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Poor Earl. Gone just like that. Such a good bartender. Good friend. Oh, but terrible with women, mind you. Bull in china shop with them.Vadim Bobrov

Earl Sterling is a deceased bartender who worked for Vadim Bobrov at the Dugout Inn in Diamond City in 2287.


Earl Sterling was a twenty-five-year-old resident of Diamond City who was a bartender at the Dugout Inn,[1] and was reported missing to the Valentine Detective Agency by Vadim Bobrov when he hadn't shown up to work for a few days.[2]

He was not very satisfied with his appearance and had trouble interacting with women. For those reasons, Earl sought plastic surgery from Doc Crocker.[3] After reporting to the Mega surgery center for his appointment, Sterling was murdered and mutilated by the doctor, who was driven mad by his obsession with faces upon seeing his patient.[4] Crocker subsequently hid Earl's grisly remains in the surgery cellar.[5] Vadim, worried for his friend's sudden, inexplicable absence, filed a missing person report.[2]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.

The Disappearing Act


Apparel Weapon Other items
Earl Sterling's house key


Earl Sterling appears only in Fallout 4.



  1. The Sole Survivor: "Earl Sterling used to work here, right?"
    Vadim Bobrov: "Poor Earl. Gone just like that. Such a good bartender. Good friend. Oh, but terrible with women, mind you. Bull in china shop with them. You with Valentine's Detective Agency? Forgot to drop off Earl's key when I hired you people. Here. I hope you find out what happened. Security does nothing but yell at me for asking about it."
    (Vadim Bobrov's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Earl Sterling case notes
  3. Surgery receipt
  4. The Sole Survivor: "Take it easy, doc. Let's talk. About Earl."
    Doc Crocker: "I didn't mean to do it. You have to believe me. Doc Crocker is a brilliant surgeon. No one dies under his care! No one dies! They just walk away happy. Happy with my work. Happy with their new face. Not screaming. Not bleeding out on the floor. Earl he... he just didn't want to be happy. That must have been it."
    (Doc Crocker's dialogue)
  5. The Sole Survivor: "So you were performing surgery, and Earl didn't make it, is that it?"
    Doc Crocker: "I might have had just a bit of Jet before operating. So I nipped a few arteries I shouldn't have? Who hasn't? But I'm a problem solver, you see? I knew if Earl "disappeared" everyone would just think the Institute took him. That's what they do! That's what they've always done. As long as there's no body, everyone just assumes. And that's why Earl's body needs to go away. You can't just get rid 200 pounds of cadavar without attracting attention. Fortunately, the butcher shop is close by. If their trash pile just happens to have an extra box of rotten meat every week, who would think to look too closely? Get away with this? Don't you know who I am? I'm Doc Crocker! Doc Crocker never does anything wrong. And once this is all over, no one will have any reason to question that."
    (Doc Crocker's dialogue)