Prototype medic power armor
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Prototype medic power armor
Gear up soldier!”— Prototype medic power armor
With the resource crisis severely limiting the ability of the United States military to deploy combat vehicles, especially tanks and other types of armor, it began research efforts to create self-powered combat suits in August 2065. Mechanized cavalry units provided with them would retain the mobility of a soldier moving on foot while giving them the ability to use heavy weapons with ease. Research proceeded rapidly. While early prototypes were unsuccessful, lessons learned in the process paved the way for future advances in military sciences, construction, and cold fusion.
The most important achievement of this early stage of research was the development of a cold fusion cell. Crude, but effective, the design was unveiled to the world in the summer of 2066. It further strained Sino-American relations, after the United States refused to share its crude oil reserves with the Asian superpower. The invasion of Alaska in winter of 2066 forced the military and its contractors to cut corners and come up with a stop-gap solution. In 2067, the first production models of powered infantry combat armor were rushed to the frontline to defend against the Chinese attackers. Although lacking in mobility, these early models allowed soldiers to carry heavy weapons into combat, becoming key to countering masses of Chinese infantry and tanks. The most successful early model is designated T-45d and enters mass production. China rushed to develop its own version, but it was years behind the United States. Anticipating this move, the military invested in the development of electromagnetic weapons to counter the threat should it arise.
Meanwhile, West Tek continued developing a superior model, designated T-51b. By 2069, it was the largest contract of the largest defense contractor of the United States government. However, the ambitious nature of the project led to many delays and it took nearly ten years to complete the development cycle. In the meantime, the model T-45d became the symbol of American might. Various modifications were developed and tested using it as basis, including the MP-47A unit, featuring an autonomous medical delivery system and rudimentary onboard AI.
In 2074, American T-45d power armor units, mechanized cavalry, and infantry divisions invaded mainland China. However, the invasion quickly bogged down as the T-45d's aging design proved insufficient to overcome the Chinese defenders. The situation lasted for a full two years, until West Tek completed a functioning prototype of the T-51b model in June 2076. It was quickly pressed into service and manufactured en masse. It outperformed the T-45d in every aspect, providing the United States with the means to overcome Chinese resistance on all fronts. Many units were sent to China, where the renewed American offensive finally sent the People's Liberation Army into retreat. In January 2077, General Constantine Chase completed the Anchorage Reclamation, using winterized T-51b power armor troops as spearhead.
The Great War and the destruction of the United States ensured that the T-51b power armor remained the most advanced design, until the Enclave began to develop advanced versions of power armor in 2198. Due to a lack of success, the research stalled until Presidential Order mandated the development of an upgrade in 2215. Five years later, Mark II power armor (simply designated advanced power armor) was developed and mass-produced for the use of Enclave field units. Existing T-51b stock was used for training troops on the oil rig and logistical duties.
Subsequent research and development of new power armor models was hampered by the destruction of the oil rig by the Chosen One in 2242. The efforts began anew once the fleeing Enclave arrived in the Capital Wasteland and settled into Adams Air Force Base. The result was the next-generation Hellfire power armor: Pinnacle of post-War power armor design.
The MP-47/A model of T-45d power armor was designed to merge field medics and foot soldiers into a single entity, and was planned as an automatic medical supply dispenser, meaning troops would not have to be evacuated for medical treatment. The production model was designed to administer stimpaks and other injectable substances, but as the prototype, this model only delivers Med-X. An on board computer system with verbal feedback response systems has been installed inside the armor, making it so easy to operate, "even a child" could use it. The armor is programmed to automatically detect limb condition; if it is less than optimal, the suit auto-injects Med-X into the soldier. Had the defense contract been extended for this armor, the producer would have enhanced the on board computer to provide command information to field officers, as well include a "self-destruct" system to inject a lethal chemical cocktail into deserters.
The prototype medic power armor has the ability to administer Med-X, which it will do if the player's health drops below 33%, if a limb's health drops below 25%, or if both of these conditions are met Med-X will be dispensed every 2.5 (in-game) hours. Unlike standard Med-X injections, this process carries no risk of addiction. However, it does draw from the player's supply of Med-X, and thus the feature is useless if the player has none. Its outward appearance is nearly identical to T-45d power armor series.
In addition to the Med-X dispensing system, the armor features an on board voice that resembles Mister Gutsy in terms of sound and personality. The voice, similar to a follower, will sound alerts if it detects an enemy presence.
As noted in the accompanying manual, the prototype version of the suit lacks the ability to dispense anything other than Med-X, whereas the completed version (which doesn't exist in Fallout 3) would have had a wider range of features, such as deploying stimpaks.
- "Listen up you God-damned puke! You are now wearing prototype medic power armor. You take care of me, and I'll take care of you!"
- "Take some Vitamin-M and Get back in the fight you pansy!"
- "You're a soldier, not a civie! Have some juice and suck it up!"
- "Let'em eat lead!"
- "Time to kick some ass!"
The armor is found on a dead Brotherhood Initiate inside the Old Olney Sewer, stuck in a culvert with a wastelander and mercenary; also dead. Enter through either of the entrances to the sewer, and make your way to the narrow hallway. The door leading to the room is located on the outward side of the hallway, the entrance is usually guarded by a deathclaw.
- Med-X administered by the suit is registered differently from Med-X that is administered normally. If you look at the effects page in your Pip-Boy 3000, it will read "suit Med-X - Ignore Neg Eff +1, Dam. Res. +25." The extra effect of the suit's Med-X ("ignore neg eff +1") negates the effects of crippled limbs (i.e. if you get a crippled leg, the suit's Med-X will prevent you from limping). You can also co-administer Med-X the normal way, which will be listed separately (but concurrently) as "Med-X - dam. res. +25," This allows one to receive a total of +50 damage resistance from Med-X.
- This Armor has the U.S. Armed Forces insignia instead of the Brotherhood of Steel's, unlike normal power armor.
- The T-51b power armor cannot be repaired by this armor. This armor, however, can be used to repair the T-45d power armor.
- This armor can be very helpful in battle as it will always shout out phrases such as "Let'em eat lead!", alerting you of any danger. In some cases, its Perception may be better than your own, and it can spot enemies coming from any direction.
- Despite its unique technological value, the armor cannot be given to the Brotherhood Outcasts.
- If you talk to one of the BOS at the Citadel, they will say how they did not send anyone in to retrieve the armor because of the surrounding deathclaws.
- The talking effect has a detrimental effect on your sneaking ability allowing an enemy to discover your location without you moving.
- Even though the user manual for the armor asserts that "even a child could use it", the player must still be trained in the use of power armor to make use of the suit.
- In the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues, the stealth suit Mk II dispenses stimpaks and Med-X, essentially making it an updated cross between the Chinese stealth armor and the prototype medic power armor.
- In New Vegas, this armor remains in the game files however, equipping the armor will no longer alert you.
- The armor may disappear if you enter the sewers but do not collect the armor while inside for the first time. Why this happens is unknown. The conditions vary.
- Pip-Boy still initializes aforementioned quote regarding equipping the armor. If the PMPA is broken, attempting to equip it and then exiting
- Old Olney a second time to explore the sewers. The armor may also disappear if the trap door is triggered and you do not enter the sewer. The armor may not spawn when coming to
- Sometimes the body that holds the armor might become invisible. This can be fixed if the player stumbles across his body.
- Fallout Bible 0:
"2055 The West Tek Research Facility starts working on a new virus to kill the New Plague. Their viral research and close ties to the federal government eventually lead to them being chosen for the Pan-Immunity Virion Project twenty years later as well as Power Infantry Armor and laser research.
2065 August Increasing need for mobility in the United States mechanized cavalry leads the military to focus the efforts on creating a man-based tank - essentially, a two-legged walking armored unit: Power Armor.
2065-2067 Power Armor research grows and several prototypes are developed, many of which prove to be unworkable in the field. These prototypes pave the way for future advances in military, construction, and fusion technology.
2066 Summer Adding further insult to the Chinese-American relations, the first crude fusion cell is unveiled, one of the results of the Power Armor project. Devices designed for the fusion cell begin to be manufactured. Incorporating fusion power into the general US infrastructure begins, but the process is too slow to supply power to the regions that need it. Nearly eleven years later, few sections of the United States were supplied with fusion power.
2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinance becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
2074 Contrary to their claims of seeking only to retake Alaska from the Reds, American Power Armor units, infantry, and mechanized divisions are deployed to China, but they become bogged down on the mainland, putting a further drain on American resources and supply lines.
2076 June Power Armor prototype completed, resulting in the Power Armor players find in Fallout 1. This is the pinnacle of Power Armor technology before the Great War. Many of these units are sent to China, and they begin to carve a swath through the Chinese forces. The Chinese resources are strained to the breaking point, and the supply lines from the nations China has annexed begin to break down.
2077 January 22 The first domestic use of Power Armor within the United States for crowd and quarantine control. Units originally serving in China and the Anchorage Front Line find themselves fighting Americans at home. Food riots increase, and many civilians are killed. Several soldiers defect from the military both in Canada and the United States. They are captured, and are sent to military prisons.
2198 Enclave works on various new technologies, including Power Armor variations. None of these are much of an improvement over the conventional old school Power Armor, and some are actually worse.
2215 Under Presidential Order, Enclave scientists begin to work on an upgraded version of Power Armor. Many prototypes are developed and tested.
2220 October Enclave scientists develop a reliable version of the Mark II Power Armor. The prototype results (and accidents... and explosions... and deaths) are classified by order of the President Richardson for the sake of morale."
- The Courier: "What's a pulse gun?"
Veronica Santangelo: "Electromagnetic weapon from before the Great War. Experimental. It never saw mass production. But they were building it as a countermeasure to power armor, which they feared the Chinese were developing. Supposedly a prototype was being housed at Nellis. Imagine what it could do to the Brotherhood. We'd be on equal footing with any idiot with a gun."
(Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
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- Medic power armor manual
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.43: "Chinese Army (Simulated)
U.S. Army (Simulated)
With conditions deteriorating between the United States and China, a military presence in Alaska was established to prevent a possible invasion across the Bering Strait. With increasingly scarce oil reserves, a last deep-sea deposit below the Pacific Ocean was claimed by China before allegedly being sabotaged by American special operatives. Strained relationships spiraled downward into conflict as China marched on Alaska, and the Sino-American War of 2066—2077 erupted. Under the command of General Jingwei, the Chinese Army usurped control of Alaska's oil pipeline and reserves. In response, the Americans began what came to be called "The Alaskan Reclamation Operation" (2067—2077).
Under the leadership of General Constantine Chase, the U.S. Army battled fiercely to the front lines of the conflict before Chase began deploying specialized Power Armor units that began pushing the Chinese back. Future Power Armor suits were further refined as the conflict dragged on, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was reclaimed. With resources flowing through Canada, strained diplomatic tensions between Canada and the United States becoming problematic, and Canadian forces attacking the pipeline, the country was annexed.
A combination of inclement weather, constant American bombardment and trench warfare, and U.S. Powered Armor unit attacks sweeping through mainline China, the Chinese supply lines weakened and finally broke down completely. By the beginning of 2077, the city of Anchorage was finally liberated, the Chinese eradicated, and the operation deemed a success. A commemorative memorial was erected in Washington, D.C., in honor of the soldiers who fought and perished for the greater American good. Violence between America and pockets of Canadian freedom fighters continued throughout 2077, until the Great War obliterated almost all infrastructure, commerce, and human life."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide faction profiles)
- Hellfire power armor
- Whitley: "All due respect sir, I think you're making a mistake. We're close to a breakthrough with the Duraframe Eyebots, I can feel it! Yes, sir. Yes sir, I understand that we need the Duraframe assets for Hellfire armor, but-No, sir. Yes, sir. I understand, sir. I'll tell the team to start disassembling the ED series prototypes right away. ED-E, you little rascal. Were you eavesdropping again? I think those videos you watch are a bad influence on you. How much of that did you hear?"
ED-E: "<Sad beeping>"
Whitley: "Hmm... didn't Dr. Grant say she'd upgraded your navigational systems? I think I have an idea.... How'd you like to be just like RALPHIE?"
- Medic power armor manual