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Get up without my permission, I'll blast your ass so far through your head, it'll turn the moon cherry pie red. So - let's keep this sweet and polite, and finish our conversation with no misunderstandings.”— Dean Domino
Domino and his orchestra gave performances across the United States and Europe (including Paris and had a particularly bad experience in Madrid), as well as the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. He was invited to play at the Sierra Madre, but found himself in the shadow of the casino's founder, Frederick Sinclair. While Domino was quite irritated by this, it was the fact that Sinclair, despite suffering several quite severe financial losses throughout the 2070s, still maintained a unwavering optimistic and easy-going attitude that especially triggered his ire. Soon, Domino found himself consumed with jealousy and he became single-mindedly determined to put Sinclair "in his place" by taking everything from him that he held dear. He enlisted the help of his former lover Vera Keyes, a starlet who had caught Sinclair's eye. Domino introduced them as part of his plan to break into the casino vault, where he would take whatever it was that Sinclair had there that was so important. However, Keyes got cold feet, so in order to ensure her continued cooperation, Domino began to blackmail her with evidence of a Med-X addiction, apparently unaware that her addiction was a result of her being terminally ill. His final gig was to be at The Tampico, but that all changed when the bombs dropped; the security holograms activated and the Gala Event turned into a massacre.
Domino survived the apocalypse and the casino's security systems, but refused to let go of the Sierra Madre's treasure, becoming obsessed with it. He would spend the next two hundred years, as he underwent ghoulification, plotting his grand heist, oblivious to the fact that Sinclair had long since discovered Domino's plan and prepared a trap within the casino vault. However, he was captured by Dog, fitted with an explosive collar, and forced to work for Father Elijah in breaking into the casino (and already managed to trigger the Gala event at least once for him).. Although his ability to obtain the treasure may have diminished with this development, his lust for it most certainly has not. Nor did his desire for freedom: Dean has killed several victims Elijah tried to use to crack the Sierra Madre, in order to examine the workings of their collars and figure out a way to remove his own.
Needing a replacement for Keyes' part of his plan, Domino finally found an opportunity when Christine Royce was captured by Dog and brought to Sierra Madre. While she was still out cold, he dragged her to the Villa's clinic, and placed her in an Auto-Doc, which he programmed to perform surgery on her vocal cords, altering her voice to sound like Keyes', so she could at some point be used to unlock the vault. It was something of a leap in the dark on his part, as he actually held some doubt towards Royce making the intended recovery from the procedure.
Personality and abilities
Domino is a quick thinker, and is quite skilled with guns, specifically pistols, having spent some of his free time back in the pre-War days at the shooting range, and uses a knife for a side arm. He is very paranoid, setting up many booby traps and hiding several 'secret stashes' throughout the Villa - perhaps understandably, considering the ghost people who inhabit it.
His ego is very fragile, and the Courier is encouraged to take care not to bruise it when dealing with Domino, lest it carry dire consequences down the line. Expressing irritation, aggression, or contempt will earn his ire. Also, passing the Barter skill checks in his dialogues will turn him murderous later, as he takes the Courier's competence as a personal insult. Skill checks other than Barter checks are okay, as they are the only ones that will have a negative impact.
Miraculously, his own voice has been unaltered by ghoulification; it remains clear and accented as opposed to gravelly like other ghouls.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is a temporary party member.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
- Find Collar 14: Dean Domino: The Courier has to find, and recruit, Dean in the Residential District.
- Strike Up the Band: The Courier has to escort Dean to Puesta del Sol south for him to connect a circuit.
- Curtain Call at the Tampico: The Courier has to confront Dean in the Sierra Madre Casino in the Tampico.
- Domino can make Sierra Madre martinis, and can give the Courier the Sierra Madre Martini perk with the correct dialogue choices.
- Low-intelligence characters (3 or below), upon first meeting Domino, will have several options to say nothing more than questioning sounds, like "Hnh?" and "Ummmm.", which achieves nothing but frustrating Domino.
- He has unique idle dialogue for locations around the Sierra Madre:
|Dean Domino's comments|
|Villa clinic||There's a picture, a bunch of headless saps all waiting for the pearly gates. Whoever did this... messed up.|
|The gate near the entrance to the residential district||Oh, looks like you already forced the gate. Now, everybody and their mother can walk right in, thanks.|
|Any auto doc in the clinic||Sinclair's little surgery carts. Kept them around for his lady friend.|
|Auto docs that line the corridor of the clinic||What, you need surgery done? Let's get out of here... those speakers on the wall are making my nerves do a dance.|
|A broken catwalk in Salida del Sol South||Guess we're going the long way around.|
|Villa clinic||Watch for Hologram security, not as nice as the lady at the fountain, trust me.|
|Medical district||What are we doing here? We're not going to find a doctor on call at this hour, trust me.|
|Medical district||Place is haunted, got ghosts walking in it.|
|Villa police station||The police station... Ghost People love this place, no idea why. Might be the Holograms nearby.|
|Salida del Sol, Campanas del Sol bell tower||I'm not one for church, but there's a bell tower to the north that has a nice view of the Sierra Madre. Well, did, anyway.|
|M&A 9mm pistol|
Drops on death
- Dean's only tagged skills are Explosives and Guns. This makes Dean one of only three humanoid non-player characters in Fallout: New Vegas without a third tagged skill, the others being The King and President Kimball.
- Dean's health regenerates slowly over time. He is one of only a couple non-player characters with this attribute, the only other two known ones being Mean Sonofabitch and God.
- Dean is the only Dead Money companion that has a default weapon, the other two defaulting to unarmed. This makes him a valuable aid when engaging Ghost People at range, since his ammunition never runs out.
- A hologram of Dean Domino sings the song, "Something's Gotta Give" when the Courier plays the recording on the projector.
- When both Dean and Christine are not companions, they can initiate dialogue with each other (or at least to the extent that Christine can), and Dean will comment on her muteness by saying, "You're not much for conversation, are you?." Likewise, Dean may engage God in conversation at the Villa fountain where God expresses his disdain for the ghoul for not leaving the Sierra Madre when he had the chance.
- When Dean is an active companion, he'll make one of several comments upon opening one of his secret stashes.
- Dean seems to ignore the fact that he has the collar on (more than the other characters) and on the rare occasion he does pay attention to it, he refers to it as a "necktie".
- Dean may have also been involed with Mr. Yesterday in the corruption of the construction of the Villa.
- "Get up without my permission, I'll blast your ass so far through your head, it'll turn the moon cherry pie red. So - let's keep this sweet and polite, and finish our conversation with no misunderstandings."
- "Just because I work in entertainment, doesn't mean I'm a moron. I heard my necktie beeping, I know what that means - I'm part of this somehow. I want out of this contract. And if you put me in it, I'm not going to be too happy. So whatever's going on here, if you're part of all this? You're taking orders from me."
- "Sierra Madre may wait. Not me."
- "Cloud wasn't always here. Grew over the years, even without cars or factories."
- "You sure came a long way to rob this place. Guess greed is in the blood."
- "Watch out if you see a prize lying around - the Ghost People leave "supplies" as traps."
- "Used to open in Paris. Paris. Now this."
- "Ah, aren't the trees lovely this time of year, all blooming and green..."
- "He's not dead... it's a trick. Get an axe." ()
Behind the scenes
- Dean Domino's name may be an amalgamation of Dean Martin, American singer/actor/comedian, and Fats Domino, American rock and roll pianist and singer-songwriter. Dean Domino mentions that he worked for Imperial Records, which is a real life company that Fats Domino worked for.
- If the player has the Wild Wasteland trait, Dean will reference Army of Darkness when he kills a ghost person for the first time, "He's not dead, it's a trick. Get an axe.".
- When asked about the nature of the ghost people, Dean will attempt to quote (though incorrectly both times) the famous exchange between Hamlet and Horatio; "There is more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your philosophy."
- Dean Domino: "Used to open in Paris. Paris. Now this."
(Dean Domino's dialogue)
- 546.14 Hz ULF radio signal: "Waiting for the fireworks. Just like last time."
- Dean Domino: "There's a picture, a bunch of headless saps all waiting for the pearly gates. Whoever did this... messed up."
(Dean Domino's dialogue) Note: NVDLC01DeanDialogueClinicBark
- Chat: "Domino swung by today after the foreman's accident. Wanted to know how I was handling it, if the boys and I were doing all right. Guy's a snake, laying on the fake charm, trying to be one of us - he asked if we were being paid as "befits our skills." He said if we weren't, to come see him, he'd set us up. I'm not stupid, I seen the percentages, I know someone's making a killing off the corners we're cutting - sounds like Domino and construction are arm-in-arm. Don't matter to me as long as the cash gets left in the drawer every week."