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Mightier than the Sword

Save Edgewater permanently.

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The following solution was taken from PowerPyx's trophy guide - full credit to PowerPyx.

This trophy is earned in a way that requires making some specific choices during the game leading up to the point you earn it. It’s mutually exclusive of Ludwig was Right, and isn’t something you can set up with save backups so I would recommend aiming to get those two in separate full playthroughs.

For this trophy at the start of the game you need to choose to redirect power to Edgewater, then convince the deserters to return but not have Reed step down as leader. Through story progression you then need to ally with Sophia and the board by turning in Phineas, then once you have dealt with the radio broadcasts on Monarch Sophia will congratulate you on helping the town next time you see her. You don’t need to do anything else for this trophy past that, you are awarded it immediately before she asks you to head to the Hope.

Edit: Apparently you don't need to turn Phineas over to the Board, you can instead send the corrupted signal from Phineas's terminal, Sophia will believe you still did what she asked, and still unlock the achievement. - Thanks to Sasha Morning in the comments.

Edit 2: Fir3shad0w has provided an option for obtaining this achievement and "Ludwig was Right" in a single playthrough. Although I have not confirmed this:
I can confirm this can actually be set up alongside "Ludwig was Right" in the same playthrough. Go through the steps for this achievement, and once you've sent the signal (corrupted or not), save the game. Talking to Sophia will earn you this achievement (as long as the deserters returned and Reed is still in charge), then re-load the immediate save, go to Edgewater, and kill Reed. Head back to Sophia, and she'll give you the "Foundation" quest, which will earn you the other achievement.
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Siren Saint can we get a link to his full guide
Posted by Siren Saint on 28 Oct 19 at 08:33
Sashamorning You don't need to turn in Phineas directly, you can send the corrupt transmission instead. She'll still thank you for saving the settlement and the achievement will pop at the same place.
Posted by Sashamorning on 28 Oct 19 at 09:10
British Legends Updated solution.
Posted by British Legends on 28 Oct 19 at 09:16
GrumpyYogi1968 To get the deserter to return, you need to complete 2 sidequests, one is to find Zoe and convince her to return and you need to find 3 engineering books for one of the npc. I couldn't get the deserter to come back without completing those. Don't remember the name of the quest givers but they are easy to find. There might be other ways to convince them as this game offer many options but this is how i got them back to Edgewater.
Posted by GrumpyYogi1968 on 28 Oct 19 at 09:56
Fir7shadow I can confirm this can actually be set up alongside "Ludwig was Right" in the same playthrough. Go through the steps for this achievement, and once you've sent the signal (corrupted or not), save the game. Talking to Sophia will earn you this achievement (as long as the deserters returned and Reed is still in charge), then re-load the immediate save, go to Edgewater, and kill Reed. Head back to Sophia, and she'll give you the "Foundation" quest, which will earn you the other achievement.
Posted by Fir7shadow on 03 Nov 19 at 23:55
PinkEyeWiseGuy when is this supposed to pop? I've done all the above, but met with Sophia and she now has me taking over the broadcast station at devil peak. that's not mentioned above, so suspect I've buggered some thing up? I did the radio broadcast before stopping the signals, not sure if that makes a difference?
Posted by PinkEyeWiseGuy on 04 Nov 19 at 16:59
SonnieSlim PinkEyeWiseGuy

Do the devils peak quest. If you have 60 persuade you can get the Broker to work for Sophia. Then youll get the achievement for going back and talking to her. They left that part out
Posted by SonnieSlim on 04 Nov 19 at 21:37
DcupsOfJustice Fir3shad0w is indeed right. Worked just fine to get both after you go to Geothermal, then kill all the robots in Edgewater.
Posted by DcupsOfJustice on 06 Nov 19 at 23:57
British Legends The guide says to have Reed as the leader roll
Posted by British Legends on 12 Nov 19 at 23:09
TheLightMaster I can confirm fir3shad0w’s solution does in fac5 work for both achievements. That’s all
Posted by TheLightMaster on 16 Nov 19 at 00:47
rocket951 I tried fir3shad0w's solution but I didn't get the Foundation quest. There must be some other trigger that I missed.
Posted by rocket951 on 16 Nov 19 at 02:06
Tyrael Fir3Shad0w's trick worked for me, I saved before I talked to Sophia at the end of the "Signal Point in Space" quest and I had Reed still running edgewater with the deserters having returned, I was able to do both achievements as described.
Posted by Tyrael on 17 Nov 19 at 11:30
Lord Elohim I definitely had Reed step down, and I was still able to unlock this achievement, so that is not a prerequisite.
Posted by Lord Elohim on 23 Nov 19 at 04:32
zDrUnKeNMoNkEyz I can’t figure why this isn’t popping for me. I’ve been following powerpyx missables guide and have done everything, yet edgewater is fkd apparently when I talk to her. All my stats are 100% positive. The quest system is so damn messy. I can’t figure where if at all I messed up some how. 🤬 I have a crazy amount of saves, so If anyone has any suggestions I’d really appreciate it.
Posted by zDrUnKeNMoNkEyz on 26 Nov 19 at 09:28
Asaemon Lord Elohim hasn't unlocked this so ignore their comment about Reed stepping down not being a prerequisite.
Posted by Asaemon on 29 Nov 19 at 05:05
British Legends Oh yeah, good spot. Shame I can’t remove stupid comments.
Posted by British Legends on 29 Nov 19 at 07:19
Ninjaneer360 So if I redirected power to the deserters instead of Edgewater, is this achievement not achievable?
Posted by Ninjaneer360 on 29 Nov 19 at 18:26
Asaemon As far as we know you need to divert power to Edgewater and keep Reed as their leader.
Posted by Asaemon on 30 Nov 19 at 00:01
elquietone I had Reed step down and despite what Lord Elohim said, I'm 99.89% sure you cannot get this achievement, perhaps he is confused and is thinking of the opposite achievement.

No matter what I did Sofia kept telling me to destroy Edgewater, you can get that achievement even before doing the signal quest, so long as you speak to her again right after she tells you to go to devils peak, she will then tell you to destroy Edgewater and give you foundations.. However, no matter what, no matter the order of completion, she will not "magically" pop the other achievement. I told her to go to hell, and then she attacked me and I quickly ran out of the room avoiding killing her hoping that somewhere down the line, this would save Edgewater.. While it's "saved", you don't earn the achievement, not even during end credit.

However, I would leave a save at that spot indefinitely. There are parts of the convo during accepting foundations that makes me think there is a missing option for saving Edgewater after accepting foundations.. "trust me pavarti" seems to indicate a Sophia backstab.
Posted by elquietone on 30 Nov 19 at 16:29
Lockie I was screwed over by the powerpyx missable guide because they didn't say to keep Reed as leader. I left feedback about it and they've since amended it but argh, gotta do all that again. cry
Posted by Lockie on 01 Dec 19 at 09:31
GHOST MACHlNE
To get the deserter to return, you need to complete 2 sidequests, one is to find Zoe and convince her to return and you need to find 3 engineering books for one of the npc. I couldn't get the deserter to come back without completing those. Don't remember the name of the quest givers but they are easy to find. There might be other ways to convince them as this game offer many options but this is how i got them back to Edgewater.
Posted by GrumpyYogi1968 on 28 Oct at 02:56
Just a quick note on this comment above. I'm in the process of doing a 'speedy' run-through on SuperNova, and I was able to get the Deserters to go back to Edgewater with just 2 of the guy's Engineering books. I happen to come across books 2 & 3 early on (this is my 4th play-through), and never completed the Zoe quest (but I DID initiate it). And they all went anyways.

The 2 quests remain open, with both NPCs saying if we find Zoe to let her know, and the guy saying if we find the last book to let him know. Either way, this comment needs to be corrected. I only had 2 of the guy's books, and they all went back anyways.

NOTE: I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see this win GotY at the Game Awards next Thursday. It would be poetic Justice against Bethesda(!). This is one of the best games in years. I hope they start bringing us DLCs (the worlds and empty world spaces are already there) and start an OW2! clapdanceheadspintoast
Posted by GHOST MACHlNE on 08 Dec 19 at 02:45
br34thedyn4m1te I only did the Zoe quest, not the engineering manual one and did the save trick and boom, both achievements.

thanks for the guide.
Posted by br34thedyn4m1te on 12 Dec 19 at 16:09
NicoleRenee00 I diverted power to Edgewater, as the guide says. But I only had to get ONE engineering book to convince the deserters to return. The 3rd one is inside the Geothermal plant, so it's a real easy grab when you go to divert power. Turned it in, and then I told Thomas to become an engineer (not sure if that made any difference).

Told him to leave without Adelaide, and he convinced Grace to go, and it updated the quest.
Posted by NicoleRenee00 on 21 Jan at 15:41