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“Amerika schläft. And until it's dead, I carry it. Just like I carried you. More than hope. Belief.
—Ulysses zu Christine Royce
Ulysses ist ein Kurier und ehemaliger Frumentarius von Caesars Legion. 2281 war er laut Ja-Sager einer von sieben Kurieren, die von Victor angeheuert wurden, um seltsame Pakete zum Nordtor des Strip auszuliefern, aber seine Lieferung wurde nach Ulysses' mysteriösem Verschwinden beim Kurier zurückgelassen.
Ulysses war einmal ein erfolgreicher Bighorn-Ranchbetreiber, der Wolfhorn Ranch, aber er hat die Ranch verlassen und kommt erst später wieder in der Geschichte vor. Dies ist das einzig bekannte Detail über sein Leben, den Rest erfährt man über von ihm zurückgelassene Spuren.
Von Ulysses ist bekannt, dass er das Big Empty besucht hat. Er hatte auch dort zwischenzeitlichen Kontakt mit Knight Royce von der Stählernen Bruderschaft, die Elijah jagt. Ulysses rettete sie aus der Y-17 medical facility, und brachte sie nach Ulysses Stelle. At some point after Elijah spoke with the Think Tank (whom Ulysses regarded as the "Gods" of the locale), Ulysses and Elijah made contact, at which point Ulysses directed him to the Sierra Madre - and his subsequent death. Ulysses, too, spoke with the Think Tank, specifically Doctor Klein, who recalls him as a melancholy fellow who asked a lot about history. The conversation was interrupted twice - once by Elijah's escape attempt, and then again in an event that seems to have been erased from Klein's databanks. Klein notes that Ulysses was never brain-scrubbed like the other visitors, so there exists a possibility that he left with some knowledge that he should never have possessed. Ulysses also spoke with Doctor Mobius, who recalls him asking about "what makes a nation?" - a question that the Think Tank regarded as extremely dangerous.
Learning from the Think Tank was apparently not his only objective in the Big Empty - in fact, what had drawn him to the location in the first place was the X-17 meteorological station. This, coupled with references on a terminal at the Y-0 research center to a geoengineered disaster near Hopeville and the mysterious map displayed at the weather station, seems to suggest that Ulysses has some interest in the weather patterns of the Divide. This is further reinforced by Ulysses' repeated references to the location, and his insistence that the Courier travels to the Divide to "sink their feet in Old World ash" and "see what happened".
A major question surrounding Ulysses is that of his allegiance. When the Courier visited Zion Canyon, Joshua Graham commented that when he heard a courier was coming, he had expected another. He said that he had heard stories of one of the Frumentarii traveling as a courier and stalking the land in search of enemies of Caesar, although he says that he finds it unlikely that said courier would associate himself with the Happy Trails Karawanen-Company. However, Ulysses mentions in the Patient log: Y-17, a conversation between him and Christine Royce that he had thought the Bruderschaft might be the last hope for the Mojave, the West, and the East, but ultimately found that they were "no better" than the Bull and the Bear, and that there was "no future" in any of them.
It seems that Ulysses' ultimate goal is to reawaken the Old World in the shape of one of the new societies that has emerged in the aftermath of the Great War, and that his journey has been one of finding a suitable society to carry out his vision. This hypothesis, however, is far from reconciliation with the stories recounted by Graham, and fails to address Ulysses' apparent obsession with the Divide whatsoever. It is possible that he consorted to some extent with both NCR and Caesars Legion, and found them to be wanting in terms of their capability of carrying out his vision.
At some point before the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, Ulysses contacts the Courier via radio transmission, promising to explain the incident in Primm in exchange for one final job. Depending on how Dead Money ended, the ending slides say that word would eventually reach both Christine and Dog of some sort of a battle in the future. The battle is said to take place at the Divide, "beneath the torn skies and the old world flag", between the two couriers, "each carrying a message for the other".
Ulysses is known to have some sort of a relationship with the Courier, but the nature of this relationship is unknown.
Just prior to the Courier's ambush outside Goodsprings, Ulysses was at the Mojave Express in Primm to receive a delivery order, a job he was about to accept until he saw the Courier's name down next on the list. He asked if the Courier's name was for real, as if he'd expected the Courier to be dead. Nash informed him that the Courier was still kicking, and Ulysses only said, "No, let 'Courier Six' carry the package", as if he expected the Mojave-Ödland to finish the Courier off, and then left without another word.
Ulysses' dual obsessions with the Courier and the Divide seems to suggest that Ulysses may in fact be one of the fabled survivors of whatever happened there, and that Ulysses' seeks the Courier for their involvement in that event - whether it was conscious or not. The possibility that the Courier may not even be aware of his or her own involvement in the event is also something hinted at by Chris Avellone, who stated cryptically, "I also have a lot of love for Ulysses in Fallout, only because I like the idea of someone hunting my player for reasons of his own, and then hearing the reasons why… and realizing how important even the smallest of my actions are for the people of the wasteland – living or dead".
Interaktionen mit dem Spielercharakter
Kurioses und Vermutung
- Wenn man ihn am Ende von Lonesome Road antrifft, hat er stechend rote Augen.
- Ulysses zettelte den Krieg mit den Weißbeinen an.
- Ulysses ist besessen davon, die "Alte Welt" wieder auferstehen zu lassen, indem er die RNK und die Legion mit Nuklearraketen zerstört.
- Wenn der Kurier die Atomsprengköpfe in der Kluft in die Luft jagt, redet er davon das man feige sei und wie die RNK handle, indem man alles mit Explosivwaffen zerstört.
- Der Job: After having completed The Silo, Ulysses will contact the Courier through ED-E and tell them to come find him.
- Der Kurier: Ulysses is finally confronted by the Courier inside Ulysses' Temple, beneath the flag of the Old World, as he is about to trigger a second nuclear apocalypse. Ulysses can either be fought by the Courier, or convinced to stand down and fight by the Courier's side against the marked men invading the temple.
Der Job: Nachdem man die Quest das Silo absolviert hat, kontaktiert Ulysses den Spieler über ED-E und sagt er solle ihn suchen.
Der Kurier: Wenn der Kurier Ulysses in seinem Tempel stellt, sagt er etwas darüber das er die Alte Welt wiederherstellen will. Außerdem ist er der Endgegner der Erweiterung.
Effekte auf Spieleraktionen
- If Ulysses is killed by the Courier, the Courier tears down his Old World flag and uses it as his shroud, although whether out of respect or anger is an interpretation "best left to history."
- If Ulysses is convinced not to fight the Courier, by means of two Speech checks of 90 and 100 or by talking to him about his logs, or by obtaining all ED-E upgrades in the Divide and talking to him about ED-E's logs, he can be found sitting vigil above the Hopeville ruins, just at the entrance to the Divide.
Wenn man ihn während dem Ende von Lonesome Road nicht tötet, findet man ihn direkt nach dem Canyon Wrack, versorgt er den Spieler mit Munition und Stimpacks.
- If the player chooses to spare him, after the quest The End, Ulysses will hang around near the entrance to the Canyon wreckage, where Ulysses will help the Courier make campfire recipes. Ulysses will also present new dialogue options, such as giving hints at how to deal with Legate Lanius and commenting on possible previous player actions in the Mojave (e.g. killing House).
- Ulysses will also supply the Courier with miscellaneous items he found in Hopeville (The Courier's Mile), including rockets, Rad-X, RadAway, MREs, and pre-War books.
- If he is alive at the conclusion of Lonesome Road, he will offer both the history and recipes of the Bittertrank and the snakebite tourniquet.
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- Ulyssus Markierungen können in allen Standorten in den Big Empty gefunden werden. Das Symbol der Flagge in allen roten, weissen oder Blauen (schwarz in etwas licht) gemalt.
Ulysses was planned to appear in Fallout: New Vegas as a companion, but was ultimately cut from the final game. He is referenced in Dead Money, specifically in two of the characters' endings, and his appearance in a future Add-On is alluded to. Ulysses is most probably the courier mentioned by Joshua Graham in Honest Hearts, who is said to work for Caesar as a Frumentarii. He is mentioned and his voice is heard on two holotapes in Old World Blues, and the location Ulysses' Point references his stay there. He, and his history with the Kurier, has been confirmed to be the main focus of the Lonesome Road DLC.
Hinter den Kulissen
- Ulysses leitet sich von Ulixes, dem lateinischen Namen für Odysseus ab. Odysseus war ein griechischer König Ithakas der durch eine epische Reise berühmt wurde und für seine List und Betrug bekannt war.
- Ulysses sollte ursprünglich ein Begleiter in Fallout: New Vegas sein, wurde aber von der endgültigen Version des Spiels geschnitten und erscheint jetzt nur in den Spielkarten, die mit der Collectors Edition kamen. According to Chris Avellone, "he [...] was a complicated character in terms of some of the hooks into the storyline".
- ↑ 1,0 1,1 Dialog mit Johnson Nash und Christine Royce in den Vorstands-Suiten
- Dialog mit Joshua Graham und Ulysses
- Ja-Sager: Oder dass es sieben Kuriere gab, von denen sechs Müll trugen?
- Fallout: New Vegas Offizieller Spielführer.
- Patient log: Y-17
- Torn journal page
- Fallout: New Vegas DLC Mysteries: Update
- Will Ooi » Blog Archive » Unmasking the Gamers: Chris Avellone – game designer, writer, and former ‘unlucky schlep’ – Part 1
- Feature Interview: Chris Avellone, Game Designer, Fallout: New Vegas by Matt London | Lightspeed Magazine