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Did the colonel send you? I...I was hoping he might have changed his mind...

Private[1] Christina Morales is a Californian soldier in the New California Republic Army and the wife of the late Ranger Esteban Morales. She is stationed at Camp McCarran in Fallout: New Vegas.

BackgroundEdit

Sitting distraught in the Camp McCarran concourse, Private Morales has been crying recently. The cause is simple: Her husband, Ranger Morales, was recently killed by a group of Fiends near REPCONN headquarters, while laying down covering fire for other troops in his group. Wounded by enemy fire, he slowly bled out on the hot, cracked asphalt as the Fiends chased his squad away, halfway to McCarran.[2] Esteban's death is a heavy burden to bear, but the inability to give him a proper burial is even heavier.[3]

Christina is left in despair, thinking about her husband's body slowly cooking in the desert sun, desecrated by the Fiends. Though the NCR promises that no man is ever left behind,[4] the Fiends set up a kill zone around Esteban's body. Soldiers would only get killed trying to get through the mines and snipers.[5] Regardless of the danger, Esteban's best friend, Ranger Thomas Jackson offered to attempt a retrieval without approval from his commanding officer, but Private Morales tells the Courier that he hasn't come back yet either.[6]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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This character starts quests.

A Final Plan for Esteban

QuestsEdit

A Final Plan for Esteban: She asks the Courier to retrieve her husband's corpse and bring it to a nearby NCR outpost, so it can be shipped back to California for burial.

InventoryEdit

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Combat helmet
NCR armor
.357 Magnum revolver
Combat knife

NotesEdit

  • Unusual for a named non-player character, Private Morales is marked as a respawning character in the GECK and will respawn alive after three days if killed.
  • Private Morales wears a combat helmet instead of the standard-issue trooper helmet or goggles helmet.
  • If the Courier helps her, later on, they can hear Morales on the radio talking about her husband being shipped back home. However, upon returning to where the body was left, it is still there.
  • Demanding caps from her to retrieve her husband's body will result in Karma loss. This can be negated by killing the Fiends.

Notable quotesEdit

  • "Did the colonel send you? I...I was hoping he might have changed his mind..."
  • "You never lost anybody, have you? Not like this. Never had to think about that person you love all alone out there, cooking in the sun like meat... NCR never leaves a soldier behind. That's what the recruiters told us. Promised us. We believed them."
  • "Not your problem. Right. That's the motto in this town. Rotten people, rotten place."

AppearancesEdit

Christina Morales appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

ReferencesEdit

  1. GECK ID: PrivateMorales
  2. The Courier: "How did he die?"
    Christina Morales: "He was out on patrol. Bunch of drugged-up Fiends attacked them. Esteban laid down cover fire while the others fell back. One of the men saw him get shot. He didn't die, though, not then. They tried to go back for him, but there were too many Fiends, and they had to pull out. Damn savages chased them halfway to McCarran."
    (Christina Morales' dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "You look upset. What's wrong?"
    Christina Morales: "I know... I've been crying. Stupid. I'm supposed to be a soldier. My husband... he's a Ranger, and he... he got murdered by a pack of Fiends. Goddamn savages laid his body out to rot. The brass won't say it to me straight, but they mean to leave Esteban out there. I can see that plain."
    (Christina Morales' dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "If your husband is dead, what does it matter if you get the corpse back?"
    Christina Morales: "You never lost anybody, have you? Not like this. Never had to think about that person you love all alone out there, cooking in the sun like meat... NCR never leaves a soldier behind. That's what the recruiters told us. Promised us. We believed them."
    (Christina Morales' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "It seems strange the NCR wouldn't do their best to retrieve a fallen comrade."
    Christina Morales: "Colonel says he can't spare the men to bring Esteban back home. And the Fiends, they put all kinds of mines and traps around his body. Snipers, too."
    The Courier: "Sorry for your loss. I hope the Colonel reconsiders."
    Christina Morales: "So do I. But I know he won't. Ain't important enough in the scheme of things, you know? Still... thanks for listening."
    (Christina Morales' dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "No one else will help you?"
    Christina Morales: "His best friend, Jackson, tried. Didn't even get permission from his CO, so it could have cost him a lot. But he never came back."
    (Christina Morales' dialogue)
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