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The Fiends are a band of chem-addled raiders that wander the northern parts of the Mojave Wasteland and have set up camp in the South Vegas Ruins, especially Vault 3. Whether it is murder, rape, or burning innocents for sport, the Fiends are more than happy to bring their anarchy to this area, which has become a source of growing concern for the New California Republic. The Fiends are led by Motor-Runner, Cook-Cook, Driver Nephi and Violet – each of whom have their own quirks.
There were untold numbers of companies before the Great War. Some are vaguely referenced throughout the Fallout games, but some are vital to the development of the Fallout world. For example, during the Great War, select citizens of the United States marched into Vault-Tec Industries' underground vaults as they sipped the Nuka-Cola Corporation's namesake soft drink. Meanwhile, soldiers clad in West Tek power armor fought in China and awaited General Atomics International's and RobCo Industries' secret super weapon to join them on the battlefield. The remnants of these companies and their products would shape the post-apocalyptic world for centuries to come, but also give rise to a new generation of companies expanding across the wastes.
Haven is a large building that houses the "royal family" of The Pitt: Lord Ishmael Ashur, his wife Sandra Kundanika, and their daughter Marie. Ashur set up his base of operation in Haven, using its strategic location to watch over the city and organize The Pitt's industrial future. When the Pitt slaves revolt, they storm Haven and try to breach through the Pitt raider security in an attempt to oust Ashur.
Vault 92 was one of the vaults created by the Vault-Tec Corporation. The world's best musicians were invited to this vault to "preserve artistic talent" for after the War. The vault's true purpose, however, was an experimental study in the creation of soldiers susceptible to orders by hypnosis. By exposing the citizens of the vault to white noise, the vault overseer and the vault doctor could induce a trance-like state. While in the trance, the citizens became susceptible to mind control and were thus manipulated for research.
Randall Dean Clark, also known as the Survivalist and The Father in the Cave, was a survivor that sought refuge in Zion National Park after the Great War. Originally an American soldier, Clark survived in the many radiation protected caves in Zion Canyon and kept details of his experiences in journals he left in these caves. Clark's tale details how he waited out the worst of the radiation, then set out into the light once more, adapting to the new flora and fauna as it too adapted to this new world. It mentions him helping others survive, as well as raining vengeance on those who would butcher innocents. It shows him becoming "The Father", his life ending with the rebirth of a group of children into the Sorrows tribe and Clark unwittingly immortalized as their deity.
Liberty Prime is a super weapon developed by RobCo Industries and General Atomics International and commissioned by the United States military. Yet another project commissioned by General Constantine Chase, it was not completed on schedule and America was forced to fight a long bloody battle of the Alaskan Front using their other secret weapon, the more successful and reasonably-scaled power armor.
Upon their arrival in the Capital Wasteland, the Brotherhood of Steel discovered the non-functional metal monolith in the ruins of the former Pentagon. It was this discovery that earned Owyn Lyons a promotion to Elder and spurred the construction of a permanent Brotherhood base in the ruins of Washington, D.C., later to be known as the Citadel.
Frank Horrigan is the Enclave's finest instrument of warfare. Originally a Secret Service Agent for the President of the Enclave, Horrigan was sent out with several other teams to search for slaves to use for excavating the remains of Mariposa Military Base in the summer of 2236. In September, scientists unearthed the Forced Evolutionary Virus and mutations began to occur amongst those who come in contact with it, including Horrigan. He was quickly shuttled back to the Enclave for further research and, between 2236 and 2238, underwent his transformation into a super mutant, though some would describe him as a "genetically engineered cyborg psycho total homicidal maniac", and a kind of "ultra super mutant in power armor." Having been witnessed laughing off plasma rifle fire, and punching deathclaws and armored humans in half, he is one of the deadliest entities to have ever walked the Wasteland.
The Washington, D.C. Metro was a mass transit system underneath America's capital and its neighboring communities before the Great War. 200 years later, super mutants, raiders and feral ghouls have flocked to the tunnels, so traveling through the Metro is not without its hazards. Even so, the Metro tunnels are still the most efficient way to navigate between the D.C. neighborhoods as above ground travel is usually blocked by collapsed streets or buildings. There are three Metro lines: Red, White and Blue. Red and White intersect at Metro Central while Blue is completely independent.
Adam Adamowicz was a concept artist at Bethesda Softworks until he lost his battle with cancer on February 9, 2012. Adamowicz worked on Fallout 3 and the concepts for the design of characters, weapons, apparel, locations and the general surrounding wasteland. He was apparently a very warm, energetic, outgoing and, above all, talented individual while working at Bethesda Softworks.
Dekker is the General of the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel in 2198. He became the commanding officer of the Brotherhood of Steel after his predecessor, Simon Barnaky, rushed into battle against Gammorin's Army to avenge Fang Squad in St. Louis that same year. He commanded Bunker Gamma, Bunker Delta and Bunker Epsilon during the fights against Gammorin's Army, the Reaver Movement, and finally the Calculator.
Oasis is, to say the least, an abnormal place within the Capital Wasteland. It is home to Harold, a special product of Forced Evolutionary Virus who became overwhelmed by a tree growing from his head and rooted to the ground during his travels in the Capital Wasteland. Here he was discovered by several people who began to worship him as a god, and a small and exclusive cult known as the Treeminders began to form in secrecy. The tree, that Harold named Bob, began to blossom and many lively and green plants sprung up in this area, starkly contrasting the outer wasteland.
Joanne Lynette is the First Citizen of Vault City in 2241. She has an extremely managerial, economic, and efficient soul, and she's used to getting her way. She wasn't abused, tortured, or twisted in any way when she was young; she just got a certain privileged and superiority complex hardwired into her head around five or six years old, and she's never been the same. She's always known that she was destined to lead the Vault 8 Citizens, and that power has gone to her head. She tends to work too much and too hard, and she sees all her time as precious, so she has little patience for socializing without a purpose or for people dropping in and wasting her time.
Andale is a town in the south of the Capital Wasteland, touted by its residents as the greatest place on Earth. However, its purportedly inbred population harbors a dark secret. Among other things, two of the host families, the Smiths and the Wilsons, seem to think it's still the pre-War era or refuse to even acknowledge the nuclear apocalypse, while the third house is home to Old Man Harris, who warns that the other families are stone cold killers and you should run while you still have the chance.
The Pancor Jackhammer, despite its name, is an easy to control shotgun, even when fired on full automatic. The popular bullpup design, which places the magazine behind the trigger, makes the weapon well balanced and easy to control. While it is more damaging and has more range than some other shotguns, it is not possible to make Aimed Shots with the Pancor Jackhammer, restricting its versatility.
Raiders are any group of people who pillage, plunder, murder, or otherwise ruin the day of anyone unfortunate enough to not be one of them. If there were still laws, they'd be outlaws. Raiders tend to organize into loose confederations of gangs in the post-apocalyptic wasteland and are a constant problem, because it's much easier for them to just shoot people for their money, food, and other valuables than to earn a decent living. They typically prey upon travelers and very small towns, leaving more populous areas alone, where they are outnumbered and have no element of surprise.
Once a powerhouse of industry, The Pitt steelyard has been reduced to a grimy and gloomy place infested with trogs and wildmen. If not for the valuable steel ingots that are scattered around the yard, no human would ever come here. The Pitt raiders have sent countless slaves into the steelyard in search of these ingots, but not many slaves return, much less with an ingot to show for it.
Lost Hills is the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel in Southern California. A government security bunker before the war, Roger Maxson led the predecessors of the Brotherhood of Steel on an expedition here after their exodus from Mariposa Military Base. Located almost entirely underground, the only indication of the presence of this installation was a small, reinforced structure containing the primary access elevator. Since the Brotherhood seized the location, two sentries in power armor have stood guard at the entrance at all times.
The anti-materiel rifle or AMR is a large .50 caliber, bolt-action sniper rifle and is one of the more impressive items among the New California Republic Veteran Ranger's arsenal. The anti-materiel rifle's .50 MG ammunition is rare and expensive and the rifle also degrades quickly, so repair costs tend to be expensive as well. In light of this, it sports a very high damage and a very low spread with a high magnification scope, allowing one to neutralize most enemies with only one shot from the safety and comfort of an outlook hundreds of meters away.
Little Yangtze is a pre-War American internment camp in Big MT. Under Executive Order 99066, certain areas became designated as military zones from which any and all persons may be excluded, leading many Chinese and Chinese-Americans to be detained in internment camps, like Little Yangtze. Before the war, detainees were used by the Think Tank for experimental research in addition to brain extraction for use in robobrains. Even centuries after the Great War, ghoulified Chinese-Americans are still detained in the prison because of the explosive collars around their neck. One foot out of the gate and off pops the head.
The Calculator is the computer which controls Vault 0. Unlike the ZAX computers, it is not true artificial intelligence, but rather a cyborg connected to several human brains. The neural network was meant to assist in Vault 0's primary function: to initiate mankind's post-War rebirth. When outside temperature, radiation levels, and poison particle counts returned to acceptable levels, Vault 0 was to remotely activate the Exodus protocol, which would initialize the integration of all vault dwellers onto the planet's surface. However, this plan never materialized; the Calculator became corrupted due to fatal errors in his CPU and his data storage systems – human brains. The cybernetic machine became a mad personality whose goals, while formulated as they are originally intended, took a rather homicidal turn.
The Outcast outpost is a pre-War Virtual Strategic Solutions, Inc. compound now controlled by the Brotherhood Outcasts. It houses the VSS armory, a locked weapon cache filled with pre-War equipment and technology, accessible only by completing the Anchorage Reclamation simulation in the facility. The Outcasts are attempting to get into this vault, but none of them possess the interface necessary to enter the simulation. Only someone with a Pip-Boy or similar hardware can unlock the simulation.
Dead Money is the first add-on for Fallout: New Vegas. After being kidnapped by an unknown entity, the Courier's captor sets him loose in the "City of the Dead," the Sierra Madre. With the help of other denizens trapped within the Sierra Madre, their captor plans to pull off the heist of the centuries and break into the vault of the Sierra Madre Resort & Casino, the most extravagant casino and hotel in the west, and take whatever treasure awaits him inside.
The New Plague or Limit 115 was a socially transmitted plague which arose in 2053. The disease presented itself with flu-like symptoms early on and killed the infected subject in three to five days. The United States closed its borders and the first-ever national quarantine was declared. The source of the plague is unknown, but rumors persisted that it was a genetically engineered weapon. The West Tek viral research and close ties to the federal government eventually lead to them being chosen to halt the plague with Pan-Immunity Virion Project in 2073, a project that later developed Forced Evolutionary Virus.
Black Mountain was a radio transmission center that just barely missed being bombarded by a nuclear warhead. The facility remained intact, but its inhabitants were not so lucky and died of radiation poisoning soon after. The radioactivity acted as a beacon to displaced Mariposa super mutants that were left vagrant after the defeat of Unity around 2162. Marcus and Tabitha discovered the facility in 2277 and founded it as a haven for wayward super mutants. However, Tabitha came to power a year later after Marcus left and boasted her super mutant utopia, "Utobitha" and even started a radio station to further her crazed influence.
General Jingwei was a Chinese Army General who commanded the 127th Iron Division during the Invasion of Alaska. While he was regarded as a ruthless and cruel taskmaster, he remained frightfully efficient on the battlefield and fought with a twisted sense of honor and savagery. He appears in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation, and is encountered at the simulation's climax.
The Pitt raiders are the ruling class of The Pitt, lording over the Pitt slaves that work in the town's industrial sector. They formed when Lord Ashur was pulled from the rubble after the Scourge; because of his miraculous survival under the rubble, the scavengers of the area began regarding him as a god. His role as a savior was further cemented when he killed the leaders of attacking raider bands and integrated the survivors among his ranks.
The Mojave Wasteland is what remains of the Mojave Desert in Nevada and eastern California. Compared to the Eastern Seaboard, the Mojave was left mostly intact by the Great War with only a couple noticeable craters and no real damage to the towns in it. The Mojave is also a more lawful society than in the east, mostly due to the New California Republic killing off the numerous raider bands that used to run through California. Caesar's Legion is also vying for control of the territory, hoping their discipline as warriors will trump the NCR's sheer numbers and logistics. The most important features of the Mojave are the New Vegas Strip, the most economically successful establishment in the region, and Hoover Dam, a hydroelectric power plant that ensures a surplus of energy to whatever faction can get their hands on it.
Set is the leader of the ghouls above ground in Necropolis in 2161; he holds no power over the underground ghouls who live in the sewers and the glowing ones who live in Vault 12. He is annoyed at the presence in of super mutants in the City of the Dead and tries to recruit the Vault Dweller to take care of the problem.
He is a rude ghoul, with one hell of a mean streak, whose colorful vocabulary consists of the extensive use of the word "dirtnap" and the phrase "standing in my shadow". According to his son, Typhon, he had a bad temper before the War and ghoulification has done nothing but worsen his attitude.
Skynet, Artificial Intelligence project number 59234, is a robobrain that manages the Sierra Army Depot. It does not control the security systems directly, however, presumably to prevent sabotage-prone overcentralization. According to itself, it was a new thinking computer and was conceived and developed in 2050 through the use of alien technology. In 2081, four years after the Great War, Skynet became self-aware. The old A.I. is bored with administering the depot by 2241 as it's been 164 years since there was any real activity on the base. It seeks to travel and learn about the world.