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Hsst! At lassst, I am free! At lassst! My children! You are ssslaves no more! Dar! I will sssuck the marrow from your bonesss.

Mother or Matriarch is the oldest, wisest and strongest of all the hairy deathclaws found in and around Chicago.


She is the leader of her kind, referring to them as her brood. However, she was captured by the Beastlords of Mardin, and was used by them to gain control over the deathclaws. She was liberated by the Warrior of the Brotherhood of Steel. Thankful, she permitted some of her kind to join the Brotherhood, and even joined it herself.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Location
Recruit: Icon check
When becoming a Junior Knight and helping the deathclaws in Mardin
Merchant: Icon cross
Replenish: Icon cross
Missions involved: Icon cross
Locations: Icon check
Bunker Beta, Bunker Delta, Bunker Epsilon, Bunker Gamma


Apparel Weapon Other items
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Mother becomes available after the Warrior reaches the rank of Junior Knight, and after he/she helps her in Mardin.

Notable quotesEdit

  • "Have you come to kill me? Sssurly you wissssh to kill the ssssource of the DeathClaw infesssstation? Kill me and allow my young a chancsse at freedom. I cannot live another day knowing I am the very collar that holdsss my children in bondage. You hesitate. Maybe there is another anssswer. Maybe you can ssset me free and allow a mother's vengeancsse. Free me and I will bathe in their leader's blood and feast on his hot, quivering flesh."
  • "Hsst! At lassst, I am free! At lassst! My children! You are ssslaves no more! Dar! I will sssuck the marrow from your bonesss."
  • "You fight as if you were from my own brood, warrior. Hsst! My children are now free due to your ssselflessss act. Thank you for your trussst. I have much to think about. I would ssspeak with your leadersss, after I have gathered my brood around me."
  • "(nods to you) Your eldersss are wissse, warrior. They acsssept my brood as recruitsss. My children wishhh to ssshow their thankssss. It isss ssstrange time no? My young fighting with you and the ressst of the sssoft hairless onessss. Treat them well and don't feed them flesssh after midnight. Farewell." – Mother at Bunker Gamma


FoT Matriarch MardinMap

Matriarch as she appears in Mardin

FoT Matriarch GammaMap

Matriarch as she appears in Bunker Gamma, accompanied by the recruit "Mother"

Mother appears only in Fallout Tactics. Her appearance is different in the various settings where she is encountered:

  • In Mardin she appears with pure white fur and is labelled as "Matriarch".
  • In Bunker Gamma she appears with pale gray fur and is labelled as "Matriarch" as she runs around the garage area.
  • When recruited into the party she appears with dark gray fur and is labelled as "Mother". It is done, probably, to distinguish two separately-programmed models that made up this character: a recruit and quest-important character.


If you recruit the Mother, then choose the perk Mutate! to replace one of her traits, she will actually lose it but the replaced trait won't appear.

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