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Eli Bacon is a pig farmer who discovered how to make bacon from the meat of pigs. He is in the Storm Cellar at the north-west corner of Falador farm. He is a bachelor who comes from a family of famous pig wrestlers.[1] He, along with Martin the Master Gardener, are the only two farmers who keep pigs any more, due to a decline in the sport of pig wrestling in favour of activities such as Castle Wars,[2] as he inherited his pigs[1] while Martin keeps his around for the tourist money generated by Pigzilla.[2]

He was preparing Gassy Steve, one of his wrestling pigs, for his next competition when the pig went up in flames.[3] The smell of cooked pig attracted people who wanted to see how the meat tasted. When Eli tried it himself, he found it to be delicious and decided to try marketing it.[4] He then registered the food with the Cooks' Guild, making a deal with Chef Morrisane in exchange for 30% of all future earnings,[5] naming it after himself. Meanwhile, the popularity of the food accidentally caused the locals who tasted it to become addicted.[6] Bacon addicts would mindlessly storm his farm, trying to eat his pigs and threatening the pigs with extinction.

Eli tried to reverse the trend of pig decline by hiring an adventurer to promote and encourage pig farming by showing how pigs could be useful, but before they could fully discuss their plan the farm was attacked. Eli herded his pigs to safety while the adventurer made some decoy pigs to distract the addicts. The adventurer got a pig from Martin and they decided on how to make pigs attractive again, building a machine for training. However, before they could put their plan into action, they needed to clear the farm. Eli had the adventurer drug the addicts with "sleeping potion" (really poison P++++), and the addicts disappeared completely shortly afterwards. They trained the pig up and then showed it off in several cities, creating a demand for pigs, much to Eli and Martin's delight.

It's hinted that Eli constantly murders people and disposes of the bodies around his farm. He states that he broke his hammer on a hiker;[7] he disguised a very potent poison as a sleeping potion[8] then claimed the addicts had been removed by freakish weather and that the pig had been getting a lot of exercise,[9] implying he fed the addicts to the pig; buries body parts and possessions under his farm, claiming they'd been left there and that he didn't want the place looking untidy[10]; and it's suggested that the disturbingly man-like scarecrows in the cabbage patch wear victims' clothes.[1] This has lead to several occasions where he was questioned by local authorities, but he has always denied the claims.

If a pig pet is lost, it can be reclaimed from Eli in his cellar.

Weekly reward[edit | edit source]

After completion of the Bringing Home the Bacon quest, players can speak to Eli (or select the "Claim reward" right-click option) and claim a reward once per week. Players will have the choice between either receiving 55 pieces of raw bacon (which will be sent directly to the player's bank if there is insufficient space in the backpack) or 10 pig familiars and accompanying scrolls (spirit pack pig, spirit prayer pig, or spirit war pig). The reward may be claimed once per week, with a hard reset 00:00 game time every Wednesday (the reward will become available again without needing to lobby or world hop).

The raw bacon reward has few practical uses and low volume when sold on the Grand Exchange. Players may find more utility in selecting the familiar options instead; the spirit prayer pig, for example, is one of the few familiars that restore Prayer points.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • A typo in Eli's dialogue has been fixed.
    • Players will now receive the correct type of pig pouches from Eli.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In southeast and northwest corners of Storm Cellar, several crates full of bones may be found which, when examined, say "there is probably nothing wrong with this" and "this is perfectly normal farming equipment".
  • Eli backs up the decision to name the meat he discovered after himself by stating that beer was invented by Gerald Beer, bread by Simon Bread and Cooked meat by Richard Cookedmeat.
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Eli introduces himself

References[edit | edit source]

Concept art of Eli Bacon
  1. ^ a b c Mod Phoenix. "Bacon Quest - FAQ." 15 July 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  2. ^ a b Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "Even pig wrestling is in decline thanks to all these new sports like 'Castle Wars' and 'duelling'. Thanks to all these popular pastimes there is no demand for pigs. I think only me and Martin keep them these days. And he only keeps them because of the tourist money generated by his freakishly large pig; Pigzilla."
  3. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "Well, a few days ago I was getting Gassy Steve - one of my prized wrestling pigs - ready for his next competition. I'd attached him by his trotters to an old spit roast.[...]Before I knew what was happening, sparks from a nearby torch ignited them, and poor Gassy went up in flames!"
  4. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "The smell of poor Steve cooking was, ironically, attracting people from far and wide. People started begging me to not bury him, and wanted to try the cooked flesh to see if it tasted as good as it smelled. Stricken with grief as I was, I gave it a try myself...and found it to be sweet and delicious! And that is how I learned the secret of bacon."
  5. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "I sent off some fancy papers about registering your food with the Cooks' Guild. Chef Morrisane explained it all in his handy little pamphlet. And it only cost me thirty percent of all future earnings!"
  6. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "Those are some of the locals. They know about bacon. I gave a few of them a taste and now they're addicted. They're crazy!"
  7. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "I'd help out myself, but I broke my hammer on a hiker last week."
  8. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "Here, I use this 'sleeping potion' sometimes when I need to get...pigs...to sleep. Just let me peel that old skull-and-crossbones label off."
  9. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "The addicts? They...er...blew away in a storm. I've been taking your friend here out for trips around the field - good exercise! Yeah."
  10. ^ Eli, "Bringing Home the Bacon", RuneScape. "People keep on dropping things in there. Like old clothes, hats, money, personal possessions and unwanted limbs. I bury them in the field to keep the place from getting untidy. Look, it's a farming thing. You wouldn't understand."