yeah, its not the quest, its the prize
Right, again, Joasoze -- Good Observation !
For my part, I am not really all that RPG/Quest-oriented. I prefer to play E:FE as a kind of perverse 4X game, where the first two X'es (eXplore and eXpand) are partially/purposely crippled and twisted.
For that reason, I usually prefer the shorter, simpler quests, where I can snag some (non-purchaseable) useful and interesting prize, especially in the early part of the game. I do have a favorite prize so far. I really liked obtaining "Kitty" in a recent quest. As a Mage's "familiar", she is way cooler than some old wolf or dog. For an early game companion, she is pretty darn powerful too; and considerably preferable to some lumpy Ophidian reptile ...