|The following is based on information from Van Buren design documents and is not canon.|
As is with most people in Hoover Dam, Governor Dodge is sick of war with the BOS. The war has lasted for almost two years. In the grand scheme of things, two years does not seem like a very long time for war, but with supplies dwindling and equipment failing, not to mention the constant state of high tension around Hoover, two years might as well be two decades. Dodge is both desperate and ambivalent. Ambivalent to the point of not caring what happens to himself, and desperate for anything to happen that would end the war. He will mention to the player that he has tried all avenues in communication with the BOS, but nothing seems to work. Hoover caravan groups get hit hard by BOS soldiers and keep vital supplies from reaching the needy. Attacks on the front gate used to come frequently, but have died down to the point of stopping for almost a year. However, Dodge is certain the BOS are just building up strength for a full assault on the ever weakening Hoover Dam.
Dodge will give an estimate of the BOS location, but for an exact location, the player will need to convince the former scribes about his peace intentions. Once the ball is in motion, the player can create peace with the BOS in a few ways. The easiest way (in the way of limited brain power), is to go to Maxson's bunker and just kill everyone there. That would pretty much solve Dodge's problem with attacks against Hoover and its caravans.
Another way is to discover the deception of Devon Hill at Maxson's Bunker and his crazy association with the COS. Foil his plans, uncover his relationship with Ailis McLafferty, and put a stop to them both through either tattling or offing them, then the groundwork for peace with BOS' actual leader and Dodge may commence. Neither way gets the player more XP than the other.
Character type completion breakdown
- Combat Boy, Diplomacy Boy - Go in and blow shit up at Maxson's Bunker. Go do a little detective work – player's choice. Combat XP is not more or less than peace XP.
- Stealth Boy, Combat Boy - Can sneak evidence of Crimson's deception of working both sides, giving Dodge more incentive and a glimmer of hope that peace can be attainable once Devon is out of power.