Vor's Prize

After centuries of sleep, you are awake. Your warframe armour is weak. Your skills, all but forgotten. A Grineer general, Vor, stands over you. "You are mine, Tenno!"

Previous story quest: Awakening

Starting the quest

The quest begins automatically after the Awakening quest. When the player enters their ship for the first time, they will receive their first login reward. Upon claiming it, Vor's Prize will be set as the active quest.

Ordis: "Operator, you have returned! I am Ordis, Ship Cephalon. A shadow of my former self. I cannot serve the Operator in such condition. Order me to self-destruct. I will understand."

The Orbiter is completely nonfunctional, with all consoles inactive except Navigation and the radio scanner.

Lotus: "The Grineer are ravenous for this old technology; it is superior to theirs. Perhaps there are systems left in the Orbiter compartment?"

(when the Tenno enters the Orbiter compartment) Ordis: "Look at this mess. Those savages! Components have been removed. The lower Orbiter compartments have no life support. Why did the Operator abandon me?"

(upon approaching the Arsenal) Ordis: "Arsenal management could be restored, if the Operator wishes it."

The Tenno can interact with the Arsenal. Doing so shows a brief cutscene where a panel opens on the side of the segment and the Tenno inserts a component into an empty slot on the segment, and the panel retracts into the segment as its functions are restored. A similar cutscene will play throughout the quest as each new segment is brought online.

(upon installing the Arsenal segment) Ordis: "You honour Ordis! Now I can supply the Operator with better-modded firepower… oh! The violation! Those have been looted as well."

The warframe has the orange device attached to its left ankle still, and additional small orange mechanisms embedded in its right shoulder. These will emit subtle, rippling yellow energy across the proximate surface of the warframe. They cannot be recoloured in the Arsenal.

Lotus: "We need to figure out what Captain Vor has done to you and stop him. But we'll need help – I've found a communication segment we might salvage for your ship. When you are ready, activate your Navigation system."

Ordis: "Ordis hopes the Operator will punish the Grineer for dismantling it."

(if the Tenno idles, at any point during the quest) Lotus: "When you are ready, proceed to the navigation console."

First Mission: Restore Ship Comms (E Prime, Earth)

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The mission is a Spy mission on the Grineer Forest tileset. There is only one data vault, which must be successfully hacked.

Lotus: "The segment you need is in a nearby data vault. Infiltrate the vault and retrieve the segment."

Captain Vor will invade the Tenno’s HUD, causing audio interference.

Vor: "The Ascaris is working… breaking through. I see the shadows of your mind."

Lotus: "This data vault is equipped with a variety of security measures. How you defeat those measures is up to you."

(upon hacking the vault) Lotus: "The segment is yours. Head to extraction."

Vor: "As every moment passes, the Ascaris burrows deeper. Revealing you."

[on board Orbiter]

Ordis: "Orbiter Void cloak engaging… welcome back, Operator. The Operator has recovered a segment! Install it now— Ordis patiently awaits its installation."

Lotus: "Get communications online. I must analyse what Vor's Ascaris is doing to your warframe. This technology is beyond the Grineer. It must be Corpus in origin."

(upon installing the Comms/Market segment) Ordis: "Systems engaging. I suppose this will do— Ordis is grateful."

The Comms segment will enable the Tenno to use the Market, Codex, and Conclave consoles.

Ordis: "The Operator is now connected with other Tenno in the System. The Operator may now contact black-market scumbags— contact arms dealers."

Lotus: "Excellent idea, Ordis. Tenno, we need to make contact with a Corpus defector sympathetic to the Tenno cause. They will, of course, require compensation."

Ordis: “You see what Ordis is referring to, Operator?”

Lotus: "In this case, compensation will not be credits… it will be freedom. I've updated Navigation. You will need to break him out of a Grineer gulag."

Second Mission: Liberate the Imprisoned Arms Dealer (Mariana, Earth)

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The mission is a Rescue mission on the Grineer Shipyard tileset, against Frontier Grineer enemies.

Lotus: "The arms dealer is named Darvo. He's being held in the prison block on the other side of this factory complex."

Lotus: "How many Grineer slaves died to build this place?"

Lotus: "Darvo is out for himself, but he is sympathetic toward the Tenno. The Grineer must have found out."

Vor: "We've been wrong all this time. Tenno do not control the warframe's divine energy. The Tenno are that energy. Each warframe you control is merely a glass, shaping your furious light."

Lotus: "Don't let Vor distract you. Focus on the mission. It's our only hope of figuring out this link with him."

(upon arriving at the prison block) Lotus: "This is the prison block. If you can avoid detection by the Warden, it may be easier to get Darvo out. Bypass the security so we can enter."

(upon entering the inner prison) Lotus: "Search these cells for Darvo. He has to be here somewhere."

(upon freeing Darvo from his cell) Darvo: "I owe you for this, Tenno. I will get my entourage to meet us in orbit once we're clear of this mess."

Darvo: "Lend me a sidearm, Tenno; I'll cover you. Now, which end does the hurting come out? [laughs] I kid, I kid."

Lotus: "Extraction is ready. Remember, your success here depends on getting Darvo out of there… alive."

Vor: "The Lotus must be desperate to send you fetching greedy fools from the Corpus."

Darvo (upon getting downed, variant): "Tenno, this really hurts! I ain't kidding around! Do your thing!"

Darvo (upon getting downed, variant): "Tenno, help me! I'm feeling actual physical pain! Do something!"

Darvo (upon getting downed, variant): "It wasn't supposed to end this way! Tenno, please, do something!"

(if Darvo is downed) Lotus: "You can't leave Darvo behind, Tenno. Using your warframe's revive system should get him moving again."

Darvo (upon getting revived): "Ohh, thank you. I thought I was a goner. Let's keep moving."

At some point during the mission, the screen will flicker and dim as the warframe stops moving and looks at its hands with agony.

Vor: "Now the Ascaris has burrowed deep enough to give me influence. Shall we see how your shields work?"

For the rest of the mission, the warframe's shields will be halved.

Lotus: "The Ascaris is letting Vor control your shield! We must figure out how to remove it. Avoid taking damage while I try and block him."

Completing the mission will also reward the player with a mod segment for their ship.

[on board Orbiter]

Ordis: "I see the Operator can enable the Mod Segment now! Ordis will be delighted to show how to upgrade your arsenal. May I recommend fire?"

(upon installing the mod segment) Ordis: "Operator, I've linked the Mod segment to your Arsenal now. No need to thank me—UPGRADE YOUR WARFRAME NOW—go to the Arsenal to see the weapon upgrade options you have."

(if the Tenno idles) Ordis: "Ordis patiently awaits compliance in using the new Arsenal features… it is for the Operator's own good."

(upon opening the modding interface in the Arsenal) Ordis: "Isn't it beautiful, Operator? The complex web of variables and synergies… oh, the possibilities are ENDLESS! Ordis realises modding may seem a tad overwhelming, but everything will soon make sense. Install the mod before we can continue."

(upon exiting the modding interface) Darvo: "Thanks for helping me out back there. I'm in your debt… and I often pay my debts. I recognise that device on your frame… it's a parasitic restraint. We Corpus use something similar to keep our robotics in line. So, to settle my debt, I'll give you a very expensive blueprint… for free! Because I like you [laughs] and, well, a lot of my customers don't live long with these Grineer dogs chewing up the System. Here. Use your Foundry to build the countermeasure device from this blueprint. Good luck!"

Lotus: "Vor's Ascaris is burrowing into your warframe. I'm worried it will affect your mind… I can't lose you, Tenno. We must restore the ship's Foundry immediately."

Lotus: "A nearby ore extraction colony will have the Foundry technology you need. I am certain they will share it with you. Its location has been added to your navigation console."

(upon selecting the next mission on the Starchart) Lotus: "Tenno, we may have a problem. The colony is unresponsive. Get to the surface so we can see what's going on."

Third Mission: Locate the Foundry Segment (Mantle, Earth)

The mission takes place on the Grineer Asteroid tileset. There are no colonists, and the map is lightly populated with normal Grineer enemies.

Lotus: “I was afraid of this. The Grineer are here, and I cannot find any signs of living colonists. You still have a job to do: find that Foundry segment.”

Lotus: “This was once a prosperous independent colony, until the Grineer arrived….” [static interference interrupts transmission]

Vor: “The Queens fear you, but I will show them. Their love will return when I deliver you to them.”

Lotus: [heavy static interference] “Tenno, are you there? The signal cannot be boosted any further. Hurry, you are running out of time.”

A waypoint leads the Tenno to the Foundry segment, which is resting on a crate.

(upon approaching the Foundry segment) Lotus: “You located the Foundry segment; now pick it up.”

(upon picking up the Foundry segment) Lotus: “Good. Your ship is one step closer to completion. Now, there is one more thing you need to do: eliminate all Grineer and provide justice for the colonists.”

Vor: “Soon the worm will be in your spine and I will control this warframe of yours… I will purge your doting mother and bring you home.”

[on board Orbiter]

Ordis: “Your Foundry Segment is ready for installation, Operator— will the Operator build a cephalon to replace me?

(upon installing the Foundry segment) Ordis: “Foundry restored! Here, the Operator will craft many powerful weapons and tools to— exact revenge for dismantling me— to expand your arsenal. Oh no. Operator, our component storage has been looted as well…. Typical Corpus! Sure, the blueprint is free, but jack up the components! Operator, we will need resources in order to build the countermeasure blueprint.”

Viewing the Ascaris Negator blueprint in the Foundry reveals that it requires 500 credits, 1 morphics, 450 salvage, and 240 polymer bundle to construct. As all the missions for Vor’s Prize take place on Earth, it is unlikely that the Tenno has any of these resources.

Darvo: “Tenno, I just received a very explicit message from your Ship Cephalon. If you’re looking for resources, why didn’t you just say so? I know just the place, but I demand an apology. My mother is no gymnast, and she would never eat those things!”

Ordis: “You can go straight to— Operator, I am sorry.”

Darvo: “Wow. You may want to get a new Ship Cephalon, when you can afford it, haha. That one seems glitched. I’ve marked your Navigation with a place I know… it’s good for resources… if you can stand the cold.”

Fourth Mission: Raid the Corpus Resource Caches (Gaia, Earth)

The mission takes place on the Corpus Outpost tileset, against normal Corpus enemies.

Lotus: “Darvo’s intel suggests that this outpost is host to several rich supply caches. Raid the caches and take what you need. This outpost belongs to the Corpus, a secretive but extremely powerful merchant cult known to be working with the Grineer. Darvo will fill you in.”

Darvo: “Legions of robots, mindless automata, freaking lasers! These guys are bad news, but they’re also loaded, which is why you’re here.”

The Tenno will be waypointed to three resource caches, containing:

  • 2 morphics
  • 1.000 salvage (also being surrounded by 4 compacted salvage deposits)
  • 500 polymer bundle (also being surrounded by 4 polymer case deposits)

The caches will be Corpus resource lockers that give off an audible ringing sound.

(upon looting the first resource cache) Lotus: “Keep moving. There is more here.”

Darvo: “Technically, this is stealing, but don’t let that bother you. The Corpus aren’t exactly beacons of moral fortitude either. They sell anything to anyone. Don't get me wrong, I like profit… a lot… but I don’t sell my wares to the damned Grineer. That’s unforgivable.”

(upon looting the second resource cache) Lotus: “Good work, but you’re not done yet. Find the next cache. You almost have what you need.” [further transmission garbled by static interference]

Vor: “You have murdered my sons and disgraced me before my Queens. But soon the Ascaris will complete its task and bring you to me.”

(upon looting the last resource cache) Lotus: “Time for extraction, Tenno. We got what we came for….” [static interference interrupts transmission]

Vor: “The Ascaris has reached your mind and rendered your Lotus mute. You will return to me… over your own free will.”

(upon arriving at extraction) Vor: “You are mine.”

[on board Orbiter]

Ordis: “Operator, are you alright?”

Vor: “This part of your journey is over, Tenno. I admire you for your struggle, but now… [chuckle]… I am part of you.”

Ordis: “Lotus, do something! Help the Operator!”

Vor: “We Grineer are millions strong, but with a flaw. We are diseased, rotting, sterile. But now, we have you!”

Ordis: “Operator, do not abandon me again. Build the countermeasure!”

Vor: “I did this for my love, my Queens! They will forgive my insubordination when I deliver you to them. Our love will be reborn as we feed on your divine blood, and our children will flourish without disease. And I will die, at last, at peace. Father. Grandfather.”

(upon accessing the Foundry) Vor: “What do you think you are doing?!”

The Ascaris Negator will take only 30 seconds to build. Upon claiming it and exiting the Foundry interface, the warframe will bend down to use the Negator on the Ascaris on its ankle, then on the Ascaris bits on its shoulder. Both will disintegrate in a shower of sparks. Vor will send one last transmission.

Vor: “What a waste.”

Lotus: [static interference fading] “Tenno? Tenno… good! You managed to disarm Vor’s Ascaris! I thought… I thought I lost you.”

Suddenly, the screen will flicker and dim, and the warframe will grab its head in pain.

Lotus: “Oh no. The Ascaris had an anti-tampering failsafe. It’s burrowed into you and armed itself. We’ll need to find Vor before it detonates. Get to Navigation – boarding a Grineer ship to access their personnel records will be the fastest way to find Vor.”

Ordis: “Operator, what are you waiting for?”

Ordis: “Ordis assumes ‘finding’ Vor implies violence?”

Ordis: “Hello Operator, may I suggest you access Navigation and save your life? For my sake.”

Fifth Mission: Obtain the Nav Segment (Pacific, Earth)

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The mission takes place on the Grineer Galleon tileset, against normal Grineer enemies.

Lotus: “The systems on this Grineer Galleon can be made compatible with your ship. Find and extract a navigation segment.”

Vor: “You have murdered my sons and disgraced me before my Queens. But soon the Ascaris will complete its task and bring you to me.”

The waypoint will lead the Tenno to a console. Activating the console will cause a holding chamber to rise out of the ground, with the Nav segment suspended within.

(upon collecting the Nav segment) Lotus: “Good work. We have what we… wait…. Tenno, coordinates in this Nav segment put the Galleon on a direct course to a convoy of colonists. You have a choice: you can extract now, or you can disable this Galleon and save the colonists.”

Extraction will be marked on the map, but the ship’s reactor will also show up as a secondary objective marker, allowing the Tenno to choose which to pursue.

Lotus: “Saving the colonists could jeopardise this mission. I recommend you head straight to extraction, but the choice is yours.”

The screen will flicker and dim as the Ascaris once again halves the Tenno’s shield capacity.

Lotus: “The Ascaris failsafe is attacking your systems. Your shield capacity has just been halved. You’re wasting precious time, Tenno.”

(upon arriving at the reactor) Lotus: “You’ve reached the ship’s power systems. Destroy the reactor.”

Instead of the normal Reactor Sabotage, the Tenno needs only hack the control console to reveal the fuel injectors, and then destroy the injectors. Removing the coolant cells is not required.

(upon disabling the reactor) Lotus: “That should take the pressure off the colonist ship, but you need to get out of there! Get to extraction before the reactor goes critical.”

The reactor will destroy the ship in 5 minutes, and the Tenno must reach extraction before then.

(upon completing the mission if the reactor was disabled) Lotus: "The colonist ship has escaped. I admire your noble intentions, Tenno, but you must survive, for the future of the System."

(upon completing the mission if the reactor was not disabled) Lotus: "The colonists' ship has been lost. I know it was a difficult choice, but many more in the future depend on your survival today."

[on board Orbiter]

Lotus: “When you are ready, proceed to the Navigation console.”

The Tenno must install the Nav segment in their Navigation console.

(upon installing the Nav segment) Lotus: “The detonator is charging up. You need to bring Vor down. He thinks he can capture you again. Don’t worry; I will be with you. Let us show him how much you have learned.”

(upon selecting the next mission on the Starchart) Lotus: “Are you ready, Tenno? Facing Vor is the only way to rid yourself of him permanently.”

Sixth Mission: Confront Captain Vor (Cambria, Earth)

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The mission is the standard Captain Vor Assassination mission, set on the Grineer Asteroid tileset.

Lotus: “This is our chance. Vor has been stripped of his elite guard; he is vulnerable. Take him out.”

With the external parts of the Ascaris removed by the Negator, Vor can no longer invade the HUD, but sends normal taunt transmissions to the Tenno.

Vor: “I could have saved the Grineer, but they cast me out. Maybe it’s not too late to draw your divine blood.”

Vor: “I will put you down like a rabid Kubrow.”

Captain Vor will say his normal dialogue lines during the battle.

(upon defeating Captain Vor) Lotus: “Tenno, look! The Ascaris detonator has just disintegrated. It’s as if it was directly connected to Vor. We’re done here; go to extraction.”

[on board Orbiter]

Lotus: “You’ve done it, Tenno. Vor’s Ascaris is gone. You are free now. But your work has just begun. The Origin System is in chaos and it needs you, Tenno.”

Lotus: “Vor was just a part of the Grineer machine… and we have seen that the Corpus have begun amassing weapons of their own. It is a dangerous time.”

Ordis: “Ordis will gladly assist the Operator in— cutting a bloody path— in whatever mission they choose.”

Lotus: “We will be at your side. There will be others, too. It is time for the Tenno to return. So… what mission will you do next?”

After the quest is complete, the Tenno will receive an inbox message from the Lotus:

Inbox message:
Your New Mission

Lotus (video message): "Though I wish you could have awoken to a kinder face than Vor's, you have already shown your mettle. Hope remains for this System. Know that you are not alone, that I will guide you, and that your Tenno brethren will fight beside you. Continue to grow in strength, so that you may join the Tenno who fight on other planets."


You have restored valuable Orbiter Segments that will help you as your strength increases.

There is much you might have forgotten while you were asleep. I recommend you explore the Training section of your Codex console. It contains information about your Foundry and Mods.

Vor's platoon attacked Cetus in their efforts to capture you. Now we must support our Ostron allies who live there. As soon as you are ready, let us take the fight to the Grineer. Should you become strong enough, you may even confront Vay Hek himself, the commander of Earth's Grineer forces.

I am counting on you, Tenno.

—The Lotus

Viewing the quest in the Codex will show a message from Vor to the Queens, presumably from before the events of the quest.

My Queens,

You were right. The Tenno threat is real. We found one drifting near Pluto, but the Lotus knew we were coming. She purged the cryo moments before we had them and sent a squad of Tenno to break our assault.

They escaped. We are working on tracing them. Separate this Tenno from the flock and it should be easy to kill. We shattered its warframe and expect such an abrupt cryo purge will have damaged its memories.

We anxiously await punishment for failing this task.


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