Herrick's Handiwork is one of the Side Quests in The Outer Worlds. Side Quests are optional quests that players can choose to complete in order to obtain special rewards, XP, or reputation.
Caleb and the auto loader operators are asking for a raise, but their boss, Velma Ballard, refuses to negotiate.
Herrick's Handiwork Objectives
- Convince Velma to negotiate
Velma Ballard manages the warehouse in Stellar Bay.
Caleb's living off a stash of bits he keeps at his home near the diner. If this stash were to go missing, he'd have to return to work.
Caleb believes Velma has been skimming money out of the warehouse accounts. If you can find proof, he can use that as leverage to make Velma negotiate
When confronted about skimming money, Velma mentioned her office terminal
You retrieved financial data from Velma's terminal showing that she's been siphoning money into her personal account.
- Inform Caleb that Velma will negotiate
You've convinced Velma to negotiate. Let Caleb know that he and his team can return to work.
Herrick's Handiwork Walkthrough
You can meet Caleb Herrick at the second floor of The Yacht's Club in Stellar Bay, Monarch. He will give you 1x Glacier Water and invite you to celebrate with them. They are on strike due to poor working conditions, and would like you to mediate a resolution with Velma. Accept to begin the quest, then ask him about how he is managing to learn about his bit stash, and possible blackmail.
You can find Velma's terminal on the 2nd floor and use Hack (55) to access her files. You will learn she has been siphoning money from her operating budget into a personal account. Her office also has a lockbox that contains Signed Tossball Poster, that you need for The Grimm Tomorrow - but you can get this item without stealing it by doing Braxon's quest for Velma. If you need the key for it you can Pickpocket Velma.
Go back to Velma and confront her, but she will say she has earned it by working twice as much as everyone else. You can intimidate (20) or mention that Caleb says the same thing. She will agree to give Caleb a rise. You'll get 11,250xp
Return to Herrick and tell him he's getting his raise, you'll get 11250xp for the step at 15000xp for completing the quest. You'll also get 625 Bit Cartridge and Monarch Stellar Industries Reputation up.
Force Caleb Back to Work
When talking to Velma and/or Caleb, they both mention that Caleb has a bit stash hidden away. If you go into the diner's balcony and roof hop over one building you can find a locked bin. You'll need Lockpick (50) in order to steal Herrick's Stash.
You can also pass a Lie check and tell Caleb Velma will be fired if he doesn't return, causing him to go back oit of pity, without a raise.
Go back to Velma and tell her that you've resolved the problem. You'll get 11250xp for the step at 15000xp for completing the quest. You'll also get 625 Bit Cartridge and Monarch Stellar Industries Reputation up.
Finishing The Secret People
Alternatively, if you've completed The Secret People, you can use Persuade (55) and mention Braxton. This will guilt Velma into giving Caleb and his crew a raise. Like the other solutions, you will still get 11250xp for the step but going back to inform Caleb will earn you an additional 11250xp and then 15000xp for completing the quest. You'll also get 625 Bit Cartridge and Monarch Stellar Industries Reputation up.
If you kill Velma you will Botch the quest and it cannot be completed.
Herrick's Handiwork Rewards
Unlocks quest: None
Other Rewards: 15000xp for completing the quest. You'll also get 625 Bit Cartridge and Monarch Stellar Industries Reputation up.