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Larsen (Van Buren)

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Biography and appearance
AffiliationNCR military
RoleBaggers' leader, chem addict, chem smuggler (formerly)
LocationQuarantine center entrance or Bagger Camp near Boulder Dome
QuestsDope RadAway for Larsen
Defeat the Baggers/Larsen's Team
Tag SkillsFirearms
Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Larsen is the leader of the Baggers in 2253.


With a past career smuggling drugs, Larsen had a disliking for the New California Republic. However, he later joined the military in search of a simple pay check. With no family of his own, he soon became attached to the men in his unit, who served as an escort detail for technicians on repair and salvage ops. Later, he was transferred to guard duty within the NCR capital, before finally being posted to Boulder Dome.[1]

Eight months prior to the Prisoner's arrival at Boulder Dome: Two glowing ghouls show up within a three-day period. The soldiers start getting paranoid, thinking they're in ghoul territory. Larsen, going stir-crazy, wants to take some RadAway, find the ghoul colony, and kill them all. Goddard says no, but Agnes suggests he consider it to let them "let off some steam."[2]

Two months later, another Glowing One showed up. Larsen's team is given RadAway and start doing patrols. Agnes says taking RadAway for too long is dangerous and addictive. Larsen realizes that means they won't be giving it to them any more, so he starts exaggerating how many ghouls they find to justify getting more RadAway to deal with them.[2]

Two months before the Prisoner's arrival at Boulder Dome: Larsen becomes paranoid. When another ghoul wanders in, the scientists accuse the soldiers of not doing enough, or anything at all. Larsen pulls a gun on a scientist and tells them to surrender their med supplies for "one last patrol." Goddard aggress, and secretly decides to close them outside to starve and die. He only tells Agnes about this "exile" ... the others just think they haven't returned.[2]

The following month Larsen and his patrol return to find the dome sealed up. At first the soldiers think it's a mistake, then they realize it's not. They pull out of Boulder to avoid the Jackals, and end up in a guerrilla state in the nearby mountains, looking for tunnels into the Dome. After two weeks the soldiers are starving. One of them freaks out, and Larsen shoots him, then offers the body to the Jackals. The soldiers and the tribes became allies, both wanting to get into the dome. Soon after, the soldiers use the last of their RadAway, and by the time the player shows up they're in their 7th day of withdrawal.[2]

Like all Baggers, Larsen is addicted to RadAway and succumbing to radiation poisoning. He and his men are always on a constant search for food and RadAway and have even even tried eating ghouls after taking RadAway.[1] Larsen is also in a Mexican standoff with Banshee (the leader of the Jackals), as both want to get in to the Dome and neither wants the other to live after that.[3]

Interactions with the player character

Larsen's addicted, and it's not really his fault—he had to take RadAway to keep the Dome safe, and now he's paying for it. He's still an asshole, but not an entirely unsympathetic one. Do you help the addict, despite that he's used the threat of violence against the scientists? Or do you let him suffer, even though he's in his state because he was following honorable orders? Does his alliance with the Jackals affect this in any way?[4]

If someone steals his Geiger counter and RadAway, he freaks out and starts killing his own men, thinking they did it.[1] If the player attacks Larsen or his men, they all attack in retaliation.[5]


  • Defeat the Baggers/Larsen's Team - Science Boy is needed to get the brewery units working again. The salvagers can salvage the empty bottles on their own time (though there is a stash of them in the brewery).[6]
  • Dope RadAway for Larsen - If you put sedatives in their RadAway, it'll be easier to manage them. Or, if you just leave them alone, the Jackals (if still around) will kill and eat them.[7]


Icon armored vault suit.png
Leather armor
NCR uniform
Assault carbine icon.png
10mm autoloader
Frag grenade
.223 hunting rifle
Icon briefcase.png
Carried items
Geiger counter
1 RadAway
Dog tags
Icon male severed head.png
Drops on death
No additional items


Larsen was going to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Van Buren Boulder design document - Larsen. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Van Buren Boulder design document - History. [1]
  3. Van Buren Boulder design document - Generic NPCs. [1]
  4. Van Buren Boulder design document - Problems with addiction. [1]
  5. Van Buren Boulder design document - Town-Specific. [1]
  6. Van Buren Boulder design document - Defeat the Baggers/Larsen's Team. [1]
  7. Van Buren Boulder design document - Dope RadAway for Larsen. [1]
Design Document
PeopleScientistsAgnes · Donald · Goddard · James · Nina · Paul · Think Tank · Xian · ZAX
TruckersBillie · Eddie Galenski · Helen Galenski · Jack · Joshua · Ribera · Tanner · Tyler
JackalsBanshee · Crazy Bitch · Howler
PlacesBoulder Train Station · Jackal Camp · Bagger Camp · Dead Ghoul Graveyard · Boulder Dome Level 1 · Boulder Dome Level 2 · Boulder Dome Level 3 · Dome Tunnels · ZAX Mainframe
QuestsBoulder Scientists Research or Write · Code Yourself Smarter · Defeat the Baggers/Larsen's Team · Destroy the Jackals · Destroy the Truck · Dope Radaway for Larsen · Dump Allies In the Dome · Establish Radio Contact & Trade With Denver · Find out about Wagner · Find Out What ZAX is Calculating · Fix Things In the Dome · Get the Medical Implants · Give Slaves to Boulder to Make Robobrains · Heal Helen's Kids · Jimmy the Cannibal · Quarantine the Glow Bugs · Research Plague Data · Robobrain a CNPC · Sleep Through Presper's Holocaust · Stabilize the Reactor · Take Computer Classes · Tell the BOS about the Dome · Trade Holodisks to the Geeks · Use Think Tank for Data