Let Them Eat Pie

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Let Them Eat Pie is a quest released on 31 January 2012. It was initially a members-only quest, but this was later changed on 4 March 2013, when free-to-play players obtained access to Burthorpe and Taverley.

Official description[edit | edit source]

The poor people of Burthorpe are not only being attacked from without - from the trolls of Death Plateau - but they are being attacked from within, as they slowly starve from a lack of food. Yet, there are vegetables in the fields and stock on the shelves, so why aren't the poverty-struck getting their fair share? Investigate and make sure that bellies are filled in a quest that will sicken you to your stomach.

Overview[edit | edit source]

A bad merchant[edit | edit source]

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Speak to Nails Newton, who is located next to the lodestone in Taverley. He explains that a greedy merchant, Rolo the Stout, is buying all the food in the area and selling it for extortionate prices that the refugees can't afford.

Nails has a forged letter authorizing all the food in the storehouses to be released for free, but he needs Rolo's seal, which he keeps in a chest that never leaves his sight, to authenticate the letter. Rolo is known for ordering expensive pies, and Nails wants your help in preparing a pie that will make Rolo feel so ill that Rolo will then leave the chest and seal behind in his dash to be sick.

Maggoty flour[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Pot, Wheat, and Fishing bait
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Go south then east across the bridge to find a "bait barrel" previously a "maggot-ridden troll corpse". Gather fishing bait from it. It will only allow you to take one. Take the fishing bait, then collect some wheat from the field south of that. Go north to the watermill and put the wheat and the bait in the hopper on the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US], operate the controls next to the hopper, and then go back down to the ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] and empty the bin to get a pot of maggoty flour (you don't need to provide an empty pot). Take the flour back to Nails and you will receive the maggoty pie shell from him.

Manky crayfish[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Raw crayfish

Next, go north a short distance to the fishing spot and fish a raw crayfish. Enter the flax field to the west of the fishing spot, and you will bury and retrieve the crayfish automatically in a cutscene. Take the manky crayfish back to Nails.

Sticking the potato in the kebbit hole...
Making the terrible pie.

Stinking potato[edit | edit source]

Items needed: Potato

Now he wants you to prepare a potato. You can get a free raw potato from Head Farmer Jones just directly south of the flax field. Take it to the small snow covered hunting area to the west of the flax field. Use it on a hole to get a stinking potato. Use any of the three ingredients on one of the others to make a Terrible pie (uncooked), then use the uncooked pie with the pub's oven to make Terrible pie. Then go back and talk to Nails.

Expensive spices[edit | edit source]

Nails says that the pie smells so bad that the merchant will never eat it. However he has an idea. Just west of the watermill, you will find “Foppish Pierre”, pickpocket him to get some expensive spices to disguise the smell of the pie and turn it into a mouth-watering pie. It may take several tries to get the expensive spices, as you may also receive 20 coins.

Finishing up[edit | edit source]

Take the pie to Rolo the Stout, upstairs of The Pick and Lute. He will eat the pie and immediately become ill. You will have a choice to listen to his puking or leave. After talking to Nails, go back upstairs and steal the seal from the chest. Take the seal to Nails, and he will use it to stamp the forged letter, which he tells you to take to Foppish Pierre. Pierre reads the letter and reluctantly agrees to open the food store. Go back to Nails and tell him of your success.

Congratulations, quest complete

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Let Them Eat Pie is not currently required for any quests or miniquests.

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Glitchy quest-in-progress hintarrows have been removed from Let Them Eat Pie and Druidic Ritual.
  • patch 25 February 2019 (Update):
    • Now classified as F2P on the Quest List.
  • patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • Made several changes to the instanced confrontation with Rollo to show more of the surrounding game world in an effort to make the scenes feel more immersive.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The quest's title is a reference to the phrase, "Let them eat cake".
  • For a number of months after the release of Heist on 17 February 2014, there was no troll corpse to collect the fishing bait from. It returned on 23 June 2014.
  • After the end of the quest, Rolo the Stout no longer appears in game.
  • On 11 Feburary 2019, the quest was accidentally set to members only. This was corrected 2 weeks later on 25 February 2019.