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University Point is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.

Background

The location consists of the remains of Mass Bay University, which had been turned into a settlement, and were then overrun by synths. Abandoned by scholars, the secrets of the research team were kept safe by coastal erosion that resulted in parts of the university having sunk into the bay and the mirelurks that claimed the abandoned sections as their nesting ground. However rundown it was, according to Railroad agent Deacon, University Point gained a second lease on life when it became the heart of Mass State, a major player in Commonwealth politics. Its forces were instrumental to victory in the Battle of Charles River.[1]

Deacon also claims that he used to roll with a local gang who operated in the town, known as the UP Deathclaws.[2] Deacon attempted to peacefully leave the gang, but the Deathclaws later killed Deacon's wife after discovering she was a synth, leading to Deacon killing the majority of their members.[3]

Afterward, University Point remained a major trading outpost, trading razorgrain[4] for additional tech, such as generators (although the town limited its exports to 20% of crop yield in 2285).[5] However, the settlement's good fortune did not last. In August 2285, on a scavenging trip into an old building, a young resident by the name of Jacqueline Spencer salvaged an old hard drive from Campbell's office. She was the local tech wizard, responsible for reactivating the town's mail relay and enabling citizens to send emails to each other.[6] The hard drive was intended as a replacement, but Jacqueline let her curiosity get the better of her and investigated its contents instead of formatting it.[7] When she realized that she discovered Campbell's research on reactor efficiency, she immediately sought out a passing caravan to find a buyer for the information, agreeing to a 25/75 split of the hundreds of caps promised.[8]

The trader was an Institute informant during a time when the organization was looking for reactor research all over the Commonwealth.[9] As the hard drive's contents were vital to the Institute, Conrad Kellogg was sent to demand that the town hand it over, with the implied threat of force if it failed to comply. The town turned on the Spencers as a result.[10] Bert Strickland, mayor of University Point, managed to keep the tensions contained for a while, though violence nearly broke out when Perry Owens suggested that Jacqueline be turned over to the Institute and her father, Gerald Spencer, attacked him. Gerald was convinced it was a con to gain the data for free.[11] However, rumors circulated. One of those, started by Martha Cole, implied the Institute demanded the settlement's children.[12] Another denizen suggested a nuke was hidden in the town to detonate if they did not surrender their harvest.[13] A mob was forming, and lynching was only a matter of time, with Owens ready to be the first to grab a pitchfork.[14]

Gerald grounded his daughter for her own protection and Jacqueline obeyed, despite her initial misgivings.[15] However, that did not spare her the residents' anger, as the town used the email relay she restored to flood her inbox with hateful messages.[16] As the atmosphere heated up, Gerald found himself at a loss.[17] The mayor was his friend, and the one who had suggested keeping his daughter inside.[18] However, another resident also expressed what Gerald feared: the Spencers were vulnerable at University Point as a result of Jacqueline's actions, and if the Institute did not get to them, then their neighbors would. She suggested the Spencers should leave the Commonwealth entirely.[19]

Mayor Strickland's advice was sound, though he did not anticipate that the Institute would not take kindly to a town not following orders. Synths from the Institute descended on the outpost in late August and wiped the trading post off the map. Jacqueline believed that she may have figured out where the data was at the same time, but it was too late, as the attacks had already begun.[20] The denizens put up a fight, but they stood no chance of repulsing the synths. Some chose to take their own lives, rather than await execution. During the fighting, an explosion in the service tunnels under Sedgwick Hall killed many, released a large amount of radioactive material, and caused the building to partially collapse.[21] The Minutemen were contacted at some point prior to the attack, but Preston Garvey remarks that they arrived too late to save the settlers.[22]

Layout

This area is the site of an unmarked quest that will require the player character to visit several of the buildings. Most of the terminals containing clues are in the partly-sunken administration building, Sedgwick Hall, on the eastern side of the settlement. By the time the Sole Survivor arrives, the area is swarming with synths belonging to the Institute, as well as mirelurks. The synths may be hostile, depending on the Sole Survivor's relationship with the Institute.

Exterior

The location is an abandoned settlement, bordered by a thick defensive wall consisting of old buildings patched together with sheet metal walls. Within lie stalls and shacks that once housed the population of the town, now dead or ran off by Institute synths.

To the north and moving clockwise, there is: a former armor store, with an armor workbench and a cooking stove; a former weapons shop, with a weapons workbench and a cooking station; a liquor store, with an Expert-locked safe on the first floor and a chemistry station on the second floor; Sedgwick Hall, with an Expert-locked safe on the floor below the roof at the southeast corner of the ruined exterior structure; a large cafe, with the mayor's terminal on the top floor; and University Credit Union.

Sedgwick Hall

University Credit Union

Notable loot

Exterior

Sedgwick Hall

University Credit Union

Related quests

Notes

  • Despite the presence of vendor stands, crafting stations, and generators, University Point cannot be used as a settlement.
  • If the location is visited after the Institute has been destroyed, the synth forces on site will be much less numerous, to the point where only one or two may be present.
  • Almost directly south of University Point, just by the water, is a random event location.
  • One of the Diamond City security guards may tell the Sole Survivor about the location of University Point. If this happens, the map will be updated if University Point has not yet been visited.[23]
  • When at this location, companions make comments, which are activated just inside the gate.
Location comments
Character Comment
Cait "Institute didn't leave much left, did they."
Codsworth "It looks like this was once quite the settlement, sir/mum. I hate to think what became of the settlers."
Curie "Oh, Mass State. Perhaps some scientists live there. I hope we meet them."
Danse "Now maybe you'll believe me when I tell you that the Institute cares very little about the Commonwealth."
Deacon "A very long time ago, Mass State was one of the big players in the Commonwealth. Without them we'd have lost the Battle of Charles River. Look at it now..."
John Hancock "All this? This is how the Institute deals with folks in the Commonwealth."
Nick Valentine "Mass State was a real nice settlement in its day. But once the Institute had its way with it..."
Piper Wright "All this destruction. All the work of the Institute."
Preston Garvey "The Institute massacred this whole settlement a few years back. It was all over before the Minutemen could respond."
Robert MacCready "Institute turned this place into a slaughterhouse. Didn't leave a soul alive."
X6-88 "I heard about the battle here. It must have been impressive to see an army of synths in action."

Appearances

University Point only appears in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

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Bugs

PCPC The main first-floor entrance doors to Sedgwick Hall might not function. To resolve the issue, save and reload, or fast travel and return. Alternatively, there is an eastern third-floor entrance, which can be accessed by going around to the east side of the building past the clutches of mirelurk eggs found throughout this destroyed exterior area. Another access method is to climb to the top of the rear of the building, walk over the roof, then drop down to the balcony, where a blue door allows access to the west side of the third floor.[verified]

Gallery

References

  1. Deacon: "A very long time ago, Mass State was one of the big players in the Commonwealth. Without them we'd have lost the Battle of Charles River. Look at it now..."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  2. Deacon: "Hey. I got something important to say. I really appreciate you putting up with my bullshit. Truth is it's been a long time since I've had a... friend. I'm a liar. Everyone knows it. I make no secret of it. Because the truth is: I'm a fraud. To my core. When I was young, a hell of a long time ago, I was... well, scum. I was a bigot. A very violent bigot."
    The Sole Survivor: "Were you really that bad?"
    Deacon: "Worse than that."
    The Sole Survivor: "You trying to sell me another of your lies? Really?"
    Deacon: "Just hear me out. Make your judgments then."
    The Sole Survivor: "We all make mistakes when we're young."
    Deacon: "A mistake or two, yeah. But what I did."
    Deacon: "I ran with a gang in University Point. We called ourselves the UP Deathclaws. For kicks we'd terrorize anyone that we thought was a synth. We kept egging each other on. Started with some property damage graduated to some beat downs. Then, inevitably, a lynching. The Claw's leader was convinced we'd finally found and killed a synth. Looking back, I'm not so sure."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  3. The Sole Survivor: "Sounds like karma sucker punched you."
    Deacon: "That she most certainly did. I don't remember much clearly after that. I know I killed most of the Claws. I must've made a big impression."
    (Deacon's dialogue)
  4. A razorgrain field grows in the central square.
  5. University Point terminal entries; mayor's terminal, Town Council Logs, 2285.7.1
  6. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, She actually did it
  7. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Good find
  8. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Score!
  9. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, Today is terrible!!!
  10. University Point council meeting
  11. University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [GSpencer]- Jacqueline
  12. University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [MCole] - The Institute!?
  13. University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [MLawson] - Giving up our kids?
  14. University Point terminal entries; Mayor's terminal, [CCole] - Sorry about Martha
  15. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, [GSpencer]- No More Scavenging
  16. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Jacq's terminal, [POwens] - You stupid girl
  17. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, I don't know what to do
  18. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's Terminal, [BStrickland] - Keep Jaqcueline inside
  19. Sedgwick Hall terminal entries; Gerald's terminal, [SCooper] - Get out while you can
  20. Jacq's note
  21. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition pp.518-519: "[18.09] UNIVERSITY POINT
    This once-thriving settlement was built into the ruins of the old university. Approximately one year before current events, synths from the Institute wiped this trading post off the map after a disagreement regarding classified research. An explosion in the service tunnels under Sedgwick Hall killed many, released a large amount of radioactive material, and caused the building to partly collapse."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
  22. Preston Garvey: "The Institute massacred this whole settlement a few years back. It was all over before the Minutemen could respond."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  23. Diamond City security: "I'm tellin' ya, it ain't just a story. University Point? That settlement on the coast? Wiped out. By synths."
    (Diamond City security's dialogue)
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