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Quest Summary
StartingTalk to Prent at [7,-19]
Level required1
Other prerequisitesNone
Recommended level15
Total rewardsLevel-based XP, 505 Kamas, 1 The Legend of Jeff Stobbs
Items required
(not provided by quest)
5 Gobball Wool, 10 Pepper Measure, 5 Milirat Droppings
SequelIn Search of A Lost Time

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover is a quest.


Talk to Prent at [7,-19] in Astrub City.


Can you smell that fragrance in the air? That delicate blend of dust, dried-up glue, old leather, and yellow paper? There's nothing like the scent of old books to give your work substance.

Express your surprise at a Goblin talking so eloquently.

We're not all illiterate, you know! My cousin DuhBrane really got me into reading. Grimoires, scrolls, manuscripts, in-folio: I'm mad about all that stuff! That's why I became a printer, of course. There's nothing in the World quite like a good book, don't you think?

Run away before your head starts to throb.
Reply that you agree entirely.

Haha, I knew from the moment you walked in that I was dealing with a decent sort. If you like pictures, I've got just the thing for you. It's hot off the press - a series of engravings to illustrate one of Hergedrize the Mystic's recent works! If you go and visit Virgil Omanaz, the scroll seller, and tell him I sent you, he'll give it to you for a special price. You'll have to tell me what you think of the artist's work!

Thank him and go see the scroll seller.

Step 1: Don't Judge a Book by Its CoverEdit

Prent the Goblin really wants you to check out the engravings done for one of Herdegrize the Mystic's books. You can't wait to add these pieces to your collection of religious paintings.


Aha - I see that you're here to get hold of the old collection of engravings! It really is very unusual...and highly interesting, from an artistic and conceptual point of view! I'll sell you a copy for 50 kamas.

Pay 50 kamas.
Show him the book with the blank pages and call him a swindler.

What?! Oh... Mosquito droppings! What is the meaning of this?! I'm an honest craftsman! I bound the last copies yesterday, and everything was fine then! I don't get it... unless...

Stare at him whilst he pensively pops a finger in his nose and roots around.

I bet it's to do with the ink that apprentice brought me... The old crook gave me invisible ink! Well, that puts me in a real pickle! I've worked so hard to spread my reputation as a scholar in Astrub... and now my reputation is ruined! What use is a Goblin who doesn't print anything?

Go on your merry way, leaving him in his fix.
Offer to help.

That's very kind of you. Perhaps all is not lost...! Go and see Circle Drawde. This whole disaster is his fault! That lump of Trool dung had better find a solution, and fast!

Go and see the apprentice.

[-2, -21], [-1, -21]

May Eniripsa smile on you! That's a load off my mind.
I have good news: Master Dragonsly has given me the recipe for a powder which can turn invisible ink visible, including the stuff that Prent used for his engravings. I'm just missing one or two of the ingredients. Could you help me gather them?

Ask what he needs.

First up, some Gobball Slobber and a few Pepper Measures. There should be loads of Gobballs around, and the grocer in Astrub sells all sorts of condiments and foodstuffs. The most important ingredient, however, can only be found in the tunnels...

Keep listening.

To reveal invisible ink, we need to take a substance from some decidedly visible creatures. The master insists that we use Grossewer Milirat Droppings. I know, it's hardly a glorious mission, but it's the only solution to the problem. The entrance to the tunnels is just next to the Miners' Market.

Utter a few rude words under your breath and then set off to look for the ingredients.


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