The Golden needle is an item from KQ5.
Following his father's advice—"Check carefully into, under, above, below, and behind things"—Graham went searching through a haystack outside of Serenia's Country Inn. With the help of King Antony, he found a golden needle which had been lost by, or more likely stolen from, the town's tailor. When Graham returned the needle, he was given a cloak to warm him on his journey through the mountains.
Graham returned the golden needle he had found, to the Fey Tailorshop, getting a much-needed warm cloak in return. The shop's owners, the Fey brothers, put the needle on display each year in conjunction with their annual clearance sale. It is mounted on a plaque telling the saga of how the needle was stolen and then returned by a king.
The phrase "needle in a haystack" connotes something which is very hard to find or locate. While it may be assumed that the saying has been around forever, written records of it only go back about 500 years. In Don Quixote, Cervantes writes about looking "...for a needle in a bottle (bundle) of hay". Thomas More refers to "...a needle in a meadow", and Melville to a "...needle in a hay-mow." James Fenimore Cooper in the "Pathfinder," finally, has a character complain, "I might make up to pick out a single needle on this deck...but I much doubt if I could pick one out of a haystack." Come to think of it, just finding any specific reference to "...finding a needle in a haystack" is somewhat like finding a needle in a haystack.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Also referred to as the 'Needle in the Haystack' in KQC.
- This is known as the 'Gold needle in the KQ5 Hintbook.
KQ5: This is a large golden needle.