The Empty Man is a quest associated with one of your companions - Max. During it, you will help him deal with the problems of existential nature. This page of the guide The Outer Worlds has a walkthrough for this quest.
List of objectives
- Find the protection terminal on the Groundbreaker;
- Remove the data cartridge from the terminal;
- Show pastor Max the data cartridge;
- Track Reginald Cheney;
- Search Reginald Cheney's apartment.;
- Find Reginald Cheney;
- Take Max to the hermit on Scylla;
- Meditate to join Max's vision;
- Help Max survive the vision;
- Check Max's mental health.
This quest can only be activated if you have recruited Max (you can do this by completing The Illustrated Manual quest). Talk to the pastor and you will learn that he wants to find the person who told him about the forbidden book.
Note: It is possible to complete this quest without worsening your reputation on the Groundbreaker. You can do this by finding marines identification card which allows you to remain undetected in restricted areas. This item can be found in various places on the Groundbreaker.
Find the security office on the Groundbreaker. You will find it in the same dock where the Unreliable is.
To get into the security office, you will need to have Lockpick attribute at a sufficient level. Also, you have to be careful not to get caught.
Once you get inside the room, go to the closed doors and break in again. In this room, you will find a terminal from which you can copy the necessary data. When you retrieve them, leave the security office and talk to Max. You learn your next destination - Monarch.
After landing on Monarch, you have to head to Fallbrook - this is where you can find Reginald Cheney. First, head to his apartment. There, you will find a journal from which you can learn about the man's whereabouts - the river's shore in a tunnel, right next to the wall.
Go to the specified location and talk to Cheney. Max wants revenge. You can agree to his request, or calm him down. If you choose the second option, you will find out where Cheney got the book from. Thanks to this, you will learn another destination - Scylla.
During your stay on Scylla, you will have to go the hermit's house. It is located in a miners village.
When you are there, talk to the woman. She will ask Max to go into meditation (if you killed Cheney, then you will have to use persuasion). Go with your friend to the next room and interact with the vessel located in the central part.
You will both get hallucinations. You must help Max deal with his demons. After the whole situation, talk to the pastor to complete the quest.