Location[edit | edit source]
They can be found at Fiddler's Green Trailer Estates.
Transcript[edit | edit source]
The New Squirrel - tape 1[edit | edit source]
This one is called "The New Squirrel".
Come with me on this magical adventure. There once was was a young squirrel named Ricky who lived in a big oak tree in a city park. Ricky was a brown squirrel and lived in the oak tree with all his brown squirrel friends and family. Every day, Ricky would look out from the top of his tree and wonder what kind of squirrels lived in the other trees. The older squirrels warned Ricky that the squirrels in other trees were thieves and liars. They were never to be trusted. Ricky had a rebellious heart and would not form his opinions based on anecdotal evidence. End of holotape. Please insert holotape 2.
The New Squirrel - tape 2[edit | edit source]
One night, a red squirrel appeared at the bottom of Ricky's oak tree and woke Ricky and his family. "Oh please help me." said the red squirrel. "I am lost and I have nowhere to go." The elders were quick to turn the red squirrel away, but Ricky scurried down the trunk of his tree and stood firm next to the Red Squirrel. He yelled up at the elder squirrels. "How could you turn him away? Just because he is from another tree? He needs our help!" Affected by Ricky's assuredness and determination, the elders agreed to take in the red squirrel. The red squirrel thanked Ricky for standing up for him. "You won't regret this." He said. End of holotape. Please insert holotape 3.
The New Squirrel - tape 3[edit | edit source]
The red squirrel made a sound that Ricky took for agreement, and the two squirrels curled up to sleep. Later that night, Ricky woke up to the sound of leaves rustling in the oak tree. He looked around. The red squirrel was gone! Ricky surveyed the landscape below and saw a pack of glowing eyes approaching the base of his tree. Cats! Ricky heard a voice from a nearby tree. It was the red squirrel! "I'm sorry." he said. "They were following me, and I couldn't bring them to my tree. They would have eaten my family!" As the cats ascended the tree and began to devour Ricky's friends and family, Ricky reflected on his decisions. His last words were "I really wish I would have trusted my elders." The End.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Storytime Simon seems to be inspired by the real-life Teddy Ruxpin, the animatronic talking bear of the mid-1980s. Teddy Ruxpin told stories via audio cassettes inserted into its back and all three of "The New Squirrel" holotapes are each found near a teddy bear. Storytime Simon's speech pattern sounds similar to Teddy Ruxpin's and he also starts with a greeting that includes his name, as Teddy Ruxpin did in the television commercials.
- The purpose of the material featured in the New Squirrel tapes tells a fictional tale mirroring rumors and reports of Chinese communist infiltrators operating in the United States. Various elements in this text represent their respective equivalents in the real Fallout universe. For example, the tree, the one that is the turf of the protagonist brown squirrel, is intended to represent the U.S. The red squirrel's role is a Chinese infiltrator, and the cats are the People's Liberation Army. The New Squirrel in fact conveys a message, not just directed at adults, but also children, to never trust Chinese nationals, even close friends or relatives, for they might be communist agents.