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Hmm, I suppose Jack deserves a chance at love. You can tell Jack she has a free pass to enter, but he is responsible for her actions. Do not make me regret this decision, outsider.

Pearl is the leader of the Boomers living at the Nellis Air Force Base in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

Born as a Vault dweller of Vault 34, on the outskirts of New Vegas, Pearl was part of the rebellious faction of the dwellers that decided to abandon its confines and take their chances with the wasteland around 2230. Setting out with them on the cusp of adulthood, Pearl helped in settling Nellis and observed how the tribe turned the base into a prosperous settlement that kept foes at bay with their batteries of recovered howitzers. Pearl is one of the few Boomers old enough to remember the outside world before the tribe went into self-imposed seclusion. Unlike her juniors, she has observed the signs of a changing wasteland outside the AFB's gates with increasing unease. Neon lights of the reforged Vegas, patrolling robots, soldiers of the NCR Army, all indicate that the time for change has come: Either Boomers will open up to the world, or they will slowly become its victim.[1]

Since 2276, roughly the time NCR presence in the wasteland spiked on the eve of Operation Sunburst and the First Battle of Hoover Dam, Pearl has been looking to the gates, waiting for an outsider to brave the rain of shells and reach Nellis. The Courier becomes the first to make it through the barrage and with it, a chance for Pearl to demonstrate the value of opening to the world and the worth of outsiders.[2]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Volare!: Pearl asks the Courier to gain a reputation from the Boomers, and after this is done, she asks the Courier to retrieve the crashed B-29 at the bottom of Lake Mead to achieve the Boomer's dream of flight.
  • The House Always Wins: House asks one to befriend the Boomers, thinking that their firepower could come in handy in the near future.
  • Young Hearts: Jack is madly in love with Janet, but needs the OK from Pearl, so his love is not blown to bits when trying to get to the air force base.
  • I Hear You Knocking: Caesar needs a firing mechanism to replace one on a broken howitzer of his. Ask Pearl about a spare one the player character can have after they are "Idolized" by the Boomers.
  • Render Unto Caesar: Caesar believes it to be a strategic advantage over the NCR if he can use the artillery that the Boomers have.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • After completing the quest Volare! by recovering the B-29 for the Boomers, the bomber can be seen being slowly built over time. After returning later on, one can see it fully rebuilt; the bomber has an image of a young woman with a Vault 34 jumpsuit on and the text "Pearl" next to her. This refers to Pearl, the leader of the Boomers, and is an homage to the practice of painting pin-up style nose art on aircraft that became prevalent in WWII.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Welcome, child! Took your sweet time getting here, didn't you? I've been waiting a good five years for an outsider to come along and visit!"
  • "What you have done for us is a miracle, child. You have fulfilled the only dreams we ever had outside our walls. You are a trusted friend of us all. If there is ever a way for us to help you, child, tell me and I will make it so."
  • "You picked a good time to stop by, for we're swimming in problems. My youngers can tell you all about it. Raquel could use help with the bug problem, Doc Argyll has wounded he's tending to, and Loyal and Jack might be looking for help with some repairs. Or you could just go see Pete at the museum and hear the story of our people. All you have to do there is listen. Come and go as you like, help or don't help, I leave it up to you. But I hope you'll show my youngers that not every outsider needs to be blown up."
  • "Hmm, I suppose Jack deserves a chance at love. You can tell Jack she has a free pass to enter, but he is responsible for her actions. Do not make me regret this decision, outsider."
  • "Those howitzers of ours aren't just for entertainment, child! Explosive ordnance is what keeps the savages at a distance. Except you! There's something special about you, child, and it was the howitzers that gave you a chance to show it!"

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Pearl appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The first time talking to Pearl inside her barracks and after she's given the task of helping the other Boomers, the character map marker position is displayed at the location of the Lucky 38 Casino. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When the player first meets Pearl inside Pearl's Barracks the game may crash consistently whenever talking to her afterwards, making the quest Volare! unable to complete. [verified]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Courier: "How can we trust each other if you're going to be keeping secrets?"
    Pearl: "[SUCCEEDED] You have to keep in mind that you're our first contact with the outside world since I was barely a woman. Seclusion has kept us safe. but the world around us is changing. Neon lights in the distance, patrolling robots, soldiers... My youngers think our guns can keep out the world, but I think we need to let it in, just a little, or become its victim. You're that little bit of the world, child. Welcome to Nellis."
    (Pearl's dialogue)
  2. Pearl: "Welcome, child! Took your sweet time getting here, didn't you? I've been waiting a good five years for an outsider to come along and visit!"
    (Pearl's dialogue)
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