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Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child.— Cooke on the NCR.

Samuel Cooke is the original leader of the Powder Gangers' prisoner uprising, now operating with a small group of escaped convicts out of Vault 19 in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.

Background

Samuel Cooke considers the New California Republic to be a group of tyrants.[1] He disagrees with their expansion, commenting that the republic thinks it is entitled to annex all the land in the west.[2] He was imprisoned at the NCR Correctional Facility for blowing up caravans along I-15.[3]

In prison, Cooke was well behaved but together with a group of fellow inmates, prepared to escape by stashing small quantities of explosives and makeshift weapons.[4][5] When the NCR relocated a group of prison guards, he and his men broke out of the cell block, overwhelmed the remaining guards, and escaped. His group settled in Vault 19, which he considered safe from the NCR due to the surrounding wildlife.[6]

Cooke is interested in staying in the vault due to the sulfur deposits found there, which he wants to use to make bombs.[7] One member of his group, Philip Lem, wants to leave with and surrender to the NCR, but Cooke refuses.[8] Cooke is frustrated because this is confusing the group as a whole as to who is in charge.[9]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character starts quests.

Why Can't We Be Friends?

Quests

  • Why Can't We Be Friends?: After killing the fire geckos, Samuel will ask for help securing the Powder Gangers alliance with the Great Khans. If successful, the vault will be deserted once the Courier returns.

Inventory

Notes

  • If the player character sides with Lem and blows up the caves, Cooke will curse the player character for their actions and eventually leaves the vault.
  • Killing Samuel Cooke will automatically turn all the Vault 19 convicts hostile, even if the kill is made stealthily with a silenced weapon or a planted explosive.

Notable quotes

  • "Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child." – Cooke on the NCR.
  • "You won't get a fucking cap from me, and you're lucky I don't blow your goddamn head off. The whole point of killing the geckos was so we could get at the sulfur and you've just made that a hell of a lot more difficult. Now fuck off."
  • "A beautiful thing. Saved a little blast powder here, hid a makeshift weapon there, and one day I orchestrated a little symphony for the NCR."

Appearances

Samuel Cooke appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Bugs

Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 The convicts and Cooke may be hostile if you have a vilified reputation with the Powder Gangers, or if you have killed Papa Khan. [verified]

References

  1. The Courier: "Tell me about the NCR."
    Samuel Cooke: "Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Tell me about the NCR."
    Samuel Cooke: "Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "How did you end up in prison?"
    Samuel Cooke: "I was blowing up supply caravans along the 15 freeway. The NCR got wise to my ambush spots, picked me up and threw me in a cage."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  4. NCR Correctional Facility terminals; Warden's terminal, Suspicions about prisoner conspiracy
  5. The Courier: "Tell me about the prison break."
    Samuel Cooke: "A beautiful thing. Saved a little blast powder here, hid a makeshift weapon there, and one day I orchestrated a little symphony for the NCR."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "So, what brought you to this place?"
    Samuel Cooke: "Heard there was an abandoned vault along this mountain ridge, and that the wildlife here had teeth big enough to keep the NCR away."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "What do you want the sulfur for?"
    Samuel Cooke: "Explosives. Bombs. Big, big fucking bombs. You gonna help us or not?"
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "What's going on here?"
    Philip Lem: "Fucking Cooke has us trapped here. After we escaped from an NCR prison, he dragged us around the wasteland until we ended up in this shit hole. A group of us want to leave, go back to the NCR and surrender. But Cooke won't let us."
    (Philip Lem's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "What's going on here?"
    Samuel Cooke: "That coward Lem has been talking about surrendering to the NCR. Now the men are confused, not sure who's leading this gang."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
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