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General McGann was the leader of the Commonwealth Minutemen for a short time in 2240.[1]


McGann was general of the Minutemen in 2240. He led the Minutemen after the beginning of their collapse in 2247, and was stationed at the Castle when it was taken over by mirelurks. He mistook the mirelurk queen for a behemoth leading a group of super mutants. Fearing that the mutants would make use of the fort's artillery, he locked down the armory, setting up traps and activating the tunnels' security measures. Finding out that he was trapped in the basement, McGann passed the time drinking the ancient Amontillado wine stored there until he died.

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General McGann appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Despite dying no less than 40 years prior to 2287, McGann uses the standard character model, with the skin tone tweaked to indicate mummification, rather than a skeleton or a decomposing body.
  • The Montressor-brand bottle of Amontillado from the P. Edgar winery, the chained skeleton behind the broken-down wall, and the immurement McGann suffered that led to his death are a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado. The story concerns a premeditated murder during a carnival. The protagonist, Montresor, lures his unwitting victim, Fortunato, into his family's crypts under the pretense of examining the eponymous cask to verify its vintage. After getting Fortunato drunk, Montresor chains him inside an alcove and bricks up the entrance, committing the perfect crime. Although the story is apocryphally said to be inspired by a legend connected to Fort Independence, where Poe served as a private, it was actually a part of a long-running literary feud with Thomas English and a response to the latter's 1844.[2]


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