Avery Quinn is the captain of the Sunbeam. Over time, several messages are broadcasted to the player's radio by the Sunbeam, in hope of getting a response. Avery informs the survivors that the Sunbeam is aware of the Aurora's situation, and that they are coming to rescue them. He also mentions that he was obligated by law to respond to the Aurora’s distress signal, despite losses to his own profit. During the rescue attempt, the Sunbeam is tragically destroyed after the Quarantine Enforcement Platform fires upon it, and Avery and the rest of the crew are killed.
However, if the player disables the Quarantine Enforcement Platform before the Sunbeam arrives, Avery will inform them that a landing cannot be attempted due to large amounts of debris orbiting the planet, meaning that he and his crew survive.
"This is Avery Quinn, of trading ship Sunbeam. Aurora, do you read? Over. Still nothing. These Alterra ships. They run out of engine grease, they send an SOS: you offer to help, they don't pick up. Aurora, I'm on the far side of the system, it's going to take more than a week to reach your position, do you still need our assistance? Over. I'll try them again tomorrow. See what the long-range scans pick up in the meantime. Damn charter's going to have us wasting our profit margin running errands for Alterra."
On the way:
"Aurora, this is Sunbeam again. We just picked up a massive debris field at your location. I didn't know how bad... how many of you..... I didn't know. We are now en route to your location. We're going to bring you home. Sunbeam out." *talking to crew* "What else can I say? We're a six seater and we aren't even slightly equipped to handle this? Our pilot last attempted a planet landing in the academy simulator? It's a bad situation, but so are all the alternatives."
"Sunbeam, broadcasting to all survivors of the Aurora. We've covered more than half the distance, so hold on in there. We're scanning the planet for dry land as we speak. You couldn't have picked a less convenient parking spot, but we'll be in touch as soon as we have a landing spot for you. Sunbeam out."
Two Days Away:
"Aurora, it's Sunbeam. We've made orbit, and scans have found a landing site on the planet that's only rated hazardous. It's our best shot. We've sent you the coordinates. We'll be there in two day's time. Cross your fingers the weather holds, and don't leave us waiting. Sunbeam out."
"I don't believe it, there's someone down there! Aurora survivor, we have your PDA signature! I don't know how you walked away from that wreck, let alone survived since then, but we'll be happy to bring you onboard and hightail back to federation space. Stand back, we're approaching the landing site now. Breaking atmosphere in 5... 4... 3... What is that? No the RED spike. From the planet?!
Cancelling Rescue Attempt:
"Aurora survivors, this is trading ship Sunbeam. We've tracked your distress signal, but your ship's left a giant debris field up in orbit, we can't attempt a landing. We're gonna have to head home. We'll send our data to Alterra as soon as we can. Hold on in there. Sunbeam, out."
- Avery Quinn is voiced by Tony Porter, a friend of one of the game's developers, Scott Thunelius.
- The Sunbeam is of Alterra design, and has the Alterra logo on its bottom, despite the fact that Avery Quinn is not part of Alterra.