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Gloria Van Graff
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, African American
GenderFemale
Height1.04
AffiliationVan Graffs
RoleMerchant
LocationSilver Rush
FamilyTiaret Van Graff (mother)
Jean-Baptiste Cutting (half-brother)
Frieda Van Graff (half-sister)
Jacob (exboyfriend)
Dialogue FileGloria Van Graff's dialogue
Gameplay
QuestsBirds of a Feather
Heartache by the Number
Tend to Your Business
I Could Make You Care
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
Very Evil (jsawyer.esp)
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 6
Endurance: 6
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 7
Luck: 10
Derived StatsHit Points: 275
DT: 1
Tag SkillsBig Guns: 92
Energy Weapons: 77
Guns: 94
Speech: 90
Level16
Technical
Editor IDVFSGloriaVanGraff
Base ID0010c67dRef ID0010d8e7
ActorCourtenay Taylor
 
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The Van Graffs and the NCR have been enemies for decades. They've tried to block our expansion for years, but we've managed to grow regardless. The problem is they have, too.

Gloria Van Graff is the manager of the New Vegas branch of Van Graffs' mercantile empire, in charge of the Silver Rush in Freeside.

Background[edit | edit source]

Gloria is the ambitious daughter of the Van Graff matriarch, who has expanded her family's operations into the Mojave Wasteland (largely because she didn't get along with her parents).[1] She is a firm believer in the rule that might makes right and regularly practices it. The first opportunity to do so came when the Van Graffs first came to Freeside in 2276. The Van Graffs took over the dilapidated Silver Rush casino. When the Kings protested, plasma weapons caused them to withdraw the objections, leaving the family free to ply their trade.[2] Gloria quickly set about entrenching her position, openly trading Energy Weapons to her customers. This attracted the attention of the Brotherhood, the only thing saving her skin being Elder Elijah's preoccupation with Helios One.[3]

Her general strategy is to maximize profits through official and unofficial deals, as well as undercutting the competition.[4] To this end, she has formed a covert alliance with Alice McLafferty: In return for hitting competing caravan outfits, like Durable Dunn's or Cassidy Caravans, staging them as Brotherhood attacks, the Crimson Caravan Company would undermine the Gun Runners' market share, motivating clients to deal with the Van Graffs instead.[5]

Of course, Gloria has bigger ambitions. As the Legion was making entreaties towards traders in the Mojave, she contacted one of their representatives and agreed to provide them with energy weapons.[6] Unbeknownst to the Legion, the deal was actually a set-up: Gloria has negotiated a deal with the NCR. She would draw the Legion's representatives into a trap laid by the Army, and the Army would start purchasing weapons from her in return.[7] This allowed her to overcome the hostility of the Republic to her family, earning her not only a big defense contract, but also connections in the NCR which could be leveraged to the further benefit of the family.[8] If anything, the fact that she made five times more money on selling out the Legion to the Republic than dealing weapons to them and kept the Legion's payment as a bonus will make her mother listen.[9]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is a merchant. Caps: 75-675
Sells: Ammunition
Armor
Weapons
Weapon Mods
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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Endings[edit | edit source]

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Merc charmer outfit
Assault carbine icon.png
Weapon
Plasma pistol
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Carried items
1x - 8x Drained microfusion cells (75% chance)*
Van Graff Key
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Drops on death
empty

* See bugs.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Cut dialogue establishes that Gloria was in a romantic relationship with Jacob, the man who is killed by Jean-Baptiste during the deal in progress when the player enters the Silver Rush for the first time. Despite Gloria's warnings to Jacob about the consequences should he ever stray from her, she still caught him together with a prostitute at Gomorrah. It is also revealed that she was fully aware that Jacob stole from the profits, but she would have been willing to turn a blind eye to this, had he not been unfaithful.[10]

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "[What do you think of the Gun Runners?] They're our chief competitors in this region, and many others. That makes them our enemies. While I respect their business acumen, I'm obligated to try to destroy them however I can. That's business, after all."
  • "[What do you think of the NCR?] You must not know a lot about my family or you wouldn't have asked that. The Van Graffs and the NCR have been enemies for decades. They've tried to block our expansion for years, but we've managed to grow regardless. The problem is they have, too. The NCR is huge, now. We're talking on a scale that's difficult to imagine. Time was, we could fight them and hold our own. Not so anymore. My family has enough men and guns to field a small army, but the NCR can field a really, really big army. Fighting them is out of the question now."

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Gloria will spawn drained microfusion cells rather than drained small energy cells, as the leveled list WithAmmoPlasmaPistolLoot has the wrong kind of cell selected.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Gloria has the 'no low-level processing' flag ticked on her character, which means the contents of her vendor inventory will not refresh.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Gloria Van Graff appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

References

  1. The Courier: "Tell me about yourself."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Oh, there's not much to tell. I was born into a big family and don't get along with my parents, so here I am. As far away from them as possible."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Tell me about the Kings."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Ah, the "rulers" of Freeside. The Kings are a bunch of boys who refuse to grow up, and this is their playground. Their leader seems different, though. The few times I've dealt with him I've been impressed despite myself. Unfortunately, he rarely acts. The Kings believe that everyone in Freeside can do whatever they want, provided they can back it up with force. Which suits us just fine. When we first arrived in Freeside, the Kings protested when we kicked out the original occupant of this establishment. When we reduced several of their members to glowing puddles of goo, their objections vanished. Since then, we've left each other alone."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "Yes, what is the task?"
    Edgar Hardin: "Back when we were stationed at HELIOS, our scouts reported that a group was establishing itself in the area as a distributor of Pre-War weapons. Our Elder at the time, Elijah, was too concerned with getting HELIOS running and fending off the NCR, so he ordered us to leave them alone. It's time that we correct that oversight, and show this region that the Brotherhood is still a force to be reckoned with. I want you to visit these weapons dealers, this Van Graff family, and make an example of them. Leave no one alive. When the job is done, report back and I'll arrange for a team to clean up the site and retrieve the weapons."
    (Edgar Hardin's dialogue)
  4. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.42: "The Van Graffs
    The Van Graff family has a history of ruthless behavior when it comes to rivals muscling in on their territory, and it seems old habits die hard; two of the Van Graffs have set up shop in a bedraggled old casino called the Silver Rush, where they specialize in Energy Weapons, and the maximizing of profits. Run by Gloria Van Graff and her elder half-brother Jean-Baptiste Cutting, their stronghold is heavily-defended with their Thugs armed with the latest in weapons technology. Gloria is in charge of general operations at the Silver Rush. She is the person responsible for the New Vegas Van Graffs' general strategy, including possible under-the-counter deals to wipe out the competition. The muscle of the vanQuoted verbatim, error appeared in the original sourceIcon sic.png Graff operation, Jean-Baptiste personally handles all of Gloria's dirty work. He is a nasty, mean-spirited son-of-a-bitch. Despite the family's tendency to deal in energy weapons, Jean-Baptiste is a connoisseur of big guns and explosives. He threatens people for looking at him the wrong way and is far from all talk; he will go from zero-to-murder in the twitch of an eye."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  5. Letter to Gloria
  6. The Courier: "For starters, what in the hell just happened?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "We made a lot of money, that's what. The Legion paid us to deliver weapons, and the NCR paid us to deliver the Legion. Or some of them, anyway."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "Just start at the beginning."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Caesar has been making overtures to prominent suppliers for some time now. Usually, they're too scared of him to cross him and just pay or flee. I saw an opportunity and negotiated a deal with the NCR - I help draw some of their enemy's troops into a trap and they agree to buy from me. Normally, those stuck-up bastards wouldn't have anything to do with us, but their situation is precarious, and this chance was too tempting."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "So now the Van Graffs are allied with the NCR?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "Well... not exactly. The deal wasn't exactly sanctioned by my mother, but she'll come around when she hears about the profit I made. If she's smart, and she is, believe me, she'll turn this to her own advantage and make a bundle off our new "connections" in the NCR."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "Wouldn't you have made just as much money dealing with the Legion?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "Hardly. They've got a lot of soldiers, and slaves. But they don't come close to having the amount of wealth the NCR has. When I said we were going to be rich, I meant it. The deal I brokered with the NCR netted me fives times what Caesar paid. Keeping Caesar's money was just a bonus."
    (Gloria Van Graff's dialogue)
  10. Reconstructed dialogue:
    Gloria Van Graff: "Mr. Soren, please get to the point. The second half of your payment is late and I want to know why."
    Soren: "Ms. Van Graff, my associates and I have decided that we wish to renegotiate the terms of our deal."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Might I ask for what reason? The shipment was delivered. The guns were tested before leaving this facility."
    Soren: "Regardless, we feel that the quality of the weapons is below expectation, and hoped to adjust the price accordingly."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Ah, I think I understand what the issue here is. Excuse me for a moment, would you?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "Jean-Baptiste, could you bring out the volunteer?"
    Soren: "I don't understand. Who is this man? What does this have to do with our deal?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "Everything. Up until recently, this man was an employee of mine. He's quite handsome, don't you think?"
    ?????: "....."
    Gloria Van Graff: "I know I did. We became... close. I warned him that I was a very jealous woman, and he said he understood."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Apparently he didn't. Last week, I chanced upon him in Gomorrah, being serviced by one of their two-cap whores. I was not pleased."
    Gloria Van Graff: "I tell you all this because I want you to know that this man means a great deal to me."
    Soren: "W-What is this, Ms. Van Graff?"
    Gloria Van Graff: "This is a lesson, Mr. Soren. A lesson in faith."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Never break faith with the Van Graffs, Mr. Soren."
    Gloria Van Graff: "I expect you'll have the rest of our payment ready tomorrow morning."
    Gloria Van Graff: "Okay everyone, show's over. Back to work!"
    Jean-Baptiste Cutting: "Ha ha, I think he wet himself before he left. That was pretty good making up that part about sleeping with Jacob. You did make that part up, right, Glory? Damn it, girl, what has mama always said about tipping the help? I thought this was about him stealing money from us."
    Gloria Van Graff: "He was stealing money, though he could have kept it for all I cared. God knows he earned it."
    (Gloria Van Graff, Soren, Jean-Baptiste Cutting's dialogue))