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Right. I heard about your dad. Sorry kid. I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, really. But, if you understood the pressure...

Bigsley is a Brotherhood of Steel scribe stationed at the Jefferson Memorial after the retaking of Project Purity, operating as its administrator in 2277.


Bigsley manages the water distribution project, although he has become stressed by all the details and requests regarding the task.[Non-canon 1] He was removed from the Order of the Sword when his modified laser rifles resulted in the wounding of some initiates.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brotherhood scribe robe 10mm pistol


  • Hacking Bigsley's computer will allow the player character to read multiple log entries as well as notes on the success of the water distribution.
  • In Bigsley's office there is a radio that is marked as an owned object. Activating it will cause Bigsley and the scribes outside his office to turn hostile as if one had stolen an item.
  • There is an entry on his computer about receiving reports from Megaton, advising that the Aqua Pura caravans are not arriving there. These entries are still present even if one blew up Megaton before the caravans started running.
  • Bigsley will sometimes fall asleep at his desk.

Notable quotes

  • "Right. I heard about your dad. Sorry kid. I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, really. But, if you understood the pressure..."
  • "You take a bottle, you dunk it under water, and glug glug glug, it fills up. Amazing. But you're right a machine would help. But all the Scribes are busy reverse engineering Enclave gear. A machine that puts water in bottles just isn't on anyone's priority list at the moment."
  • "I started out in the Swords. I upped the output of a few Laser Rifles. Apparently some initiates couldn't handle the extra power. A few got hurt. Then I joined the Shields. Bowditch wasn't all that pleased with me proving him and his theories on forcefield resonance were a bit "antiquated." Then I found myself among the Quills. Jameson refuses to accept any fact that conflicts with her rose colored optimistic views. She likes to assign "contradictory" personalities to "field operations." Take for example myself here, or Yearling, exiled to that accursed library. I used to think Rothchild and I were on the same page. Turns out he's happy to blindly follow the old man's orders like the rest of them."
  • "Everyone was so excited about that Purifier: "Project Purity this," and "Project Purity that." But did anyone stop to ask, "Hey, what are we going to DO with all that clean water?" Well, guess who gets to fill in that tiny detail. It'd be one thing if I had support, but that little war with the Enclave has depleted much of the Brotherhood's resources. And to top it off, I have to be mommy to a bunch of lab coats."
  • "We do what we can. Take, for example, this ghoul Griffon. He wanted to PURCHASE a bunch of water. What the hell does that droopy irradiated fool need with pure water? Thinks he can sell it in Underworld. Moron. But, he's the only one who's offered to PAY for water, in caps AND technology. And what Lyons doesn't know won't hurt him. There's plenty of water to go around. And I can use it to pay Rivet City to provide security for all the caravans we can't escort ourselves. I'm lucky he came along."


Scribe Bigsley appears only in the Fallout 3 add-on Broken Steel.




  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.95: "Scribe Bigsley
    This overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated Brotherhood Scribe has the thankless and overwhelming task of setting up and managing the water distribution. He hasn't slept since the water purifier started working. Lyons wants water to go everywhere. The rest of the Brotherhood resents being sent on deliveries. Bigsley is caught in the middle. He agrees with those who feel they should charge for the water, to let the free market set up the distribution network, but he will follow orders as best he can. He's worked out a deal with Rivet City to use their security force to supplement the Brotherhood escorts of the water caravans. He hopes to soon hand over the entire distribution nightmare to Rivet City. But they seem reluctant and are having trouble with bandits. There is literally a line of acolytes outside his door with various questions, reports, and requests regarding the water distribution. Bigsley is on the verge of a nervous breakdown."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)