Old Man Thistle scrawled a cryptic message on the back of the map:
Deep in the valley where four winds blow,
The maiden laughs behind her golden fan.
At the feet of her ancestors' stair,
She whispers secrets into the echoing dark.
Fish is thrilled when you turn the map in to her. But she doesn't understand the message. She suggests you consult the townspeople
to decipher the clues.
They aren't particularly helpful, but they do put you in the right direction at least: north. Fish sends you to find Old Man Thistle's Treasure
The actual cave is located behind rocks and trees northwest of Fish's dock. She marks it on your map and appears when you reach it. If you click on the cave-in, you'll uncover the entrance and can venture inside.
Why did it have to be spiders?
Like many caves on Azeroth, this one is a popular spider hangout. They hit harder than your typical 90 mob, but nothing you can't handle if you're careful not to aggro too many at once. Don't step on their eggs, Leeroy.
A spider of unusual size with the dubious moniker of Echoweb Toxiclaw
guards the actual treasure chest. Along with several acid attacks, she'll try to web you in place and then cause a cave-in on top of you. Jump to free yourself and move out of the falling rocks. As a bonus for hunters, she has a
striking green skin and is tameable.
Once you defeat her, you can loot Old Man Thistle's Treasure
. The item contains
And has a chance to drop
The treasure's not everything that Fish hyped it up to be, but it's still a pretty good haul. You also find Old Man Thistle's Almanac
, which contains detailed notes on his farming techniques and the local plants of the valley.
For the final quest, you turn in the almanac to Seedkeeper Shing Sing
. But where is she? You won't find her if you just fly to the pinpoint on Wowhead.
To the left of Stonecarver Mac
's house and behind it, you'll see bushes along the side of the hill. Behind those bushes is an entrance to a secret cave inside Halfhill, where Shing Sing resides. She'll thank you for the almanac to the tune of 20 gold. You'll also receive the achievement Ain't Lost No More
FYI, if you tried to complete this quest shortly after Mists
launched, it was broken at that point. It has since been fixed.