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Give your bodies to Atom, my friends. Release yourself to His Power, feel His Glow and be Divided.

Confessor Cromwell is the 44 year-old leader of the Church of the Children of Atom, a Megaton cult in the year 2277, that worships an undetonated atomic bomb left over from the Great War.


Born in 2233, little is known about Cromwell's past: He arrived in his early 20s (he's now 44) and was granted permission to stay due to the blessing and high standing of his predecessor in the church, who fostered him in the ways of Atom. Eventually, Cromwell proved to be a valuable resource in protecting and aiding the town, and he became an eccentric distraction to most of the citizens of Megaton.[1]

Although he never mentions it, Mother Maya is his wife and female counterpart in his church.

Confessor Cromwell and Mother Maya treat Gob with respect and an air of reverence because of their spiritual beliefs.[1]

Daily schedule

He can be seen standing in the center of town, next to the bomb, praying to it in ankle-deep irradiated water. He even beseeches Atom to "shape his fragile form." He is heard preaching to his audience about the teachings of the Children of Atom, mainly on the subject of "birthing a thousand stars," relating to his (and the Children of Atom's) belief that inside every atom is an entire universe.

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  • Cromwell, like all non-player characters, is immune to radiation, and therefore does not succumb to radiation poisoning despite being constantly irradiated.
  • A few of the Megaton settlers gather round Cromwell and watch him all day; even if he is dead, Megaton settlers will stand around as if he were still there.
  • A few of his quotes include biblical references.
  • Despite Cromwell's claim that all Children of Atom must be sober pacifists, a 10mm pistol and whiskey can be found in his office.
  • Though Cromwell will object to the possibility of the Lone Wanderer disarming the bomb in Megaton, he will not react negatively if they decide to do so. He simply ceases to mention it.
  • Cromwell may sometimes disappear from Megaton, but Megaton settlers will still stand around the bomb as if listening to him.
  • Cromwell will never stop talking, no matter how long he is listened to.
  • Talking to him, using V.A.T.S., then talking to him again may result in him crouching, as if he was fleeing, but he is still intractable. The Megaton settlers will not react.
  • In Far Harbor, High Confessor Tektus refers to Cromwell as "Atom's great prophet".

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Confessor Cromwell appears in Fallout 3, and as a legendary dweller in Fallout Shelter. He is also mentioned in the Fallout 4 add-on Far Harbor.



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