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Obadiah Blackhall
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
GenderMale
AffiliationBlackhall Manor
RoleOwner of Blackhall Manor
LocationBlackhall Manor
FamilyConstance Blackhall (distant ancestor)
Cut contentIcon cut.png Richard Dunwich (distant relative)
Dialogue FileObadiah Blackhall's dialogue
Gameplay
QuestsThe Dark Heart of Blackhall
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
SPECIALStrength: 1
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 2
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 21
Level1
Technical
Base IDxx002f3eRef IDxx002f3f
ActorJames Lewis
 
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Good, good. People should be able to sit and have a conversation, especially in times like these. Civil discourse; the greatest of our lost arts. Wouldn't you agree?

Obadiah Blackhall is one of the inhabitants of Point Lookout in the year 2277.

Background

The last descendant of the Blackhalls, a famous (some say infamous) family of wealth in the history of Point Lookout, Obadiah is stubborn and is still entranced by an old book his family once lost.[1]

The Blackhall family was deeply involved in the commercialization of Point Lookout in the early 21st century. Constance Blackhall, head of the estate after the New Plague made her an unexpected widow in 2058, cooperated with entrepreneurs from the Isla Negra Realty Company, who had been trying to acquire family real estate unsuccessfully for years. Despite overwhelming local cultural resistance, Isla Negra persistently attempted to bring tourism and modernization to Point Lookout and St. Mary’s County.[1]

When Obadiah first meets the Lone Wanderer, he is polite, and asks the player to sit down and chat. Obadiah sits in a wheel chair, next to a pair of gas canisters and crutches, signaling that he is disabled. His family was one of the first to settle in Point Lookout, starting with Constance Blackhall, his great, great, great grandmother. He currently resides in Blackhall Manor to keep his family's legacy safe. He used to be in possession of a priceless family heirloom, a special book with mysterious powers.

He despises other inhabitants of Point Lookout to varying degrees, either because he considers them uncivilized or simply unintelligent and possibly because of the theft of the book. However, it seems he is aware of their belief of the powers of the book as well, and wants the power all to himself.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.

Quests

Effects of player actions

  • Obadiah can be seen praying, in his basement, in front of a dead creeper, after completing the Dark Heart of Blackhall. The player is then given the option to engage in conversation after his initial disapproval and request that you leave his home. You are then given three unique choice options. When the player states he hides bodies in rivers, he responds by saying he and the player are more different than they can comprehend. Telling him that you thought that he was above "this occult nonsense" will cause him to tell you that you misunderstood and demean you. A third option will cause the player to tell him that you will leave and he tells you to make haste.

Inventory

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Apparel
Dirty pre-War casualwear
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Weapon
-
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Carried items
-
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Drops on death
empty

* Only after completing "The Dark Heart of Blackhall".

Notes

  • The gas canisters next to Blackhall's wheelchair are labeled "nitrous oxide" otherwise known as "laughing gas".
  • While in the basement, Obadiah may sometimes chant "Ug-Qualtoth is returned. Be afraid, worms." This same name is mentioned in the Dunwich Building terminals.

Appearances

Obadiah Blackhall appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Point Lookout.

Behind the scenes

  • Blackhall and the quest related to him is a nod to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • The Blackhall family is a reference to the Whateley family from the H.P. Lovecraft story The Dunwich Horror. This is shown as the player can alternately end the quest at the Dunwich Building's altar.
  • There are also similarities to the central family in The Lurker at the Threshold, a the novel Lovecraft co-wrote with August Derleth, who published it after the former's death. As with there, an aristocratic man inherits his family's dark legacies.

Bugs

  • Obadiah will not show up on your compass as friendly or hostile (even with a Perception of 10).
  • If you attack him, and then holster your weapon, he will speak with the voice of a male raider.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.87: "Obadiah Blackhall
    The last descendant of the Blackhalls, a famous (some say infamous) family of wealth in the history of Point Lookout, Obadiah is stubborn and is still entranced by an old book his family once lost. The Blackhall family was deeply involved in the commercialization of Point Lookout in the early 21st century. Constance Blackhall, head of the estate after the New Plague made her an unexpected widow in 2058, cooperated with entrepreneurs from the Isla Negra Realty Company, who had been trying to acquire family real estate unsuccessfully for years. Despite overwhelming local cultural resistance, Isla Negra persistently attempted to bring tourism and modernization to Point Lookout and St. Mary's County."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)