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Discover Sub-level 1 was going to be a quest in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.[1]


Once the player clears out the Scum Pits and searches around a bit, the player will find an access hatch in the giant albino ant queen's lair. It has a complicated electronic lock on it, so a decent lock pick skill with an electronic lock pick will open unlock the hatch. This port leads to Sub-Level-1-Classified. The discovery of this is significant since it fleshes out the Hoover Dam pre-War history a bit (makes FOA happy), gives a bit of history about the centaurs and floaters (again, FOA interest), and gives the player access to a great science lab. Not only can the player use it, but the scribes would be tickled to use it and will. This will positively affect Hoover Dam's future growth and prosperity.

Character type completion breakdown

  1. Combat boy, Diplomacy Boy, Science Boy – Player must to kill the critters in the area first.
  2. Stealth Boy – If the player is really stealthy, they can sneak to the hatch and lock-pick it.


Design Document
CharactersGovernor Joseph Dodge · Mjr. Jack Fleming · Guido Giordano · Enzo Giordano · Vinnie Giordano · Dorris · Ailis McLafferty · Ralph Peoples · Mitch Stiller · Candice Morris · Pierre LaPoubelle · Dr. Yuri Polivich · Pablo Riviera · Frieda Van Graff · Milko · Dusty Heart · Beatrice · Otto Steed · Dianne · Farmer Dave · Bob · Mary-Joe · Billy-Bob · Mallet McBride · Ginger Flowers · Nancy Haggard · Arcade Gannon · Mike Lawson · Hoover Dam commoner
LocationsThe Rim (Fancy PC pad) · Downtown (Frieda's Firearms · Dusty's Desires · Hock-it to Bob) · Baseline · Scum Pits · Sub-Level 1C
QuestsGet Meeting with Governor Dodge · Negotiate Peace between NCR and BOS · Get City Council attendance back to norm · Join up with the 3-Some Caravan Company  · Spy on Crimson Caravan for 3-Some Caravan · Join up with the Crimson Caravan Company as spy for 3-Some · Successfully frame 3-Some Caravan Co. for extortion and murder · Successfully extort money out of Ailis McLafferty using evidence · Expose Crimson Caravan to Governor Dodge  · Give filtration schematics to former BOS scribes · Get school attendance up to norm · Teach class on Wasteland survival · Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab · Get shipments from Denver for materials to build hydroponics lab · Discover Sub-level 1 · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Get Mary-Joe to stop turning tricks & get access to Scum Pits · Discover lost Hoover Dam war and Sub-level 1 history · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Help Beatrice in a bar fight · Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs · Recalibrate the two working power generators to be more efficient and increase power · Get liquor for Pablo
OrganizationsNew California Republic · Crimson Caravan · 3-Some Caravan · Followers of the Apocalypse