The Great Alan Cartwright ConspiracyOctober 6, 2008
If you’re leveling in the Dwarf zones, chances are you’ve bumped into a Mr. Alan Cartwright on more than one occasion. He’s a traveling NPC that offers a pretty crappy quest — find me some fungus, I give you petty XP — that players may choose to repeat. His notoriety doesn’t come from what he offers, but instead from where he is: that little bugger is EVERYWHERE.
Marshes of Madness? He’s there. Mt. Bloodhorn? There. You’re in the middle of a thick and heavy PQ in the desolate Badlands… oh, hey, it’s Alan Cartwright, ambling along like he doesn’t have a care in the world. He’s like the mascot of the Dwarf zones, the Mr. Rogers who comes to check up on you once in a while to see how things are going. Well, that and to offer you a crappy quest.
Something I noticed today as I took screenshots not 10 minutes apart was that Alan Cartwright appears to age depending on the zone you’re in:
The left is Alan in Ekrund, the first Dwarf T1 zone. The right is Alan in Marshes of Madness, skirting the upper edge of T2. He’s at least gained 30 years, yet still carries the same dime-store dagger and wearing the same Salvation Army skirt.
So is Alan on a quest parallel to our own, aging as he crawls through the landscape looking for a few good adventurers to find him some fungus before he turns into a traveling skeleton? What is his deal? Why is he stalking me? WHY?!?!?!?!?
P.S. I read a comment here that if you do his quest 50 times, he gives you a pretty nice item.