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Harvester risks is a paper note in Fallout 76, introduced in the Skyline Valley update.


The note can be found at Thunder Mountain substation TM-03, in the booth at the entrance, on the same row of consoles as the notes on lightning harvesters.



While I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to see one of my creations come to life, I am startled and frankly concerned at the lack of safety & foresight my employers have shown.

My decision to use silver wiring was twofold; silver has high conductivity for electricity AND heat, which means greater control over the heat generation sequence. Unfortunately I was under the impression these were prototypes; use of silver wiring introduces a serious long-term risk. Silver tarnishes far quicker than copper and thus becomes more unstable with use. The tarnished wires will eventually cause more resistance & heat, putting the integrity of the structures in jeopardy. Who knows how long these machines can last without regular wire replacements? 10 years? 25?

Speaking of the heat generation, my second concern is with the venting chambers in the control bunker. They are exceptionally unorthodox; why would empty, unshielded rooms around the batteries aid the heat dissipation process that is designed to direct the heat into the ground? Those venting rooms are dangerous and should have the absolute minimum of human interaction, in my opinion. I was taken aback by the directors insistence we use his pet scientists' cooling design rather than my original one but if he's paying the bills I don't have much of a choice.

Surprisingly, my final concern is to be one rooted in ethics; what are the consequences of creating and dissipating storms at will? Wildlife are known to have keen senses for shifts in EM Fields, surely generating storms at will must have an effect on them? If it has an effect, how severe is it? How debilitating? How permanent? Should we really be doing this?

Not that anyone else seems to share my misgivings, of course. My employers wanted the most efficient machines possible and spared no expense, yet gave no thought to any of these concerns when I pressed the matter. Apparently the words "possible source of infinite electricity" are too important to care about anything else. I also overheard something about the "obfuscation", which can only lead me to believe their pathetic attempts to disguise this place as a regular power substation has actually had some thought behind it. Whoever's thoughts they were should be put in one of those chambers during the next test run.