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Being a coward will kill us all! Including you. You passed the Temple Trials. We have faith in you. We need you.
The Elder is just that - old, older than you can remember. Still, she has the strength and fire to lead the village through these hard times.— In-game description

The Arroyo elder is the leader of Arroyo in 2241. She is the daughter of the Vault Dweller and the mother of the Chosen One. She has tattoos on her neck and her eye is hazy.

Background[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

In the early years of Arroyo, the Vault Dweller and their partner Pat led the village and the tribe. The tribe grew, and grew strong with their help. In 2188, their daughter, who later became the Elder, was born. Eventually, she and their other children became the leaders of the community.[non-game 1]

On January 16, 2208, several years after Pat's death, the Vault Dweller wrote their memoirs. Soon after that, they vanished from Arroyo and was presumed dead. Some say the Vault Dweller was taken by the sky spirits, others say that the Vault Dweller felt it was time to move on and leave the Elders to guide Arroyo to its destiny. After the One-Moon (Month) Cycle of mourning for the Vault Dweller ended, activity in Arroyo began returning to normal.

Ascension to leadership[edit | edit source]

The final training of the Vault Dweller's daughter for the role of village elder began on February 2. She underwent a great deal of physical training and tutoring in various sciences, mathematics, and, of course, weapon skills. Two years later, she took her mystic test, a key ingredient of which is several pots worth of hallucinogenic plants from Hakunin's garden. She ran the gauntlet in the Temple of Trials, using her charm to pass most of the tests after her handgun jammed (and was ruined) on the first level. She offered numerous criticisms of the test, resulting in many revisions. Two days later, she ascended to role of Village Elder. She ruled with a steady hand, and her wisdom was greatly respected.

Chosen One[edit | edit source]

The Elder speaks to the Chosen One to give them their mission

The elder's child, later called the "Chosen One", was born on March 23, 2221. Their father is not recorded in the tribal records.

In 2241, the worst dry season in many years causes a drought in the Northern California area, hurting crops and brahmin in Arroyo. The elder, having read a GECK advertisement in her father's old holodisks, decides that her child must be sent to find it, as it is the village's only hope. After descending and finishing the Temple of Trials, she gave him $152 and a water flask, and the Chosen One left the village in search for the ancient device.

The Enclave[edit | edit source]

While the Chosen One was on their quest, on July 20, 2242, Arroyo was attacked by Enclave soldiers in Vertibirds, wearing power armor, armed with energy weapons, and the villagers, including the Elder, were enslaved and brought to the Oil Rig. Some of them tried to resist the attackers and were killed, and Hakunin was seriously wounded.

The Enclave needed the tribals for their FEV experiments. They needed two test groups: one of clean, pure humans and another composed of the 'mutants' that lived all over the mainland, suffering radiation and FEV exposure for decades that, to the Enclave, made them unclean. The unclean sample was easily obtained by kidnapping the entire population of Arroyo. The clean group were the dwellers of Vault 13, who were reunited with their long lost Arroyo brethren in Enclave prison cells.

In Fall 2242, the Chosen One managed to enter the Enclave Oil Rig using a damaged tanker and destroyed the Poseidon Oil platform, killing the President of the United States and ending the Enclave's plans for world domination. The surviving people of Arroyo and Vault 13 were freed, the Elder among them, and were brought back to the mainland in the oil tanker the Chosen One had used to reach the rig.

Arroyo reconstruction[edit | edit source]

The Arroyo elder lived for many years after the destruction of the Enclave. She seemed pleased that the ancient separation between Vault 13 and the Vault Dweller had been reconciled, and many times she told the Chosen One that she wished the Vault Dweller were alive to have seen the reconciliation take place. Certain that the safety of the new village had been secured and the new community was flourishing, the Elder passed away a few months later in her sleep.

Many of the older Arroyo residents believe that she now lives in the vault of the sky, telling the Vault Dweller of the Chosen One's brave deeds.

Family[edit | edit source]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vault Dweller
 
Pat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Village elder
 
Unnamed man
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morlis
 
Unnamed man
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chosen One
 
Leslie Anne Bishop OR Angela Bishop
 
Chosen One's sibling
 
Unnamed spouse
 
Nagor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Bishop
 
Unnamed woman
 
Feargus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Bishop's daughter
 
 
 
 

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.
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This character has a talking head.
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This character is allied with the following faction(s).

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Finish Temple of Trials: The Elder thinks you are ready to get past the Temple of Trials. You will soon find out if she is right.
  • Find Vic the Trader: After passing the Temple of Trials, the Elder will ask you to seek out a trader who had a Vault 13 water flask. She wants you to inquire about it.
  • Retrieve the GECK for Arroyo: Arroyo is experiencing the worst dry season they've had in a long time; so bad in fact, that they need a G.E.C.K. to help them.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Apparel Weapon Other items
Brown robes Knife $152

Notes[edit | edit source]

If the Chosen One wears any advanced power armor in the Enclave Oil Rig, she will insult him, seeing him as another Enclave soldier.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Arroyo elder appears only in Fallout 2.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Non-game
  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2188 October 2 Vault Dweller has a daughter (who becomes the Elder in Fallout 2)."
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