|This page is about the character who appears in Fallout 3. For other characters named Abraham, see Abraham.|
Abraham in Fallout Shelter
Can you imagine a country like the U.S.A. without it? It would be the same empty feeling as not knowing your birth mother. We are children of this country and to respect it is to know about it.”— Abraham Washington, Fallout 3
Abraham Washington is the owner and curator of the Capitol Preservation Society in Rivet City in Fallout 3.
Background[edit | edit source]
Born in 2232, Washington continues the work started by his parents, who were completely devoted to their passion: history. The Capitol Preservation Society is, for all intents and purposes, his one and only love, and he leads a life of a hermit within. As such, he became a classic social outcast: talking to himself, devoid of social skills, and with a deeper emotional connection to his collection than any human being. Amongst other things, he maintains a surprisingly semi-private yet simultaneous boastful misogynistic attitude. Evidence of this is seen on his terminal in the side bedroom foward of the main entrance to the Capitol Preservation Society. The end of the terminal entry "Declaration Expedition" states "Thats what I get for getting a woman to do a man's job!". Referring to Sydney, the previous relic hunter he sent in search of the Declaration of Independence, whom he likely assumes ran off the caps that he paid with in advance. With this information, he surprisingly still will hire the Female version of the Lone Wanderer to find the Declaration. The aforementioned denial to pay in advance also applies to the male character.
Washington has a peculiar understanding of history. Though he has a very proper respect for historical artifacts and understands the importance of preserving them, he lacks the necessary scientific regimen to properly reconstruct it and ends up with a... strange version of history. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Abraham Lincoln, leading him to compare all U.S. presidents to him and discrediting everyone, including exceptional U.S. leaders such as James Monroe. However, his drive to preserve the nations history also leads him to great things, such as hiring travelers to recover important artifacts and preserve them in Rivet City.
Daily schedule[edit | edit source]
As curator, he spends his days in the Capitol Preservation Society, occasionally stepping out.
Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]
Interactions overview[edit | edit source]
|This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.|
|This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).|
|This character starts quests.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
Quests[edit | edit source]
- Agatha's Song: The Soil Stradivarius can be sold to Washington for 200 caps (300 with speech check).
- Lincoln's Profit Margins: Washington is one of the potential buyers of the various Lincoln artifacts found in the Museum of History.
- Stealing Independence: Washington asks the player to recover the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives. He also offers to buy the Bill of Rights (100 caps or 125 caps with at least a Barter skill of 75), the Magna Carta (75 caps or 100 caps with a Barter skill of 75 or higher) and the John Wilkes Booth wanted poster (70 caps).
Other interactions[edit | edit source]
On July the 4th in 1776, a group calling themselves the Second Judgmental Congress got together at Fort McHarry in Maryland. After a ceremony which ended with Paul Revere singing the famous battle hymn known as the National Anthem, the document was signed.From there, it was sent to England by plane presumably and presented to King George himself. Thus began the Evolutionary War.”
When asked about the history of the Declaration of Independence, Washington will produce the above story. It is a fine illustration of the desolation caused in historical knowledge caused by the Great War. The primary errors are the mention of "Fort McHarry" (a maiming of Fort McHenry, further incorrect due to the fact that it was built years afterwards and the Declaration was signed in Philadelphia), the "Second Judgemental Congress" (instead of the Second Continental Congress), the fact that it was taken to Britain by plane, and calling the American Revolutionary War the "Evolutionary War."
Inventory[edit | edit source]
|Dirty pre-War relaxedwear|
|Abraham Washington's key
(Also a small chance of random food item)
Drops on death
*Only after the player sells him the Lincoln's repeater.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.59: "Abraham Washington
Washington, 45, continues the work started by his parents, who were just as passionate about preserving their heritage as residents of the nation's capital. He's a virtual shut-in at his Capitol Preservation Society. Abraham is one of those classic social outcasts who talks to himself all the time. He has almost no social skills and has a deeper emotional connection to his historical objects than he does to any human being. He requests that you help him locate some documents in Miscellaneous Quest: Stealing Independence."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
- Rivet City terminals#Welcome to the Capital Preservation Society