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Ubar is an ancient city buried beneath the Rub' al Khali desert.

Background

Dating back 4,000 years before the rise of the first human civilization, artifacts were discovered here by Lorenzo Cabot during the 1894 Empty Quarter expedition.[1] Lorenzo was ridiculed by experts who doubted its existence, but archaeological evidence of Ubar and the lost civilization was uncovered during his expedition.[2] Lorenzo made only one expedition to the Empty Quarter and never published his findings, and his claims were dismissed.[3]

The findings included tools not made for human hands, disturbing geometries, proportions, and carvings that hint at dimensions beyond human knowledge.[4] His son Jack Cabot reviewed his research later in life, coming to the conclusion that his father had found the location, stating that there are enough clues to the general location that a large-scale search using aircraft might have been successful, which was not available in the first search.[5] Lorenzo Cabot wrote in his own journal regarding his findings that the city's name was not Ubar, the building he found was not a temple nor a crypt.[6]

Appearances

Ubar is mentioned only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

Ubar shares its name with the legendary lost city in Arabia known as Atlantis of the Sands, as well as the lost city Iram of the Pillars mentioned in the Quran.

References

  1. Sole Survivor: "That's really interesting."
    Jack Cabot: "I'm glad to hear you say that. It's become my life's work. My approach is to combine a rigorous scientific method while keeping an absolutely open mind. So much has been closed off to us simply because people assumed they already knew the answers. My father excavated a city in the Rub'al Khali in Arabia which he dated to more than 4,000 years before the rise of any known human civilization. The structures and artifacts were... strange. Disturbing, even. Clearly not constructed for or by humans. I've spent my life trying to decipher what he uncovered."
    (Jack Cabot's dialogue)
  2. Jack Cabot: "Yes. He spent years looking, and was widely ridiculed by the so-called experts. I'm ashamed to say even I doubted him. But in the end he found it: a lost city, buried in the sands of the Rub'al Khali, the Empty Quarter of Arabia."
    (Jack Cabot's dialogue)
  3. Jack Cabot: "You wouldn't have. My father only made one expedition to the lost city, and his findings were never published. The clues were all there, scattered amongst the earliest civilizations... but he was the only one to understand what they meant. He followed them into the Empty Quarter of Arabia, to the nameless city buried in the sand like the mythical Atlantis beneath the waves..."
    (Jack Cabot's dialogue)
  4. Jack Cabot: "Millennia older than the earliest human civilizations. But with technology that seems to have surpassed our own. And yet, everything about it is... strange. Disturbing geometries, tools not made for human hands, carvings that hint at dimensions beyond our own..."
    (Jack Cabot's dialogue)
  5. Jack Cabot: "I've lately immersed myself in Lorenzo's work like never before. I wish now I had made more effort (when it was still possible) to try to locate the site of so-called Ubar. After my initial failed attempt to find the site, I dismissed it as both hopeless and useless - better to focus my energy on the immediate problems. But now, after going over Lorenzo's papers more thoroughly, I believe there are enough clues to the general location that a large-scale search using aircraft might have been feasible - something that wasn't possible in my first attempt, of course. Maybe I could have found some other artifacts that I could have studied more directly - even if they were for completely different purposes, it would be invaluable in understanding how the ancient technology functioned.
    I've also come to realize how brilliant Lorenzo actually was. I was far too quick to dismiss his theories - ah, the arrogance of youth! I'm now convinced that his essential premise is correct - the artifact he found was not made by humans. All the evidence was there, but Lorenzo was the only one who put it all together and actually understood what it meant. A staggering thing to think of - if only he had been capable of dealing with fools a bit more diplomatically, he might have gained more general acceptance of his theories and not been driven to such secrecy in his final expeditions."
    Cabot House terminals; Terminal, 05/07/2115
  6. Lorenzo Cabot's journal
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