Fabian's Strings  

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Level:30
Maximum Level:105
Monster Mission:No
Repeatable:Yes
Can Be Shrouded?:No
Quest Type:Quest
Quest Goal:
  • Faction
  • Loot
  • Money
Factions Raised:
Factions Lowered:
Quest Items:
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Era:Original
Recommended:
Group Size:Solo
Min. # of Players:1
Max. # of Players:1
Appropriate Classes:
  • All
Appropriate Races:
  • All
Entered: Thu Sep 7 15:15:17 2000
Modified: Sat Mar 23 17:39:51 2013
Head to the Grub 'n Grog in East Freeport and find Fabian.

Fabian says 'Greetings, merry gentlefolk! If you enjoy the music, please feel free to cross my palm with gold.'

Give him 2 gold.

Fabian says 'Rat spittle! Busted another string! You seem like a good music loving citizen, could you please run to the Wind Spirit's Song and grab me a fresh set of lute strings?'

Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards got better.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth got better.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos got better.
Your faction standing with Ring of Scale got worse.
Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore got worse.

Head to Wind Spirits Song, the Bard guild in South Qeynos.

You say, 'Hail, Sansa Nusk'

Sansa Nusk says 'Hello.. Welcome to the Wind Spirit's Song. I'm Sansa, and I help out the local bards here.'

You say, 'Who is Fabian?'

Sansa Nusk says 'Ahh - jolly Fabian. He is one of our best customers! That is, of course, due to the fact that he has the heaviest fingers of any bard I know. Anyhow, down to business. I assume he sent you for a new set of strings. Unfortunately, I have not been able to procure any of the special - uhh - things needed to make his strings lately.'

You say, 'What special things?'

Sansa Nusk says 'Uhh - ummm - uhhh - Fabian does not know this, but his strings are - uh - made of - uh - troll guts.'

You say, 'Where do I get troll guts?'

Sansa Nusk says 'Well, Fabian likes the thick resonance that only troll gut strings can provide. Trouble is, trolls are scarce around these parts, thank the gods, but Fabian breaks his strings as fast as I find suppliers. Trolls sometimes wander the Karanas in search of food but that is so rare, to see one there. Anyhow, if you find one out in the Karanas, bring me his gut and I can make the strings to take to Fabian.'

You need a "bag of troll guts" which drops off Zahil the Vile in North Karana. Hand them into Sansa.

Sansa Nusk says 'Good work! Now have you the rest of what I require?'

Hand Sansa 1 platinum.

Sansa Nusk says 'I am not even going to bother asking where you got that. Just take this set I already made and hurry them back to Fabian.'

Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards got better.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth got better.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos got better.
Your faction standing with Ring of Scale got worse.
Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore got worse.
You gain experience!!

Receive Lute Strings, hand them in to Fabian back in East Freeport.

Fabian says 'Many thanks, merry gentlefolk! Let me cross your palm in gratitude for your kindness. Hmmmm where did my lucky coin go?'

Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards got better.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth got better.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos got better.
Your faction standing with Ring of Scale got worse.
Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore got worse.
You gain experience!!
You receive 20 silver from Fabian.
You receive 10 gold from Fabian.
You receive 1 platinum from Fabian.

You receive an Etched Silver Coin. GIve it back to Fabian.

Fabian says 'My lucky coin! How did it get in there? Well, never mind that. You are an honest person and although honesty is its own reward, I feel obligated to return the favor. Take this to Dionna if you enjoy music. Farewell friend!'

Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards got better.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth got better.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos got better.
Your faction standing with Ring of Scale got worse.
Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore got worse.
You gain experience!!

You receive a Note From Fabian. Take this to Dionna in South Qeynos, near the fountain.

Dionna says 'Ah, well, Fabian said to give you this. It really is a good piece. Good luck!'

You receive a Cloak of Hazy Memories.

Your faction standing with League of Antonican Bards got better.
Your faction standing with Knights of Truth got better.
Your faction standing with Guards of Qeynos got better.
Your faction standing with Ring of Scale got worse.
Your faction standing with Mayong Mistmoore got worse.
You gain experience!!
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Fabian bugged?
# Nov 02 2014 at 8:56 PM Rating: Good
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I did this quest twice today.

Everything worked fine (faction hits, etc.), up until the very end. When I handed the Lute Strings to Fabian, he gave his usual text ("… where did my lucky coin go?"), faction hits, and cash (1 pp, 1 gp, <random amount of silver>).

But, no Etched Silver Coin.

Now, if I can remember how to submit a bug report in-game.

-- Ainulindalex, 72 Half-Elf Bard of Povar (formerly Quellious)
Sansa's new dialogue fix!
# May 04 2014 at 6:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Before:

Sansa Nusk says 'Well, Fabian likes the thick resonance that only troll gut strings can provide. Trouble is, trolls are scarce around these parts, thank the gods, but Fabian breaks his strings as fast as I find suppliers. Trolls sometimes wander the Karanas in search of food but that is so rare, to see one there. Anyhow, if you find one out in the Karanas, bring me his gut and I can make the strings to take to Fabian.'

After:

Sansa Nusk says 'Well, Fabian likes the thick resonance that only troll gut strings can provide. Trouble is, trolls are scarce around these parts, thank the gods, but Fabian breaks his strings as fast as I find suppliers. Trolls sometimes wander the Karanas in search of food but that is so rare, to see one there. Anyhow, if you find one out in the Karanas, bring me his gut along with 10 gold for materials and I can make the strings to take to Fabian.'

I don't know when the extra text was added, but there you go.
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Factions hits for cloak
# Mar 23 2013 at 12:03 PM Rating: Decent
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Faction hits for turning in the note to get the cloak are the same as the rest of the turn ins.

I tried this with a different character, and got the coin on the first try. So I think getting the cloak part of the quest is a once per character deal.
Additional quest info
# Feb 05 2013 at 11:48 AM Rating: Good
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Returning Fabian's lucky coin gives the same faction hits as the earlier parts of the quest:
Better with Antonican Bards, Knights of Truth, and Guards of Qeynos
Worse with Mayong Mistmoore and Ring of Scale
You gain experience!

Edited, Feb 5th 2013 12:50pm by Vidsek
New part to this quest
# Dec 28 2012 at 10:36 PM Rating: Good
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I did this quest, and upon turning in the lute strings, he says "Many thanks, merry gentlefolk! Let me cross your palm in gratitude for your kindness. Hmmmm where did my lucky coin go?"

I received an Etched Silver Coin in my inventory. I gave it back to him and he said "My lucky coin! How did it get in there? Well, never mind that. You are an honest person and although honesty is its own reward, I feel obligated to return the favor. Take this to Dionna if you enjoy music. Farewell friend!" He gives you Note From Fabian.

I gave the note to Dionna near the fountain in South Qeynos, and she said "Ah, well, Fabian said to give you this. It really is a good piece. Good luck!" I received a Cloak of Hazy Memories as a reward.
New part to this quest
# Jan 06 2013 at 1:05 PM Rating: Decent
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I just tried this quest a second time. Upon turning in the lute strings http://everquest.allakhazam.com/db/item.html?item=62158 I didn't receive the etched silver coin. So it may be random if you get it or not, or it may be a hidden flag that can only be done once per character.
New part to this quest
# Jan 25 2014 at 6:27 AM Rating: Decent
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I prelooted the guts, didn't get a coin. Trying again, but now following the exact order and looting the guts when requested.
Doesn't make a difference, so getting the coin seems random as stated a few posts below.

Edited, Jan 25th 2014 9:02am by mercurious
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Quest Text
# Dec 25 2002 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
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Fabian is located at 10, -740 in East Freeport. Hail him, he'll say grease his palm with money. Hand him 2 gold and he'll break a loot string and ask you to go get him more. Faction up with League of Antonican Bards, Knights of Truth and Guards of Qeynos. Down with Ring of Scale and Mayong Mistmoore.

Hail Sansa in South Qeynos. She won't respond with any sort of keyword so say [who is fabian]. She'll then explain that she makes his loot strings and doesn't have the needed items. Say [what special things]. She'll explain that she makes the strings from troll guts. Say [what troll gut] and she'll tell you she needs the bag of troll gut and 10 gold to make the lute strings.

Giving her these items, minor experience, faction up with Antonican Bards, Knights of Truth, Guards of Qeynos. Down with Ring of Scale and Mayong Mistmoore. You'll also receive Lute Strings.

Return to Fabian and hand him the strings. He'll now provide only cash (I got no items) and same faction you've gotten all along. Money received covered the cost of doing the quest, (I got 11 silver, 12 gold and 2 platinum).

Edited, Wed Dec 25 14:41:39 2002
RE: Quest Text
# Apr 08 2006 at 12:46 PM Rating: Good
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He's still in the Grub and Grog, but it's now by the waterfront, not by the gate as it was in the old Freeport. This is definitely still an active quest, and Fabian's new loc is 138, -794.
Other Requirements?
# Jul 10 2002 at 4:26 PM Rating: Default
turned in the troll guts, she responded something like "have you got the other things I require?". Gave her 5pp (and then, 50gp). "Thanks, but I don't know what to do with this."

Anyone know how to get her to work again? Or what "other things" she required? I was unable to find the proper prompting text.
RE: Other Requirements?
# Nov 29 2003 at 8:57 AM Rating: Default
ITS 1PP NOT 5PP
Fabian Quest
# Mar 17 2002 at 2:11 PM Rating: Decent
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I did this quest and got a placeholder scroll with minor healing. First, I gave the guts and 50gp to the bard in SQ. Received strings. Second, Gave strings to Fabian in EFP and received the etched silver coin. Third, returned coin to him and he game me a note to give to Dionna in SQ. She is at the Well and Clock location. She gave me the placeholder scroll with minor healing. Not sure what to do with this yet. I have right clicked and done just about any other kind of thing known to man, but nothing.
RE: Fabian Quest
# Jun 02 2002 at 9:47 AM Rating: Default
Kelkim Menkia, a female bard South East of the centaur village, asks for new strings for her lute. This may be connected, I'm not sure but I wanted to maybe throw some extra info into the pot.
RE: Fabian Quest
# Jul 03 2002 at 7:05 PM Rating: Default
Kelkim Menkia in Southern Karana is used for the Bard epic.
RE: Fabian Quest
# Jul 03 2002 at 7:04 PM Rating: Default
Etched Silver Coin
# Feb 18 2002 at 8:39 PM Rating: Default
Sorry It was an "Etched Silver Coin" i received.
Tarnished Silver Coin
# Feb 17 2002 at 10:58 AM Rating: Default
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Did this quest a few days ago and instead of a placeholder scroll, I got a Tarnished Silver Coin. If I ever find out what its for, I'll let you know...
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Tarnished Silver Coin
# Feb 17 2002 at 10:57 AM Rating: Default
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Did this quest a few days ago and instead of a placeholder scroll, I got a Tarnished Silver Coin. If I ever find out what its for, I'll let you know....

Nesoohc Tsal 35 Bard
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Placeholder scroll
# Jan 23 2002 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Just as a thought: The placeholder scroll may not be a usable item at all. If Verant put this item in in place of the real reward, then this quest is still in development. (Although I would think they would fix all these issues on broken quests before launching a new add-on, but since when has login applied to the support of this game?)
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Fabians strings
# Nov 11 2001 at 11:19 AM Rating: Default
For anyone that was wondering, Zahal the Vile was a pushover for a 37 pally with an arbitors, he hits doesnt hit very hard and had hardly any hp, my undead spell at the time took him down about 20% and with sword, the battle lasted less than 10 seconds solo. id say a level 30, if you could find him, culd kill him easily, also I shouted in the karanas what it was for and heard it was for a cleric quest (?)

Darrone Lael 37 pally, Kindor Faroamer 35 cleric, Kikhi loblo 14 monk, Ronsard 8 shammy
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RE: Fabians strings
# Jun 08 2002 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Cleric Quest goes like this,Zahal the Vile killed this one guy Regis the Reverant,so when you kill Zahal,Regis will spawn.then when Regis is dropped,he drops Ingot and flute,give Flute to Gypsies in RM then you have stuff for Cleric Bracer of the Reverant.
Placeholder scroll
# Sep 03 2001 at 6:20 PM Rating: Default
I made the quest and now i have the placeholder scroll....but i am not able to use it (.
Can anybody tell me how it works, please.
By the way I am 19 lvl druid and a friend gave me the bag to start the quest. I know it is 30+ quest so I thought to gain lots of exp.I was wrong my exp did not change!

Coin
# Aug 11 2001 at 8:03 AM Rating: Default
There seems to be a chance of whether you actaully getting the coin. I had three guts, so I made 3 strings. I handed in 3 strings and got 2 of the silver etched coins. Make of that what you will.

With the one coin I had from previous attempts, I handed one to Sansa nusk, and got no response. I handed one to another bard who talks when Sansa does in the s qeynos guild, and got nothing.

I tried as suggested above, and got the note to take to Dionna. Giving the note to Dionna does get you the placeholder scroll. Considering the text for both Fabian and Dionna implies that you are getting a song of some sort, I think this is the final reward. Or more precisely, that Verant forgot to put a song on this NPC as the reward. Since all our music can be bought at vendors (except the Velious stuff), I hope they put something worthwhile in the place of the placeholder scroll.
Coin
# Aug 02 2001 at 9:47 AM Rating: Default
Here is what you do after you get the coin. Give it back to Fabien then he will give you a note and tells you to deliver it to Dionna, she is in S. Qeynos. Dionna will then give a Placeholder Scroll- Effect: minor healing ALL ALL. I haven't used it yet, came here to post my findings, so I'm not sure if it has unlimited charges. But if there is more to this quest Dionna did not give any indication, considering what is involved the scroll is pretty worthless so hopefully there is more to this.
#Anonymous, Posted: Jul 21 2001 at 11:16 AM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Someone Figure what that coin is for, I got it and am now stumped
Waste Of Time
# Mar 16 2001 at 2:32 PM Rating: Default
This is a waste of time . . . Fabian won't even give you as much money as you paid for the strings, and bard faction is useless for anyone but bards. This quest is over at this point. The end. You have become better at wasting your time with trivial quests (208)
#Anonymous, Posted: Mar 16 2001 at 2:32 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) This is a waste of time . . . Fabian won't even give you as much money as you paid for the strings, and bard faction is useless for anyone but bards. This quest is over at this point. The end. You have become better at wasting your time with trivial quests (208)
An Etched Silver Coin
# Feb 26 2001 at 7:28 PM Rating: Default
Killed Zahal the Vile, got the troll guts, gave 50gps and troll guts to Sansa in Qeynos, she gave be Fabians Lute Strings, gave Fabian the Lute Strings, he gave me some cash and An Etched Silver Coin. Can someone please tell what to do with this coin?

Thanks,
Druid 35th Season
Drinal
singer Fabian
# Jan 03 2001 at 12:25 AM Rating: Default
Is there anyone out there who is a Fabian fan? Seeing as how there are a lot of "punny" references and hints to either RL or other fantasy/fiction, possibly one of Fabian's songs includes something about an Etched Silver Coin, and will give a hint as to the continuation of the quest.
sk bard
# Nov 11 2000 at 10:54 PM Rating: Default
There is a bard in sk that was added recently during the uber quest updates so it maybe for that but when hailed she say her lute was trampled by gnolls and she needs new strings.
She is located behund the centaur village against teh east wall.
RE: sk bard
# Sep 04 2001 at 2:57 PM Rating: Good
This is most definitely for the bard epic (need 3 guts, not these)
Has anyone just tried giving the coin to Sansa?
# Oct 03 2000 at 3:27 AM Rating: Default
Inching there?
# Aug 07 2000 at 12:07 PM Rating: Default
I have no idea why they would have finally put Fabian into the game with the quest not yet finished. Waiting for Fabian was a pain, but finding him and getting more frustration as our reward makes no sense to me.
Identigied coin
# Jul 21 2000 at 11:55 PM Rating: Good
I tried to indentify the etched silver coin when I got it, when identified all you get is "item lore: an etched silver coin" so no leads there. Now we just have to figure out who wants this coin.
RE: Identigied coin
# Sep 19 2000 at 8:36 AM Rating: Decent
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Wellford Fargin (banker in Firiona) collects coins and gives out the Nostrolo's tambourine. Although the etched silver coin is not one of the coins he asks for, perhaps it would interest him. Has anyone asked him about it?
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Not always a coin...
# Jul 10 2000 at 9:34 AM Rating: Decent
I didn't get a coin when I turned in my strings. He was Amiable to me. Got 2pp and 2gp I think, and a faction hit....but no coin. I had room in my inventory for it also. Hrumph!
Why Bother?
# Jul 10 2000 at 12:39 AM Rating: Default
Add this to the long list of absolutely worthless quests in EQ. Loose change is the reward for running across the continent several times and also finding and killing a rare spawn.
Not only to hello too
# Jul 07 2000 at 3:37 AM Rating: Good
When you turn in two gold pieces, he will ask you to get him strings. If you say "yes" he will reply to you.
Fabian's not mute
# Jul 05 2000 at 3:03 PM Rating: Decent
He's not mute. He replies to "Hello Fabian" not "Hail Fabian"

Annoying but true.
Nindar
Mute Entertainer
# Jul 05 2000 at 2:21 PM Rating: Decent
So after a year and a half of searching, I finally found Fabien. Yeesh what a letdown. He's Mute.

I petitioned a GM and got a response that him being mute is not how its supposed to be, so I take it the quest is still broken. They said they'd look into it
Fabien?
# Jul 04 2000 at 2:45 PM Rating: Decent
Sansa is getting the lute strings for ANOTHER bard. Talk to this bard, for if memory serves, he'll give you the lute the strings are for. Maybe you give the lute and strings to Fabien..?
Suggestion
# Jul 04 2000 at 9:08 AM Rating: Decent
Perhaps if you had a pure caster cast Identify on the item it would give you a lead. BTW, in case you don't know, if someone casts Identify on you while you are holding the item with the mouse, you get the identify.
location
# Jul 01 2000 at 8:13 AM Rating: Decent
He is in the Grub and Grog Tavern in East FP. he gives u an Etched Silver Coin for the strings but I have no leads on what to do with it
Fabians Strings
# Jun 22 2000 at 1:13 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone know where he can be found ?
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