Discreet Work

Description

Hidden in the shadows comes a request. Not everyone wants their identify linked to their dealings. This is the place for shady deeds. Work like this requires that your level is at least that of the station that the work is found on.

Tasks

Eavesdrop

  • "Check on someone"
  • "Spy"

Listen to what <NPC> is saying

Success

You listened to <NPC> and try to remember exactly what was said

Spy on <NPC>. Watch them carefully

Social check

Success

You notice <NPC> acting suspicously. Time to report back.

Failure

You didn't see them do anything. Keep a careful eye open

Report to <NPC>

Intelligence check
You try to recount exactly what you discovered

Success

<NPC> says: "Hmmm. Most intriguing. Thank you for your help"

Failure

<NPC> says: "That doesn't sound quite right. Please try again."

Repair something

  • "Assemble fortification"
  • "Repair something for resale"
  • "Repair something for somebody"
  • "Repair something for someone"

Items to Repair

Tau Station
Yards of Gadani

<NPC> says: "This stupid <item> is broken. Can you help repair it?"

Intelligence check

Success

"Will you look at that! I've been trying to repair that damn thing for ages. Many thanks for your trouble."

Failure

You didn't manage to fix it. Try again

Obtain something

  • "Deliver an item to somebody"
  • "Deliver item"
  • "Get something from someone"
  • "Obtain luxuries"
  • "Recover lost item"
  • "Steal something from somebody"
  • "Steal something from someone for resale"

Items to Find

Tau Station
Yards of Gadani

Intermediate Tasks

  • "Discover <NPC>'s location, spy on them then report to <NPC>"
  • "Find out where <NPC> is, sneak up on them and take <item>"
  • "You must steal <item> from <NPC>"
  • "You need to find <item> but first you need to know where to look"

You need to find out where <NPC> is located and go there.

  • A hunch tells you to go to the <area> to find <NPC>.
  • From your CORETECHS you see that <area> is the place to find <NPC>.
  • You ask a passerby if they know where to find <NPC>. They direct you to <area>.
  • You're pretty sure you can find <NPC> in <area>.
  • Go and find <NPC>, get Plastic Scroll and read what is written on it.
    • You must read what it says on the Plastic Scroll
    • You have read what it says on the Plastic Scroll and drop it in a nearby trash can.
    • And on the Plastic Scroll it said:
    • Go to <NPC> who is in <area>.

You must search for <item>.

Stamina check

Success

You found the <item>

Failure

You didn't find the <item>. Keep looking.

Sneak up on <NPC>. You need to get close without being noticed.

Social check

Success

You manage to get right next to <NPC> without being noticed

Failure

<NPC> spots your approach so you hold back

Take the <item> from <NPC> without them noticing

Agility check

Success

You took the <item> from <NPC>

Failure

You didn't manage to get the <item>

You must give the <item> to <NPC>

  • "You did well. Thank you for finding the <item>"

NPCs

Rewards

  • Your <statistic> stat has increased by <#.###>.
  • You have received '<item>'.
  • You have received <#> bonds.

Reward Items

Tau Station

The Ghost of Mali

Cirque Centauri

Yards of Gadani

Notes

  • Before May 30, 2018, discreet missions could bestow VIP packs. That was apparently a bug, which was fixed.

Technicalities

Payment

Prior to accepting each discreet mission the reward for a successful completion is shown. This seems to cycle from a lower to an upper bound, usually by a fixed amount, sometimes staying the same and sometimes increasing by multiples of said fixed amount. Here is some data from Tau Station for a continuous run of discreet missions:

  • 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, 8.8
  • 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 7.4, 7.5, 7.5, 7.6, 8.8, 8.9, 9.1
  • 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4
  • 6.7, 6.8, 6.8, 6.8, 7.8, 7.9, 8.1, 9.4, 9.6, 9.8, 10.0
  • 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.8, 10.0
  • 6.2, 6.3

The observed bounds are 6.2 and 10.0, respectively. The lower bound is probably 6.0.

Rewards

The observed stat increases on Tau Station range from 0.008 to 0.010.
The observed bond rewards on Tau Station range from 15 to 40 bonds.

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