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Ellen Santiago held the rank of colonel before the Great War. She was the leader of a large unit of military personnel, mere days before the Great War, stationed in Washington, D.C. When the bombs began to drop, she led her unit to relative safety, but was always trying to find a way forward from the horrors of the Great War, and the impact the Great War had on her unit. With no direction from other military personnel, or any idea how to fully escape from the nightmare that was the Great War's aftermath, she led her unit away from the destroyed city of Washington, D.C, toward Appalachia, after hearing rumors of a possible safe haven, underneath The Whitespring Resort. When she arrived, she was promptly lured in by Thomas Eckhart, promising revenge against communist China.
As Eckhart's plan to eradicate communism by any means possible rapidly progressed after he successfully managed to become the nominal President of the United States, by having everyone in the bunker vote for him in the automated election. Santiago had to accept Eckhart's dominance over the bunker, but she began to reconsider on whether coming to the bunker without fully understanding the occupants' intentions was a good idea or not.
The situation became worse within the bunker, in 2083, when General Harper suffered heart failure from radiation poisoning. In order for Eckhart's plans to succeed, he needed a general to give him clearance to the command wing of the bunker, so he sent Santiago to the nearest military installation, Camp McClintock, to gain an automatic promotion to general. Santiago had to accept her promotion, whether it disgusted her or not to wear unearned stars on her uniform.
Eckhart also had another problem. He had to trick the bunker into initiating DEFCON 1, so he could actually launch nuclear weapons at China, so began a plan to raise the DEFCON level in Appalachia. Some in the bunker disagreed with the plan, including Major Ragnarsdottir, who later explained the situation to Santiago.
As Eckhart put his plan in action, the DEFCON meter barely ticked, making Eckhart even more infuriated. He attempted to increase his efforts, until confronted by Santiago about the plan, after she realized that revenge on the Chinese wasn't worth such as steep price, and in 2084 she threatened to leave the bunker with her men. After Eckhart's usual flattery on the general didn't make her budge on her decision, he incapacitated her with a knockout agent, keeping her in an induced coma, only reviving her if he needed her clearance to further advance his plan.
With Santiago dealt with, Eckhart stepped up his plan. In 2086, however, demoralized by Eckhart's obvious lack of affection for the American lives of those within and without the bunker, Ragnarsdottir staged a rebellion in the bunker, in which Santiago was released from her induced coma and Eckhart was arrested. However, Ragnarsdottir planted multiple explosive charges on MODUS, in an attempt to destroy it, so they could leave the bunker freely. However, this backfired when MODUS was not destroyed, and in retaliation, it intentionally destroyed the weapons lab, releasing a toxin into the bunker suffocating everyone (including Santiago) inside.
Ellen Santiago is mentioned only in Fallout 76.