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The Lonesome Drifter is a solitary troubadour who has set up camp near El Dorado Gas & Service in 2281.
Born in Montana in 2253, the Lonesome Drifter was abandoned at a young age by his father, and was raised by his mother. He worked in a coal mine since he was 15 until his mother died sometime later. After she died, he decided to find his father, although what he would do when they finally met he hadn't thought through yet; plans vary from simply asking him why he left to punching him in the face. His meager belongings include his guitar and gun his father had left behind for him. He has traveled the wasteland for many years, passing through Dead Horse Point a few years back, and now finds himself in the Mojave Wasteland, growing tired of the lifestyle and looking to settle down somewhere with his guitar.
When pressed, he is unable to provide clear details about his father, only that he was a "mysterious" man, who at times was almost like a "stranger".
Interactions with the player character
Effects of player actions
- If the Courier passes a Barter check of 50, he will give the Courier the Magnum that was left to him by his father.
- The lonesome drifter's father is implied to be the Mysterious stranger. If the player character attacks the Lonesome Drifter in V.A.T.S. and has the Mysterious Stranger perk, there is a chance that the Mysterious Stranger will appear and ironically kill what is thought to be his own son.
- In Honest Hearts, Follows-Chalk tells the Courier that he is interested in civilization because when he was a young boy, "a tall man with a mustache and guitar" came by his tribe and told Follows-Chalk that he would go place to place as a singer. In response to that dialogue, the player can note "I think I know that guy. Small world." Or if the player has completed Talent Pool the player will, instead, say "I know that guy, I got him a job."
- If the Courier has the Lady Killer perk, he can ask if he is 17, implying he was the son of a woman he impregnated in Montana 17 years ago.
- If the Courier fails the barter check during the quest Talent Pool, the Mysterious Magnum can no longer be obtained without killing the Lonesome Drifter.
Behind the scene
- Due to time constraints, it was impossible to code the Mysterious Stranger to kill the Courier if they attempt to kill the Drifter in VATS.
If the player kills or is caught stealing from him, you will lose reputation from The Strip - Even if the Lonesome Drifter hasn't yet been recruited in the quest Talent Pool.
Sometimes when it's his time to perform on stage, he will play his guitar and the music will play as normal, but he won't leave his seat.
After completing Talent Pool, if you kill The Lonesome Drifter, the cycle in which The Aces Theater runs on will be broken. Whoever performs onstage next will do so constantly, meaning nobody else will EVER perform except them.
The Lonesome Drifter appears in Fallout: New Vegas and is mentioned in the add-on Honest Hearts.
- ↑ J.E. Sawyer