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'bout time you woke up. I was starting to think maybe they'd fried your brains or something.Somah

Not of This World is a main quest and achievement/trophy in the Fallout 3 add-on Mothership Zeta.

Quick walkthrough

Main Quest: Not of This World
Follow the radio signal to the alien crash site.
Talk to Somah after your abduction.
Stage a fight with her.
Kill the guards.
Continue down the corridor.
Talk to Sally.
Overload the power module near Sally's cell.
Wait for Sally to open the door.
Retrieve your gear from the storage unit.
Fight your way to the Engineering Core.
Reward: 300 XP
Leads to: Among the Stars

Detailed walkthrough

The abduction

The quest can be obtained at any point of the game from the time the Lone Wanderer leaves Vault 101, the same as all other Fallout 3 add-ons except for Broken Steel.

The player character will receive an unintelligible radio transmission which will lead them to the alien crash site, where they will be abducted by the aliens. The fastest way to get to the crash site is travel to Greener Pastures Disposal Site, and head northwest. If one has not found Greener Pastures, travel to MDPL-13 power station and head directly north. There should be a significantly lower risk of radiation exposure when traveling from MDPL-13.

After being abducted, the player character will be probed by the aliens, who then direct a robotic arm equipped with a laser-like device to start moving down the table towards them. The screen flashes red and one drift into unconsciousness. The player character will wake up in a cell, stripped of all their gear, with a woman from the Capital Wasteland named Somah. She will suggest staging a fist-fight as a ruse to attract the attention of the guards, so that one can overpower them and escape. After exchanging a few punches with Somah, two aliens will enter the cell which will need to be killed. One may wish to pick up one of their shock batons to arm themselves.

After escaping with Somah, be sure to check out the contents of the other cells: a dead Enclave officer and a confused Rivet City security guard who is trying to convince herself she is just dreaming.

The escape

Not long after the escape, one will come across a caged cell holding a young girl named Sally. She requests to be freed by overloading and overheating the module near her cell. To do this, one will need to activate the three cylinders surrounding the module down the hall. Once it explodes, Sally will open the previously sealed door by climbing through small ducts in the walls. She will then offer herself as a guide and help lead the player character throughout the ship. Somah says she will be staying behind to "watch your back" and that she will catch up later. One's gear may be retrieved from a container located in a storage room to your left down the hall.

Head through the fairly linear path with Sally. Not long afterwards, some some alien guards (which appear as friendly dots on the compass, for now) will be alerted, who will spawn nearby and Sally tells the player character to wait. One has the option of asking Sally to assist them by giving her a grenade (only frag or plasma can be given) so that she may sneak up on them from behind the walls and hit them with the grenade after one distracts distract them. Otherwise, one must deal with them on their own and she will crawl anyway behind the walls. It may be a good idea to let her assist, as the three aliens will all die immediately from her grenade as soon as they are approached.

Sally will continue offering assistance as one continues through the ship, such as unlocking doors or creating distractions. Her help does not always need to be accepted though. One may opt to just cut a bloody path during the escape, which will also provide a lot of alien loot such as weaponry, alien epoxy, and alien power modules.

During the escape one will eventually encounter alien workers. Sally informs the player character that it would be better to leave the harmless aliens alone. Killing them results in negative Karma.


Quest stages

10 Investigate the strange radio signal coming from the Wasteland.
20 Find a way out of the holding cell.
25 Stage a fight with Somah to draw the guards' attention.
27 Defeat the Alien guards.
30 Retrieve your equipment.
35 Continue to look for a way out of the Holding Cells.
40 Release Sally from her holding cell.
50Quest finishedReach the engineering core of the ship.
60 (Optional) Free additional prisoners from their holding cells.


  • Having the Mysterious Stranger perk opens up a new line of dialogue with Somah, alluding to his ability to appear in almost any situation.
  • It is possible to kill Somah during the brawl if one get enough critical hits. Doing so will cause the quest to break, as the door at the end of the hall will not open.
  • If the player character is in the middle of the mole rat segment of Wasteland Survival Guide, the repellent stick will remain in one's inventory after abduction, as it is a quest item. This can assist them in breaking out of the cell.
  • If one has completed the other objectives, the quest will complete upon reaching the engineering core, regardless of whether the player character's equipment was retrieved.
  • With the Paralyzing Palm perk it is possible that Somah will become paralyzed while fighting. When this happens the alien guards will run straight to her and possibly beat her to death depending on how long it takes her to get up.


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 On rare occasions the signal will be picked up, but upon approaching the ship nothing ever happens. If this happens the only way to gain the quest is through the console commands. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes, if you reload a previous save while being examined by the aliens, your armor (if in first-person view and depending on which weapon you're using) and Pip-Boy 3000 will glow blue, as seen from the blue abduction ray. This effect is sometimes permanent. Restarting and reloading may fix this. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Somah may hang in the decision of whether to fight her or not, even after one has killed the first two alien guards. [verified]
    • A way to avoid this is to not punch Somah and rather let her punch the player character. Alternatively, when the option to fight appears, choose to not fight and then choose to fight afterwards.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 There is in fact another way out of the cell besides fighting Somah. Keep in mind that you will have to reload an older save. By using the camera glitch in which you hold LB and move the camera around one can reach things that you normally wouldn't be able to (e.x. The force fields in Raven Rock). The release mechanism is on the left side of the door if the player character is in the cell. One will still have to return to Somah and initiate the fight or else she will stand in the cell even though the door is open. When the aliens come to break it up, instead of deactivating it they reactivate it (one cannot deactivate the door a second time and the alien peacekeepers just run into the barrier endlessly) leaving the player character in the cell with Somah and no way to break up the fight. She will attack the player character until one kills her. If one leaves the cell this way the aliens that break up the fight are NOT hostile unless attacked. Needless to say if one gets out of the cell using this method Somah will not follow them, forcing one to return to return and fight her, either trapping them in the cell with a hostile Somah or if one kills the aliens they cannot break the fight up and she will remain hostile indefinitely. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, when the payer character retrieves their items from storage the "Take All" option does not actually take all of them items from the container. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Upon reaching the crashed alien ship and being taken into the dlc the cut-scene where the aliens are probing the player character will glitch, causing the cut-scene to freeze without continuing into the download. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Upon being abducted while holding the Shishkebab, the player character will indefinitely have the oven mitt on their right hand as if the Shishkebab's still equipped. Re-equipping and un-equipping the Shishkebab or reloading a previous save before starting the DLC will fix this. [verified]
  • PCPC Somah may not appear in the prison cell at the start of the DLC. To remedy this use the console and type 'Prid xx000988' and then 'enable' before approaching the crashed spaceship. Somah should then appear in the prison cell as normal. [verified]