The Vault 8 overseer was the only overseer of Vault 8.


In 2091, 17 years after the Great War, the vault received the all-clear signal and the overseer ordered the opening of the Vault,[1] the "all-clear" signal was sent by the Enclave.[2] With the help of a Garden of Eden Creation Kit, they constructed Vault City.[3][4] In 2101 the overseer retired and a Council of Citizens was established. The council appointed the initial First Citizen, a new administerial role that superseded the overseer in the vault dwellers' new society.[5]


The Vault 8 overseer is mentioned in Fallout 2 and the Fallout Bible.


  1. The Chosen One: "{205}{}{How did you know when to leave the vault? I heard the vaults were isolated from the outside world.}"
    Joanne Lynette: "{216}{lyn020}{What you heard was incorrect. Our archives are quite clear: our vault received the all-clear signal two years after being sealed.}"
    The Chosen One: "{217}{}{The "all-clear" signal? From where?}"
    Joanne Lynette: "{223}{lyn021}{Why... from surface monitors, I suppose. I am certain there were sensors monitoring the environment. How else would the Overseer have known when it was safe to leave?}"
    The Chosen One: "{225}{}{So... the order to leave the vault came from the Overseer?}"
    Joanne Lynette: "{234}{lyn023}{Yes... at least, that's what I remember from the archives. However, I am certain many Citizens were responsible for monitoring the surface sensors.}"
    The Chosen One: "{224}{}{Do these monitors still exist? Can I see them?}"
    Joanne Lynette: "{229}{lyn022}{Quite likely they were disassembled and used as upgrades for other systems.}"
  2. Fallout Bible 4 Questions, questions: Question #7 and its response
  3. Fallout Bible 0 Vault system: "Vault 8 A control Vault, intended to open and re-colonize the surface after 10 years. Vault City is the result. Unfortunately."
  4. Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2091 Vault 8 opens, and they use their GECK to create fertile ground for their city. This eventually becomes Vault City."
  5. The Chosen One: ""[clarification needed]
    Joanne Lynette: "{272}{lyn031}{We exited the Vault 120 years ago and, with the help of our Eden kit, began construction of Vault City. Ten years later, the Overseer retired and a Council of Citizens was established. The Council appointed the initial First Citizen.}"
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