| ||For Raul, the Enclave mechanic in Fallout 2, see Raul (Fallout 2).|
Born in 2047, Raul has had a long and storied history. Before the war, Raul was a delinquent living at Hidalgo Ranch outside Mexico City. He was a good shooter and mechanic, both of which occasionally got him in trouble with the law, although his family mostly kept him in line. The ranch survived the war, being far enough from Mexico City, but the stream of refugees from the cities proved difficult to deal with. The Tejada family was as accommodating as they could be, but they eventually simply ran out of room and food, and had to start turning people away.
Things became so violent Raul and his father had to get their guns to drive them away. Around two dozen people returned later that night, after they went to sleep, barred the doors and set the house ablaze. Raul and Rafaela managed to escape out a window, but his parents, grandmother, two brothers and two of his sisters were not as fortunate. Raul and Rafaela ran from the ranch being pursued by the group that attacked their home. He killed the ones that came after them, but the rest he left be. He didn't want to throw his life away seeking revenge, because he had to take care of Rafaela.
After the fire, Raul knew that they couldn't stay at their ranch anymore and the refugees wanted him dead so badly they put a bounty out on him. Despite his sister's fears, he convinced her to come with him to Mexico City by promising to take her to see the vaqueros. They thought they should go to Mexico City to look for help, not knowing the nature of atomic bombs. Though it wasn't hit as hard as other places, by the time the Tejadas reached Mexico City, it could only be described as a "radioactive ruin." The people inside the city got by through looting, already forming the area's first raider tribes. The Tejadas were living like scavengers, always looking for their next meal and medicine for Raul's burns. This is the time Raul believes that his ghoulification began.
One day Raul found a novelty costume shop looking for something to slice up and with which to wrap his burns. He found an old Vaquero outfit inside, still untouched on the rack. He took it and wore it back to their camp. Rafaela loved it; it made her laugh for the first time since the bombs fell. However it was dangerous to be dressed this noticeably. Combined with his stellar gunslinging skills, Raul started to become known and feared as the "Ghost of Mexico City", and while his reputation sometimes drove off trouble, it would end up causing them most of the time, as his antics began to attract the attention of glory seekers. Though this worried him, Raul noticed how the outfit kept his sister happy, so Raul kept wearing it and his legend in the area continued to grow. Feeling increasingly optimistic about him and his sisters' chances, Raul started to play with the thought of carve out a permanent niche in Mexico City, but things would soon take a turn for the worse.
Getting increasingly sick and weak from radiation exposure, Raul eventually found himself too ill to go out scavenging with his sister (this illness was to be indicative of the early stages of "ghoulification"), and as such she was left to provide for the two on her own. One day, after she failed to return from a market where she had been scavenging for food, Raul went in search of her only to find her brutally murdered, her corpse violated by raiders so horribly that she was only identifiable by a tiny scar on her knee. Raul tracked down the raiders at the market responsible and killed them to the last man, afterword shunning the Vaquero outfit that had attracted him the attention that he felt had killed his sister.
Leaving every aspect of his former life behind, including as Raul cleverly says, "his face", he wandered to the Gulf Coast and inhabited an unclaimed Petró-Chico refinery. He spent a long period of time here, thinking about his life so far. He found a Petró-Chico jumpsuit and began to wear it, taking the name "Miguel"; the name on the nametag. He eventually arrived in the town of Tucson, Arizona now known as Two Sun. He settled there, becoming a mechanic and a general handyman, his guns stashed away where they could do no further harm. After 75 years of relative peace, he met Claudia - a prostitute working in a local brothel who bore a striking resemblance to Rafaela. Spurred by this reminder of what he lost, he took the time to look out for her – though for obvious reasons, he never visited her.
This peace was not to last. Arizona, overrun with raiders and tribals before the rise of Caesar's Legion brought stability to the region, brought 'Dirty Dave' and his six brothers to town looking for bullets. Raul sold them ammunition, hoping they would leave now that they had what they wanted - instead, they decided they wanted the brothel. Once in the brothel, Dave and his brothers killing 4 girls and taking Claudia for their own use. Raul gave chase, and after a three day pursuit across the wasteland, Raul caught up with them. By the time he found Claudia, she was already dead. Enraged, Raul charged in and killed all of them in the resulting showdown. Youth, however, was not on his side anymore and the battle left him severely injured; he only stayed alive out of pure spite for Dirty Dave and his brothers. Having taken several bullets, Raul stayed at their camp until he got the strength to get up and walk back to Two Sun and recovered.
Feeling dejected, Raul wandered west to the Mojave Wasteland, where he built himself a small shack in a relatively quiet corner of the desert east of New Vegas, and settled down there, spending his days listing to the Black Mountain Radio. One day he lost the signal being transmitted and decided to wander up to Black Mountain to investigate. There he offered his services to Tabitha, the nightkin who broadcasted there, and fixed the transmitter, but to his dismay Tabitha decided to imprison him for his efforts, and threatened him into working for her, mostly with repairing broken toasters for the super mutants as well as performing repairs to her broken Mr. Handy, Rhonda. If freed from captivity, he will join the player out of gratitude. A new taste of adventure reminds Raul of his tumultuous past, prompting him to consider if he should embrace his old gunslinging ways, in which case he will be forced to decide between two different ways of life.
When compared to the other human companions of the Wasteland, Raul is perhaps the most tolerant towards the Legion when compared to everyone else who would suffer should the Legion be victorious. He is not affected by the Legion's presence on the wasteland and admires the security and order brought by the Legion, although being a ghoul he wouldn't be able to join them with their hatred towards all forms of mutants. He feels a similar indifference to the New California Republic, acknowledging both their successes and failures, like most pre-War governments had. He also has quite an insightful amount of knowledge about Mr. House, as Raul knows of House's pre-War exploits.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
|This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed. Status expires when Hardcore mode begins.|
|This character is a permanent companion. They grant the Regular Maintenance, Full Maintenance and Old Vaquero perk.|
|This character can repair items.||Repair cap: 100|
|This character starts quests.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
- Crazy, Crazy, Crazy: Raul can be recruited as part of the quest, or simply by traveling to Black Mountain and busting him out.
- To free Raul without having to pick any locks, read entry 6 on the non-locked terminal in the same building he is imprisoned in to receive the password (123456789) for the locked terminal next to his prison door. This will let you disengage the lock without having to hack the locked terminal or lockpicking the door (which requires a Lockpick skill of 100).
- Old School Ghoul: While Raul is an active companion, talk to and exhaust all dialogue options for Loyal, Corporal Sterling, and Ranger Andy. Upon finishing the last conversation, Raul will open up a new dialogue with the Courier. Note that killing any of the non-player characters will cause the mission to fail, resulting in Raul's new apparel to be unobtainable, except through console commands.
- He is a very competent repairman, but will only offer repairs at his shack, and even then will not offer a discount. He must first be dismissed as a companion ("for the best") before repairs can be done.
- Dismissing him to the Lucky 38 will not enable repairs either.
- Raul will comment on, and eat, anything sweet put in his inventory, like Sunset Sarsaparilla. If a Sunset Sarsaparilla (or another sweet item, such as bubblegum) is put into his inventory, he'll say one of the following quotes:
- "You're going to rot my teeth, boss. What's left of them anyways."
- "How did you know I had sweet tooth, boss?"
- "Ahh, sarsaparilla. That's just what this dry old throat needs."
- Raul will make his state of being apparent if the player makes him do certain actions.
- If made to wear heavy armor, he will complain that the player is going to "destroy [his] knees faster than nature."
- When sneaking, he will makes various remarks about how this won't go well. Primarily, he'll retort "Keeping quiet, unless my creaking knees give us away..." If convinced to take up his gun-slinging ways, he'll sarcastically comment on how well a ghoul vaquero will blend in with the scenery.
- When asked to stay close, he will say "any closer and you'll need a RadAway, boss." Only glowing ones irradiate their surroundings, so this is just his sense of humor.
- When damaged enough, he will say "Boss! The pain from my wounds is starting to outweigh the pain from my arthritis!" He will also say "Boss! Is my jaw still attached? Good, can I get some help to keep it that way?"
- Raul has various sarcastic quips when the Courier is vilified by different factions such as the NCR, Caesar's Legion, and the Brotherhood of Steel.
- A Courier with low Intelligence will end up taking Raul's sarcasm literally.
Effects of the player's actionsEdit
- If you obtain Raul as a companion before dealing with Tabitha, she will broadcast her displeasure through her radio station, saying "No! I won't let you take my Raul!" Afterwards, the station will no longer play music. She will then appear outside the prison building and attack with a few other Nightkin.
- If the Courier deals with Tabitha and frees Raul but does not recruit him, he will take note of the Black Mountain radio silence and asks if he can leave.
- He has unique idle dialogue for locations around the Mojave:
|Raul Tejada's comments|
|Camp Forlorn Hope||Eesh. These soldiers look how I feel, boss.|
|Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters, Festus||It's like looking into a mirror. A tacky, cowboy-festooned mirror.|
|Hoover Dam||I can't believe I'm about to do this, boss. If I buy it out there, I want twelve mariachi bands playing at my funeral. A medal might be nice, too.|
|Jacobstown||Just putting this out there, boss: if these Super mutants kidnap us and force us to fix toasters for them, it's on you.|
|REPCONN test site||Hey, I'm one of you! Don't eat me, eat the smoothskin! Oh, uh, sorry boss.|
|Camp Searchlight||I guess hunting down ghouls like wild animals is okay. I mean, they're probably going to die anyways, right boss?|
Non-player character commentsEdit
- Most wastelanders will often comment negatively about his ghoul state, saying things such as "Your friend smells like a bag of rotting meat," or "Your friend is one ugly motherfucker!"
- The Fiends in Vault 3 will often remark "Your friend smells like ass," and "Take your pet ghoul away from me!" when fighting them.
- Gomorrah floor managers will treat Raul normally like other gamblers, assuring him that he can "have a good time" even if he's a ghoul.
- Hookers dancing in front of Gomorrah will occasionally comment "Mmm, I haven't had a ghoul before. Do I get to keep the tip?" - This is a reference to a dirty joke in which a man with leprosy hires a prostitute and says he "let her keep the tip," referring to a specific part of his anatomy detaching.
- Gamblers will remark on Raul being on the Strip, saying "I thought they didn’t allow ghouls on the Strip."
- Boomers will say "I've never seen a ghoul up close before. Not sure I wanted to."
- Brotherhood of Steel members will say "Oh good, now I have to put up with the stench of rotting ghoul as well. I hope the air filters are working."
- There will be unique dialogue when Raul is taken to certain locations:
- When brought into the NCR Embassy at the Strip, an MP will randomly approach you just to comment on Raul (more specifically, to the presence of ghouls on the Strip).
|#||Slide||Voice-over narration||In-game condition|
|1||After a long and eventful life, Raul's luck finally ran out during his time with the Courier.||Raul dies. (Will override all other endings)|
|2||Still grappling with self-doubt over his usefulness in the face of old age, Raul was never able to find peace with himself. Eventually, he left the Mojave and assumed a new name, as he had done so many times before.||Free Raul or acquire him as a companion, do not complete his personal quest Old School Ghoul.|
|3||Invigorated by his travels with the Courier, Raul once more took up his guns in memory of his lost Rafaela. Soon after, the Mojave was filled with tales of the ghost-vaquero who hunts down those who prey on the weak.||Acquire Raul as a companion and complete his personal quest, Old School Ghoul, by convincing him to become a vaquero again.|
|4||Convinced that his time as a gunslinger was past, Raul made peace with the idea of growing old. After traveling with the Courier for a time, he retired and settled down in Outer Vegas, where he would spend his days fixing ancient machinery.||Acquire Raul as a companion and complete his personal quest, Old School Ghoul, by agreeing that his time as a gunslinger has passed.|
- Like Desmond Lockheart, Raul's mustache survived his ghoulification.
- Like Jason Bright, Dean Domino, the Chinese remnants, and (potentially) Moira Brown, Raul's voice is not raspy or hoarse, a trait rare among ghouls.
- Raul is exceedingly difficult to pickpocket, even with the aid of a Stealth Boy.
- Raul is the only non-faction non-player character in the base game who can repair items up to 100%.
- All caps paid for his repairs vanish from his inventory when he becomes your companion again.
- Before recruiting him as a companion, Raul will repair items for a fee in his prison room. After recruiting him and asking him for repairs, Raul will wisecrack and recommend asking him at his shack. As long as he is dismissed as a companion to his shack, he will be able to make repairs.
- When asked what skills he has to offer, Raul claims that his primary value is being a "walking encyclopedia," but he rarely has anything insightful to say. Most of his banter consists of ridiculing the Courier's choices through sarcastic praise and insincere enthusiasm.
- If the player character keeps asking who he is after the first time, he will eventually ask you if you got shot in the head because you forget so fast.
- If asked why his jumpsuit says Miguel, he will simply state: "I don't know; probably because it used to be Miguel's."
- He is similar to Vic from Fallout 2 in that they are both enslaved, are repairmen, and refer to the player character as "boss."
- Despite his sarcasm, it appears that Raul enjoys the Courier's company, judging by his response when dismissed.
- While the English version of the game does not make a big deal of his accent other than his correctly pronouncing Spanish words and names, the Spanish, French, German and Italian versions give Raul a heavily stereotyped "charro mexicano" voice.
- Also, in the Italian version, Raul speaks hoarsely, like almost all the other ghouls.
- Raul is the only humanoid companion who has a fairly passive opinion of the Legion.
- Despite having Science as a TAG skill, Raul never shows any notable computer based abilities. This is especially visible during Crazy, Crazy, Crazy when, if asked about Rhonda, Raul states he easily repaired the mechanical issues but was unable to correct the programming problems.
- "I'm an open book, boss. Granted, the book's in Spanish and some of the pages have fallen out, but I'm an open book."
- "My name is Raul Alfonso Tejada. Can I leave now? Or did you want to ask me again in five minutes?"
- "<Sigh.> No. No, boss, I'm, a prisoner of the crazy Super Mutant with the wig and the glasses. I was kind of hoping you were here to set me free. But maybe I'm not a pretty enough damsel for that, huh?"
- "Sure, boss. I'd be happy to prolong my captivity and psychological abuse to tighten some lug nuts for you."
- "Sure, boss, the old man will crawl around in the dirt to keep hidden."
- "Hey, don't worry about it, boss. The decrepit old man can easily carry all your stuff for you. Really." – Under heavy strain, being sarcastic
- "Hey, as long as you're not asking me to go back to Black Mountain, I'm a happy old man."
- "Oh, good. Now there's an army of robots. You don't do things by halves, do you, boss?"
- "Sure, I'll stop using my rather effective gun and switch to, ah, this piece of metal tubing here. Great plan, boss."
- "I'm sure pissing off a ruthless warlord with a tribe of fanatically-devoted warriors was a good move. How could it not be? It was your idea."
Raul Tejada appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Raul Tejada was written by Travis Stout.
- His quote about the super mutants asking him to fix toasters is yet another Fallout nod to the strangely useful skill in Wasteland, "Toaster Repair."
- Ghoul in trouble, indicating that Raul was being held captive on Black Mountain, was to be given to the player after listening some kind of radio broadcast. The holodisk
- Xbox 360 When asked to go to the Lucky 38, a notification will pop up saying he has gone there. When you go looking for him in the Lucky 38 later, he's nowhere to be found. It turns out that he stays at the last location you asked him to leave. [verified]
- PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 Unlike other companions, Raul won't walk around while in the Lucky 38, merely standing in the main room to the right of the door until spoken to. [verified]
- PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 After fast-traveling to a location, Raul will occasionally start running away as quick as he can for no reason, and cannot be interacted with. Loading to a new area or simply waiting for him to turn around will correct this. This also happens with Cass as a companion. [verified]
- PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 When Raul awakens after being knocked unconscious, he will sometimes claim to have had a nightmare of Petro Chico Boy "stealing his chicharrones (Spanish for pork rinds)", but the subtitles will incorrectly use the word "chitlins" instead of "chicharrones". [verified]
- Xbox 360 Sometimes if the player speaks to him in the Lucky 38 presidential suite, a generic Great Khan will spawn. [verified]
- Playstation 3 Xbox 360 By pressing "Take All" when pickpocketing Raul, the caps will still appear in the player's inventory despite being caught. To repeat this again, take him outside of his shack and dismiss him as a companion. This means you can get infinite free repairs. [verified]
- Xbox 360 When leaving a casino, if Raul is given a weapon, the weapon's weight will be present, but no item can be seen. [verified]
- PC Playstation 3 Xbox 360 His voice will change if given a stimpak. [verified]