Into the Pitt
Into the Pitt
- Seek out the source of the distress signal.
- Find the train tunnel and journey to The Pitt.
- Get past the Pitt raiders in the trainyard.
- Journey on without Wernher across the bridge.
- (Optional) Get a concealable weapon from Wernher.
- Enter The Pitt Downtown.
Investigate the distress call
When The Pitt first loads, the player will be informed of a new radio distress signal, "Wernher's distress signal", from a runaway slave named Wernher, who informs the Lone Wanderer that he needs help in retrieving a cure for the mutations plaguing the town developed by The Pitt's raider boss, and ex-Brotherhood of Steel member, Ashur.
The signal emanates from the radio tower in the far north of the Capital Wasteland. It's a long walk from anywhere, but the closest map marker to fast travel to is SatCom Array NN-03d. Once the player arrives, Wernher will be under attack by a few Pitt raiders. After helping him dispatch his foes, Wernher will tell the player his story and where to go from there. He tells the player there is a train tunnel to the west, and he will meet up with him or her there, and that he will bring the player into The Pitt.
Obtain a slave outfit
Wernher suggests the player obtain a disguise from the slavers camping outside the train tunnel to ease gaining access to The Pitt. Upon heading west, there is indeed a train tunnel, as well as a group of about four slavers led by a man named Ramsey and a couple of Pitt slave in a locked slave pen. Be careful when approaching Ramsey if you have previously been hostile with Paradise Falls. Though he will appear friendly, interacting with him will cause him to immediately recognize you as the one who "shot up Paradise Falls" and become hostile. Killing him costs no Karma, obviously, and the other slavers will open fire on you.
Getting a slave outfit can either be accomplished by buying the slaves or killing the slavers; there are two slave outfits in the slave pen, one on a dead slave and one on Prosper which can be acquired by threatening him (giving negative karma) or when you tell him you are freeing them for no reward, he tells you to take the dead slave's outfit for a bit of good karma. After entering the train tunnel, the player must activate a hand cart to travel to The Pitt. Any companions you may have must be left behind (and they will disappear after finishing the quest).
Arriving at the trainyard
Upon arrival at the trainyard, Wernher will tell the player to hang back while he "does the talking", and walks over to a Pitt raider standing guard. Werhner's diplomacy eventually becomes that of the shotgun variety, and the player must intervene once again. The trainyard has several Pitt raiders firing from elevated positions, so an accurate rifle is handy, or you can just let Wernher do the work.
After the firefight, Wernher will walk to the northeastern exit of the trainyard and tell the player he cannot proceed any further. He will then tell the player that the guards will confiscate the player's inventory upon entering, and to find a slave named Midea. The player can inquire about concealing a small weapon: Wernher will agree and hand over either a knife (a switchblade), or a small gun (a .32 pistol). Note that the player doesn't actually receive their weapon immediately; instead you get a miscellaneous item that turns into the weapon upon entering Downtown.
Into the Pitt
After exiting the trainyard, the player should be wary of the gutted building on the left side of the path. There is a small group of hostile wildmen inside it. It is possible to sneak past the entire building, but if detected, the player will be caught in the open.
North of the building is the Pitt Bridge. The bridge is gridlocked with various vehicles from before the Great War, and even worse, ridden with frag mines, left by The Pitt's raiders to kill off anything trying to leave or enter The Pitt. Failing to disarm a mine and letting it detonate can catch the player in a huge chain reaction explosion, so it is of the utmost importance to be mindful of where you step. There is also a sniper that tries to pick off what the mines didn't kill. The ledge the sniper resides on is accessible from the ground by means of a gravity-defying ramp along the bridge's main cable. It is worth noting that the water in the river is irradiated to lethal levels, often in the hundreds of rads per second.
After finishing the harrowing trek, the player will reach a right-turn on a street. This is where a familiar scene from The Pitt trailer plays out: a few runaway slaves will run by, only to be blown to pieces by mines. This is a good place to get a slave outfit if you haven't already. At the end of the road is a roadblock.
If the player decides to kill the gate guards (Mex and three other raiders), he or she will be incapacitated by four Pitt raiders with police batons upon entering Downtown. A humorous scene unfolds as the player's vision fades to black and the Slavers squabble over the player's gear. If the player asked Werhner for a concealable weapon, he or she will receive it now.
If the player instead pretends to be a slave, Mex will believe that the Lone Wanderer is a slave who was unable to cross the bridge. He will confiscate all the player's gear (except the previously mentioned concealed weapon) and then tell the player to get back to work. The player is not attacked upon entering downtown when taking this route.
The player can also tell Mex that he or she would like to become a Pitt raider, he lies to you and tells you they are hiring. Upon entering you are incapacitated much like above.
Regardless of the method of entry (even using exploits to bypass the confiscation of items completely) the quest will be completed upon entering Downtown, leading directly into Unsafe Working Conditions.
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- It is possible to get in the slave pen by jumping in from the rocks above. Upon falling in, the slavers will notice the player and attack. The gate will also be unlocked.
- After having his/her items removed upon speaking to Mex, if the player attempts to activate the locked safe to the right of the entrance to downtown (requires key). Mex will enjoy making fun of the player and expressing how "he found it...and its mine".
- Even if the player has been able to disarm the mines that kill the three runaway slaves at the end of the The Pitt bridge, the slaves will still be killed by scripted explosions. Resurrecting the runaway slaves on the PC version with console commands will result in them dying again by the scripted explosions.
- Being a slaver for Paradise Falls, even if all of the VIPs are enslaved, has no effect on the dialogue options or quest line. You will be made into a slave regardless.
- You can stash all of your equipment in a mailbox near the end of the bridge before your items are taken, resulting in you being able to quick travel back to the bridge and reclaim your equipment that should have been confiscated.
Behind the scenes
- When asking the slave for his clothes one of the lines is a reference to The Terminator. Specifically, where your character says " Your clothes. Give them to me. Now."
- If you choose to use a slave disguise, have it in your inventory, but don't put it on by the time you cross the bridge and one of the raiders says that 'one of the slaves came back', the game will freeze.
- setstage xx00108c 10. The radio signal which starts this quest may not appear. This can be fixed by using the command
- The dead slave body may not appear at the beginning of Into the Pitt and thus, in order to continue, you will have to get the clothes off Prosper. This can sometimes be fixed by exiting the game and reloading again.
- Once the player releases the slaves in the cage you can keep talking to the Prosper (be sure not to demand his clothing in any of the dialogue) for infinite good karma.
- If you attempt to cause the explosion of vehicles on the bridge yourself, the game may freeze.
- Once Wernher has killed the first Pitt raider after arriving at The Pitt, he may still continue to fire at the dead body of that Pitt raider, even after all the other raiders are dead.
- If you store the bulk of your inventory in a footlocker in the slaver camp beforehand, the slavers, the box, and all its contents will have permanently disappeared.