The Prydwen is a modified and armored Brotherhood of Steel airship that flies throughout the skies of the Commonwealth. The vessel serves multiple roles for the Brotherhood, including those of aircraft carrier, command center, clinic, personnel quarters, equipment maintenance bay and research facility. It is, for all intents and purposes, an airborne military base. It will be moored to the air traffic control tower at Boston Airport shortly after the Sole Survivor exits Fort Hagen during Reunions.
The Prydwen was constructed at Adams Air Force Base over a period of six years. It took an initial two years to collect the materials necessary and another four to actually construct the airship, and by 2287 had been in service for five years. It weighs forty thousand tons, as noted by Lancer Captain Kells and Elder Maxson. Before the journey to the Commonwealth, its original power plant has been replaced with an updated plant pulled from an old aircraft carrier.
The airship is filled with hydrogen, as stated during the quest Airship Down. Four pylons attached to the ship's flight deck carry a single jet engine each, being responsible for controlling the Prydwen's altitude and help to keep the ship aloft. There are four docking hooks for Brotherhood-modified VB-02 Vertibird gunships attached to the airship's hull. Vertibirds are accessible via the flight deck. Due to the combustible nature of hydrogen, the ship itself is not capable of combat, and this is stated by the crew.
The Prydwen is divided into two exterior areas and two indoor areas: the flight deck, the command deck, the main deck, and the forecastle.
On the main deck is a medical bay, mess hall, power armor station, crafting equipment and a shop (at the end of the corridor). There are also stairs that lead either up to the living quarters or down to a storage area. Around the perimeter and along the top are patrolled catwalks. The main deck is contained within the airbag, as the hydrogen is inside several canisters positioned around the outer hull.
The flight deck is located along the midsection of the gondola. There is a control room/storage area overlooking the deck, accessible at the back of the flight deck.
The command deck has three levels. The top level has Maxson's observation deck. The next one down is a storage area, with access to the forecastle. Finally, the bridge is at the bottom, where Lancer-Captain Kells can be found.
The forecastle is a small balcony which is accessible from the top the command deck.
The Prydwen's crew includes:
- Elder Maxson
- Lancer-Captain Kells
- Paladin Brandis, if convinced to rejoin the Brotherhood.
- Proctor Ingram
- Proctor Teagan
- Proctor Quinlan
- Madison Li, if convinced to join during From Within.
- Professor Scara, if convinced to join during Liberty Reprimed.
- Senior Scribe Neriah
- Knight-Captain Cade
- Predictive Analytic Machine, if reprogrammed in the mission Tactical Thinking.
- BoS II T-60b power armor - Shadow of Steel quest reward.
- Long range laser rifle - Found on the Prydwen's forecastle in a crate called sharpshooter stowage. The forecastle entrance is located through the main deck's southern top floor.
- Three mini nukes can be found on the lower catwalk of the main deck, next to the mini nuke crates that are recovered from the Fort Strong armory during the quest Show No Mercy. Two are on top of the crates and the third is on the floor next to the north western crate.
- X-01 power armor Mk1 helmet, Gauss rifle, Fat Man with 2 mini nukes, a fusion core and a bunch of ammo in Proctor Teagan's cage behind a Master lock (considered stealing).
- Knight-Captain Cade's report - Holotape, in Cade's medical office, next to a termimal.
- C.I.T. recon report - Holotape, left of the helm on the command deck, on top of the one of the southern computer gauges.
- Personal log - 142 - Holotape, on a night stand on the east side opposite of the outgoing mail terminal.
- Quinlan to be deleted - Holotape, on top of a file cabinet in Quinlan's office.
- Maxson was right - Holotape, located on a night stand between two beds above the entrance to get to the command deck.
- Your new assignment - Holotape, on top of a barrel next to a bed, above the entrance to the main deck.
- Nuka-Cola Quantum - On the main deck, lower catwalk.
- Lucia's personal key - On Lucia and in Clarke's footlocker.
- From Lucia - In Clarke's footlocker near his bed.
- Knight Lucia's log - In Lucia's personal footlocker.
- Commando armor, Honor, Death from Above, Vengeance and Sentinel's Plasmacaster - All sold by Teagan. Honor and Death from Above become available after becoming a paladin, while Vengeance and Sentinel's Plasmacaster become available after becoming a sentinel.
- Steadfast BOS combat armor chest piece - Reward for completing the quest The Lost Patrol if it is turned in to Kells instead of Danse.
- Exemplar's T-60c torso - Reward from Kells for completing the quest Duty or Dishonor by persuading Clarke to turn himself in.
- Visionary's T-60c helmet - Reward from Kells for completing the quest A Loose End.
Pickpocket or dropped on deathEdit
- Eight complete BOS II T-60 power armor suits can be stolen - three from the patrolling sentries, three stationary sentries (main deck, flight deck, command deck) and another two from the power armor bay. (Note: The sentries will continue their patrols/manning their posts, but if they are killed, they will eventually respawn with new sets of armor.)
- Prydwen armory key - On a Brotherhood knight-captain, near a small diner, southern part of the ship.
- Airship captain's hat and Brotherhood Officer Fatigues - Pickpocketed from Knight-Captain Kells.
- Brotherhood medic fatigues - Worn by Knight-Captain Cade.
- Bomber jack
- Engineer's armor
- Final Judgment - Unique Gatling laser, carried by Elder Maxson who also wears Maxson's battlecoat.
- Medical goggles
- Quinlan's armor - Pickpocketed from Quinlan.
- Science scribe's armor
- Teagan's armor - Pickpocketed from Teagan.
- Welding helmet
- Shadow of Steel - Travel with Paladin Danse to meet with Elder Maxson.
- Airship Down - Assault the Brotherhood along with the Institute's synths.
- Rockets' Red Glare - The Sole Survivor, Deacon and Tinker Tom lead a secret raid to destroy the Prydwen.
- With Our Powers Combined - The Brotherhood have caused enough trouble, lead the Minutemen to destroy the Prydwen.
- The Prydwen will show up right after the main quest Reunions is finished, flying in over the western mountain range of the map and making its way across the Commonwealth, until it finally anchors above the Boston Airport. After this, the Sole Survivor can visit it during the Brotherhood of Steel quest Shadow of Steel offered by Paladin Danse.
- If the Sole Survivor has not yet dealt with the Brotherhood of Steel right after the Prydwen shows up (by avoiding the Cambridge Police Station), the optional Brotherhood quest Reveille begins, where it is only referenced as "the Brotherhood of Steel airship."
- Its remains can be visited if destroyed, and respawning Brotherhood corpses can be found and looted. Brotherhood of Steel scribes, knights and paladins may appear and attack the Sole Survivor.
- Bringing certain companions onto the Prydwen will cause different reactions from the Brotherhood personnel.
- Bringing Nick aboard will cause a generic Brotherhood member to exclaim that "machines shouldn't have free will," leading Nick to rhetorically ask if he believes that because he gave up his a long time ago. Another scenario is a generic Brotherhood member will state that Nick "disgusts" them, and Nick will retort that "the feeling's mutual."
- Bringing Hancock aboard will cause a member to ask the Sole Survivor if "that thing" is "tame," which causes Hancock to chuckle and mumble "hardly."
- Bringing Strong aboard causes a member to shout "mutie aboard," and Strong will say he is being too loud and he wants to throw him off the bow.
- Bringing X6-88 aboard causes a member to observe that something is "off" about the Sole Survivor's "pal," and X6-88 will state his synth designation, status as a courser and casually state the fact that he could easily kill all personnel aboard without a second thought.
- Bringing Dogmeat aboard causes some members to compliment him by saying that he is a tough looking dog, or insult him.
- When pickpocketed, most items will respawn periodically. This includes the airship captain's hat.
- The two suits of T-60 power armor at the power armor stations can be accessed via the power armor workstation, therefore be upgraded and looted without stealing if one were to unequip them.
- The amount of beds in the barracks does not provide enough accommodation for the crew on board.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Prydwen (Middle Welsh lit. "fair-faced," "handsome") is the name of King Arthur's ship in the native Welsh literature concerning the legendary character. Arthur and his men board it to sail to the Otherworldly fortress of Annwn [pronounced; ah-noon] in the somewhat cryptic poem Preiddeu Annwfn [pronounced; Prey-they--Ann-oovn] as well as when they sail to and from Ireland in the prose text Culhwch ac Olwen in an attempt to gain a magical cauldron. It is not explicitly named in any other native Arthurian tale or poem, and in the Anglo-Norman literature that drew from it Arthur does not appear to have a comparable vessel.
- It is pronounced by multiple characters different ways. Military Frequency AF95 broadcasts pronounce it "preed-win" whereas Paladin Danse pronounces it "prid-win;" the Welsh pronunciation is "prud-when."
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Stealing from the Prydwen armory can result in all Brotherhood NPCs turning hostile against the Sole Survivor. This can happen regardless of whether the Survivor is detected or not and can happen even if a Stealth Boy is used. Solutions include picking up the desired item and moving it outside the armory before stealing it. This does not alert the Brotherhood.[verified]
- This only happens if a very significant amount of loot is stolen. [verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Killing the Brotherhood lancer-sergeant on the northern Vertibird gantry may result, after a save and reload, in an invisible corpse with an untargetable version of the NPC standing over it. The invisible corpse may be looted, and may even be moved, but will revert to its original position on reload. No known fix, but ultimately harmless. This bug has also been seen on the scribes along the flight deck.[verified]
- PC Playstation 4 Xbox One Following completion of the quest Airship Down, the Prydwen will still appear as a fast travel destination in the Pip-Boy. Attempting to fast travel to the Prydwen will yield the message "Fast Travel is currently unavailable from this location" regardless of where attempted.[verified]
- PC After killing Kellogg in the quest Reunions, the Prydwen may not be seen in the sky and Military frequency AF95 may not play. This can be fixed using the console command setstage 2bf21 1 This will teleport you to the roof of the Cambridge Police Station and tell you to board the Vertibird.[verification overdue]