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The Vault Dweller of Vault 76, as a group referred to as Vault Dwellers[1] and Seventy-Sixers,[2] and individually as Seven Six,[3] among other designations, such as Ressies, Vault Residents (or simply Residents)[4][5] and Vaulters[6] are the player characters in Fallout 76. On October 23, 2102, 25 years to the day since the Great War, they emerged from their Vault for Reclamation Day and began exploring and recolonizing Appalachia, eventually reclaiming the region. One last Dweller emerged from the Vault a year later,[7] having nearly depleted the Vault's supplies.[8]

Background

Individuals from Appalachia and various parts of the United States with different ethnicities, religions, and sets of unique skills. Those individuals who were selected to enter Vault 76 represented the "cream of the crop" of the United States' citizens. Compared to the other inhabitants of America, they were highly accomplished and intelligent and possessed competitive personalities. Each was chosen for their unique skills and temperament, making them the "country's best and brightest." This included aerospace engineers and nuclear engineers, Nobel Prize winners, university lecturers, lawyers and professors, physicists, war veterans, businessmen and women, high donor graduates, mathematicians, and athletes. This made managing them a challenge for the Vault's staff.[9]

The overseer leading a Vault-Tec course about Pip-Boys to Vault 76 residents

As an incentive to maintain order in their unique living accommodations, several awards were given in the Vault, evident by the display case in the quarters for various achievements. These include volunteering for the canned mystery meat experiment when no one else would eat it, the isolation program, the Vault hall monitor award, Best Hair award, and Vault dweller of the year award. They also trained for when they would emerge using the educational Vault films such as Let's Work With Others, The Power of the Atom, Laying the Cornerstones and Atomics for Peace. As part of their wasteland survival, they learned to use the C.A.M.P. They spent their lives in the Vault using their skills for the "betterment of the Vault." Many were also golf and instrument players, as well as avid readers, board game players, and skiers. Their overseer taught them about skills they would need to survive, such as how to use their Pip-Boys.

Exploring Appalachia

The Vault 76 residents leaving on Reclamation Day

After 25 years in Vault 76, the overseer would receive the activation notice to open the Vault and all inhabitants would enter Appalachia as part of Reclamation Day. Before release, these individuals would be equipped and trained in the operation of the C.A.M.P. device for settling uninhabited areas. Given a map to explore their surroundings accurately and allowed to leave with their Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI.[10] As per procedure (and against the wishes of the security team), they would not be armed and only lightly provisioned exiting Vault 76. Besides the equipment given to them to settle Appalachia, they would need to procure weapons and other resources from scavenging.[11][12] During this time, the individuals came to learn of the stories of the factions who had previously inhabited the region, eventually going on to take down the scorchbeast queen, responsible for the Scorched Plague that had afflicted the region.[13]

Taking control of the silos

Throughout their journey in Appalachia, the individuals helped Rose, a robot with various tasks. Eventually, their search led them to an Enclave-controlled facility in which they met an AI, MODUS. With MODUS' assistance, the individuals learned how to launch nuclear weapons throughout Appalachia, a method that would help lure the Scorchbeast queen from its underground hive so it could be defeated.

Finding a cure

By 2103, these individuals reunited with their overseer in her house in Sutton. With her advice, they took part in assisting both the Settlers and the Raiders that had come back to Appalachia in reclaiming the region by making a vaccine to the Scorched Plague by using a sample of their blood.[14] After assisting the overseer at the Kanawha Nuka-Cola plant, they helped to distribute a vaccine to Meg Groberg at the Crater and Paige at Foundation.

Breaking into Vault 79

The individuals learned from their Overseer about the true rumored fortune hidden somewhere in the region: the country's gold reserves stored within Vault 79.[15][16] After learning about both the Raiders and the Settlers, the individuals broke into Vault 79 with one of the two factions and found the gold in order to help revitalize Appalachia using a new currency.

Assisting the Brotherhood

By 2104, these individuals found themselves helping the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force in deciding their future mission objective after further conflict arose between Paladin Rahmani and Knight Shin over whether to protect the people of Appalachia or continue to recover and protect pre-War technology.

List of Vault Dwellers

Notes

  • Fallout 76 players are allowed to create up to a maximum of 5 Vault Dwellers to travel Appalachia with.
  • The Vault Dwellers are an ensemble of protagonists, as there is more than one player character in Appalachia.
  • In the Whitespring bunker, one can take a membership quiz in which they can choose their former occupation and belief system.
  • Along with the Sole Survivor, the Vault Dwellers are the second protagonists to potentially have lived before the Great War.
    • Due to character customization and many residents of Vault 76 having children during the 25 years within it, it is possible for said protagonists to be born inside the Vault yet old enough to be considered as an adult.
  • Professor-bot does not seem to recognize them and remarks that they are young enough to graduate from VTU as an overseer. Other individuals in Appalachia refer to them as a youth.[17][18]
  • Vault Dwellers with high Intelligence can show proficiency in a number of subjects and feats, such as:
    • Being familiar with the history of soil science and its founder, Dokuchaev.[19]
    • Being able to discern a human's personality based solely on visual inspection of their brain.[20]
    • Familiarity with short-wave radio broadcasting and signal jamming.[21]

Appearances

The Vault Dwellers of Vault 76 appear only in Fallout 76.

Gallery

References

  1. The Core terminal entries; The Arena
  2. Settler wanderer: "You Seventy-Sixers. You guys are something else."
  3. By Meg Groberg
  4. Vault 76 terminal entries; Security terminal; Security Logs
  5. Fallout 76 trailer; Transcripts
  6. Patron: "Life's real hard out here, Vaulter. Need to be... creative to make a living these days."
  7. Vault Dweller (Fallout 76): "I just left Vault 76. Any advice?"
    Vault 76 overseer: "You just what? Seriously? What were you doing in Vault 76 all these months? *deep breath* All right, everyone was supposed to leave at Reclamation Day. My advice -- start pulling your weight and catch up. And maybe invest in an alarm clock."
  8. Mister Handy: "Sir/Mum, ahhh... you've stayed so long past Reclamation Day, our stores are nearly depleted!"
  9. Vault 76 terminal entries; overseer's terminal, Day to Day Duties
  10. Fallout 76 intro
  11. Vault 76 terminal entries; security terminal, Final entry
  12. Vault 76 terminal entries; overseer's terminal, Survival First
  13. Vault Dweller: "I defeated the Scorchbeast Queen. With a few friends, of course."
    Oliver Fields: "Those things have Queens? I'm glad you dealt with her, but I can't imagine that's the last of it. We saw one of those Scorchbeasts take out a whole group of raiders in one go. Barfed some kind of goo all over them and they started changing, dying."
  14. Vault Dweller: "Have you gotten the inoculation to the Scorched Plague?"
    Solomon Hardy: "You mean that ingenious use of America's finest soft drink? Of course! I haven't had the chance to thank your Overseer -- or the Vault Dweller that provided the sample -- but we owe them our lives. That look on your face... You're not telling me... that was you?
  15. Wastelanders
  16. Vault Dweller (Fallout 76): "No. I've been out of the loop."
    Vault 76 overseer: "A few other people from 76 made the trek into the mountains to find this "treasure" we keep hearing about. It's a Vault. Vault 79. Sealed tight with no obvious way in. The rumor mill about what's inside is running wild."
  17. Vault Dweller (Vault 76): "I'm not a kid, old man."
    Munch: "Scrappy, ain't ya? Didn't anyone ever tell you, "Respect your elders, or get a bullet in the brain?" This "old man" survived the war, endured the aftermath, and is still standing. And I didn't need no cozy vault to do it. Given all that, I'd say I got the right to call you whatever I want, kid. And seeing as how I'm in a good mood, I'll leave your skull intact."
  18. Settler forager: "Kid, talk to me so I can take a nap already, will ya?"
  19. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 8+] I'm slightly familiar with Dokuchaev's work, the father of soil science isn't he?"
    Dr. Mangano: "Yes! Indeed he's been credited as such. His work on geographical variation and his soil classification system brought much needed order to the field."
  20. Intelligence 8+ descriptions of Doctor Dias's brain, Gina's brain, and Greg's brain.
  21. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 8+] If they get the radio working, we could drastically decrease their signal-to-noise ratio using a burst jammer."
    Beckett: "Uh... yeah. I'm sure everything you just said made perfect sense to you, but all I heard was "blah, blah, blibbidy-blah."
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