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Vulpes Inculta
"Mr. Fox"
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
GenderMale
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
Hair StyleHairAfricanAmericanBaseHair ColorDark Brown
Eye ColorBlue
AffiliationCaesar's Legion
RoleLeader of the Frumentarii
Jack of Clubs
LocationNipton
Fortification Hill
New Vegas Strip
Dialogue FileVulpes Inculta's dialogue
Gameplay
Mentioned inLonesome Road
QuestsCold, Cold Heart
I Put a Spell on You
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Render Unto Caesar
The Finger of Suspicion
aggressionAggressive
confidenceFoolhardy
assistanceHelps Allies
Statistics
AlignmentVery Evil
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 4
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 110 → 210 → 310 (DLCs only)
Tag SkillsScience: 66 → 100
Guns: 66 → 100
Unarmed: 64 → 100
Level10 → 30 → 50 (DLCs only)
Technical
Editor IDVLegionaryVulpesInculta (wasteland)
VVulpesIncultaStrip (Strip)
FortVulpesInculta (Fort)
Base ID001300e2 (Nipton)
00131f77 (incognito)
001300e2 (The Fort)
Ref ID0013bf5b (Nipton)
00131f78 (incognito)
00122b9a (The Fort)
ActorJason Spisak
DesignerJohn Gonzalez (script)
 
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Do whatever Caesar tells you to do. And whenever the opportunity presents, strike at the Profligates. Pile body upon body.

Vulpes Inculta is the leader of the Frumentarii in Caesar's Legion and one of Caesar's confidantes in Fallout: New Vegas. Vulpes Inculta is responsible for all major outreaches into NCR territory in the name of Caesar's Legion, so much so that the Legion presence across the Colorado River can be attributed to him entirely, all of which was achieved through spying and deceit.

Background[edit | edit source]

A remarkable individual from an unremarkable tribe south of Utah, Vulpes was brought into the Caesar's Legion as a child. Having survived training, he was made a legionary and fought well enough to be promoted to the rank of Decanus. He became a Frumentarius following a brilliant tactical maneuver when in a battle against a tribe, he broke ranks and led his squad through a hole in the enemy defenses and capturing the tribe's chieftain. While his centurion wanted him crucified for disobeying orders, Caesar saw potential in the young Decanus and found a more interesting use of him.[1] Since then, Vulpes' tactics have been a point of contention among the Legion, and while Caesar knowns of the use of spying and deceit in war, not everyone agrees with the methods employed by Vulpes. Especially the most likely candidate for next Caesar of the Legion: Lanius.[2][3]

According to Ulysses, Vulpes Inculta was responsible for the pacification of the Twisted Hairs at Dry Wells[4][5] once the Legion's campaign ended in Arizona. Those of the Twisted Hairs who resisted were crucified alongside Interstate 40. By 2281, Vulpes is the leader of the Frumentarii and the mastermind behind many of the Legion's intrigues, notably all the outreaches into NCR controlled territory including, Operation Racket,[2] Fall of Nelson,[6] slaughter at Nipton as well as the destruction of Camp Searchlight[7], which was destroyed after Legionaries released the contents of several radioactive waste containers kept in the city's fire station. This severely weakened the NCR's position in the area and allowed the Legion to cross the Colorado River and establish an outpost at Cottonwood Cove.[8] Along with orchestrating most (if not all) sabotages west of the Colorado, Vulpes is very capable on his own and a master of disguise, having visited the Strip several times before giving the Courier the Mark of Caesar.[9]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Vulpes is a devout believer of the dogma of Caesar perpetuating all his acts for the Legion, and firmly holds loyalty up as one the Legion's core tenants (along with martial excellence and justice).[10] Following Caesar's ideals, Vulpes took to massacring Nipton to send a message that none are safe from Caeser's reach and prove the moral debauchery of those living under the NCR.[11] Vulpes is particularly disgusted by disloyalty and makes a point of punishing those caught in Nipton in a similar way that disloyalty is punished in the Legion.[12] A special punishment was given to the mayor, Joseph Steyn, being burning him alive on a tire fire for trying to deceive those he put under his care.[13] Vulpes also finds disgust in in-action and selfishness, making note of how, even though outnumbered by those caught in Nipton, none tried to revolt during the lottery.[14]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Effects of the player's actions[edit | edit source]

  • If Vulpes is killed by the Courier, a man named Alerio will give you Caesar's Mark instead of Vulpes.
  • If the Courier passes Nipton and first encounters Vulpes in New Vegas, Vulpes will start the Nipton conversation with a mention of that encounter on the Strip, wondering if the Courier recognizes him, after which his normal Nipton dialogue commences; however, if Vulpes has died by the time the Courier approaches the Nipton Town Hall, Gabban will be coordinating the lottery in his place.

Other interactions[edit | edit source]

  • Vulpes Inculta is likely to be the first member of Caesar's Legion encountered by the Courier in the Mojave Wasteland. He's originally found at Nipton after obliterating the town with his Frumentarii henchmen. When speaking to the Courier, he'll explain the reason for destroying the settlement, as well as give an assignment to spread the word of Legion atrocities. If the Courier tells Vulpes that you appreciate the Legion's form of justice, the Courier will gain fame with the Legion. Choosing the second option: "I guess they got what was coming to them", also gains Legion fame.
  • The Courier can use the Terrifying Presence perk on Vulpes when you first meet him in Nipton, this will cause him to attack after conversation is ended.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Vexillarius helmet

Legion explorer armor or
Legion prime armor or
Dapper gambler hat or
Dapper gambler suit

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Weapon
Ripper
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Carried items
-
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Drops on death
empty

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Vulpes and his legionaries often wander over to the NCR tents near Camp Searchlight and attack the NCR.
  • Killing Vulpes on the New Vegas Strip when he comes to offer you the Mark of Caesar does not result in the Securitrons attacking you or anyone else on the Strip becoming hostile. The same is true for Alerio. However, if you kill either of them, you gain Legion infamy, and you fail The Finger of Suspicion quest.
  • If he is followed from Nipton, it is possible he will be killed by NCR soldiers outside of Camp Searchlight. Also, if you get too far away from him he will vanish, leaving his men behind. If neither of those things happen, he will go to the end of the dock near the raft that goes to The Fort. He will remain there until you leave the area. His men will stay in Cottonwood Cove.
  • Killing Vulpes will cause his corpse to disappear rather mysteriously (does not happen in Nipton).
  • Vulpes has a special factional setting that causes most random Wasteland creatures including deathclaws and super mutants as well as raiders to ignore him instead of attacking him. He will still be attacked by Robots and NCR forces, however. His entourage does not have this factional setting, and will be attacked as normal by any Wasteland inhabitants.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Do whatever {KAI-zar}Caesar tells you to do. And whenever the opportunity presents, strike at the Profligates. Pile body upon body."

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Vulpes Inculta appears in Fallout: New Vegas and is mentioned by Ulysses in its add-on Lonesome Road.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Vulpes Inculta is Latin for "Desert Fox", or "Fox of the Wastes/Fox of the Wasteland."

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png There's a glitch which can prevent you from being able to speak with Vulpes, even when he triggers the conversation. The camera will zoom in on him like it would usually do when initiating conversation, but will then quickly retract, bringing the player back into control. Reloading to a recent save doesn't seem to fix the issue. A possible fix is to reload to a save before confronting Benny, then walking out of the casino before talking to Yes Man, this has been observed to work in several cases. This may be caused by obtaining a large amount of legion infamy
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If you meet Vulpes Inculta on the New Vegas Strip before meeting him at Nipton and then meet him at the Fort and THEN travel to Nipton you will spot him there but if you try to talk to him the camera will zoom in and zoom out. It is unknown as to why this happens.

This could also happen in a more odd manner. If you meet him at the strip, then immediately travel to Nipton, and kill him at Nipton, then travel back to the strip, you may see him walking down the strip to leave. Attempts to talk will result in the camera zooming in, then out as stated above.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. The Courier: "Tell me about Vulpes Inculta."
    Caesar: "Vulpes is the best of my Frumentarii. A remarkable individual from an unremarkable tribe south of the Utah. He was brought into the Legion as a boy, survived training, fought well enough as Legionary to be promoted to the rank of Decanus. Then, in battle against an unimportant tribe, he broke ranks and led his contubernium through a hole in their defenses to capture its chieftain. Well, his Centurion wanted him crucified for disobedience. So I made him a Frumentari."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Courier: "Good, because the Omertas' plan was stopped, Vegas is as strong as ever."
    Lanius: "A plan by Vulpes... treachery is a weapon that one should never rely on.|{Angered} }} I can only hope that the Omertas died when their treachery was exposed, to have the plan succeed only would have sullied the Legion. It does not matter, victory shall be ours, it shall be swift, and it will be honest, purchased with blood."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "What can you tell me about the Legate?"
    Lanius served Caesar well, as his greatest battlefield commander. With Lanius at the head of the Legion, however, I doubt he'll have much use for my services. He prefers... direct methods."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Dry Wells is destroyed - that was your birthplace?"
    Ulysses: "No, opposite of that. It's where my tribe was taken. Where another history was put to the blade, lesson taught. It is where we realized Vulpes did not approach us as equals. Where we realized the wolf had come, and we watched our history die. Now it belongs to Legion... and all the death there now belongs to them as well. Not revenge... just the way of things when you own them."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  5. Lonesome Road endings; the ending slide where the missiles are launched at the Legion.
  6. The Courier: "Towns? The Legion destroyed Nipton, poisoned Searchlight, butchered Nelson."
    Lanius: "[SUCCEEDED] Vulpes... brought the touch of Caesar to such places. {Beat}It was necessary to weaken the West, show that the Legion could strike deep into the places where NCR thought it safe. But we do not need *those* towns. Like Hoover Dam, there is the power within Vegas... we can harness it for our needs."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  7. Legion Orders
  8. The Courier: "You must be the one in charge here."
    Aurelius of Phoenix: "Of course I am, you fool. I am a Centurion! When Vulpes Inculta drove the NCR from Searchlight by clever means, Caesar himself ordered me to set up this camp and harass the Profligates! It's a modest presence, a single finger of the Legion reaching across the river's narrows. But with me here, it has an iron knuckle."
    (Aurelius of Phoenix's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "You again? How'd you find me here?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "I am the greatest of his Caesar's Frumentarii. It was not a challenge to find you. Nor is this my first visit to the Strip."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "Tell me about Caesar's Legion"
    Vulpes Inculta: "The Legion is civilization reborn. Our culture is based on virtues such as martial excellence, loyalty, and justice. But you'll learn all there is to know in due time. Legatus Lanius, Monster of the East, will soon arrive to command Caesar's troops in battle. The Dam will fall, and the rest of the Profligate west will soon follow."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "What "lessons" did you teach here?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Where to begin? That you are weak, and we are strong? This much was known already. But the depths of your moral sickness, your dissolution? Nipton serves as the perfect object lesson."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  12. The Courier: "You captured everyone?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Yes, and herded them to the center of town. I told them their sins, the foremost being disloyalty. I told them that when Legionaries are disloyal, some are punished, the others made to watch. And I announced the lottery. Each clutched his ticket, hoping it would set him free. Each did nothing, even when "loved ones" were dragged away to be killed."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  13. The Courier: "What happened to the mayor?"
    Boxcars: "Him? When his ticket came up, they burned him alive on a pile of tires."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  14. The Courier: "You slaughtered innocent civilians?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Innocent? Hardly. Cowardly, though. They outnumbered us, yet not once did they try to resist. Cowardly, though. They outnumbered us, yet not once did they try to resist. They stood and hoped their turn would not come. Each cared only for himself."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
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