Vault 76 Overseer
Vault 76 overseer
The more I travel this godsforsaken "Wasteland," the more I realize what truly destroyed West Virginia. And what destroyed any chance the survivors had of... actually surviving. Mistrust. All these divergent groups... Responders, Brotherhood of Steel, whatever. Separately, they had everything necessary to beat the odds. Brains, brawn, and bravado to spare. And what did they do? Close ranks. Get paranoid. Refuse to work with one another. And it cost them all their lives.”
Background[edit | edit source]
Pre-War[edit | edit source]
The only child of a couple from Sutton, the overseer was a driven woman from the start. Whether it was running through a corn field maze, getting straight A's in every possible subject, or leading a troupe of Pioneer Scouts, she was always hitting life hard and fast, with barely any time left for herself. Her father was a teacher, her mother a miner working for one of Appalachia's many conglomerates. Together, they led a happy, content life, an American idylla, against a backdrop of ever-worsening international situation and the Sino-American War.
She was one of the best students at the Morgantown High School, spending most of her time in the library honing her skills. That's when tragedy struck: Her mother was killed in a mining accident. In West Virginia, this was a common family story, but it didn't make a difference for the future overseer. She withdrew into the library, seeking shelter among books, while her father tried to put the pieces back together. That's when she fell in love with Evan. He graduated a year earlier than her and went to work in the mines like her mother. The two were introduced to each other by her in fact. After her mother's death, Evan stuck with her, bringing her lunch to the library each day after his shift was over.
The other pivotal event in her life was the career fair at Morgantown, where she met the Vault-Tec team. It was like a light turned on, to use her words. She decided to dedicate herself to protecting families, the future, and, well, America. With her grades, it was a matter of course for her to be accepted into the Vault-Tec University. Her father was just happy to have her stay in West Virginia. After four years of learning and breathing Vault-Tec, and a field posting at the Vault-Tec Agricultural Research Center, the Overseer finally graduated, with honors in the Overseer track. She was fast-tracked for an Overseer position, skipping years of waiting - perhaps due to the escalating risk of nuclear war - and at Vault 76 to boot, in Appalachia. When she learned the news, she was ecstatic and Evan proposed on the spot. She accepted his proposal. The only darker side of the moment, apart from the looming atomic holocaust, was the death of her father, a few months later.
Then she learned the truth about the Vaults, the societal preservation program, and the experiments that were going to be carried out on the dwellers. Although Evan wanted her to go public with the information, she hesitated. While she knew that experimenting on Vault residents was ethically wrong, the goal of finding the most suitable people to repopulate, to understand humanity pushed to the extremes, was a goal she could understand, empathize with. She justified it as necessary for the survival of humanity. Vault-Tec found out about her in short order, but instead of retaliating, the corporation instead took her into confidence, tricking her into believing they were the good guys in all of this. She learned that Vault 76 was going to be a control Vault... And that she would be assigned to Vault 101 in Washington. She balked at the thought and chose to stay in Appalachia at any cost.
She could only enter Vault 76 if she was unmarried. Otherwise, the corporation would have to give Evan a spousal exemption, and the Vault had a long list of candidates more qualified than a mere miner... Such as a civil engineer and a cousin to a Vault-Tec executive. The Overseer broke off her engagement, betraying Evan and leaving him on the surface. She would not learn of his fate until 25 years down the road, finding him... Or what remained of him, as Evan succumbed to the Scorched Plague, and asking the dwellers to put him out of his misery, as she worked towards securing the nukes and containing the plague.
Post-War[edit | edit source]
Although the early years were difficult, as the Overseer was the youngest among the Vault dwellers, surrounded by the creme de la creme of society, she eventually gained their trust and learned to cooperate.
She served at her post for 25 years, until Reclamation Day, on October 23, 2102. On that day, the overseer left Vault 76 several hours ahead of the other residents, leaving behind prepared recordings to help her charges leave the Vault. After ensuring the well-being of every Vault resident for twenty-five years, her mission entered its final phase: She was directed by the Vault-Tec Corporation to secure three nuclear silos, namely Sites Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, for them, even if it meant going against the United States Army or any other authority. She pleaded with the leaving Vault 76 dwellers to aid her in the pursuit.
For her part, the Overseer immediately started on the path to nuclear containment. After realizing that Appalachia was bereft of human presence in the immediate vicinity of the Vault, but rife with mutants and rogue bots, she deployed her CAMP at the crossroads north of Flatwoods, setting up a rally point for the dwellers. Against her own advice, she left it behind, so that the dwellers could use it, while she moved south into Flatwoods. Flatwoods was even more depressive than her first impressions, abandoned and ruined. She encountered her first scorched victim there, and realized that the situation was even worse than anticipated. The next stop was trying to find remnants of the Responders.
Morgantown Airport was a nightmare. She remembered taking flight lessons at the airport, but after its fall to the scorchbeasts and their minions, it was a wasteland. The Overseer analyzed the scorched, observing them from afar and realized the terrible truth: The disease took over its host, eventually burning them from the inside out, creating petrified, fragile corpses that fell apart. Then she was attacked by a scorchbeast, which put the final variable into the equation: Its source. The already daunting task of controlling the military's nuclear potential became a desperate fight against an extinction-level event. Although the Responders proved to be a dead end, the automated training they left behind came in use. She moved south to Charleston, tracking down the Fire Breathers. She realized these daring men and women fought the scorched more than anyone, and resolved to finding them. 
Besides her Vault-Tec directive, the Overseer took a small detour, to visit places associated with her past. She eventually found Evan, who turned into a Scorched. Heartbroken, she locked him up in a warehouse basement atop Mount Blair and picked up the trail, focusing on the job at hand. The trail led her to the Top of the World, where she encountered Rose - briefly. Her crude ways and demands for a qui pro quo turned the Overseer off, and she forged on, taking the Free States on. Although she despised them as traitors and secessionists who turned their backs on America, she needed to know what they knew and what they wanted to do. The breadcrumb trail continued to Charleston and the capitol building, where the office of the disgraced Senator Sam Blackwell was located. At this point, dealing with the demented automated systems began to grate on the good Overseer.
Unable to continue, she turned to the other clues found during her investigation: The Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel. She picked up the trail at Camp Venture, continuing on to their fortified headquarters at the Allegheny Asylum. She realized they were a military outfit descended from the Army at Allegheny, and that they knew how to fight the Scorched. However, the secure elevator installed by the Brotherhood stood in her way. The only way get through it was to enlist. She headed to Camp McClintock, where the automated training system put her through her paces and eventually accepted her into the Army, as Overseer Private/Private Overseer (she never really decided on which one sounded better).
Having traveled up and down Appalachia, finding the remnants of what has been and what could have been, she realized what destroyed her beloved West Virginia: Discord. Instead of cooperating, the various groups grew apart from each other, closed ranks, and refused to work with each other. The Brotherhood, the Responders, Free States, and especially the raiders, all refused to cooperate with each other long term and paid the price. They all went extinct. She was determined to lead by example and not let others fall into the same trap. However, even as an Army soldier, her rank was too low to fool the automated systems at any of the silos. She never reached the Whitespring Bunker, and was thus unable to gain a promotion, left with nothing to show for her effort - and the fear that someone might figure out how to access them, sooner or later.
Her hopes were almost completely crushed when her Vault family, the people she sacrificed everything for and nearly died on the mountainside... Started launching nukes manufactured by the Appalachian Automated Silos... At each other. She still hoped for their redemption, but something told her that the nuclear arms race would only get worse, before it gets better.
Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]
Interactions overview[edit | edit source]
|This character is involved in quests.|
Quests[edit | edit source]
- Overseer's Mission: She left a holotape for Pennington to give to the player character asking for assistance in her dangerous task. Scouting Appalachia for the silos, she has also left a trail of holotape logs and journals for the player character to find, and to help follow her.
- Personal Matters: Players can also decide to seek out information about her mission.
Inventory[edit | edit source]
Drops on death
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Appearances[edit | edit source]
The Vault 76 Overseer appears only in Fallout 76.
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 1
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 2
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 3
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 4
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 5
- Overseer's Journal, Entry 6
- Overseer's Log - Vault 76
- Overseer's Log - C.A.M.P.
- Overseer's Log - Flatwoods
- Overseer's Log - Morgantown
- Overseer's Log - Firehouse
- Overseer's Log - Top of the World
- Overseer's Log - Free States
- Overseer's Log - Charleston
- Overseer's Log - Camp Venture
- Overseer's Log - Allegheny
- Overseer's Log - McClintock
- Overseer's Log - Fort Defiance
- Overseer's Log - Site Alpha
- Overseer's Log - Site Bravo
- Overseer's Log - Site Charlie
- Overseer's Log - Mountainside
- Overseer's Log - Nuke Launch
- Wastelanders (Fallout 76) trailer