Tabitha

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Tabitha
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Biography and appearance
RaceMariposa super mutant (nightkin)
GenderFemale[1]
AffiliationThe Unity (formerly)
State of Utobitha
RoleSupreme Commander of Black Mountain
Host of Black Mountain Radio
LocationBlack Mountain
Dialogue FileTabitha's dialogue
Gameplay
QuestsCrazy, Crazy, Crazy
Eyesight to the Blind
Statistics
AlignmentEvil
SPECIALStrength: 9
Perception: 5
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 3
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 550
DT: 0
Radiation Resistance: 100%
Tag SkillsCombat Skill: 50
Level20
Technical
Editor IDTabitha
Base ID000e60f1Ref ID000e61a2
ActorFred Tatasciore
 
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Is there any truth to the rumor that all Nightkin are slightly crazy from their overuse of psychologically damaging pre-war tech? None at all, Rhonda. There you have it, Utobitha! Nightkin, your benevolent overlords, who are most certainly *not* crazy. We'll be back after this!

— Tabitha on the Black Mountain Radio, alternating between her two personalities

Tabitha is the supreme commander of the State of Utobitha at Black Mountain in Fallout: New Vegas.

Background[edit | edit source]

Tabitha is a former commander of the nightkin of the Unity. Following the fall of the Master, she and her kin wandered the wasteland for over a century. In the course of her travels, she found a Mr Handy designated Rhonda, who became her constant companion and aide. She was responsible for saving several super mutants from suffering at human hands, including Mean Sonofabitch back in New California.[2]

The mutants arrived at Black Mountain around 2275. Although her Stealth Boy-induced dissociative personality disorder was kept stable by Rhonda, the Mr Handy suffered catastrophic damage at Black Mountain and went into hibernation mode.[3] Her state deteriorated over time. Marcus attempted to distract her with a journal project, however, the plan backfired when Tabitha realized the terminal was part of the radio station at Black Mountain and would allow her to broadcast her own words on the airwaves.[4][5] Within a week of fixing the radio and entering the radio business, her personality split into Tabitha and ersatz-Rhonda, convincing the second-generation super mutants she was a prophet.[6] Gentle attempts to coax her out of the radio building failed.[7]

The situation only deteriorated from there. As the nightkin and second-generation mutants clashed with Marcus' fellow first generation super mutants, he found himself unable to broker a peace. Rather than aggravate the conflict, he chose to leave and found another community in 2279.[8][9] This left Tabitha free to implement her utopian project: The State of Utobitha, complete with its own radio station, broadcasting a rather peculiar (insane and rambling) radio message throughout the wasteland, once the radio transmitter that Marcus smashed on his way out was repaired.[10][11] Raul Tejada was instrumental in restoring the radio. The ghoul mechanic from Mexico was captured by the nightkin and used as a slave to repair anything and everything around the complex, under the constant threat of execution. Of course, it was always delayed by 24 hours in order to have him fix up whatever was broken at the time.[12][13][14][15]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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Tabitha is the host of Black Mountain Radio, alternating between her two personalities, Tabitha and ersatz-Rhonda. She references the NCR and the Legion multiple times, as "two-headed bear people" and "battle cattle" respectively.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Crazy, Crazy, Crazy: Dealing with the threat posed by the Utobithans is the center of the quest. Depending on the player's decisions, Tabitha and Black Mountain can turn out in a variety of ways:
    • Fixing Rhonda and allowing it to leave with Tabitha leads to them becoming legends of the wasteland, with stories eventually becoming popular childrens' books.
    • Killing Tabitha will remove Utobitha from the map and leave super mutant survivors who come to Black Mountain broken and disheartened.
    • Saving Raul, but not completing the quest will cause Tabitha to take the nightkin and become a pestilence upon nighttime travelers in the Mojave.
    • Not starting the quest at all will maintain the status quo.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Tabitha's sunglasses
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Weapon
Super sledge
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Carried items
Tabitha's Equipment Key
Tabitha's Room Key
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Drops on death
empty

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • GECK coding suggest Tabitha was once called Bridget. Due to an oversight, she does not have the 30% damage resistance bonus other mutants receive.
  • A preview in the Official Xbox Magazine suggested that Tabitha was a male super mutant pretending to be female due to its insanity. This was confirmed by J.E. Sawyer on Something Awful forums as not the case: Tabitha is female.
  • Tabitha lacks the 30% damage resistance possessed by most other nightkin enemies.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "{Tabitha, sounding like she's really not looking forward to this} I guess it's time we talked the dumb-dumbs."
  • "Do you remember the good old days where the Master ruled over us all?"
  • "I see Moe. Moe the centaur? Favorite centaur Moe."
  • "I don't even know why I try, it's not like the dumb-dumbs are even gonna understand!"
  • "And I, Tabitha, am willing to take on the burden of your obedience!"
  • "Beware the battle cattle! Leave the fear behind!"
  • "This is not acceptable. No self-respecting soldier of Utobitha should ever be seen running like a scared little human."
  • "That's right! I, Tabitha, will take on the burden of your obedience!"
  • "You heard her, Utobitha! Beware the battle cattle, but don't *fear* the battle cattle. More after this!"

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Tabitha appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

References

  1. Josh Sawyer: "Lily and Tabitha were human women before they were super mutants."
  2. The Courier: "Do you know how he got away from the NCR?"
    Klamath Bob: "Turned out some of them "Night Kids" - whatever you call those sneaky Super Mutant types - got in and busted him out. I guess somebody named "Tabitha" led the bunch that freed him. Don't know much more than that."
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  3. Rhonda: "Thank you very much. My internal clock says it's been 6 years, 52 days, 40 minutes, and 13 seconds since I last spoke to her."
  4. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, Marcus made me type this!: "The leader of this community, Marcus, said I should start keeping a journal to get my mind off of Rhonda. He also said I might find something interesting inside this stupid old building. What could possibly be interesting here? The only think that works in here is this junky old terminal."
  5. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, It's a radio station!: "It's amazing! This place is a radio station! If we can get it repaired, we can broadcast music across the wastes, just like Rhonda and I used to listen to. Ah Rhonda, how I wish you hadn't gone away. I asked all of the mutants here for help, but none of them could do anything for you. Which makes me doubt they can fix this place..."
  6. Courier: "How did Tabitha end up in control?"
    Neil: "For years, Black Mountain was a peaceful community. Its leader, Marcus, broadcast an invitation to Mutants throughout the wasteland. That's how I found Black Mountain. So did others, most of them second generation Mutants. Marcus welcomed everyone - that was his mistake. The community ended up being mostly second gen - not very bright, but easy to influence. Fine, until the Nightkin came along, led by Tabitha... In a week she had most of the second-gens thinking she was some kind of prophet - and that she should be broadcasting her "truth," not Marcus. Marcus saw what was coming and decided to leave before things got out of hand. He smashed the radio and left to found Jacobstown."
  7. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, One the air!: "The radio station is fixed, and we've begun sending our message out into the desert. Marcus thinks I spend too much time in here, but what does a first gen know? Rhonda says they're just one step up from dumb dumbs, and I agree."
  8. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, The elite!: "There was a fight in the yard today between some of us and the first gens. Marcus made a speech about how we need to work together, but why should we? We were the master's favorites! We don't need their help. Rhonda says we'd be better off without them."
  9. The Courier: "What makes this a "dangerous place?""
    Neil: "You must've heard her radio broadcasts? Though why a human would follow her invitation here is beyond me... unless you didn't listen very closely. The voice on the radio belongs to Tabitha, the "supreme commander" of Black Mountain - or, as she calls it, the "State of Utobitha." She took control of this place almost two years ago. The Super Mutants here do whatever she says - and she says humans are to be killed on sight."
    (Neil's dialogue)
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  11. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, Alone at last!: "Marcus and the others left today. Finally, we have the whole place to ourselves! No more listening to lectures about what we can and can't say on the air. The airwaves will be free!

    Now Rhonda and I can host our own radio show like we've been planning. I don't know why Marcus always refused to let us do it before. He always started getting real nervous when I told him what Rhonda thought about things. Rhonda says he was afraid she was too smart to control.

    Anyway, this is the start of a new era! The only downside is most of the dumb dumbs chose to stay."
  12. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, Safe!: "I finally got Raul to finish installing the security measures on my door. Now I can have all the privacy I want.

    Just in case I have a dumb dumb moment, I've placed the spare key under the stairs behind my building. No one ever goes back there, so it should be safe from discovery."
  13. Black Mountain terminals; Terminal, Lucky!: "Great news! A ghoul entered our camp today who has experience fixing machines! He seems to really like it here, so I hope he can stay long enough to fix Rhonda.

    Weird, Rhonda just asked me why she would need fixing. She has a point. What was I thinking?"
  14. The Courier: "You say Marcus smashed the radio. Not very well, apparently?"
    Neil: "Heh. There's a sad story behind that. Marcus smashed it just fine, but while we were gone some Ghoul named Raul came along. Tabitha turned him into her personal mechanic. A slave, really. See, if I'd been standing down here, I could've warned him before it was too late."
    (Neil's dialogue)
  15. New Vegas Radio: "The Black Mountain radio signal is back after a long absence. Listeners say the new programming is, quote, less for outcasts, more for weirdos."