Quest:Animal Sanctuary

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Prerequisite: None
Reward: Access to Harvey Farm, where the animals are fitter, healthier, and fed only the best grasses (TM). A Wand of Convincing Illusion. Ability to discern properties of animals (see below). Ability to see your pets' fullness percentage.
Location: Animal Sanctuary at Harvey Farm, 1W 35N DSSGCM
AP Cost: 10AP to adopt an animal. 5AP for each feed. 5AP if you decide to give it back before finishing.

You have to take care of a baby animal for 3 days. This includes feeding it several times a day. Access to the farm is promised as a reward. Other than the healthier animals, you can also get to the dungeon below. You can return the baby if you find you don't have the food it requires, which costs 5AP, and 1 Kudos, but has otherwise no ill effects. I think.

You don't need to feed the baby in the same hour that you get it, so the final feeding will be exactly three days (give or take an hour) after you start:

You lose a Saltpetre.
Your baby burbles happily.
Great Lord Harvey appears before you.
'Ta for the babysitting - hope he wasn't too much hassle.'
He takes the baby, and grants you entry to his farmland along with a nifty new wand.
'See you around! Oh, and please don't kill my animals. I really don't like that.'
Great Lord Harvey vanishes in a puff of nifty smoke.
You lose a Baby GlowWorm.
You gain a Wand of Convincing Illusion.
Now using Fists.

You can find the following animals inside the farm:

  • Sheep: They have more hit points (thus more fleece)
  • Goats
  • Chickens
  • Pigs
  • Cows: Some of them give more then one Pint of Milk when milked. Also has a higher chance of giving cream. When killed, they give more beef steaks.

Great Lord Harvey warns you not to kill his animals when he takes the baby back after 3 days of feeding. However, no ill effects have been found from killing his farm animals.

In addition, once you complete this quest, you will be able to tell by sight:

  • whether or not a Cow has any milk
  • how much wool a Sheep is carrying
It seems this is out of date. Back in the old days, you used to cut fleece from a sheep without damaging it, but now, you simply do some damage to the sheep every time you shear it, until it dies. -Greycat 16:57, 8 September 2008 (BST)
  • how many eggs a Chicken has in 'er and whether she's hungry or not.
  • probably something similar with Pigs (unconfirmed)
  • whether that Rabbit is a normal or a Killer Rabbit
  • when you get a pet, you can see how full it is, in percentile.

Contents

Available Babies

Badger (eats Pint of Blood)
Bear (eats Jars of Plum Jam)
FireFox (eats Fire Crackers)
GlowWorm (eats Saltpetres)
Hippy (eats Fags),
Lion (eats Beef Steaks)
Ninja (eats Stones)
Squirrel (eats Acorns)


Any given character will always get the same baby. You can find out which baby you will get by asking the fabulous 4cities.

Warnings

Do NOT sign up to this quest unless you can play every 8 hours for 3 days. Caring for the animal requires it to be fed every 8 hours from adoption (so adopting at 8am will require a first feeding at 4pm, followed by another at midnight). You are punished with a jail sentence for not taking the action during these hours.

  • Be careful, it's not exactly an eight hour schedule. Like most things in the game, you have the whole hour to feed the baby, but this also applies to signing up for the quest. For example, if you were to sign up for the quest a minute or two before midnight, the hour's still 23, so you need to feed 0700-0759, 1500-1559, 2300-2359. Just after midnight, the hour's 00, so feeds are 0000-0059, 0800-0859, 1600-1659, etc.
  • Each feed costs 5 AP and one item (which you need to find yourself). Beware, the baby may spit the stuff up so you may need more than one item each feed.
I've been told by Harvey that spitting doesn't consume the item. (Yes, the baby will eat its own puke. Yuck). -- LittleHamster 15:31, 27 March 2006 (BST)
I've just had a baby squirrel spit out an Acorn, and the acorn wasn't used up, so... yes, this seems to be true. Also, not quite so yuck - spitting and puking aren't the same thing (if they are where LittleHamster comes from, I never want to walk into a bar there and see a spittoon ;-) Rackmount 10:11, 4 May 2006 (BST)
... because a properly used spittoon should a veritable bastion of good hygiene and odours. --Gabor Kiss 15:57, 17 April 2007 (BST)
Note that there is only an AP cost if the baby consumes its food. (Spitting up is free.) --#13785 00:09, 5 June 2007 (BST)
While I haven't tested this theory, it occurred to me that running oneself out of AP during this adventure could easily land you in jail. I would suppose this applies doubly to dying during the quest, even with full insurance. Doc Mackie 03:15, 12 November 2006 (GMT)
Just confirmed, dying with full insurance will land you in jail. Initially, this may seem bad, but I just got free transportation back to Harvey Farm, so I'm not complaining. I don't know about no insurance, since you won't have your baby on you. Azuaron 16:51, 3 January 2007 (GMT)
  • Don't hit things with your baby, unless you want to spend time in a rat infested cell.
  • The Baby Ninja (5 damage) can be used as a weapon without apparent problems.
Does this behave like the Snark? (cannot be lost to a tar or death?)
I just lost my poor baby *sniff* Flt 14:34, 31 August 2006 (BST)
You attack the Living Tar.
You cause 25 points of damage, and receive 250 experience.
Your Baby Ninja shrieks!
Great Lord Harvey appears, seething furiously. He takes your baby away and sends you to the dungeon to think about proper childcare practice.
You lose a Baby Ninja.
You feel like you've been bad.
Baby Hippies appear to do 5 damage too now. Maybe it's the same for all babies? Random4518 10:57, 8 September 2006 (BST)
Baby Lions do a cool 20 damage (for a Duke). Unfortunately, was too tempting... :p Gimlet 15:50, 8 September 2008 (BST)
  • The "jail sentence" is in the same dungeons and lasts about 6 hours real time. Two guards prevent escape.
More than 6 hours - my feed needed to be between 03.00 and 04.00; it's now 12.30 and I've still got 3 hours to go according to the guards. --smudgepuss 12:36, 15 August 2006 (BST)
  • Be very careful to read where you click if you are doing other things while holding the baby! I was only one or two feedings from completion and accidentally gave it back when trying to heal someone. --Tofumage 08:05, 24 October 2006 (EST)
  • I found that after the jail sentence my to-hit has gone down by about 2%? This is the second time I have failed; the first one was my fault, but this one was caused by the server downtime. Has anybody else noticed this, and is it permanent? Droll 20:02, 11 January 2007 (GMT)
I just failed (second time also) due to the server as well, and (in a panic) checked my to-hit, which was (thankfully) unaffected. Nothing seems to have changed for me (at least not on my "me" page --JAD 22:24, 11 January 2007 (GMT)
I can't be positive, but I was probably wearing some armor (military was in fashion recently). File under "I'm stupid..." Droll 21:04, 19 January 2007 (GMT)
  • If you're a wizard, be careful to avoid the Toad spell while on this quest - you can't use any item other than your tongue, so you can't feed the critter.

It Could Be Worse

[Rescuing a Baby Squirrel]

Escaping the Dungeon

After my gazillionth time failing this quest I set about trying to find a way to escape. I maintain that I was unjustly imprisoned and so felt the only thing I could do was to go out under the wire (such as it were). The guards of course maintained I had 4 hours left, so I reached into my pocket and found an Air Talisman but could not escape that way. Remembering my old friend Smelly Pete gave me an idea, so I travelled into the SW Tunnels. I went a few squares in (to hide what I was doing from the guards) and tried the talisman again. I found myself in Windy City - free at last. In all likelihood, had I not assisted Pete when he needed me I'd still be stuck there, so thanks go to Smelly Pete for showing me this route! -Jon 18:32, 20 October 2006 (BST)

You can't be summoned out of the dungeon either, so this is the only way out without serving your time.--Hamelin 06:42, 21 September 2007 (BST)
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