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You'll see. People think I'm just a crazy old man. Things will be different when the Enclave gets here.

Nathaniel "Nathan" Vargas[1] is a citizen of Megaton in 2277.

Background

Nathan was born in 2212. He ran a caravan route for over 30 years with his wife, Manya. It was during this period that he became obsessed with the Enclave. He has become a bit of a fanatic, believing that the Enclave will bring salvation to the wasteland, and is trying to convince everyone else in Megaton of this fact. Most of the residents write Nathan off as the local busybody, but all are quick to note that after 30 years on the back of a wagon, he is still a skilled marksman.[1]

He believes all of the Enclave propaganda he hears over Enclave Radio to the letter, and openly praises them as saviors of the wastes. Nathan promises the Lone Wanderer that, "Things will be different when the Enclave gets here," even though he is considered by many to be a senile old man.

Nathan has an open tab at Moriarty's Saloon, which currently stands at 8 caps.

Relationships

Manya Vargas is his wife.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character drops an ear when killed (Contract Killer).

Effects of player's actions

He will ask the Lone Wanderer about their opinion of the Enclave. He will praise them if they say the Enclave is good; saying that the U.S. is a great country and "even if you were born in some underground Vault, you were born under the United States, which makes you an American."[2] If one says something bad about the Enclave, he will dislike them. However, he will like them again if they find him in Raven Rock.

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Merc adventurer outfit 10mm pistol Housekey - Nathan and Manya

Notes

  • Nathan will be oblivious to the Enclave's arrival in the wasteland (even though it is proclaimed on both radio stations) and cannot be told about it. His dialogue options remain the same.
  • If he is not dead, he appears in the Enclave's Raven Rock base in one of the cells next to the Lone Wanderer's, warning "They're not who they say they are... Get out while you can, before they get you too!"[3] One cannot make him follow them and attempting to talk to him will simply result in him repeating his warning.
  • If one does not open the cell where Nathan is, they will still find him alive and well in Megaton after escaping Raven Rock.
  • If killed, he may mutter 'Manya' (his wife's name) as he falls to the ground.
  • On a similar note, if Nathan is killed at Raven Rock during The American Dream, or at all, the player character will no longer be able to open dialogue with Manya, instead she will simply acknowledge that he is dead, and will sometimes drift off thinking of him before he died.
  • There is a typo in the subtitles which can be seen when Nathan is asked: "Why do you support the Enclave?"; Nathan's subtitles will read "Because American is the greatest country on Earth", but the grammatically correct "America" is heard in the audio.
  • He can sometimes be heard humming "Yankee Doodle Dandy."

Notable quotes

  • "God bless the USA. And nowhere else."
  • "Things will be different when the Enclave gets here."
  • "Now there's a proud patriot. After all, if they could do us wrong, we wouldn't have elected them in the first place, right? Yessir, trust in the judgement of other people to know what's best for me. It's the American way!"
  • "They're not who they say they are... Get out while you can, before they get you too!"
  • "God bless The Enclave."
  • "Greetings, citizen!"
  • "Be all you can be. Support the Enclave."
  • "[Humming a tune]"
  • "[Humming a tune]"

Appearances

Nathaniel Vargas appears only in Fallout 3.

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png Like all other Megaton characters, Nathan Vargas might go missing or turn up dead. See recovering missing NPC in Fallout 3 on how to resolve this issue. [verified]
  • Icon pc.png If Nathan was not freed at Raven Rock, he will be back in Megaton and sometimes he will say the lines he would while captured, such as "Get out of here while you can!". [verified]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.87: "Nathaniel Vargas
    Nathan, 65, ran a caravan route for over 30 years with his wife, Manya. During that time, he became a little obsessed with the Enclave radio broadcasts. Since then, Nathan has become a bit of a fanatic, believing that the Enclave will bring salvation to the Wasteland and is trying to convince everyone else in Megaton of this fact. Most of the residents write Nathan off as the local busybody, but all are quick to note that after 30 years on the back of a wagon, he is one hell of a shot when it comes to gunplay."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Why do you support the Enclave?"
    Nathaniel Vargas: "Why? Why? Look around you. This is the good ol' USA. Sure, she looks a little bit different these days, but you're still on American soil. And even if you were born in some underground Vault, you were born under the United States, which makes you an American. And it's your duty and my duty to support our country and our president, no matter what. Understand?"
    (Nathaniel Vargas' dialogue)
  3. Nathaniel Vargas: "They're not who they say they are... Get out while you can, before they get you too!"
    (Nathaniel Vargas' dialogue)
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