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Jet is a highly addictive meta-amphetamine seemingly developed in the first half of the 23rd century by Myron for the Mordinos of New Reno, as a highly marketable commodity and tool for the enslavement of Redding. In the last decades of the century, Jet's availability and popularity developed exponentially with the introduction of the Jet antidote.

Background[edit | edit source]

Discovery[edit | edit source]

Jet is considered to be the brainchild of Myron, a self-taught juvenile prodigy specializing in drug manufacture. Myron came to New Reno a few years before 2241 and offered his services after noticing that their drug operation (centered on farming peyote cacti and selling it as the Reno Experience) could use improvement. The combination of low strength (less than half of old school LSD) and long high duration made peyote a sub-par choice. The exact specifics of how Myron came into Mordinos' employ are unclear, but it is known that through trial and error Myron eventually managed to arrive at a solution fit for the new climate. As they could not grow coca plants or opium poppies, Myron settled for developing hallucinogens. Basing on extracts from mushrooms grown by the Mordinos, Myron began experimenting with derivatives of lysergic acid diethylamide and psilocybin.[1] The impetus to create Jet came when Big Jesus Mordino ordered Myron to create a drug that would give him control over Redding.[2]

In order to avoid relying on extracts from vegetables and mushrooms, Myron began exploring his possibilities. Since pre-War meat companies experimented with cheap protein extracts to increase their profit margins, only to discover that the slightest contamination made the entire extract act like potent amphetamine upon digestion. Rather than dump the entire program, the companies fed the extracts to their vast bovine herds to recoup losses. What they didn't realize is that the protein extract would be metabolized and absorbed by the brahmin bodies, becoming an integral element of their metabolism. With some blood samples, one could readily recreate the contaminated extract even two centuries after the war.[3] Myron did not have access to the tools and expertise necessary to isolate the extract, so they decided to acquire it by proxy: Grow mushrooms in fertilizer provided by the affected brahmin and extract it from the fungus. The eureka moment came completely unexpectedly: When Myron observed slaves tending to the brahmin fertilizer, he noticed that they were getting high. The fumes generated by the brahmin excreta contained the desired meta-amphetamine in a concentration high enough to be viable as a commercial drug - exactly what Big Jesus wanted.[1]

After a round of testing which claimed the lives of a hundred slaves, primarily due to myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), cerebral hemorrhages, and psychotic episodes, the first iteration of Jet was ready for deployment. The investment returned itself multiple times over and the expense wrought by Myron's experimentation and loss of slaves was absorbed by the burgeoning Mordino budget.[4] By January 2241, the first Jet samples arrived in Redding.[5]

Drug overview[edit | edit source]

The drug created by brahmin metabolism is a powerful meta-amphetamine that stimulates the central nervous system, triggering a rush of energy and strength primarily brought about by endorphins.[6][7] The euphoric rush has a limited duration, only a few minutes, but is long enough to mask the stench of the fumes that contain the meta-amphetamine.[8] Another feature that helps Jet sell and mask the smell is its packaging: when sold directly to clients by retailers it is packaged into small, disposable plastic ampules designed to be used with an inhaler to deliver the maximum concentration of the drug directly into the airways of the user.[9] However, wholesale buyers, like Redding, usually receive bulk packages that have to be processed into user ampules first. This requires clean facilities and medical training to do properly, as poor processing will result in contamination and exposure of users to disease.[10]

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Jet is its extremely high addiction rate. It is a drug designed to create a permanent addiction that combines psychological and chemical reliance. Both stem from the way Jet alters the perception of reality, to the point that the euphoric rush brought about by the drug is interpreted by the user as the norm and sobriety as the abnormal.[11] This very mechanism is the tool that Big Jesus Mordino wants to use to secure Redding for his family.[12] It's designed to be invulnerable to standard methods of countering drug addictions, including the various nervous system suppressant. The only real way to counter Jet is to use endorphin blockers, which repress the euphoria,[13] resulting in a violent experience that is comparable to radscorpion poisoning. Endorphin blockers also prevent the drug from taking hold again: Anyone exposed to Jet after taking the antidote will become sick, as the meta-amphetamines no longer have any effect and it's, for all intents and purposes, vaporized brahmin shit.[8]

Before the Jet antidote was created thanks to the efforts of the Chosen One, the Mordinos continued to develop the design and increase its potency. A development version, named Jet Beta, was created, though it did not reach maturity after the antidote appeared on the market.[14] After the Mordino empire crumbled, Stables researchers sought new employment opportunities. The secret of Jet manufacture was eventually revealed and it became a staple recreational and performance enhancing drug throughout the wasteland. The Jet antidote was also refined to the point where it removes the chemical and psychological Jet addiction without limiting the ability of the user to use subsequent Jet dosage.[15] Numerous enterprising cooks also developed their unique versions of the drug by mixing the original version with additional chemicals obtained from wasteland sources.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Jet[edit | edit source]

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The original form of Jet is said to be created by Myron if everything he says is to be considered true. Though his discovery of the drug was forgotten soon after his death at the Den less than a year after the Enclave's defeat, Jet lived on. Subsequent production has failed to meet the refinement and efficiency of the original design.

Jet Beta[edit | edit source]

Main article: Jet Beta

A development version of the drug that was worked on at the Stables in 2241. It was intended to replace the original, but due to the Mordinos losing power with the emergence of the antidote, it never reached production.

Jet Fuel[edit | edit source]

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By mixing jet and flamethrower fuel, a potent compound is made that increases metabolic functions and overall energy. However, it is more addictive that standard Jet.

Rocket[edit | edit source]

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A modified version of Jet concocted by combining the original meta-amphetamine with the ingredients of regular Nuka-Cola and bleach from a box of detergent. Rocket is a refined, more powerful version of regular Jet. However, the use of bleach may have adverse health effects in the long term.

Turbo[edit | edit source]

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A peculiar variant of regular Jet, designed to modify the user's perception of time. Jet is piggybacked to an aerosol can containing broc flower and Cazador venom dissolved in turpentine.[16] The concoction creates the illusion of slow motion, while Jet increases the user's speed so that they move at a normal speed relative to their surroundings.

Ultrajet[edit | edit source]

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A unique form of Jet created by Murphy. As the original Jet has a very limited effect on ghouls, due to their physiology, Murphy sought to enhance its properties by combining the original drug with Sugar Bombs, using caustic chemicals in the process. The result is a drug that has double the potency of Jet and affects ghouls as normal[17][18] Originally thought unique to the Capital Wasteland, Ultrajet was somehow procured by Daniel Contreras, a Supply Sergeant of the NCR Army. His sources are unknown.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Jet as an inhaled drug was the invention of Chris Avellone, inspired by his brother's asthma inhaler.[19]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Leslie Ann Bishop says that she was hooked by John Bishop on Jet and kicked out of Vault City. This is a dialogue inconsistency, though Chris Avellone also stated it might be because her memories were warped by drug abuse.
  • Despite being a post-war drug, Jet is found in pre-War locations in Fallout 3, including sealed Vaults.
  • Jet is referred to in terminal entries dating before the Great War in Fallout 4. This makes Jet a pre-War drug.

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Chosen One: "{658}{}{How did you create it?}"
    Myron: "{680}{myn108}{Uh, in my lab. Next question?}"
    The Chosen One: "{681}{}{HOW did you develop it, smart guy?}"
    Myron: "{690}{myn109}{Ah, Christ. Well...when I came across the Mordino family way back when, they were farming peyote cacti and trying to sell it to tourists as the 'Reno experience.' Total bullshit.}"
    The Chosen One: "{691}{}{Go on.}"
    Myron: "{700}{myn110}{I mean, peyote? C'mon. It isn't even half the strength of, say, old school LSD.}"
    The Chosen One: "{701}{}{Uh, about the Jet --?}"
    Myron: "{710}{myn112}{Plus, a peyote trip is too long. The profit's in fast turn around and high addiction. Like, uh, barbitutates before the Big One, y'know?}"
    The Chosen One: "{714}{}{You mean barbiturates…like old school cocaine, crank, all that?}"
    Myron: "{725}{myn113a}{Right. Can I finish? }"
    The Chosen One: "{5725}{}{Fine, fine. What was the problem with making barbiturates?}"
    Myron: "{726}{myn113b}{Problem is, in the new climate, we can't grow most of the veggies needed for the best drugs.}"
    The Chosen One: "{728}{}{I'm with you.}"
    Myron: "{740}{myn114a}{Couldn't grow coca plants, opium poppies -- and man did we try -- so we figured our best bet was shrooms. }"
    The Chosen One: "{5741}{}{Why?}"
    Myron: "{742}{myn114c}{You can grow 'em if you use plenty o' brahmin shit as fertilizer.}"
    The Chosen One: "{743}{}{Speaking of plenty of shit...Go on.}"
    Myron: "{755}{myn115}{Plus, hallucinogens have low overhead, so I start experimenting with derivatives of lysergic acid diethylamide and psilocybin. Still…}"
    The Chosen One: "{756}{}{Still...?}"
    Myron: "{765}{myn116}{Still, I really wanted to whip up a hard-hitter that didn't rely on veggie extracts. Man, was I an idiot, 'cause the answer turned out to BE the extracts, or, more precisely, what they were growing IN.}"
    The Chosen One: "{767}{}{How do you mean?}"
    Myron: "{775}{myn117}{See, old Jesus Mordino wanted something that the Redding miners would get addicted to fast AND make them work harder. So, I said, 'no prob,' right?}"
    The Chosen One: "{778}{}{Right. Go on.}"
    Myron: "{790}{myn118}{Well, wasn't too hard to come up with a good upper. A sample of that pre-war protein extract, corrupt it and bam -- decent amphetamine.}"
    The Chosen One: "{792}{}{Uh, "protein extract?"}"
    Myron: "{820}{myn121}{Before the Big One some meat companies were experimenting with a cheap protein extract for growing food, but they had to ditch it. One little skin bacteria contaminates it, and it's all screwed.}"
    The Chosen One: "{821}{}{Screwed? How?}"
    Myron: "{830}{myn122}{The contaminated version acted like an amphetamine when ingested. Little side effect. Don't ask. It's, uh, technical.}"
    The Chosen One: "{831}{}{So…did you somehow get a hold of this protein extract?}"
    Myron: "{840}{myn123}{I didn't have to. When they first screwed up, they contaminated tons of that shit. And rather than ditch it, they fed it to their brahmin herds to try and recoup their losses.}"
    The Chosen One: "{843}{}{So you used brahmin shit as fertilizer for the shrooms, except the pre-war protein contamination gives whatever shrooms grown in brahmin shit…certain extra ingredients?}"
    Myron: "{850}{myn124a}{Close...}"
    The Chosen One: "{5851}{}{Yes...?}"
    Myron: "{851}{myn124b}{See, we start experimenting with the brahmin shit as fertilizer for the shrooms, except get this; then, we noticed the slaves working fertilizer vats were getting high from the fumes…}"
    The Chosen One: "{853}{}{So the fumes were enough to produce the effect?}"
    Myron: "{860}{myn125a}{Riiiight...}"
    The Chosen One: "{5861}{}{I thought so.}"
    Myron: "{861}{myn125b}{By putting tons of brahmin shit in the vats, we found out that the fumes give more than enough of a kick. Eureka. Literally. 'Course, we had to test to get the mix right…}"
  2. Myron: "{775}{myn117}{See, old Jesus Mordino wanted something that the Redding miners would get addicted to fast AND make them work harder. So, I said, 'no prob,' right?}"
    The Chosen One: "{778}{}{Right. Go on.}"
    Myron: "{790}{myn118}{Well, wasn't too hard to come up with a good upper. A sample of that pre-war protein extract, corrupt it and bam -- decent amphetamine.}"
    The Chosen One: "{791}{}{Explain to me about Redding, again?}"
    Myron: "{800}{myn119}{Redding? Town full o' gold diggers. Mordino wants to control it all. So he comes to me in his wheezing voice and says, 'Myron, Myron, make me something that'll give me Redding.'}"
    The Chosen One: "{801}{}{And you say…}"
    Myron: "{810}{myn120}{And I say, 'okay, what timeframe we looking at?' He goes - of course - 'yesterday.' Crime lords. Want everything done fast and sloppy. Least they don't have a marketing department.}"
  3. The Chosen One: "{185}{}{You know, I don't think you really want to inhale that... crap. Trust me.}"
    Troy: "{187}{}{What are you talking about?}"
    The Chosen One: "{189}{}{Well, they make that stuff from brahmin shit.}"
    Troy: "{196}{}{I think you must be... mistaken.}"
    The Chosen One: "{199}{}{No, really. They were originally growing hallucinogens in brahmin shit, but then they discovered that the *fumes* were actually making the workers high. See, it turns out there's this contaminated pre-war protein extract in the brahmin systems...}"
    Troy: "{205}{}{That's... fascinating. Hmmmmm. Perhaps I could take blood samples from the brahmin in the courtyard, then... thank you, my friend. Thank you very much, indeed. I was curious about the manufacturing process.}"
  4. Myron: "{861}{myn125b}{By putting tons of brahmin shit in the vats, we found out that the fumes give more than enough of a kick. Eureka. Literally. 'Course, we had to test to get the mix right…}"
    The Chosen One: "{862}{}{Uh, how much testing?}"
    Myron: "{870}{myn126}{Hmmm...about a hundred slaves? Mostly heart attacks, cerebral hemorrhages, psychotic episodes...that sort of thing.}"
    The Chosen One: "{871}{}{Are you insane? You killed a hundred human beings just for drug testing?!}"
    Myron: "{880}{myn127}{Well, not on purpose. I mean, slaves are expensive. Still, we made the money back in the first few months, so the Mordino Family wasn't too pissed at me.}"
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "2241 January The first samples of Jet begin to arrive in Redding, courtesy of the Mordino family."
  6. Fallout 2 Item description: "{25900}{}{Jet}"
    "{25901}{}{Jet is a powerful metamphetamine that stimulates the central nervous system. The initial euphoric rush rarely lasts more than a few minutes, but during that time, the user is filled with a rush of energy & strength.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  7. The Chosen One: "{316}{}{I'm not a guard; I'm one of the new researchers. Do you have an assignment for me?}"
    Marjorie Reed: "{325}{}{You're a RESEARCHER...? Hmmmm. I've never seen you before. How much do you know about pharmaceutical research?}"
    The Chosen One: "{327}{}{I know a fair amount about the composition and manufacture of base neurochemical compounds, and I think I could be of some assistance in your studies.}"
    Marjorie Reed: "{345}{}{Hmmmm. All right then. Let me give you a run-down on what we do here: we test the effects and potency of a metamphetamine called Jet.}"
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Chosen One: "{141}{}{What happened to you?}"
    Madame Modjeska: "{153}{}{I flew a bit of Jet a few days back and it made me feel quite unwell. Must have been a tainted batch. I'm not eager to try that again. Oh well, back to the bottle, I suppose.}"
  9. The Chosen One: "{344}{}{Yeah, it's getting pretty hard. Can you help me with that?}"
    Angela Bishop: "{361}{}{Look: I got some Jet in my room… and NOT that crappy shit they give the dimestore hookers and junkies. Y'wanna fly?}"
    The Chosen One: "{362}{}{Sure. Buckle up, baby.}"
    Angela Bishop: "{810}{}{(Angela leads you up to her room on the third floor. There, she opens a little door in the wall, takes out a strange plastic bottle, and offers it to you.) Want some, baby? There's more than enough for both of us to fly.}"
  10. The Chosen One: "{184}{}{Where does the Jet come from?}"
    Johnson: "{213}{}{All of the Jet here in town is shipped here from the Mordino family in New Reno. It comes mostly in bulk packages, and then I process it into I end up selling all of it right here.}"
    The Chosen One: "{214}{}{You must make a tidy profit out of that.}"
    Johnson: "{234}{}{I fill the user-ampoules with Jet and then distribute it purely as a service to the people of Redding. I don't make a profit doing it. If I didn't do it, then some other quack would be preparing the drug with germ-encrusted, rusty equipment. I'd never get this population disease-free after that.}"
  11. The Chosen One: "{127}{}{Jet? What's Jet?}"
    Athabaska Dick: "{211}{}{Jet's the way to go, man. If I'm not flying Jet, I just don't feel right no more. You've gotta get yourself some.}"
  12. The Chosen One: "{200}{}{What did New Reno have to do with it?}"
    Johnson: "{209}{}{New Reno sells Jet pretty cheap. Jet's real addictive, like nothing you've ever seen before. They figure that if they get enough people in an area using it, those people will do anything to get more. That gives them de facto control of an area - like Redding.}"
  13. The Chosen One: "{659}{}{Is there any cure for it?}"
    Myron: "{900}{myn129a}{How quaint. A cure. Sure. You go cold turkey. Course, I made sure that was a reeeal difficult option with Jet.}"
    The Chosen One: "{903}{}{Myron, you're a pretty smart fella. Consider it a challenge. What would it take to make a cure for Jet?}"
    Myron: "{910}{myn130}{Ah for fuck's sake, it can't be done, all right? It's a goddamn drug, not a bacterial infection.}"
    The Chosen One: "{911}{}{It's basically a highly addictive meta-amphetamine, right? Couldn't you use a nervous system suppressant to break the addiction?}"
    Myron: "{920}{myn131}{Nice try, no dice. Jet ain't blocked that easy. Once it's in your system, it ain't coming out.}"
    The Chosen One: "{921}{}{What about using some kind of endorphin blocker? That would repress the chemical and psychological addition, wouldn't it?}"
    Myron: "{930}{myn132}{Kee-rist. That has got to be the dumbest...hmmmm...}"
    Myron: ""
    The Chosen One: "{931}{}{Well?}"
    Myron: "{940}{myn133}{Well...maybe it would work, but I'm pretty sure Jet would just chew right through that shit. Now wh-wh-why the hell are we even talking about this?! Wh-where would you get your hands on endorphine blockers anyway?}"
    The Chosen One: "{941}{}{You tell me, Myron. You're a bright guy.}"
    Myron: "{950}{myn134}{Maybe Vault City. They have a pretty good medical warehouse. A lot of old pre-holocaust bases also used to stock them to prevent combat drug addiction.}"(NhMyron.msg)
  14. Jet Beta
  15. All doctors in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas can cure Jet addiction.
  16. Turbo recipe
  17. The Lone Wanderer: "Ultrajet? That some sort of super chem?"
    Murphy: "I suppose you could say that. Ultrajet is almost double the potency of Jet... perfect for Ghouls. Jet barely affects us you see. Only trouble is it's almost impossible to gather the ingredients together. Say, you might be able to help me with that!"
    (Murphy's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  18. The Lone Wanderer: "Yeah sure, what do you need?"
    Murphy: "It takes 3 things to make Ultrajet. Two of the ingredients I got plenty of. The other one is a little harder to find: Sugar Bombs. I distill it down to its base contents and add that to the formula then presto... Ultrajet. For every box of Sugar Bombs you bring me, I'll pay you 15 caps. So you in?"
    (Murphy's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  19. Chris Avellone: "scripting Cassidy to die when he gets stims, trying to figure out what form "Jet" could take, then being reminded of my brother's asthma inhaler when we were younger, and using that as the drug dispenser idea..."