Like her father before her, Shelby was obsessed with finding evidence of cryptids. She dedicated her adult life to finding proof and enrolled in VTU to enrich her knowledge of technology to better her chances of capturing evidence of anything. After persistent petitioning of VTU Dean Harland Elliot, she was granted some funding to pursue an investigation into cryptids as her senior thesis.
She set up camp at a shack from where she would mount sensors all around the region which would become the the Mire. Her work drew the attention of BADTFL officer, Curtis Wilson, who noted her determination to find proof of cryptids as a potential future asset. She was a prospective member of the cryptid hunter interest group known as the Truth Seekers. She continued her work after the war, investigating the activity of her motion detectors.
Shelby O'Rourke is mentioned in Fallout 76.
- Hunters shack terminal entries; Shelby's terminal, Journal
- Investigative report
- Vault-Tec University terminal entries; Dean Harland Elliot's workstation, O'Rourke, Shelby
- Scoot's shack terminal entries; Truth Seekers, 12/10/76
- Hunters shack terminal entries; Shelby's terminal, Entry 8: Motion Detected!