The Big Circle is a caravan route in northern California that loops through several settlements including Broken Hills, New Reno, Redding, the Den, Modoc and Vault City. Gecko is also included, particularly when caravans from Broken Hills (before its collapse) or other uranium producing settlements are involved.
There are many caravans on the trail, differing vastly in equipment, weapons and carried goods. By far the poorest are traders from the Den, usually traveling only with two bodyguards armed with knives and submachine guns, on top of personal slaves. Vault City, despite its wealth, typically dispatches merchant with a guard detail armed with hunting rifles, 10mm weapons, and Desert Eagles, clad in metal. New Reno does not skimp on protection and typically outfits its caravaneers with assault rifles and automatic shotguns, although sledgehammers are also a choice. But by far the best-equipped parties travel under the flag of Redding trading companies: automatic weapons, such as miniguns and assault rifles, are commonplace, as is rare high-caliber 14mm pistols and the vintage grease guns.
Caravans operating out of Broken Hills are well-armed as well: the merchant is typically accompanied by guards carrying miniguns. By comparison, their trade partner, Gecko, sends out ghoul caravans with relatively light weapons: hunting rifles, assault rifles, and shotguns.
The Big Circle appears only in Fallout 2. However, whilst not appearing in-game, the Big Circle is mentioned by Rose of Sharon Cassidy & Ghost in Fallout: New Vegas and by Ulysses in Lonesome Road.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 VCED.MSG, line 130
- ↑ WORLDMAP.TXT
- ↑ The Courier: "There's other places to go."
Rose of Sharon Cassidy: " Head back West? I already know the Big Circle and everyone in it - 'cept now I go back there, ruined. "
(Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)
- ↑ The Courier: "Hear any news from the West?"
Ghost: " Look, you want gossip, go to the bar downstairs and listen to a whole lot of nothing. Me, I got to keep watch, "
- ↑ The Courier: "Why would I have brought it here?"
Ulysses: "I've walked the East. Circle Junction. Reno. Vault City. Word of you at Fort Aradesh... Fort Abandon. Even further West than that, Brahmin drives on the Big Circle. Whatever you saw out there, wasn't enough to make you stay. the markings on the package reminded you of the road home."