Esther is a unique weapon in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on, Gun Runners' Arsenal.
The M42 Fat Man was developed at Fort Strong near Boston, Massachusetts. Development began in February 2076, with the goal being the development of a man-portable tactical nuclear launcher easy enough for use by troops on the ground, to destroy reinforced and entrenched positions. Problems manifested instantly, as warheads were simply too heavy to clear the blast radius fast enough to provide safety for the operator. Even stripping them to the minimal possible size failed to produce an acceptable effect. Instead, the development team decided to increase the power of the launcher unit, even considering using railgun technology to accelerate the warhead. The notion was largely academic, as it would require for the overburdened soldier to carry an additional power pack the size of a suitcase and turn the Fat Man into a crew-served weapon. Concurrent development ran on the MIRV version of the launcher. Live-fire testing claimed lives, in fact, with two soldiers killed during a test. No remains were recovered and the commanding officer in charge of the project, General Brock, covered up the incident, ordering his subordinates to send sand packed in an urn to their relatives.
The project hit a breakthrough in December 2076, when the project lead discovered a solution for the launcher problems. Six hours, fourteen cups, and one concerned night shift lab crew later, the future M42 launcher was conceptualized: Based on the spigot mortar mechanism, the launcher would only have to accommodate a firing through and system, relying on mechanical launching, rather than chemical or electrical means. Much like the 130 year old PIAT launcher, the Fat Man warhead would be propelled by a sub-charge embedded inside the warhead, "catapulting" the warhead through the air to the target - giving plenty of range with the added bonus of not producing a smoke trail that could reveal the firing team to the enemy.
By September 2077, after one hundred test firings the weapon were complete and ready to be shipped to units overseas. A large number of units was manufactured and shipped together with the appropriate warheads to select locations throughout the United States.
Esther is a unique M42 "Fat Man" Launcher with a different rear mechanism, a blast shield, a light-blue body, and a thick glass or plastic bed holding the mini nukes. It weighs 10 pounds more than a standard M42 "Fat Man", but does not jam, and protects the user from damage.
Esther is a unique Fat Man with a different rear mechanism, a blast shield, a light-blue body, and a thick glass or plastic bed holding the mini nukes. It weighs 10 pounds more than a standard Fat Man, but cannot jam, and is more powerful.
When equipped, Esther provides unique defense bonuses. It adds +10 to DT and +25 to radiation resistance, giving the user extra protection from the damage caused by the weapon.
| Fat Man
|| Nuclear catapult
|| 400 + 600
|| Mini nuke
|| Explosives:100 Strength:8
|| Nuclear catapult
|| 475 + 600
|| Mini nuke
|| Explosives:100 Strength:8
|| +10 DT, +25 Rad resist.
- Esther can contribute towards both the achievements/trophies Master of the Arsenal and Curios and Relics.
- It is the heaviest weapon in the game, at 40 pounds. This can be cut down to 20 pounds with the Heavyweight perk.
- Esther's zoom targeting is more obstructed than the standard Fat Man, as the player looks through the blast shield which has a thick frame surrounding it.
This weapon may not affect
- Overkill challenge will not count using this weapon.
Sometimes kills towards the
- This weapon may disappear when given to companions.
A pre-release shot of the Esther.
Esther firing Tiny Tot rounds.
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