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It's clear this rift won't heal easily. There's too much animosity between those two now. I still believe they can come together in the end, though. I plan to do everything I can to make that happen. We've been through a lot. I need some time to think. Ad Victoriam, Initiate. Until next time.

Odessa Valdez is a scribe in the Brotherhood of Steel who came to Appalachia as part of the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force.


She is the daughter of a couple of early recruits in the Brotherhood of Steel known as the "Knights Valdez" and was enlisted by her parents into the organization as an apprentice scribe at a young age. She spent most of her life in bunkers and raised by the Brotherhood. Under the tutelage of Scribe Hailey Takano, Odessa learned to perform her role satisfactorily, taking a special interest in the operation of vertibirds and other flying machines.[1] She is also skilled at programming code.[2] She feels, however, that being a scribe is merely the role her parents raised her into, instead of something she wishes to do as a life choice.[3]

At some point prior or around 2103,[4] Valdez volunteered for an expedition to Appalachia in the East Coast, excited at the chance of having an adventure like her peers. She took the place of Scribe Takano, who was unable to join due to health concerns.[1] Valdez insisted Takano stay behind for her health as well.

Valdez became the official scribe and keeper of the Scrolls of the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force, and joined the original members of the expedition (Paladin Rahmani, Knight Connors, Knight Thornberry, and Knight Shin) east across the wasteland.[4] After many months of hiking, the team finally made it to Fort Atlas, although Connors was killed in an incident while Thornberry went back to Lost Hills. Valdez took the loss very hard because Connors was like a fatherly mentor figure to her.

Valdez maintains her scribe duties and is in charge of repairing and monitoring technology. Marcia Leone, despite her dislike of the Brotherhood, is known to respect Valdez. Valdez also plays hide-and-seek with her brother Max. She has also heard of the Rust Eagles and sent Initiate Pappas to investigate the Metal Dome.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


  • Mother of Invention: Valdez challenges the Vault Dweller to investigate the lower area of Fort Atlas and its machinery to see how capable the Vault Dweller is of accurate analysis. This is the beginning of the Vault Dweller's recruitment into the Brotherhood.
  • Forbidden Knowledge: Valdez is the recipient of the technical data if Mother of Invention is completed.
  • A Satisfied Conscience: Valdez and the Vault Dweller explore Vault 96 in search of the caravan survivors and Edgar Blackburn.
  • The Catalyst: Valdez appears at the very beginning and end of the quest.

Other interactions

  • Valdez has her own terminal in Fort Atlas. She adds a new entry after The Best Defense is completed.
  • The Vault Dweller's performance during Mother of Invention can result in two different letters of recommendation. If the "poor" letter is received, Valdez writes "nonexistent" for the Vault Dweller's technical ability.
  • Valdez may be the target of flirtation. She may react positively or negatively depending on interactions with her.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Engineer's uniform .44 pistol

Notable quotes


Odessa Valdez appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Steel Dawn update and expanded upon in Steel Reign.

Behind the scenes

  • In the character reveal trailer for Steel Dawn, Valdez can be seen wielding a Crusader pistol instead of the .44 pistol she uses in the final release.
  • While discussing ideas for the endings of Steel Reign, it was proposed that Valdez could expel both Rahmani and Shin, but this was not implemented in the final release.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Fort Atlas terminal entries; Scribe Valdez's terminal, Brotherhood: Chapter Scrolls, SCRIBE Valdez, Odessa
  2. Odessa Valdez: "Well, you know. Just trying to help where I can. Rusty nails and live wires are fun and all, but sometimes it's also nice to write code without having to get my hands dirty."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  3. Odessa Valdez: "Believe it or not, I didn't choose to be a Scribe. I was born into it. My parents chose this life for me. I've gotten used to it, but it isn't mine."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fort Atlas terminal entries; Scribe Valdez's terminal, Brotherhood: Chapter Scrolls
  5. BGS Carl Carl McKevitt on Bethesda Game Studios Discord