Space-Crime Continuum

Previous Salvager in the Sky
Next The Ice Palace
Location Groundbreaker
Rewards 20,000xp
2188 Bit Cartridge
SubLight Salvage & Shipping Reputation Up

Space-Crime Continuum is one of the Faction Quests in The Outer Worlds. Faction Quests are optional quests that players can chose to complete in order to obtain special rewards, XP, and reputation with a given Faction.


Lilya Hagen has a lead on some expensive salvage. When the Board abandoned Monarch, several  factories and research facilities were left mostly intact. While the majority of those locations have previously been stripped of valuable resources, SubLight agents on Monarch recently discovered a hidden laboratory with a cache of Alta-Vitae gas. Lilya needs an independent captain to retrieve the salvage.

Space-Crime Continuum Objectives

  • Retrieve the Missing Passcode
    Lilya hasn't heard from her agent in Stellar Bay recently. Retrieve the information he's holding on the salvage and deliver it to Catherine Malin in Fallbrook.
  • Enter the Secret Lab in Cascadia
    An abandoned lab in Cascadia houses a rich cache of Alta-Vitae gas. The password "Antediluvian" should get you inside the hidden lab.
  • Signal the Unreliable
    That Alta-Vitae gas is going nowhere without heavy transport. To get the gas offworld, signal ADA from the message terminal in the Cascadia lab. She'll find her way to the landing pad.
  • Setup a Link to the Refueling System
    Risky as it sounds, the Alta-Vitae gas needs to get pumped into the Unreliable's fuel tank. Linking the ship to Cascadia's refueling system will allow you to siphon the goods.
    Catherine suggested using the ventilation system to deal with the Mantisaurs infesting the lab.
    A terminal with privileges to siphon Alta-Vitae gas is located in Cascadia's R&D Labs
  • Siphon the Gas
    The sooner the Alta-Vitae gas is siphoned into the Unreliable's fuel tanks, the quicker you can smuggle it offworld.
    A terminal with privileges to siphon Alta-Vitae gas is located in Cascadia's R&D Labs.
  • Return to Lilya
    The goods are secured. Lilya Hagen should be pleased. She's stationed at SubLight Headquarters on the Groundbreaker.


Space-Crime Continuum Walkthrough

This quest is obtained by taking the job with Lilya Hagen aboard the Groundbreaker after you've gained access to Stellar Bay on Monarch.

Head outside to the fishery docks in Stellar Bay of Monarch and loot the corpse there in the corner. This will provide you with a Bloody Note that has a passcode on it. Take the note to Catherine Malin in Fallbrook.

Make your way to Fallbrook, visiting Amber Heights for several quests in the process. Talk to Mortimer Bell near the entrance and, if you're doing Space-Crime Continuum, ask him where to find Catherine Malin, and you'll gain Sublight Salvage & Shipping reputation.

Go to meet Catherine and tell her you're here to fix the problem. She says you must syphon the gas from Cascadia's lab into one of your ship's fuel tanks. She warns you the town is overrun by Marauders and the lab is swarmed with mantisaurs. You can mention that Nyoka can kill them or Ellie can drug them. She will tell you technical skills are needed, you can mention Parvati or Vicar Max. You're to take the gas to the Groundbreaker once you obtain it. Finish the dialogue and earn 5000xp

Catherine has an extra job, however. You can pick it up now. She wants you to take Clive Lumbergh's boarst factory, owner dead or alive. You can kill him or sabotage the factory. This unlocks the side quest Slaughterhouse Clive. Speak to Duncan Elley for an ID if you wish to sneak in. You'll have to Persuade (50), Lie (50) or Intimidate (50) to get one.

Clive is located inside C&P Boarst Factory to the southwest of Fallbrook. If you can  reach him and convince him to work with Catherine then you can bring his proposition to her. Or you can just kill him. If you tried to get them to work together when you speak with Catherine you need a Persuade (50) or Lie (100) to get her to do it.

Head to Cascadia and interact with the terminal near the sealed door containing what you seek (it's inside a building). You need to override the system with the password and the door will reveal a lift that takes you to Rizzo Secret Laboratory. Be sure to look around Cascadia before you head inside, as you can find Zora's Executive Review on another terminal inside Rizzo's. This will allow you to use the terminal at the locked gate to Cascadia.

Once inside the lab you'll gain 5000 XP, and you'll come across a security robot, but you can get by with Lie (60) or have SAM do it for you. To the left of the robots there's a room with a terminal. Use it to signal ADA to land, and your quest will update and grant you 5000 XP. Continue exploring by taking the route left from the entrance. You'll pass a locked door with some loot inside and come to a room with several Mantisaur.

  • Following the trap-ridden path without Mantisaur, that has Mechanical Guardian MK 2 instead. You'll have to dodge mines and ray tripwires unless you have lockpicking 100. Watch out for the steam and the mines on the walls as well! This is the way you must take if you want to use ventilation to solve your bug problem

Defeat the mantisaur and climb the ladder then interact with the terminal to align the fuel. After that, initiate Alta-Vitae Gas transfer - you'll learn this terminal is not allowed and you have to make it to another one. Earn 5000xp

Go down the ladder and open the nearby door. There's more Mantisaur to kill, and a shrine to Dr. Thomas Lynwood Ryall to observe. Go to the far end of the room and you can take a right to loot some items and read a terminal, and then take the opposite direction to fight a Mantiqueen. The terminal up the stairs past the queen is the one you need for your quest. Pick to connect storage tanks to the landing pad refueling system. You can now Engineering (40), Hack (60) or Overload the systems. You'll gain 5000xp.

While you are inside the lab, find the Mind Control Ray for the quest Weapons from the Void. Go toward the lift and look right - there's a gap to jump across, leading to a ladder, another jump and another ladder. You'll find a dead scientist and a safe that contains Mind Control Ray. (3500xp)

Take the lift out and you' come out by a group of Mantisaur on the opposite side of the locked gate from the main town. You can head to the Unreliable and back to the Groundbreaker to complete the quest by talking to Lylya Hagen at SubLight. (5000xp)

Finishing the quest gives you 20000xp, SubLight Salvage & Shipping Reputation Up, 2188 Bit Cartridge. You can Persuade (100) for 2300xp and 500 Bit Cartridge. If you completed Slaughterhouse Clive you'll receive further SubLight Salvage & Shipping reputation, and Lilya will ask if the swine gave you any strange looks.

You'll also unlock the quest to move in and commandeer a decommissioned station as a SubLight Salvage & Shipping Remote Station.  Accept to obtain the quest The Ice Palace and obtain Override Cartridge, which allows you to travel to the quest destination.


Space-Crime Continuum Rewards

Unlocks quest: The Ice Palace

Other Rewards: 20,000xp, 2188 Bit Cartridge, SubLight Salvage & Shipping Reputation Up.


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    • Now, with Peril on Gorgon and the increased skill checks, if you don't want to use your weapon you will need to go through a 150 Lockpick door AND also have Ellie or Nyoka to lower oxygen levels and kill all mantisaurs. It's probable you'll need to come first with Felix and Parvati and return with Ellie/Nyoka for the second part.

      • Anonymous

        Once you enter Rizzo's Lab, if you have SAM in your party, when the robot talks to you he will let you through in exchange of cleaning the unit

        • Anonymous

          I find it a bit cheesy we get to fill out ship with what she described as "millions of bits worth the gas" and our only option is to surrender it for 2000 bits. There should be an alternate end where I can sell the gas to a higher buyer.

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