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McClellan family townhome
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McClellan family townhome
This home protected by General Atomics International.”— McClellan Mister Handy
The entrance to the house connects to the living room, which is the hub of the entire building. The ground floor connects to the kitchen, children's room, and the robot storage. The upper floor is where the master bedroom is located.
The moody Mister Handy can be manipulated with a nearby unprotected terminal. There are five options to choose from:
- Deactivate Unit: This recalls the Mister Handy to its base.
- Walk Muffy: This will instruct the Mister Handy to walk the family dog, Muffy. Mister Handy will travel outside, find the dog's body, then attack you. It will refer to you as the dog when it does this, apparently as a means of reconciling its shattered reality.
- Pick up Grocery Order: This option directs the Mister Handy to the nearby McGurty's Grocery. Assuming it isn't destroyed en route by super mutants, it will just stop at the door and come back home.
- Read Children Bedtime Poem: This instructs the Mister Handy to go to the children's room and begin reciting a poem. There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale. Curiously, despite its rather violent reaction to the dog being dead, it does not seem to care that the children are clearly deceased, and after telling the bedtime poem, he continuously repeats "Of course, of course. Don't let me keep you," until you decide to recall him.
- Home Security Mode: Sets the unit to patrol mode, searching out any enemies.
- Lying, Congressional Style can be found on a table in the first room.
- This place could be a possible location for Fallout 3 player housing.
The McClellan family townhome appears only in Fallout 3.
Behind the scenes
- The name of the family that used to live here is a reference to Ray Bradbury's short story "There Will Come Soft Rains", about a robotic house in Allendale, California that still works after a nuclear war, not knowing that its owners have perished in the atomic blast. The address is a reference to the story, which is set in August, 2026. Also worth noting is that the McClellan last name was used in Ray Bradbury's book "Fahrenheit 451", and the address "Bradley Place" seems to be a play on words for Ray Bradbury's last name.
- The poem that the Mister Handy recites is There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale, a post-apocalyptic poem from 1920. Bradbury's story was inspired by the same poem. It appears in the story itself, recited by the main computer of the robotic house. The similarity between the McClennan household and Bradbury's short story extends to the dead dog as well.
Sara Teasdale - There Will Come Soft Rains
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, and swallows circling with their shimmering sound And frogs in the pool singing at night, And wild plum trees in tremulous white Robins will wear their feathery fire, Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire; And not one will know of the war, not one Will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself when she woke at dawn would scarcely know that we were gone.