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If your new society will allow ghouls like me to join, then I'll help. Otherwise, you can beat it. I've seen plenty of folks try to save the world since things went to hell, and all of them had their problems.

Penelope "Penny" Hornwright is a ghoul scientist in Appalachia. Before the Great War, she served as the senior operations executive at Hornwright Industrial.


Born March 4, 2048,[1] to Daniel and Evelyn Hornwright, Penny attended Vault-Tec University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2070 with a double major in Business Administration and Geological Science.[2]

She held two internships prior to her graduation: one in the operations department of Hornwright Industrial in the summer of 2068 and one in the automation department of Atomic Mining Services (AMS) in the summer of 2069, where she helped to establish business agreements between AMS and Hornwright Industrial.[2][3]

After graduation, she was immediately placed at the head of Hornwright Industrial's operations department. She pursued a ruthless policy of automation at all costs like her father. She supported her father's automation policies, stopping only when it came to actually physically hurting people, such as during the 2077 protests when she was forced to hire strikebreakers to deal with rioting miners. When her father realized that she detested the job, he commissioned a robotic solution the problem, rather than force her to toughen up.[4] However, when it came to cleaning up the damage, she showed a tenacity worthy of her father. After the Rockhound was recovered by the National Guard, she instituted 24-hour shifts, demanding that the workers accelerate the repairs to improve the company's bottom line.[5]

Penelope was also responsible for perverting the original purpose of the air purifiers supplied by the Clear Skies Alliance, turning them into ash forges capable of extracting heavy minerals from the polluted air.[6][7]

When her mother succumbed to cancer in 2076,[8] Penelope moved on quickly, realizing that the alternative was slowly withering away, eaten alive by the cancerous cells.[9] Despite her father unraveling and slowly succumbing to paranoia and obsessions centering on the Motherlode project, she still cared for him.

She was planning to marry Bryce Garrahan, son of the owner of Hornwright's business competitor, Garrahan Mining. The two had known each other since they were children and had fallen in love despite the divide between their wealthy families. She and Bryce were planning to tell her father about their plans but it is uncertain if they succeeded in doing so before the bombs fell.[10][11]

Some time between 2083 and 2084, Penelope had a daughter. Not long after, she and her family came upon a Vault with a faulty door and negotiated with its residents to allow entrance for her daughter and the rest of her family in exchange for repairing the Vault door, knowing that she would be stuck outside. The repairs were successful, saving the Vault's residents from outside radiation in the process, but she was dosed and became a ghoul.[12][13] She adopted a habit of wandering and avoiding settlements and large groups, knowing that most tended to shoot ghouls on sight no matter whether they were feral or not. At one point, she traveled with a survivor group through Charlotte and passed herself off as human by wearing a balaclava to cover her face; however, she was eventually found out and forced out of the city.[14]

Returning to Appalachia at some point in 2103, she witnessed the construction of Foundation from afar. Penelope also realized she was being chased by an unknown creature, and decided to head to her family's former estate to hide from it - not knowing it was actually the Motherlode, recognizing her senior Hornwright Industrial credentials.[14] She was eventually contacted by a Vault Dweller from Vault 76, looking for assistance in using the Motherlode to enter Vault 79, and claim the treasure it contained. In exchange for her help, Penelope asked for a safe place to live in the settlement of Foundation.[15]

Since Penelope's arrival at Foundation, she has become friends with Jen. The two have been working on the Liberator that the Vault Dwellers brought them, with Jen hoping to turn it into a soothing personal assistant.[16] Penny has also been teaching Davie Taylor how to hack robots.[17] Her presence is not appreciated by Maggie Williams due to the history between their families; Maggie keeps an eye on her and mentions that Penny's face is like a metaphor for the ugliness of the Hornwright family showing up on the outside.[18]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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  • Trade Secrets: Penelope is found in the safe room under the Hornwright Estate, tasking the residents with recovering several components in order to control the Motherlode.
  • Division of Wealth: Penelope is kidnapped by Hijack and his crew of raiders and must be rescued. Afterward, she sends the residents through the Cave in order to recalibrate the Motherlode.
  • All That Glitters: The residents help Penelope and the Settler heist team raid Vault 79. She eventually becomes concerned for her safety, and the residents can choose to have her stay with the crew or have her return to Foundation.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Lab coat
Black-rim eyeglasses
10mm pistol Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VII[15]


  • If she joins Foundation, she will bring along her cat, Tutti Frutti, whom she named after her favorite brand of ice cream.
  • Penelope is one of the few ghouls in the Fallout series to have a full head of hair.
  • Her Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VII uses the Vault-Tec University model.


Penelope Hornwright appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update. Prior to the update, she was only mentioned in the game.

Behind the scenes

Although it is unused in the game, the "Air Purifier" project delays holotape describes her involvement with Clear Skies Alliance.



  1. RSVP card
  2. 2.0 2.1 Penelope Hornwright's resume
  3. AMS corporate headquarters terminal entries; CEO Kilson's terminal, Partnership Report: Hornwright
  4. Hornwright Industrial Headquarters terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Personal Entry 04
  5. Hornwright Industrial Headquarters terminal entries; terminal: Jeffery Vaccarro, Archived Message - 10.12.77
  6. Hornwright Industrial Headquarters terminal entries; Penny Hornwright's lab terminal, Log Notes 8.29.77
  7. Hornwright Industrial Headquarters terminal entries; CEO's terminal, Personal Entry 03
  8. Charleston Herald - Tragedy Hits Hornwright
  9. Hornwright Estate terminal entries; Penny Hornwright's terminal, Outgoing Mail System - Entry 01
  10. Hornwright Estate terminal entries; Penny Hornwright's terminal, Outgoing Mail System - Entry 04
  11. Garrahan Estate terminal entries; Bryce Garrahan's terminal, GME-10-20-077
  12. Paige's journal, entry 2
  13. Vault Dweller: "How did you become a ghoul?"
    Penelope Hornwright: "Well, not long after things went to hell, I ran across a Vault with a faulty door. It was perfectly fine inside, but the door mechanism was shot. I negotiated with those inside and they agreed to take my family in if I could close it. Closing it could only be done from the outside and would result in lethal radiation. Imagine my surprise to end up like this! It has definite advantages though. Sometimes. I miss my nose, though."
  14. 14.0 14.1 Founder's Hall terminal entries; Penelope's terminal, Personal Entry 1
  15. 15.0 15.1 Events of Trade Secrets
  16. Vault Dweller: "So are you and Penny friends now?"
    Jen: "Sure, Penny's great. She's super smart and has promised to teach me loads of fun things. We've been working on overhauling that little liberator you nabbed. I'm making it into a soothing personal assistant. Or that's the goal. It's still a work in progress!"
    (Jen's dialogue)
  17. Davie Taylor: "Penny's really nice. She's teaching me how to hack robots and all that."
    (Davie Taylor's dialogue)
  18. Vault Dweller: "You know Penny Hornwright is in Foundation, right?"
    Maggie Williams: "Yeah, I know she's in town. I've been keeping an eye on her. Shame about her face... I guess the Hornwright's ugliness is finally showin' up on the outside."
    (Maggie Williams' dialogue)