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You should know that her link to you isn't severed. I look into your eyes, Sofia, and she's there. Watching all of us.

Dr. Emerson Hale is a doctor in Appalachia.


As a young man, Emerson once went to college and befriended Sofia Daguerre. They later both joined the USSA, where Hale used to work with now-commander Sofia and her crew.[1] He was formally responsible for monitoring the Deep Sleep mission but was also secretly in charge of the negotiation and oversight of Arktos Pharma Project-Z, as shown in his government contract.[2] He also supervised the patent production of the experimental Deep Sleeper Pods.[3] Eventually, the Deep Sleep mission went through financial troubles and he had to take several unethical decisions. He then left the USSA and joined RobCo Industries.

Hale took to scavenging after the Great War (and dodging USSA hunter killers), but never forgot about the project. He set up a beacon in Appalachia meant to guide the Deep Sleep mission ship back down to Earth when it could no longer maintain a stable orbit and periodically replaced the beacon's power source. Eventually, the ship crashed and Hale set off to track down any survivors, eventually finding Commander Daguerre during The Universe Conspires.

Hale talks with Daguerre and explains he is camped out nearby in an old military base and admits setting up the beacon, but omits most other information, fearing she will find out his involvement in the USSA's experiments on her. Afterward, Hale periodically returns to help Daguerre by giving her emergency kits to help with her headaches after waking up from deep sleep while continuing to answer her questions with half-truths and omissions.

Eventually, Hale admits his involvement with the experiments and assists Daguerre with reaching ATHENA during Mission Out-of-Control. He encourages using Arachne to destroy ATHENA, but will ultimately not stop the Vault Dweller from transferring the AI to the assaultron body Artemis if they choose to do so. In the end, Daguerre forgives him but says she never wants to see him again.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.

Effects of player's actions

  • If the player reacts positively to Emerson in the final quest, he will permanently occasionally visit the player's C.A.M.P. from time to time, bugging Sofia every now and then.
  • If the player reacts negatively to Emerson in the final quest, he will permanently disappear from the game world, with the exception of him being encountered at another player's C.A.M.P if they have Sofia and reacted positively to him in their quest.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Straw bucket hat
Surveyor Outfit


Emerson Hale appears in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.


  • PCPC Turrets placed at a C.A.M.P. may attack Emerson, causing him to flee. To prevent this, temporarily store the turrets until Emerson is done visiting.[verification overdue]
  • PCPC If the U.S.S.A. console is built above ground level, Emerson may not spawn correctly, preventing the quest line from progressing.[verification overdue]
    • This may be fixed by moving the console to ground, followed by switching the server.