Foundation is one of the Main Quests in The Outer Worlds. Main Quests are those that must be completed in order to advance the main story and progress the game.
Edgewater has become a leech on the colony's dwindling resources. Adjutant Akande wants you to wipe out the town.
- Use the Termination Protocol
Adjutant Akande has a number of Spacer's Choice-brand automechanicals waiting at the Edgewater landing pad. She needs you to travel to the Emerald Vale Geothermal Power Plant and send the termination protocol from a terminal. The termination protocol will order the automechanicals to wipe out everyone in Edgewater.
- Deal with the Automechanicals in Edgewater
You sent the kill command, and the automechanicals should be attacking Edgewater now. Sophia wants you to go back to Edgewater and clean out the remaining automechanicals.
Travel to Edgewater Landing Pad and fast travel to the Geothermal Power Plant. Head inside and speak to Captain Hogarth. You can Persuade (80) him, Lie (80) to him or Lie (25) to him if you have the Constables Badge. Head forward and use the terminal at the nav marker to execute the command which will kill all the civilians there.
Fast travel to Edgewater if you set the mechanicals to attack the citizens, they will all be dead and you'll need to wipe out the mechanicals. Once finished travel back to Sophia. You'll gain 2,500 XP, 2500 Bit Cartridges and Positive Reputation with The Board. You will also gain the quest Kept Secret But Not Forgotten. You will also gain the Ludwig Was Right Trophy/Achievement for doing this.
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There is an option available on the console to retarget the automechanicals on each other, but this is left over from Comes Now the Power and has no effect on the automechanicals in this mission.