The Courier's brain

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For the character from Point Lookout, see Calvert (brain). For the character from Fallout 2, see Brain.
The Courier's brain
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman brain tank
AffiliationCourier
RoleCourier's brain
LocationForbidden Zone Dome entrance
Dialogue FileThe Courier's brain's dialogue
Gameplay
QuestsOld World Blues
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 10
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Level5
Technical
Editor IDNVDLC03BrainTank
Base IDxx015f7eRef IDxx015fb5
Editor FactionsNVDLC03PlayerBrainFaction
ActorSunil Malhotra
 
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How's the body doing? Any fresh head wounds I should know about?

The Courier's brain is the isolated and interactive brain of the Courier.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Courier's brain was removed by the Think Tank of the Big Empty and subsequently forgotten about. Soon after, Dr. Mobius took the opportunity to seize the brain and secretly take it away to his stronghold, the Forbidden Zone. The brain enjoys the peace and quiet of its new home, along with the relative safety and cleanliness, when compared to the Mojave Wasteland.

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The voice of the brain always sounds male even if the Courier is female. This is explained by the fact that a female voice modulator is apparently hard to come by in Big MT.[1]
  • The brain has some small scarring due to Benny shooting the Courier in the head, an event the brain does not remember fondly.[2]
  • If your Courier is a male with the Confirmed Bachelor perk or a female with the Cherchez La Femme, you can hit on your brain. It is disgusted by the insinuation. This also seems to work if a male character has the Lady Killer perk, and logically if a female character has the Black Widow perk.
  • The Brain, if left in The Sink and not integrated back in the Courier, will act like any of the other appliances. These actions are limited to talking to himself which include mathematics, claiming he doesn't want to be a Robo Brain but wants some "treads", and humming the music of Dead Moneys "Begin Again" song which sometimes plays in the Mysterious Broadcast intended as The Sink's atmosphere music.
  • The Courier's Brain can be implanted into the Courier's skull after the end of Old World Blues by using the "Swap Bodyparts" option on the Sink's Auto-Doc, this gives the player the Big Brained perk.
  • Like the Spine and Heart, the brain can be taken out and put back in at anytime.
  • If the Courier is of low Intelligence, a dialogue can be opened questioning whether the Courier's other organs can speak; a topic which annoys the Brain. Further dialogue also reveals that the tank the Brain floats in has been saturated with ground Mentats; thus explaining the improved Intelligence.[3]
  • The Brain is also one of the most versatile characters in the dialogue exchanges he has with the player character. Upon the discussion of reasons why the brain should go back into the PC head, the dialogue can be different depending on the player's karma.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "[Don't you want to be reunited? I thought you'd be happy to get back into my head!] I'm not going to lie to you, the prospect is definitely not that appealing. Look at it from my perspective. Here, I have peace, quiet, and safety - well, barring the odd rogue scorpion. In your head, I've got poison, radiation, grisly injuries, and biological functions. Do you know how much more you can get done when you're not constantly looking for places to urinate? It's quite a lot, I can tell you."
  • "[I'm going to show them what's really the brightest thing in the room.] [SUCCEEDED] Oh, energy weapons. Yes... I'd almost forgotten how much fun those are. How do we proceed, then?"
  • "Nice to see you back. I trust the adventuring is going well."
  • "[Come on, you're my brain and I'm your body. This is meant to be, baby!] Are you... are you coming on to me?! Sweet Lord, I don't even have the words for how repugnantly wrong that is! Please tell me we weren't that perverse when I was in your head. Anyways, even if... that... was on the table, we have a problem."
  • "[Are you... my brain?] Ah, lovely, figured that out, have we?] Would you like a cookie?"
  • "[Actually, yes. I would love a cookie.] I... ugh... is this really what I have to look forward to?"
  • "[This is too weird. I'll be back later.] Barring the unlikely event that I evolve some sort of rocket-propelled locomotion, I will be here."
  • "[Once you're back in my head, I'll watch television. Lots. And lots. Of television.] You... you wouldn't! That's inhuman!"
  • "[Uh, brain? You seem... awful smart all of a sudden.] I've been bettering myself, I'll have you know. I've been reading - actual literature, mind you, not that ¡La Fantoma! or Tæles of Chivalrie drivel. I've been studying the classics, acquiring a solid grounding in medicine and the sciences. Also, I'm fairly certain this tank has been liberally salted with ground Mentats."
  • "[Why are you such a dick?] Well, that's a fine how-do-you-do! Me! A, quote, dick, unquote. As if I'm the one responsible for the way you carry on, gadding about the Wastes. I'm not the one that makes us clamber around tetanus-infested ancient Vaults or go charging off to New Vegas on missions of ill-conceived revenge! And have we forgotten who got us shot in the head and buried in a shallow grave? Hmm? Do you think I enjoyed that little moment?"
  • "[Why does my brain sound so... masculine?] Ah, well, as to that... you'd be surprised how hard a feminine-sounding voice modulator is to find in the Forbidden Zone. It's not as though brain-sustaining life support tanks grow on trees. I had to take what I could get."
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Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Courier's Brain appears only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png After progressing through the dialog with the Courier's brain the option to say "So, what, you'd rather just stay here? Never leaving that tank of... whatever that stuff is?" appears, however, if you choose it you will get stuck in a never ending speech loop. This also occurs on PC as well, specifically at the moment when the brain begins reminiscing about past feats by Courier. In the observed case, loop occurred between brain recalling Jason Bright`s departure and activation of Helios One. It seems that there are missing dialogue and sound files for the Player's Brain other than the two references toward Jason Bright and Helios One.
    • PCIcon pc.png workaround: to get out of dialogue loop, in console type "player.cam" (close all menus)This will exit the current dialogue with the Brain Tank, and allow player to walk away or enter dialogue again, but loop will occur once more if same response is selected - so choose wisely.

References

  1. The Courier: "Why does my brain sound so... masculine?"
    The Courier's brain: "Ah, well, as to that... you'd be surprised how hard a feminine-sounding voice modulator is to find in the Forbidden Zone. It's not as though brain-sustaining life support tanks grow on trees. I had to take what I could get."
    (The Courier's brain)
  2. The Courier: "Why are you such a dick?"
    The Courier's brain: "Well, that's a fine how-do-you-do! Me! A, quote, dick, unquote. As if I'm the one responsible for the way you carry on, gadding about the Wastes. I'm not the one that makes us clamber around tetanus-infested ancient Vaults or go charging off to New Vegas on missions of ill-conceived revenge! And have we forgotten who got us shot in the head and buried in a shallow grave? Hmm? Do you think I enjoyed that little moment?"
    (The Courier's brain)
  3. The Courier: "Uh, brain? You seem... awful smart all of a sudden."
    The Courier's brain: "I've been bettering myself, I'll have you know. I've been reading - actual literature, mind you, not that ¡La Fantoma! or Tæles of Chivalrie drivel. I've been studying the classics, acquiring a solid grounding in medicine and the sciences. Also, I'm fairly certain this tank has been liberally salted with ground Mentats."
    (The Courier's brain)