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... What's the pool up to now, anyway? Nice try, though.

Gallows Humor refers to an unmarked quest in Fallout 3.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Gallows Humor
Talk to some of the members of the Lyons' Pride.
Use a Speech check in conversation with Knight Captain Gallows to find out his real name.
Tell Paladin Glade Gallows' real name.
Reward: 1000 caps

Detailed walkthrough

Talk to some of the members of the Lyons' Pride in the Great Hall after gaining entry to the Citadel. They will tell the Lone Wanderer about a betting pool to try and guess Gallows' real name. One can ask Knight Captain Gallows about it after hearing about the bet. If one's Speech skill is high enough, they can convince Gallows to tell them his real name. After one finds out his name, they can speak to Paladin Glade, who is running the betting pool. Glade can be found near Gallows in the Great Hall in the A Ring area. Gallows says his real name is "Irving," and asks that he just be left alone.


The reward is the current betting pool, which has risen to 1000 caps.


  • This mini-quest can be done up until Liberty Prime is launched during the quest Take it Back! With Broken Steel, it can still remain active after the quest.
  • Convincing Gallows to share his name is one of the most difficult Speech checks in the game. Even with a 100 Speech and 9 Charisma skill, one does not have a 100% chance of passing the check. With all expansion packs and latest updates added, the player character needs 100 Speech and 10 Charisma to result in reaching a 100% success chance.
  • If Glade dies, it will be impossible to complete the quest.

Behind the scenes

Gallows humor (also known as dark humor) is a style of comedy that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo, particularly subjects that are normally considered serious or painful to discuss, as a reference to gallows, a scaffold used for execution by hanging.