Broken Hills

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Broken Hills
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Map MarkerBroken Hills
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SectionsDowntown
Residential
Mine
Underground
People
FactionsUnity
Anti-mutant conspiracy
LeadersMarcus
DoctorsDoc Holliday
MerchantsLiz
Jacob the Chemist
Other
QuestsFix the mine's air purifier.
Find the missing people for Marcus.
Beat Francis at armwrestling.
Break Manson and Franc out of prison.
Blow up the mine's air purifier.
Divert more electrical power to Eric's home.
Typhon's Treasure
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Broken Hills is a mining town, uranium mostly. It can be a rough place, so watch yourself.

John Cassidy

Broken Hills is a mining town in the western part of the pre-War state of Nevada. After the Great War it became a haven inhabited by humans, super mutants and ghouls, living together in relative harmony (or so it seems). It is located twenty squares east and fifteen squares south of Arroyo.

Background[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the Master's defeat, Marcus wandered aimlessly until the summer of 2185, where he encountered Jacob, a Brotherhood of Steel Knight in power armor who had pledged himself to the extermination of all mutants. Marcus and Jacob fought for a day or two, but they soon realized the futility of their battle and became friends (though Marcus always thought that Jacob would have been improved by a dip in the FEV vats, while Jacob disagreed, which was always a bone of contention between the two). As they wandered through the wastes, they attracted a following of other refugees from the war, who believed that Marcus's strength and Jacob's power armor gave them the closest thing available to safety. Eventually, Marcus and Jacob led the refugees to settle in Broken Hills to exploit the uranium mine there. Jacob eventually moved on for parts unknown in the spring of 2186, while Marcus settled down and became the sheriff of the up-start town.[1][2][3]

With the mine in operation, Broken Hills quickly experienced economic progress as the town started establishing trading relations with its neighbors, chief amongst them the town of Gecko, whose reactivated pre-War nuclear power plant was always in need of a steady supply of uranium.

In 2242, the town was visited by a tribal known as the Chosen One. The stranger exposed the existence of a anti-mutant conspiracy formed by bigoted humans who were planning to rid the town of Ghouls and Super mutants. He thereby earned the loyalty and friendship of Marcus, who joined him on his quest.[4] Marcus returned to the town some time later, having helped the tribal complete his mission.

With the destruction of the conspiracy to destroy the mutants, Broken Hills began to thrive, but faltered when the uranium mine ran dry. The city, having lost its sole reason for existing, slowly dispersed. The residents carried their riches with them, leaving the place a wind-swept, desolate ghost town. A few hold-outs remained, attempting to eke out a pathetic existence, but eventually, they too, disappeared.[5] Finally Marcus, seeing his post as sheriff as having outlived itself, also left the place behind, wandering east towards the great mountains in search of fellow super mutants.[4]

Society[edit | edit source]

Broken Hills is a uranium mining community home believed to have hundreds of residents.[6] Despite such a large population of human, ghouls and super mutants living in unsegregated surroundings, it is not always easy for them to live together. This has culminated in a conspiracy to rid Broken Hills of its mutated citizens, led by human purist and chemist Jacob. The conspiracy has resulted in the arrest and incarceration of several of Jacob's supporters as well as the murder of several civilians; their bodies have been dumped in the town's caves and sewers in hopes of destabilizing Broken Hills and accelerating conflict.[7] Jacob also sabotaged the mine's air purifier temporarily halting mine operation. He ultimately hoped to detonate the purifier and bring the whole mine down on all the super mutants working inside.[8]

In opposition to Jacob are the mutants, mine foreman Zaius, and the arm wrestling champ Francis. Political intrigue is never simple, though; there is also a conspiracy on the mutant side, instigated by Francis who hopes to drum up pro-mutant support by framing the anti-mutant faction in the town for the deaths of the townspeople.[9]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The Broken Hills uranium mine is worked by the town's super mutant population. The radiation in the mine has minimal effect on them and their great strength aids in the physically taxing labor. The mine does require an air purifier, however, as toxic gas build-up makes the mine inoperable unless it is regularly filtered. The town's life blood comes from the uranium mine. Broken Hills has its own operational refinery operated by ghouls. If you can purchase uranium ore from a caravan, the refinery will produce refined uranium for you. The town is powered by a small reactor that runs off of uranium slugs and produces ample power for the community. The uranium trade runs to the NCR and Vault City as well as trafficking brahmin Herds across the wastes. The uranium trade is so important to so many towns' existence that even Vault City will check their unrelenting bigotry for outsiders and mutants and trade valuable medical supplies and money for uranium ore. Ever since the mine's air purifier broke down, uranium production has halted, leading to an economic crisis in Broken Hills.

Random encounters in the Broken Hills area feature Unity Patrols of humans, ghouls, and mutants that are friendly to players with positive Karma.

Broken Hills mine
Broken Hills downtown Broken Hills residential
Broken Hills underground

Downtown[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Broken Hills downtown

If anything, Micky's presence well indicates a broken Broken Hills economy - make sure to talk to him on your way into town. Ghouls operate the uranium plant which is located downtown. Marcus can be found out front of the jail, and players in need of work be sure to check out the caravan office, operated by Bill. Liz runs the general store in town.

Residential[edit | edit source]

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Broken Hills offers a resort-like setting for unprejudiced, mutated, and motivated individuals looking to make a fortune mining for Uranium. Once threatening, dangerous mutated cacti from the wastes have been placed into pens to make attractive lawn-spaces along the length of the main street. The residential area houses ghouls and super mutants, as well as one scientist and his chess-playing radscorpion, and a talking spore plant.

Mine[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Broken Hills mine

The Broken Hills uranium mine is worked by the town's super mutant population. The radiation in the mine has minimal effect on them and their great Strength aids in the physically taxing labor. The mine does require an air purifier, however, as toxic gas build-up makes the mine inoperable unless it is regularly filtered. The town's life blood comes from the uranium mine.

Underground[edit | edit source]

The labyrinth-like underground.

The underground is a base for ants mostly, but some super mutants (like Francis) saw some people in the underground. The Chosen One discovers that many people died here because they were super mutant haters and wanted to get rid of them. See Find the missing people for Marcus.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Companions
Quest-related characters
Merchants
Other characters
Generic characters
Cut characters

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Uranium ore can be obtained either from a wandering merchant in a random encounter in the Broken Hills area, or from the hidden cave to the right of the entrance just inside the uranium mine.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • There is a fair amount of cut content in Broken Hills. The most important is Cameron, leader of humans living in the city,[10][11] while another is a a subplot involving an NCR operation against the mutants in the town.[12][13]
  • Broken Hills is likely named for Broken Hill, a town in Australia known for its silver, lead and zinc mining, and also the namesake for the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, the largest mining company in the real world. This could be a reference to Mad Max, as The Road Warrior (known as Mad Max 2 in Australia) was shot on location near Broken Hill. This would be yet another in a long line of Mad Max references featured throughout the Fallout series.
  • Broken Hills may also be a reference to a Nevada Ghost Town, which was also a gold and silver mine.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Lockers storing shop inventories for every merchant in the Downtown area can be accessed by exploiting a flaw in the map design. The southernmost hex of the exit grid to the wasteland does not contain the activator to bring up the world map, allowing the player character to enter the inaccessible outer area. By circumnavigating the map outside the caravan office, refinery, bar, and avoiding the transit grid to the Residential area the player can reach the lockers and pilfer them. The first one is always empty, but the second, third, and right lockers are not.
  • The lockers can be exploited further to assassinate merchants. As the script will temporarily transfer the contents of the footlockers into the character's inventory for trading, placing a live explosive on a long timer into the crate will result in it being transferred to the character. The script doesn't remove the explosive afterwards, allowing for an amusing, if pointless, method of killing.
  • The Refinery supervisor can be exploited for infinite money. If the player finds uranium ore and brings it to him, he will refine it (24 hours need to pass) and offer to buy it back for $1500. The flag needed to close the conversation branch is never activated, allowing for it to be sold over and over for $1500 per shot.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Broken Hills appears only in Fallout 2 and is mentioned by Marcus in Fallout: New Vegas.

References

  1. The Chosen One: "{107}{}{Who are you?}"
    Marcus: "{124}{mcs7}{I’m Marcus. Helped build the place. Now I’m sheriff.}"
    The Chosen One: "{125}{}{You helped build this place? That must have been a long time ago…}"
    Marcus: "{128}{mcs8}{Long story. Want it short or the whole thing?}"
    The Chosen One: "{129}{}{Give me the short version.}"
    Marcus: "{133}{mcs9}{Right. Me and a human named Jacob built this place around that old bank about 60 years ago. Anyone’s welcome here, long as they keep the peace.}"
    (HcMARCUS.msg)
  2. The Chosen One: "{107}{}{Who are you?}"
    Marcus: "{124}{mcs7}{I’m Marcus. Helped build the place. Now I’m sheriff.}"
    The Chosen One: "{125}{}{You helped build this place? That must have been a long time ago…}"
    Marcus: "{128}{mcs8}{Long story. Want it short or the whole thing?}"
    The Chosen One: "{130}{}{Hell, I’m not too busy. Let’s hear it all.}"
    Marcus: "{136}{mcs10}{Right...After the Master and the vats were destroyed, I wandered a bit. No place to go. One day got attacked by this fool wearin’ power armor.}"
    The Chosen One: "{137}{}{Really?}"
    Marcus: "{138}{mcs11}{That was Jacob, from the Brotherhood of Steel. He’d sworn some oath to destroy muties. We tussled for a while – probably a day or two. After a while, we just started laughing. What was the point?}"
    The Chosen One: "{139}{}{Then what?}"
    Marcus: "{140}{mcs12}{We became friends. Headed off together. Then other people started following us. Guess they figured if they weren’t safe with a mutie and a Steel Knight, safe just wasn’t going to happen. }"
    The Chosen One: "{141}{}{So you set up here. Why?}"
    Marcus: "{142}{mcs13}{Uranium mine. I knew there was one around from old maps. Now anybody’s welcome here – ‘long as they act right. Others might not think much of us, but nobody’s more free than we are. There ya go.}"
    (HcMARCUS.msg)
  3. Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike:
    "2185 Summer At high noon, Marcus and Brotherhood of Steel Paladin Jacob cross paths many, many miles southwest of Broken Hills and punch and shoot each other for a few days. Eventually, they give up, unable to get an advantage over the other. The two start traveling together, arguing over Master and BOS doctrine and whether or not the Master could truly neurolink his biology into the Cathedral computer network."
    "2185 Fall Marcus and Jacob, along with the trail of ghouls, humans, and super mutants, found the community of Broken Hills."
    "2186 Spring Jacob moves on, says goodbye to Marcus, then moves on for parts unknown."
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Courier: "Tell me more about the tribal."
    Marcus: "We were looking for a GECK to save the village of Arroyo. Eventually, we did. Nuked an oil rig in the process. We went separate ways after that. I went east into the Rockies, looking for other mutants like myself. Don't know what happened to my friend. I've got a feeling it turned out all right in the end."
    (Marcus' dialogue)
  5. Broken Hills ending: "With the destruction of the conspiracy to destroy the mutants, Broken Hills began to thrive. Then the uranium ran out. The city, having lost its sole reason for existing, slowly dispersed. The residents carried their riches with them, leaving the place a wind-swept, desolate ghost town. A few hold-outs remained, attempting to eke out a pathetic existence, but eventually, they too, disappeared."'
  6. Vault City travel log: "BROKEN HILLS: A mining community to the south of Vault City that mines uranium ore. The ore is traded to Vault City in exchange for medical supplies, mostly RadX and RadAway. Humans are believed to be forced to live with mutants and ghouls within the town. Due to the nature of the inhabitants and the high probability of contamination, Vault Citizens should avoid Broken Hills at ALL costs!
    POPULATION: No current census, bu believed to be in the hundreds of residents.
    GOVERNMENT: Rumor has it a MUTANT serves as the First Citizen of this community. This is extremely unlikely, as most mutants are incapable of higher reasoning. If this rumor IS true, it is another reason to avoid Broken Hills altogether.
    BACKGROUND RADIATION COUNT: Current readings are unavailable. Believed high.
    MUTATION RATE: Believed high. Broken Hills most likely has a high rate of degenerative mutations."
  7. Find the missing people for Marcus.
  8. Fix the mine's air purifier.
  9. Note from Francis
  10. The Chosen One: "{125}{}{Where can I find Cameron?}"
    Mutant miner: "{134}{}{Cameron’s the leader of the normal humans here. He doesn’t much like mutants or ghouls, but he treats us okay. He’s a politician, so you’ll usually find him at the bank or the saloon. Sometimes you can even find him working at the blacksmith. Anything else? And where am I, anyway? Oh yeah… so… anything else?}"
    (HcMINERS.msg)
  11. Ghoul townsperson: ""
    (HcGHOUL.msg)
  12. The Chosen One: ""
    Mutant miner: ""
    (HcMINERS.msg)
  13. Ghoul townsperson: ""
    (HcGHOUL.msg)