Hello there. It's good to see a friendly face. Almost took you for a raider, I did. Name's Malcolm. Malcolm Holmes. Don't suppose you'd care to trade? I'm missing a few essentials and- oh, screw this. Lying just ain't in my nature. I'll tell it to you straight. I've been following you for a good bit now.
Malcolm Holmes is retired trader living in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.
Malcolm Holmes used to collect star bottle caps to get the treasure that's hidden in the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters building. He claims to have retired from collecting the caps, but if you pickpocket him (or kill him), you can find a few star bottle caps in his inventory, suggesting that he might be lying.
Interactions with the player character
- Sells Weapons, apparel, aid
- The Legend of the Star: Sometime after the player has picked up their first star bottle cap, they will encounter a man who claims he has been following them. Holmes says he is a retired trader who noticed you had the same interest in the bottle caps that he collected long ago. He also mentions that if enough caps are collected, the treasure can be claimed from someone named Festus.
- Malcolm Holmes also mentions that there are people willing to kill for the blue star caps, including someone called Allen Marks.
- After speaking with the player, Malcolm Holmes will walk directly to the Mojave Outpost. He will disappear from the game once he arrives there. Since he has 6 or 7 star caps on him, one should try pickpocketing or killing him after the conversation ends. There is no karma loss if killed in stealth mode.
- Malcolm claims he stopped collecting Sunset Sarsaparilla Stars a long time ago, yet he will still be in possession of 6 Stars. That simply might be all the Stars he found while he was collecting them.
- Malcolm is carrying the roving trader hat and roving trader outfit; both of which are valuable for players to increase their trade profit and pass Barter checks at the lower levels where one is likely to encounter Holmes.
- Malcolm seems to follow the player after a set amount time after you leave Goodsprings. Sometimes he can be encountered to follow you in Yangtze Memorial and if you wait in Primm, you'll encounter him there as well. If you've waited 24 hours, your waiting will stop and he'll be there to talk to you.
- He will appear on the Scavenger Platform if you wait long enough. After talking to you he swims directly off, no matter if the water has been cleared of Lakelurks or not.
- He is known for showing up and initiating conversation at inopportune times, and/or startling the player.
- "Hello there. It's good to see a friendly face. Almost took you for a raider, I did. Name's Malcolm. Malcolm Holmes. Don't suppose you'd care to trade? I'm missing a few essentials and- oh, screw this. Lying just ain't in my nature. I'll tell it to you straight. I've been following you for a good bit now."
- "[I'd like to know more about star hunting.] There's not much more to tell. Get enough stars and the treasure's yours. Just watch out for some of the other people collecting them."
- "[Why were you following me?] It started off innocently enough. I was traveling, as I often do, and happened to observe you picking up one of those blue-star caps. You didn't show any reaction to it, so I figured you didn't know what you'd gotten your hands on."
- "[What's so special about these caps?] There's an old wasteland legend that says somewhere out there is a fabulous treasure from before the war. Those caps with the blue star on them, the tale goes, are the key to that treasure. They're called Sunset Sarsaparilla Stars."
- "[Why didn't you say anything then and there?] I had to make sure of your disposition. There's a lot of jumpy folks out there that'd shoot a man as soon as talk to him. Now that's we're conversing, though, I can tell you what I know about those caps."
- "[This is getting creepy. I'm leaving, and don't follow me.] Fine. Just do me a favor. If you find more of those things, and plan on keeping them, watch out for a man named Allen Marks. He's killed more than a few people to collect as many of those caps as he can, and your ignorance as to what they are won't protect you."
- "[Where can I find more of these caps?] All over the place. The easiest place to find them is unopened bottles of Sunset Sarsaparilla. You'd think they'd all have been picked clean by now, but somehow new bottles keep appearing in the machines. Some say it's old Festus that does it, hoping someone will finally collect enough caps to earn the treasure. Other than bottles, you'll just have to scavenge. You can find caps in the unlikeliest of places, and blue-star caps are no exception."
- "[So you collect these caps too?] Nah, I gave it up years ago. Too dangerous. And even if I did still collect them, I'd tell you the same. There's people out there so mad with the idea of treasure that they'll attack strangers just on the suspicion that they have some of those caps."
- "[What kind of treasure are we talking about?] No one knows. Money? Weapons? Water? It is, or maybe was, something of value, and that's enough to get people motivated."
- "[You mentioned someone named Festus. Who's that?] It's said that the treasure is guarded by a man named Festus, and he's the one who asks for the blue-star caps. It's also said that he's been around since the war, standing a lonely vigil, waiting for someone to come and take the treasure off his hands. That'd make him pretty damn old, but I've met a few people in my travels who claimed they actually met him, and they weren't the lying type either."
- "[Thanks for the info, but I'll be going now.] No problem. If you do end up trying to collect more stars, watch out for a man named Allen Marks. He's killed several people for their stars already."
Malcolm Holmes appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.