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Official quest description: Recently, farmers around RuneScape have been noticing some trouble with their farming patches. They just don't seem to have the same yields as before. What could be the source of this malady?
Release date: 27 February 2006 (Update)
Start: Martin the master gardener in Draynor Village.
Difficulty: *****
Length: Medium
Members only: Yes
Requirements: Must have finished the Lost City and Nature Spirit quests.
Items needed:

Recommended items include:

Monsters to kill: Tanglefoot (level 111)



Beginning the Quest

Asking the gardeners.
Fairy Nuff and the Queen.
Zandar Horfyre.
Digging for the skull.

Talk to Martin the Master Gardener (you must not have pickpocketed him recently or he won't talk to you). He's walking around the pig pen north-west of the bank in Draynor Village. He'll mention that his Mister Lincoln roses haven't been doing as well as they used to, and he suspects something's wrong. He wants you to ask the other members of G.A.G. (Group of Advanced Gardeners) if they're having the same problems he's having.

Gathering Info

You can choose any of the gardeners near the farming patches (allotments, bushes, hops, trees, etc.) around RuneScape. You need to talk to five of them. Ask if they are a members of the Group of Advanced Gardeners. If you ask more than five, the additional ones will be unresponsive to the issue of crop failure.

The easiest patches to reach are:

All of them say the same thing: they've been having trouble with poor crops. They all have different explanations of what's wrong. However, the fifth one you ask will suggest the fairies are the common root of the other reasons.

Go back to Draynor and talk to Martin again. After telling him about the different ideas, use your Dramen Staff or Lunar Staff and go to Zanaris.

Trouble in Zanaris

Head to the Fairy Queen's chamber. It's just south of where you enter the city, in the room with the Slayer master. However, something's wrong. The queen herself is missing, and instead, someone called the Fairy Godfather is here instead. He'll tell you that the queen has fallen to some sort of illness. She's under the care of Fairy Nuff. To find the queen, head west and go to the room to the north just past the windmill.

Talk to Fairy Nuff, and she'll tell you the details of the queen's illness and give you a symptoms list to take to a wizard named Zandar Horfyre.

Investigating the Illness

Walk or teleport to Falador, and from there head west and enter the Dark Wizards' Tower. Head up to the top floor, and talk to Zandar. He'll take the symptom list and then suggest you talk to Malignius Mortifer.

He can be found east of the Crafting Guild and directly south of Falador, along with four elemental wizards. Talk to him, and he'll tell you he could probably help but wants something from you first. He wants a skull from a grave near Draynor manor.

Go to the manor and around to the back (north side, inside the fence). Dig up the grave there. If you need a spade, there's one that respawns in the manor. If you have given a spade to a Tool Leprechaun, theres a farming patch near the graves where you can collect it.

Magic Secateurs

Once you have the skull, go back to Malignius and give it to him. He'll tell you that the queen's problem has to do with a creature called a Tanglefoot. To kill it, you need to enchant a pair of secateurs to turn them into magic secateurs. To do this, Malignius will tell you to get three or four items. These are different for everyone, so you cannot just get any combination of the following items. You must get the items assigned to you.

The requested items may include items from the list below.

Warning: Ghasts in Mortmyre swamp will rot any foods you carry. If one of the required items is edible, there is a chance that you may lose it. Pack multiple food items to decrease the chance that an attack will rot the one you need to complete the quest.

Enchanting the secateurs.

If you are told to bring a herb (irit for example), make sure it is a clean version. If you are not a high enough Herblore level to clean your herb, there is the herb-cleaner in Nardah who will clean it for a mere 200 gp. Or buy its clean version on the Grand Exchange.

When you are finally ready, grab the 3 items Malignius told you to get, your Amulet of Ghostspeak, secateurs, and (if desired) Silver sickle(b) and Druid pouch, and go to the Mort Myre Swamp. Walk south until you find the Grotto Tree and talk to the Nature Spirit. He will bless your secateurs, at which point they will glow green.

Killing the Tanglefoot


Head back to Zanaris. Bring your armour and food. Head south-east from the bank to the mysterious ruins of the Cosmic altar. (You can take a shortcut if your Agility is 46, and a better one if it's 66.) At one side of the room is an opening you can climb through. The Gatekeeper there will try to stop you, but when you tell him what you're up to, he'll let you through.

Inside will be a bunch of Baby tanglefoots, and at the end of the tunnel will be a large level 111 Tanglefoot, in a chamber. Approach it. Note: if you have Protect from Melee, this is an excellent time to use it.

Wield your magic secateurs to kill it. Make sure you are wielding them or you will not attack! Grab the Queen's secateurs that the tanglefoot drops.

Head back to the Fairy Godfather, and give them to him to finish the quest.


A Fairy Tale Part I Reward

SPECIAL NOTE: Some other sites may tell you that you get a reward if you wait for Martin the Master Farmer in Draynor to grow his crops. THIS IS NOT TRUE. It is advised however at this point that you talk to him about the quest to get him to plant his crops. About 5 minutes after that, you will be able to start Fairytale II - Cure a Queen.


Music tracks unlocked:


See also


  • This quest goes by several similar names in RuneScape:
    • 'Fairytale I - Growing Pains' in the Quest Journal control panel.
    • 'Fairy Tale I - Growing Pains' in the game window, when you click on the Quest Journal entry.
    • 'A Fairy Tale Part I - Growing Pains' in the Knowledge Base.
  • One of the GAG members you talk to will blame the crop failures on the fact that there simply hasn't been enough rain lately- probably a reference to the fact that it never rains in Runescape.
  • When first talking to Martin he replies to you saying "Now that I think about it, you're right!" with "I know. Depressing, isn't it?". This a line from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that is said by Marvin the android. Martin's name is also a play on Marvin.
  • During the quest, when talking to the Fairy Godfather, he speaks like Marlon Brando from the movie The Godfather. He even looks a little bit like him.

This article uses material from the "Fairytale I - Growing Pains" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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