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I can't talk to you. It's not allowed.

Melody is a child slave at The Fort in 2281.

Background

Melody mostly helps with taking care of the brahmin of the Fort and can usually be found at the brahmin pen. When not helping with the brahmin, she brings food and water to the legionaries.[1] Her only[2] comfort from her duties as a slave is her stuffed bear, Sergeant Teddy, but has to keep it hidden or else it'll get confiscated,[3] which is exactly what happened when Antony found out about her toy.[4] He gave the toy to his dogs, whom chewed it up.[5][6]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character starts quests.

Quests

Other interactions

  • When first talking to her, she's very hesitant to talk to the player, but after a speech check (50),[7] she'll be more open to the player character. A low Intelligence option is also available to get her to talk (3 or less Intelligence).[8]

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items
Slave rags

Appearances

Melody appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Melody may not appear at all after reaching a certain point in the storyline. This may be if you've fought in the Arena, in which case she can be at the other side of the drawbridge gate. Even by not fighting in the arena yet killing every Legion including Caesar, Melody from this point will tell something but not open dialogue with the player anymore, meaning you get stuck with her teddy bear in your inventory as markquest. [verified]
    • PCPC A possible fix for this bug may be to use the console commands prid 122b98, disable, enable, resurrect and moveto player, in that order. This will revive Melody and place her where you are, allowing you to talk to her.
  • PCPC After starting the Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy unmarked quest, the 'goodbye' option for Melody may not appear, and your only dialogue choice is to ask her what she does at The Fort. This can be fixed by reloading an earlier save. For PC players, entering "cam" into the console will close the dialogue, but keep in mind that this WILL disable Steam achievements until you restart the game.[verified]

References

  1. The Courier: "What do you do here?"
    Melody: "Um... I help take care of the Brahmin. I sometimes bring water and food to people. Um... that's it."
    (Melody's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Not so fast. What will you give me for him?"
    Melody: "But... I don't have anything. I thought you were my friend!"
    (Melody's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "They let you have toys here?"
    Melody: "I kept him secret, but I think somebody told on me."
    (Melody's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Why did Antony take him away?"
    Melody: "Antony said he was punishing me for trying to hide it from the Legion."
    (Melody's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "I'm here for Melody's bear."
    Antony: "The stupid girl should know by now that even the rags on her back are a privilege. Anyway, my mongrels like their new toy. Tell you what - you square off with four of my best dogs. No armor and no weapons except a machete. You survive and I let you have the bear. You ready to fight my mongrels, then?"
    (Antony's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "I got Sergeant Teddy - he's a little chewed up."
    Melody: "That's okay, I'll fix him! Can I have him now?"
    (Melody's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "I'm a friend. It's okay for you to talk to friends, right?"
    Melody: "[SUCCEEDED] I guess that's okay. Um, if you're a friend, can you help me?"
    (Melody's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "Moo! That's what Brahmin say."
    Melody: "They do say that! I guess you can be my friend. Um... can you help me?"
    (Melody's dialogue)
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