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Initiate Vernon Dodge is a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, located at Watoga Towers in Appalachia in 2103.


Before the Great War, Vernon Dodge was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He took a job bagging groceries once his service was finished, describing himself as "burned out" with no family or friends. After the bombs dropped, he survived but began to suffer from alcoholism. Years later, a recruiter for the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel found Dodge and convinced him to join, giving him a "second lease on life, and maybe even civilization."[1]

At some point, Dodge (who had achieved the rank of Initiate) developed a friendship with a younger member of the Appalachian Brotherhood. However, the kid had "a lot more stick than carrot," suffering a nervous breakdown and going AWOL in the night. Initiate Dodge saw it as his duty to track him down, before anyone like Senior Knight Wilson would notice that the kid had gone missing. By the time Dodge caught up with him, they were both completely lost, a day's distance away from Appalachia and unable to gather their bearings. While they were lost, the two were attacked and captured by a group of raiders practicing slavery. Dodge spent the next decade enslaved, fighting in arenas and killing opponents without mercy, so that he would not end up as a corpse on a cold floor. Over that decade, he lost an eye (and now wears an eyepatch), and his young friend died.[2]

Dodge was eventually brought to the Watoga Civic Center, another arena run by Sargento's gang. Because he was so close to home, Dodge's anger boiled over. He strangled his handler with a slave collar and "ran like hell" to escape. A search party was sent to recapture Dodge, but he managed to escape, albeit with a bullet in his leg, giving him a limp.[2]

Because of his unwitting desertion, Initiate Dodge was ultimately one of the few surviving members of the Appalachian Brotherhood, who were virtually wiped out by the Scorched. Once he was free, he returned to find almost all of his comrades dead.[3] He went back into hiding, taking residence in Watoga Towers, and documenting his accounts for approximately three weeks, taking note of certain occurences on a terminal. He has only recently re-emerged with the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force's arrival from New California, seeking to establish a groundwork to support them.[4]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
Perk empathy synthesizer
This character is involved in quests.


Other interactionsEdit

  • Initiate Dodge is the main point of contact for the Daily Ops feature, sending the player character on challenging missions. He maintains communication with the player character throughout the Daily Op, occasionally appearing via a transmission on the righthand side of the HUD.


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Ghillie suit


Vernon Dodge appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the One Wasteland For All update.


  1. Vault 76 resident: "Why did you join the Brotherhood?"
    Initiate Vernon Dodge: "Before the bombs I was a burned out Marine vet bagging groceries. No family, no friends. After the bombs, I took to the bottle. Don't remember much. Years later, a recruiter for the Brotherhood comes through my neck of the woods. Believe it or not, they gave me a shot. Second lease on life, and maybe even civilization. Nothing else to it."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vault 76 resident: "Sounds pretty rough."
    Initiate Vernon Dodge: "It was rough. Nothing I couldn't shrug off, but the younger recruits were bending too far, and sometimes snapping. One kid...(sigh)... Damn it, sorry. One kid got a lot more stick than carrot. Went AWOL in the middle of the night. The old fool I am, saw it as my duty to chase him down before anyone like Wilson took notice. By the time I caught up with him, we were a day out, completely lost our bearing. We got waylaid by a group of passing Raiders. Guess they saw us fit enough for their fighting pits... but weak enough to get the drop on."
    Vault 76 resident: "You were just trying to help that recruit. That's hardly deserting."
    Initiate Vernon Dodge: "I abandoned my post all the same. Should have told Wilson right away, instead of running off like some foolish hero. Spent the next decade or so slitting throats, caving in skulls, and doing anything I could to not be a corpse on the arena floor. Lost an eye... Lost the kid, too... It was a long, hard life to live. That is, until my latest handler brought me to the Watoga CivicsIcon sic Center fight pits. The smell of being so close to home got my blood boiling. Strangled the poor bastard with one of those collars. Then... ran like hell. I took a bullet from a search party, but I've been free of 'em since. Now I just been limp around,Icon sic looking for any Brotherhood tech I can fix. Trying to make things right with a bunch of ghosts, while I still can. But that's enough of the past. Hope you've heard what you wanted. Leave me be for a spell, would you?"
  3. Vault 76 resident: "What's the real story behind you 'deserting?'"
    Initiate Vernon Dodge: "Real story is that I was a naïve fool. I left my post, let the Brotherhood down. Came back to more fallen comrades than I can count."
  4. Initiate Vernon Dodge: "I'm Initiate Vernon Dodge with the Appalachian chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel. I've got word that members from Mariposa are on their way here now. It's critical that I lay the groundwork they need to get a foothold in this region. Are you up for it?"
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