I guess this is it. Not much air left now. Minutes, maybe. And this is what I have to show for it. I guess the joke's <gasps air> on me. Probably shouldn't <gasp for air> have killed... all those people, Prolly shoulda stayed at home... <gasp for air> and taken care of my ma. She... always used to say people who... murder and steal... die bad in the end. Said they... <gasp for air>”— Allen Marks on holotape
|Side Quest: A Valuable Lesson|
|Acquire 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps.|
|Give the 50 star bottle caps to Festus at the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters.|
|Find the vault with the prize in it, after listening to Festus' speech.|
|Reward: 1600 XP, about 1500 caps and Pew Pew, a unique laser pistol.|
After finding at least 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla star bottle caps, the Courier can approach Festus to receive the prize, which is, amusingly, the "honor" of listening to the supposedly real story of how Sunset Sarsaparilla came to be. At this point, any number of star caps exceeding fifty are simply converted into bottle caps and returned. This course of action fails the preliminary quest, The Legend of the Star.
If asked about the real prize, Festus says that, due to complaints about the story being the main prize, an additional prize was being offered that should suffice. This triggers the next and final quest, which instructs the Courier to go to the Sunset Sarsaparilla prize vault to collect the prize.
The final destination is marked inside the factory. To get there, follow these instructions:
- Starting from Festus, head through the north door and carry on across the hall to the room with the hole in the roof.
- Walk up the wreckage to the 2nd floor.
- Take the first left and then right. Ahead should be a very long corridor.
- Walk straight to the end of that corridor to the room with a hole in the floor.
- The hole then leads to the prize room.
The real prize turns out to be around 1500 bottle caps, found in thirteen Sunset Sarsaparilla crates, each averaging roughly 115 caps. There are also 319 Sunset Sarsaparilla deputy badges, which are weightless and monetarily worthless (finding them all may require pulling crates off the top shelves). Also, in the corner, lies the body of Allen Marks, a holotape, and Pew Pew, a unique laser pistol. Marks is "wearing" one of the deputy badges, which is actually just lying atop his body, taking the badge carefully will avoid moving the body that would cause the badge to fall to the floor. The holotape (which ends the quest when picked up) reveals that he was a murderer and a thief, and a computer found in the bottling area of the building seems to reveal the moment Marks broke into the factory. There are indications that several robots were damaged in the incident, but also that the intruder had been wounded in the process. According to Marks' holotape, the sealed vault was completely airtight, explaining his eventual death after being merely wounded.