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Liam Binet (also known as Patriot, username Binet.L[1]) is a scientist working for the Institute in 2287.

Unbeknown to them, including his own father Alan Binet who is in charge of producing synths for the Robotics division, Liam is an informant who serves as the primary link between the operatives of the clandestine organization known as the Railroad and the synths they seek to free.


Without the knowledge of his colleagues, this young mind shepherds gen-3 synths from the Institute out to the surface, with hopes that someone will answer his message and escort these fugitives to safety, away from the wrath of coursers and synth reclamation squads. Liam eventually becomes aware of the fact that he is instrumental to the success of the Railroad in the Commonwealth.

In 2283,[2] Liam, under the codename "Patriot," established communication with the outside world using the Trinity encoding algorithm given to escapees from the Institute.[3] Tinker Tom, a member of the synth liberation organization known as the Railroad, took the responsibility of maintaining contact with Patriot.[2][4] From then on, Patriot has benefited the Railroad as an informant and contact for gen-3 synths being forwarded out of the Institute, using his position as a scientist to help them escape to the surface through weak points in the security of the organization.

Patriot has proven vital to the success of the Railroad's cause in the region, yet he has been kept in the dark about his service to them in order to prevent his position from being compromised. For this reason, he is set to be surprised when the revelation comes around that he has been helping the Railroad free synths.

A pacifist by nature, Liam is opposed to violent methods, even if it is in the name of freeing synths. He is intolerant of armed conflicts and seeks no part of the upcoming synth rebellion against the Institute's directorate, backed by the Railroad. During the conflict in the Commonwealth, if the Sole Survivor sides with the Railroad, Binet, severely devastated by the fighting, takes his own life, a choice fueled by the hopelessness of the situation.

Following the armistice, the Railroad recovers Patriot's body and lays him to rest in the Old North Church. Desdemona tells everyone that Liam's death in the line of freeing synths should be honored, but she secretly presents the Sole Survivor with Patriot's suicide letter. In the letter, Liam expresses his dismay and anger at the Sole Survivor for using him in their plot to violently overthrow the Institute, as well as the deaths of all his friends and family, lost either in the violence of the uprising or in the harsh environment of the wasteland after being forced out into the world.

Interactions with the player character[]

Interactions overview[]

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This character is involved in quests.

Other interactions[]

If engaged in conversation after siding with the Institute, he will inquire about the progress of the plan to free the thirteen synths, to which the Sole Survivor can say they are not going forward with it.


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  • A terminal in the medical area notes that Liam suffered a wrist sprain which Dean Volkert treated. Liam refused to explain how it happened other than it being related to "using a terminal."[5]
  • Liam will be banished from the Institute and never appears in the game again if one chooses to report him to Doctor Ayo during the quest Plugging a Leak.
  • He mentions having an interest in chess, but the computer always beats him.
  • There is no option to reveal Liam's suicide note to anyone or even confront Desdemona over it.


Liam Binet appears only in Fallout 4.



  1. Institute Robotics terminal entries; Robotics terminal, Maintenance Requests
  2. 2.0 2.1 Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2283
  3. The Sole Survivor: "I'm not sure I should trust you."
    Liam: "You're worried about me? If the SRB cracked Trinity, man..."
    The Sole Survivor: "Trinity? What's that?"
    Liam: "Trinity is an encryption system, with a cipher or key cut up into many pieces. You need several pieces, in the correct order, to unlock it. I put a Trinity piece with every synth I helped escape. It was long shot, but I was hoping some good Samaritan would connect it all together."
    (Liam Binet's dialogue)
  4. Railroad HQ terminal entries; PAM mainframe terminal, 2284
  5. Institute concourse terminal entries; terminal, Incident IN2433t
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