Vasko Magnate, the guy you just rescued, will be able to give you another optional mission; apparently another Duty member is being held prisoner at the bandit HQ, the place you're headed, so you may pick up this mission if you wish; it doesn't come with a reward when you complete it, though, but may improve your status with the Duty faction.
Once you're ready to move on take a look at your map; to the north of your current position is the bandit HQ - and to the west of that, you should be able to see a green marker with the description "pipe" - this is a secret entrance to the HQ, so head in that direction.
Once you reach the pipe, climb inside and move forward. Your mission will be updated and you'll now need to find Borov and take the key from him. Right after you come out of the pipe on the other side, turn left and move into the pipe there. Along the way in this trench you'll notice a bandit on your right side - don't attack him since you'll be in a vulnerable position. Once you reach the end of the trench you'll come up by the northern building at the bandit HQ.
You may see a yellow dot on your minimap, indicating a neutral person - although this is a Duty member, it's not the one you have to break out of prison so don't worry if he should die in the ensuing firefight.
Once you've dealt with any bandits in the vicinity, move inside the main hangar and up the start on the right side. Follow the walkway and you will eventually move inside the building next to the hangar. The building can seem like a maze since it has several floors with stairs going up and down every now and then, but what you simply need to do is head south. You'll find Borovs office on the 1st floor. Borov should be fair easy to locate since he will be marked on your map.
In the cellar, where the Duty member is held prisoner, you can also find a Merc Suit but since you probably already have upgraded to the Stalker suit, you might as well leave it and save your carrying capacity for more useful items.
Before you leave you may wish to seek out the various hidden stashes that you've likely uncovered by killing and searching the bandits in the HQ. When you're ready to leave the HQ you can either head towards the gate (which is northeast in the HQ) or towards the marker on your map - that will lead you out through an elevated tunnel. You may have very likely have discovered a secret stash inside the elevated tunnel, so that is usually my preferred way of getting out of the HQ.
As you leave the HQ your mission will be updated and you now have to locate the entrance to the X18 lab. Since you're probably loaded with equipment and artifacts, you may wish to head back to the Bar to load off or sell your loot, but also to finish the optional mission, Find the weapon of the Dutyer, given by Brome. When you return to him he'll give you a Slug artifact as a reward. If you hate to give up the Storming Obokan there is a nice trick available showing you how to get it back.
Before you head off to X18 there are a few things that are good to know. First off, inside X18 you'll find the Monolith Suit that is superior to the Stalker suit, so even if your current armor is worn out there is no need to replace it - you'll find a better armor in X18. Also, you will find the GP-25 Kostyer Grenade Launcher which can be attached to an Akm 74/2 - so if you're still using one, you may wish to bring along some VOG-25 grenades if you have any.
The entrance to the X18 lab can be found in the cellar inside the main building of the factory in the western part of Dark Valley. There are plenty of bandits around so be careful once you're inside the gate. You can find a RPG-7u grenade launcher on one of the top floors, but since ammo for this weapon is extremely limited, dragging this weapon along may be more of a burden than an actual help.
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