Yeah, sure. That's one dead mutant. But the Brother who was using that car for cover is dead too. Learn to check your zone, maggot.”— Paladin Gunny remarking on the "skill" of his charge
A tough-as-nails veteran of the Brotherhood who made the trek to the Capital Wasteland from New California, the Paladin was placed in charge of turning the Initiates recruited from the Capital Wasteland into proper frontline soldiers. Although he dislikes outside recruitment and chews out his charges regularly, he is a dutiful soldier and does his best to turn them into a proper fighting outfit. Although he tries to train them extensively before they take the Oaths and become Knights, he is well aware that the pressures of the war against the super mutants and soon the Enclave mean that the Initiates might find themselves in combat before training is completed.
Despite appearances, he cares about his Initiates. His hellish training is intended to make it so that they can face the wasteland well prepared and without risking themselves or the lives of their squad.
As expected, he despises the Enclave and its methods, especially the use of overwhelming firepower on lightly armed or even unarmed people, like during their seizure of the Purifier.
Gunny is usually found in the Bailey training recruits, but will occasionally appear in Ring A in the council room. At night, he sleeps in the A ring dormitory.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed. Status expires when Broken Steel begins.|
|This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).|
|This character provides miscellaneous services.|
|Brotherhood power armor|
|Merc adventurer outfit (70% condition)|
Drops on death
- "Initiate! You got a lot of nerve interrupt... Oh, my apologies, stranger. I thought you were one of these worthless Initiates. I swear, these kids'd be lost without me here to powder their asses."
- "I'll train these marshmallows if it kills me..."
- "Oh, good. Something to distract me. I swear, if I have to watch these kids miss targets for one more minute..."
Behind the scenes
Paladin Gunny appears only in Fallout 3.
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.89: "Paladin Gunny
Paladin Gunny is in charge of training initiates and turning them into hard-nosed Knights and Paladins. He is unhappy with the Elder Lyons's method of taking on volunteers from the Wasteland but still performs his duty to the best of his ability."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
- The Lone Wanderer: "What do you do here?"
Gunny: "I am charged with the duty of turning these maggots into Brothers of Steel. With the threat of the Enclave, they're likely going to be pressed into service before they've taken the oath. So, I've got a lot of work to do."
- The Lone Wanderer: "Can you train me to use Power Armor?"
Gunny: "Heard you were coming. Yeah, I can train you. But don’t ask me to like it. My Initiates sweat blood, and you just get a free pass? Anyway... you ready for this?"
- The Lone Wanderer: "Care to share anything about the Super Mutants?"
Gunny: "Why you think I ride these Initiates so hard? I make training hell so fighting those Uglies won't be."
- The Lone Wanderer: "So... Any thoughts on the Enclave?"
Gunny: "Killing unarmed civilians... Makes me sick. Come over here, try fighting someone who shoots back. Fucking cowards."