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Surf's Up

Surf's Up-Quest
Quest-giver: Mercurio
Location: Santa Monica
Reward: Experience Rewarded (Icon) 3-4 EXP
(Conditional) $250
Type: Main Quest
Prerequisite: Wherefore Art Thou, Mercurio?
Next quest: Explosive Beginning
Surf's Up is a quest available in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

Walkthrough

Brief

  1. Leave Mercurio's apartment
  2. Go to the Santa Monica beach
  3. Speak with Rosa
  4. Find a way inside the house atop the cliff
  5. Grab the Astrolite (Experience Rewarded (Icon) 2 EXP)
  6. Leave the house and the beach
  7. Head back to Mercurio (Experience Rewarded (Icon) 1 EXP)
  8. Quest complete

Detailed

Beach Access

Beach access.

Once this quest is obtained through the Wherefore Art Thou, Mercurio? quest, leave Mercurio's apartment and head into the parking ramp off to the right. Not far in, take another right toward the Beach Access area, then descend some stairs before crossing the loading screen out onto the beach.

As soon as the player reaches the beach, a woman will approach the fledgling and tell them where to find the thugs that hurt Mercurio with no preamble. She claims she's a psychic, and will impart cryptic advice detailing the game's events if spoken to further. A man named E will give the fledgling directions to the thugs' whereabouts as well, and will be surprised the fledgling is not there to evict him and his friends. Speaking with him further will prompt him to explain that he and the others are "Thin Bloods", which will trigger the side quest Thinned Blood. Also, speaking to Copper will trigger the side quest Daydream Believer. (Plus patch only)

Once finished conversing, head through the chain link fence to the right and up the flight of stairs to the beach house on the cliff. There are three routes the player may use:

  • Sneak through a hole in the fence, bypass the guard out front, switch off the power using a junction box on the side of the house, and enter the house. Snag the Astrolite (Experience Rewarded (Icon) 2 EXP), a Car Stereo on a table for money, and Mercurio's cash hidden in a vent inside the laundry room. Leave without further incident.
  • Use Seduction or Persuasion to convince the guard to grant access to the house. Any theft of items, with the exception of Mercurio's money if sneaking, will result in the residents becoming hostile. Speak with Dennis, feed on him, take the Astrolite(Experience Rewarded (Icon) 2 EXP), and leave. If the player is quick enough, the enemies should not be hostile as of yet.
  • Kill the guard out front, along with everyone else inside. Take the Astrolite(Experience Rewarded (Icon) 2 EXP), Car Stereo, and Mercurio's money. Leave.

Regardless of how the player goes about securing the Astrolite, return to Mercurio.(Experience Rewarded (Icon) 1 EXP) If the fledgling also brought back his money, and didn't lie about it so they could keep it themselves, the player will earn another point of experience.(Experience Rewarded (Icon) 1 EXP) Upon completing the quest, Mercurio will tell the fledgling they must destroy a warehouse controlled by the Sabbat, triggering the Explosive Beginning quest.

Alternatively depending on the dialogue choices made during the first conversation with Mercurio he may turn hostile (to protect himself from being reported to the prince.) In this case he will need to be killed and his journal collected to get the information he would normally provide.

Quest Log

Log Entry
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: Upon receiving quest:
Mercurio has asked you to retrieve the Astrolite he was supposed to get for you from a group of "junkie pricks" who live in a dump on the beach. Additionally, Mercurio would also like it if you could get his money back.
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: Upon successfully securing the Astrolite (if Mercurio wasn't threatened):
You retrieved the Astrolite for Mercurio. You should return to him and find out what your next step should be.
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: Upon successfully securing the Astrolite (if threatened to report Mercurio to the prince):
You retrieved the Astrolite and need to return to Mercurio for further instructions. Judging from the mood he was in when you left him, he probably won't be happy to see you.
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: If Mercurio turns hostile and is killed:
You retrieved the Astrolite, but Mercurio wasn't too happy to see you. You had to put him down like the dog he was. You need to find information on what you're supposed to do next.
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: Upon completion (Mercurio alive):
You retrieved the Astrolite and returned to Mercurio for further instructions.
  • Quest Complete (Icon) Quest Complete
  • Quest Log Updated (Icon) Update: Upon completion (Mercurio dead):
After killing Mercurio you found his journal with details on what you're supposed to do next.
  • Quest Complete (Icon) Quest Complete

Items

Notes

  • With enough points in Intimidate, the player may extort $50 from E.

Navigation

Quests
Main Quests Jyhad for BeginnersWherefore Art Thou, Mercurio?Surf's UpExplosive BeginningThe Ghost Haunts at MidnightSlashterpieceBad BloodSibling RivalryElizabethan RendezvousCalling Dr. GroutPatron of the Ancient ArtsThe Epic of the Ankaran SarcophagusDead ExSnuff Is EnoughGoing the Way of KingsI Spy BarabusKikinappedOriginal GangsterDragon's TailCome Into My ParlorItalian DinnerSociety for the Preservation of ProfessorsHell at the Hallowbrook HotelThe Enemy of My EnemyOut for BloodMing Must Die!Royal Flush
Side Quests The Regent's RiddleCarnival of DeathThe Pain of Being MercurioDrug TripTrick or TreatmentDaydream BelieverThinned BloodReplanting a LilyThe Hunted HunterA Bounty for the HunterJumpin' the BailBloody MessSpiritual ReleaseMudd HuntMissing DataTraffikA Plague for the AngelsFun With PestilenceAttention WhoreMore Fun With PestilenceNecromanticA ConfessionAnd Her Name Was VenusVenucideOccultish PersonalityNight at the LibraryAsh to AshesHot Stripper Assassin Action!B-Rated WriterHunters HuntingYou Only Die Once a NightPimpin' for RomeroA Dish Best Served ColdGargoyle Removal ServiceA Tangled WebModel CitizenCover GirlPoster SessionGone Fishin'Eye Gouge HellBad Luck FarmerThe Hitman ImpasseDirty Dishes

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