"His name is Hawthorne, and he should be waiting for you at the landing site. He's to be your chauffeur, so to speak. Not to worry, I'm told he's a specialist. Dashing gunslinger, one of a kind ship, that sort of thing. You'll like him, I'm sure." ― Phineas Vernon Welles
Captain Alex Hawthorne was a smuggler and the former captain of the Unreliable.
Before his death, Hawthorne was considered a dear friend by the Groundbreaker's resident Board representative Udom Bedford, though it is unclear if the sentiment was returned. He also had done business with Lilya Hagen, the CEO of SubLight Salvage and Shipping Corporation, who is also based aboard the Groundbreaker.
Hawthorne preferred solitude rather than company on his flights. He was also mechanically trained, with the ability to install the Vocational Competence Respecification Machine in the Unreliable. He would often play board games and socialize with ADA.
At some point he was hired by Phineas Vernon Welles to help the Stranger in their mission to free the remaining colonists aboard the Hope. In his final moments, he was holding onto the guide beacon for the Stranger's pod to make its landing. Rather than putting the beacon down and stepping away, Hawthorne was crushed by the Stranger's pod when it made landfall on Terra 2. His ship's AI, ADA, believes this error in judgement might have been due to a recent head injury.
The Stranger eventually takes command of his ship, the Unreliable, and takes his name as an alias.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
|Available interactions with Alex Hawthorne|
- Stranger in a Strange Land: The player character's pod crash lands on top of Hawthorne at the beginning of this quest.
- ↑ Mentioned by ADA upon entering the Crew's Quarters in the Unreliable.