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escort mission

Quick Definition

Sometimes a player will be tasked with guiding (or escorting) an NPC through a dangerous area. These missions are generally loathed by gamers, as the NPC is usually suicidally overconfident and rushes towards everything and anything that can kill it.

Naturally, if the NPC dies, you have to start that portion of the game over again. Hence the near-universal distaste for escort missions.