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I was good at it too. But after a while I just felt like a piece of meat and had to quit.— Old Ben when asked about being an escort

Old Ben is a local living in Freeside in 2281.

Background

Old Ben can be found outside the entrance to the New Vegas Strip in Freeside. Upon speaking to him, he advises the Courier not to go near the gate of the Strip without talking to the gatekeeper first as the securitron guards are programmed to vaporize anyone who enters the fenced-in area without proper authorization. Old Ben has been living in Freeside for his whole life, and after further questioning, will tell the Courier about his life and many of his former occupations.

Early Life

When Ben was young, his father ran a butcher shop in Freeside, which eventually went out of business after another vendor opened up in town, selling strange meat at a much lower price. After the closure of his shop, Ben's father passed away and soon after, people around Freeside who had bought the strange meat started experiencing abnormal shakes. These abnormal shakes were a common symptom of the consumption of human flesh, which Ben had suspected, but nobody would believe. Sometime later, the strange meat vendor died, and when someone moved into his place, they discovered human remains in a crawlspace. Ben then spent some time as a courier, making enough caps to get a passport into the New Vegas Strip.

The Strip

Upon entering the strip, Ben found a job working as a crier outside the Tops. As Ben was quite charismatic, he often chatted with the female talent at the casino. When one of these girls start to take an interest in him, her manager became jealous, and decided to get rid of Ben, saying that he had stolen money from the casino vault. Sure enough, a few grand was missing from the vault and Ben was blamed. Ben was kicked out of the Tops and lost all of his belongings as well as his casino apartment, and was forced to return to Freeside.

Return to Freeside

With his reputation tarnished, and lacking many career options, Ben turned to being an escort. Regardless of the good pay, Ben felt used and "like a piece of meat," resulting in him quitting. With the money from the escort job, Ben was able to purchase the gear necessary to become a bodyguard. Already having the wits and physical build to handle Freeside's thugs, Ben had become a quite popular bodyguard, with many tourists choosing him as a guard for their trips into Freeside. After a while, Ben had regained his reputation as a decent guy and after a decade of working as a bodyguard, decided to retire.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Grimy pre-War businesswear .44 Magnum revolver

Notes

  • Killing him will result in Freeside infamy.
  • Unlike Santiago, the player character cannot have sex with him after Wang Dang Atomic Tango has been completed.
  • Old Ben, the King and Santiago permanently smile, even in combat.

Appearances

Old Ben appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png He can sometimes, after you talk to him, run to the Strip's gate where he will be obliterated by the securitrons. [verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xbox360.png If you recruit Santiago and go to the Atomic Wrangler to tell James, then go back to Ben and pass the Speech check, you will be awarded 50 XP and he will run to the Atomic Wrangler. Then when you go back to the Wrangler, you can speak to Ben again to pass the Speech check infinitely, earning 35 XP per check. You can also still use the Black Widow/Confirmed Bachelor perk. Speaking to James will not bring the option to recruit Ben. [verified]
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