|For the add-on, see Point Lookout (add-on).|
Long before the Great War, the region of Point Lookout was discovered by English explorer John Smith in 1612. Over two decades later, in 1634, two ships known as the "Ark" and the "Dove" landed near Point Lookout. The settlers constructed the Ark & Dove cathedral, naming it after the vessels that brought them to the New World. Point Lookout continued as a successful settlement.
Events of the American Civil War took place in Point Lookout, and the Lone Wanderer can still find Confederate hats throughout the region. The small seaside town became a tourist attraction, particularly with the boardwalk that pays homage to the original English settlers called "Pilgrim's Landing."
As during the American Civil War, the secluded backwater swamps of Point Lookout harbored another military prison, the Turtledove Detention Camp, for Chinese-Americans suspected of espionage against the United States, during the Sino-American War. The infamous spy Wan Yang was arrested in Point Lookout and taken there for interrogation, subsequently dying at the camp. Meanwhile, just off the coast of Point Lookout, a Chinese submarine patrolled and gathered information. This submarine was ultimately discovered and disabled, at which point a single submariner was captured and taken to Turtledove. The United States Navy successfully salvaged the submarine just prior to the Great War.
Point Lookout was never directly hit by the nuclear bombs that fell during the Great War, but here, the water of Point Lookout's bogs were contaminated by the Potomac River that flows out of the Capital Wasteland. The irradiated terrain gives way to dense swamps and abandoned buildings where nature has largely replaced the human presence over two centuries. The pervasive radiation in the swamps led to the evolution of the swampfolk, a crazed, highly deformed, inbred people who live all around the swamps of the region. The radiation also gave rise to feral ghouls and swamplurks being drawn to the area's radioactive swamp waters.
Point Lookout is almost devoid of any organized society or signs of civilization, but one can trade or speak with Tobar the Ferryman, Haley of Haley's Hardware, Panada, Marguerite and the local tribals. Point Lookout is more than just a small swampy marsh, but a cache of pre-War technology waiting to be found. The area became known to outsiders from the Capital Wasteland thanks to punga fruit, a unique fruit known to grow only in the local bogs, and many legends about the supposed treasures hidden there.
The muck surrounding the region contains biogas, accumulated because of the radioactive contamination of the Civil War-era mass graves in the area. The decomposing bodies buried in these ancient mass graves were slowly decomposed into methane due to the unique environment, a dense limestone wetlands substrate. Due to the radiation's effects on the normal process of decay the mass Civil War-era graves in the area have become patches of a greenish-gray, smoking and/or steaming earthy muck that releases flammable methane bubbles occasionally.
There are 31 marked locations within Point Lookout.
- Ark & Dove cathedral
- Ark & Dove resting grounds
- Beachview campsite
- Blackhall Manor
- Calvert Mansion
- Coastal grotto
- Disaster relief outpost
- Dove Delta
- Flooded sinkhole
- Grower's shack
- Haley's Hardware
- Herzog Mine
- Jet crash site
- Kenny's cave
- Lil' Tyke Playhouse
- Marguerite's shack
- Ofie Clan Plot
- Pilgrim's Landing
- Point Lookout Lighthouse
- Ritual site
- Sacred bog
- Wrecked Seatub
- Sub recovery site
- Trash heap
- Trapper's shack
- Truck wreckage
- Turtledove Detention Camp
- USS Ozymandias
It takes one month in-game time to travel from the Capital Wasteland to Point Lookout.
Behind the scenes
- Landscaping was handled by Megan Sawyer.[Non-canon 1]
- Jeff Gardiner shared that the playable area is a state park in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay.[Non-canon 2]
- An early sketch of the Point Lookout map used for world-building was shared via "Fallout 3 Dev Diary: Point Lookout" by Joel Burgess.[Non-canon 3]
- There is a real world location named Point Lookout State Park.
- Coastal monument plaque: "Here marks the landing of Captain John Smith's shallop upon his discovery of Point Lookout in 1612."
- Fallout 3 loading screens: "The Ark & Dove Cathedral is named for two English settler ships which landed near Point Lookout in 1634, leading to Maryland's founding."
- Turtledove Detention Camp terminal entries; C.O. private operations terminal, Interrogation Reports, Yang, Wan
- Fallout 3 loading screens: "The Swampfolk denizens of Point Lookout are the product of exposure to heavy radiation and generations of poor breeding."
- USS Ozymandias terminal entries; Bysshe Co. terminal, ERROR:12XU_user_shell, <!> Confidential <!>
- Soil survey tapes
- Megan Sawyer's portfolio
- Exclusive Fallout 3 Point Lookout Interview: "Where in the Fallout universe is Point Lookout located, and how will players access it?"
Jeff Gardiner: "Point Lookout is a State Park in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay. The player will get a radio signal after installing Point Lookout letting them know of a strange new fruit being distributed throughout the wasteland. This fruit is being ferried over by a boatman named Tobar, who will allow you to ride back to the park with him down the Potomac River."
- Fallout 3 Dev Diary: Point Lookout (archived)