Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things


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Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things is an Assignment in Mass Effect. Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things is related to the Spacer Pre-Service History, it won't be available if you choose Colonist or Earthborn during the character creation. Assignments are secondary quests in Mass Effect, that are not mandatory to progress the game's story, but provide context and flavor by meeting interesting NPCs of all kind of Races, granting additional experience, and letting the player visit extraordinary and unique planets.


Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things Walkthrough

  • While walking through the Wards Access corridor on the Citadel, Commander Shepard is addressed by an old man nearby.
  • As you approach him he introduces himself as Lieutenant Zabaleta and claims to know Commander Shepard's mother, Hanna Shepard, and proceeds to ask for 20 Credits. You can choose to do it or don't. If you do, your Paragon score increases by 2 points.
  • After doing so, Commander Shepard can get in contact with the SSV Kilimanjaro, the Commander's mother currently assigned ship, from the Normandy's comm room to confirm Lieutenant Zabaleta's version. Hanna Shepard explains that both her and Zabaleta responded to the Mindoir raid. Mindoir, is a human farming colony raided by Batarian slavers.
  • The atrocities the slavers inflicted on their victims weighted heavily on Zabaleta's mind and afflicted him with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She states that he should go to the Veterans' Affairs Office to get help.
  • When you return to Lieutenant Zabaleta, he asks for money again to buy whiskey to stop the dreams that haunt him. 
  • Commander Shepard can give him the money, set him up with an account at a grocery store to stop him from drinking or simply refuse again.
  • You can follow Hanna Shepard's advice, and try to talk him about going yo the Veterans' Affairs Office, to do so you need to have Charm at level four and Intimidate at level 5.


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Enemies found on Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things

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Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things Rewards

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Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things Notes & Tips

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Assignments in Mass Effect
A Person of Interest  ♦  Citadel: Asari Consort  ♦  Citadel: Doctor Michel  ♦  Citadel: Family Matter  ♦  Citadel: Homecoming  ♦  Citadel: I Remember Me  ♦  Citadel: Jahleed's Fears  ♦  Citadel: Negotiator's Request  ♦  Citadel: Old Friends  ♦  Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy  ♦  Citadel: Planting a Bug  ♦  Citadel: Presidium Prophet  ♦  Citadel: Reporter's Request  ♦  Citadel: Rita's Sister  ♦  Citadel: Scan the Keepers  ♦  Citadel: Schells the Gambler  ♦  Citadel: Signal Tracking  ♦  Citadel: Snap Inspection  ♦  Citadel: The Fan  ♦  Citadel: The Fourth Estate  ♦  Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint  ♦  Doctor at Risk  ♦  Feros: Data Recovery  ♦  Feros: Geth in the Tunnels  ♦  Feros: Power Cells  ♦  Feros: Varren Meat  ♦  Feros: Water Restoration  ♦  Garrus: Find Dr. Saleon  ♦  Geth Activities  ♦  Investigate Facility  ♦  Investigate Samples  ♦  Investigate Shipments  ♦  Mercenaries  ♦  Missing Person  ♦  Noveria: Espionage  ♦  Noveria: Smuggling  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Combat Missions  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Convoy  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Vidinos  ♦  Strange Transmission  ♦  Tali and the Geth  ♦  UNC: Asari Writings  ♦  UNC: Besieged Base  ♦  UNC: Cerberus  ♦  UNC: Depot Sigma-23  ♦  UNC: Derelict Freighter  ♦  UNC: Distress Call  ♦  UNC: Hades' Dogs  ♦  UNC: Hostage  ♦  UNC: Listening Post Alpha  ♦  UNC: Listening Post Theta  ♦  UNC: Locate Signs of Battle  ♦  UNC: Lost Freighter  ♦  UNC: Lost Module  ♦  UNC: Missing Marines  ♦  UNC: Missing Survey Team  ♦  UNC: Prothean Data Discs  ♦  UNC: Rogue VI  ♦  UNC: The Negotiation  ♦  UNC: Turian Insignias  ♦  UNC: Valuable Minerals  ♦  Virmire: Assisting Kirrahe's Team  ♦  Virmire: Wrex and the Genophage  ♦  Wrex: Family Armor  ♦  X57: Avoid the Blasting Caps  ♦  X57: Bring down the Sky  ♦  X57: Missing Engineers

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