Among the Stars

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Among the Stars
Among the Stars
Among the Stars
locationEngineering core
Cryo lab
Cryo storage
Robot assembly
Decompression chamber
Space walk
Observation deck
given bySally
reward300 XP
base idxx000803
Related quests
Not of This World
leads to:
This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...
Among the Stars
Among the Stars
requirementsComplete Among the Stars
trophy typeSilver
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That's it. I'm sick of running. Let's finish these aliens off and get the hell home.

Elliott Tercorien

Among the Stars is a Fallout 3 main quest and achievement in the Mothership Zeta add-on.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Main Quest: Among the Stars
Talk to Sally.
Go to the Cryo Core.
(Optional) Request help in the Cryo Core from Elliott Tercorien.
Find and overload the power module in the Cryo Core.
Go to the Hangar.
(Optional) Request help in the Hangar from Paulson.
Find and overload the power module in the Hangar.
Go to the Robot Assembly.
(Optional) Request help in the Robot Assembly from Somah.
Find and overload the power module in the Robot Assembly.
Take the space suit from Colonel Hartigan.
Enter the decompression chamber and activate the pressurisation sequence.
Find and activate all three exposed panels.
Step in to the now active central teleporter.
Reward: 300 XP
Leads to: This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Destroy the generatorsEdit

The quest is activated upon reaching the engineering core with the objective to destroy three of the ship's generators located in the hangar, cryo lab/cryo storage and robot assembly areas to gain access to the decompression chamber to proceed further.

  • The player has the option to bring along Somah or one of the three abductees revived in the engineering core's southern portion to each of these three locations. See below for who will accompany the Lone Wanderer to which location; if the wrong companion is selected, they will tell you they are leaving once you enter.
  • The generators are destroyed like the one the Lone Wanderer blew up when freeing Sally in the holding cells area, i.e. using the control to bring the core up from the floor and then disabling the three cooling devices surrounding it.
  • An overheating generator will be surrounded by more and more visible heat radiation to blow up in roughly 30 seconds. While the player might want to step back from it, the explosion is somewhat disappointing with a radius rather smaller than a plasma grenade and only dealing some 20 hp damage.
  • Apart from the above locations, there are three other new locations initially reachable from the engineering core. The cargo hold, engine room, and maintenance level are optional and unconnected to the quest, the latter contains one of the alien captive recorded logs, though. These will become inaccessible once the player enters the space walk area from the decompression chamber opened after shutting down the last generator, so do visit them before that.
  • Toshiro Kago's samurai's sword disappears once the player has destroyed all three generators, so if they want to collect it and/or return the sword to him, the player should visit the maintenance level before that part of the quest is complete.
  • The player can bring one of the three above companions to these optional areas, who will sometimes comment on what they discover there. Especially Paulson has a unique temporal perspective and is probably the best fighter.

Cryo lab/Cryo storageEdit

Elliott Tercorien will assist in the cryo lab area if asked. He will not rejoin the player if asked to leave after having already visited the area. While somewhat weak as a follower, the player needs to bring him if they want access to cryo mines and cryo grenades.

Upon entering the labs, hostile aliens will attack from the right. The left room is accessible by passing over the glass floor. On the wall next to the door is a switch which will unlock the room below, containing alien and wasteland items.

Proceed back upstairs and turn to the right. Face north and proceed through the open door. There will be aliens and drones in the room the player will enter. The drones' sensors can be realigned (if the player has the drone control device from the robot assembly area, see below) to target anything hostile to the PC.

On both sides of the room there are switches activating one alien captive recorded log or thawing a ghoul and a raider. Upon leaving that room there is a similar room with the same cryo-storage pods. Activating them will release another ghoul and raider.

Entering the next room, the player will, through a window and an open door, observe an examination room with some aliens conducting experiments. If Elliott is accompanying the player, he will shout out the aliens were experimenting on the members of his former squad and hit a control under the window. This will seal the doors and release freezing gases into the room, killing all aliens inside who will be seen banging on the window pleading. The player can, too, hit that control quicker than Elliott, or if he is not present.

The room itself contains two pods with Elliott's former comrades Private Beckett and Sergeant Daniels. With Elliot present, the player has the options to leave, euthanize, or try and revive them. If they are revived before Elliott has checked on their status, they will both be instantly hostile and fight each other to the death before then attacking the player. complete research to restore his squad members' memories, until he tells the player it is safe to trigger the release switch. The two soldiers will then join the player within the cryo-lab and storage, until they die from damage or after a scripted time from the substances administered to them by the aliens in their experiments.

Afterwards, the player will enter the main cryo-storage bay. There are several aliens and one automated turret each on the two upper level strips as well as on the area below. There are switches to release ghouls and raiders in cryo-pods on the upper level. On the lower level, there are two areas with two pods each containing super mutants (levelled right up to super mutant overlords). They can be released by switches on the upper level just above them.

An alternative solution is to enter a control-room, close the door, and hit the switch to release all pods at once. The ensuing fights should usually only leave the turrets standing.

After all the enemies are destroyed, face north and head down one of the corridors on the upper level. At the end of the corridor will be the generator to destroy. You may find that it is impossible to exit the way you entered and it is easier to go right out of the generator room and then use the teleporter to go back to the beginning of the cryo-lab.

There are four alien captive recorded logs located in the cryo lab and two in the cryo storage.

Hangar BayEdit

Paulson will assist in the Hangar Bay area, if asked in the engineering core. However, he might not survive and his corpse might disappear in the battle, making it impossible to loot Paulson's revolver.

The generator is located at the top balcony in the hangar. Kill all of the aliens in the hangar area (balcony across from where you walk into the hangar, hangar floor and uppermost balcony). When the player comes to the balcony across from the one on which they first entered, push the switch to open up the sealed door and this will take you to the top balcony.

Walk all the way through corridors and up the stairs until the player sees the two drones. Go left and follow the wall around and there is another blocked door. Pushing the switch to open it sets off an alarm.

At this point, a stream of some 30 aliens and drones will come from the two formerly blocked doors on the lower level, right an left of the well from your vantage point. Activating the six pylon controls will send nearby hostiles flying, damaging or obliterating them. More than likely, some will get through anyway and attack you in that control room or take firing position on the raised platforms left and right, so be prepared to fight conventionally as well. When you have finished the alien horde, the door in your back to the generator will become unblocked.

Conveniently, there are two healing archways forming a path between the generator room door and the balcony overlooking the hangar. Also of note: by the end of the battle, a hatch raises into place below the levitating alien craft (the Recon craft Theta), completing the floor beneath. Also, be sure check the rooms the aliens were streaming out of now that they are open. There are at least 2 supply containers in addition to other alien loot.

Robot AssemblyEdit

Somah will assist in the robot assembly area, if asked in the engineering core.

If they player brought Somah, she will disappear through a teleporter, telling them she will try and fiddle with the teleporter controls. Anyway, head downstairs and to the right. Straight ahead is a corner shelf in an area abundant with alien epoxy. On one of those shelves and on the floor you'll find five units of alien power cells (2 x 12, 1 x 20, 2 x 50). Back down the main hall, there's a healing archway to the right.

Upon entering the second room, turn right. Behind the pillars and against the wall back there are several (4) biogels.

Follow the stream of partly assembled robots down to the end of the room. If present, Somah will suggest you blow a hole in the assembly line's casing to proceed to the next room. While shooting at the glass is ineffective, there is an access panel where the assembly line exits into a wall, which can be activated to cause an overload. The resulting explosion is rather large and forceful, so back up.

Enter a new area through the resulting hole to be confronted by several guardian drones and support drones and a minimum of two aliens. One of the aliens has the useful drone control device. A healing archway will be under the second level. From there you proceed forward, down the stairs and on to the generator. For a quick exit after destroying the generator, follow the two hallways directly behind you to reach a teleportation pad that will send you to one of the inactive pads you saw when you first entered the robot assembly area.

Gain access to the upper levelEdit

Once all three generators have been destroyed, the decompression chamber becomes available. If the player wishes to complete the Alien Archivist achievement, now is the time to be sure that all the alien captive recorded logs thus far have been collected (those from the holding cells, engineering core, cryo lab, cryo storage, waste disposal, and research lab (the player should have 19 of the of 25)), as most of these areas will be closed off and can not be re-entered once the space walk has been started. Also, if the player wants to get the MPLX Novasurge or other loot available in rooms off of the Engineering Core, now is the last chance.

Enter the chamber and put on the spacesuit looted from Colonel Hartigan. Then press the room's single control switch, which decompresses the airlock. Pass through several doors to a new area, the space walk. Along the way the player will find several dead (apparently decompressed) aliens and an optional side room with two containers and several (4) alien biogels.

While in space, the player will find they cannot access their Pip-Boy 3000, draw a weapon, change apparel, or rest. The player will detect two alien enemies in the glass corridor below but they cannot harm them (and vice-versa).

During the space walk, the player needs to locate three exposed panels to activate the large teleporter in the middle. The first is just to the right of where the player emerges from the airlock. The second is all the way across the ship, almost opposite the first. The third is very close to the central teleporter itself.

Once all three panels are activated, step into the now-active transporter to end this quest and begin This Galaxy Ain't Big Enough...

Note that the player cannot remove the space suit until they re-compress the atmosphere in the next chamber.


Quest stagesEdit

10 Release the humans in stasis
20 Speak to Sally
30 Destroy the generator in the Cryo Lab
35 (Optional) Request help from the people you've revived
40 Destroy the generator in the Hangar
50 Destroy the generator in the Robot Assembly
60 Speak to Sally
70 Gain access to the upper level of the alien ship
80Quest finishedIcon checkFind a way to activate the Access Teleporter


  • The human bodies in the "operating room" at the end of the cryo lab are initially unnamed wastelanders if the player decides to enter the labs alone; however, if the player asks Elliott Tercorien to accompany you, the bodies will instead be renamed Corporal Rheems, Corporal Spurlock, and Private Mears - Elliott's missing squad. Additionally, the two empty chambers in the adjoining room will now contain two soldiers, Private Beckett and Sergeant Daniels, who can be revived and made to accompany the player through the Cryo Storage for a limited amount of time before they are either killed or die on their own.
  • Access to the maintenance level and waste disposal areas are permanently disabled once the Lone Wanderer has begun Space Walk.
  • The Lone Wanderer's head will explode if the spacesuit is not worn while in a depressurized area.

Example of death by floating off into space

  • During the space walk at the end of this quest, the Lone Wanderer does not experience free fall or zero gravity, but walks along the ship's hull, though Lone Wanderer's speed is decreased. The ship's artificial gravity only effects the Lone Wanderer while within the circle of red lights on the top of the bottom saucer section. Attempting to leave the prescribed area will result in the Lone Wanderer losing contact with the hull and floating off into space to their death.
  • While space walking, the player correctly hears footsteps and softer mechanical sounds, simulating the sound being transmitted through the soles of the boots. The player also hears the space suit respirator.
  • While in the airlocks, the sound level changes from loud sounds through the air to softer sounds through the boots in the first airlock, and vice versa in the second, but the change happens instantly, rather than gradually as it should.
  • It appears that the Lone Wanderer's bare fingers are exposed to the extreme temperatures and vacuum of space, due to the presence of the Pip-Boy. The Lone Wanderer takes no damage for this.
  • Aliens can be seen and heard running about if the player looks down through the ship's windows while on the space walk.


  • ps3Icon ps3 xbox360Icon xbox360 pcIcon pc Upon entering the room with the two soldiers in the Cryo Lab, the entrance doors may become locked and the teleporter is inoperative. This results in being stuck in this level. This only happens when the player activates the revival process before Elliott is ready thus resulting in the death of his squad mates. When this happens Elliott will have a speech option asking him why the doors have locked. If the player chooses this option Elliott tells the player that "we probably just have to wait for the decontamination cycle to end." despite the fact that no matter how long the player waits, the doors will not open. There are two solutions. Solution 1: save, then power down the console/exit the game on the PC. Load that save and the teleporter should be operational again. If this occurs on the PS3 version, restarting the console has no effect. Solution 2: Sadly, killing Elliott Tercorian does fix the problem. This results in no negative Karma. Killing the revived soldiers also fixes the problem. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc After the loading screen at the end of the space walk, it says the player is gaining rads for a split second, long enough to gain a single rad. The oxygen meter flashes on-screen as well. The reason for this is unknown. [verified]
  • pcIcon pc The initial airlock is right at the edge of the artificial gravity border. The Pip-Boy direction marker incorrectly points to this airlock during the space walk. Returning to this airlock may count as crossing the border and the cinematic of your floating death will play. [verified]
  • xbox360Icon xbox360The player will lose karma if they take off the spacesuit while inside the decompression chamber.

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