Kieran is a potential guard for the caravan leading brahmin through Big Bend Tunnel during the event Riding Shotgun. He mentions to Eugenie that he has attempted to find a different line of work many times, but it has never worked out. None of Kieran's blood relatives are still alive; however, several kids from an unnamed homestead are part of his his adopted family,[Non-game 1] including Hannah, who calls him "Uncle K." He is an "old associate" of Vinny Costa, though any details of this association are not made clear.
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Behind the scenes
Kieran's writing was contributed to by quest designer Carl McKevitt, who created much of the Blue Ridge Caravan Company.
- On the Bethesda Game Studios official Discord, Carl clarified that Kieran has no living blood relatives, and that his children are adopted.[Non-game 1]
- Kieran's face was initially much younger, with black hair and the "Anchorage" hairstyle, before he was aged up to match the voice actor. As Kieran was the first guard implemented during development, his actor template was duplicated to Aries, who kept the old face model, just obscured by the mask.[Non-game 2]
- Carl also stated that Kieran's name is a very subtle nod to one of his favorite video game protagonists, even if Kieran's final appearance in-game makes the reference "practically non-existent." While he did not reveal who exactly this protagonist was, he stated that there were some clues left behind, including Eugenie's line about past jobs.[Non-game 3]
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- This reference may be to Kazuma Kiryu, the main protagonist of the Yakuza series. Both of their initials are "K.K." (Kiryu and Kieran, in particular, having the same first syllables), while Eugenie mentions Kieran as a fisherman, bartender, and professional singer - all jobs Kiryu has taken on. Kieran and Kiryu have also adopted daughters with similar names, Kiryu adopted Haruka Sawamura and Kieran adopted Hannah.
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- Dear Uncle K.
- Eugenie: "Ever consider a less dangerous line of work, Kieran?"
Kieran Kennedy: "Yes. Many times in the past."
Eugenie: "So... I'm guessing it didn't work out, huh? I don't think I could picture you doing something more mundane. Kieran the fisherman. Kieran the bar tender. Kieran the... professional singer."
Kieran Kennedy: "It did not."
(Eugenie and Kieran Kennedy's dialogue)
- Big Bend Tunnel terminal entries; terminal, Staff and Clients for Appalachia