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Dog/God
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Biography and appearance
RaceMariposa super mutant (Nightkin)
AffiliationThe Master (formerly)
Father Elijah
Nightkin
RoleElijah's slave
Companion
LocationSierra Madre
Dialogue FileDog and God's dialogue
Gameplay
QuestsFind Collar 8: "Dog"
Fires in the Sky
Put the Beast Down
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
SPECIALDog: Strength: 10
Perception: 3
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 3
Agility: 10
Luck: 6
God: Strength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsDog:
Health: 175 → 1225(note) (max 1750)
Fatigue: 250
God:
Health: 50 → 1750 (no max)
Fatigue: 50
PerksDog: Nightkin Toughness (30% Damage Resistance)
God: Health Regeneration (5%)
LevelDog: 5 → 35(note) (max 50)
God: 1 → 35 (no max)
Technical
Base IDxx001301 (Dog)
xx00e413 (God)
Ref IDxx001306
ActorDave B. Mitchell
DesignerChris Avellone
 
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Where is Master? Did he go away? Dog will be good this time.

— Dog

No... no, the world's always got another cage, waiting, keeping everything you want... just out of reach.

— God

Dog is a psychologically disturbed nightkin who helps Father Elijah by capturing "assistants" for him and fitting them with explosive collars. His alternate personality, God (referred to by the former as simply "the voice"), is trying to break Dog free of Elijah's grasp.

The "Dog" personality is activated by the sound of Father Elijah's voice, and the "God" personality is activated by the sound of his own voice (via holotape or radio). When one personality is dominant, the other is said to be in "the cage" or "the basement".

Background[edit | edit source]

Prologue[edit | edit source]

The origins of Dog/God (let alone his actual name) prior to Unity are unknown. What is known is that he was a member of the Master's elite Nightkin. Like the rest of the mutant army he was psychically linked to the Master and conditioned to slavishly serve him until death. Its several dominant personalities controlling his every action. With the destruction of the Mariposa Military Base, then the Cathedral,[1] and the subsequent loss of connection to the commanders his grip on reality broke and the two personalities would emerge.[2][3]

The one personality is Dog. The slavish, childlike character of pure instinct. Built from the conditioning the Master bread its army with. The other God, the subconscious voice of reason. As the years went by the Dog personality would constantly get into trouble. Wandering, eating, and listening to those he shouldn't. His ravenous hunger can only be described as glutinous. Once he started to feed, anyone and anything that Dog hunted would be crushed, mangled and twisted until he is satiated. An act of uncontrolled greed. He knew that he was doing wrong but simply could't help himself. Eventually the voice of reason couldn't stand the constant self imperilment, nor the cannibalism, and began to emerge to counter Dog. Dog in response began self mutilation. Eventually going so far as to carve the name Elijah gave him on his chest to remind himself who he is. The pain serving to stifle the "other voice." However as time passed the other voice became stronger and stronger, consequently it took more and more pain to stifle the God personality.

Dog's hunger would always drive him to the surface when the hunger was satiated and/or fatigue set in God would emerge. While Dog is unaware that the God personality is actually a part of him, he refers to the personality as climbing into his head and constantly being mean to him. Misinterpreting God's attempt at protecting him from harm by locking Dog in places. Despite this God continues to try to protect Dog, seeing him as his younger sibling. Both personalities would grow to resent the suppression of the other being in control. Each referring to the other putting them in the cage, or the basement. While in the cage each personality would only perceive glimpses of the others actions. This has had the effect of allowing the personalities to keep secrets from each other. This however is both a "gift" and a curse, for while it helps keep strategic ignorance it only exacerbates the animosity between the two.

Although God likes to think that he was the original personality he is completely unsure. For while he is in control he both refers to the body as a "shell" and that it is hard to fight in. Perhaps a consequence of God being the culmination of the self preservation and reasoning instincts. Calm, articulate, and controlling God seeks to eliminate Elijah to free himself from the need for a master and to eliminate his greedy ravenous hunger. In contrast Dog seeks to eliminate the God personality so that he may become pure instinct, and gorge on his master's affection and to his contentment on food. As such God has developed a furvored hatred for greed, one that neither could hide the bloodlust. Whether it's Elijah's, Dean Domino's, or the Courier's.

Act I – The Master Elijah[edit | edit source]

As this internal struggle was festering the Dog personality discovered the Sierra Madre broadcast over the radio. Believing it to be another voice – believing in all voices over the radio, one that promised to "Begin Again" in a calming, reassuring, and soothing voice he followed. It was at the time Dog found the Madre that he and the God truly began to wrestle for control, and the furthest point in the Dog personality's clear memory.

It was in this state that he encountered Elijah. A mad, rambling wreck blinded and embittered by failure, age, arrogance, and his own greed. Seeing the relatively docile mutant more like a mule that needs training to be his beast of burden. In his contempt for his kind Elijah wrote off the absolute obedience to this new domineering personality as just a side effect of the FEV. Dismissing the creature, his knowledge of the FEV, and ignoring the danger with his sense of superiority.[4][5]

When Dog/God was first commanded by Elijah the conditioning by the Master kicked in. Revering Elijah as "the Master" he embraced him without question. In his arrogance Elijah named this creature "Dog," his new beast of burden to train as his tool.[6][7] The reason personality however saw Elijah as a truly menacing threat and hid away. Taking advantage of said arrogance, and possible ignorance of him being a nightkin, to wait for the right time to wrestle control from both parties.

With Elijah unable to unlock the secrets of the casino's vault alone, he used his explosive collars to press captives into his service. Setting multiple man-traps at multiple locations in and around the Sierra Madre to capture fortune seekers, using the broadcast as bait. However the process was trial and error, as the multiple teams succumb to their Human nature as soon as they became close to the treasure. Inevitably turning on one another, believing that they all could take it for themselves.[8] One team managed to trigger the Gala Event for the second time, getting Elijah into the heart of the casino. In the process Dog, at his post at the switching station cage, was frightened by the loud noises and bright lights. Because of this he accidentally tore apart the woman that helped him. The trauma and remorse causing Dog to try and suppress the memory.[9] However as soon as Elijah made his way inside the casino sealed up, trapping him inside. Alone. With the casino's construction preventing him from contacting and controlling what was left of his team. Subsequently the collars unhooked, allowing an opportunity to escape. This is when Dog took control, with the collar off his hunger took control. He proceeded to hunt down any food and gorge himself. Ghost people and his former team alike. When he caught one of the latter he tore through the flesh with such voraciousness that he consumed the segmented collar around their neck. God latter commenting how it looked like metallic radscorpions.


Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is a temporary party member.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Other interactions[edit | edit source]

  • After recruiting Dog and watching him kill and consume one of the ghost people, the Courier can talk to Dog and, after going through a few speech options, Dog will give the Courier the Ghost Hunter perk.
  • When Dog is dominant, he will eat any ghost people he kills, preventing them from reawakening. When God is dominant, it provides a bonus to stealth, as well as giving the Courier the ability to avoid traps.
  • He has unique idle dialogue for locations around the Sierra Madre;
Dog and God's comments
Location and personality Comment
God—Villa clinic, the makeshift mortuary It looks like someone was experimenting... although they were doing so after the collars went off.
Dog—Villa clinic, the makeshift mortuary People missing heads... make mistake coming here. Make Dog hungry.
God–The Sierra Madre vending machine in the Villa Those machines feed on Sierra Madre Chips. There's codes that unlock other things, too.
Dog–The Sierra Madre vending machine in the Villa Pretty circle on machine, all glowing.

Endings[edit | edit source]

The following section is transcluded from Dead Money endings. To modify, please edit the source page.
# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
1 Fnvdlc01 eg dog.png When Dog fell in the Sierra Madre casino, two died as one. Dog died hungry, alone, frightened. The voice in his head died with him. Screaming. Furious. Enraged. But the voice was gone, and Dog was grateful. At least Dog was dead and the voice needed to watch over him no more. In the moment before their lives ended, the wall between the two personalities fell. The two became silent as they saw the chain between them. Hunger and control are twin greeds, something Dog and his shadow had never realized. Dog dead.
2 Fnvdlc01 eg dog.png Dog forgot himself, as did the voice that raged within him. After their passing, a new voice spoke within the mutant's shell. It was difficult for the voice to remember the two it once was... there was the beast, Dog consumed by hunger... ...and the other in reverse... the one consumed by control. Both were driven by need for the other. The Courier brought them together, somehow, joined the two into one. All that happened at the Sierra Madre, was a faint memory to the new personality... like a flickering light in the clouds of the mind. The new voice did not think of the Courier again until the battle at the Divide reached his ears. The battle between the two couriers, beneath the torn skies and the Old World flag... each bearing a message for the other. And the mutant prayed the Courier that had saved him... had been saved in return. Dog alive, God alive.
3 Fnvdlc01 eg dog.png Dog, free of the voice inside his head and no longer waiting on the voice of the Master, wandered back West. His hunger never ended. Often, small communities would suddenly vanish. They were assumed to have been hit by Wasteland creatures and dragged away... dogs, brahmin, and humans alike. Only Dog alive.
4 Fnvdlc01 eg dog.png Freed of both Dog and the one who held Dog's leash, the other voice resumed control. First the mind, then finally, the mutant's shell. His first act was to tend to the scars on the body with careful hands, slowly healing all the scars except the ragged name torn on his chest. He briefly thought of remaining at the Sierra Madre. But it was a monument built by humans, representing something he no longer needed. He began walking west, in search of others like him. As he did, he spoke of the courier who had set him free and allowed his life to begin again. Only God alive.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
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Weapon
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Carried items
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Drops on death
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Much like Lily Bowen, Dog and God are limited in the weapons they can use. These weapons are:

The following section is transcluded from Lily Bowen. To modify, please edit the source page.

The only weapons within the Sierra Madre or the Villa that Dog and God can use, however, are the few scattered frag grenades, and the single sledgehammer within the service route.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Dog is set to level as the player does, and will reach a maximum level of 45 depending on the order in which each add-on is completed (Dead Money being completed last/close to last). God also levels with the player, but has no maximum allowed level, and also has no minimum level either. Because of this, Dog has an extremely high amount of hit points at very high levels, more than any other enemy in the game other than the legendary bloatfly or X-42 giant robo-scorpion. This, combined with his innate 30% DR, can make him a very powerful opponent if the player is forced to fight him towards the end of Dead Money.
  • God is actually larger than Dog, set to a scale of 1, whereas Dog is set to a scale of 0.9. Like Lily Bowen, Dog and God are noticeably shorter than a normal super mutant, although they still stand a head taller than a normal human.
  • Dog and God have different combat-related personal perks. Dog has the typical nightkin's 30% damage resistance, while God's health regenerates over time.
  • Dog knows the exact sweet spot to hit in order to kill the ghost people, and can give the player the Ghost Hunter perk.
  • He will occasionally refer to the Mariposa Military Base and the Cathedral in idle dialogue, stating that he misses the base and the church.
  • If the player has the Cannibal perk, he can be asked what the ghost people taste like. God will say that they "taste like copper".
  • Dog/God has a unique face, a unique body appearance and a unique voice compared to other nightkin.
  • God will engage Dean Domino in conversation while they are both dismissed to the Villa fountain by the Courier. He is apparently familiar with Dean and expresses contempt for the ghoul for not leaving the Sierra Madre when he had the opportunity.
Perk wild wasteland.pngThe following is based on the Wild Wasteland trait and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • If the player has the Wild Wasteland trait, Dog will say "OM NOM NOM" the first time he eats a ghost person.
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Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Within the game files exists a unused character named Dog Script Test Dude. It is a generic super mutant used to test some scripts related to Dog/God.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout New Vegas cut content.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "I'll prop your broken body in view of the Sierra Madre so you can see what you came to steal... forever out of reach as you die." (God)
  • "With our collars and manacles, why, we may as well be kin." (God)
  • "That Pip-Boy... maybe I'll tear it off your arm, wear it on my neck." (God)
  • "{Irritated}Wish I had a Stealth Boy instead of this bear trap." (God)
  • "You look like food, smell like food, Dog - hungry." (Dog)
  • "Don't like this place. Want to go back, {quieter}back to the base. {Beat, quiet}Or the Church, miss the Church." (Dog)
  • "No... no, the world's always got another cage, waiting, keeping everything you want... just out of reach." (God)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Dog and God appear only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Dead Money.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes, when clearing out Salida del Sol north with Dog/God, he will fall through the floor and be suspended underneath it.
  • PCIcon pc.pngDog/God is prone to getting stuck in walls around the villa and may be unable to follow the player in the same cell.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes God/Dog may be unable to heal when administered stimpaks or after combat.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes when giving the wait command to God/Dog, he will attack the first ghost person he can find and then wait.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png There is an exploitable bug, where you can obtain God's perk, without him being a companion, by having God as a companion, using Elijah's voice to bring out Dog, and dismissing Dog. This is only temporary, as soon as the player dismisses him at his post for Fires in the Sky, the Courier will lose the perk.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. Dog: "Don't like this place. Want to go back, back to the base. Or the Church, miss the Church."
    (Dog and God's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken both as a random idle line and can be listened to over 631.08 Hz ULF radio signal.
  2. The Courier: "Why did you put emphasis on the word "Master" before?"
    God: "[SUCCEEDED] The "Master" - Elijah... reminds Dog of someone from long ago. His leader, commander. Commanders. The Master was a strong personality... personalities as well. Dog is slavish, was conditioned to serve the Master until death. The Old Man... Elijah merely came along and opened that door in Dog's mind. Now Dog does whatever the Old Man wants."
    (Dog and God's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "You have multiple personality disorder. Some trauma caused this?"
    God: "[SUCCEEDED] Trauma... yes, in a manner of speaking. Do you see these wounds of his, covering his skin...the bear trap on his arm? He placed his own hand in it. The name he carved in his chest? To remind him of who he is, he inflicts pain on himself to silence me, when all I try to do... Hrr! ...he cuts, hurts, and tries to murder me out of him. He won't succeed. Just makes me angrier. Dog is the beast, we simply change cages. Like the ones here."
    (Dog and God's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Any suggestions for who I should get first?"
    Elijah: "Yes... Collar 8, the FEV reject, the Super Mutant. He's docile, predictable, and provided he's not starving, should be easy to command. I lost contact with him some time ago... probably after he dragged you here from the trap. Find him, he'll follow you, collar or no."
    Elijah's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "What's FEV?"
    Elijah: "A long story. FEV... a virus with an even longer story... it gave birth to the docile one, turned him into a Super Mutant long ago."
    Elijah's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "If Dog put a collar on me, why didn't he say so?"
    Elijah: "Dog? Hnh. Appropriate. It's what I called him. You've met him. You know why he forgot - his brain was ruined by FEV, his memory, wreckage. He may know the way back, somewhere, deep down. I doubt it. He tracks by smell and instinct. Still, he could be trained."
    (Elijah's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "We'll head out, then."
    Elijah: "I'd suggest taking the FEV reject to his position first... although you may need his brutality and strength elsewhere first. As easy as the Villa was to navigate... the outlying areas of the Villa are far more dangerous, thicker with the Ghost People, traps, and toxins. Use your team as I use you... listen to your collar, watch where you step. You're no use to me dead."
    Elijah's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "Why would you do that?"
    Elijah: "Because in some respects, breaking in to the Sierra Madre is easier than breaking human instinct. Greed. The Villa is filled with corpses. Some killed by the dangers here, some by me. Others... turned on each other. Once they realized the Sierra Madre could be theirs, they cared nothing for their freedom... their survival... or each other."
    The Courier: "Are they all dead?"
    Elijah: The ones brought here live on only in what they've left behind, their marks - graffiti on the walls. And victims they've killed. Some tried to help... left supplies and healing for others who came. Their reward? They were tracked down, killed by others with baser instincts. Some of these murderers went as far as to leave traps behind them... turning markers for help into deathtraps for anyone following them. It killed some of them when they forgot where the traps lay... or when they desperately needed the assistance they had cut others off from."
    (Elijah's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "We need to get you to the Gala Event. Get you to your place."
    Dog: "Dog... Dog has heard that before. Was there pretty lights? There... were things to pull? Hard to pull, but Dog did. And... a cage. ...and Dog was hungry there. Dog... was someone else there, with Dog. Then... then there was noise, then... lights... and streets... screamed. ...Dog doesn't want to go to cage. It's inside Dog now, Dog can see the cage, hear the noises. The way to casino... it'll hurt you. Inside."
    (Dog and God's dialogue)
  10. Chris Avellone on Obsidian.net forum Project: Eternity and Characterization September 21, 2012