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Hey, folks. As most people in chat know, we have been having discussions on fixing up the citations and references on our pages. If you're unaware of this effort, please check out the project page linked there.

In an effort to possibly clear up some of our citation and reference issues, I contacted Chris Avellone, and while he didn't promise canon answers for us, he said he could possibly shed some light on any questions we have.

If we could gather all our questions here, I'll send him an e-mail as soon as we're sure we have them all down. Any questions in Fallout canon you think need answering, Chris Avellone might be able to answer, so post them here. Dead Gunner's SMG JPG1 "Semper Invictus" 19:41, October 16, 2013 (UTC)


"In Fallout 2 it was estimated by Dr. Curling that the Enclave Oil Rig contained at least 1000 inhabitants, how much would you guesstimate remain in active service in 2281?"
"How did the NCR manage to become so large population-wise?"
"What happened to the NCR state of Maxson with the NCR-Brotherhood War?"
"Would you say the Capital Wasteland BoS' lack of communication with the Western leaders is a result of the NCR-Brotherhood War?"
"North Vegas' Mean Sonofabitch and his backstory gave me the impression that mutants aren't much welcome in NCR territory, is this true?"

Thank you MCA, you're the man. Enclavesymbol 20:07, October 16, 2013 (UTC)


There's a chance this is going to be big, so I'll create a header and all so I can separate my ideas, which I hope will clarify upon some very controversial lore/canon disputes we've had in the past:

  • Is Salient Green a reference to Soylent Green? And if so, why weren't there any similarities aside from a similar name?
  • Is Flak from Rivet City gay? We supposedly had this confirmed, but there is not a source confirming this.
  • Did Martin Retslaf kill himself, or did the rogue robots/Marked Men kill him?
  • Was it canon for the Brotherhood of Steel to destroy the NCR's gold stores, forcing them to rely on water to back their currency?
  • Why was Rad-Away made non-addictive, when they were addictive in the original games, and was shown in Van Buren to have very severe side-effects?
  • Is Fallout ever going to clarify upon the Enclave's initial wish to use Bloomfield's space shuttles to colonize other planets? With the REPCONN ghouls making it to their destination and back in time to help Novac against the Legion, as well as House's promise to have the stars colonized should he succeed in his efforts at Hoover Dam, there seems to be a lot pointing towards this reference.
  • Are there any other cities that are still relatively intact like New Vegas? With the few cities shown such as L.A. and San Francisco, it seems the bombs left very little of them by the time any player characters happen across them.
  • Is New Reno officially a part of the NCR, or has it kept its independence all this time?
  • What happened to Cass' father after she was born?
  • Was Bright's prophecy true? Or did they only return to Nipton after failure to find their promised lands?
  • With the death of Myron and his drug secrets dying with him, how did Jet make it from the Core Region and into places like the Capital Wasteland and the Mojave?
  • What happened to the Capital Wasteland branch of the Enclave? Were they effectively wiped out, or are they still a functional organization even after their major defeat?
  • Were the Vault 87 super mutants eventually wiped out by the BoS?
  • Was the Pint-Sized Killer a real serial killer? And if so, why can his mask be found at Point Lookout?
  • What was the motivation behind the Krivbeknih? The super-natural isn't touched up on much in the Fallout universe, and the story behind this book and its corresponding obelisk pre-date even the Great War.

ForGaroux Some Assembly Required! 20:46, October 16, 2013 (UTC)

New Reno is NCR their Judicial system even locked up someone from there.--Ant2242 (talk) 20:53, October 16, 2013 (UTC)
I know that they are. Unfortunately, we don't have any proper sources confirming that, and the NCR locking someone up from there isn't enough evidence. (The NCR has imprisoned people in the Mojave, so why not someone in New Reno?) ForGaroux Some Assembly Required! 20:58, October 16, 2013 (UTC)
The person that set him up.--Ant2242 (talk) 22:06, October 16, 2013 (UTC)
MCA isnt likely to be able to answer F3 canon questions. Agent c (talk)
I figured even if there was material he didn't work with personally, that he might be in regular contact with the developers that would know. ForGaroux Some Assembly Required! 08:17, October 17, 2013 (UTC)

Here are my questions:

1) Was Vault City annexed by NCR or did it remain independent?
Also, there was a Roger Westin III on the Boulder City Memorial as one of the casualties. Is he the grandson of Roger Westin from Fallout 2 and is Joanne Lynette the grandmother?
2) How did the general populace of the Core Region know about the Enclave's plans to release deadly Curling-13 into the atmosphere if no one but the Chosen One and his followers could've really known?
The reason I ask is because I'd like to have clarified why the NCR's and the Brotherhood of Steel's course-of-action towards any Enclave remnants being so harsh and severe. We would like to have it confirmed so the ambiguity is cleared up.
3) Not sure about your authority over this, but what is the canon ending of Fallout Tactics?
Personally, what do you think they've been up to since?
4) Does radiation trigger ferality in normal ghouls? And if so is there a threshold of radiation that doesn't trigger ferality, eg) Jason Bright being a non-feral glowing one?-... as of yet...
5) Just curious, but what is Caesar's Legion's stance on ghouls?

Tell him I'll appreciate anything he answers. But that I can't promise I'll like it :p --The Ever Ruler (talk) 21:00, October 16, 2013 (UTC)

Just a quick note, I'm gonna be sending this e-mail on Monday, so be sure to get your questions in. Dead Gunner's SMG JPG1 "Semper Invictus" 21:19, October 19, 2013 (UTC)

I'm surprised more people haven't jumped all over this. :'D I hope you're getting lots of queries in chat. ForGaroux Some Assembly Required! 21:28, October 19, 2013 (UTC)

We have a problem, and I'll discuss it in chat later. Try to meet me there sometime. Dead Gunner's SMG JPG1 "Semper Invictus" 10:47, October 24, 2013 (UTC)

FNV Legion silver coin

Who's who? I've been asking Sawyer for months!

Working hypothesis: Bill Calhuoun, Caesar, Joshua Graham

Why: Calhoun is a doctor and needs the pockets, Caesar would want the limelight Center for Him! Graham is left.--Ant2242 (talk) 21:35, October 19, 2013 (UTC)

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