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Don't let the people around here fool with their hippy crap. They've got water they won't share with anyone.”
Megaton's unusual immigration laws seem to have created a condition where a substantial portion of the population of the town is in this situation. Essentially, new visitors to the town seem to be approved individually by the Sheriff/Mayor, Lucas Simms. Meeting this approval allows one to remain inside the town's protective walls, but does not constitute citizenship. Non-citizens of the town are not permitted to own housing, and instead must either rent lodging at Moriarty's Saloon, or for the less transient settlers, space in the common house is shared communally. (The PC is, initially, considered to be transient and thus is not welcomed by the other settlers to share the common area in Megaton.)
Upon meeting criteria which are not made exactly clear to the player, settlers may eventually become full citizens of Megaton, many of the settlers will express a wish that "maybe someday they'll let me buy a house here". The Lone Wanderer may become a citizen of Megaton by disarming the bomb in the center of town during the quest The Power of the Atom. It is not known if the Lone Wanderer would be considered a Megaton settler prior to this, as this seems to be more of an informal status.
Interactions with the player character
|This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).|
|This character can be enslaved with the Mesmetron.|
Effects of player actions
- If your karma is at the "Very Good" level, once per day (if you are in town), a Megaton settler will come and give you some gift, such as bottle caps (sometimes even only 1 cap), food, a stimpak, or ammunition. The settler can usually be found around the entrance of Megaton, and can vary in clothing, as well as change equipment throughout the game.
- If you decide to destroy Megaton with the bomb located in the town's center, any surviving settlers (known as Megaton refugees) that you encounter will immediately become hostile towards you.
|Wasteland outfit, roving trader outfit|
|10mm pistol or|
Shanxi Type 17 Chinese pistol or
Lead pipe or
Combat shotgun or
Smith & Wesson .32 pistol
Drops on death
- There are usually 1-3 and very rarely 4 listening to Confessor Cromwell in the center of Megaton regardless if he is dead or not.
- The settlers seem to change their clothing as game time passes. Some of this clothing can not be acquired, let alone equipped.
Megaton settlers appear only in Fallout 3.