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We all knew it was going to be tough to make something out of nothing. But remember what Covenant is about. It's worth it.— Jacob Orden

Jacob Orden is the mayor of Covenant in 2287.

Background

Jacob Orden is the mayor of the small settlement of Covenant. In secret, his town worked with the Compound to find synths who were hiding as humans by making them take the "G.O.A.T. test," renamed the "SAFE test," which could expose synths through a difference between synth and human psychology.[1]

Soon before the Sole Survivor wakes up in 2287, Jacob Orden and other members of the town raided a caravan because they suspected the daughter of the caravan owner was a synth.[2] This prompted Honest Dan to start an investigation in the town.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is involved in quests.

Other interactions

While the player character is investigating Covenant during the Human Error quest, he will deny any involvement with the Compound or the caravan. He will even attempt to bribe the player character to stop snooping around, which can be taken with adverse effects. By hacking into Jacob's terminal in his room, one can uncover the secret relationship of the compound and Covenant.

If siding with the Compound in Human Error, Covenant becomes an allied settlement when speaking with Jacob. As an allied settler, Jacob can be traded with, but cannot be assigned to settlement tasks.

Inventory

Appearances

Jacob Orden appears only in Fallout 4.

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One When speaking to Jacob about any quest after obtaining Covenant as a settlement, the audio for his dialogue may be missing. This may be due to the fact that one of the player character's possible decisions at the end of Human Error results in Covenant's residents becoming hostile. [verified]
    The following are known cases:
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One One will be unable to choose the Y/Triangle/Up dialogue option when talking to him because it is blank and unresponsive, similar to Piper's romance bug. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One After completing Human Error, Jacob may repeat a line from earlier about Honest Dan, despite the quest having already been completed. [verified]

References

  1. Roslyn Chambers: "A living synth is indistinguishable from a human by any medical test yet devised. But, it turns out, psychology can detect a difference. Enter the SAFE test. The test is in its infancy, but through sacrifice and perseverance our success rate is improving."
    (Roslyn Chambers' dialogue)
  2. Compound terminal entries; Terminal, Stored messages, RE: Retrieval Team ready
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