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Yes, he said he was looking into the water shortage, but I haven't heard back from him. Got the feeling he wasn't here in any official way. White was talking to me about computer stuff and water delivery schedules through the pipes, but I'm just a farmer. Tech stuff is beyond me. The last person I saw him talking to was Lieutenant Romanowski. Romanowski's around here somewhere. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

Trent Bascom is a farmer living at the NCR sharecropper farms in 2281. He can be found tending crops towards the southwestern corner of the farm.

Background[edit | edit source]

Found working on his crops in the southwestern part of the farms, Trent is one of the critics of the NCR's approach to farmers at the sharecropper farms. Originally making a living in the Hub, Trent moved to the Mojave after the Thaler Act was enacted.[1] He mentions getting by on growing maize and tobacco,[2] though the recent water shortages give him no end of troubles in meeting his quota.[3] Ignored by NCR authorities, he is prepared to give up sharecropper farming and move back to California.[4] He considers moving to Redding to work with brahmin, even though he hates working with the animals.[5]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Effects of player's actions[edit | edit source]

  • If the Courier resolves the issue in favor of Tom Anderson, the person responsible for the water being diverted, Trent will mention that he's going back to California since he has no way to meet his quota. However, if one reports and kills Anderson, his quota will be accomplished more than he thought, and will offer the player some surplus of tobbaco and maize.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Settler outfit Note from Corporal White $5 NCR x 5

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Hey, I'm just a farmer. I don't want any trouble and I don't have anything valuable."
  • "Yes, he said he was looking into the water shortage, but I haven't heard back from him. Got the feeling he wasn't here in any official way. White was talking to me about computer stuff and water delivery schedules through the pipes, but I'm just a farmer. Tech stuff is beyond me. The last person I saw him talking to was Lieutenant Romanowski. Romanowski's around here somewhere. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful."
  • "Bad soil and rationed water. It's to be expected around here, but the rationing's off. Worst part is NCR won't admit it. Pretty hard to meet their crop quotas with twenty percent less water than we're supposed to be getting. Not that OSI cares about any of this."

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Trent Bascom appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Courier: "You work these fields?"
    Trent Bascom: "Sure do. Came from The Hub on account of the Thaler Act. Farming's decent work, but the whole thing's a bum deal."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "What kind of crops do you grow?"
    Trent Bascom: "Everything I can. Farmers out here don't have the luxury of being picky. I get by mostly on maize and tobacco."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "What's the Thaler Act?"
    Trent Bascom: "Something the politicians back in Shady Sands came up with. They pay us to move here and farm the land. They even protect the fields."
    The Courier: "Why is this work a bum deal?"
    Trent Bascom: "Bad soil and rationed water. It's to be expected around here, but the rationing's off. Worst part is NCR won't admit it. Pretty hard to meet their crop quotas with twenty percent less water than we're supposed to be getting. Not that OSI cares about any of this."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Can't you just grow less crops?"
    Trent Bascom: "I wouldn't be able to meet the quota, and the NCR would kick me out of my job, anyway. Nah, it's better I get out on my own terms."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "What are you going to do now?"
    Trent Bascom: "I hear the Brahmin ranchers out in Redding are looking for some hard workers, so I might try there first. I hate working with Brahmin, though."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
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