|Side quest: Human Error|
|Go to Covenant and talk to Honest Dan.|
|Search for clues around Covenant.|
|Attack the Covenant Compound with Dan.|
|Kill Dr. Chambers and rescue Amelia.||Kill Honest Dan.|
|Find Old Man Stockton||Return to Jacob|
|Reward: 350+ XP|
Covenant as settlement
The Sole Survivor might hear about Covenant from settlers or a passing trader, which will put its marker on the map and a quest entry to "Investigate Covenant." Upon approaching the gate, the Sole Survivor is greeted by Swanson. He explains that, to enter Covenant, visitors have to pass a test to filter out "undesirables." By pressuring for information and successfully passing increasingly difficult speech checks, details about synths and The Institute can be learned. Swanson will be adamant about administering the SAFE test (an adapted Vault-Tec G.O.A.T.) to make sure the Sole Survivor is not a synth. After taking a seat at the table and answering all the questions, the gate to the settlement will open up.
Unlike other settlements around the Commonwealth, Covenant is surrounded by tall concrete walls sprinkled with defensive turrets, and the houses and the yard are in pristine condition. The Sole Survivor even mentions how everything looks almost pre-War. Several companions will voice suspicions that the village is hiding something, although none of them seem aware of its true nature. Speak to Honest Dan. He'll explain he has been hired to investigate a missing caravan and find Amelia Stockton, the missing daughter of the prominent Stockton family. He also suggests the inhabitants of Covenant might be involved in both cases. He also offers to split the reward in exchange for help in the investigation. After doing so, Dan will give the player character what he knows in the form of a note, caravan details. Passing speech checks with him may net more caps and info.
Exit Covenant and head northeast along the road, then go east at the junction to find the remains of the missing caravan and recover Deezer's lemonade (if the quest hasn't started, the cooler box won't be accessible yet). With a Perception of 6 or higher, a blood trail on the road close to the scene can be investigated to reveal that "the blood trail leads roughly in the direction of Covenant." Questioning the inhabitants of Covenant yields little info as they are adamant about having nothing to do with it. They are also oddly nice, almost saccharine.
To find more clues, enter the house on the far end of the settlement to discover a holding cell, a bookcase with self-help material, a locked terminal and a non-functional radio. With luck of at least 9, the player can "fiddle" with the radio and briefly pick up a voice broadcast referencing the remains of Stockton's caravan. Outside one of the houses is a bedroll left by the caravan staff, which can be investigated, but it isn't clear enough who it belonged to.
Hack the terminal when no one is looking to find out Covenant's real purpose. Hacking the terminal when not sneaking will turn the whole town hostile. It is also possible to gather information by speaking to one of the settlers, Talia McGovern, and convincing her that Honest Dan is a synth after passing a few Charisma checks. Alternatively, enter the shop and take the piece of paper from the trash can or pass increasingly harder speech checks with Penny Fitzgerald to reveal the clues. Another alternative is to either pickpocket the key from Jacob Orden (the most optimal way is to steal this from him while he is asleep in the guest house) or pick the lock to the house directly left of the gate and find the piece of paper near the door. If pickpocket is too risky, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. the doors to the first house on the left when entering Covenant will be open (in general, all of the buildings in Covenant can eventually be entered without the need to pick a lock, through the expedient of following the residents around until they open the doors on their daily schedule). On the table is a key and a paper that has Jacob's password. Residents may become hostile if they see stealing. One can also find the location of the compound at the office terminal. The door and the terminal are both Master locks.
Once learning about the existence of the compound, the Sole Survivor can either talk to Dan or go alone. When they try to exit Covenant, Jacob will be at the gate and will try to convince the Sole Survivor to drop the case, even going as far as offering a bribe.
To find the compound, head to the fishing spot west of Covenant on the other side of the lake and enter the outflow pipe. If the Sole Survivor told Honest Dan about the compound, he will be waiting inside and will follow. Continue along the pipe to face armed guards and turrets. By successfully passing a speech check, the Sole Survivor is escorted deep inside the complex to meet Doctor Roslyn Chambers. Otherwise, fighting through the complex becomes necessary. On the way there clues about people being held captive and ongoing experiments/torture can be found.
Once confronted by the doctor, she explains her intentions of trying to reveal hidden synths who infiltrated the populace by creating and perfecting the SAFE test, a sort of psychological test involving studying reactions of the subject to several situational questions. Improving the test involves establishing a "baseline" and then requires various forms of psychological and physical torture to incite reactions from the subject. She also explains the reason for capturing Amelia is because they believe she is a synth infiltrator. She may offer to pay the same caps reward offered by Honest Dan.
At this point, the Sole Survivor has several choices:
- Deciding to side with the doctor, if accompanied by Honest Dan it will cause him to become hostile and killing him will be necessary. Also, inspecting Amelia's body (pickpocket, without taking anything) reveals she was indeed a synth (the synth component will be found, even if you pickpocketed it before she was killed). Return to Jacob to win Covenant as a usable settlement. There is also a reward of 300 caps from the completion of this quest.
- Deciding to side with Honest Dan and free Amelia will turn the doctor and the rest of the Compound hostile, making it necessary to kill them all. Amelia is in one of the cells up the stairs which can be opened by using the terminal or by picking the lock. Speak to Dan to receive a reward. By passing increasingly harder speech checks, more reward can be earned. Choosing this option will also turn all inhabitants of Covenant hostile, except for Deezer and Dora (the cat). Kill all hostiles to win Covenant as a usable settlement.
- A third option will make itself available, if the Sole Survivor does not bring Honest Dan to the Compound. After freeing Amelia, as they would when siding with Dan, they can turn the quest in to Old Man Stockton, who can be found at Bunker Hill. He will give the same 300 bottlecap reward offered by the doctor and Honest Dan, although there is no way to increase the reward through speech checks. If the player character has already completed Boston After Dark, the Sole Survivor can remark about making a habit out of helping him. The quest cannot be turned in to him if Honest Dan accompanies the player character, however; he will simply say that he already contracted someone to find the missing caravan. Upon returning to Covenant, all inhabitants will be hostile, and it will be necessary to kill them all except Deezer to receive Covenant as a settlement. If choosing this option, almost everything inside the compound will be considered stolen, making it very complicated to use this settlement. Old Man Stockton is a nonessential character and can be killed. If he has already been killed and the Sole Survivor chooses to save Amelia, without bringing Dan to the compound, the quest will say "Failed" immediately after the "Find Old Man Stockton" objective appears and it becomes impossible to complete.
- A "fourth" option is also available to the player character. If they arrive at the compound without Honest Dan, they can engage Amelia in conversation before freeing her or letting her be killed by the doctor and she will direct the player character to Old Man Stockton, claiming he will give a reward for freeing her. The quest will update as though the player character has freed Amelia and the quest marker will lead them to Old Man Stockton. If the player character leaves Amelia in her cell and turns in the quest to Old Man Stockton, the quest will complete, only in this case, upon return to Covenant, all inhabitants will be friendly to the player character. If the player character has passed the speech check at the compound, all inhabitants there will remain friendly as well. Although everyone is still alive, this option offers the least amount of rewards, as there is no way to obtain Covenant as a settlement.
- When Dr. Chambers presents the Sole Survivor the choice to side with her or not, choosing "You're threatening me, Dan?" will allow another dialogue option to appear afterwards to replace it: "What is Covenant?"
- After releasing Amelia from her cell, talking to Honest Dan and selecting any of four available dialogue options will prompt him to pay the Sole Survivor. One can then walk out of the conversation, repeat the process and Honest Dan will pay the Sole Survivor again. This can be repeated infinite number of times to gain as many caps as you want.
- If Amelia, after being released, steps on a mine laid by the player character (e.g. one originally intended to take out compound guards), it will detonate and kill her, triggering a sudden and violent deterioration in relations with Honest Dan.
- Pickpocketing Amelia quickly after she escapes or looting her body if sided with the doctor shows she carries a synth component revealing she was, in fact, a synth.
- Talking to Old Man Stockton to finish the quest (if siding against Covenant and skipping the optional "talk to Honest Dan" part of the quest) reveals that Amelia is not, in fact, his daughter (or an Institute synth replacement of his daughter), but a synth that the Railroad had freed. He also muses that she may now suspect she is a synth, because of what has happened to her.
- Killing both Dr. Chambers and Amelia and having left Dan behind will fail the quest and Covenant will remain hostile.
- There is a railsign above the entrance pipe to the compound indicating 'danger,' implying the Railroad is aware of the compound.
- If entering Covenant late in the game, and have destroyed the Railroad/sided with the Institute, the residents of Covenant will be immediately hostile - but not until after taking and passing the S.A.F.E. test and walking through the gate. As a side note, if having Curie as a companion in such a situation, she will also become hostile.
- It is possible to start the quest by just speaking with Dr. Chambers in the compound straight away, shortening the quest greatly, leaving basically only the final choice and the reward pick up to completion.
- The player character will not be able to interact with the cooler containing Deezer's lemonade near the missing caravan until the quest becomes active.
- If The Nuclear Option is completed, this quest will fail.
- When receiving Covenant as a settlement after siding against the compound, some beds and items will still remain "owned." The owned flag on beds can be dropped if a settler is assigned to it. Junk items could also be stored or scrapped. Trading a stolen item with a settler then retrieving it will also remove the owned flag on item. PC users can also use the command setownership to manually remove the flags.
- If the player character sides against the compound and receives Covenant as a settlement, any turrets surviving the fight will turn friendly but cannot be scrapped or moved. Destroyed turrets will not disappear after a set period of time and can only be removed via the console commands disable or markfordelete.
- After releasing Amelia, guards inside the compound will not attack her.
- After siding with Compound and receiving Covenant as a settlement, trying to pick the lock on a door, even though it's not marked as hostile action, will turn all residents hostile.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The SAFE test is actually the G.O.A.T. from Fallout 3, with all references to vaults (and the 10th question) removed.
- The development of the SAFE test to detect and remove synths (machines physically indistinguishable from humans) from the populace and many parts of this mission and dialogues, are a direct reference to the movie Blade Runner (based on the Phillip. K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"). The SAFE test is a direct reference to the Voight-Kampff test, which tests the subject's responses to situational questions by measuring preconscious empathetic reflexes and childhood memories that are usually absent from synthetic people.
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Honest Dan may disappear after completing the main quest line, making this quest impossible to start.[verified] For potential workarounds using console commands, see this Steam User Forums thread.
- PC It might not be possible to sneakily do anything in Covenant or even far away from it with their property because they will notice right away wherever you are and wherever they are, making it impossible to use unowned terminal or take password\keys from the table making the only way to progress the quest - by stealing map to Compound from settlers inventory.
- PC After talking to Dr. Chambers and agreeing with her, one can quickly run up to Amelia and tell her everything will be okay. By doing this one can complete both the main quest and also the optional quest to free her.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One After fighting one's way into the compound and reaching Dr. Chambers, a dialogue takes place. If the Sole Survivor sides with Honest Dan and Amelia, Dr. Chambers will say "you'll just have to kill me". But she won't become hostile. [verified]
- This bug can be exploited to gain an additional like from Strong, making three possible consecutive likes for him. Simply kill Dr. Chambers, as Strong approves of killing non-hostiles.
- PC Xbox One At the caravan, for the optional objective, Deezer's Lemonade might not spawn or be interacted with. If this happens, it cannot be acquired.[verified]
- PC A possible fix is by using the console command setstage 22a08 205.
- Another workaround is to pick up "Deezer's Lemonade" by commanding a companion to check the cooler, trade with the companion and one will find the lemonade in the Aid category.[verified].
- It's also possible for Deezer's Lemonade and the cooler to spawn but leaving the player unable to pick up the item or open the cooler. In this case both the console command or companion solution will work.
- It's also possible to enable activation of these items via console: e9285.cf "ObjectReference.BlockActivation" false, e927d.cf "ObjectReference.BlockActivation" false
- If all else fails, reset the quest. Use sqt to get the ID of the Human Error quest and then reset quest <quest_id> to reset it.
- On Xbox One it is possible that neither the can nor the cooler will have mass, despite being spawned and being able to grab the can and lift it, and the companion command will not work. However, there is a possible fix on the console- since it is possible to pick up the lemonade, one can carry it to nearby Taffington Boathouse, drop it, go into crafting mode, and store the item in the workbench. You can then remove the item from the workbench, and the quest step will trigger as it should.
- PC Dr. Chambers' dialogue won't start if Honest Dan is already dead.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One The gate leading into Covenant might already be open even if it's the first time visiting the place, and all the characters act like the Survivor has already been there and Honest Dan is nowhere to be found, making the quest impossible to complete or even start. This may be caused by completing the main storyline before obtaining the quest. [verified]
- PC One fix is to kill all residents, thus gaining access to the workbench, then resurrecting residents in order to gain the settlement if the quest can't be started.
- PC Xbox One After finishing the quest, Swanson can't be killed unless he is within the borders of the settlement. Since he will rush out to attack the Sole Survivor, it may be necessary to kite him back to the gates.[verified]
- PC Xbox One Wearing a power armor helmet with the Targeting mod or using berry mentats makes Dan hostile when inside the sewer, and the rest of the NPCs inside the compound. Need to unequip the helmet before going in. Also, make sure that if the Sole Survivor has a companion equipped with power armor with the Targeting mod that the Sole Survivor has them exit their power armor also.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One After freeing Amelia, the doctor won't turn hostile and will hang around saying "I will not beg for my life," and "All I did was for the greater good!"[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Penny Fitzgerald may not talk to the player, only saying "enjoy your stay" when interacted with. Sleeping seems to fix the issue. It's possible there are other simple fixes.[verified]
- PC If clearing out the compound before finding any clues leading to it or its existence, and freeing Amelia, Honest Dan won't spawn at Covenant, and the quest will stay bugged and impossible to complete. The Sole Survivor may get stuck at "Look for caravan survivors" even after freeing Amelia.[verified]
- PC Xbox One Wearing power armor with a Tesla torso mod inside of or around the entrance to Covenant will make nearby inhabitants turn hostile. This occurs before or after finishing the quest "Human Error". The solution is to exit the power armor before entering.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One At the end of the quest, when talking to Honest Dan, if the conversation is interrupted just after getting the reward by walking away, the player can talk to him and claim the reward again. This can be repeated indefinitely.[verified]
- The Charisma checks for more money are not reset with this method.
- PC After completing the main story the quest will not be initiated. It can be solved through the console with resetquest 00022a08, then talking to the mayor of the town, and using the console with setstage 00022a08 200, setstage 00022a08 740 and talking again to the mayor. This will complete the quest having sided with Covenant and allows to unlock it as a settlement. [verified]
- PC Xbox One Entering the house to the immediate left of the gate through the unlocked door by the northwest corner of the town and stealing the key and password on the end table will cause everyone in town to become hostile when leaving the house, even if remaining undetected. [verified]
- Playstation 4 When first coming to Covenant, Swanson might not ask the required questions to gain access to the town. Instead, the gate will already be open and Dan will not be available, making the quest unavailable. [verified]
- PC When you take Jacob's password, it is possible that everyone in Covenant will become immediately hostile regardless of whether or not you are hidden when you steal it.[verified]
- Playstation 4 When stealing Jacob's password, Covenant house key, SAFE report, or Covenant office key it is possible the entire town will turn hostile regardless of whether or not you are hidden when you steal them. Sleeping does not seem to help. If this is the case, a map to the compound can be pickpocketed from Ted Huntley. [verified]