Unlocked by: talking to Finzin in the Cliff's Edge (M6.2).
In order to unlock this quest you must speak to Finzin. He can be found in the Cliff's Edge (M6.2). The man will ask you to discover why a robot he constructed (in the game such robots are usually called "levies") is following him. Finish the conversation and go east from your current location. Start a conversation with the Tormented Levy (M6.3).
How the conversation goes isn't very important, simply click through it. In its course you will receive 2 experience points. You will learn that the Tormented Levy would like to receive a different year of life from his creator than the one he already received. Once the conversation is over, go back to Finzin (M6.2) and talk to him. You will be able to select one of two different paths - one that requires you to convince Finzin to give a year of life to his robot and another that ends with the "death" of the robot.
Use persuasion to convince Finzin that he should give Argus another year of life. After a successful intelligence test you must tell the truth that his decision will lead to harming other people. This will convince Finzin to help the robot. Since he can't "transfer" a year of his life to his levy, you must go to the Order of Truth located in the Government Square (M5.2).
In the middle of the room you can find Min of Tan Liang. Interact with him and talk about the numenera. He will tell you that he can create such a device for 60 shins (you can take the item the second day), you can also tell him that you will create it yourself.
If you want to create it yourself, select the second dialogue option. Finish the conversation and move towards the nearby table (slightly to the northwest). Interact with it. Now select the following dialogue options:
- Look at the machine
- Try determining where you have seen this machine [Anamnesis] (intelligence test)
- Search the table with the spare parts
- Try determining how the machine works [Machinery lore]
- Use the parts on the table to create the item [Machinery lore, Quick Fingers]
You will receive a few experience points and a new item required for completing the quest - Chromal Transference Device. Now go back to Finzin at the Cliff's Edge (M6.2) and start the conversation with him. Select the first dialogue option. This will trigger a short cutscene and provide you with some experience points. Once you regain control, click through the dialogue options. This will start another cutscene and then end the quest.
Finally, the reward will be 40 EXP and a few sprayfreshes.
You can start it after the second conversation with Finzin. He will tell you to go to Captain of Levies and inform him that the Tormented Levy is "malfunctioning" and trying to take Finzin's year of life. Go to the mentioned place and start the conversation with Sigyn (M5.1) who is the Captain of Levies.
Tell the Captain about the trouble with Levy. Sigyn will promise that he will deal with the robot - go back to Finzin and tell him about that. You will receive 40 EXP and a sprayfresh.