Why Call Them Back From Retirement?

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Location Byzantium - Hortense Ingalsbee
Rewards 28000xp
1125 Bit Cartridge

Why Call Them Back From Retirement? is one of the Side Quests in The Outer Worlds. Side Quests are optional quests that players can chose to complete in order to obtain special rewards, XP, or reputation.


A resident of Byzantium, Hortense Ingalsbee, has asked you to investigate the Board's Early Retirement program.

Why Call Them Back From Retirement? Objectives

  • Investigate the Retirement District.
    Use the password Hortense gave you to access it via terminal.
  • Escape
    The Board's idea of retirement is more like an execution. Find a way to stay employed
  • Return to Hortense
    Tell Hortense the results of your investigation


Why Call Them Back From Retirement? Walkthrough

Gain this quest from speaking with Hortense Ingalsbee in Byzantium.

Head to the retiree area which is near the Byzantium Freight Port Landing Pad. Either fast travel there or take the elevator down. Use the terminal there to unseal the door, then head into the Early Retirement District.

There are some things here that you can examine that tell you about the Retirement Program. Use the terminal up ahead to consent to the rules and regulations of Early Retirement. Head down the elevator and you'll gain 9500 XP and you'll find corpses everywhere with robots cleaning them up.

You'll be attacked by waves of automechanicals and will have to kill them all. Once you do, use the terminal. You can Hack (65) automechanicals and unseal the Hatch to the Maintenance Tunnels. Head into them.

Once inside fight your way through many more automechanicals (unless you disabled them with hack) and open the Lockpicking (55) door to find loot if you can, otherwise head through the door on the right-hand side of the main room. Make your way to the other end of the Maintenance Tunnels and take the elevator back up to Prosperity Plaza.

Return to Hortense and you can Lie (40) to get her to head to the Retirement District where she will be killed or you can tell her what is going on. If you tell her she will say that it's brilliant, but you'll get negative The Board reputation. You can Intimidate (60) her to pay you more and you will gain 2,188 Bit Cartridges and 28500 XP. If you Lie to her you'll gain 1,125 Bit Cartridges and 28500 XP. Lying to her will also net you The Board Reputation Up.


Why Call Them Back From Retirement? Rewards

Unlocks quest: None

Other Rewards: 28000xp, 1225 Bit Cartridge.


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    • Anonymous

      Not all the options are mentioned here. I got way more from my choices it would seem... Instead of lying I chose to tell hortense it was a brutal execution and that I love killing me some automechanicals. This allowed another option to persuade for 100 which nets 2800xp, 2188 bits, antother 9500xp, and an additional 19000xp (31000xp)

      • Anonymous

        I told her the truth at first and she was happy, so I reloaded and lied because I can’t stand this NPC haha

        • Anonymous

          The guards are all attacking me now that I have exited the tunnels and Im not sure why. I cant turn in the quest because she ends up attacking me too and then she dies

          • Anonymous

            Is there any word on WHY the early retirement program exists? What does the board get out of this program that makes it worth spending so many resources on it?

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