The Commonwealth itself is nothing but a war-ravaged quagmire of violence and despair. Inside the sealed environment of the Institute, however... But... the Institute's affairs are none of your concern. Your undeveloped mind couldn’t even begin to comprehend what we’ve accomplished.
”— Dr. Zimmer, Fallout 3
The Institute is a legendary organization of scientists in Boston.
Once known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the prestigious center of knowledge survived the Great War and continued its work, disregarding the mayhem and destruction occurring outside of its grounds. For over two centuries, the scientists within have meticulously worked on perfecting various types of advanced technology, particularly artificially intelligent androids, and have utterly put ubiquitous pre-War technology to shame. According to Dr. Zimmer, an Institute associate, wastelanders "couldn't even begin to comprehend what we've accomplished."
The Institute is very secretive of the projects occurring within its organization and seeks to keep as much information inside as possible, paranoid that any information that gets leaked beyond the Institute could end poorly. Still, a handful of their secrets have gotten out to some: The Railroad in particular is an organization completely resented by the Institute due to their dedication to helping escaped androids remain incognito.
Interactions with the player character
In Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer is asked by Dr. Zimmer to aid him in recovering an escaped android, A3-21.
The Institute is mentioned in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, and is likely to appear in Fallout 4.
- ↑ A tragedy has befallen all mankind
- ↑ The Lone Wanderer: "What do you know about the Commonwealth?"
Horace Pinkerton: "Most of it's a blasted nothing, just like here. But there's talk. Rumors, mostly. About a place called the Institute. That's where Zimmer and that android came from. God knows what else they got goin' on in there, but it puts our tech to shame, that's for damn sure."
(Horace Pinkerton's dialogue)
- ↑ The Lone Wanderer: "So tell me about the Commonwealth."
Zimmer: "The Commonwealth itself is nothing but a war-ravaged quagmire of violence and despair. Inside the sealed environment of the Institute, however... But... the Institute's affairs are none of your concern. Your undeveloped mind couldn’t even begin to comprehend what we’ve accomplished."
- ↑ The Lone Wanderer: "There are rumors... about a secret Commonwealth artificial intelligence project?"
Zimmer: "Yes well, there are reasons we don't want our technology leaking into the Wasteland. Which is why I've asked you to retrieve it. Which is what you should be doing right now! The longer you wait, the colder the trail becomes."