The Puppet Masters is a quest in The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos DLC. The player is tasked with investigating the murder of Halcyon Helen, a famous actress, in the Eridanos colony. During the investigation, the player uncovers a conspiracy involving the Rizzo’s corporation and their new product, Spectrum Brown. The player learns that Rizzo’s is using mind control technology to manipulate people into buying their products.
The player confronts Rizzo’s CEO, Ludovico, who admits to using the mind control technology and offers the player a chance to join him in his plan to control the colony. The player also has the option to side with Cedric Kincaid, an ambitious SubLight employee who wants to take over Rizzo’s and use the mind control technology for his own gain.
The decision is challenging because it forces the player to choose between two morally ambiguous options. Side with Ludovico and Rizzo’s corporation, which has been using mind control technology to manipulate the population for profit Or Side with Cedric Kincaid, who has no qualms about using the same technology for his own benefit and potentially causing more harm to the colony.
Outcomes and Rewards For Siding with Ludovico or Rizzo
- Siding with Ludovico: If the player chooses to support Ludovico and Rizzo’s corporation, they will help him defeat Cedric Kincaid and gain control of the mind control technology. The player will receive a unique weapon called the “Control Helmet” and a reputation boost with the Rizzo’s faction.
- Siding with Cedric Kincaid: If the player chooses to support Cedric Kincaid, they will help him defeat Ludovico and take control of Rizzo’s corporation. The player will receive a unique weapon called the “SubLight VP Armor” and a reputation boost with the SubLight faction.
Impact on the player’s experiences later in the game
The decision in “The Puppet Masters” quest has lasting consequences that affect the player’s experience throughout the Murder on Eridanos DLC. Depending on the choice made, the player may have access to different quests, resources, and interactions with NPCs.
- Siding with Ludovico: Supporting Ludovico and Rizzo’s corporation may result in more quests and opportunities related to the corporation. The player may also gain access to better prices and resources from Rizzo’s vendors due to their improved reputation.
- Siding with Cedric Kincaid: Supporting Cedric Kincaid and SubLight may result in more quests and opportunities related to the SubLight faction. The player may also gain access to better prices and resources from SubLight vendors due to their improved reputation.
Additionally, the decision made in this quest may be referenced in later quests and conversations within the DLC, showcasing the lasting impact of the player’s choice on the game world and its inhabitants.