Quest for Glory Omnipedia


Dinarzad ("child of gold coins") is the money changer of Shapeir.


She runs a fencing gig on the side, taking the place usually occupied by a Thieves' Guild (she is non-union). Her guard is Franc.

She was flirtatious with he customers, especially thieves, or at least with the Hero particularly.

If the hero is a thief, she sent him to rob the house of Abu bin Ma'amar in order to recover a silver tea service that she was fond of. The Hero then returned to her stall and bargained the stolen items with her. She also gives instructions about some treasure hidden in the Weapons Shop, saying that the fall of the Weaponer's house is in her interest.

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Behind the scenes[]

Except from changing money (See below) Dinarzad gives to the Thief directions to rob Abu's House. Returning from that, he can fence to her several items and various prices. If the Hero bargains she will offer some higher price, which seems to depend on whether the Hero has Communication skill below or above 100.

  • Silver Teapot: 10 dinars (11 or 12 after bargaining)
  • Silver Dagger: 15 dinars (16 or 18)
  • Emerald Bowl: 20 dinars (21 or 24)

Exchange Rate[]

Dinarzad doesn't return exactly the value of the Gold Coins of Spielburg, but charges a fee for processing a money change. Her exchange rate changes depending on the amount of coins the Hero gives her.

The exchange follows the following formulas, where "D" = dinars returned, and "G" = gold coins given:

If , meaning Dinarzad takes 50% for anything 250 and over

If , meaning Dinarzad starts with a 10% fee, every gold increasing the fee by 0.20%, up to 50% at 250.

If , meaning Dinarzad takes 10% for anything 50 and under

This is all rounded down to the nearest dinar. This means that even if the Hero gives her 2 Gold Coins, she will only return one dinar, because her fee rounds the return of 1.8 down to one.

It is said that the only way to avoid this is to give her only one Gold Coin at a time, which she will return as a dinar; however in other versions, Dinarzad will not return any dinar when given only one Gold Coin.

The most efficient way to maximize return with the smallest time spent is to exchange 50 dinars at a time. This method is certainly faster than going one at a time, which is the only truly better deal.


You give... Dinarzad returns... Ratio
1 0 0%
2 1 50%
3 2 66.7%
4 3 75%
5 4 80%
10 9 90%
15 13 86.7%
20 18 90%
25 22 88%
30 27 90%
40 36 90%
50 45 90%
60 52 86.7%
70 60 85.7%
100 80 80%
150 105 70%
200 120 60%
300 150 50%
400 200 50%

From the above it seems that the best ratio is gained when the Hero offers rounded amounts (10, 20, 30, 40 or 50); if the Hero offers intermediate amounts (eg. 15, 24, 36 or so), Dinarzad rounds-down the exchanges so the rate is not profitable for the Hero; in other words giving 15 is less profitable than giving either 10 or 20.

From 60 or more, Dinarzad keeps an even higher fee for herself and returns less exchange; the exchange becomes more expensive above 100 and profit is reduced to half in 300, 400 and more.


  • Dinarzad's name seems to be a pun on the Dinar and the legendary name Scheherazade, from Persian Čehrāzād. The ending āzād means "noble, exalted" in Persian.
  • Dinarzad is one of the token characters in the Quest for Glory series that the hero can attempt to flirt with. She will coyly evade if hero attempts to kiss her. If he asks for a date (or 'sex') she will say he is a dangerous man, and say she can't be too careful, but says perhaps if she gets to know him better. If the hero asks for a kiss (or 'love'), she says if you have to ask for it, then you certainly don't deserve it. She makes many double entendres in her dialog. If you type eat Dinarzad/money changer the game comments, that she looks like a tasty morsel, "maybe later".
  • If you type look at breasts the parser will respond "Nice"
  • Takes Flower Bouquets anyway, but says that she prefers diamonds to daisies.
  • When the thief shows her the Thief Sign she says it is "the start of a beautiful relationship" (a quote from the movie Casablanca) and becomes a bit more flirtatious, and hires the Hero to rob the Metal Worker's house for her.
    • If the Hero is not a Thief and attempts to make the thief sign, she will say "Is that a Thieves' sign, or are you just happy to see me?", a reference to the famous quote by Mae West.
  • QFG5 says she is a money changer in Raseir.


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The Thief can also ask about Weapons Shop.