Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
I am the Nemonik. A foreign word to you, perhaps? It means... "memory keeper".

Nemonik is the "memory keeper" for the Ciphers in 2253.


He is an old man, who bears resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi. He believes that the Ciphers will come out better in the long run by limiting their use of technology. He is paranoid and worries that Azkee will bring trouble to Mesa Verde. He also believes that encouraging Trigs inventions are the wrong path for her to take, and he will not be very happy if the Prisoner helps her complete her laser cannon.[1]

Cipher culture has an emphasis on mathematics, each Cipher is believed to have a personal number, determined by the Nemonik at their birth.[2]

Daily scheduleEdit

He teaches the children in the Kiva maths and how to build technology in the morning, and in the afternoon he goes to the hospital to help the sick. In the evening, he goes back to the Kiva and studies the schematics.[1]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit


Other interactionsEdit

The Nemonik, using some obscure formula and any number of factors, has determined that the number 13 is the Prisoner's personal number. In any case, the Prisoner can have his face and body painted accordingly for luck and protection, gaining a new, Cipher skin-texture for his avatar if the player chooses.[5]


Nemonik was to appear only in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.

Behind the scenesEdit

Nemonik's name is a reference to mnemonics, which are learning techniques that helps translate information into a form more easily understood by the human brain.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mesa Verde design document/1 - The Nemonik
  2. Mesa Verde design document/1 - Area Background
  3. Mesa Verde design document/2 - Acquire the Ciphers' enriched uranium
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nemonik dialogue file:
    Vipers - {c255}Not at this time. The Ritual requires all Ciphers to fall into a meditative trance, and it is too risky to do this while the Vipers continue to harass us.
    ZAX's raw data - {c16711680}I have some raw data here from a supercomputer named Zax. Could you use the Ritual to process it?
    Repair - {c255}Yes. The Ritual became necessary after the computer of our ancestors failed. Unfortunately, the Ritual is not a complete replacement for the computer.
    {c255}You see the schematics on the walls around you? Our ancestors carved them on the walls after the computer failed, but time and the weather have not been kind to them. Our Ritual cannot save them.
  5. Mesa Verde design document/3 - Cool Epithets
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