350 XP without asking for money
250 XP and 2500-3000
(gives Bad Karma for 3000 caps)
NCR infamy (if you kill Norton and the mercenaries that are with him.)
“ Just doing what I'm paid to do - harass the muties until they leave or attack us. If they leave, we let 'em go. If they attack, we wipe them out. ” — Norton
Unfriendly Persuasion is a side quest in .
Fallout: New Vegas
Quick walkthrough Edit
Side Quest: Unfriendly Persuasion
Talk to Marcus.
Kill the Mercenaries Ask them to leave with a Speech check or NCR fame check. Ask Marcus to pay the mercenaries to leave.
Reward: NCR infamy
Reward: 350 XP without asking for money Reward: 250 XP and 2500-3000 caps (gives Bad Karma for 3000 caps)
Detailed walkthrough Edit
The second time the player returns after finding
Jacobstown, Marcus will approach you with news of New California Republic mercenaries harassing the town. He'll then ask you to peacefully deal with them. When asked why the mutants don't kill them, Marcus says it's to avoid giving the NCR an excuse to terminate Jacobstown.
Finding the mercenaries is relatively easy since they're directly in front of the town. To resolve the quest one can pay them 2500 caps or tell them to leave with a
Speech check of 65. If the player character has a very high NCR standing they may also be able to tell them that they're an NCR hero. Norton will recognize the player character and they'll leave.
Alternatively, the player character can also kill them, but this leads to less
XP reward and lowered reputation with the NCR.
Use a suppressed weapon to take them out with Sneak Attack Criticals.
Take them out head on.
Note that there will always be 5 mercs (including Norton), all wearing metal armor/reinforced metal armor, combat armor and high-quality weaponry, so a head-on fight might prove difficult for some.
After completing the quest the player character will gain 350 XP, or 250 XP if they asked for caps from Marcus, regardless of whether they used a Speech check or gave the caps to Norton.
Quest stages Edit
If resolved peacefully, Norton and the other mercenaries will make their way to a campfire at the north end of Highway 95, west of the Brooks tumbleweed ranch.
The mercenaries can be stealth killed while on their way to the campfire without incurring NCR infamy.
Behind the scenes Edit
The quest title is a play on words for the 1956 song
PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 After convincing Norton to walk away via caps, the area just south of Silver Peak Mine shows a non-hostile non-player character on the compass. The spot the compass points to shows an option to talk to Norton and one or more mercenaries. Doing so does not activate a dialogue. [verified]
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