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Nora is a pre-War resident of Sanctuary Hills in 2077 and one of the two possible player characters available during character creation in Fallout 4. The player can customize her appearance and, if chosen as the player character, her name and SPECIAL stats.


Main article: Sole Survivor

At some point before 2077, she married Nate[2] and had a child, Shaun. She earned a law degree at Suffolk County School of Law and was working as an attorney prior to the war.

On the morning of October 23, 2077, Nate was preparing to go to an event at the Veteran's Hall in Concord. While getting ready, a Vault-Tec representative visits the family with pre-approved admission into Vault 111.

Mere moments later, a news bulletin warns of an imminent nuclear attack, which forces Nate, Nora, and Shaun to rush to the vault prior to a nuclear bomb detonating nearby, leaving their Mister Handy, Codsworth behind at the House of Tomorrow. After entering the vault, the family, alongside the other admitted residents are placed in cryo-sleep under the guise of decontamination before entering the main vault by Vault-Tec scientists.

In 2227, her cryogenic sleep is disturbed by Conrad Kellogg and two Institute agents whose intentions are to acquire Shaun as the 'purest' source of human DNA available.

If Nora was selected as the player character, she is forced to watch as her husband Nate is murdered by Kellogg while trying to prevent Shaun's kidnapping by the Institute. If Nate was selected, Nora will be murdered instead.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Casual outfit (2077)
Vault 111 jumpsuit (2287)
Wedding ring


  • If she is selected to be the Sole Survivor, when she goes near the USS Constitution and is approached by the lookout, the lookout will mention that according to their pre-War records, her profession is a lawyer.
    • Her profession is also mentioned in the holotape "Hi honey!" given by Codsworth. According to the same holotape, her mother says that Nora has the patience of a saint.
    • Her diploma from the Suffolk County School of Law can be seen on the shelf at the right of the house's main door in 2077.
  • If a companion (excluding Curie, Dogmeat, Deacon, Ada and Strong) is taken to her body in Vault 111 they will each have a unique comment on it.
  • When the Sole Survivor walks onto the Vault 111 entrance, Nora may step outside the Vault during the explosion.


Nora appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

In the CGI intro and the Art of Fallout 4, Nora is depicted with red hair as she was based on the English actress Diana Rigg.[Non-canon 1] Her default in-game appearance depicts her with dark hair.