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1 December[edit source]

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Jacobstown is a super mutant refuge nestled high in a Mount Charleston ski lodge in the Spring Mountains. Until recently, it was of little interest to scavengers and prospectors because of its isolated position and the treacherous road leading up to it, but this made it a prime location for Marcus to settle a mutant refuge. Unfortunately for him, not all of the super mutants and nightkin were content to live under his rules. Some went off on their own, eventually forming their own dysfunctional super mutant communities, like the State of Utobitha at Black Mountain. Marcus is disappointed at how things turned out, but does his best to take care of the super mutants and nightkin at Jacobstown. Former Enclave scientist Doctor Henry is even researching how to rehabilitate nightkins that have developed schizophrenia from prolonged Stealth Boy use.

2 December[edit source]

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Nuka-grenades are crude explosives that use a mixture of turpentine, scouring agents and strontium-90 rich Nuka-Cola Quantum as an explosive. After the tin can containing the volatile cocktail is primed and thrown, it erupts into a massive and radioactive blue fireball. Targets unfortunate enough to live through the explosion are set on fire and linger in the radioactive fallout. Although they can rarely be found around the wasteland, these improvised explosives can be crafted after finding the proper know-how around the Capital Wasteland.

3 December[edit source]

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Vault-Tec bobbleheads were promotional novelty items sold by Vault-Tec Industries to promote sale and awareness of their vaults. Twenty of these rare trinkets are spread all over the Capital Wasteland and usually take some dedication to get to and collect. When picked up, they permanently increase one of the seven S.P.E.C.I.A.L. statistic or one of the thirteen skills and inscribed upon them are motivational anecdotes related to the SPECIAL statistic or skill. Each bobblehead can be displayed on a podium set aside for such a purpose in a players' house in Megaton or their Tenpenny Tower suite.

4 December[edit source]

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A Garden of Eden Creation Kit, or G.E.C.K., is a device created by Future-Tec, a division of Vault-Tec Industries, that was meant to revitalize areas of the wasteland. There were two kit models designed, both looking like a small, silver briefcase emblazoned with "G.E.C.K.". The first, according to Vault-Tec advertisements, contains all the seeds, fertilizer, and other equipment – including a cold fusion power generator and a basic replicator – necessary to start a new settlement after emerging from shelter. The other is a unique matter terraformer that recombines all matter within a set radius into fertile farmland. Each Vault was presumably issued with two G.E.C.K.s, except for Vaults 8, 13 and 101; Vault 8's extra G.E.C.K. got swapped with the Vault 13 surplus water chips that were ordered as backups.

5 December[edit source]

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Dog is a psychologically disturbed nightkin with dissociative identity disorder who aids Father Elijah by capturing treasure hunters for him and fitting them with explosive collars. His alternate personality, God is trying to break Dog free of Elijah's grasp. He was once hand picked to be in Unity, but was crushed by the defeat of the Master. After wandering the wasteland, he eventually found the Sierra Madre where Elijah took control of him. Dog is extremely loyal and will follow the commands issued by his master's voice to the letter, even when it puts him in danger. God, on the other hand, is calm, articulate, controlling, and far less easy to manipulate. God only wants to help Dog by breaking him free from Elijah's command, but Dog hates God and actively tries to silence "the voice," even going as far as to self-harm himself.

6 December[edit source]

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Paladin Tristan is a field commander in Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel. In light of Sentinel Lyons' inability to command after the Battle of Project Purity, Tristan has taken over command of Brotherhood military operations. He follows Elder Lyons' ideals on the new direction the rouge faction of the Brotherhood of Steel is taking very closely with a serious, no-nonsense and wise demeanor. Like few others, he was a part of the original expedition that discovered the Pentagon ruins with then Paladin Lyons. As the Brotherhood chases down the remnants of the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland, Tristan gives the Lone Wanderer several important objectives to aid the Brotherhood and their final goal.

7 December[edit source]

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Nuka-Cola Quantum is a version of Nuka-Cola advertised to have twice the calories, twice the carbohydrates, twice the caffeine and twice the taste. The drink was released to small experimental groups around Washington, D.C. in 2077, but the Great War broke out before the vast majority of deliveries could reach their destination. To make it stand out on the shelves and to give it an extra kick, Quantum included a mildly radioactive strontium isotope as well as an eighteenth fruit flavor, pomegranate. The effect was a drink that not only boosted your energy, but also glowed a distinctive and bright light blue. The drink remains somewhat difficult to find in the Capital Wasteland; aside from boosting energy, Nuka-Cola Quantum can be used in other confectioneries and even developed into rudimentary explosives.

8 December[edit source]

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Navarro refers to an area north of San Francisco, along the California coastline. Before the Great War, Navarro served as a refinery for the Poseidon oil rig, where the Enclave headquarters were located. Adjacent to the oil installations, a government-funded military base was constructed, together with a satellite uplink station and maintenance and repair facilities.

Years after the Great War, the base was commandeered by the Enclave, who converted it into their primary mainland outpost, establishing a refueling station for the Vertibirds. Due to the relatively short range of the Vertibird, as well as frequent malfunctions, especially in post-War conditions, Vertibird schematics were almost always present on site for necessary repairs and maintenance, but were prone to misplacement. A couple of years after 2246, the New California Republic invaded and sacked Navarro, stating that it posed a threat to the region.

9 December[edit source]

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Novac is a small settlement built upon a desert highway motel in Clark County, Nevada. While Novac is a stopping point on Highway 95 for caravans and travelers on their way to New Vegas to the north, the town's economy is based primarily on the collection of scrap from the nearby REPCONN test site. The town is easy to spot on the horizon due to its peculiar landmark: a giant fabricated Tyrannosaurus rex biting off the top of an equally giant thermometer, affectionately called Dinky the T-Rex. The hollow dinosaur contains a gift shop, but Dinky's mouth is utilized as a sniper's nest where Manny Vargas and Craig Boone serve as the town sentries. The town has recently been having problems with feral ghouls wandering down the road from the REPCONN test site and near the town.

10 December[edit source]

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The sonic sound wave projecto-emitter is a piece of technology developed at the Big Mountain Research and Development Center. Designed as a therapeutic vertebrae-desensitizer, it was meant to sooth the vertebrae through sound waves, but was later re-purposed as a weapon. Instead of soothing vertebrae, the weaponized sonic emitter is now more likely to break them. It can be programmed with recorded frequencies to have various effects on a target or can emit a force field disrupting electromagnetic pulse wave. The device is the first piece of technology given to the Courier by the Think Tank but they soon find more marvelous and grand technology waiting for them in the Big Empty.

11 December[edit source]

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Salient green is a gummy green goop that contains the base molecular structures of plant cells and was developed in the Big Mountain Research and Development Center. This universal and easily convertible nutrient paste is derived from a wide array of different plant types through a process at the biological research station. After being converted into salient green, the substance can be converted back into the original form, or one of several different plants via a reaction with heat, which congeals the paste into vegetation.

12 December[edit source]

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Forced Evolutionary Virus, often referred to as FEV, is one of the most important mutagenic factors in the history of the wasteland, responsible for much of the mutations in post-War America. It began development in September of 2073 as a cure for the New Plague, which would alter uninfected DNA to render it immune to standard viral infection. The virus is a shifting-absorptive virus, copying DNA patterns much like RNA, storing these patterns in exons. These exons, combined with the FEV, are re-injected into the host cells in typical viral infectious fashion. This causes the host cells to 'regenerate' their DNA with the FEV's corrections. Organisms exposed to FEV generally become physiologically and psychologically superior to uninfected organisms. Among others, FEV was used extensively by the Master to develop his army of super mutants and the Enclave continued research on the virus to destroy all mutated life on the planet.

13 December[edit source]

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Spore carriers are dead humans colonized by bioengineered Beauveria mordicana fungus. Developed in the X-22 botanical garden at the Big Mountain Research and Development Center, it was later handed over to Vault 22 to conduct further research. The fungus thrived in laboratory settings and eventually infected the entire vault, forcing those still alive to flee to Zion Canyon where the fungus spread even further. The colony technically kills the host after completely taking over and uses the body as transportation to spread its spores further. The resulting creature is a mossy green quadruped that docilely rests in dense foliage until disturbed. Upon being disturbed, the host body growls and attacks the intruder savagely trying to infect it with fungal spores.

14 December[edit source]

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Bob Frazier, better known as Iguana Bob, is a businessman from the Hub and owner of Bob's Iguana Bits, where he sells his iguana-on-a-stick meals. In 2162, the Vault Dweller discovered that some of Bob's "iguanas" were made from human corpses, and were supplied by Doc Morbid from Junktown. It seems, however, that he did not share this knowledge with anyone else, as eighty years later, around 2242, the Bob's Iguana Bits brand prospers in the New California Republic, owned by Mikey Frazier, his son, who hopefully uses real iguanas.

15 December[edit source]

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Brian Fargo founded of Interplay Entertainment in 1984 and was the head of the company when Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics were developed and published. While he did not work directly on any of the Fallout games, Fargo worked on the intros of all three games. However, his claim to fame was his large contributions to the game considered by many to be Fallout's predecessor, Wasteland.

16 December[edit source]

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Hopeville is the ruins of a military town, buried beneath the dust of the Divide. Along with its neighboring city, Ashton, Hopeville was home to one of the United States Armed Forces nuclear missile complexes. It was also the subject of a major research project concerning meteorology done by the Big Mountain Research and Development Center; the project ended in a disaster, spawning the horrible dust storms for which the Divide is infamous. The military town is largely populated by marked men now, who seek shelter in the administration building and missile silo, in addition to the numerous barracks the pepper the area.

17 December[edit source]

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Griffon is a charismatic ghoul that is peddling his "miracle elixir," Aqua Cura, in the ghoul city of Underworld. This wig-wearing snake oil salesman purchases clean Aqua Pura, and resells it to wasteland denizens the Brotherhood of Steel refuses to sell to, like raiders and slavers. He then refills the bottles with ordinary irradiated water at his bottling operation in the Museum Authority Building to sell to the ghouls of Underworld and pad his profits. He claims that Aqua Cura is a remedy to almost anything that ails ghouls, including skin problems, clumsiness, headaches, insomnia and can even promote hair growth.

18 December[edit source]

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The Sink is a periphery that rests on top of the central dome of Big MT's Think Tank. It serves as the Courier's main base of operations while in the Big Empty, and features several amenities to cater to their needs. The Sink was originally owned by Doctor Mobius, but was abandoned when he fled to the Forbidden Zone after a falling out with Doctor Klein. He left behind several disabled artificial personality routines after flinging the requisite chips over the balcony edge, leaving them to scatter all over the crater. However, should the Courier find these personality chips, they can be reinstalled to restore the Sink's lively atmosphere, and the personalities will bicker and flicker like in past times.

19 December[edit source]

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Captain Roger Maxson was originally the second in command of the security team stationed in the West Tek research facility since January 3, 2076. The team and research personnel were later relocated to the Mariposa Military Base on January 7, 2077 where further FEV research was conducted. While there, Maxson and his men learned about the human experiments going on in the base and base morale suffered a hefty blow. Captain Maxson then took control of the entire base and interrogated the scientists. However, the Great War broke out and left little reason to continue the investigations. Maxson ordered everyone to leave the accursed military base once it was safe and led an exodus to the Lost Hills government bunker. Once there, he founded the Brotherhood of Steel and became its first High Elder, advised by orders of Scribes, Knights, and Paladins.

20 December[edit source]

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Primm is a small resort town situated along I-15 in the Mojave Wasteland. The "budget Vegas" used to be a moderate commerce area in the southern Mojave but with the recent prison break at the nearby NCR Correctional Facility, the town has become overrun with convicts. With the sheriff killed by the convicts, Primm is without law and won't last much longer without it.

The town features the Bison Steve Hotel, the "El Diablo" roller coaster and a Mojave Express office, but the town's "Primm-ier" attraction is the Vikki and Vance Casino, a gambling establishment romanticizing the exploits of the legendary crime couple, Vikki and Vance.

21 December[edit source]

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Dogmeat is a dog that could be found in Junktown terrorizing an old man named Phil. According to Phil, Dogmeat's previous owner was killed by hired thugs of Gizmo, and he used to wear a leather jacket. With this information, the Vault Dweller can distract Dogmeat by wearing a similar leather jacket or by easily luring him away with some yummy iguana and gain a loyal canine companion. Dogmeat proved to be very effective in fighting alongside the Vault Dweller, despite never being able to take directions very well. He was unfortunately killed when he ran into a force field in a military base.

22 December[edit source]

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Sally is a young girl that has been on Mothership Zeta "for a while... a long while." Her family was abducted shortly after the bombs dropped in 2077. Her parents were killed almost immediately after the war, leaving her and her sister to themselves. After the abduction, the girls were separated, and Sally never learned that her sister died during one of the aliens' many experiments. Now a fixture in the lower levels of the ship, Sally has repeatedly escaped custody and explored a good deal of the ship's lower level. After the Lone Wanderer and other abductees take over the mothership, Sally continues to explore the lower levels and scrounge for alien technology.

23 December[edit source]

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The Hole is an arena in the basement of The Pitt's steel mill. The arena is there to keep morale up among slaves and slavers alike: slaves are encouraged to fight to the death in the Hole in order to earn their freedom, and the raiders get some entertainment out of the deal. The fights have three tiers: the first battle is against other slaves; the second is against the experienced and hardy Bear Brothers; the final battle is against the legendary Gruber, the champion of the Hole and a former slave himself. After the Lone Wanderer kills all participants in the Hole, they are given their freedom and will be granted an audience with Lord Ashur, who is suspicious of who they really are.

24 December[edit source]

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An alien is any entity with extraterrestrial origins. A species of yellow-green humanoids in particular have been orbiting the Earth since the 1600s, but the details about them are largely unknown. Before the 1960s, they were only believed in by "crackpot" groups, such as Quaere Verum, that thought the existence of aliens was being covered up by a government conspiracy. However, after the mysterious disappearance, or rather abduction, of the USSA space capsule Clarabella 7 and the piloting astronaut Colonel Hartigan during the 1960s by Mothership Zeta, the existence of aliens became nationally recognized. It is said that alien technology was the basis of many of the Enclave's more exotic and impressive weaponry and robotics.

25 December[edit source]

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T-45 power armor was the first version of power armor to be successfully deployed on the battlefield and became a remarkable asset to the United States during the Anchorage Reclamation. These suits lacked the mobility of later versions (such as T-51b), but made up for it with the additional strength provided by the suit. It originally ran on small energy cells, but burned through them at an alarming rate. In response, later versions were manufactured with built-in microfusion packs. The armor was originally used by the United States military, but later became a major part in the arsenal of various chapters of the Brotherhood of Steel in the post-War wasteland.

26 December[edit source]

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Nipton was an small town in New California near the Nevada border unfortunate enough to made into an example by Caesar's Legion. In the late 2200s, it gained the reputation of a brothel under the leadership of Mayor Joseph B. Steyn. The town would service NCR soldiers in the night and Powder Gangers in the day, but the town's undoing came when Steyn arranged to turn over both to the Legion in return for caps. A place where prostitution and thievery thrived, the residents were deemed profligates by the Legion and were forced into a lottery. The prizes varied: the lucky ones were swiftly beheaded, others were crucified, but one lucky fellow got to run for it. Mayor Steyn had the honor of being burned alive on a pile of tires.

27 December[edit source]

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The White Legs are a tribe of nomadic raiders from Salt Lake City, Utah. The tribe is composed overwhelmingly of very light-skinned individuals of Caucasian descent that cover their bodies in a chalk-like white powder as war paint. Sometime after 2277, the White Legs petitioned to be assimilated into Caesar's Legion. Caesar, humiliated after his defeat at the First Battle of Hoover Dam, agreed to the assimilation on the condition that the White Legs slaughter the New Canaanites in the hopes that they would kill Joshua Graham in the process, should he still be alive. Having failed to kill him, Salt-Upon-Wounds led a force of White Legs and followed Graham to Zion Canyon where he has bolstered a contingent of Dead Horse tribemen against them.

28 December[edit source]

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Plasma rifles and casters are high tech energy weapons that fire superheated bolts of plasma. These bolts form into toroids in the plasma chamber, which are then sent down a superconducting barrel, propelled, and in some models stabilized, by electromagnetic claws upon exiting it. Initially, the weapon was a bulky, industrial plasma caster, manufactured by Winchester Arms; while it performed admirably, it was expensive and required specialized training to use. However, later developments for the United States military led to a more compact design that was cheaper to produce and easier to train for, perfectly suited for urban warfare.

29 December[edit source]

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An alien crash site is the resting place of Recon craft Theta after it crash landed in the northern Capital Wasteland. Upon crashing, the alien pilot smashed through the glass and died instantly, leaving a blaster and multiple alien power cells strewn about the site. By this time, the spacecraft was transmitting a distress signal for a short range. As the signal intensified, the Lone Wanderer investigated it, and was promptly abducted by Mothership Zeta, which had also been monitoring the signal. The recon craft was salvaged from the crash site soon after and taken back to the mothership's hangar.

30 December[edit source]

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The mobile base crawler is a massive vehicle that serves as the heart of the Enclave installation at Adams Air Force Base. With the destruction of Raven Rock, the pre-War mobile satellite array/space shuttle launch platform became the Enclave's only known remaining command center on the East Coast. It is a massive vehicle that the Enclave upgraded with newly developed technology, crafting it into a battle-station where the elite Squad Sigma trains, deathclaw experimentation continues, and access to the earth's remaining orbital payloads (like Bradley-Hercules) are attempted.

31 December[edit source]

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Vera Keyes was the starlet for whom Frederick Sinclair built the Sierra Madre Resort & Casino. Worshiping the very ground she walked on, Sinclair built the casino as both a monument to her and a fortress to protect her from the war he saw on the horizon. However, Keyes conspired with Dean Domino, an old flame who came to resent Sinclair, to take everything Sinclair held. Her participation was insured by Domino's blackmail of Med-X and super stimpak addictions, treatment for a terminal illness of which Domino, among others, was oblivious. Sinclair soon discovered the plot and converted the Sierra Madre vault into a trap for the traitorous Domino. On the night the bombs dropped, the night of the Grand Opening, the casino locked its doors and its security systems activated. The holograms massacred the guests, and Vera was trapped in her room, with only one way out. She scrawled her last words, "LET GO", on the wall, and overdosed on the chem cocktail which had both saved her from and caused so much pain already. Her voice still lures treasure hunters to the Sierra Madre 200 years later for the chance to "Begin Again."