Smokefinger Dialogue

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Smokefinger is the Solaris merchant who sells the Sunpoint Plasma Drill for mining and its widgets, as well as blueprints used for refining ores and gems into forms suitable for crafting. In addition, he also sells captura scenes for Fortuna and the Orb Vallis. He offers a daily-changing stock of refined gems, and will also accept uncut gems from the Tenno in exchange for Solaris United Standing.


Idle quotes

These are un-subtitled lines that Smokefinger shouts in the marketplace when he is not interacting with the Tenno.

“I possess tools of pedology and mineralogy. Pursuits to make a person very wealthy indeed. Wealth of intellect and pocket! Treasures of curiosity, treasures of coin!”

“Treasures await release from stone and soil! A most fulfilling career for one so minded! Might that be you? Mining resources and more!”

“Prospecting! Quarrying! Excavating! A marvelous, fantastic vocation into which a young person might channel their energies, creating a life that is, in every way, superior.”


Greeting the Tenno

(if the Tenno is new to Fortuna) “Hello. I am Smokefinger. Antiquarian, historian, and now, through a bewildering series of circumstances, an avid geophile. That is to say: I am interested in soil and all the things that may be found in it. Let me show you what I mean.”

“The Taxmen have imposed strict limits on the mining ventures we Solaris can undertake, which I don’t approve of but I can’t do anything about! [sigh] So… go out, and do it for me.”

“Ah yes, my itinerant friend. How are we today?”

“Hello again.”

(if the Tenno has just reached the rank Old Mate) “I feel our relationship has progressed sufficiently that I have unfastened my casing. Let us now continue openly in our efforts geological, refreshingly devoid of formality, hmm?”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “My life was transformed the day a pre-eminent geologist saw potential in my younger self. I should like to do the same for another young person, and I see such potential, drive, and commitment in the young man who sells mechanical contrivances just over yonder. I do wish he would allow me to help him, to show him the universe in a grain of sand. Oh, forgive me. How might I assist?”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “The music of the vent-children – ‘skeg,’ they call it – is a self-evolved musical form, unrestrained by conventional rules of composition. Utilising improvised instruments, the vents themselves become part drum, part valve, part echo chamber, playing a vital role in the creation of this entirely original acousmatic experience and making sure I never get any mucking sleep!”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “While our composite physical natures afford a longer-than-typical life expectancy, I fear I am simply too advanced in my years to be of any quantitative aid to the resistance. But I will, of course, do my little bit if that is deemed to be of value. That Eudico. What a spark she has. Were I younger, much… younger. That younger, different me, would have signed up faster than you could say ‘zip’.”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “I am very pleased to see you, very pleased indeed. Let’s get to work.”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “Ah, yes, yes. Wonderful, wonderful!”

(if the Tenno is rank Old Mate) “Welcome welcome welcome.”


Exiting shop with purchase

“There we are. Now, there is no evidence for this theory, but I believe the Orokin used tellurium in Void gate creation. Finding traces here could be significant!”

“That should do you quite nicely, I should think. Now: argon crystals. They’ve not been found on Venus, but if they were… well, that would support my tellurium theory, now, wouldn’t it?”

“All done. Now: gallium is interesting. I theorise it had a role to play not just in Dax weapon manufacture… but in creating warframes themselves. Just a theory, just a theory.”

“Good good. Rug up, and I’ll see you when you get back.”


Exiting shop without purchase

“This decision is ill-advised. The pursuit of mineralogy can make a person very happy indeed.”

“Oh. Well. I do hope you will reconsider.”

“The first time you uncover something rare and special and pull it from the soil, something magical happens. It bewitches you. I do hope you have that experience someday.”


Bidding farewell

“As you were, as you were.”

“I bid you the warmest of farewells.”

“See you later, then. Hm. So to speak.”


Smokefinger’s story is also told in the memory fragments scattered around the Orb Vallis. He is mentioned in the dialogue of Rude Zuud, Legs, and Ticker.


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