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Dad, you can barely tie your shoelaces, much less repair anything with moving parts.Valerie to Vic

Vic the Trader is a wasteland trader who works among the tribes of northern New California and the first person the Chosen One is sent to track down in 2241.

Background

An older man with a prominent gut, Vic is one of the traders who makes his livelihood trading with tribes on the Oregon/California border. He hails from Klamath,[1] where he has a small home built out of scrap and specializes in pre-War technologies.[2] His reputation among the tribes makes him a popular point of contact for those in need, such as Sulik. However, Vic's information on the whereabouts of Sulik's sister proved to be outdated, making the tribal view the merchant with wariness bordering on hostility.

Vic's rounds took him as far as Vault City,[3] where he had an affair with a Vault City Citizen. Valerie was born of it, though the relationship was not built to last. Vic eventually started to refer to Val's mother as the Desert Viper[4] and started traveling outside Vault City, until he eventually disappeared altogether from their life. Yet it seems there was a bit of passion left between them, as should Vic learn of her death, he is still saddened, a bit.[5]

That remnant of a feeling did not stop him from seeking solace in the arms of Jenny, a prostitute from the Dunton-run "Bathhouse" in Klamath.[6] Just before he ran afoul of Metzger in the Den, by selling him a faulty radio,[7] he sold a number of Vault 13 water flasks to the tribals of Arroyo. Little did he know that this would kickstart an epic quest that would culminate in the saving of humanity.[1]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is a permanent companion.
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This character is involved in quests.

Quests

Statistics

Primary Statistics
Statistic Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Strength 05 05 05 06 07 07
Perception 06 07 07 07 08 08
Endurance 04 04 05 05 05 05
Charisma 06 06 06 06 06 06
Intelligence 07 08 08 08 08 08
Agility 06 06 06 07 07 08
Luck 05 05 05 06 07 08
Secondary Statistics
Statistic Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Hit Points 78 90 102 111 117 132
Armor Class 6 6 6 7 7 8
Action Points 8 9 9 10 10 12
Carry Weight 150 150 150 175 200 200
Melee Damage 1 4 5 7 8 12
Poison Resistance 20% 20% 25% 25% 25% 25%
Radiation Resistance 8% 8% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Sequence 12 14 14 14 16 16
Healing Rate 1 1 1 1 1 1
Critical Chance 7% 9% 12% 16% 19% 22%
Tagged Skills
Statistic Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Small Guns 65% 75% 90% 115% 130% 135%
Energy Weapons 25% 35% 65% 100% 115% 145%
Unarmed 52% 52% 52% 56% 58% 60%
Melee Weapons 42% 42% 42% 46% 48% 50%
Throwing 35% 40% 45% 50% 60% 65%
Lockpick 55% 65% 75% 85% 95% 100%
Repair 75% 90% 95% 105% 112% 130%

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items
Grey old outfit

Notes

  • If Vic has a higher Repair skill than the player character, he will run to and repair just about anything that the Repair skill can be used on.
  • If accompanied by Sulik, Vic will constantly say that Sulik is looking at him funny.[8]
  • Once Vic is in one's company, he will often refer to the Chosen One as "Boss," much to the disdain of his daughter.[9]
    • If Vic has called the Chosen One "boss" many times, a new dialogue option appears that will make him start calling the Chosen One "chief" instead.[10]
  • If his daughter is attacked, Vic will disband and turn hostile.[11]
  • Despite having a great Energy Weapons skill (higher than his Small Guns skill), Vic can't use any energy weapons other than pistols (that is, laser pistols and plasma pistols). He can, however, use the Gatling laser.

Appearances

Vic appears only in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes

Vic shares his name and title with Trader Vic's, a worldwide chain restaurant.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Chosen One: "{170}{}{Can you tell me who brought this item to our village?}"
    Mynoc: "{178}{}{I don't remember his name, just that he was old and loud -- too loud for proper manners -- but he knew many things. He was from Klamath, east like I said.}"
    (ACMynoc.msg)
  2. The Chosen One: "{292}{}{I’m looking for a trader. Know any of them that deal in old items, like from the beforetimes?}"
    Jenny: "{310}{}{You’re interested in traders, huh? Well I mostly just worked for one trader. Vic was his name. He always had extra money to blow, at least when he worked he did. See, he specialized in really old stuff. You know, technical thingies.}"
    (KCJENNY.MSG)
  3. The Chosen One: "{184}{}{Tell me where Vault 13 is.}"
    Vic: "{189}{}{Vault 13? There’s a Vault City east of here. I trade there, sometimes.}"
    (DcVic.msg)
  4. Vic: "{302}{}{I'm still sorry I didn't get a chance to see her again.}"
    Valerie: "{304}{}{No, you aren't. You used to call her the 'desert viper,' didn't you?}"
    (Vcmainwk.msg)
  5. Valerie: "{280}{}{Don't you start. I'm glad Mom isn't here to hear this.}"
    Vic: "{282}{}{What? What happened to your mother?}"
    Valerie: "{284}{}{Brain fever. Caught it out on the wastes. Probably looking for YOU.}"
    Vic: "{286}{}{Oh. I... uh... I'm sorry, Val.}"
    (Vcmainwk.msg)
  6. The Chosen One: "{312}{}{Tell me more about Vic.}"
    Jenny: "{320}{}{Vic was a real sweetheart. He would go off for weeks at a time and then come back with all kinds of beforetime things. But he often had to travel to the Den to sell them. Not much call for that sort of stuff ‘round here.}"
    (KCJENNY.MSG)
  7. The Chosen One: "{257}{}{I'm looking for a merchant.}"
    Metzger: "{440}{}{What the fuck are you asking me for? Do I look like some kind of fucking… oh, wait. You're probably looking for Vic?}"
    The Chosen One: "{443}{}{Yeah, that's him.}"
    Metzger: "{455}{}{That little fuck - he sold me a radio that he said would be able to pick up some transmissions. It didn't. I caught his ass trying to sneak out of town before I found out. Bad mistake. No one fucks with me. He's lucky to be alive.}"
    (DcMetzge.msg)
  8. DcVic.msg - Line, 4400
  9. Vcmainwk - Line, 270
  10. DcVic - Line, 550
  11. DcVic.msg - Line, 3401
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