“Independent orbital station in the remains of Halcyon's first colony ship. Captained by Junlei Tennyson and run by descendants of the original crew.
„—Halcyon map description
UDL-001 The Groundbreaker or simply Groundbreaker was the first colony ship to arrive in Halcyon during the Crossing. By 2355, it has been converted into an independent orbital station, and is the only place in the entire Halcyon system that is not controlled by the Halcyon Holdings Corporate Board or any other corporation.
Background[edit | edit source]
The crew of the Groundbreaker is fiercely protective of their independence from the corporations, and the corporations value the station's role as a thriving freeport enough that they are willing to deal with it on relatively equal terms. In practical terms, while the Groundbreaker rules itself, it cooperates with the corporations to an extent, such as by impounding ships that the Board happens to flag.
According to Junlei, lots of corners were cut when the ship was built, prompting Captain Guiying Tennyson to spend half of her career attempting to patch the ship back together after the Crossing from Earth to Halcyon. In addition, the ship has tinkerings and bypasses that only the Tennysons know about.
Faction Relationships[edit | edit source]
The Groundbreaker maintains a somewhat tense relationship with the Board, owing to their declared independence from Board authority, as well as their control of shipping routes outward from the Halcyon System. Nonetheless, given that Groundbreaker lacks any semblance of military might against the Board beyond the mardets stationed aboard the ship, the loose hierarchy in charge of the Groundbreaker often seeks to find (illicit) ways of delaying, stymieing, or pitting corporations under the Board's thumb against each other, usually through black market fences like Gladys Culkelly. Nonetheless, the Board maintains an embassy aboard the Groundbreaker run by bureaucrat Udom Bedford. Depending on the actions of the Stranger, the Groundbreaker's crew may be compelled to rebel against the Board's system-wide authority.
The Groundbreaker is generally neutral to Sublight Salvage and Shipping Corporation, and allows them to operate an office and warehouse aboard the ship, helmed by Lilya Hagen.
Layout[edit | edit source]
- Groundbreaker Deck
The main deck of the Groundbreaker is now full of corporate establishments and businesses, selling goods both legal and illegal to inquiring customers. Corporations known to operate aboard the Groundbreaker include C&P and Spacer's Choice.
The large central area of the ship is host to several shops and important locations.
- Back Bays
The Back Bays are the semi-abandoned lower decks of the Groundbreaker, and for the most part, are a slum home to orphans and outlaws. Felix Millstone was an orphan who grew up in the Back Bays.
Location(s)[edit | edit source]
- Fast Travel
Quests[edit | edit source]
- Side Quests
- Faction Quests
NPCs[edit | edit source]
- Quest Giver
- Ambient NPCs
Companions[edit | edit source]
Enemies[edit | edit source]
- Ambient Creatures
Key Items[edit | edit source]
Unique weapons[edit | edit source]
|Montag||Pickpocketed or looted off of Captain MacRedd.|
|Salvager's Helper||Purchased from Gladys Culkelly.|
|Prismatic Hammer||In the sealed Repair Hangar which can be accessed via a loose panel in the back of the Stevedore's Quarters.|
Unique armor[edit | edit source]
|Defective MoonMan Helmet||In the locked (Lockpick 20) storage room in the Spacer's Choice Vendor.|
|MoonMan helmet||Purchased from Martin Callahan or looted off his body.|
|Welder's Goggles||Received for completing Happiness is a Warm Spaceship.|
Logs[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- One Rest-N-Go Keycard can be used to open any of the three safes located in the storage room behind the counter in Rest-N-Go. Two can be found in the open (must be stolen), and a third is pickpocketed from Milo Ottinger.
- Raising your reputation on The Groundbreaker will substantially lower prices at shops on the Promenade.
- Groundbreaker used to have a self-destruct mechanism, but Junlei repurposed it some years before.
Related achievements-trophies[edit | edit source]
|SubLight to the End||Completed the Sublight quest lines.||15||Bronze|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Fluid Circulation Pump Terminal, Cobbled Together, Maintenance Shaft (Groundbreaker)
- Junlei Tennyson, after completing Happiness is a Warm Spaceship, Groundbreaker Engineering
- Junlei Tennyson: "I gelded that thing years ago. Now it brews stim that goes down stronger than Nanner Spank. Family recipe.