The Apprentice workman works for the workman. If he was spoken with before the graphical rework of Varrock, one would be told of him working on a complete refurnishing of Varrock ordered by Queen Ellamaria. Since the update, he instead refers to having just finished the order.
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*patch 3 August 2015 (Update):
- A graphical issue with the Falador apprentice workman has been fixed.