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For Augustus Autumn's father, see Autumn Senior.

 
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The American people are worth fighting for. The future must be secured. I won't let you stand in the way of that... Once you're dead, we'll finish off this pathetic Brotherhood and become the true saviors of the Wasteland.

Colonel Augustus Autumn (born in 2222) is the commanding officer of the Enclave Department of the Army in the Capital Wasteland in 2277 and the main antagonist of Fallout 3.

Background

Early life

Augustus was born and raised on the Enclave Oil Rig. His father, Autumn Senior, was a high-ranking scientist in the Enclave at the time of its destruction by the Chosen One in 2242. He then received orders from the new President of the United States who succeeded Dick Richardson, a former presidential advisor named John Henry Eden, to take all surviving Enclave troops and relocate them to the Raven Rock military base on the East Coast. Autumn Senior obeyed that order, gathering his troops and their equipment as he led them eastwards through the wastelands of the post-nuclear United States. Upon the Enclave's arrival in the Capital Wasteland, he was the only one who knew that President Eden was actually a ZAX supercomputer unit that had achieved self-awareness. Prior to his death, Autumn Senior passed that knowledge on to his son, who would become the leader of the Enclave's military and eventually attain the rank of Colonel.[Non-canon 1]

Enclave Military Commander

Colonel Autumn has proven to be far less subservient than his scientist father, often openly disagreeing with the president's decisions.[1] He did not trust Eden completely and was aware that Eden likely knew about it, so he made sure that he had an ace in the hole.[2] At some point, he ordered experimental testing on ED-E to be carried out while the robot was fully functional, much to the disapproval of Doctor Whitley.[3]

During the Enclave assault on Project Purity, Autumn confronted James and seemingly died after the scientist flooded the project's main chamber with deadly radiation to prevent the Enclave takeover. However, he managed to survive by injecting himself with a mysterious unknown agent.[4]

Colonel Autumn is extremely ruthless and shows no regret over his actions, such as shooting unarmed captives or breaking promises of mercy, as long as it serves the Enclave's ends. He is a firm believer in the revival of the United States as a nation of power in the post-nuclear world and will do almost anything in order to fulfill this vision.[5]

Disagreements

Following their capture and imprisonment in Raven Rock, Eden ordered the release of the Lone Wanderer so he could speak with them. Upon hearing of this, Autumn contradicted Eden's orders and ordered his men to kill the Lone Wanderer instead.[1] Autumn then departed for Jefferson Memorial, unaware of Eden's betrayal and attempted recruitment of the Lone Wanderer.[6] When the Wanderer, Lyons' Pride, and Liberty Prime assaulted Project Purity, Autumn led the Enclave soldiers defending the facility and personally confronted the Lone Wanderer in the end.[7] They could choose whether to inform Autumn of Eden's betrayal and convince him to give up, or simply kill him.

He is mentioned in Lonesome Road; it is stated that he wanted all the assets used in the development of the duraframe eyebots to be redirected towards Enclave Hellfire armor. Whitley was not happy with this idea, so he sent ED-E away to Navarro.[8]

Ideology

People of the Capital Wasteland. I am Colonel Autumn. By now, you have encountered Enclave troops in your towns, in your settlements. When you see the Enclave, you see the United States government. We are authorized to restore order and civility, by any means necessary. Just stay out of the way and let us do our job. Interfere with the Enclave's mission, and you will be dealt with. Harshly.

Augustus Autumn is a firm and militant supporter of what he sees as the legitimate continuation of the United States government and return to pre-War American values, which he believes can finally bring order and stability to the former capital of America. The Enclave, which he believes possesses the only true claim to the Capital Wasteland, represents his ideals of liberation and restoration of the American homeland to its rightful owners. Unlike his scientist father, Autumn Sr., Augustus pursued a military career, eventually being promoted to the rank of colonel and embracing the revanchist and jingoistic ideals of the "true" America. Nonetheless, he maintained his doubts of the Enclave's hierarchy; particularly its newest "president," John Henry Eden, being the only one to be aware of Eden's true existence.[9]

Unlike President Eden, Colonel Autumn's views on mutants did not extend to the general surface population, instead retaining his harsh and stern manner while embracing a slightly more messianic view on rebuilding civilization. Despite his relative moderation, he rarely uses diplomacy to achieve objectives and is willing to murder civilians in cold blood to demonstrate his resolve in ensuring the supremacy of the Enclave, although he will surrender the Purifier to the Lone Wanderer if convinced of the futility of his mission. His beliefs eventually led to him directly opposing Eden's goals of total extermination of any creatures even slightly affected by radiation and the Forced Evolutionary Virus, with Eden apparently abandoning his plans, most likely to appease him. In reality, Eden had secretly operated behind the colonel's back and developed a modified FEV sample to bring his goal of total eradication of all mutated life forms.[10]

Colonel Autumn continued to serve the president, albeit reluctantly, while also putting his own plans into operation. Upon establishing his base of operations at Raven Rock, Autumn had asserted an increasing amount of control over the Enclave's military forces, holding a large sway of personal power over the ranks. His militancy was matched with ruthlessness and cunning which allowed him to accumulate a large power base within Raven Rock, even to the extent of successfully overriding the president's direct orders in regards to the Lone Wanderer; who he believed was a loose end to be eradicated. While Autumn did not trust and even argued with the president, he never resorted to his failsafe in any of his dealings, although it remained a possibility. This showed that, despite his enmity with Eden, Colonel Autumn remained a steadfast and loyal commander whose main concern was the successful takeover of Project Purity.[1]

His fanatical devotion to procuring the purifier led him to stage an invasion of the Jefferson Memorial, with the intention of forcing the scientists recruited by James to work with Enclave scientists to ensure the maintenance and operation of the facility. After executing one of the scientists, he was temporarily incapacitated by James, who flooded the control room with radiation. After a successful recovery, he would eventually abduct the Lone Wanderer, retrieve the GECK and attempt to coax the code to activate Project Purity out of him. Autumn's own goal was to restore the facility into operation under strict Enclave control, which would allow them to promote themselves as the saviors of the Capital Wasteland, and establish a firm power base as the foremost military power and a symbol of the restoration of order and stability as the United States of America.[11]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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Quests

Col. Autumn injecting himself with a mysterious substance while James falls to the lethal radiation.

  • The Waters of Life: Colonel Autumn is first encountered by the Lone Wanderer during the quest, The Waters of Life, locked in the Project Purity control room at the Jefferson Memorial with James and Janice Kaplinski. He declares the Enclave's intention to confiscate the project, and, in a show of his deadly seriousness, kills Janice in order to force James' cooperation. James, instead of shutting down the project, floods the area with radiation from the purifier, in an attempt to kill Autumn and his men. James and the Enclave soldiers fall to the radiation and die, while Autumn seemingly injects himself with advanced RadAway or Rad-X.
  • Finding the Garden of Eden: Colonel Autumn is seen again at the end of "Finding the Garden of Eden". He kneels over the Lone Wanderer before the blackout, the latter having been knocked to the floor and stunned by an Enclave pulse-grenade. He orders his troops to secure the G.E.C.K. the Lone Wanderer was carrying.
  • The American Dream: At Raven Rock, Autumn interrogates the Lone Wanderer, demanding the activation code for the purifier. The code [2-1-6] can be given up (in which case the Colonel will execute the Wanderer with his pistol), lied about, or instead, the Lone Wanderer can insult him. In the case of the latter two, Autumn will be interrupted by Eden, who will release the Lone Wanderer. Colonel Autumn later comes on the Raven Rock broadcast system, informing all Enclave troops that the Wanderer is a hostile target and to disregard the President's orders. He then escapes with a group of Vertibirds.
  • Take it Back!: Autumn is finally confronted by the Lone Wanderer at the end of Take it Back!, just outside the purifier's control room once more. He is accompanied by his two personal bodyguards, a pair of high-level Enclave soldiers equipped with tesla power armor and armed with Gatling lasers or miniguns. Autumn and his men can either be fought or convinced to leave peacefully through 2 consecutive Speech checks of fairly high difficulty. One speech path involves convincing Autumn to abandon President Eden's insane plans and stop the war; if Raven Rock has been destroyed, another slightly easier Speech path is available in which Autumn can be convinced he has nothing left to fight for and walk away.

Inventory

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Notes

  • During the optional final fight with Autumn, if one of his bodyguards dies, he may pick up their minigun or Gatling laser, which he uses with skill, making him a much tougher foe.
  • After completing The Waters of Life, Colonel Autumn can be heard on the Enclave Radio informing the people of the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave's mission and warns not to interfere with them.
  • When faced during the final fight his body may fall down the gap underneath the purifier's control room, making his body unreachable and un-lootable. Killing him is of course optional.
  • During The Waters of Life quest he may exit the purifier before the door closes, leading to him performing the dialogue looking over his shoulder and being unable to kill Janice, just walking towards the door. This glitch can be solved either by reloading or exiting then entering the room. The latter will cause Autumn to have killed Janice but still be outside the purifier. He will still "die" as normal and can be looted. He cannot be attacked or talked to during this, though an empty dialogue will show up for a short time.

Notable quotes

  • "The American people are worth fighting for. The future must be secured. I won't let you stand in the way of that."
  • "Once you're dead, we'll finish off this pathetic Brotherhood and become the true saviors of the Wasteland."
  • "Furthermore, you are to assist Enclave scientists in assuming control of the administration and operation of this facility at once."
  • "When you see the Enclave, you see the United States government. We are authorized to restore order and civility, by any means necessary."
  • "Sir, this is the last time I am going to repeat myself. Stand down at once, and turn over control of this facility."

Appearances

Augustus Autumn appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout Shelter, and is mentioned in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel and the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Lonesome Road.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Colonel Autumn: "Attention! This is Colonel Autumn! You are hereby ordered to ignore the President's previous directive. The prisoner from Vault 101 is to be shot on sight. I repeat, shot on sight. This is an order!"
    (Colonel Autumn's dialogue)
  2. ZAX destruct sequence
  3. Doctor Whitley: "I don't believe it! Grant actually went to Colonel Autumn and got approval for her damned 'efficiency guidelines!' "All experiments will be carried out with the test subject fully active, to reduce iteration time." It's barbaric! I've explained this to the Colonel - just because the Eyebots don't have true AI doesn't mean they're just machines. I guess results are all that matter around here. Forget things like 'ethical procedures' or "humane treatment." I'm starting to have serious misgivings about leadership around here. At least I've got you to talk to, huh ED-E?"
    (Dr. Whitley's dialogue)
  4. (Colonel Autumn's Injection)
  5. Colonel Autumn: "You're in a heap of trouble, kid. You're a traitor to the United States government. You know what happens to traitors, don't you?"
    (Colonel Augustus Autumn's dialogue)
  6. John Henry Eden: "In time, we could eliminate all mutations in the Wasteland at the same time the good people of the world regain their health. I need you to make the modification necessary for this to succeed."
    (John Henry Eden's dialogue)
  7. Colonel Autumn: "You again. I can't say I'm surprised. You and your ilk seem hell-bent on destroying everything our government has worked to achieve. There's nothing to stop me from killing you this time. Let's end this."
    (Colonel Augustus Autumn's dailogue
  8. Doctor Whitley: " Good, you're back on-line. Listen to me, ED-E - if you stay here, they'll dismantle you for parts. You have to go now. I've uploaded destination coordinates for our outpost in Navarro into your system. I want you to go to the Enclave there, okay? Do you understand me? It's going to be a long journey, my little friend. You'll have to fly very far, and fly very fast. Can you do that?"
    ED-E: "<Sad beeping>"
    Doctor Whitley: "I know you can. Be careful out there, ED-E. Maybe I'll see you again some day."
    (Dr. Whitley's dialogue)
  9. Colonel Autumn: "When you see the Enclave, you see the United States government. We are authorized to restore order and civility, by any means necessary."
    (Colonel Augustus Autumn's dialogue)
  10. Colonel Autumn: "That's not true. That plan was abandoned months ago. He would never go behind my back!"
    (Colonel Augustus Autumn's dialogue)
  11. Autumn: "I beg to differ. The Enclave is at the height of its power. Once this facility is operational, the masses will flock to the Enclave for fresh water, protection, and a plan for the future."
    (Colonel Autumn's dialogue)

Non-canon

  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.66: "Colonel Augustus Autumn
    Autumn grew up on an oil rig off the California coast (the base of operations for the Enclave, the secretive contingent of the United States government that survived after the apocalypse). His father was the high-ranking Enclave scientist on orders from the president to move all high-ranking officials to the only other secure Enclave location with a functioning ZAX super-computer, Raven Rock. Colonel Autumn has proven to be far less subservient than his scientist father, often openly disagreeing with the president's decisions."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
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