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SubLight is a network of "salvagers" with business ties to "transportation" and "waste disposal". A tangled web of contractors and secretive vice presidents make up their official hierarchy, leaving no one to speak on the record about SubLight's more legally-dubious activities.


SubLight Salvage and Shipping

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    In General 
"Salvage is a family business. We've got each others' backs."

An organization of salvagers and criminals operating out of the Groundbreaker.

  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: They're just a salvage and shipping company. Honest.
  • The Mafia: They're a criminal organization with a legitimate front that barely hides their dark side.
  • Loophole Abuse: They're doing a huge amount of illegal activity that everyone knows about but keep a veneer of respectability through this.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: You help them become this by helping them "salvage" a space station. Its a Downplayed Trope example but it dramatically increases their power.
  • Shame If Something Happened: A common method of acquiring new businesses for them. You can help them arrange something like this for a Boarst Wurst factory.
  • Space Pirates: Far less flamboyant about it than most examples of the trope. Basically, they "salvage" a lot of stuff from people who haven't yet realized they're given up.
  • The Syndicate: For the entirety of the Halcyon System.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The Groundbreaker depends on them to make sure they stay independent of the Board. So do a lot of other "good" factions.
  • Yakuza: They wear Yakuza masks as part of their business operations.



    Lilya Hagen 
"Our field is persuasive acquisitions. At least that's how my legal advisors tell me to phrase it."
Voiced by: Courtenay Taylor

Owner and leader of the SubLight Salvaging and Shipping corporation. Has a few screws loose.

  • Affably Evil: Despite being the head of a criminal organization that uses legal loopholes to only barely qualify as a "legitimate business" she's very polite when dealing with the player character. Should you complete her final mission in her favor, she'll reward you by making you Vice President of Aggressive Acquisitions, and even if you flub it, she'll simply fire you and let you walk away, even writing you a letter of recommendation if you asked for one.
  • Beneath the Mask: What comes off first as simple paranoia and over-cautiousness later gives way to complete lunacy when she starts ranting about alien conspiracies.
  • Brick Joke: If you choose to not go along with her plans, she fires you on the spot. In response, you can defend yourself, tell her she's mad, or ask for a referral. If you do the latter, she actually sends you a referral later on, after she's calmed down.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She is a highly competent ringleader of the space-equivalent of the Mafiya and is an utterly insane conspiracy theorist. Among her bizarre theories are that cystpigs are intelligent and that Halcyon is being preyed upon by aliens. If you don't side with her on her last quest her eccentricity devolves to the point that either Sub-light or The Board killed her to spare their reputations after she publicly raved about her extraterrestrial delusions.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Is convinced that there an alien conspiracy within Halcyon. It's Played for Laughs right up until she tries to get you to commit murder to 'stop' it.
  • The Don: Is the head of the organization's criminal activity.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Her entire theory about aliens.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Should the player not go along with her plans, she'll go public with her Alien conspiracy theories until she suffers an 'unfortunate accident' at work. It's unknown if this was done by the Board in order to silence her, or her own company trying to stop her dragging its reputation down.
  • Pet the Dog: Will write you a letter of recommendation that is only mildly sarcastic if you leave her service.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Her motive for trying to save Halcyon from an alien conspiracy. She's mostly acting out of a combined sense of paranoia and a desire to be recognized as the "Savior of Humanity." Unfortunately for her, the alien conspiracy only exists in her head.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She's completely correct that all the missions she has you undertake are evidence of a vast conspiracy that The Board is desperately trying to keep under wraps, and that it does involve genetic modification. She's just too insane to accept that it's due to an imminent resource shortage and not aliens.
  • Shout-Out: To Georgios Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens. "I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens."
  • Villain with Good Publicity: If you complete her final quest in her favor, Lilya's ending slide reveals she gets bolstered by her reputation as Savior of Humanity, from an alien conspiracy which actually didn't exist, allowing her company to thrive for years to come and further blur the line between lawful and criminal.
  • Villainous Friendship: She seems to be on good-terms with Catherine Malin, her underling controlling operations in Monarch. An email exchange between the two of them has Catherine affectionately calling Lilya "my dearest pain-in-the-ass" which Lilya not only lets slide but even plays along with.
  • Visionary Villain: Goes off the rails as she wants to move from being the head of a large criminal organization to savior of humanity.


    Catherine Malin 
"Why is it that every cystipig-fucker who strolls into my town expects me to smile and shout awful friendly, 'Welcome to Fallbrook!'"

The head of SubLight's operations on Monarch and the woman in charge of Fallbrook.

  • Affably Evil: She's blunt but surprisingly friendly for a major member of a criminal organization, with an unexpected charm and wit.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Vulgar and crude, brutal but cunning, your companions can't help but like her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's got a foul mouth and a sharp tongue.
    Catherine: May luck be with you. Since I won't be.
  • The Dragon: Even if the player is promoted to VP, Catherine serves as this to Lilya in practice, being her most visible underling with the second greatest amount of power and influence.
  • Guttural Growler: The rare female version, a combination of Contralto of Danger and Evil Sounds Raspy, she has the voice of a thug.
  • Number Two: She acts as this to Lilya Hagen, managing affairs in Fallbrook while Lilya expands the business from the Groundbreaker.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: She wants the C&P Boarst Factory on Monarch and wants the player to obtain it for her by either straight-up murdering its owner, sabotaging the factory to force him to hand it over, or just by negotiating. She prefers the former two options.
  • Pet the Dog: She's implied to be an animal lover and a giant Sprat at the local animal shelter is named after her. She also sends the UV a (moderately profane) congratulation letter and a powerful sidearm if they complete the entire SubLight quest chain and get promoted to VP.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While she'd prefer the simple approach of straight-up murdering Clive Lumbergh to take control of his business, she'll settle for running it alongside him if the player can convince Clive to do so.
  • Villainous Friendship: She and her boss Lily seem to have one. They banter back-and-forth in an email with Catherine not only getting away with calling Lilya "my dearest pain-in-the-ass" but Lilya even plays along, signing her own email back "pain-in-the-ass."

    Nelson Mayson 
"Might I interest you in a surefire scheme? Wink, wink."

The man who keeps the books for Catherine Malin, provides loans to Byzantium visitors to Fallbrook, and the overseer of SubLight's drug delivery service in the area.

  • Catchphrase: Guess what it is? Wink.
  • Con Man: He offers the player a deal that includes a cheap drug and a voucher for a free drink at a bar that technically doesn't exist. If the UV then pays a visit to the actual bar in Fallbrook the bartender will offer them a pity drink on the house and warn them that Nelson is a known con artist.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: You actually gain positive reputation with SubLight by punching him in the face.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a nifty bowler hat.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: More like rhetorical statement, but if you say you have some questions for him, he'll say, "Hit me. I won't even hit back." You can then literally hit him.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: For some reason.
    Unplanned Variable: Did you just say "wink" at me... instead of actually winking?
    Mayson: Don't believe I did, no. Wink.
  • Zany Scheme: He had the genius idea of cutting the costs of drug delivery in half by swapping out his auto loaders with faster, cheaper sprats. Shock of all things, it did not go well.

    Duncan Elley & Lyanna Reed 

A pair of SubLight merchants who operate the Dry Goods & Sundry store near the front gate of Fallbrook. Duncan owns Duncan's Wholesome Dry Goods and mostly sells food and drugs while Lyanna takes care of Guns! Guns! Guns! And Ammo, a weapon shop.

  • Arms Dealer: Lyanna runs the only gun store in Fallbrook and has access to several different types of weapons, including a few special unique ones.
  • Delinquent Hair: Lyanna has bright green hair and heavily stylized eyebrows and runs a gun store for one of the more shady factions in the game.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Duncan mostly runs a legitimate item shop but also does some shadier work for Catherine on the side and can provide the UV with an employee access card to help them sneak inside the Boarst Wurst factory.

The Sprat Shack

    The Sprat Shack 

See Gorgon.


    SubLight Underground 


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