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Gossan

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"Gossan"
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Details
Race
Hearthian
Planet
Timber Hearth
Location
Zero-G Cave

Gossan is the player's flight instructor and zero-g coach, and one of the founding members of Outer Wilds Ventures. They are found at the entrance to the Zero-G Cave before the Observatory. They are missing an eye and part of their left ear. They used to pilot a ship as well and during their first trip crashed into the moon. They clash with Slate the engineer over safety features for the spaceships.

Gossan will direct the player to head down a nearby elevator to visit the Zero-G Cave for some practice with repairing a satellite which acts as a tutorial for the player to learn how to repair their spaceship as well as movement in low and 0g with the Spacesuit.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Introduction dialog[edit | edit source]

  • “Hey, I thought I might see you before the big launch.
    Nerves getting the better of you?”
    • >Right, like you weren’t nervous for your first flight.
      • “Hey, don’t worry about it. Your nerves are between you, me, and the vast endlessness of space.
        But really, you’ll do fine out there. I’d worry more about that ship, if I were you. Hopefully that lunatic Slate at least fixed the retro rockets.”
    • >I’m a little nervous, yeah.
      • “Good. Everyone should be a bit nervous going into space. I got cocky during my first flight and nearly put a new crater in the moon.
        Still, I was never as green as you.”
        • >Hey, I’ve gotten better!
          • “Think so, do you? Feel like proving it to your old flight coach?
            “There’s a “satellite” — which is definitely not just a piece of broken mining equipment — set up down in the zero-g cave and in need of repairs.
            If you’re looking for a little last-minute zero-g practice, head down the lift and into the cave. Or don’t, so long as you’re confident you can make ship repairs in space.”
            • >One repaired “satellite,” coming up!
              • “Cool. Get to it, and try not to concuss yourself right before your first launch.”
            • >Nah, I’m ready for the real deal.
              • “Heh. Darn right you are.
                Don’t get yourself killed out there, you hear? Not after I’ve put this much work into training you.
                ...Haha, go on, go make Outer Wilds Ventures proud.”
        • >That’s not what Slate says...
          • “Oi, you know better than to believe a word that lunatic says about me.
            They’re still sore I made them install a safety harness in the cockpit. Claimed it would “throw off the thrust-to-weight ratio.”
            Honestly. One of these days I’m gonna throw off Slate’s thrust-to-weight ratio.”
    • >Are you kidding? I’m a natural at this!
      • “Is that so? Funny, I seem to recall the first time you strapped on a jetpack, we had to come fish you out of the crater near the south pole.”

Repair Satellite[edit | edit source]

  • “So listen, there’s a “satellite” — which is definitely not just a piece of broken mining equipment — set up down in the zero-g cave and in need of repairs.
    If you’re looking for a little last-minute zero-g practice, head down the lift and into the cave. Or don’t, so long as you’re confident you can make ship repairs in space.”
    • >One repaired “satellite”, coming up!
      • “Cool. Get to it, and try not to concuss yourself right before your first launch.”
    • >Nah, I’m ready for the real deal.
      • “Heh. Darn right you are.
        Don’t get yourself killed out there, you hear? Not after I’ve put this much work into training you.
        ...Haha, go on, go make Outer Wilds Ventures proud.”

Follow-up dialog[edit | edit source]

(if the player told they weren't doing the repairs)

  • “If you changed your mind about practicing ship repairs, head down the lift and into the zero-g cave.
    You just need to maneuver over to the “satellite” and repair each damaged area, same as you’ll be doing for your ship.”

(if the player told they were doing the repairs)

  • “What’s the holdup? That “satellite” isn’t going to repair itself.
    You just need to maneuver over to the “satellite” and repair each damaged area, same as you’ll be doing for your ship.”

After repairing the 'satellite'[edit | edit source]

  • “Nicely done! Of course, it’ll be a little more stressful when you’re hurtling through space, but just remember your training and try not to hit anything big.
    I can see you’re itching to get off this rock, so go get the launch codes from the observatory and get out of here already.
    Best of luck out there! And hey, try to avoid getting yourself killed now that I’ve put so much time into training you, got it?”

After going to space[edit | edit source]

  • “You’re back awfully soon. Everything alright? Slate didn’t do anything dumb like install a self-destruct button, did they?”

Followup Conversation (Waiting for satellite repair)[edit | edit source]

  • What's the hold up? That "satellite" isn't going to repair itself.
    You just need to maneuver over to the "satellite" and repair each damaged area, same as you'll be doing for your ship.

Followup Conversation (If having chosen 'real deal' response)[edit | edit source]

  • If you changed your mind about practicing ship repairs, head down the lift and into the zero-g cave.
    You just need to maneuver over to the "satellite" and repair each damaged area, same as you'll be doing for your ship.

Followup Conversation (After satellite is repaired)[edit | edit source]

  • Nicely done! Of course, it'll be a little more stressful when you're hurtling through space, but just remember your training and try not to hit anything big.
    I can see you're itching to get off the rock, so go get the launch codes from the observatory and get out of here already.
    Best of luck out there! And hey, try to avoid getting yourself killed now that I've put so much time into training you, got it?

Alpha Version[edit | edit source]

The coach standing in front of the Zero-G training area.

During the alpha, Gossan was known as the Zero-G Coach.

There is a dialog still present in the game files for when the player tried to go in the Cave without putting on the suit. Now the suit is inside the Cave ;

  • “Oi, don’t forget to put on a suit! I don’t want to have to come fish you out of there again.”

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the "Self" ending, it is implied that both the Protagonist and Slate had some involvement in the incident resulting in the loss of Gossan's eye. "Self" cites it as a reason that Gossan and Slate never dated, and the Protagonist says they "very much do not want to discuss it."
  • According to the Protagonist's conversation with "Self", Gossan says it means a date is going well if the two people are talking and nothing has exploded yet.