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"All Clear Signal"
This utopia is free from crimes and other sociological ills that inflict the other communities in Northern California. It has existed independent since its emergence from Vault 8, and maintains a thriving economy based on exporting medical technology to Outsider communities in Northern California.First Citizen travel log

Vault City is a high-tech settlement in western Nevada, established by the inhabitants of Vault 8 after the Great War, which is best known for their medical technology, most advanced within New California. Vault City can be found twenty-one squares east and four squares south of Arroyo.

History[edit | edit source]

Vault 8[edit | edit source]

Vault 8 was one of the few control vaults[1] that had no specific experiment designed for it thus it functioned almost exactly to the residents' expectations. The vault was designed to house a hundred or so people. Vault-Tec Industries, to ensure a bright future for the vault inhabitants, planned to have two G.E.C.K.'s located in Vault 8. Due to logistical errors by the government, Vault 8 received a shipment with hundreds of water chips meant for Vault 13, which as a result received an additional GECK.[2] In 2091, 14 years after the Great War, the vault received the all-clear signal and the Overseer ordered the opening of the vault doors.[3][4] While many citizens were responsible for monitoring the surface sensors,[5] the "all-clear" signal was sent by the Enclave.[6]

Vault City[edit | edit source]

In the following years, Vault City was built through the hard work and suffering of many people.[7] By using their only GECK, combined with power from Vault 8's fusion generator, they created fertile grounds and buildings.[4] In 2092, Richard Moreau was exiled for murder. The details of the murder are unknown and judging from the hypocrisy filling Vault City, the entire incident is questionable.[8][9] In 2101 the overseer retired and a Council of Citizens was established. The Council appointed the initial First Citizen.[10]

Years after residents of Vault 8 emerged, the shelter was used primarily as a medical center, the best available in post-war America. From the beginning Vault City is one of the most advanced factions in the wasteland, possessing cutting edge medical technology, allowing it to mass-produce medical supplies and chems (such as super stimpaks) as well as perform radiation removal and sophisticated surgical procedures, including replacement of lost limbs and organs via cloning[11] and grafting armor plating to one's skeleton.[12] It is the only place that has information about the combat implant schematics. Vault City quickly became an important part of Big Circle caravan trail.[13]

In 2232 Leonard Boyarsky was exiled for murder and unauthorized research. The research allegations revolved around some tampering with the pregnancy cycles in the Auto-Doc that apparently put all of Vault 8 in danger, but the details were deleted from the Vault 8 computer.[14]

NCR expansion and trouble with Gecko[edit | edit source]

In 2235 the town of Gecko was founded. Later that year, the community of Gecko managed to reactivate the nuclear power plant that the town was built around. This didn't go unnoticed by Vault City, who started to look upon their new neighbors with growing concern.[15] As it turned out, the plant was in a serious state of disrepair, as of 2239[16] it began leaking waste into the local groundwater, which eventually made the entire reservoir, from which Vault City drew water for their wells, poisonous.[17] Any person who drank water from the wells would contract radiation sickness,[18] in some cases fatally so,[19] and Vault City's medical experts were concerned if the problem wasn't addressed, it could lead to sterility and/or chromosomal damage in the population.[20] As a result, the citizens' attitude towards the ghouls turned from suspicion into open animosity and even outright antipathy, as they accused Gecko of committing terror against Vault City, and although the ghouls repeatedly attempted to contact Vault City for technical help, their emissaries were always shot on sight.[21]

Meanwhile, the expanding NCR considered Vault City a fantastic candidate for inclusion into its growing organism, however, offers of joining were repeatedly declined, with Vault City preferring to stay independent. With no progress being made on the diplomatic side, the NCR Congress approved a secret initiative intended to force Vault City to join. The person selected to carry out this campaign of terror against Vault City was John Bishop of New Reno, who later employed mercenaries to act as raiders and regularly attack Vault City to eventually force it into NCR's hands. In 2239 Thomas Moore, an NCR agent comes to Vault City and becomes one of its citizens. After one year he changed politically, actively seeking to convince the Citizens of Vault City to turn to democracy.[22][23] As a result of his actions he is treated like an idiot, rather than a citizen. Not one citizen takes his words seriously about democracy.[24] Although his demagogy was not effective, he did manage to steal some Vault City technology.[25]

In February 2241 Vault City rejects offers of an alliance with both the Bishop family of New Reno and the NCR.[26] In March, raider attacks on caravans to Vault City begin.[27] The NCR has been getting more aggressive in their attempts to get Vault City to join the Republic, telling Vault City Councillors, if they were to join, the NCR would be able to defend Vault City from the raider attacks. Due to refusals to NCR, with the passage of time raider attacks have become more brutal.[16] Finally, during their last attack, they disabled a laser turret on the western perimeter. Despite having a clear shot into the city, they were ordered to fall back by one of their "captains." This made no sense to Sergeant Stark, who witnessed it.[28] John Bishop under pressure from the NCR, tried to get a current roster of all Vault City's guards. So he could see if he could "get" to one of them with drugs or other "convincing," which he ultimately failed.[25]

Joining the Republic[edit | edit source]

One of the key limiting factors of Vault City was the fact that its nuclear reactor, housed in Vault 8, was not designed for the strain of powering an entire settlement. By 2241, it was operating at peak capacity, making further growth impossible. The only way to prevent that would be to source power from another location, such as Gecko.[29] Without additional power, Vault City's reactor would burn out within 15 years, dooming the settlement.[30]

Its power issues were eventually resolved, but despite its attempts to control Northern California, Vault City ultimately ended up joining the New California Republic, as it steadily spread northwards since establishing a foothold in Vault 15. By 2281, the NCR firmly controlled the entire north, including Redding, once contested by Vault City.[31][32][33].

Layout[edit | edit source]

Vault City is a very small, but high-tech settlement. The citizen population (in all departments) was 103 in 2241, with an unspecified number of outsiders residing in the courtyard area. It was small compared to the hundreds of residents that lived in Redding or Broken Hills.

Despite its small size, the city boasts sophisticated technology, they're one of the most advanced factions in the wasteland, possessing cutting edge medical technology, allowing it to mass-produce medical supplies and chems (such as stimpaks) as well as perform radiation removal and sophisticated surgical procedures, including replacement of lost limbs and organs via cloning and grafting armor plating to one's skeleton. Aside from medical technology, it's also an advanced military force, with all guards and patrolmen rigorously trained and equipped with advanced weapons and armor.

The city is ruled by a Council, led by the First Citizen, established in 2101 after the vault overseer retired. The council rules in a completely authoritarian way, controlling every aspect of life within the city. Their regulations are strict and enforced to the full extent of the law. For instance, no drugs, real alcohol (artificial imitations are legal), prostitution, gambling, or any other vices are allowed within the inner city. All citizens found breaching any regulations, be it even badmouthing the First Citizen, are usually swiftly incarcerated and reeducated. Non-Citizens, who are servants, are forbidden to even look at the city and must stare upon the ground or be punished for setting their impure eyes upon their city. Those possessing day passes are allowed a daylight tourist proceeding.

The citizens are no better, as most are extremely bigoted, hypocritical, and arrogant, treating outsiders questionably while leading mostly conformist lives, content with their state of affairs. Although healthy and very well educated, they are uncaring of the outside world. Many don't even venture beyond the protective walls of the city proper.

Central Council
Vault City Downtown Vault 8
Vault City courtyard

Courtyard[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Vault City courtyard

The courtyard is the place where outsiders (wastelanders) are settled. It isn't much, as people are disorganized, some even are locked in jail.

Downtown[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Vault City Downtown

Downtown is the area where vault citizens trade for supplies. Wasteland merchants can trade here if they have a day pass, but even then they are not to be trusted, according to the citizens.

Council[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Central Council

This is home for the vault citizens. Here is the Council building where important decisions are made for Vault City. One can apply for a citizenship test, but only if they have the skills to do it.

Vault 8[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Vault 8

Vault 8 was designed as the control group for the vault experiments. It remained in pristine condition by 2241. Every element of the vault is still intact, from the overseer's chair to the entry door. It is thanks to the vault's nuclear energy[34] production that Vault City's power is supplied, though its capacity has severely limited the expansion prospects of Vault City. The majority of the vault is now unoccupied and used for storage. Interestingly, the vault had two sets of doors - massive external blast doors and a regular, round vault-entry door.

Buildings[edit | edit source]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

Citizens[edit | edit source]

Non-citizens[edit | edit source]

Computers[edit | edit source]

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Relations with the outside[edit | edit source]

The city is very apathetic towards outsiders, generally considering them thieves and blackguards. However, if an outsider is able to pay the rent, they can live in the "courtyard" of the Vault City, protected by its walls and heavy laser turrets, but with no access to other city services, like the amenities office or the vault medical lab, as those are reserved for full citizens. The courtyard is kept peaceful and protected from the raiders of the wastes by Vault City, but its denizens are subjected to harsh rules or regulations and taxed heavily. Denizens of the courtyard feel squeezed between the desolate horror of the wastes outside and the suffocating repression of Vault City: they hold both new arrivals from the wasteland and the citizens of Vault City in contempt.

Outsiders can enjoy the benefits of the city if they become servants, which unofficially means becoming slaves. Vault City residents claim that it's just because they give the servants shelter, food, and protection, but people like Thomas Moore object to this heavily, and call it hypocrisy since they frown at those who openly call it slavery (the Den, for instance).

Despite their antipathy to the outside, the city maintains regular caravan routes with other cities, trading its superior medical technology for raw materials, fuel, mechanical equipment, and other items.[35]

Day passes[edit | edit source]

Day passes are issued to non-citizens able to provide a bona fide reason for entering Vault City. (Examples: slaves, uranium, gold, or gecko pelt traders, diplomats, and non-citizen agents of Vault City.) Day passes allow non-citizen access to Vault City proper during daylight hours (8:00 am until 6:00 pm) but not the original Vault 8 itself. While the customs office is nominally strict in its rules regarding the issuance of day passes, there are some corrupt elements willing to sell false citizenship papers. Perhaps the easiest approach to gain one is to remove one's armor to reveal their jumpsuit before talking to Wallace, who will grant immediate access and advise going to see First Citizen Lynette immediately.

Gecko[edit | edit source]

Gecko, the settlement of ghouls in the north-east has been more trouble for Vault City. Apparently, they wanted some medicine and supplies for their health, but considering their appearance, Vault City objected, so Gecko ghouls do not trust them, calling them foul and poisoning the water supplies, so Vault City needs to shut down their power plant.

Redding[edit | edit source]

Although Redding may appear unassuming, it has great economic clout. Redding is Northern California's primary producer and distributor of gold. Being the center of gold mining several larger political factions have volleyed for control of Redding to gain dominance in the gold trade. Vault City advocates claim it's the only city that can fully utilize Redding's potential and dismiss any worries that they might turn it into a slave labor camp. Doc Johnson is a staunch supporter of Vault City, turning a blind eye to the obvious mistreatment of non-citizens within its walls. He is one of the potential candidates for the office of mayor, and wants to put an end to the miners' dependence on jet.

There is an active trade route between Redding and Vault City trading gold for medical supplies[36]

New California Republic[edit | edit source]

The expanding Republic considered Vault City an ideal candidate for inclusion into its growing nation, however, offers of joining were repeatedly declined, with Vault City preferring to stay independent. With no progress being made on the diplomatic side, the NCR Congress approved a secret initiative intended to force Vault City to join.

Broken Hills[edit | edit source]

Despite being warned to "avoid Broken Hills at ALL costs," Vault City and Broken Hills maintain trade relations, trading uranium for medical supplies (in particular Rad-X and RadAway).[37]

Military Forces[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Vault City guard

The Vault City guard is the direct descendant of the vault security team - a vault police force. Vault City guards act as a universal military force, enforcing the law within the town, defending it, and securing Vault City's perimeter. While small, it is extremely well trained and equipped, able to deal with any threats when supported by laser turrets of the city, save for an all-out siege.

Main article: Captain of the Guard

Captain of the Guard is a title granted by the First Citizen of Vault City to exemplary citizens that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the city's interest and independence. In essence, it is the highest military rank one can hold, giving them full authority over the military might of Vault City.

Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Generally, the only normal way to become a Citizen of Vault City is to be born into it. Personal intervention by the Senior Councilor (in 2241 McClure) or the First Citizen (in 2241 Lynette) can grant non-citizen citizenship (though this is never done lightly). In addition, non-citizens can take a citizenship test (administered by the Proconsul; Gregory in 2241), which is intentionally designed to be so difficult as to be virtually impossible by someone not of extraordinary intelligence, perception, and luck. The test is so difficult that the majority of born citizens would fail it were they to take it. Some of the subjects covered by it include advanced mathematics, spatial relations, deductive reasoning, and language comprehension. A thorough physical exam is also included.

Full Citizens have access to all of Vault City, including the original Vault 8 itself, although few people still use it much, except for its medical bay, and it is mostly used for storage (including a huge number of water chips, which were accidentally shipped to Vault 8 instead of Vault 13, while Vault 8's second G.E.C.K was shipped to Vault 13 instead of Vault 8).[38]

Related quests[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Vault City is the only location to set a starting reputation to Antipathy, this is because the residents see the Chosen One (and any companion they might be bringing) as just another wastelander.
  • With a little engine abuse, the vault can be entered prior to becoming a citizen. Get close to the vault without initiating dialogue with the guards, then walk inside in combat mode. The guards and citizens won't turn hostile as long as nobody is attacked while doing this.

Vault City travel log[edit | edit source]

Vault City
  • Vault City: This utopia is free from crimes and other sociological ills that inflict the other communities in Northern California. It has existed independent since its emergence from Vault 8, and maintains a thriving economy based on exporting medical technology to Outsider communities in Northern California. All Citizens are encouraged to remain in Vault City whenever possible.
  • Population: Current Census 103 Citizens.
  • Government: First Citizen and Council.
  • Background radiation count: Files have been deleted, missing the following strings: [-$Gecko-/-$GroundwaterContamination-]
  • Mutation rate: Files have been deleted, missing the following strings: [-$Birthrate %-]Vault City travel log

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Vault City appears only in Fallout 2. It is also mentioned by Rose of Sharon Cassidy in Fallout: New Vegas,[32][33] Ulysses in Lonesome Road,[39] and Sarah Grey in the Fallout Pen and Paper d20 intro.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 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."
  2. The Chosen One: "{166}{}{I'm looking for a Garden of Eden Creation Kit.}"
    McClure: "{169}{}{A GECK? As I understand it, we only had one. I read that it lasted a long time but it broke down a number of years before I was even born. We were supposed to have two...}"
    The Chosen One: "{170}{}{Supposed to?}"
    "{171}{}{... but apparently the old government messed up the shipments and we received a shipment that was meant to go to a Vault number... thirteen, I think it was. They probably received our other GECK.}"
    The Chosen One: "{172}{}{What was in the shipment that was meant for Vault 13?}"
    McClure: "{176}{}{Water Chips, a hundred or so. I don't know why they sent so many... we have never needed to replace ours. We have had the same water chip since the day our people lived underground in the Vault.}"
    The Chosen One: "{177}{}{What happened to the GECK that broke down?}"
    McClure: "{181}{}{It was disassembled, and its parts were used for other applications.}"
    (Vcmclure.msg)
  3. Vault City central computer's information: "{238}{}{According to the archives, there is no GECK currently in stock at Vault City's Amenities Office. The people of Vault City seem to have used the only one they had to help establish the place when they came to the surface.}"
    "{239}{}{Scroll through the remaining information.}"
    "{240}{}{From what you can make out in the archives, two GECKs were part of every Vault's standard inventory package. Only one was shipped to Vault 8, however.}"
    "{241}{}{Cross-reference the GECK shipment information.}"
    "{244}{}{Due to a shipping error, it appears Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for another Vault. The other Vault most likely received Vault 8's second GECK.}"
  4. 4.0 4.1 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: "{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.}"
    (Vclynett.msg)
  6. Fallout Bible 4 Questions, questions: 7. When the bombs dropped, all communication between the vaults where severed, so if their was no way to communicate with the vaults how did the Enclave send a massage to Vault 13 telling the people its time to go?
    Communication between Vaults was never in place (it might ruin the experiments), but communication with the government/Enclave/Vault-Tec was a different story... they needed some way of monitoring the vaults.
    The Enclave, having access to the Vault-Tec construction plans (not too surprising, considering the fact that the Vaults were funded by the government) had a way of monitoring events taking place within the Vaults... not only could they access their computers and systems remotely, (including PIPBoys and the personal logs of the Vault Dwellers), but the early Overseers of most of the Vaults knew of the ties to the government, and it was part of their duties to download information on the citizens and the Vault into an computer archive that the government could easily access.
    Their tie to the Vault computers also gave the Enclave the ability to override any Vault locking mechanism and send an all-clear signal to sealed Vaults, coaxing the inhabitants to come outside.
    Again, almost no Vault Dwellers were ever aware of this. For some Fallout 2 relevant information on the matter, here's what the player says in Fallout 2, and here's what Lynette says in response:
    Note: As evidenced below, keep in mind that Lynette's archives are suspect, and they should not be treated as truth.


    Player: How did you know *when* to leave the vault? I heard the vaults were isolated from the outside world.
    Lynette: What you heard was incorrect. Our archives are quite clear: our vault received the all-clear signal two years after being sealed.
    Player: The all-clear signal? From where?
    Lynette: (Confused) 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?
    Player: So... the order to leave the vault came from the Overseer?
    Lynette: Yes... (Thinking, uncertain) ...at least, that is what I remember from the archives. (Confidence returns) However, I am certain many Citizens were responsible for monitoring the surface sensors.
    Player: Really? Do these monitors still exist? Can I see them?
    Lynette: (Angry, not certain where the player is going with this, but doesn’t like it.) Quite likely they were disassembled and used as upgrades for other systems.

    And that's all she wrote - it is a dark foreshadowing to what was really going on in these cauldrons of evil.
    In any event, I remember having a conversation with the designers about the Overseers roles in the Vaults, and the early Overseers were the ones tasked with supplying information to the government... although when the world blew up, there wasn't really anyone to supply it to anymore, since the Enclave took some time to get back up and running.
    In any event, enough blather. Hope that helps.

  7. Joanne Lynette: "{604}{lyn095}{Vault City was built through the hard work and suffering of many Citizens. The outside world should look to our example and follow it, not sit outside our walls and beg for handouts.}"
  8. Fallout Bible 0: "2092 Dr. Richard Moreau is exiled from Vault City for murder. The circumstances surrounding the murder are unknown, but he changes his last name to Grey and heads south."
  9. Fallout Bible 0: 4. So richard grey was the first vault dweller not the main character in FO1, and why did he left his vault??? - Deadlus
    "According to Lynette in Fallout 2, Richard was exiled from Vault 8 for murder. The details of the murder are unknown and judging from the hypocrisy filling Vault City, the entire incident is questionable."
    "One question is from Peeyack, sent via Kreegle of Duck and Cover fame:"
  10. 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.}"
    (Vclynett.msg)
  11. The Chosen One: "{290}{}{You mentioned before you were a doctor... I'm something of a doctor myself.}"
    Troy: "{124}{}{You are? It's a pleasure to meet you. If you have the time, perhaps we could compare notes? It is not often that I get the chance to speak to another physician.}"
    The Chosen One: "{125}{}{Absolutely. I'd love to learn some of the medical techniques you Citizens use.}"
    Troy: "{128}{}{Excellent! Well, first, let me take you on a tour. Over here, we have the monitoring systems...}"
    "{130}{}{... and that is how we can clone cells to make replacement limbs. We have to be careful that the tissue cultures don't get contaminated, but... in any event, I think I've talked enough... hope it was informative.}"
    The Chosen One: "{132}{}{Thanks for the tour, Doctor Troy. It's been very educational.}"
    (VCDRTROY.MSG)
  12. Vault City Inoculations
  13. The Chosen One: "{175}{}{Does Vault City have much contact with the outside world?}"
    Lydia: "{195}{}{Not much. Most contact we have with Outsiders is merchants travelling the Big Circle caravan trail from Broken Hills, New Reno, and Redding. Only other place outside the caravan trail that I know of is Gecko.}"
    (Vcdwnbar.msg)
  14. Fallout Bible 5: "8. Hi, In the last "Fallout Bible" update there was a question about Richard Grey and why he was exiled from Vault City. I remember that there was another person exiled from the VC - Leonard Boyarski. He also was exiled for a murder but I'm curious how did he die? I've found his grave on the Golgotha and it's quite surprising. ps. If there are any mistakes, sorry for my English. :-)
    Boyarsky was an in-joke to Leonard Boyarsky who originally worked on F1 and parts of F2 (one of the five billion developer references in Fallout 1 and 2). I think the name was originally Jason Anderson in the text, but I don't remember. Boyarsky was exiled for murder and unauthorized research (the research allegations revolved around some tampering with the pregnancy cycles in the Auto-Doc that apparently put all of Vault 8 in danger, but the details were deleted from the Vault 8 computer). His crime occurred many years after Grey's alleged crime, but Boyarsky only got as far as Reno with a traveling caravan before he was robbed and killed by Reno toughs who saw him as an easy mark (which pretty much is true for everyone traveling from Vault City). His reasons for traveling south were unknown, but it is rumored his original destination was east of Reno - even though explorers report there is nothing out there except desert and deathclaws."
    "This next one is from John Olivas:"
  15. Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2235 While there had already been a small number of ghouls in Gecko at this time, more come to the area, and the town of Gecko is formed. The new influx of ghouls bring scavenged technology and know-how, and the power plant in Gecko becomes operational later that year. Vault City looks upon their new neighbors with growing concern."
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Chosen One: "{186}{}{"Trying times?" What do you mean?}"
    McClure: "{220}{}{Things have been tough these last two years. The NCR has been getting more aggressive in their attempts to get Vault City to join the Republic.}"
    "{221}{}{They tell us that if we were to join, they would be able to defend us from the raider attacks on our city. As of late, these raider attacks have become more brutal.}"
    "{222}{}{On top of all of this, we have ghouls in Gecko contaminating our groundwater.}"
    (Vcmclure.msg)
  17. The Chosen One: "{208}{}{What can you tell me about Gecko?}"
    Gregory: "{219}{}{Gecko? It's a filthy shantytown to the north, inhabited by those creatures, those... "ghouls." They're responsible for poisoning our groundwater, you know! It's an obvious act of terrorism against Vault City!}"
    The Chosen One: "{220}{}{How are they poisoning the water?}"
    Gregory: "{223}{}{Their shantytown is built around the remains of an old atomic power plant... a plant they SOMEHOW started up again and that is now leaking radiation! Those creatures need to be driven out and that plant shut down!}"
    (VCGreg.msg)
  18. Charlie: "{126}{}{Last time I drink the damned water in this town, that's fer sure.}"
    "{127}{}{Surprised I still ain't glowing...}"
    "{128}{}{Damn Rad-Away gives me the runs...}"
    "{129}{}{Thanks, stranger. I appreciate your help... I couldn't afford the Autodoc.}"
    (VCCharly.msg)
  19. Valerie: "{262}{}{Dad?!}"
    {263}{}{2 Seconds}
    Vic: "{264}{}{Valerie?! Honey, is that you?}"
    • {265}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{266}{}{Where the hell have you been?! Still running around the wastes, selling shiny junk to tribals?}"
      {267}{}{4 Seconds}
      Vic: "{268}{}{Uh, heh-heh... ignore her, Boss, she doesn't know what she's saying... Val, honey... you see, there were slavers and...}"
      {269}{}{4 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{270}{}{Cut the crap, Dad. Are you STILL calling everybody you meet "Boss?" I always hated that about you.}"
      {271}{}{4 Seconds}
      Vic: "{272}{}{Valerie, honey, please... let me explain... you see...}
      {273}{}{2 Seconds, then Fade Out}
      Vic: "{274}{}{... and that's how we got out of the Den.}"
      {275}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{276}{}{What a load of brahmin crap.}"
      {277}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{278}{}{It's the truth!}
      {279}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{280}{}{Don't you start. I'm glad Mom isn't here to hear this.}"
      {281}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{282}{}{What? What happened to your mother?}"
      {283}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{284}{}{Brain fever. Caught it out on the wastes. Probably looking for YOU.}"
      {285}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{286}{}{Oh. I... uh... I'm sorry, Val.}"
      {287}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{288}{}{I'm just kidding.}"
      {289}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{290}{}{Wh -?!}"
      {291}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{292}{}{She actually died of radiation poisoning. She drank some of the unfiltered water from the courtyard well.}"
      {293}{}{4 Seconds}
      Vic: "{294}{}{Wha... what?!}"
      {295}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{296}{}{Wasn't your fault. She had too many rads running through her system for Dr. Troy to save her. She was glowing like a lamp.}"
      {297}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{298}{}{Oh. I... well, I...}"
      {299}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{300}{}{Don't worry. She was pretty batty before that, anyway. It was only a matter of time.}"
      {301}{}{3 Seconds}
      Vic: "{302}{}{I'm still sorry I didn't get a chance to see her again.}"
      {303}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{304}{}{No, you aren't. You used to call her the 'desert viper,' didn't you?}"
      {305}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{306}{}{Well... yes. But you shouldn't call your mother th--}"
      {307}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{308}{}{Why not? It was true. She could be an awful bitch when she wanted to be.}"
      {309}{}{3 Seconds}
      Vic: "{310}{}{Uh... you look like you've done well for yourself. Inherited your father's knack for repairing stuff, it seems.}"
      {311}{}{4 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{312}{}{Dad... you can barely tie your shoelaces, much less repair anything with moving parts.}"
      {313}{}{3 Seconds}
      Vic: "{314}{}{Wh-?! The devil you say!}"
      {315}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{316}{}{Let's ask your "boss."}"
      {317}{}{2 Seconds}
      The Chosen One: "{318}{}{Well... he can fix radios. And stuff.}"
      {320}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{321}{}{If you give him ALL the parts, right?}"
      The Chosen One: "{324}{}{Well, yes.}"
      {326}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{327}{}{Ha! I knew it. Sloppy, sloppy.}"
      Valerie: "{328}{}{Your "boss" is probably better at fixing things than you are.}"
      {329}{}{2 Seconds}
      Vic: "{330}{}{Well, Val, last I saw you, you could barely tell a lug nut from a wrench.}"
      {331}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{332}{}{Keep it up, Dad, and you'll NEED a wrench to get my boot out of your ass.}"
      {333}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{334}{}{Oh, yeah?! Well, "honey," you better watch it or -}"
      {335}{}{2 Seconds}
      The Chosen One: "{336}{}{Shut up! Shut up both of you! This has gone on LONG ENOUGH! Now, c'mon, Vic, let's get going.}"
      {338}{}{3 Seconds}
      Vic: "{339}{}{We'll talk later, Val.}"
      {340}{}{2 Seconds}
      Valerie: "{341}{}{Yeah, sure, Dad.}"
      {342}{}{2 Seconds}
      {343}{}{Fade out for 3 Seconds}(Vcmainwk.msg)
  20. The Chosen One: "{173}{}{Can you tell me about Vault City?}"
    Phyllis: "{199}{}{Vault City? Well, actually, there's not much to say. I mean, I've been a Citizen all my life... but there's not much to do in Vault City. At all.}"
    The Chosen One: "{201}{}{Nothing at all? Come on.}"
    Phyllis: "{204}{}{Look, I know you're a new Citizen and all, and I don't mean to throw a damper on your Citizenship, but this City can be VERY dull at times.}"
    The Chosen One: "{205}{}{Dull? How so?}"
    Phyllis: "{208}{}{I mean, have you noticed how similar everyone is? And OLD? Most of the seminars and extracurricular activities are geared towards octogenarians. I'm barely twenty-five, and this city makes me feel like I'm fifty.}"
    The Chosen One: "{210}{}{Speaking of old, I noticed there aren't any children in the city.}"
    Phyllis: "{216}{}{Well... yes. Actually, there aren't. Yet. I don't know if anyone told you yet, Vault City is a planned community. We're not due for another pregnancy cycle until a few years from now.}"
    The Chosen One: "{217}{}{Uh... a pregnancy cycle?}"
    Phyllis: "{220}{}{Yes. Pregnancies are permitted only during certain years established by the Council.}"
    The Chosen One: "{221}{}{What if you get pregnant anyway?}"
    The Chosen One: "{225}{}{Uh, last I heard, SEX can make someone pregnant.}"
    Phyllis: "{228}{}{Oh, you mean intercourse? Intercourse is still allowed outside of pregnancy cycles.}"
    The Chosen One: "{229}{}{Doesn't that make people pregnant?}"
    Phyllis: "{232}{}{Oh, no, no... you see, our pregnancies don't result from intercourse.}"
    Phyllis: "{236}{}{Male Citizens "donate" to the Auto-Doc here in the Vault and the most favorable matches are chosen by the computer. Then the appropriate female Citizen is seeded by the Auto-Doc.}"
    The Chosen One: "{238}{}{Don't people still get pregnant from intercourse? What about accidental pregnancies?}"
    Phyllis: "{251}{}{Well, actually... you see, this is something I've been thinking about recently, but Citizens don't seem to have accidental pregnancies. The only successful pregnancies have been facilitated by the Auto-Doc.}"
    The Chosen One: "{252}{}{You know, background radiation might be resulting in sterility or even worse, chromosomal damage. Might be worth checking out.}"
    Phyllis: "{255}{}{You know, I was thinking the same thing. Maybe I should mention it to Dr. Troy. He's been too busy to look into it recently, but the next pregnancy cycle IS coming up, so...}"
    The Chosen One: "{257}{}{Mentioning it to Dr. Troy would be a good idea. Good luck.}"
    (Vcnancy.msg)
  21. The Chosen One: "{262}{}{Vault City wouldn’t give you the part? Even if it means that the groundwater won’t be polluted anymore?}"
    Harold: "{274}{hld53}{Well, they’d only help us if they thought it was in their own best interest to do so. Huh. Not much chance of that happening.}"
    The Chosen One: "{275}{}{Hmm, you may be right. Still if someone could convince them that they should help you….}"
    Harold: "{276}{hld54}{They shoot ghouls on sight. Makes conversation a bit tricky.}"
    (Gcharold.msg)
  22. Joanne Lynette: "{595}{lyn093}{No. He is not a TRUE Citizen... not anymore. When he came to us two years ago, he seemed everything we would want in a Citizen. But just a year later he... changed. He turned against us.}"
  23. Joanne Lynette: "{566}{lyn088}{He constantly seeks to convince the Citizens to turn Vault City into a..."democracy," as he calls it, with everyone having a say in laws and decision-making. *I* call it mob rule.}"
  24. The Chosen One: "{119}{}{Servant Assignment Center? What's that?}"
    Barkus: "{133}{}{Citizens who need help with menial tasks come here to have a Servant assigned to them for the day.}"
    The Chosen One: "{134}{}{That sounds a lot like slavery.}"
    Barkus: "{142}{}{I'd watch that kind of talk if I were you. It is NOT slavery. We take care of these refugees, and they have a good life...better than they would get in the wastes.}"
    The Chosen One: "{143}{}{Where do you get them?}"
    Barkus: "{149}{}{Our Servants are usually refugees from raider attacks or contractual prisoners who wish to work off their sentence in a productive manner.}"
    The Chosen One: "{151}{}{At the cost of their freedom, eh?}"
    Barkus: "{159}{}{You sound a lot like that idiot Moore...just what Vault City needs. Look, whoever you are, I have work to do, so if you'll kindly remove yourself...}"
    (Vcbarkus.msg)
  25. 25.0 25.1 Fallout Bible 8 Avalanche!: 8. And, finally, which part of VC was in Moore's briefcase?

    "8. It was two separate things: (1) two super stimpaks should appear in Bishop's inventory after you deliver the right case (super stimpaks are valuable, no matter where you are, and Bishop's always in danger of suffering head trauma from snipers - or his family), and (2) some downloads from the VC main database - which Bishop requested from Moore, although Moore didn't realize that Bishop wanted the current roster of all VC guards so he could see if he could "get" to one of them with drugs or other 'convincing.'"
  26. Fallout bible 0 Timeline repair Second strike: "2241 February Vault City rejects offers of an alliance with both the Bishop family of New Reno and NCR."
  27. Fallout bible 0 Timeline repair Second strike: "2241 March Raider attacks on caravans to Vault City begin."
  28. The Chosen One: "....."
    Stark: "{275}{}{I don't know. These raiders don't make much sense. IF they are raiders.}"
    The Chosen One: "{276}{}{What do you mean?}"
    Stark: "{279}{}{They've got heavy firepower. Expensive firepower. They know military tactics. They stay in formation. They never cross their lines of fire. And they always stop short of breaking through our defenses.}"
    The Chosen One: "{280}{}{Uh... they stop short of breaking through the defenses?}"
    Stark: "{283}{}{I've seen them do it. The last attack, they disabled a laser turret on the western perimeter. They had a clear shot into the city. Then I saw one of their "captains" ORDER them to fall back. Makes no sense.}"
    (VCSTARK.MSG)
  29. The Chosen One: "{306}{}{Well, as I understand it, Vault City's power generator can only support so many people. In fact, it's already nearing its limit.}"
    McClure: "{307}{}{I'm not going to ask you how you came by that information, but if it were true, what are you proposing?}"
    (Vcmclure.msg)
  30. The Chosen One: "{124}{}{Gordon, what did you say you did here again?}"
    Gordon: "{130}{}{I look for opportunities.}"
    The Chosen One: "{131}{}{Opportunites? Like what?}"
    Gordon: "{135}{}{I look for ways of maximizing my potential worth.}"
    The Chosen One: "{136}{}{Hmm, sounds like greed to me.}"
    Gordon: "{140}{}{I am greedy. But most people misunderstand greed. Greed is a powerful driving force. Throughout history, mankind’s greatest achievements were driven by men that wanted to better their positions. Driven by greed. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.}"
    The Chosen One: "{141}{}{I’ll take your word for that, Gordon. But what does greed have to do with Gecko?}"
    Gordon: "{150}{}{So far, not much. But in greed lies Gecko’s salvation. I have important information about the survival of Gecko, but I can’t get anyone to listen to me.}"
    The Chosen One: "{151}{}{What kind of information?}"
    Gordon: "{180}{}{I’ve also found out, from a very reliable source, that Vault City cannot expand without additional power.}"
    The Chosen One: "{181}{}{Vault City can’t expand?}"
    Gordon: "{190}{}{Vault City, you see, has enough power for their current needs -— as long as they’re careful. But the Vault power plant that they use was never designed for the increased load their city is putting on it. It’s at peak capacity right now. Without more power, they can’t expand.}"
    The Chosen One: "{191}{}{I don’t see how that helps you.}"
    Gordon: "{200}{}{Well, if our power plant’s working better, we could trade our excess power and technical expertise to Vault City in exchange for medical technology. }"
    The Chosen One: "{201}{}{And?}"
    Gordon: "{210}{}{Without more power Vault City will burn out their reactor within 15 years. If Gecko’s reactor isn’t repaired, we won’t last half that time. Without medical technology, all of us Ghouls are going to die off in the next 20 years, anyway. Everyone loses if Vault City and Gecko don’t cooperate.}"
    The Chosen One: "{211}{}{So you’re just a good Samaritan huh? Somehow, I don’t buy that.}"
    Gordon: "{220}{}{Not at all. I’ve got my end covered. I’d be the natural choice to administer this project. Greed is my driving force, but thousands of lives are saved by it. Greed is good. At least it would be, if I could get anyone in Vault City to read my economic data.}"
    (GCGORDON.MSG)
  31. As established in Fallout: New Vegas, the NCR has spread far to the north, as far as Arroyo, New Reno and Redding. This precludes the possibility of ending 2 being canon. Furthermore, Vault City is mentioned by Rose of Sharon Cassidy as being pacifist and not wishing to be buried there, as well as in one of Cass' endings, she dies in a shack outside of its Vaults. This precludes endings 1, 5, and 6, with numbers 3 and 4 being the only possible ones.
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Courier: "You any good in a fight?"
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "I'm fair with chucking dynamite and not bad with a pistol, if I do say so myself. Carry a knife, too, but that's more for practical reasons. Prefer settling things with my fists, though. Made more friends than corpses in bar fights - plan on keeping it that way. Don't think I'm some kind of Vault City pacifist, though - if things get heated, I'll start shooting, trust me."
    (Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)
  33. 33.0 33.1 Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "Don't let them bury me in Vault City."
    (Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)
  34. Vcdwnbar.msg
  35. Ben Wade Dialogue {148}{}{Well, we pick up mostly medical supplies in Vault City, and trade it to Redding in exchange for gold ore.};Vault City travel log " Redding trades gold ore for medical supplies from Vault City"
  36. Ben Wade Dialogue - 148
  37. Vault City travel log "...mines uranium ore. The ore is traded to Vault City in exchange for medical supplies, mostly Rad-X and RadAway." "Vault Citizens should avoid Broken Hills at ALL costs!"
  38. VICENCOM.MSG:{240}{}{From what you can make out in the archives, two G.E.C.K's were part of every Vault's standard inventory package. Only one was shipped to Vault 8, however.} {241}{}{Cross-reference the G.E.C.K shipment information.} {244}{}{Due to a shipping error, it appears Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for another Vault. The other Vault most likely received Vault 8's second G.E.C.K.}
  39. The Courier: "Why would I have brought it here?"
    Ulysses: "I've walked the East. You've walked the West, more than I have. Circle Junction. Reno. Vault City. Word of you at Fort Aradesh... Fort Abandon. Even further West than that, Brahmin drives on the Big Circle. Whatever you saw out there, wasn't enough to make you stay. Maybe the markings on the package reminded you of the road home."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
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