Hanlon

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Hanlon
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
GenderMale
AffiliationNew California Republic
New California Republic Rangers
RoleChief of NCR Rangers
Jack of Hearts
LocationCamp Golf, House Resort
Dialogue FileHanlon's dialogue
Gameplay
Mentioned inLonesome Road
QuestsReturn to Sender
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 50
Tag SkillsExplosives: 46
Melee Weapons: 46
Guns: 46
Level5
Technical
Editor ID2CHanlon
Base ID00104310Ref ID00106d79
ActorKris Kristofferson
DesignerJoshua Sawyer
 
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And even if we hold this dam, what then? Are we going to send the NCR's men and women to die here for another five years? Ten? Patrol the whole length of the Colorado for hundreds of miles? Holding this dam. It'll be the death of us.

Chief Hanlon is a grizzled old ranger running Camp Golf in 2281. He is the commanding officer of the NCR expeditionary force into the Mojave region, stationed at Camp Golf.

Background[edit | edit source]

Chief Hanlon is the head of the NCR Rangers and is one of its longest serving members. He coordinates the actions of the Rangers from their headquarters at Camp Golf.

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Hanlon is possibly one of the oldest human rangers in the Mojave, joining the Rangers even before Chief Elise,[1] and was instrumental in the defeat of Caesar's Legion through the blasting of Boulder City during the First Battle of Hoover Dam.[2][3][4] Extremely influential among the Rangers with over four decades of experience, Chief Hanlon has been honored many times for his contributions to the NCR. Although he no longer engages in combat operations due to his age he nevertheless continues to assist the Rangers in their operations. Such is his influence that he even has the ear of the President of the NCR, asking for more Rangers to be sent from Baja.

However, the course of the Mojave campaign has made its mark on him - the war against the Legion and the toll it has taken on the men and women in the NCR army as well as his frustration with New Vegas bleeding dry NCR soldiers while at the same time relying on their protection. He also fears for the future of the NCR even if they succeed against the Legion, the sheer scale of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado River being too much for the NCR to efficiently govern. This disillusion drove Hanlon to gradually sow discord among the NCR forces by falsifying intelligence reports and deliberately miscommunicating information sent in from various NCR outposts, ultimately seeking to stir unrest in the NCR forces stationed in the Mojave and hoping to start a resistance against the higher echelons of the NCR military.[5] The Courier can discover Hanlon's plans and subsequently choose how to deal with the situation.[6]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Return to Sender: the Courier finds out that Hanlon is falsifying field reports. Once discovered the Courier can either let Hanlon continue with his plan, turn him in to the NCR authorities, or convince him that falsifying the reports is pointless and Caesar is dead (Only available if you actually killed Caesar) or dying (by following Render Unto Caesar and discovering his illness).

Endings[edit | edit source]

Endings that tell his fate along with the NCR Rangers.

# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
1 Rangers end slide 01.png After the death of Chief Hanlon, the power of NCR's Rangers was broken for years. Their organization, so reliant on the wisdom and guidance of its elder members, became a shadow of what it once was to people across the wasteland. Chief Hanlon is killed.
2 Rangers end slide 01.png Defying Chief Hanlon's worst fears, NCR's rangers persevered and distinguished themselves during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. The rangers, along with NCR's many troopers, shared the glory of victory. Hanlon wisely stayed out of the spotlight, crediting General Oliver's leadership for NCR's success. After a brief fanfare, Hanlon stepped down as chief and returned to the peace and quiet of his ranch outside of Redding. Don't expose the Chief, complete the endgame quest Eureka! for the NCR.
3 Rangers end slide 01.png During the attack on Hoover Dam, Chief Hanlon and his rangers threw themselves into the path of the Legion assault, dying to the last man and woman. In the aftermath that followed in the NCR, bitter citizens and opportunistic senators were quick to denounce President Kimball and General Oliver. Hanlon and his fallen rangers were revered for their bravery and sacrifice. Don't expose the Chief, complete the endgame Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.
4 Rangers end slide 01.png Despite distinguishing themselves during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, the rangers' victory was short-lived due to the Courier's interference. Chief Hanlon personally directed the evacuation of the rangers to Mojave Outpost as they fell back into NCR territory. Bitter over the waste of life in the Mojave, Hanlon stepped down from his post. After a campaign in which he denounced Oliver's and Kimball's hawkish, imperialist ways, Hanlon was elected as the senator of Redding. Don't expose the Chief, complete No Gods, No Masters or All or Nothing.
5 Rangers end slide 01.png Although they performed admirably during NCR's defense of Hoover Dam, the rangers fell into decline soon after. With Hanlon's plot against the occupation exposed and Oliver hailed as NCR's new war hero, many rangers were greeted coldly on their return home. Few openly blamed the rangers for Hanlon's treachery, but public and political support for the organization quickly dwindled. Hanlon commits suicide, complete the endgame quest Eureka! for the NCR.
6 Rangers end slide 01.png With Caesar's victory came a small measure of vindication for the rangers' late Chief Hanlon. Upon the military's return, debate raged within NCR's senate about who was to blame for the loss of Hoover Dam offices. Though some in NCR regarded Hanlon as a traitor, many believed he was the only military commander who saw the futility in defending New Vegas. Hanlon commits suicide, complete the endgame Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.
7 Rangers end slide 01.png Although they performed admirably during NCR's defense of Hoover Dam, the rangers fell into decline soon after. With Hanlon's plot against the occupation exposed and Oliver denounced for losing Hoover Dam, many rangers were greeted coldly on their return home. Few openly blamed the rangers for Hanlon's treachery, but public and political support for the military as a whole quickly dwindled. Hanlon commits suicide, complete No Gods, No Masters or All or Nothing.
8 Rangers end slide 01.png Due to the Courier's intervention, Chief Hanlon abandoned his plan to sabotage the defense of Hoover Dam. The rangers assisted the troopers admirably during the Legion's ill-fated attack. Though General Oliver and Chief Hanlon were both praised for their leadership, the chief quietly stepped out of the spotlight. After a brief fanfare for a life full of accomplishments, Chief Hanlon retired and returned to the peace and quiet of his ranch in Redding. Convince the chief to stop falsifying records, complete the endgame quest Eureka! for the NCR.
9 Rangers end slide 01.png Due to the Courier's intervention, Chief Hanlon abandoned his plan to sabotage the defense of Hoover Dam. The rangers heroically assisted NCR's troopers in their ill-fated defense against the overwhelming power of Caesar's Legion. Though many NCR military officers fled the territory soon after the dam was lost, Chief Hanlon remained at Camp Golf to surrender to the Legion. Out of respect for Hanlon's composure and worth as an adversary, Caesar had him beheaded. Convince the chief to stop falsifying records, complete Veni, Vidi, Vici, do not allow Caesar to die in Et Tumor, Brute?.
10 Rangers end slide 01.png Due to the Courier's intervention, Chief Hanlon abandoned his plan to sabotage the defense of Hoover Dam. The rangers heroically assisted NCR's troopers in their ill-fated defense against the overwhelming power of Caesar's Legion. Though many NCR military officers fled the territory soon after the dam was lost, Chief Hanlon remained at Camp Golf to surrender to the Legion. Despite the late Caesar's respect for Chief Hanlon as an adversary, Legate Lanius had Hanlon crucified along with all of the other rangers. Convince the chief to stop falsifying records, complete Veni, Vidi, Vici and allow Caesar to die in Et Tumor, Brute?.
11 Rangers end slide 01.png Due to the Courier's intervention, Chief Hanlon abandoned his plan to sabotage the defense of Hoover Dam. The rangers assisted the troopers admirably during the Legion's ill-fated attack. Though the Courier snatched victory from NCR, only General Oliver was blamed for the loss of Hoover Dam. Hanlon, exhausted after a lifetime of service to the NCR, stepped down from his position in the rangers and retired to his ranch in Redding. Convince the chief to stop falsifying records, complete No Gods, No Masters or All or Nothing.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Ranger vest outfit
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Weapon
Ranger Sequoia,
Combat knife
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Carried items
-
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Drops on death
No additional items

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "[How long have you been in the rangers?] Oh, well. I guess it must be coming up on... forty years or so. Back before Elise was chief, anyway. It was a heck of a lot harder then. Weren't as many of us to go around. But I think it was a lot easier to tell the good guys from the bad."
  • "[How does spreading false intel help anything?] People back home don't listen. They don't care. Senators, Brahmin barons, folks who are just trying to make it from day to day. It's been so many years that people forget about it. Conscription brings in fresh troops to die here every month. Like it's routine. And even if we hold this dam, what then? Are we going to send the NCR's men and women to die here for another five years? Ten? Patrol the whole length of the Colorado for hundreds of miles? Holding this dam. It'll be the death of us."
  • "Rangers, this is the chief. I know I can ramble on sometimes, but I need you to listen close for the next minute or so. I've got some bad news. I messed up. Made a mistake. I thought I could help get us out of here, but... it didn't work out. Rangers get injured all the time. It's part of the job. But if you lose a few fingers, get a bad break, that's it. You step down. We rely on each other too much to let our infirmities become a liability. A ranger knows when it's time. Only I didn't. Somewhere along the way, something broke inside me. I couldn't find us a way out of this desert. I wrestled with it, and it took me down a dark road. I wish I could explain it to you. The old chief's finally at a loss for words. Send me all the Legion you can. I'll be waiting for them."
  • "Back west, you don't see too many of these. Lakes, I mean. Natural or man-made. Any kind, really. We neglected the dams or pumped all the water out a long time ago. Owens, Isabella, the San Luis. Drained the aquifers of everything they had. Just a lot of mud and dust now. It's a different feeling, watching the sun come up over the water. Takes some getting used to. But if you're here long enough, it starts to seem normal. That's what a ranger's life is now. Looking east."
  • "[Tell me about the heavy troopers.] They have the best equipment the NCR can get its hands on, power armor salvaged from our war with the Brotherhood. Techs strip out the joint servos so you don't need special training to wear it. It feels like you're carrying a Brahmin on your back, but it can take a heck of a lot of punishment."
  • "[How is NCR doing?] Mojave Outpost sent word through the stations. The rangers coming up from Baja moved through Dayglow a week ago. Some of the patrol rangers have reported that Oliver's power armor heavy troopers are starting to reinforce the front lines. Wish they got here a bit earlier, but that's the senate for you."
  • "You must be the courier folks have been talking about. Word on the radio is that someone wronged you back in Goodsprings. The Mojave has a way of burning decent people up, but it sounds like you've done right by the NCR. It's appreciated. Now what can I do for you?"
  • "I know a bit about you, courier. Heard someone messed you up pretty bad over in Goodsprings. I heard a few other things too. Some good, but not all. If you're going to be associating with rangers, you'd best stay on their friendly side. With that out of the way, what can I do for you?"
  • "I'm surprised to see you here. Folks with your kind of reputation, I expect to see them cooking in the sand with some .44 slugs to keep them company. If the rangers haven't caught up to you yet, they will. Myself excluded, of course. The only thing I catch up on now is chair time."
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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Hanlon appears only in Fallout: New Vegas, and is mentioned by Ulysses in Lonesome Road.[2]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Hanlon sometimes glitches and stops talking during his speech. The quest should go on as normal and he will shoot himself 20–30 seconds after he stops talking. This will happen even if you have your Pip-Boy up or if you've paused the game completely, and when you resume, the rangers will react accordingly. (You can still hear his speech in full by going to Data → Misc and playing the audio.)
  • Hanlon may not shoot himself if you "wait" after leaving him in his office. You won't have any type of interaction from this point. The door to his office will be locked and un-pickable, but he won't shoot himself.
  • After Hanlon shoots himself, the other rangers may not act accordingly. None of them will exclaim how the shot came from Hanlon's office, and none of them will go to open the door.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. The Courier: "How long have you been in the rangers?"
    Hanlon: "Oh, well. I guess it must be coming up on... forty years or so. Back before Elise was chief, anyway. It was a heck of a lot harder then. Weren't as many of us to go around. But I think it was a lot easier to tell the good guys from the bad."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ulysses: "A tactic of the Bear."
    Ulysses: "Worthy of Hanlon."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "You said you made a promise not to kill me. Why?"
    Ulysses: "Caesar's orders. Some time before I realized the why of it. Wasn't just you. All couriers. No telling how many were Legion. Maybe all of them. Wasn't sure about you. Until the Divide... all the NCR burning... that much death, it bears the mark of a Legion hand. But you killed like NCR. Like Hanlon, with mines, bombs... missiles. Killed Legion along with the Bear. Like a coward, kills from a distance. If you were Legion, then NCR beat you, the West changed you."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "[Legion] The dead? You mean your brothers in the Legion - our brothers."
    Ulysses: "The Legion who died here... they didn't deserve to die, like those that died in the fires of Boulder City... bombs, Hanlon's gifts. Their deaths were mercy compared to those who still walk. Any who die beneath the flag of the Bull... their death should be in battle. But no... the dead number more than my brothers."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "How does spreading false intel help anything?"
    Hanlon: "People back home don't listen. They don't care. Senators, Brahmin barons, folks who are just trying to make it from day to day. It's been so many years that people forget about it. Conscription brings in fresh troops to die here every month. Like it's routine. And even if we hold this dam, what then? Are we going to send the NCR's men and women to die here for another five years? Ten? Patrol the whole length of the Colorado for hundreds of miles? Holding this dam. It'll be the death of us."
    (Hanlon's dialogue)
  6. Return to Sender
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