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Jet is a highly addictive form of methamphetamine[verification needed] commonly found throughout the wasteland. It is extracted from brahmin dung fumes and commonly administered via an inhaler. Although first available before the Great War in a different form, in the first half of the 23rd century, Myron developed Jet into a highly marketable commodity and tool for the enslavement of Redding by the Mordinos of New Reno. Even after the death of Myron and subsequent fall of the Mordinos from relevancy, Jet's availability, replicability, and popularity developed exponentially. The introduction of the Jet antidote would barely slow its wide effect and appeal on both the West Coast and the East Coast of the former United States.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Variants
- 4 Notes
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 References
The drug is a powerful hallucinogenic-meta-amphetamine that stimulates the central nervous system, triggering a rush of energy and strength primarily brought about by endorphins. The initial euphoric rush rarely lasts more than a few minutes, but the altered state of consciousness makes it subjectively longer for any Jet user.
Post-War Jet is typically sold packaged into small, disposable ampules used in a metered-dose inhaler that delivers the aerosolized drug directly into the lungs of the user, where it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Wholesale buyers, like Redding in the 2240s, usually receive bulk packages that have to be processed into user ampules first. This requires clean facilities and medical training to do properly, as poor processing will result in contamination and expose users to disease. Jet may also be mixed with saline solutions or other liquids to be delivered intravenously. This was the preferred method of researchers working at the Stables.
Standard Jet is highly addictive, inducing psychological and physical reliance. Both stem from the way their Jet alters the perception of reality, to the point that the euphoric rush brought about by the drug is interpreted by the user as the norm and sobriety as the abnormal. Drug addictions caused by regular Jet responded to treatment with Fixer and Addictol, increasing their popularity both before and after the Great War.
With the Mordino variant off the market and the technique to manufacture methamphetamine at large, new batches flooded the market, becoming a staple recreational and performance-enhancing drug throughout the wasteland. Unlike the Mordino variant, drug addictions caused by regular Jet responded to treatment with Fixer and Addictol, increasing their popularity.
Numerous enterprising cooks also developed their unique versions of the drug by mixing the original version with additional chemicals. Commonly seen variants include Rocket, Turbo, and Ultrajet in the west and Buffjet (mixed with Buffout), Psycho jet (Psycho), Jet Fuel (napalm), and Ultra jet.
Jet proliferated throughout the wasteland in the wake of the Great War, particularly due to the ease of manufacture. As long as a chemist had access to a reliable source of fertilizer, they could manufacture it in quantity, even in the most barren of environments (as was the case with Great Khans at Red Rock Canyon).
In New California, its spread was triggered by Myron's discovery of the ease of its manufacture and aided by its infamy. Regular Jet found use as a recreational chem (particularly by chem-reliant wastelanders, like the Fiends). However, it was also used to enslave people. Long after the Mordinos became a footnote in history, the Omertas used free Jet and morphine to control and exploit their sex workers.
The high addiction rate was exploited by Myron, who took the regular Jet and tweaked it while simultaneously developing a way to manufacture the drug in large quantities. One of the distinguishing characteristics of his version of Jet was the elevated addiction rate. Their version was a drug designed to create a permanent addiction that combines psychological and chemical reliance and was immune to treatment with Addictol and Fixer. This provided Big Jesus Mordino with the weapon he needed to secure Redding for his family.
It is designed to be invulnerable to standard methods of countering drug addictions, including the various nervous system suppressants that work on the regular version of the drug. The only real way to counter Myron's Jet was to use endorphin blockers, which repress the euphoria, resulting in a violent experience that is comparable to radscorpion poisoning. Endorphin blockers also prevent the drug from taking hold again: Anyone exposed to Jet after taking the antidote will become sick, as the meta-amphetamines will no longer have any effect.
Before the Jet antidote was created thanks to the efforts of the Chosen One, the Mordinos continued to develop the design and increase its potency and addiction rate. A development version, named Jet Beta, was created, though it did not reach maturity after the antidote appeared on the market.
The exact origins of the meta-amphetamine variant known as Jet are unclear. However, it was available before the Great War in some form. The formula was simple enough to allow for the use of common chemicals and simple laboratory set-ups in its manufacture. It was even used by Vault-Tec in its experiments and found its way into vaults before they were sealed. In the Vault-Tec Regional HQ, a pre-War log found on a terminal notes that Psycho and Jet were sent to Vault 95 during its construction.
After the Great War, wastelanders in the Burrows (an underground settlement in Appalachia) mention inhaling brahmin dung fumes to achieve a high. The chem was also utilized by gangs like the Blood Eagles and chem addicts; of note is Beckett's mention of Jet by name in 2103.
A much more potent version of Jet was introduced in New California in the first half of the 23rd century by Myron, a self-taught juvenile prodigy specializing in drug manufacture. Myron came to New Reno a few years before 2241 and offered his services after noticing that their drug operation (centered on farming peyote cacti and selling it as the Reno Experience) could use improvement. The combination of low strength (less than half of old school LSD) and a long high duration made peyote a sub-par choice for a fast turnaround. The exact specifics of how Myron came into Mordinos' employ are unclear, but it is known that through trial and error Myron eventually managed to arrive at a solution fit for the new climate. As they could not grow coca plants or opium poppies, Myron settled for developing hallucinogens. Basing on extracts from mushrooms grown by the Mordinos, Myron began experimenting with derivatives of lysergic acid diethylamide, psilocybin and THC. The impetus to create Jet came when Big Jesus Mordino ordered Myron to create a drug that would give him control over Redding. Although Myron claims he alone invented Jet, a high-intelligence Chosen One can question whether Myron truly invented the drug, stating, "I'm not convinced a child like you didn't just STUMBLE across it, Myron" which Myron vehemently denies.
In order to avoid relying on extracts from vegetables and mushrooms, Myron began exploring his possibilities. Since pre-War meat companies experimented with cheap protein extracts to increase their profit margins, only to discover that the slightest contamination made the entire extract act like potent amphetamine upon digestion. Rather than dump the entire program, the companies fed the extracts to their vast bovine herds to recoup losses. What they didn't realize is that the protein extract would be metabolized and absorbed by the cattle's bodies, becoming an integral element of their metabolism when cattle would mutate into brahmin. With some blood samples, one could readily recreate the contaminated extract even two centuries after the war. Myron did not have access to the tools and expertise necessary to isolate the extract, so they decided to acquire it by proxy: Grow mushrooms in fertilizer provided by the affected brahmin and extract it from the fungus. The eureka moment came completely unexpectedly: When Myron observed slaves tending to the brahmin fertilizer, he noticed that they were getting high purely on fumes. The brahmin excreta contained the desired drug in large enough concentrations to be viable as a commercial drug - exactly what Big Jesus wanted.
After a round of testing which claimed the lives of a hundred slaves, primarily due to myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), cerebral hemorrhages, and psychotic episodes, the first iteration of Jet was ready for deployment. The investment returned itself multiple times over and the expense wrought by Myron's experimentation and loss of slaves was absorbed by the burgeoning Mordino budget.
By January 2241, the first Jet samples arrived in Redding, creating a wave of addiction that affected miners and other denizens of the town, making it reliant on regular shipments from Redding.[Non-canon 1] The Stables research team would further Myron's work, hoping to create a stronger and even more potent version, codenamed Jet Beta. However, the results were unsuccessful, as they could not quite get the kinks out (e.g., nasal bleeding, hallucinations, heart attacks). But they did increase the duration of its high; from 5 to 60 minutes. However, the development of Jet Beta was halted by the introduction of a Jet antidote.
Myron would die less than a year after the Chosen One defeated the Enclave, stabbed to death by a Jet addict while drinking in a bar at the Den. The manufacturing of Jet would continue, spreading as far as the Capital Wasteland, where Murphy would attempt to produce an even more potent version, named Ultrajet, designed for use by ghouls, who are barely affected by standard Jet.
Throughout the Capital Wasteland, Jet can also be found in containers located within vaults, collected by exploration completed by vault dwellers. Old Lady Palmer from Vault 101 used to lead such explorations, as seen in a file in the overseer's terminal.
Meanwhile, in the Mojave Wasteland, some of the more scientifically enlightened learned about the secrets of Ultrajet and sought to make it themselves, and home chemists developed more potent forms of Jet like Rocket and Turbo. Rocket was one of few drugs that were not known to the Great Khans, who were the predominant chem traders in the area.
This is the most common and basic form of Jet, which all other variations are based on.
The form of Jet that Myron developed. Though his discovery of the drug was forgotten soon after his death at the Den less than a year after the Enclave's defeat, his form of Jet lived on. Subsequent production has failed to meet the refinement and efficiency of the original design.
This variant of Jet is currently only known to be present in the Mojave Wasteland. Made by mixing Jet with Nuka-Cola and detergent, the product provides a greater energy rush due to the refinement.
Jet Fuel is a variation of Jet which is the result of combining regular Jet with flamer fuel. It is currently only known to be present in the Commonwealth.
A peculiar variant of regular Jet, designed to modify the user's perception of time. Jet is piggybacked to an aerosol can containing broc flower and cazador venom dissolved in turpentine. The concoction creates the illusion of slow motion, while Jet increases the user's speed so that they move at a normal speed relative to their surroundings.
A unique form of Jet created by the ghoul chemist Murphy. As the original Jet has a very limited effect on ghouls, due to their physiology, Murphy sought to enhance its properties by combining the original drug with Sugar Bombs, using caustic chemicals in the process. The result is a drug that has double the potency of Jet and affects ghouls as it does humans. Originally thought unique to the Capital Wasteland, Ultrajet was procured by Daniel Contreras, a supply sergeant of the NCR Army. Ultrajet is also available in the Commonwealth. Ultrajet is harder to get addicted to than standard Jet, but the addiction to it is permanent, should someone abuse it too much.
|The following is based on Atomic Shop content and is not considered canonical.|
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Behind the scenes
- Jet as an inhaled drug was the invention of Chris Avellone, inspired by his brother's asthma inhaler.[Non-canon 3] Avellone also posited in Fallout Bible 9 that Mrs. Bishop's claim of being hooked on Jet by John Bishop before they were married, which subsequently resulted in her exile from Vault City, could be due to her memories being warped by drug abuse.[Non-canon 4]
- When asked why jet cannot be found in pre-war pharmacies in Fallout: New Vegas, Joshua Sawyer responded, "Why would jet be found in abandoned pharmacies? It was invented after the war. Myron invented jet."[Non-canon 5]
- Fallout Bible 0: "2241 January The first samples of Jet begin to arrive in Redding, courtesy of the Mordino family."
- Ace the Raider: "If I don't get more Jet soon, I'll blow a fuse."
(Ace the Raider's dialogue)
- Chris Avellone: "Scripting Cassidy to die when he gets stims, trying to figure out what form "Jet" could take, then being reminded of my brother's asthma inhaler when we were younger, and using that as the drug dispenser idea."
(Chris Avellone IGN article)
- Fallout Bible 9; Jet? When? Myron? How old? Huh?
- Q&A session with Josh Sawyer during a live charity stream. (reference begins at 8:37:23)