Companion Quests in The Outer Worlds are the Quests that help your recruit or further Companion plots. Companion Quests are are optional, and don’t need to be completed in order to finish The Outer Worlds.
The Empty Man Quest Guide
The Empty Man is one of the Companion Quests in The Outer Worlds. Companion Quests are optional quests that players can chose to complete in order to further their relationship with party NPCs or their alliances.
The Empty Man Walkthrough
This quest is only available if you have completed The Illustrated Manual and recruited Vicar Max into your party. Once aboard the Unreliable, talk to Max and ask about his religion and interests to find out that he is in search for a translator, and has ideas of where to get one. He will mention going to the Groundbreaker and hacking the security terminal to identify and locate the translator.
Once at the Groundbreaker, you can approach the security desk past customs and talk to Pvt. Lee Flores. You can ask him what he does and then ask if they do tours – he will mention that if you clear a bounty and make good with Cmdt. Sanita or help Chief Tennyson fix the head you might get a thank you tour. You can try persuading (45) for him to do you a favor, or bribe for 710 bits. (3600 xp for getting in)
If you cannot do the persuasion check, grab the Mardet ID Cartridge that is laying on top of some boxes, on a smaller room near the workbench.
The persuade check will allow you to enter the room without being attacked. Sneak toward the cartridge and eject it from the terminal (3600xp). You can also read some notes on the bounty and confiscated goods. You will now have Groundbreaker Customs Databank as a quest item.
Talk to Vicar Max again (3600xp) and he will identify Reginald Chaney who has joined a Sublight salvage crew and has a domicile in Monarch – Fallbrook. Use perception to ask what he’s hiding from you and he’ll say he just thought it was a long shot.
Once you arrive at Fallbrook in Monarch, go into Reginald’s residence by the Sublight Dry Goods & Sundry to earn 3600xp. Inside, you’ll find Reginald Chaney’s Gold Panning Log and learn that he has found a spot that yields some nuggets on the outskirts of town.
Find Reginald Chaney chilling by the river, and Vicar will confront him. You’ll find out that Max was lying about finding a scholar – Reginald is a former immate that shared prison with Max. Max wants revenge for being tricked, but Reginald claims he can find a translator. You can help Max calm down or encourage him to go on. If you let Reginald explain, he will reveal the book belongs to some expert on Philosophism residing in Scylla. Let Reginald go and you’ll get 3600xp. Max will later be thankful that you calmed him down. If you encourage him to be violent Reginald will still explain about Scylla, and then you can tell Max to kill him if you want. You will gain Negative Reputation with SubLight Salvage & Shipping though.
If you talk to Max he will reveal that he ended up as a prison guard due to revealing an unsanctioned belief to a superior. You can ask why he lied to you and he will apologize. You can kick him off your party or accept the apology.
Go to Scylla
Next head to Scylla in your ship. You’ll want to head east to the Abandoned Mining Outpost. There will be Marauders, Primals and Automechanicals in the way so be careful. Once there, head inside the Hermit’s Lodge and speak to the Hermit.
If you killed Reginald she cannot be convinced to help Max, and you will gain 3,150 XP. Speak to Max to gain a further 19150 XP and some Bit Cartridges which will complete the quest.
If you didn’t kill Reginald: Talk to the hermit and ask for a translation, and you can observe a conversation between Max and the Hermit that will result in her asking for certain ingredients that would “speed up the process” for Max. Agree and you’ll get 3600xp and your quest will update.
Head over to the room next door and interact with the incense to experience a cutscene and obtain 3600xp. Encourage the conversation and keep it positive if you want a positive outcome. At the end of the vision, Max will be a lot calmer. 19200xp, Incense Vessel, 2200 Bit Cartridge.
This finishes Vicar Max Questline.
The Empty Man Rewards
- Unlocks quest: None
- Other Rewards: 19200xp, 2200 Bit Cartridge, Incense Vessel
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