CONTRACT #8: ZEAL SHARD

Welcome to training, Prospector! Today we will cover how to deal with Zeal shards.

Transcript: Business meeting with Vadim Tanayev, Head of Korolev Heavy Industries on Prospect Station
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Welcome dear colleague, welcome to my humble office! Please, have a seat, grab a drink, make yourself at home. Now, let’s talk about business.

As you might know, we supply all the necessary infrastructure and machines for the mining operations on Fortuna III. You use our mineral drills daily, and maybe you already saw our newest invention, the Laser Drill, floating around in the skies? We are particularly fond of that one.

I will be blunt: We have a problem. There is a particular type of orange crystal that we call the “Zeal shard”, which we are not able to safely mine from a distance. Apparently, it is the core of a Veltecite vein which somehow got supercharged by the storm. But to be honest, who cares? It is extremely valuable, and I do love a healthy profit margin. Prospector, I want you to personally retrieve any Zeal shard you find.

THE PROCESS

Thanks to their anomalous nature, Zeal shards are very easy to locate. They emit such a strong signal that you can see them on your map. On the downside, everyone else can, too. Be aware that everyone knows the location of every shard at any given time, even if you are currently carrying it!

To collect them, just strap them to your suit and it will immediately start acquiring useful data for us. Please just keep in mind that the suit’s harness is very fragile and if it receives damage from any source, you will drop the shard to the ground and will need to pick it up again after the fight!

THE CONTRACT

Since we are getting valuable data from the moment you pick up the shard, we will attribute contract points to you as long as you carry it. If you hold on to it long enough, you will complete a contract phase and get a reward. If you hold on to it even longer, you will complete more and more stages, even if they will require progressively more contract points to do so.

SEEING RED

There are rumors about a shard that is even more exotic. We call it “Red Zeal”, and sightings of it are rare and random. But if you see one on your map, make sure to collect it!

The data we receive from those specimens is not as clean as the readings from its orange cousins, so you will not get as many contract points for carrying it around. But it is the hottest new thing on the black market, mostly because it’s safe enough to be carried onto the Evac ship! If you manage to hold on to it when you board the shuttle, we will make sure that your reward will be worth your while.

FINAL NOTES

That is it, Prospector. If you see the Zeal shards on your map, pick them up and hold on to them as long as you can. And please bring the Red Zeal back to the station!