid-*** spawn of the mob that drops the item, I see many long hours of irritation and disgust ahead if I seriously consider farming the stupid bone.

    Whatever... nice quest, if you CHEAT. Or have a picture-perfect memory for every useless detail in Vana'diel.
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    Why bother ******** about Gilsellers - they prolly send kickbacks to S/E...

    Oh, by the way, you aren't as good as you think you are.

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    Trivia answers
    # May 27 2004 at 10:46 AM Rating: Excellent
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    The dragon at Balga's Dias is: Black Dragon
    The kid in North San d'Oria is looking for: Exoroche
    The Quadav do not possess a: Quadav hand fetich
    The Mithra Chieftainess is: Perih Vashai
    The highest producer of mythril is: Palborough?
    I guessed Gusgen, which was wrong.
    You can catch crystal bass in: Maiden's Spring
    The Goldsmith's Guild is closed: from 23:00 to 8:00
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    RE: Trivia answers
    # Nov 06 2005 at 5:33 PM Rating: Decent
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    the question that asks about someones favorite food...sorry i forgot the name...the answer is peanuts...
    RE: Trivia answers
    # Nov 14 2004 at 6:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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    Some more:

    San d'Orian Royal Knight's leader -> I think it was Rahal (not sure on spelling)
    Quarry of great autumn hunt -> giant sheep
    Highest producer of mythril -> Palborough
    Principle of Aurastery -> Koru-Moru
    President of Bastok -> Karst
    M & P's market located in -> Kazham

    Now for some wrong guesses to help you narrow down your choices...
    Facing north, waterwheels in Bastok turn -> NOT clockwise
    War 20 years ago -> NOT beastman war
    Prince Trion lost -> NOT San d'Orian ring
    Monster that doesn't belong -> NOT vulture (don't get this one, they're all birds...)
    West of Zulkheim -> NOT Defland (should be Vollbow I believe)
    *Starlyth, mithra red mage on Asura
    RE: Trivia answers
    # Jun 04 2005 at 10:50 AM Rating: Decent
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    The President of Bastok sleeps in: the presidential suite
    Ex-minister for the Manustery: Zonpa-Zippa
    A four-leaf mandragora bug increases: AGI

    Edited, Sat Jun 4 12:01:04 2005
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    RE: Trivia answers
    # Jan 08 2005 at 1:01 PM Rating: Decent
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    War 20 years ago-Crystal War
    Prince Trion lost-Lightbringer
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    RE: Trivia answers
    # Nov 02 2005 at 7:24 PM Rating: Decent
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    Prince Trion lost-Lightbringer

    There were 3 options: 'entire Army', 'entire Company' and 'San d'Orian ring', nothing about Lightbringer.
    I said 'Company' and was right.

    Rukususu likes Peanuts
    The armourer in Bastok Markets is on the Kulatz Bridge
    RE: Trivia answers
    # Oct 25 2004 at 9:41 PM Rating: Good
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    Mithra can eat: Raw Fish
    Koru-Moru is the minister of the: Aurastery
    The Kid in north San d'Oria wants a: Willow fishing rod
    Kaji is the: (1st Musketeer, 3rd Musketeer, 5th Musketeer) I guessed 3rd Musketeer and it was wrong...

    Bah, I can't remember any more of them.
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    RE: Trivia answers
    # Feb 01 2005 at 6:30 AM Rating: Decent
    Naji is the 5th Musketeer.
    RE: Trivia answers
    # Aug 11 2004 at 5:53 PM Rating: Good
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    An airship pass costs: 500000 gil
    Curilla's hair is covering her: left eye
    The auction house in Bastok has: five counters
    Galka can eat raw: meat (not ore! hah!)
    The river near San d'Oria is the Cheval River (it's a spelling question)
    Karuha-Baruha was the minister of the: Optistery

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    Edited, Wed Aug 11 18:54:11 2004
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    RE: Trivia answers
    # Jul 25 2005 at 10:24 AM Rating: Decent
    The Papsque's name is: Shamonde P Grauche
    The animal which does not belong: Zu (Vulture and Ba have the same red model, Zu has a black and white model)
    The Windurst flag has: Five stars (There are... FIVE li... I mean, stars!)
    Some more questions and answers...
    # Jun 23 2004 at 9:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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    The Tenshodo Leader's cape is: Black

    The San d`Orian delivery boy's mom has: Davoi Fever

    The Auction House in Bastok has: Five Counters (I missed, but researched answer after the fact.)

    Bastok is watched over by: The Titan Constellation

    The Windurstian Weapon shop's greeting is: Hohbiba-Mubiba

    In Rabao Oasis there are: Six springs (I missed, but researched answer after the fact.)

    The girl who wants a red flower is: Valah Molkot

    Musketeer Iron Eater's master was: Warei

    All kids in Windurst love the: Agatha Crystalie mystery series

    The Konschtat Highlands houses: The Crag of Dem

    Galka can eat raw: Meat

    Unknown answer:
    Karaha-Baruha was the Minister of: Optistery - Orastery - Aurastery (I missed, couldn't find the answer, Aurastery was not it.)
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    RE: Some more questions and answers...
    # Aug 30 2004 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
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    It's Optistery I think... I just had it and guessed the top answer which I think was that...
    In a distant land, sink into the darkness...
    RE: Some more questions and answers...
    # Feb 01 2005 at 6:49 AM Rating: Decent
    Tomec is correct.

    Karaha-Baruha was minister of the Optistery.

    Edited, Tue Feb 1 06:49:58 2005
    # Apr 28 2004 at 5:33 AM Rating: Excellent
    18 posts
    both item can be purchase in AH
    warm egg is 4000-5000
    cold bone is 70000 ( very rare drop)
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    RE: xxx
    # Apr 29 2004 at 9:31 AM Rating: Good
    7 posts
    What else is a Cold Bone used for that would make it worth 70k, regardless of how rare it is?
    RE: xxx
    # Apr 28 2004 at 8:31 AM Rating: Default
    49 posts
    Is the warm egg really 4-5K?
    It costs about 400 gil to make, and only requires 4 skill in cooking.
    Caitsith server
    HQ result
    # Apr 28 2004 at 1:44 PM Rating: Decent
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    Yes the base synth for warm egg costs 400 gil [actualy its under 200 on my server fire (125) + bird egg (50) + water (10)], but this recipe normally yields hard-boiled egg. Warm Egg is listed as the HQ result on this site, but so is soft boiled egg. I know from experience during the easter event that soft-boiled egg is the normal HQ1 synth, as I did this recipe about 6 times and got 3 hard-boiled, 3 soft-boiled at cooking skill 64. So the Warm Egg if indeed it can be made from this recipe (might be faulty info - maybe its only a drop and somebody got confused about the name for soft-boiled egg and sent in an errant correction) would have to be the HQ2 synth which would mean that its going to be extremely rare at low levels (maybe even impossible to get) considering as when im making cooking ingredients for using in higher level recipes I get a HQ2 synth maybe one time in twenty or so and thats at level 78 cooking. So while in theory you could make it using a low level cooking skill you would spend way more than 4-5k in materials and a large amount of time as well unless you are mind-bendingly lucky.
    RE: xxx
    # Apr 28 2004 at 6:06 AM Rating: Default
    2,285 posts
    75k for 9k?
    I am going to need to be really desperate for fame.

    Always good to know there are more and more quests out there, and being added.
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