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Res is a mentioned only location and language in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Honest Hearts.


Joshua Graham refers to the location as somewhere east of the Grand Canyon.[1] He tells the Courier that he believes the Dead Horses tribe members were originally refugees from Res, and that their language is a combination of their own and that of travelers who were visiting when the Great War occurred.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Several Navajo words (e.g. yá'át'ééh, meaning "hello" in the Diné language) are spoken by some of the tribal members when greeting the player character.
  • Fallout: New Vegas project director Joshua Sawyer stated that Res was located east of the Grand Canyon and that the Dead Horses' language is based on German, English, and Navajo, a mixture of languages of those both living in and visiting Res when the Great War occurred.[Non-game 1][Non-game 2][Non-game 3]
  • Res is a common abbreviation of reservation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Courier: "Do they speak... our language?"
    Joshua Graham: "Most don't. It's been hundreds of years since the war. They've developed their own languages. Take the Dead Horses. We think they were originally refugees from a place called "Res," east of the Grand Canyon. They speak a combination of Res and a language spoken by travelers who were visiting Res when the bombs fell. Over time, the two languages blended. I was a translator years ago, but it's hard to keep up with all of the tribal variations."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  1. Question: "What is "Res" supposed to be? Are there clues that I'm missing that can help explain it, or is it meant to be a mystery?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "Joshua Graham says that it was east of the Grand Canyon."
    (Joshua Sawyer Formspring post 20 May 11)
  2. Question: "Trate de preguntar en español? OK. ¿Qué idioma es el idioma de los Dead Horses basada en? La idioma de los Sorrows se basada en español, por supuesto. Pero no puedo entender qué idioma de los Dead Horses se basada en." (English translation: "Can I try to ask in Spanish? OK. What language is the language of the Dead Horses based on? The Sorrows' language is based on Spanish, of course. But I can't understand what language the Dead Horses is based on."
    Joshua Sawyer: "El idioma de los Dead Horses se basada en alemán, inglés, y navajo, pero la morfología del navajo es irreconocible." (English translation: "The Dead Horses language is based on German, English, and Navajo, but Navajo morphology is unrecognizable."
    Joshua Sawyer Formspring post 18 Jun 11
  3. Question: "Is It correct that the tribals are descended from vacationers at the time of the Great War? I swear I hear a little German in the Dead Horses and Spanish in the Sorrows, but I also hear another language(s) mixed in and spoken by either tribe as well."
    Joshua Sawyer: "Yes. Joshua Graham explains that they speak languages from a place he calls "Res" mixed with languages from people who were vacationing in Utah."
    (Joshua Sawyer Formspring post 19 May 11)