As the mission name suggests, you need to find a way to plant an Olive Seed to complete the Olive Branch mission in Starfield.
“Olive Branch” stands as a brief miscellaneous mission in Starfield, entailing the straightforward task of planting an Olive Seed.
Your encounter will be with Nilesh Sherazi, formerly an employee of the Interstellar Affairs office. However, due to his unwavering principles, he found himself increasingly isolated within his own department. With no resolution in sight regarding his disputes with management, he eventually parted ways with the organization. Nevertheless, his commitment to working for the betterment of his people persisted.
Nilesh’s objective is to instill hope in the hearts of the populace, using the Olive Tree as a symbol. Regrettably, he finds himself grappling with obstacles in achieving this noble goal.
The “Olive Branch” mission may appear simple and straightforward, but a minor error can result in the forfeiture of all rewards. Let’s delve into how you can ensure the successful planting of a humble seed without any complications.
How to unlock the Olive Branch mission
Initiate contact with Nilesh Sherazi, located in the MAST District within New Atlantis on the planet Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system. He can typically be found wandering near the Embassy, engrossed in discussions about Diplomacy.
Following your conversation with Nilesh, the Mission HUD will be seamlessly updated to include the “Olive Branch” side mission, conveniently categorized under the MISC Tab.
How to complete Olive Branch in Starfield
To successfully wrap up the “Olive Branch” side mission, begin by making your way to the MAST District. Here, you’ll encounter Nilesh near the Embassies in the expansive universe of Starfield. His location is in close proximity to where Kelton Frush can be found if you’ve previously undertaken the “A Tree Grows in New Atlantis” and “Out on a Limb” missions.
Nilesh will confide his reservations about the workings of this bureaucratic system, shedding light on the covert dealings that transpire beneath the surface. Take a moment to listen attentively to his concerns until the opportunity arises for you to inquire if he requires any assistance.
In response, Nilesh will divulge his profound enthusiasm for plants and his penchant for collecting them. He’ll express a desire for your assistance in planting an Olive seed within the atrium. His intention is to convey a symbolic message of peace and inspire individuals to champion righteousness. Unfortunately, he finds himself unable to undertake this task personally due to the vigilance of the guards stationed at the atrium, who employ force to assert their dominance.
Hand over the Seed to the guard (optional)
There is a UC security guard standing nearby whom you can hand over the Seed. This is optional but we recommend you to not do it.
If you choose to hand over the Olive Seed to the guard in the Olive Branch mission then you will obtain no rewards in Starfield. It is a null option meaning your quest will be considered completed and you will receive nothing in return.
Plant the Olive Seed
Planting the Olive Seed demands a degree of vigilance, as a patrolling guard keeps a watchful eye on the gardens. Exercise patience and wait for a suitable moment when the guard either moves elsewhere or averts their gaze. Seize this opportune window to swiftly plant the seed. Failure to do so promptly may result in intervention from UC Security, urging you to vacate the area.
Alternatively, if you prefer a less subtle approach, you can employ a somewhat laborious method of physically relocating the guard by engaging in physical contact with your character and nudging the NPC away from the planting location until they are sufficiently distant.
Ask Nilesh for a diversion (optional)
In the event that the guard spots you during the planting process, engage in a conversation with Nilesh. He will readily concoct a spontaneous diversionary tale to captivate the guard’s attention. Act swiftly and capitalize on this distraction to plant the seed discreetly.
It’s crucial to bear in mind that you have only one opportunity to enlist Nilesh’s assistance in creating a diversion. If, for any reason, you fail to do so in a timely manner, you should resort to the previously outlined method and patiently await the moment when the guard’s attention is directed elsewhere.
Report back to Nilesh
After you are done, head back to tell Nilesh the good news. He will explain the meaning behind his actions and will give you hush money or reward for your efforts.
With the Olive Seed planted, the Olive Branch side mission is completed in Starfield.
Starfield – Olive Branch mission rewards