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Illegal business is an optional side mission featured in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha.


Have you seen those guys in the exosuits? I want one. I could get one, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Get one for me, I'm paying for exo and the delivery.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4002


What about the artifacts?
- Marked One, v1.4007

N.B. The mission is considered to be seriously flawed prior to v1.4007.

Overview v1.4002

A Find The Item side mission:

  1. Find the artifact (yes, this is really the text)
  2. Bring the artifact (again...)

Find the artifact

Bring the artifact

  • You may return to Maj Griboyedov with the Exoskeleton even if the previous task is not marked as completed. He will accept it and reward you.
  • In v1.4002 the task (and the whole mission) will not be marked as completed when you hand the Exoskeleton to the Major and stay in your task list for the rest of the game.

Notes

  • In v1.4002 this mission, like most of Major Griboyedov's missions, seems cobbled together and is not really worth the effort.

Gallery v1.4002

Overview v1.4007

  • The mission set will only be given if the player voluntarily surrenders the Supernova ("Purple Beads") found during A petty thief.....
  • The mission set seems to be debugged.
  • The mission is again given by Major Griboyedov, located at the Military Checkpoint (Countryside) barracks in eastern Countryside.
  • The mission set consists of recovering FIVE artifacts for a simple monetary reward.
  • The rewards total some 53000 Ru (70000 if the corollary task enables these sub-tasks)
  • Potentially, while each task is separate and must be solicited by the player, they may possibly be interwoven with the various Cleaning up sub tasks also on offer from Griboyedov.
  • Completing the mission set will require:
  1. A Snowflake
  2. A Fungus ("Toadstool")
  3. A Bubble
  4. A Liver ("Flesh Chunk")
  5. A Jewel.

Find the artifact #1

We've got a contract for a specific artifact. Stalkers call it "Snowflake". To be honest, I have no idea where that thing can be found, be we really need one. The pay is 15 thousands.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • Reading this the player suspects that "debugged" is a relative term.
  • There is/was a perfectly fine Snowflake in a tin in Yantar...
  • If it wasn't sold, it might be stashed at the Bar. Either is a long walk. Either is an expensive Guides trip.

Bring the artifact #1

  • The player then delivers the requested item and receives:
  • 12500 Ru.
Oh, finally! Great job Stalker. There will be more orders.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • The player then needs to disengage from conversation and then reopen dialogue for the next (or alternate) task:

Find the artifact #2

Need to find an artifact for me, Fungus. Rare one, they say, so the search will be hard, but the pay will be good.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • Define 'good'.
  • The player may have been trotting around the levels with this on-belt for several zone days.
  • The player might wish to maintain that advantage...
  • If any of the above is the case then the sub task completes and:

Bring the artifact #2

  • The player then delivers the requested item and receives:
  • 15000 Ru in exchange for a "Toadstool".
Here we have it! A rare trinket. And a useful one. I don't want to know how you found it though. Here's your money, and come back again!
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • The player then needs to disengage from conversation and then reopen dialogue for the next (or alternate) task:

Find the artifact #3

The next artifact you need to find is "Bubble". As far as I know they're formed in acid anomalies. As usually, I pay well.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • Find or sacrifice a Bubble...

Bring the artifact #3

  • The player then delivers the requested item and receives:
  • 12500 Ru in exchange for a very useful "radiation" rock.
Here we have it! A rare trinket. And a useful one. I don't want to know how you found it though. Here's your money, and come back again!
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • Yes, he repeats himself because "debugged".
  • The player then needs to disengage from conversation and then reopen dialogue for the next (or alternate) task:

Find the artifact #4

Need to find an artifact - "Liver". You'll do it?
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007
  • Player locates a Liver ("Flesh Chunk") and returns for more punishment:

Bring the artifact #4

  • The player then delivers the requested item and receives:
  • 6500 Ru in exchange for a barely useful "chemburn" rock.
Oh, finally! Great job, Stalker. There will be more orders.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007

Find the artifact #5

Need to find an artifact called Jewel.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007

Bring the artifact #5

  • The player then delivers the requested item and receives:
  • 6500 Ru in exchange for a barely useful "stamina" rock.
Perfect, you managed to find it! Here's your "salary". That's all the orders for now.
- Maj Griboyedov, v1.4007

Notes

  • Looking at this objectively, the mission is technically achievable.
  • From a practical or pragmatic standpoint it remains beyond a joke.
  • If the devs had sweetened the pot with a returned Supernova on completion, or had specified more realistic artifacts in the first place, then it might be otherwise.
  • If the major was going to pony up a BTR-70 Armored Personnel Carrier it might draw more interest, but the knackered UAZ Jeep is free anyway whatever he says.
  • Generally a waste of effort, resources and time.


Trivia

Gallery v1.4007

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