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White Glove Society
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White Glove Society
Reputation icon from Fallout: New Vegas.
You see? We remain the very picture of courtesy, even in the face of such impolite accusations. We have nothing to hide here.”— Marjorie
The White Glove Society are reconditioned tribals employed by Robert House to run and maintain the Ultra-Luxe Casino-Hotel. Originally living in an underground cavern in the New Vegas area, the future White Gloves preyed on humans as a source of food. They have reached an almost mythical status among the Mojave inhabitants.
When Robert House hired them, they denounced cannibalism and formed the White Glove Society and restored the Ultra-Luxe. Their hotel is an establishment of incredible refinement and its operators' take great lengths to remove any traces of their degenerate past from public knowledge, to the point of fanaticism.
The White Glove Society pampers its clients and provides the Strip's most elite casino experience. A dress code is strictly enforced. All staff and family members are well-dressed, well-spoken, and well-behaved. The White Glove Society are headed up by Marjorie who also serves as manager of the casino's meat-oriented restaurant, The Gourmand. Mortimer serves as the hotel manager and works the front desk of the Ultra-Luxe. Mortimer's position in the casino also gives him the responsibility of finding suitable candidates within the hotel and casino to abduct, provided the White Glove Society are brought back to cannibalism. Philippe is The Gourmand's chef, and creator of the Ultra-Luxe's infamous steaks. Succulent and delicious, a variety of meats are available, but only to the most discerning (and sponsored) Society member.
The White Glove Society sees itself above the common people of the Mojave Wasteland. They claim to eat only the finest foods and wear the best clothing available in the wasteland. They do not allow just anyone to join them, in order to join the White Glove Society, one must have a notable member to sponsor them or to have been born into the group. They are also allegedly the ones who control the food supply of the Strip.
Interactions with the player
Some of the White Gloves now wish to return to cannibalism by abducting healthy, well-fed casino patrons, specifically Heck Gunderson's son Ted Gunderson, whose abduction starts the quest Beyond the Beef. If the player sided with the Legion, they can recruit the White Glove Society to fight with the player in the final battle by speaking to Marjorie, but they offer no support at Hoover Dam.
They wear formal wear or White Glove Society attire, and most wear a White Glove Society mask and are armed with a dress cane. Two flamers are being used in the kitchen basement to cook brahmin for the Members Only area.
- When walking by a White Glove, one may remark, "You mustn't ask why we wear our masks, we are forbidden to speak of it." If the player is reputable enough, it may be revealed by Chauncey that the reason for wearing masks is just for presenting a mysterious atmosphere.
- Billy Knight makes reference to them involving a joke about cannibalism and a clown during his performance at The Tops's Aces theater.
- Players with the Cannibal perk or a high enough speech will have extra dialogue options that open up a quest to frame Heck Gunderson for his son's murder.
- Upon finishing Beyond the Beef, Mortimer may have no more commentary. However, a quest note will repeatedly pop up saying to speak to Mortimer for more info on the White Glove Society, which you cannot accomplish, unless he is resurrected and then talked to via console (on PC only).
- Note that if Beyond the Beef is completed in a way that turns the White Glove members hostile, the bank teller will also become hostile, and does not respawn if killed.
- The White Glove Society is the only family on the Strip that the player can have a reputation with.
- According to Rotface, there was a rumor that the White Gloves were an all-ghoul gang, and wore their masks to hide their appearance.
The White Glove Society appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- The White Glove Society was originally called the Sawneys during development, but was changed at some point. They are still referred to as the Sawneys in the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide in the description of the Ultra-Luxe.
- The White Gloves were written by Eric Fenstermaker.
- The Courier: "What do you know of the White Glove Society?"
Caesar: "There were tales once, of a cannibal tribe near Vegas, one that hid itself in a cavern far below ground, hunting men as prey above. The scouts I occasionally sent west many years ago reported these tales, but never had contact. Well, except the ones who went missing, perhaps. There are rumors that the White Gloves might be this lost tribe. Maybe you can help them find themselves."
- The Courier: "What were the original names of the other tribes?"
Robert House: "The Chairmen, as we know them now, went by the unfortunate appellation of the "Mojave Boot-Riders." They were nomads, too. As for the White Glove Society, I afraid I'm contractually obligated not to reveal their original name."
The Courier: "Were you aware that the White Glove Society used to be cannibals?"
Robert House: "Yes, of course. But refraining from those "dietary practices" is a primary requirement of their contract. They've been good to their word. Put together one hell of a resort hotel, too. From what I hear, I'd want to eat at the Gourmand every night... if I were ambulatory."
(Robert House dialogue)
- The Courier: "Do you work here?"
Marjorie: "I do, but one can hardly call it work. I think of myself as a caretaker rather than a common laborer. I suppose it is a labor of love if it can be called labor at all. We at the White Glove Society are all responsible for maintaining the beauty and class of the Ultra-Luxe. And as its founder I suppose it falls to me to decide how we go about it."
(Marjorie's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
- The Courier: "Is there any way I could talk to the investigator?"
Marjorie: "Why yes, I think so. If he hasn't checked out yet, that is. I had our maitre d', Mortimer, offer him a complimentary room for as long as it took for him to be satisfied. You see? The White Glove Society remains the very picture of courtesy, even in the face of such impolite accusations. We have nothing to hide here."
(Marjorie's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
- Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.345-348: "[2D.05] Ultra-Luxe Casino
The Ultra-Luxe is an establishment of ineradicable refinement that delicately conceals its operators' more questionable tendencies. Run by the Sawneys, the Ultra-Luxe pampers its clients and provides The Strip's most elite casino experience. A dress code is strictly enforced. All of the staff and family members are well-dressed, well-spoken, and well-behaved. The casino's prime attractions are its meat-oriented restaurant, The Gourmand, its cocktail lounge, Top Shell, and its art gallery. Roulette and blackjack are the only games offered."
(Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
- The Courier: "What business did you have here at the hotel?"
Heck Gunderson: "That's between me and the White Glove Society. But let's just say they control the food supply around here, and I got lots of food to give, but that ain't as welcome as you might think."
(Heck Gunderson's dialogue)
- Josh Sawyer Formspring