| ||For an overview of jet in the various Fallout games, see jet.|
The drug is a powerful 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.
Jet is typically sold packaged into small, disposable ampules used in metered dose inhalers that deliver 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's 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.
This is the most common and basic form of jet, which all other variations are based on.The form of Jet that Myron created. Though his discovery of the drug was forgotten soon after his death at the Den less than a year after the Enclave's defeat, Jet lived on. Subsequent production has failed to meet the refinement and efficiency of the original design.
Jet has the shortest duration of any Fallout 2 chem. Whereas other chems have long enough durations to not be of concern, since each combat turn is equal to 5 seconds, it is very likely in dense enemy areas (such as the Military Base) to begin the steep withdrawal effects before safety is reached. This is especially true if one has the Chem Resistant trait.
Jet also has a very high addiction rate, the highest of any chem. In fact, with the Chem Reliant trait, it is impossible to use jet without getting addicted - a particularly severe penalty given that jet addiction is permanent without the antidote.
Because of its role in the Fallout 2 storyline, jet is the most prevalent and affordable of all chems (not including alcohol), appearing with some regularity as early as The Den. This helps balance the fact that jet has a powerful effect (the only way for characters already at ten Agility to gain more Action Points, perks aside) but has a hard-to-deal-with addiction and withdrawal penalty.
- The Den, sometimes found on the junkies, and sold by Tubby.
- New Reno, purchased from many different dealers, all of whom stock multiple quantities.
- Lao Chou sells this.
- Myron invented it, but is unable to make it in-game as refining it from brahmin waste is a complicated - and rather disgusting - process.
- Inside the package Big Jesus Mordino gives at the start of the Deliver Big Jesus's package to Ramirez at the Stables quest.
- Carried by some of Mordino's men.
- Cal sells this.
- Jet addiction is curable only by the jet antidote.
- Only two jet can be used at once. Further attempts are met with a message along the lines of "no effect".
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