When the Lone Wanderer first encounters Fawkes, he is confined to Isolation Room 05, a cell in Vault 87 in which he has resided for as long as memory permits. Fawkes claims that he was able to attain literacy and a civilized personality (things most super mutants sorely lack) by gleaning as much information as possible from the vault's immense online database (or at least until recently as the terminal that he used was taken away from him). Fawkes credits his intimate knowledge of Vault 87 to being a resident there before being transformed into a super mutant, additionally he wears the tattered remnants of a male Vault 87 jumpsuit, possibly due to him outgrowing it while mutating.
Identity before mutation
|The following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
A series of unused holotapes which were meant to be found in Vault 87 shed possible light to the identity of Fawkes.
The holotapes are part of a daily diary Shelton started to record, detailing his "life in one of Vault-Tec's newer vaults." The first tape is primarily an introduction, but the later tapes concern some bizarre sounds Shelton hears while on shift, and later something disturbing he witnessed.
After they left I snuck into the containment room, and... and I almost threw up. I don't even know how to describe it. It looked sort of human, but it was deformed... I could see some of its organs on the surface of its body like they were trying to push through.”— from the third unused holotape
Shelton's next recording reveals that his recordings eventually came to the attention of the wrong people. The recording is made as Shelton is hiding in the reactor room.
The fifth and final holotape reveals what eventually happened to Shelton after his capture.
It is important to note that, although Fawkes shares the same voice as most of the Capital Wasteland's Super Mutants, he is explicitly defined within the game's dialog files as being the speaker in the final recording.
Though nothing is left to document why these recordings were not included in the final version of the game, it is interesting to note that Fawkes' demonstrated intelligence does not appear to be present in the fifth holotape recording, consistent with his statement that he had to work to become as intelligent and well-spoken as he was at the time of meeting the Lone Wanderer.
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Interactions with the player character
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Fawkes pleads with you to be released from his cell. In exchange for release, Fawkes retrieves the Garden of Eden Creation Kit device from a radioactive section of the vault, and then bids the Lone Wanderer farewell.
After the player is incapacitated and taken to Raven Rock, home of the Enclave, Fawkes appears as the Lone Wanderer emerges from the base. He repels any Enclave soldiers with an acquired Gatling laser to aid the player's escape. Any items given to Fawkes before the trip to Raven Rock will be gone when he is encountered yet again, presumably discarded in favor of his new weapon. If your Karma is high enough, the player has the choice to add Fawkes as a companion.
When the player is faced with the climactic decision at the conclusion of the game, Fawkes politely declines to enter the radioactive room in lieu of the player (even though he is immune to radioactivity), stating that the decision is the player's destiny and not his. However, if the player has the Broken Steel add-on installed, the option to send Fawkes in will appear, allowing the player to opt out of entering themselves or Sentinel Sarah Lyons. When this option is used, he states that although he was going to tell the player that the player's destiny lies in that chamber, he has already altered his own.
- Recruiting Fawkes: Depending on the player's karma, Fawkes may agree to accompany the player on future travels as a companion.
- If the player's karma is too low, or if the player fires him at any time, Fawkes can be later found wandering around the entrance to Underworld, located in the Museum of History. Fawkes may also return if left on his own for a significant length of time. If you maintain positive karma, you have the option of recruiting him again.
- Equipment: The player cannot equip Fawkes with different clothing, though his staggeringly large health bar and damage rate are more than enough for almost any situation. He can carry a total of 229 pounds of equipment.
- Combat: Fawkes is extremely resilient thanks to the inherent thick skin natural to super mutants. Fawkes is highly skilled in all weapon categories (small guns, big guns, energy weapons, explosives, melee weapons, and unarmed).
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Fawkes' Super Sledge
* If you take Fawkes' super sledge, it is replaced with a non-playable sledgehammer.
- By activating the Terminal by the door of Fawkes room in Vault 87, and using the 'Identify Specimen' function, you will find that the cell's inhabitant was called 'Specimen D164'. A different terminal in a room close to Fawkes' cell contains data on 5 specimen, stating that D164 was a female. However, Fawkes is not Specimen D164, as the terminal also states that all specimens were terminated.
- Fawkes is one of the two friendly super mutants in the game, the other being Uncle Leo.
- It seems that after he moves to Underworld, he is counted as a resident as he will become hostile toward you while you are running out if you shoot or kill any of the ghouls, but like most residents of towns he will forgive you after 72 in-game hours.
- His super sledge is obtainable without him being your follower after you release him from isolation. By asking to trade equipment, the weapon will be in his inventory.
- Despite being known as an intelligent super mutant his intelligence is only 3.
- He does not have a stealth mode so enemies will attack him regardless of the player's stealth ability.
- "If you insist but do be careful. I can hardly repay your kindness by waiting back here."
- "It's amazing people trust you enough not to attack me..."
- "In all things, a calm heart must prevail."
- "There are times... I feel... the primal part of me...pulling me away."
- "You're going to pay for what you did to me!"
Fawkes only appears in Fallout 3.
Behind the scenes
- Contrary to a comment about Fawkes' gender made by his voice actor, lead designer Emil Pagliarulo has confirmed "No, Fawkes was absolutely a male. This was a mistake. Wes gave an interview and he was mistaken. Trust me, Fawkes is and was male."
- Much of the random dialogue heard from Fawkes as one wanders around can be heard as simple wasteland survival advice, but also references Zen philosophy. Examples include "Be aware of the present moment" and "There is safety in mindfulness".
- Fawkes takes his name from "a man who died for what he believed in." This is a reference to Britain's infamous Guy Fawkes, who attempted to blow up the Parliament building.
- Fawkes' battle cry of "Wake up... Time to die!" mirrors a quote from Leon to Deckard in Blade Runner.
- It is entirely possible that Fawkes' back story gives a nod to Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel V for Vendetta in which the main character, V, was also highly intelligent, imprisoned in a room, experimented upon, and emulates Guy Fawkes.
- With Broken Steel installed, Fawkes possesses a staggering amount of health at higher levels. At level 20 he has fully several thousand HP, more so than even a Super Mutant Behemoth. This is due to a badly adjusted setting concerning Fawkes' leveling, which grants him in excess of 100 HP per level gained. Dogmeat and Sergeant RL-3 are similarly affected.
- Playstation 3 If you do not free Fawkes and instead take the GECK yourself then return after escaping Raven Rock and talk to him the speech will options will be the same as if he had come to rescue you from Raven Rock, ("Fawkes, what are you doing out here?").
- Playstation 3 If you kill Fawkes after entering Broken Steel his body may follow you to Adams Airbase and back to the Citadel after being taken back via the vertibird.
- Xbox 360 Fawkes may consider his own gatling laser more effective than any weapon the Lone Wanderer gives him, and will not equip the stronger weapon. You can test for this bug if you've given him Vengeance (as it looks identical to his own gatling laser) by checking to see if he is actually using any electron charge packs or by targeting it in V.A.T.S.
- Playstation 3 When Fawkes kills something, his Gatling Laser may continue to play the sounds, even after he has holstered it.