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You share your father's determination, it seems. And in this case, you are correct. There may well be another way. Vault 87 is located very close to the site of Lamplight Caverns. It is entirely probable that the Vault may be entered from within the caves.

Reginald Rothchild[Non-game 1] is the head scribe of the Brotherhood of Steel in 2277.


Head Scribe Rothchild is in charge of the scribes of the Brotherhood of Steel in the Capital Wasteland,[Non-game 1] with a professional, focused personality. He is fully dedicated to the Brotherhood's ideals and its chain of command,[1] and greatly respects men of science and knowledge.[2] He is an accomplished expert in several areas of science, including robotics[Non-game 1] and cybernetics, allowing him to save Star Paladin Cross' life after what seemed to be a mortal injury.[Non-game 2][Non-game 3]

Despite that, Rothchild was a part of Star Paladin Owyn Lyons' expedition to Washington, D.C. in 2255.[3] With the discovery of Liberty Prime, Rothchild was tasked with bringing the massive weapon of war online.[4] Although he led his own team of talented scribes, he also interacted with a number of scientific minds from across the wasteland, including James of Project Purity. He developed a healthy respect for him and his independent team, even if the project fizzled out without producing any results.[5] After all, James was a visionary and these were in short supply.[2]

Success proved elusive in his own project as well. Despite intense efforts, Rothchild and the rest of his team failed to reactivate Liberty Prime for over twenty years. As he worked on Liberty Prime, he observed the steady deterioration of the chapter under Lyons' leadership and the changes introduced to their mission.[6][7] He watched as their forces dwindled, wasted on ineffectual attempts to destroy the super mutants, against all orders from the western elders. As Lyons' confidante, he voiced his concerns about violating orders repeatedly, but his words fell on deaf ears.[1] However, he stayed with the elder out of a sense of personal loyalty and the belief that technology stockpiled at the Citadel would benefit the Brotherhood.[8] However, he's not a meek sycophant and does not hesitate to speak his mind to the elder, even if Owyn might not like what Reginald has to say.[9] Especially after Lyons' insubordination led to the West cutting the D.C. bunker loose, denying them reinforcements and shutting off communications,[10] and his obstinacy alienated the Outcasts, making them leave in 2276.[11] Regardless, the two remain on a first name basis even among peers.[12]

In this situation, the conflict with the Enclave seemed like a death knell for the chapter. However, with the arrival of Madison Li, Rothchild decided to continue his work in a last-ditch attempt at reactivating Liberty Prime.[13] This turned out to be a wise decision, as Li's experience with accelerated vector fusion allowed the Brotherhood scribes to jury-rig a powerful, but compact fusion plant that managed to provide enough power for the robot's primary systems. With it, the Brotherhood was able to achieve victory over the Enclave's forces at the purifier, countering their air superiority and smashing through fortifications surrounding the purifier. With the energy management issues out of the way thanks to Dr. Li's assistance, Liberty Prime became the trump card in the war against the Enclave.[14]

When the Enclave finally managed to destroy Liberty Prime by luring him to their satellite relay station in Rockland, Rothchild was heartbroken. The loss set the chapter back years and removed their only significant advantage over the Enclave, which remained a potent threat even with the loss of the purifier and Raven Rock.[15] As the Brotherhood recovered from this setback, Rothchild focused on finding new methods of countering their military superiority: Intelligence, decryption, and improvising new weapons for use in the field.[16][17][18][19][20]

After the fall of Adams AFB, Rothchild returned to his roots, starting work on rebuilding Liberty Prime. Although the task was daunting, requiring immense amounts of salvage to restore its complex systems, especially electrical components and optics, he rose to the challenge.[21] Apart from laying the groundwork for restoring Liberty Prime,[22] a task that would not be completed until 2287, 400 miles away from the Citadel under the command of Proctor Ingram, Rothchild also led reverse-engineering projects trying to harness the potential of Enclave technology recovered from Adams AFB, so that the Brotherhood could stay one step ahead of its enemies in the wasteland.[23][24][25]

Daily schedule[]

He can usually be found in the Citadel laboratory.

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character starts quests.
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).


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Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brotherhood scribe robe 10mm pistol
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Notable quotes[]


Reginald Rothchild appears in Fallout 3, its add-on Broken Steel, Fallout Shelter, Fallout Shelter Online, and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.


  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Since he is a good Karma character who is essential, every time he is rendered unconscious, an ear is placed in his inventory. This makes him an infinite source of ears. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes, when permitted to talking to him, he will be nowhere to be found. [verified]



  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lone Wanderer: "Those sound like pretty good changes to me."
    Reginald Rothchild: "You're an outsider. I don't expect you to understand. We live and die by our dedication to the Brotherhood. To go against orders... It's not something that's done. I appreciate that Lyons believes he is doing what is right, but he should never have disobeyed orders. And now look where it's gotten us. Forces dwindled, Super Mutants on one side, Enclave on the other. We can barely take care of ourselves."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Reginald Rothchild: "May I start by saying that I am sorry for your loss. I was acquainted with your father, many years ago. The world has lost one of its few remaining visionaries."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Thanks for your sympathy."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Think nothing of it. Now, Doctor Li has explained your predicament. You need to locate some Vault-Tec equipment?"
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "How long have you been here?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "We arrived here in '55. Established ourselves in the Citadel within the first few months. The elder has kept us busy since then."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "Are you in charge of the um... the robot?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "I am, and have been since we first found him, well over twenty years ago. "Liberty Prime" is the designation we found on file for him. Magnificent, don't you think? At least he will be, once all systems are operational. It's the energy consumption. Something that big, with such advanced weapons systems... we just don't have the means to power him. Not yet."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "How did you know my father?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "I have been a part of the Brotherhood for many years. Enough that I was here when Project Purity first began. I did not work directly with your father; he and his team valued their independence, and I respected that."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "You seem to have a pretty small organization."
    Reginald Rothchild: "The Brotherhood of Steel is bigger than what you see here. We're only a small... division, you could say. But that's a bit of a sore subject around here."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  7. The Lone Wanderer: "Why is that a sore subject?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Much has happened in the 23 years since we left the west coast. Our mission has changed in that time. The changes have not all been pleasant, and have had significant repercussions."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  8. The Lone Wanderer: "Well, I'm asking you. Why are you here?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "I'm here for two reasons. One, Lyons needs me. He always has, just as much as I need him. We've been through a lot together, he and I. Two... Take a look around you. Access to this kind of technology, and the benefits it could provide to the Brotherhood, is immeasurable."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "I'd like to know more about the Brotherhood of Steel."
    Reginald Rothchild: "I'm afraid you're asking the wrong person."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Why are you the wrong person to ask?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Predominantly because the Elder won't like some of what I have to say. But fine, I'll discuss it. What do you want to know?"
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  10. The Lone Wanderer: "He's in charge, so it's his decision, right?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "He's in charge of this detachment, yes. He's not in charge of the Brotherhood. As loyal as I am to the man, I can't overlook the fact that he disobeyed orders, and it cost us. The West Coast cut us off completely, once they saw what was going on. So now we're on our own. No communications, no reinforcements. We can't even beat the Super Mutants, and now we're expected to defend against the Enclave? Alone? The situation is... less than ideal."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  11. The Lone Wanderer: "Why are you here in the Capital Wasteland?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Well, that all depends on who you ask. Lyons will tell you it's because we're protecting the poor, innocent people of the Capital Wasteland. Most others here will tell you the same thing. They'll do anything for that man."
    The Lone Wanderer: "But not everyone agrees?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "No, not everyone. But for a variety of reasons, those who disagree are no longer with us."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  12. Reginald Rothchild: "What is it, Owyn? This robot isn't going to fix itself."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue) Note: This line is an excerpt from a larger conversation between Rothchild and Lyons concerning the repairs to Liberty Prime, heard randomly while inside of the Citadel.
  13. The Lone Wanderer: "So you know how to find one?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Possibly. I'm afraid I won't be able to assist you directly; the news Doctor Li has brought will require me to be elsewhere. I can, however, give you access to an old pre-war computer from Vault-Tec. It may have the information you need. You'll find the terminal in the archives in the A ring."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Thanks for the help."
    Reginald Rothchild: "You are welcome. If you require further assistance, I may be able to help."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  14. The Lone Wanderer: "How is Liberty Prime holding up?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Performance is exceeding all our expectations. He's been especially effective against the Enclave's Vertibirds, for which we previously had no counter. We're fine-tuning his programming as we go, but on the whole I'm pleasantly surprised. It's as I always suspected. Prime's real issue was energy management, and when Doctor Li helped us solve that problem, well, the rest was easy."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  15. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm sorry about the robot. There wasn't anything anyone could've done."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Perhaps not, but that doesn't change the fact that it sets us back years... YEARS... ...and it removes the one significant military advantage we had over the Enclave."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  16. The Lone Wanderer: "It could've been worse. They could have attacked the Citadel."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Well, there's certainly nothing stopping them from doing that now, is there? And with our primary defense gone, I don't know what we can do to stop them. I need more to work with."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  17. The Lone Wanderer: "Hopefully I found something that can help you."
    Reginald Rothchild: "I don't know what could help at this point. If anything, we should be thankful they waited this long to use... whatever they used. Nonetheless, we should try and move on. What is it you have for me?"
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  18. The Lone Wanderer: "I found some encrypted data at the relay station."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Ah, yes. Well, I'll see if we can't figure out how to read it. Perhaps it can give us some insight as to just what happened out there. It would be good to salvage something from this mess. Thank you for bringing this to me. I believe Elder Lyons will want to speak with you as well. Perhaps you should find him. If you'll excuse me..."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  19. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm not sure what I found. Some kind of data... Maybe you can figure it out."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Yes, well... We'll do our best. It won't be the first time we've had to crack one of their codes. With any luck, their lack of leadership has made them a bit sloppy and they're re-using old decryption methods we've already cracked. I'll get the Scribes started on this right away. In the meantime, you should find Elder Lyons. I believe he wants to see you."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  20. The Lone Wanderer: "Maybe you can focus on analyzing this data instead of crying about your robot."
    Reginald Rothchild: "Well, I... You're right. There's no time to focus on what's passed. With Liberty Prime gone, the Enclave will be quick to seize the opportunity to regroup. I'll get the Scribes working on this right away. You should report to Elder Lyons. See if there's some way we can salvage this mess of an operation."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  21. The Lone Wanderer: "Is there anything else I can do to help the Brotherhood?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Yes, yes please. Your help would be most welcome. As you know, my main task is the reconstruction of Liberty Prime. A daunting task indeed, given his current state. To get him back on his feet will take not only a good deal of scavenged parts, but I need some special items for his complex systems. In your travels, be on the lookout for sensor modules. That will help me with restoring his electrical components. But what I need most are old cameras. Prime's optics were completely destroyed in the explosion and I can use the components inside to replace them."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  22. The Lone Wanderer: "How's the reconstruction of Liberty Prime going?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "We have so much to do putting him back together again. I'm uncertain as to how long it might take. Months? Years? The only bright side in this is an opportunity to try and rebuild Prime from the ground up; make improvements on his original design. If only we hadn't exhausted so many of our supplies fighting the Enclave..."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  23. Reginald Rothchild: "Well, I suppose we have you to thank for the sudden influx of equipment pouring in from the ruins you left behind at Adams Air Force Base. These items will help keep us one step ahead of our enemies in the Wasteland and hopefully start my reconstruction effort. Mark my words, Prime will walk again. It may take months or even years, but we'll get him back together. If you're inclined to help us with that effort, just let me know."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  24. The Lone Wanderer: "So, what happens to the Brotherhood now?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "I've been amazingly busy ever since we began clashing with the Enclave. All their technology is amazing. It's going to take me years to sift through the wreckage of their mobile platform alone. I suppose we have you to thank for that."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  25. The Lone Wanderer: "So, have we totally wiped out the Enclave?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "From the amount of equipment pouring in, I'd say if we didn't destroy them, we certainly threw a major wrench into their works."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  26. Lone Wanderer: "Then where's the rest of the Brotherhood?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "The West Coast, unless something has changed. There's been no contact with them for the last several years. There's also a small detachment in Chicago, but they're off the radar. Gone rogue. Long story."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  27. The Lone Wanderer: "Do you think you could repair my equipment?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Could I? Yes. Will I? No. Go see Peabody or Bowditch."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.95: "Scribe Reginald Rothchild
    Scribe Rothchild was a member of Elder Lyons's exploration party when it discovered the Pentagon ruins. Rothchild fully believes in the Brotherhood of Steel and its ideals, but he is not a soldier. He's a scientist, and a good one. He is the Senior Scribe of the Citadel and takes his position very seriously. He is also thrilled that the months of bringing Liberty Prime online is yielding dividends."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.98: "Star Paladin Cross
    Star Paladin Cross is the highest ranking Brotherhood of Steel soldier in the Citadel, but she no longer works in the field. Instead, she now serves Elder Lyons's trusted bodyguard and advisor. It is well known that Star Paladin Cross has been technologically enhanced so that she no longer needs to eat or sleep. She is, in fact, a cyborg. The change occurred several years ago, after Cross was critically injured defending Elder Lyons while out in the field; Scribe Rothchild preformed the enhancement operation that saved Cross's life. But there's something even more important about Star Paladin Cross-she's none other than the Brotherhood of Steel soldier who helped save the player's life as a baby. Cross helped Dad get through the Super Mutants and escorted them all the way to Megaton."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  3. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.95: "Scribe Peabody
    Scribe Peabody is the Brotherhood scribe assigned to the Armory. He's a weapons expert, dislikes field work, and is in charge of maintaining and repairing all the Brotherhood's various firearms, energy weapons, big guns, and anything else that shoots and kills people. He also helped repair Liberty Prime's weapon systems. Unlike Scribe Rothchild, he loves "field work" and often wishes he could go on combat missions with the Brotherhood Knights and Paladins."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)