On forum: 06/06/2009
The two NPCs in the cellar with Scarecrow in Yantar can sometimes be found mysteriously deceased. The mystery vanishes if that cellar is not a blowout shelter.
But I just found Herstel, the Duty trader in Rostock Factory, dead in his little office. There is no way to get into that room, and he is in there when you first meet him, so he never comes out.
He is quite an important character, so his office should be covered as far as blowouts and psi storms are concerned. There are a couple of ecologists and quite a few Dutyers in the map, but no real enemies - the nearest mutants are outside the factory compound, and couldn't get at him in his office anyway.
So what the hell killed him?
Whatever it was left his inventory with everything I'd ever sold to him - over 750kg of all sorts.
Sadly, he paid the best prices, and I always enjoyed the long drive with loot from much later maps. Not a lot of point in going to Rostock Factory now.
Traders should be immortal. All of them.
A preoccupation with the next world is a clear indication of an inability to cope credibly with this one.