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The Charles River[1][2] is a major river running through the New England Commonwealth in 2287. It separates Charlestown and Cambridge from the rest of Boston, and runs through many pre-War and post-War cities.

BackgroundEdit

The Charles is a winding river running through the New England Commonwealth. The river stretches from the southeast corner of the Glowing Sea to Boston Harbor, where it then reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Near the river's mouth, the city of Cambridge and the neighborhood of Charlestown in the north are divided from the rest of Boston in the south. At an unknown time before the year 2285, the Battle of Charles River occurred, in which settlers from University Point played a significant role.[3] As of the year 2287 the river runs through 5 of the 12 major districts of Boston.

Prior to the Great War, the USS Riptide was in the process of hauling military equipment to an unknown location upstream. It lays there in 2287, occupied with raiders. The Commonwealth Coast Guard also had a detachment located along the river, which had just intercepted a shipment of smuggled chems when the bombs fell.[4][5]

AppearancesEdit

The Charles River appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Charles River is based on the real world location of the same name, a river cutting an equivalent swath through the Boston metro area.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide pp. 300, 357, 408[clarification needed]
  2. Egret Tours Marina terminal entries[clarification needed]
  3. Deacon: "A very long time ago, Mass State was one of the big players in the Commonwealth. Without them we'd have lost the Battle of Charles River. Look at it now..."
    (Deacon's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken just inside the gate.
  4. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition pp. 369-370: "[6.02] COAST GUARD PIER
    The Coast Guard station along the Charles River had intercepted a shipment of smuggled chems. Now it is overrun by Super Mutants. The outside trailer (Advanced) allows access to an armor workbench and first aid. Another of Eddie Winter’s Holotapes is on top of the main floor safe (Advanced). The upstairs restroom (Novice) contains first aid. The downstairs cell (Expert) holds a magazine and can be more easily opened at the adjacent lockup terminal. The evidence room terminal (Expert) is a trickier hack, but the room itself houses a good amount of ammo and chems, as well as two more safes (Novice, Expert)."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
  5. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p. 300: "ZONE 3: WESTERN COMMONWEALTH
    Dominated by Fort Hagen to the west and the Greater Boston Neighborhoods to the east, this zone is mostly wilderness, with its inhabitants getting increasingly tough and unpleasant the farther south you venture. As you reach Fort Hagen relatively early in your Main Quest adventuring, it is worth exploring the locations north and east of the fort, venturing to the more soggy southern Charles River and back into Boston when you're ready for a breather at Diamond City. Follow the roads and the rail tracks to avoid getting lost. For the settlement wrangler, there's only two possible alliances to make, and one of those is with some gardening robots."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
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