The Hosidius House is one of the Five Houses of Great Kourend, a kingdom located in Zeah. Their main export focus is on Farming/agriculture and Cooking, as they supply the famined soldiers of the Shayzien army with food in their mess hall.
Because of the high demand of food in Great Kourend, the Hosidius House requires a large amount of land to grow their crops in, in addition to the usage of sulphurous fertiliser, which is rumoured to speed up the growth of crops.
The Hosidius House possesses the most land out of the five houses - this is because a famine struck the kingdom sometime during 5th BA to 1st BA (1,460 years ago). Five years after the famine began, Lord Hosidius IV met with the Lords of the other four Houses, coming to an agreement that half of each House's lands be granted to the Hosidius House in order to grow more crops to stop the famine, which was then approved by the ruling Council of Elders.
Gaining house favour
WARNING: If you already have 100% favour in another House, ensure you have spoken to the respective House's Architect to lock in the favour. Gaining favour in another House before speaking to them will make you lose favour in that house!
Earning the favour of the Hosidius can be done by helping with the production of farmed foods and preparing food for soldiers. Once you have earned the favour of the Hosidius House, you will gain access to both the city kitchens, which boasts a 5% reduced chance of burning when cooking using their ranges, access to a new Spirit tree patch, access to the Woodcutting Guild, and the ability to play the Tithe Farm minigame, which focuses on gaining Farming experience.
At 0% favour, players can only plough the fields found throughout the Hosidius House. Players will need to push the plough back and forth to till the soil. Players will automatically keep pushing the plough until they reach the edge of the field, or until the plough breaks, in which case a hammer is needed to repair it, which grants the player 10 Crafting experience. Ploughing one field in its length will also grant you 10 Farming experience.
It is recommended to use longer fields, such as the ones north of the Tithe Farm, so players will have to go around the plough to push it less frequently. Favour is generated randomly while performing this activity. It is not necessary to switch fields or move the plough beyond pushing it back and forth; the same amount of favour will be given regardless of location.
At 5% favour, players will be able to make sulphurous fertiliser. This fertiliser, while of no use to the player in farming, is of great use to the Hosidius House's farming industry. Sulphurous fertiliser is created by using saltpetre on regular compost, or vice versa.
Saltpetre can be found in the area south of the bank, and will spawn in one of five possible locations within the area, and moves once the deposit is depleted. A spade is required to gather saltpetre. A helpful tip is that Konoo, a saltpetre digger, will be located wherever the latest saltpetre deposit is located. If players do not have one, Konoo can also provide a spare spade. For faster collecting, hop worlds until you find a saltpetre deposit closest to the bank. Once it runs out, simply continue hopping until you find another. Because it is so close to the bank, it makes up for the time spent finding a world. Note, however, that since the nodes do not reset location automatically, if there are multiple players hopping for the node closest to the bank, it's very possible that no world has that node up. If this is the case, you may have to settle for a node that's further away and hop for that, or just collect saltpetre normally.
After combining the saltpetre with compost, players are to give the fertiliser to the Clerk, located at a building southwest of the bank. In return, players will receive 0.1% favour for every bucket of sulphurous fertiliser given to the clerk. The clerk will take all sulphurous fertilisers in the player's possession, including the bank, which means players do not need to make multiple trips to donate, and can gain massive amounts of favour in one go. From 5% favour, it takes 400 buckets of sulphurous fertilisers to reach 45%, 700 to reach 75%, or 950 to reach 100%.
It will take around 400 buckets for 5-45%, 950 buckets of sulphurous fertilisers to reach 100% favour from 5% or 800 buckets to reach 100% from 20%. After 20% players may look to complete The Depths of Despair quest for an additional 10%; it'll take 700 buckets to reach 100% from 30%. A quick way of gaining favour is to buy saltpetre and compost on the Grand Exchange. At current prices, 950 of each costs approximately 24,700. Note that the buy limit for compost is 600 - you may wish to buy compost packs for 2,000gp from any farming shop. Should a player opt to buy all 950 of the compost needed from a farming shop, 100% favour would cost approximately 21,900.
Cooking in the Mess hall
Once players have 45% favour, they are able to cook in the Mess, where they must cook according to demands of the Shayzien House soldiers. Players must cook either stew, pineapple pizza, or meat pie, based on the highest percentage of the interface on the player's top left screen in the game client. In order for players to partake in this activity, they must have at least a cooking level of 20 in order to cook meat pie, 25 in order to cook stew, and 65 in order to cook pineapple pizza.
Instead of dropping bowls, you can place your empty bowls back into the cupboard after using them for dough.
Planting grape seeds
At 65% favour, players will have access to the Vinery, where they can farm grapes after using saltpetre and grape seeds on a vine patch (requires 36 Farming, can be boosted). Players are granted 0.8% favour for each grape seed planted.
- At 15% favour, players will be able to steal fruit from the fruit stall in front of Logava Gricoller's Cooking Supplies.
- At 35% favour, players will be able to plant a spirit sapling in the spirit tree patch located southeast of the bank. Players can pay Lammy Langle 5 monkey nuts, 1 monkey bar, and 1 ground tooth to protect the patch.
- At 50% favour, The allotment patches in the southeastern corner of the Hosidius House, including the flower and herb patch, will never die of disease.
- At 65% favour, players can plant grape seeds in the Vinery.
- At 75% favour, players with at least level 60 in Woodcutting can enter the Woodcutting Guild.
- At 100% favour, players can participate in the Tithe Farm minigame, which can be found in the mid-eastern part of Hosidius.
- At 100% favour, players can also use the city kitchens directly southeast of the Mess. A bank chest can be found in the small building, along with a range that provides a 5 percentage point increase to the chance of successfully cooking food over a standard range, thus making this one of the best spots to cook.
- If a player is cooking food that they already have the level to not burn, then this method gives slightly less experience per hour than the Rogues' Den fire.
The Tithe Farm is located in the centre of the Hosidius area, with an entrance on the eastern side. It is a fast-paced minigame that allows players to train the Farming skill through planting, caring for, and harvesting fruit specific to the Tithe Farm. All seeds and fertiliser are provided; players must bring their own watering cans (at least 4 are recommended), as well as a spade and seed dibber.
There are three different kinds of fruit that can be grown: golovanova, bologano, and logavano. Each requires a different Farming level and grants increasing experience for harvesting and depositing the fruit. If done correctly, the Tithe Farm minigame can quickly train Farming at no cost to the player.
The Mess is located in the northwesternmost corner of the Hosidius area. It is full of soldiers, and hosts a minigame in which a player can make stew, meat pie, and pineapple pizza to feed the soldiers. Doing so grants Cooking experience as well as favour with Hosidius House.
Saltpetre is located south of the main bank in Hosidius. There are five spawn points where players can dig saltpetre, which is used to make Sulphurous fertiliser, and dynamite for the Blast mine in Lovakengj.
Players can use the allotment patches, as well as the flower and herb patches without the need of Hosidius favour. The allotment, flower, and herb patches all become disease-free with 50% Hosidius favour.
Those who have at least 35% Hosidius favour will have access to the spirit tree patch.
Charcoal burners are located on the southern part of Hosidius. Charcoal burners are used to make juniper charcoal. By cutting Juniper trees in the area, a player can receive juniper logs. These logs can be placed in each furnace (up to 60 each) and turned into coal after six hours. You must pay a fee of 600 coins in order to have them looked after.
- The Golden Field
- The Haymaker's Arms
- Little Shop of Horace
- Logava Gricoller's Cooking Supplies
- Vannah's Farm Store
- Charlie Brown
- Chief Farmer
- Estate agent
- Farmer's wife
- Farmer Gricoller
- Farmer Hayfield
- Father Jean
- Gruff McScruff
- Guildmaster Lars
- Lammy Langle
- Pandur Hosidius
- Servery assistant