Pondathon II: New Side Quest! Building Homes for Bugs with Varian

Pondathon II is a year-long gardening-themed readathon hosted by The Quiet Pond! Help us restore the forest by reading to earn plants and decorate your own garden. For more information about Pondathon, read our Readathon Information Post or check out our Pondathon II Portal.

The story:

After planting trees with Sprout, you decide to check in on Varian to see what they are up to.

Standing by the trees, Varian looks a little out of their comfort zone. They are wearing a hard hat, wielding a hammer in one hand and a box of nails in the other – definitely different to their usual needle and thread!

“Do you know who also lost their homes when the forest was destroyed?” Varian says, when you give them an inquisitive look. Varian picks up a small wooden structure by their foot, and holds it up towards you. “Insects, friend. So many insects lost their homes. Insects are so important to the ecology of the forest; if we want the forest to thrive once more, it needs to be a home to the insects too.”

Upon closer inspection, you notice that the wooden structure is a small insect home!

“So what do you say, friend? Shall we make some new homes for our littlest friends?”

You’ve received a quest!

Our littlest friends – bugs! – are important to the forest, so let’s help them settle in with some cute little homes. Time to put on the hard hats and gloves and roll out the tool box – we’re going to help Varian make some insect homes!

Quest expires on: 23rd April 2022, 8:00PM NZT. [?]


To complete this quest and receive the quest reward, complete the following objective(s):

  • Read a book that EITHER: (1) by an autistic author in celebration of Autistic Pride Month; and/or (2) by a Muslim author in celebration of Ramadan.
  • This quest is repeatable. (Repeating this quest is optional.)
  • Those who complete the quest may choose their quest reward. However, colours of the reward are random.
  • Bonus: Read two books that meet either of the above objectives to earn the Bee-ing Caring badge for your character card!
  • Secret Achievement: Read at least three books that meet either of the above objectives.

Available Quest Rewards:

1. Insect hotel (3 designs, 4 colours available)
2. Bee hive (3 designs, 4 colours available)
3. Butterfly house (3 designs, 4 colours available)

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