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Canterbury Commons has become a constant battleground for two costumed "super humans" -- the sinister AntAgonizer and misguided Mechanist.Fallout 3 loading screen

Canterbury Commons is a trading post and a small town located on the eastern edge of the Capital Wasteland, which in the year 2277, is currently suffering from a full-blown battle between two "super humans." It is inhabited by five wastelanders and can be found north of Washington, D.C., north of Vault 108 and southeast of the Temple of the Union.


Canterbury Commons is the end of the Capital Wasteland's established merchant caravan route.Fallout 3 loading screen

Canterbury Commons was initially founded by Uncle Roe and his sister Daisy in 2258 as a trading center for caravan merchants in the Capital Wasteland.[1] Though raider attacks in 2271 and 2274 killed Daisy and her husband Louis.[2]

A few months before August 17, 2277, Tanya Christoff would sink completely into madness and donning "the AntAgonizer" persona to destroy Canterbury Commons. Believing it to be a blight on the wasteland.[3] Once the AntAgonizer destroyed Scott Wollinski's favorite robot he created and donned "the Mechanist" persona to protect the town.[4] The settlement is built into what appears to be the remains of a small pre-War town, with the current inhabitants only using a small part of the buildings available. The town's only permanent merchant, Joe Porter, lives in an old Dot's Diner.

Adjacent to this building is an old garage which is home to Dominic and Machete, and across the street is the old fire station, now Uncle Roe's house which Roe shares with his nephew Derek Pacion. Behind the old garage, a small brahmin stable can be found. In front of the town to the west is a large circular cul-de-sac where caravan merchants regularly appear.



Notable loot

Related quests


  • Moira Brown grew up in Canterbury Commons before moving to Megaton.[5]
  • The caravan merchants' inventories may be upgraded by speaking to Uncle Roe in the unmarked quest Merchant Empire.
  • If the player kills or disables (with the Robotics Expert perk) the Mechanist's robots before they can leave for the robot repair center and disappear, they will respawn after 72 hours at the location of their corpse and remain there permanently. They will level with the player character and will change into higher-leveled robots when the player reaches the appropriate levels. For example, a robobrain and a Mister Gutsy will be replaced with sentry bots once the player is at level 20 or above. The robots are friendly towards the player and the town citizens and will attack any random wasteland creatures that may approach.
  • Sergeant RL-3 resides here if dismissed after becoming a companion.


Canterbury Commons appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

Canterbury Commons was originally intended to have an open-air bazaar in the circular cul-de-sac, populated by various traders. Entries exist for two such NPCs, named "Caravan Trader" in the editor, but remain unused and without any vendor containers.



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition pp. 71-72: "Ernest "Uncle" Roe
    Ernest Roe is 39 and was raised on a trade caravan. By the time he was 12, he could turn 5 Caps into 50 with just a few cleaver trades. When he was 20, he set out to make his mark, using his sizable investments to found the trading post of Canterbury Commons with his sister Daisy. Nowadays, the Commons have become a regular stop for caravans in the Capital Wasteland. "Uncle Roe" makes sure that everyone gets enough from the caravans to eat a good meal every night. He's lost his sister, but he cares for his nephew as well as he can. With a bit of luck and a whole lot of Caps, he hopes to eventually turn Canterbury Commons into a settlement to rival Rivet City."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 68: "Derek Pacion
    Derek is small for a 15-year-old and was raised in Canterbury Commons by Louis Pacion and Daisy Roe, a pair of Traders who met and settled down. But when they were killed in separate Raider attacks on their caravans (six years ago for Daisy and three years ago for Louis), Derek was left to his "Uncle Roe," the town keeper. Since then, Derek's been a quiet and morose child. He works around town as a general assistant, but he doesn't really say much unless it's necessary. He harbors a secret crush on Machete but doesn't have the courage to approach her. He devotes much of his free time to reading Hubris Comics."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  3. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 100: "The Antagonizer (Tanya Christoff)
    Born 27 years ago, Tanya's parents lived as caravan drivers, before they were killed by Ants, an event that made Tanya lose herself in the world of Hubris Comics's characters and befriend the insects that spared her life. Christoff thinks that Canterbury Commons—a major location in the trading route her parents helped put on the map—is a blight on the Wasteland. Locals used to see Christoff lurking in a sewer system to the north of town, covered in mud and dirt. Giant Ants eventually started hanging around. A few months ago, she disappeared and reappeared as the AntAgonizer and has been harassing the town ever since."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  4. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 100: "The Mechanist (Scott "Bean" Wollinski)
    Forty-year-old Scott "Bean" Wollinski was born to simple bean farmers, raised by his father until he was 15, who then sold him to a caravan merchant hoping he would have a better life. He traveled with the caravans for a few years working as an indentured servant. This is where he got the nickname "Bean," because his purchase was paid for with beans. He eventually bought his freedom and settled down in Canterbury Commons, where he lived a life of solitude, hiding in the electronics store, fiddling around with junk. After the AntAgonizer started showing up, he became the Mechanist to protect the town."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  5. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
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