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Agnes is one of the scientists at the Boulder Dome in 2253.


Agnes is a squat, round older woman with short hair, barely graying, but overly attractive. Born a tribal, and sent to university by her leader parents since they wanted to join NCR, and now specializes in biology and as a doctor. A good manipulator, but only to help people. She hates being trapped in the Dome, wants to see the sky again and misses her tribe and family, but sees the students and truckers as a surrogate. Agnes is also dying of a secret sickness, so may decide to robobrain herself in order to help keep things working at Boulder.[1]

In 2249 Agnes was a frequent diplomat from the scientific community to the NCR government, most notably President Tandi,[2] and as such the preferred leader for Victor Presper's expedition to the Boulder Dome, with a stop-off at Hoover Dam. She was ordered to recruit a particular list of grad students for the expedition and left just two days before the NCR congressional building was destroyed. Travel was hard after that, only by circuitous routes and careful display of her "diplomatic immunity" pass is Agnes' expedition able to reach Hoover Dam a year later.

She eventually encountered Goddard and with his contacts and available resources, most notably a military escort and Eddie Galenski with his reinforced truck, they reach the Dome.[3] She is the reason Goddard knows about the suspicious happenings that occurred as Agnes set out.[4]

She, along with the rest of the scientists, was infected with a strain of Limit 115 while exploring one of the Dome's labs.[5]


Agnes feels affection for Paul, mostly like a stray son, she realizes he has particular quirks and wants to help him make sense of the world. She suspects he has an addiction to Mentats and is concerned about his health and isolationism.

She likes Xian but wishes she'd watch her temper with others. They get along well and confide in each other.

She knows James has a gun and doesn't quite trust him to do the right thing, especially with his "yes-man" attitude to Goddard.

Donald once lectured Agnes, that annoyed her, but she likes him. However, she is concerned about his subservient nature and the influence James has over him.[1]

Daily scheduleEdit

The scientists have a meticulous daily routine. After waking up, they check the power conduits to the food supply, testing the mix. After that, they check for anything that needs immediate attention, followed by a health check including blood samples and a complete physical, logging it into the computer to study the plague. They check the safety seals in their respective areas and regroup to inspect their protective suits before putting them on and re-inspecting each other's suits. The scientists check their Pip-Boys, log the routine and perform a perimeter walk of Levels 1-3. They log Presper's activity and check on ZAX, getting a report. Finally, they check on the fusion plant and assess the perimeter of the complex for leaks or possible break-ins. After all of this, they will try to spend at least an hour learning something about the Dome and the curriculum.[6]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Companion: Icon cross
New Plague Carrier: Icon check
Merchant: Icon cross
Doctor: Icon cross
Starts quests: Icon check
Trade Holodisks to the Geeks
Involved in quests: Icon check
Heal Helen's Kids


  • Trade Holodisks to the Geeks: Talking to Agnes, or indeed any of the scientists, will reveal ZAX's reliance on holodisks. The scientists only have 100 left, and they are being consumed at a rate of one a day. The countdown initiates upon finding out. The Prisoner can trade holodisks with the scientists to prevent them from running out and ZAX from cannibalizing itself.[7]
  • Heal Helen's Kids: Agnes can be sought for help when dealing with Joshua's lung problem.[8]

Other interactionsEdit

  • Should the Prisoner enter Agnes' room and try to take items, he will ask him to stop twice, the third time he will leave, gather with the other scientists and convince Goddard to kick the Prisoner out of the dome.[9]
  • Agnes is infected with the plague. If the Prisoner succeeds in creating a cure he would have been able to heal her and the other scientists.[10]
  • Under the right conditions, Agnes may fall for the Prisoner, however, she is trapped by her sickness, and her protective suit, so is unable to leave with the Prisoner for her own safety.[11]
  • Agnes is happy to give the Prisoner and any companions a quick biology lesson if they can find the time.[1]


Agnes kept a journal during her expedition which can be found and read by the Prisoner.[12] She also kept her diplomatic pass, even though it would only be useful in areas under NCR control.[1]


Agnes was to appear only in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.


Design Document
CharactersScientistsAgnes · Donald · Goddard · James · Nina · Paul · Think tank · Xian · ZAX
TruckersBillie · Eddie Galenski · Helen Wheels · Jack · Joshua · Ribera · Tanner · Tyler
JackalsBanshee · Crazy Bitch · Howler
LocationsBoulder Train Station · Jackal camp · Baggers camp · Dead ghoul graveyard · Boulder Dome level 1 · Boulder Dome level 2 · Boulder Dome level 3 · Dome tunnels · ZAX Mainframe
QuestsBoulder Scientists Research or Write · Code Yourself Smarter · Defeat the Baggers/Larsen's Team · Destroy the Jackals · Destroy the Truck · Dope RadAway for Larsen · Dump Allies In the Dome · Establish Radio Contact & Trade With Denver · Find out about Wagner · Find out what ZAX is calculating · Fix Things in the Dome · Get the Medical Implants · Give Slaves to Boulder to Make Robobrains · Heal Helen's Kids · Jimmy the Cannibal · Quarantine the Glow Bugs · Research Plague Data · Robobrain a CNPC · Sleep Through Presper's Holocaust · Stabilize the Reactor · Take Computer Classes · Tell the BOS about the Dome · Trade Holodisks to the Geeks · Use Think Tank for Data
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