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I tried to get them, to, understand, that there was more to life, than, fighting, and, killing, but they wouldn't listen.”
Background[edit | edit source]
Uncle Leo is a strange mutation: a Super Mutant pacifist, who is embracing a spirit of giving and grace. He recalls his adventures to anyone who will listen, gladly gives gifts to those in need, and reveals many facts about the genesis of Super Mutants (that they are not “born” but “created” for example). The Wasteland is a safer place with this hulking beast watching with wonder at the waning moon.
Uncle Leo was exiled from his super mutant brethren because he was sowing peace and dissent among his kind. Since then, he has roamed the Capital Wasteland. If asked about his name, he will reply "I... don't know. I guess I've always just called myself that."
Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]
Interactions overview[edit | edit source]
|This character has no special interactions.|
Effects of player actions[edit | edit source]
- When the Lone Wanderer first speaks to Uncle Leo, he will express surprise that they haven't shot at him yet. When a dialogue option appears to tell him to give the Lone Wanderer his goods (essentially "robbing" him), he gladly imparts a suit of dirty pre-War businesswear to as a gift, wishing he could give more.
- Asking him what he meant when he said "before I became this" causes him to tell the Lone Wanderer that super mutants are not born but are made by other super mutants in a cold, dark, metal place. He mentions that they use the captives that they take to make more of themselves, but he either doesn't know or cannot explain how this is done.
- Uncle Leo can be encountered a second and third time. He will tell the Lone Wanderer that after their first encounter with him he fell into a dark cave while climbing a hill and hurt his leg. The cave turned out to be an old basement in which there were stacks of purified water. He tells the Lone Wanderer that after he got out of the basement he has been hunted by a group of "bleeders" (as super mutants refer to humans) and that he was forced to abandon the water he was carrying. As during the first encounter, he will offer the Lone Wanderer another suit of dirty pre-War businesswear. At the third meeting, the Lone Wanderer can express their concern for Uncle Leo, believing the Wasteland to be too dangerous for him; given his previous run-in with humans. He will explain that if he allowed his own worries to get the better of him, he would never take another step. If the Lone Wanderer happens to have Fawkes as a companion while meeting Uncle Leo a second time, he will express his shock at seeing another super mutant like him.
Inventory[edit | edit source]
|Dirty pre-War businesswear|
Drops on death
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Uncle Leo is unarmed and wears only a pair of shorts. He is non-aggressive and will never initiate combat (even against yao guai or deathclaws), and will flee if he detects a hostile creature nearby. However, he will defend himself if attacked. He will also assist the Lone Wanderer in combat if he is nearby.
- Uncle Leo is one of the two friendly super mutants in the game, the other being Fawkes.
- The Lone Wanderer cannot pickpocket Uncle Leo.
- Uncle Leo remains in the game files of New Vegas, however his skin color is the same as Mariposa super mutant instead of yellow green.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Uncle Leo's dialogue when the Lone Wanderer tries to rob him, where he tells the Lone Wanderer that the clothes are a gift and he wishes he could give the Lone Wanderer the "wonderful moon," comes from the following Zen Buddhist koan:
Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.102: "Uncle Leo
Uncle Leo is a strange mutation: a Super Mutant pacifist, who is embracing a spirit of giving and grace. He recalls his adventures to anyone who will listen, gladly gives gifts to those in need, and reveals many facts about the genesis of Super Mutants (that they are not "born" but "created" for example). The Wasteland is a safer place with this hulking beast watching with wonder at the waning moon."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)