This is a chance to keep humanity free, you know, from those vicious mutant bastards.”— Jacob the Chemist
|Side Quest: Break Mason and Franc out of prison|
|Preaching open-mindedness to Manson. (optional)|
|Reward: 300 XP|
|Speak to Jacob the Chemist.|
|Tell him you hate muties.|
|Go to the prison and unlock the door.|
|Report back to Jacob.|
|Reward: 1500 XP, -5 Karma|
|Leads to: Blow up the mine's air purifier|
Speak to Jacob the Chemist and tell him you don't like the super mutants. He will tell you to break their friends out of jail. Go there and wait. Eventually, the super mutant standing guard will wander towards the door. At this time, you can pick the lock of the cells and free the two convicts. You can also steal the key from the guard, and use it on the door when he leaves. Either way, you have to wait until the guard leaves to free them, as when the nearby guard stops you. With a high enough Charisma and Intelligence (both need to be 7), the main guard can also be convinced to give the key and the prisoners can leave freely.
You have to take this quest before you report about missing people in Find the missing people for Marcus quest, or the conspirators won't talk to you anymore.
Once you receive this quest, you can instead turn Jacob in to Marcus for 2500 XP. Alternatively, you can perform the break, then turn them in to Marcus. Jacob and his wife will end up in prison after a fade to black screen.