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1 April[edit source]

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A Fallout film has been confirmed by Bethesda Softworks. Little is known about the film at this time, but it is based on the Fallout series and takes place in the Fallout world. There has been at least one canceled attempt at making a Fallout movie in the past. IMDb Pro currently lists a movie titled Fallout as being in production, but does not provide a release year. According to IMDb Pro, the producers are Dan Clarke and Sriram Das, and the writers are Guinevere Turner and Andre Fonseca. The plot summary is "In a post-apocalyptic world, three friends struggle to survive."

2 April[edit source]

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Ishmael Ashur is the leader of The Pitt, a raider and slaver town and is said to have found a cure for mutations. Ashur was once a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, and participated in their assault on The Pitt in 2255, known as the Scourge. During the fight, Ashur was caught in an explosion and was presumed dead, so the Brotherhood left him within the mill. After being pulled out of the rubble by scavengers trying to steal his armor, Ashur impressed them by fighting back; some even considered him to be a god. By fighting off local raider bands and integrating them into his ranks, Ashur was about to bring the scavengers in the area together and started the industrious town.

3 April[edit source]

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K-9 is an advanced cyberdog unit found in Navarro. Created by the amoral Dr. Schreber, K-9 couldn't stand watching his creator's unethical experiments and readily left Navarro with the Chosen One. The Chosen One just as readily left him in NCR to get necessary repairs from Dorothy and Dr. Henry. However, Henry became suspicious of the dog, thinking it would reveal his Enclave past. He attempted to destroy the K-9, but this just brought the NCR's attention to the cyberdog, who was disassembled and analyzed by NCR scientists. K-9's sarcastic and snide remarks would never be heard again.

4 April[edit source]

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The Vault Dweller's memoirs are the introduction of the Fallout 2 manual. Written by the Vault Dweller himself, it's an account of his life ever since he left Vault 13, up until he founded Arroyo. In the Vault Dweller's words, it's "what I feel will be important" to the future generations of the wasteland, but more specifically, his village of Arroyo. As it stands, it is the only information about the canonical outcome of Fallout outside a few references in the sequel itself.

5 April[edit source]

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Steel ingots are a rare commodity in The Pitt. Slaves are routinely sent into the hazardous steelyard to look for these hunks of pure steel, but most never come back. There are one hundred steel ingots scattered all around the steelyard and its neighboring facilities. Scavenging these ingots for Everett not only helps The Mill, but proves to be lucrative when he gives the Lone Wanderer a wide array of weapons and armor for his trouble.

6 April[edit source]

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Radio New Vegas is the main radio station of New Vegas and the surrounding Mojave Wasteland. DJ'ed by the oh-so charismatic Mr. New Vegas, the radio station plays a wide array of songs that are mostly big band crooners, but also a few Rat Pack-era country and blues songs along with some lounge instrumentals. In addition to music, Mr. New Vegas also provides commentary on Courier-influenced happenings around the Mojave and other news bulletins.

7 April[edit source]

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RadAway is a chemical solution that bonds with radioactive particles and passes them harmlessly through ones urinary system. As such, it is a potent diuretic. While RadAway removes radiation from the system, it does not prevent one from becoming irradiated the way Rad-X does. It was addictive in earlier games but since Fallout 3, this is not the case.

8 April[edit source]

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Jason Bright is a sentient and prophetic glowing one that leads the Bright Brotherhood, a cult of ghouls that seek to leave the wasteland of Earth and live in the "Far Beyond." To get to the Far Beyond, they intend to use the rockets left over at the REPCONN test site to use in their "Great Journey." However, efforts toward bringing the rockets to functionality has been brought to a standstill after "demons" began threatening the peaceful followers and focus was shifted to defense.

9 April[edit source]

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The West Tek Research Facility, colloquially known as The Glow or Great Glow after the Great War, was founded as a private contractor of the United States government. Initially divided into two divisions, Advanced Weapons and Biomedical Sciences Research, it was the single largest private contractor of the U.S. government by 2069. Its biggest contract was the T-51 power armor for use by infantry soldiers on the front lines of Anchorage. Its second-largest contract was the Pan-Immunity Virion Project, later known as the Forced Evolutionary Virus project. In 2076, its primary complex in California was secured by a military contingent for fear of international espionage; shortly after, the PVP research was moved to the Mariposa Military Base where experimentation on human subjects would continue.

10 April[edit source]

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The Shi are a faction in San Fransisco that much prefer scientific research over wasteland politics. As such, they are a reclusive bunch that shun outsiders and use their heavily armed guards to make sure it stays that way. They are the descendants of the crewmen of a Chinese submarine, the Shi-huang-ti, that was beached in San Francisco shortly after the Great War. Because of their isolation, they have managed to preserve their Chinese heritage and customs, like their feudal system. They are supposedly ruled over by the Shi Emperor but in actuality, the Emperor's head adviser, Ken Lee, handles most affairs directed at the Shi. They are currently in a power struggle with the Hubologists who seeks to subvert the Shi's scientific achievements for their own pointless endeavors.

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Vault 87 super mutants are super mutants that were created from a strain of Forced Evolutionary Virus developed in Vault 87 (not the Mariposa Military Base, like other super mutants). Having made them biologically immortal, this strain of FEV makes subjects become larger and stronger as they age.

Originally created in 2078, these super mutants have become a permanent feature of the Capital Wasteland. They are mostly concentrated in the Washington, D.C. neighborhoods and Metro tunnels, but can also be found consistently throughout the wasteland looking for more "green stuff" (Forced Evolutionary Virus) to continue turning humans into super mutants. Often accompanied with centaur watchdogs, there are five different tiers of super mutants in the Capital Wasteland: regular super mutants, brutes, masters, overlords and behemoths, each being stronger than the last.

12 April[edit source]

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Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States of America and the first Republican nominee to win office, serving from 1861 to 1865. Considered one of America's greatest presidents, Lincoln successfully led the United States through one of its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crises, the American Civil War, and preserved the Union. During the war, he emancipated all African-American slaves, which became his shining achievement in the eyes of the members of the Temple of the Union, an anti-slavery coalition in the Capital Wasteland.

13 April[edit source]

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Ron Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is a screen and voice actor with much work in both disciplines. In addition to doing the voice of Butch Harris in the original Fallout, he is also the renowned narrator of the game franchise. Perlman's "War. War never changes." has set the tone for all but one Fallout game (Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel).

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M.A.R.Go.T. (Metro Authority Rapid Governmental Transit System) is the computer in charge of the Presidential metro which connects the White House, United States Capitol building and Adams Air Force Base. In service since April 14, 2065, M.A.R.Go.T. is aware that something happened on the surface, but isn't sure what. It isn't any concern to her anyway, as her primary function is to protect the Metro and she will continue to do so until she is no longer able to.

15 April[edit source]

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The Children of the Cathedral (commonly abbreviated CoC) are a widespread religious cult that the Master established as a cover for his activities and to spread his philosophy. Publicly, the Children are a post-doomsday cult that preached peace and unity. They worshiped the Holy Flame that destroyed all the world's evil (the nuclear fire that destroyed civilization in the Great War) and talk of their Master who will lead them to a better existence.

However, they were more than a creepy but altruistic cult. The entire religion is elaborated by the Master to cultivate a pool of normal human operatives in the wastes and to prepare the world for his coming. Every person the CoC converted to their faith was one more person who could willingly be dipped in FEV. All Children eagerly awaited their chance to be baptized in the great baptismal font to the north - the vats of FEV in the Mariposa Military Base.

16 April[edit source]

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Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold as commodities. After the Great War, slavery became a very lucrative business once again. Although many of the larger pockets of civilization have outlawed slavery, the practice persists throughout the wasteland.

Slavery is at least mentioned in passing across much of the wasteland, but often blatantly presents itself. New California has a Slavers Guild headquartered in the Den, Caesar's Legion takes slaves without remorse in the Mojave Wasteland and Paradise Falls provides slaves to the Capital Wasteland and The Pitt.

17 April[edit source]

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Trogs are feral humans that have become infected with the Troglodyte Degeneration Contagion (TDC). Over the years, the TDC infected much of the The Pitt's population, turning approximately one-fifth of the population into the savage beasts. While the Pitt slaves work under the Pitt raiders, no one controls the trogs that crawl around the steelyard. This makes it quite dangerous for any slave to enter the steelyard in search of steel ingots. Trogs hunt in packs, using their impressive speed and ferocity to take down prey often before they see it coming.

18 April[edit source]

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Big Town is a settlement in the Capital Wasteland comprised entirely of former residents of Little Lamplight. It is not named for its size, but for the age of its inhabitants; when a resident of Little Lamplight turns sixteen years old, they are exiled from the community and make the trek east halfway across the wasteland to find Big Town. Big Town was glorified by those of high authority in Little Lamplight as a safe and comfortable area where "mungos" go to live. In reality, Big Town is constantly besieged by slavers and super mutants, while the demoralized residents can do little to repel the invasions.

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Feargus Urquhart, born April 19, 1970, is a computer game designer. He was involved with the production of Fallout along with Timothy Cain, as well as Fallout 2 under Black Isle Studios. In 2003, Interplay Entertainment fell into serious financial difficulties and the Black Isle Studios division was closed down in December, meaning the Van Buren project Urquhart was heading was canceled. With the help of colleaues that worked on Fallout, he founded and is currently the president of Obsidian Entertainment, which designed Fallout: New Vegas.

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Vault Boy is the mascot for Vault-Tec Industries and always appears in their manuals and training films. In the Fallout series, Vault Boy is used to provide an iconic representation of the perks and stats available to the player character. In appearance, he is a young male cartoon character with wavy hair (brown in earlier appearances, blond by the time of Fallout 3), a wide smile and wears a Vault jumpsuit. His design pays homage to 1950s style mascots.

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Enclave Radio is a radio station run by the Enclave and broadcast from the Raven Rock mountain complex. It is hosted by President John Henry Eden and airs patriotic music, as well as President Eden's "frank discussions", chats and inspiration quotes. The Enclave has dispatched a number of eyebots to ensure that denizens without a radio can hear the broadcasts. A few wastelanders point out the repetitive nature of the Enclave Radio broadcast, and question whether it is a live broadcast or an old pre-War recording that's been on infinite loop for decades.

22 April[edit source]

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The Pip-Boy 3000 is a wrist bound personal information processor (PIP) developed by RobCo Industries. A step up from the Pip-Boy 2000, this multifunction device has been programmed by RobCo to display the wearer's stats, area maps, inventory, and item properties. It also includes a Geiger counter and a radio, and its screen doubles as a flashlight. It acts as the player's game interface in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

23 April[edit source]

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Cain is a possible Initiate in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Born before the Great War, Cain sought refuge in Vault 12 but because the blast doors never fully closed, he was exposed to not entirely lethal amounts of radiation and was transformed into a ghoul.

Cain became a merciless, tough-as-nails mercenary, fighting for the highest bidder, so he became a mercenary in Set's army, the leader of Necropolis after he took control of the town in spring of 2083. When Necropolis was razed by Unity on March 24, 2162, Cain managed to survive and took it personally, and sought for vengeance against the super mutants. In an attempt to get back at the super mutants, Cain went to the Brotherhood of Steel, looking to sign up.

24 April[edit source]

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The Think Tank is the dominant force in Big MT, comprised of the pre-War Big MT executives that preserved their sentience in brain bots of the same name. They are headed by Doctor Klein, the original administrator of Big MT and supported by Doctors Borous, 0, 8, and Dala.

Recently, another member of the Think Tank, Doctor Mobius, had a falling out with the others during a dispute with Dr. Klein. After tinkering with their programming, Mobius fled to the X-42 robo-warfare facility, later dubbed the "Forbidden Zone" and began terrorizing them with his robo-scorpions. For this reason, the Think Tank is too afraid to wander out of the central dome and requires a visitor to restore their authority over Big MT.

25 April[edit source]

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A robot is a machine capable of autonomously completing tasks. Depending upon the robot, these tasks may be simple or complex, and may require little human intervention or complete oversight.

In the Fallout universe, robots had been constructed for many purposes, and many examples survived long enough to be a factor in post-Great War world. Robots had been constructed by pre-War society to fill all niches and occupations. Robots run the gamut, from general-purpose utility droids to full-fledged specialized military battle machines and be found in almost any variation of environment and function.

26 April[edit source]

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The Midwest refers to the former north-central states of the Plains and Midwest Commonwealths. The region is mostly controlled by a splinter faction of the Brotherhood of Steel. After an unfortunate turn of events, they are battling one of their own paladins, Latham, who had assumed control over Gammorin's Army, a part of Unity that fled east after the defeat of the Master. The Brotherhood also fought against the Reaver Movement, who worshipped technology instead of letting the Brotherhood hoard it. But ultimately, they were in conflict with the Calculator, a manic artificial intelligence unit that aimed to spread its influence across the the wasteland. Some of the major cities are Quincy, Kansas City, Junction City, Coldwater, and Great Bend.

27 April[edit source]

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The Big Mountain Transportalponder! is a prototype teleportation device created in the Big Mountain Research and Development Center. With the quick pull of the trigger, it conveniently allows the operator to teleport from wherever they are in the Big MT and end up at the Mojave Drive-in. Alternatively, it transports the operator from anywhere in the Mojave Wasteland and end up on the balcony of The Sink.

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As the Sino-American War escalated, the United States annexed Canada in 2067. The foundation for Canada's annexation was laid in 2059, with the establishment of the Anchorage Front Line as America's bulwark against the Chinese. The increase in military presence raised tensions with Canada, but permission was eventually granted in 2067, after the Chinese invaded a year earlier. The behavior of the United States in Canada led to mass protests and rioting in several Canadian cities, but Canadian protests went unheard. In fact, Canada became Little America in the minds of U.S. citizens.

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New Reno is a large city in New California, known for its casinos such as the Shark Club and the Desperado. It is home to, among many other things, the Golden Globes studio, the Jungle Gym prizefighter ring, and the Cat's Paw brothel. There is also a substantial weapons outfit called New Reno Arms.

The town is currently run by four different families: the Mordinos, the Bishops, the Wrights, and the Salvatores. Reno was spared the atomic fire of the Great War, but with the destruction of the rest of the United States, law and order broke down as mobster families ascended to power. To this day, New Reno has no official government or police force. However, aside from their internecine conflicts, the families generally keep order and make the city safe for tourists from the wastes, sending any troublemakers who disrupt the tourist trade to Golgotha, a burial site near New Reno. The tourists are glad to partake of the gambling, prostitution and drugs (particularly Jet) offered by the city's mobsters.

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The PIP-Boy 2000 is a wrist bound personal information processor (PIP) developed by RobCo Industries. This Pip-Boy is a very special piece of pre-War equipment that was used primarily by travelers. Holding a surprisingly large amount of information, it can transfer data to and from holodisks and from data tubes. It displays information in bright green on its black 5" x 3" screen and can record sound as well as video footage for later playback. In addition, it displays all maps, character stats, inventory space and item properties.