A small village boasting pre-War architecture founded by a group of settlers who've made the site their home. The friendly inhabitants of the settlement are responsible for the overall pristine condition of the town's infrastructure. They attempt to attract traders to the settlement to keep it running and allow it to grow.
Sometime following the Broken Mask incident, Doctor Roslyn Chambers and her scientific team arrived at Covenant with the intention to turn the settlement into a refuge for people who have suffered at the hands of the Institute's synths. She convinced the residents of the town to help with her work and subsequently set up a lab with her personnel inside a utility area in the nearby sewers, locally known as the Compound. From there, Chambers and her scientists attempt to discover and flush out the secret Institute agents widely feared and despised by the inhabitants of the Commonwealth.
Following the doctor's arrival, the town of Covenant's reputation and splendor were tainted by the development of a strong anti-synth sentiment within the community, and it became a trap for outsiders unlucky enough to become part of Chambers' experiments.
The settlers support the Compound's mission of validating a psychological assessment that is meant to identify synths. This assessment is called the SAFE test and is the focus of a continuous experiment whereby visitors to Covenant are screened using the SAFE test and are possibly later kidnapped, interrogated and killed in order to discover how effective the SAFE test is at identifying synths. Those who the SAFE test designates "probable synths" are also subject to interrogation and torture in an attempt to further refine their assessment.
There is an entry on Chambers' terminal that says that anything of value that the kidnapped visitors have, she will sell or give to Penny to sell in her shop, but nobody is buying because it is too overpriced. In a note found in the shop, Penny also says that the town is 250 caps behind.
Covenant is a small settlement inhabited by ten people, a Mister Handy named Deezer and a house cat named Dora. There is a large wall surrounding the whole settlement with multiple heavy machine gun turrets on small wooden platforms. Inside the wall are four houses and a small garden. The houses look mostly intact, as if they had barely been touched by the Great War at all. The Sole Survivor may comment on this by saying that all the buildings look almost pre-War.
There is a workbench in a shack near the garden. Many of the buildings may be locked at first, but the inhabitants will occasionally go in and out the doors of every building and they can then be followed without needing to resort to lockpicking. They don't leave the room while the Sole Survivor is inside, but they may still close the door behind them and lock the Sole Survivor in.
- Justice - A unique combat shotgun can be bought from Penny Fitzgerald.
- Destroyer's helmet - also sold by Penny.
- Penny's ledger - A note on the safe on Penny Fitzgerald's shop.
- Covenant shop key - Carried by Penny Fitzgerald and Patricia Montgomery, and inside Penny's cash register.
- The SAFE report - Found on the desk inside the office building.
- Covenant office key - Carried by Jacob Orden and Brian Fitzgerald, and in a desk inside the office.
- Raider report and another copy of the SAFE report in a wall/floor safe hidden behind a crate in the office building along with 10 fusion cores.
- Two Covenant reminder notes, in the first house on left, will prompt the Sole Survivor to make a comment. The other lies in a bin at Penny Fitzgerald's place.
- Covenant house key - Carried by most inhabitants and on Jacob's nightstand next to his bed.
- Jacob's password - A note in his house, on the night stand next to his bed. Gives access to his office terminal.
- Map to Compound is carried by Ted Huntley.
- A Join the Railroad holotape can be found in the trash can next to the door, in the house with the 3 beds and a radio.
- Caravan details - Given to the player character by Honest Dan during Human Error.
- An overdue book is located in a toilet behind the shop.
- A leveled suit of power armor can be found northwest of Covenant in the lake near the tail of the crashed Vertibird.
- It is possible to settle in Covenant if the player character completes the Human Error side quest.
- If the Sole Survivor sides against Covenant then returns after completion, it will initiate a battle with the residents and settlers, after which it is possible to use the workshop. In order to settle, everyone must be killed, except the house cat and Deezer.
- If the Sole Survivor decides to side with Covenant and completes the quest with dialog options, then the town will allow the Sole Survivor to join without any conflict. Speak to Orden to obtain access to the workshop. Only Huntley and the generic Settlers can be assigned to tasks. Doctor Patricia will show as assigned as a Doctor, but cannot be reassigned.
- Nick Valentine, Preston Garvey, Piper Wright, Curie, Deacon and John Hancock disapprove if they are accompanying the player character when they enter Covenant for the first time after passing the SAFE test.
- Even though Curie states: "What a pleasant little place, we should go in yes?" she dislikes actually entering the town.
- It's possible for the Covenant to be a randomly selected settlement for the Feeding the Troops mission if Human Error has already been completed and become an allied settlement. Taking the crops by any means will result in a loss of allied settlement status. This includes access to the workshop and all allied perks.
- If the Sole Survivor chooses to kill all of the residents in the settlement, it is possible to kill all humanoid settlers without making the robot Deezer hostile, as the robot will not become hostile unless it is individually attacked or damaged.
- One can store all stealable items in the workshop and they will no longer be stolen items.
- There is a wild mutfruit plant in a corner of the small garden which remains "owned" even after making Covenant an allied settlement. Being seen while harvesting the crops in the garden and picking from this plant will result in all the settlers attacking.
- It is possible to encounter Amelia Stockton before discovering Covenant or meeting Old Man Stockton. If one does this and decides to free her, the related quest step from Human Error will show as having been completed and the step to talk to Old Man Stockton will be presented, but the player character will not be given the Human Error quest, and everyone in Covenant will react to the player character as if encountering them for the first time. This will allow the player character to start the Human Error quest from the beginning and will not immediately register the completed steps. The player character will not have the option to inform Honest Dan that they have already located and rescued Amelia Stockton upon meeting him. It is currently unknown how the residents of Covenant will react if the player character chooses not to free Amelia Stockton or if the associated quest step will automatically complete itself upon receipt.
- With the Vault-Tec Workshop add-on, building a Vault-Tec Population Management System allows one to assign a settler as a doctor without building a clinic store.
- Entering Covenant by jumping over the fence results in all settlers turning hostile to the player character.
- The middle bed of the three beds in the guest house is unowned and can be slept in without being allied to the settlement.
- A small number of items around the settlement are marked as unowned, including Talia's tools and other items near the workbench, many items in the back alleys, and most items in the guest house.
- Inside one of the houses, where Jacob Orden often can be found, there is a small-sized radio (almost half of a normal-sized radio).
- Dora, Deezer, Honest Dan and Dr. Patricia display as green (friendly) in V.A.T.S. (unless attacked). Most other residents may frequently display as red (hostile) even though they do not attack.
Covenant only appears in Fallout 4.
- PC If your game is not completely loaded when you approach Covenant and you walk into the doors before they load in, the town will be hostile.[verified]
- PC After completing the quest by killing Doctor Roslyn Chambers while Honest Dan is with you, you can repeatedly receive your reward of 300 caps by walking away and restarting the dialogue with him. [verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One If you first discover Covenant after completing Nuclear Family or any variant of The Nuclear Option, the settlement will act as if you have already completed the "SAFE" test and welcome you with open arms. Any quests that are associated with Covenant are not able to be completed. [verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One If the original inhabitants of Covenant have been killed, any remaining turrets in Covenant will be hostile towards new turrets, the player character and hostiles, and will not add to the settlement's defense rating. The turrets can not be scrapped and will not despawn after destroying them, making it difficult to replace them with new turrets. [verified]
- With care a new turret can be placed next to the smoking ruins of the old one.
- The turrets can be removed in the same manner as the default beds in various settlements: 1. Place one or two wooden floors on the ground somewhere. 2. Point at a turret, then press and hold the use button ('e' on the PC) until it stops animating. 3. Set the turret down on the wooden floor. Do not set it down anywhere else, because you will never be able to pick it up again. 4. Either once per turret, or after you've filled the floor with turrets, point to the wooden floor and press the button to store it in your workshop ('tab' on the PC). All the turrets will disappear forever, nicely and cleanly. It's recommended to save first in case a turret gets misplaced by accident.
- PC The turrets can be removed permanently by selecting them with the console opened, using disable and then markfordelete. The latter command permanently removes the selected object from the game for this savegame, so care should be taken that the turret was in fact selected.
- The smoking ruins can also be removed in console by selecting them and then using disable and then markfordelete. Therefore it might not be necessary to remove the original turrets until they are actually destroyed. The platform remains to place a newly constructed turret.
- Playstation 4 When approaching Covenant for the first time, if the Sole Survivor speaks with Swanson and agrees to take the test they will be asked to take a seat. If the player does not sit down straight away, once they return to the seat, it is possible Swanson will not be present in his normal position seated at the desk. If the player then sits down the SAFE Test will begin but because Swanson is not present the player will hear him ask the first question but will not be able to answer, leaving the player stuck in the chair.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Having Tesla coils installed in a suit of power armor will randomly zap NPCs in the town, causing them to turn hostile. It can happen during conversations. [verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One After completing the Human Error quest and acquiring Covenant as a settlement, all of the items and beds inside will still be marked as owned, making all settlers immediately hostile if anything is taken. This happens regardless of which path is taken in the quest and regardless of whether the item or lock is displayed as green. The same effect may happen to a 'wild mutfruit' plant in the corner of the garden. If the settlers become hostile, the town happiness rating will quickly erode to zero, and even new settlers summoned by a recruitment beacon after killing all the old settlers will arrive already hostile. [verified]
- These items may be picked up by entering workshop mode and then selected the "Store" option. Items will be transferred to the workbench and will not be marked as stolen. This also works for containers, both locked and unlocked.
- The beds may be removed by placing a floor, moving the bed onto the floor and then scrapping the floor. [verified]
- PC On PC, ownership of these items can manually be transferred by selecting each item individually and then using command setownership. This does not work for beds, but clearownership does.
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One The corpses of Covenant residents never disappear and periodically respawn their inventory. [verified]
- Playstation 4 Covenant may un-ally itself, meaning the workshop and its contents become unaccessible, supply lines are voided and settlers can no longer be interacted with. Companions sent to Covenant may disappear. [verified]
- PC Xbox One If you search Stockton's Caravan before you get the lemonade from Deezer, you won't be able to progress the story through Honest Dan. [verified]
- [platforms tag needed] The root cause of some of the turret problems is that the Covenant turrets are incorrectly assigned to the Compound faction, CovenantHQSecurityFaction, not to the Covenant settlement faction, CovenantFaction. This means when the player and companions (including Honest Dan) return to Covenant from fighting in the Compound, the turrets will be hostile to the player's party even if the player sided with Chambers in the end, or didn't release Amelia. If the turrets sight or fire on the player's party, Covenant residents who have the "helps allies" trait will also attack the player's party, and if the player's party fight back that will trigger hostility of all Covenant residents (except Deezer the robot and Dora the cat). [verification needed]
- Due to this bug, if the player makes no decision in the dialog with Dr Chambers (avoiding or escaping the dialog), Honest Dan will join the player's party next time they go to Covenant and will immediately attack the turrets, usually triggering an all out battle. In this battle Dan is marked Essential and cannot be permanently killed, and so will repeatedly re-animate until all the turrets are destroyed, battling the residents each time. Swanson is also Essential in this battle (can only be killed by the player action).