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Oasis: Oasis

Received from: Tree Father Birch [Oasis]

Solution: This quest is going to be added to your list of active assignments during your initial conversation with Tree Father Birch. Oasis, as the name would suggest, is located in a very secluded area, near the northern edge of the map. Be careful, because you値l probably encounter a lot of raiders while trying to get there. There are also powerful monsters in the area. Approach your destination from the west and choose a small passageway between the rocks (screen). You値l soon know that you池e heading in the right direction, because you値l see plants and trees in front of you. Talk to Tree Father Birch and he値l let you in. Use the wooden gate to enter Oasis.

Audience with Harold - Oasis: Oasis - Side quests - Fallout 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Audience with Harold:

Once you致e reached this new destination you should take your time to plan your next move. Holster your weapon and order your ally to remain near the gate, so you won稚 have any problems with him (or her) trying to follow you. Tree Father Birch is sitting on his throne. Talk to him and agree to take part in a ceremony. Once the conversation has ended move back and proceed to a small pedestal (screen). Wait for other villagers to gather around your position. You can now drink from the basin by choosing a correct action from the list (press the action key while facing the pedestal). You値l lose consciousness and you値l be transported to Oasis grove.

You don稚 have to explore the area, because you wouldn稚 find anything of interest - Oasis: Oasis - Side quests - Fallout 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

You don稚 have to explore the area, because you wouldn稚 find anything of interest. Instead approach a large tree and try... talking to it. You値l soon find out that the tree is actually our old friend Harold. Take your time to listen to his problems and he値l tell you that he can稚 stand staying in one spot for decades. Harold will ask you to end his suffering. You値l find out that there are two ways to kill him, but he wouldn稚 want to die in flames. Instead, he値l ask you to destroy his heart. Agree if you don稚 plan on doing that, because you値l make your final decision after getting to the heart.

Negative solution:

If you plan on lowering your karma significantly, you can get rid of Harold by making his worst nightmares come true. In order to do that you must set him on fire (screen). You can do this by using a flamethrower, a fatman or other weapons of this kind. Sadly, not only you won稚 receive any rewards for killing Harold, but you値l also make all the villagers hostile towards your character. If you plan on getting to a neutral or a positive ending, leave this area once you致e talked to Harold. Go back to the main section of the Oasis.

Finding the heart - Oasis: Oasis - Side quests - Fallout 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Finding the heart:

Once you致e returned to the Oasis you should talk to Tree Father Birch. You値l find out that he wants to stop the tree from growing in order to save the Oasis from being noticed by other wastelanders. Now find Leaf Mother Laurel. She wants to increase the growth of Harold in order to share this wonder with the rest of the world. Either way, you will gain possession of two potions. Birch痴 sap may be used to stop Harold痴 growth and Laurel痴 liniment will increase his growth. Like I致e already said, you can make up your mind after reaching your current destination. For now focus on finding Branchtender Cypress and ask him to give you a key to the caves. You may finally go to a passageway (screen) leading to Oasis caves.

The caves are being occupied by radroaches and mirelurks (all kinds  standard, hunters and rare kings) - Oasis: Oasis - Side quests - Fallout 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

The caves are being occupied by radroaches and mirelurks (all kinds standard, hunters and rare kings). Use some of the most powerful weapons to prevent mirelurks from getting too close. Eventually you値l get to a small pond (screen). Jump into the water and use an underwater tunnel to get to a new area of the caves. Don稚 forget to use RadAway after leaving the water, because you値l probably receive large doses of radiation. Find a small door leading to Flooded chambers. From now on you値l encounter even more mirelurk hunters. Keep pushing forward until you致e reached the heart of the big tree.

Other endings - Oasis: Oasis - Side quests - Fallout 3 - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Other endings:

Approach the heart and press the action key. You値l be presented with a list of three actions. If you decide to destroy Harold痴 heart you will also destroy the tree he was living in. I知 sure that you値l be interested to hear that choosing this outcome is awarded with a Barskin perk. Go back to the grove and talk to Tree Father Birch.

You can use Birch痴 sap to stop Harold痴 growth. Obviously this will make Tree Father Birch very happy. You can find him near Harold, in the grove. You can to talk to him and to Harold. The rewards are druid痴 outfit and a rocket launcher.

The best possible solution is to use Laurel痴 liniment, increasing Harold痴 growth. Once again, you must go back to the grove. Talk to Harold and to Leaf Mother Laurel. The old lady will inform you that certain inhabitants of the Oasis have prepared gifts for you. The rewards are villager痴 hood and Brotherhood outcast power armor. You should also know that before leaving the village it would be wise to talk to a girl who goes by the name of Sapling Yew. For your help you値l receive a bear charm (speech increased by 10 points worn automatically).

Either way, after choosing an action from the list you must exit the caves. You could go back the same way you致e used before, but there痴 a quicker path. Find an unexplored passageway near the heart. It leads to the Damp cave. Keep heading forward until you致e reached a new pond (screen). Kill other mirelurks from a safe distance before jumping down. Head to the water and swim through an underwater tunnel. Eventually you値l get to a door leading to Oasis grove.

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