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Hello. It's nice to meet you. Who can I hide you from today?

The aural stealth suit Mk II,[1] referred to by Dr. Borous as the psychoanalytic cardiac-dampening sneaky stealth suit,[2] is a unique piece of medium armor in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Background

Created by Big MT researchers in the X-13 research facility using captured Chinese stealth armor stealth field technology as a basis, the aural stealth suit was supposed to be a next-generation, cutting edge infiltration suit to be used in the war effort.[3] After the proof-of-concept suit was completed, work began in earnest on an actual prototype. While the first unit was merely a standard suit of armor, built to test the validity of the pattern, the Mark II became a unique, computerized platform, combining the best technologies available at Big MT. Before the Great War, the stealth suit was still lacking the stealth field, but had many additional elements functional during its development phase.

The core element of the suit is an automated personality central control system located in the torso, which controls the built-in medical dispenser, capable of injecting Med-X and stimpaks automatically when needed, controlling the heartbeat of the wearer through a specialized cardiac regulator,[4] providing real-time feedback on battlefield conditions, automatically fitting itself to the user's shape and frame[5] and automatically adapts systems to the user's specifications during testing and unlock features as they come online (though since it never left the testing phase, the control system requires the user to complete infiltration tests in the X-13 research facility), based on an ingenious firmware upgrade created by the researcher Kael.[6] These upgrades are necessary for the user to benefit from the more advanced subsystems, such as gloves coated with a rubberized dampening compound to enhance manual dexterity[7] or advanced servomotor buffers in the leg rigs, allowing for faster sneaking.[8] Along with firmware, the suit also comes equipped with its own subnet for discrete information gathering and transmission during missions.[9]

In 2281, the suit, along with both the X-2 transmitter antenna array and sonic emitter, was integral to the Think Tank's aid to the Courier to take back control of Big MT for themselves from Dr. Mobius.[10][11]

Characteristics

The suit has a similar design to the assassin suit, but is cleaner and has a luminescent white chest piece with similar white stripes on the back. The suit itself has a built-in medical system that automatically dispenses Med-X and stimpaks. A female on-board computer narrates the usage and current levels of these items, as well as warning of impending combat situations, reminding the wearer of an active Pip-Boy light, and making offhand comments without prompting. Should the user get poisoned by a cazador, the suit will dispense a stimpak if available and cure the poison. When the user is crippled while wearing the suit, the suit will dispense Med-X.

Upgrades

The suit can be upgraded in the course of four stealth tests in the X-13 facility. Bonuses from upgrades are cumulative.

  • Firmware version 1.1 - Adds a bonus of +10 to Sneak (Stacks with the +15 Sneak already on the armor, giving +25 to Sneak).
  • Firmware version 1.2 - Adds a bonus of +1 Perception.
  • Firmware version 1.3 - Adds a bonus of +1 Agility.
  • Firmware version 1.4 - Adds a bonus of +20% to Stealth movement speed.

Comparison

Name DT WG Durability Value Armor class Effects
Combat armor 15 25 400 6500 Medium armor None
Chinese stealth armor 12 20 100 500 Light armor +5 Sneak
Assassin suit 14 20 500 7500 Light armor +10 Sneak
Stealth suit Mk II 14 25 500 7500 Medium armor All of the effects stack:
Sneak +15 (Firmware v1.0)
Sneak +10 (Firmware v1.1)
Perception +1 (Firmware v1.2)
Agility +1 (Firmware v1.3)
Movement-speed while crouched +20% (Firmware v1.4)

Locations

It is found in three pieces in the X-13 research facility. One part in each of the three labs in the first hallway after entering the facility.

Notes

  • The research for the suit went under the name of Project: Blue Blood.[12]
  • It appears that the creation of this suit was based on the Chinese stealth armor. This can be seen in the X-13 testing facility when one looks at the mannequins wearing the prototypes. However, while the headpiece is seen on the mannequins, there is no headpiece attached to the suit or as a separate item.
  • Unlike the prototype medic power armor from Fallout 3, the Med-X dispensed by the suit is regular, addictive Med-X.
  • Stimpaks used by the suit are not affected by Medicine level.
  • In Normal mode, if the wearer's health is low, the suit will continuously administer stimpaks until their health reaches an adequate level. In Hardcore mode, the suit checks to see if there are any restore health effects first; if not, it will administer a stimpak.
  • When unequipping the suit from a companion, it still plays an audio comment as if the person was wearing it.
  • Sometimes if the wearer dies, the suit can be heard desperately trying to pump stimpaks in order to keep the user alive, to no avail.
  • If the Courier kills the robobrains within the facility, the suit may comment on this, stating, "That's a shame. Normally, those units would help defend the facility in case of an attack."
  • The computer for this suit tends to be sarcastic, such as when turning on the Pip-Boy light when sneaking, and has a mischievous side (e.g. claiming it is time for combat even if there are no (more) enemies).
  • Sometimes, the computer will ask the wearer, "Do you like me?"
  • As the stealth suit Mk II is classified as medium armor, it suffers penalties to sneaking.

Notable quotes

Behind the scenes

  • The on-board computer is voiced by Qore hostess Veronica Belmont, who also voices Light Switch 01 and 02, and the original unaltered voice of Christine Royce.
  • The AI on-board the suit is a reference to many assistant AIs from pop culture, including the AI of the motorcycle in the film Warriors of the Lost World; when the robo-scorpions attack, the computer says "Mean robot bugs! Mean robot bugs!" in the same cadence as the motorcycle says "Bad mothers! Bad mothers!"
Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.
  • Early versions of the scripting for the stealth suit Mk II still exist in the resources of Old World Blues, based heavily on the prototype medic power armor from Fallout 3. This includes the use of the special "Suit Med-X" effect specific to the prototype medic power armor, which would have allowed the stealth suit Mk II to apply Med-X without risk of addiction and with the added benefit of temporarily suppressing the negative effects of crippled limbs, as well as the negative effects of many types of addictions.
  • Opening the NVDLC03AuralStealthSuitQuest entry that governs the suit's unique features and dialogue in the GECK reveals that it was intended to have an "Advanced Optics" upgrade, after the v1.4 upgrade run. The Stage check for the v1.4 upgrade bark from the suit is set to 50, and the dialogue line for Advanced Optics is at 100, an invalid entry. Delving into the script file in the Quest data tab also shows that this would have been done in a VR test, likely the defunct VR room with the Protonic Inversal Axe inside before the entire test was scrapped for some reason.
  • There is another unused script "NVDLC03StealthSuitISFXSCRIPT," which contains what appears to be a "Vision Firmware Upgrade." When the player crouched, it was going to apply 2 ImageSpaceModifiers and play the UIRadioSignalFound sound. Then when the player stands up, it would remove the effects and play the UIRadioSignalLost sound.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.

Bugs

  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png There is a bug where, after the suit auto-applies a stimpak, your health will not increase, keeping your health at the minimum threshold for the damage script. This causes the suit to use a stimpak every time you're injured, as you drop below the scripted HP, burning through stimpaks extremely quickly.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Before starting the stealth research in X-13, make sure all armor pieces are in your inventory. Starting the run before the pieces are taken may bug the script and result in not getting the armor.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png The stealth suit seems to occasionally glitch out and continuously issue doses of Med-X until the user's supply has been emptied, or until the suit is taken off (Leading to Med-X addiction very quickly).[verified]
  • Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png The suit can administer Med-X anytime the user enters combat or anytime the stealth status changes from [HIDDEN] to [CAUTION], even if no damage has been taken by the player.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon ps3.png When fully upgraded, it doesn't boost your sneak speed by the said 20%.[verified]
  • Icon xbox360.png In third-person view, rotating to the front side of your character can sometimes cause the head and arms of the player character to disappear, immediately reappearing once the camera returns to the rear.[verified]

Gallery

References

  1. Mobius: "You think that Aural Stealth Suit will keep you hidden from me? Think again!"
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "What are these technologies?"
    Klein: "THE TECHNOLOGIES ARE THE X-2 TRANSMITTER ANTENNA ARRAY, USED TO FOCUS COHERENT THOUGHT AT EXCESSIVELY HIGH FREQUENCIES."
    Borous: "-The psycho-analytic cardiac-dampening sneaky stealth suit, a suit like NOTHING this world has ever heard, seen, or could EVER see!-"
    8: "AUDIO: Dr. 8 is saying, "hey, what about my item! I made something, too!""
    Dala: "...and 8's Sonic-Soundwave-Emitter-Projecto-Gun, able to broadcast sound at lethal frequencies. {Beat, quieter}It also gives a great biogel massage."
    Klein: "THERE. WE HAVE INFORMED YOU OF ALL WE NEED. WE ESTIMATE IF YOU ARE FOCUSED, YOUR TIME INVESTMENT WILL BE MINIMAL. EH, BY OUR STANDARDS. IF YOU WORK QUICKLY, YOU WILL BE THE RECIPIENT OF A GESTURE OF GRATITUDE FROM US. WE DO NOT BESTOW THESE OLD WORLD GESTURES LIGHTLY. FINE. SO... YES. GET THESE THINGS FOR US. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COMPREHEND THEIR COMPLICATED SCHEMATICS. THAT IS FOR US TO DO."
    (Klein's dialogue, 8's dialogue and Dala's dialogue)
  3. Nightstalker research in X-13 ran concurrently to the stealth suit's development and was also intended for the war effort.
  4. The Courier: "And the suit's a cardiac regulator, and the sonic frequency is a spinal vibrator?"
    Klein: "I'VE GOT IT. THE CARDIAC REGULATOR IN THE SUIT, THE ANTENNA FOR BRAINWAVES, AND THE SONIC FREQUENCY FOR THE VERTEBRAL NERVES..."
    Klein's dialogue)
  5. X-13 research facility terminal entries#Test Area A - Review
  6. X-13 research facility terminal entries#Mk II Torso Research
  7. X-13 research facility terminal entries#Mk II Glove Research
  8. X-13 research facility terminal entries#Mk II Boot Research
  9. Stealth suit Mk II: "Test data processed... Firmware updated to version 1.2. Aural Subnet online."
    (NVDLC03StealthSuitVoiceCr.txt)
  10. The Courier: "The cardiac, spinal, and brainwave aspects of this tech... couldn't they heal me?"
    Klein: "[SUCCEEDED] HEAL YOU? WHAT, PUT YOU BACK TOGETHER LIKE SOME GIANT HARD-BOILED YUMYUM DEVILED EGG?"
    Klein's dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "What is the purpose of the technologies?"
    Mobius: "The X-2 Antenna can be used to focus your alpha wave frequency thought patterns. The Sneaky Suit? Why, it houses a cardiac regulator. And the sonic soundwave projecto-emitter was never intended as a weapon. It was a medicinal vertebrae-pulse-de-sensitizer. In short: Brains, a heart, and courage... spine. I think there was a story once where a band of murderous thugs sought these things. They had them all the time in the story. Didn't stop them from murdering to get them, and it won't stop the Think Tank, either."
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  12. X-13 research facility terminal entries; security terminals, foyer terminal
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