Fire ant

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Fallout 3Fire ant nest guardian
Fire ant soldier
Fire ant warrior
Fire ant worker
Marigold ant queen
FO: New VegasFire ant queen
Fire ant soldier
Fire ant worker
 
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Fire ants are creatures living in the Capital Wasteland in 2277, and in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281. They are a variation of giant ants that have been genetically modified. Their name comes from their ability to breathe fire.

Background[edit | edit source]

The fire ants of the Capital Wasteland were created by the scientist Doctor Weston Lesko, in a botched attempt to return giant ants to their normal size through genetic manipulation over time. His plan specifically was by way of injecting the eggs directly with the mutagen using his Protectron.[1][2][3][4][5][6] However though his hubris[7] he set up his experiment in a non-controlled environment and rushed his procedure,[8] not only using FEV as a catalyst for mutation but also by injecting the Queen Ant directly.[9] With a complete misunderstanding of the FEV believing it would last for years.[10] One such mutation was their newfound ability to breath fire; specifically their venom became flammable and learned to ignite it with a spark made by clicking their mandibles. Upon discovery Dr. Lesko named it "pyrosis",[11][12][13] unbeknownst to Lesko the other mutation was increased intelligence.

With the ants increased intelligence they quickly expanded into the wasteland, first into Grayditch via Marigold station, overrunning the town and killing its inhabitants, sans Bryan Wilks. Writing the whole episode off as a "small error" and blatantly shrugging off the lives lost to his abominations both for saving more lives long term and for the betterment of science. In any case Those! ants may have been contained after the aforementioned quest of the same name. It is unknown how fire ants came to be in the Mojave Wasteland, it could have been a similar mutation to that of the fire geckos native to the southwest.


Variants[edit | edit source]

Fire ant nest guardian[edit | edit source]

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Fire ant nest guardians are much harder to kill than any other type of fire ant. There are five of this kind of ant protecting the queen. Dr. Lesko refers to these ants as "The Queen's Quintet".

Fire ant soldier[edit | edit source]

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Fire ant soldiers are the second lowest ranked ant in the fire ant colony. Their job is to protect their area from intruders. They are very aggressive and will attack humans, as well as other creatures on sight.

Fire ant warrior[edit | edit source]

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Warrior fire ants are the predominant variety of ant you will encounter in the Marigold Metro tunnels in the Capital Wasteland.

Fire ant worker[edit | edit source]

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Fire ant workers are the backbone for the ant community's infrastructure. As the name implies, they dig tunnels and care for the eggs. However, they will attack intruders if they are threatened.

Ant queen[edit | edit source]

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Despite the fact that the rest of the colony has gained the ability to spit fire, the queen lacks this trait, it uses a ranged acid spiting attack instead. There is, however, an unused projectile cut from the game, which is a flaming version of the globs of spit the giant ant queens hurl at you, meant exclusively for this ant queen. It is plausible that this proves she was originally turned into a fire ant as well.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire ants appear in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

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References

  1. The Lone Wanderer: "Experiments? What do you mean?"
    Weston Lesko: "My experiments are of a complex nature and would take a scientist to explain... oh wait! I'm a scientist! How marvelous! My foray into reducing the girth of these insectoid creatures is of utmost importance. I intend to generationally reduce their immense stature by way of a pre-birth induced mutagen. Isn't that clever?"
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Oh, I see. You're trying to make them smaller over time by injecting the eggs."
    Weston Lesko: "My word! You understand perfectly! How marvelous!"
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "Okay, now how about explaining that for the slower people?"
    Weston Lesko: "Hmmm. Let me see. Well... You start with a generation of very large ants. You simply inject the current brood's eggs with an engineered mutagen. Then, the next generation should be smaller. Do it enough times, and you may be able to reduce them back to their once original tiny size."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  4. Grayditch terminals; Doctor Lesko's Terminal, Sample Location Discovered!
  5. Doctor Lesko's notes
  6. The Protection goes into the area unpon condidtions of the quest IIRC.
  7. Grayditch terminals; Doctor Lesko's Terminal, Dangers
  8. Grayditch terminals; Doctor Lesko's Terminal, Where Did I Go Wrong?
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm shocked you didn't attempt this in a controlled environment first."
    Weston Lesko: "Your knowledge of experimental procedure surprises me! Indeed, I have skipped a step and directly modified an entire brood. Perhaps I was too hasty... I was so certain it would work. To correct this mistake, I'll need to get to my terminal to modify the mutagen."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  10. The Lone Wanderer: "So all that needs to be done is eliminate the remaining Ants?"
    Weston Lesko: "I'm afraid it's not that simple. The mutagen has already been injected into the Ant Queen. She has enough in her body to last for years. My problem right now is I can't reach my terminal to make the proper adjustments and repair the damage I've caused."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  11. The Lone Wanderer: "So, what's gone wrong?"
    Weston Lesko: "Well. I'm afraid I've made slight miscalculations in the mutagen. Instead of lowering their size, the brood hatched with a new biomechanism. I call their genetic abberation pyrosis; the ability to emit flame from their bodies. I may be able to correct this error, but I can't get near my equipment."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  12. The Lone Wanderer: "Are you aware your new ants breathe fire?!"
    Weston Lesko: "Well, this is rather embarrassing so you'll have to forgive me, it appears that I've made a slight miscalculation in my mutagen samples. Instead of lowering the size of the ants, the brood hatched and developed a new biomechanism. I call their genetic aberration pyrosis; the ability to emit flame from their bodies. I may be able to correct this error, but I can't get near my equipment."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)
  13. The Lone Wanderer: "I've got news for you, brainiac. It ain't working."
    Weston Lesko: "Hmph. I don't expect a common Wastelander to understand the intricacies of an experiment this delicate. There was an error in my calculations that caused my mutagen to allow the ants to develop a new biomechanism. I call their genetic aberration pyrosis; the ability to emit flame from their bodies. I may be able to correct this error, but I can't get near my equipment."
    (Weston Lesko's dialogue)