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Westside is a part of New Vegas, just as much as it's a part of the Wasteland. In the end, stranger, we need them both to continue making our fate.

The fortified Westside zone is an independent settlement within the northwest Las Vegas Conurbation. Although "Westside" can be used to refer to the entire region east of the Spring Mountains, south of the Corn Creek Dunes, and west of the New Vegas Strip's massive walls. While civilization thrives in the northwest, society gradually breaks down the farther south one travels. These city blocks are violently run by Chem-addicted raiders known as the Fiends.[1]


BackgroundEdit

While it appears poor and run down at first glance, the community produces enough food, clothes, weapons and medicine to encourage trade and arm their defenses. Their security provided also protects travelers whom trade with the rest of New Vegas.[2]

This small tight-knit community[1][2] was born from the regions semi-nomadic populace.[3] They organized themselves into a loose militia, built defenses and began substance farming. It was only latter after decades[4] of stagnation – relying on their merchants and the protection they offered to traders passing through – the settlement began to thrive, due to the boost of trade and goods production the arrival of the Republic and the establishment of the FEZ-NV brought.

One day Arcade Gannon and Tom Anderson were passing through Westside, while Arcade kept going Tom decided to stay and help these people as best as he could.[5] He began by teaching the denizens how to better grow their crops.[6] The Westside Cooperative was then formed[7] by he and Clayton Ettienne to better organize their work, in an effort to maximize profits.[8][9] However, there success in increasing the crop yields brought their most important issue to light. Their lack of a clean independent water source was preventing them from prospering.[5][10] Their previous crops were grown with dirty water, giving it a funny taste.[11] Now with even more crops to feed they needed to find a better water source. The only one available however was the former city's waterworks.

Westside was already receiving shipments of water delivered via barrels from the sharecropper farms.[12] This however was not enough to satiate their desire to turn their stagnation into prosperity, embroiling themselves in tense negotiations with the NCR regarding the siphoning of their water supplies directly from the waterworks.[2][13]

The tensions between Westside and the NCR would continue to rise for two reasons. The first is the communities shared perception that all the water was going to the sharecropper farms;[14] this simply isn't true. The second is their belief that they had more a rite to the region's water[15] than the people actually maintaining and protecting the waterworks. Also simply not true. In truth it is their own inability to maintain and protect their access to that water source and their inability to even get to it due to the dangers of both travel and recent threats like Caesar's Legion. With the NCR justifiably refusing to just give away this precious resource,[11] Tom Anderson and Clayton Ettienne began to devise a plan to directly siphon off water from the NCR OSIE operation.

With his extensive knowledge of hydraulic engineering and previous credentials of working within the OSI, Anderson was in the perfect position to manipulate the NCR into such a position. Already a trusted figure he manipulated the OSI to divert some water into the north cistern – which was conveniently within Westside's fortifications – under he guise of them saving water.[16][17][18][19][20] They however couldn't just make regular trips to and fro the cistern, they would simply draw to much attention. Hector overheard them, he came up with the idea of using himself as the middleman. As a local child and courier the people in town were used to him traveling all over, even with his brahmin.[21] His natural inconspicuousness went unchallenged for some time.... but not the missing water.

At first it was the farmers themselves who noticed. After making an appeal and getting more water,[22] they still couldn't keep their quotas.[23][24] The sheer volume of the missing water started to attract attention. Corporal White was the first person to take the rumors seriously. Seeking advancement into the Rangers he began his investigation unofficially, on his leave.[25] Discussing his progress with a Gomorrah prostitute he fancied, although she was only interested in his money.[26][27]

He began his investigation by going through the computer commands and reviewing delivery schedules.[25] He knew that he was onto something when he noticed that the water wasn't just going to the south cistern where the NCR had a presence.[28] He then went to the farms itself and began to interview the sharecroppers. The farmers were interested, although they knew nothing about computers.[25] He then interviewed the servicemen, they however believed that the farmers were just incompetent and making excuses.[29][30] When he tried to convince Lieutenant Romanowski – the commanding officer – with the proof, the Lieutenant was acutely adamant.[31] Believing him to be nothing more than a glory hound seeking promotion because he thought that he was too good to be a trooper like them.[32] This however was only due to his own narrow minded incompetence.[33][34] After several attempts to get Romanoswki to listen White left, telling him that he was going to see Tom Anderson in Westside, sidestepping him altogether. The Lieutenant then wrote a reprimand recommendation to Lieutenant Carrie Boyd – White's commanding officer, recommending White be punished for his "borderline insubordination." Remaining oblivious to White's predicament and the actual water shortage in general.[32]

Undeterred he continued his investigation directly into Westside. It was here he noticed Hector making regular trips to and fro the local cistern. White confronted him and Hector confessed; Anderson had convinced Hector that it wasn't stealing if it was for the "greater good."[35] With proof and a confession in hand White went to confront Anderson. White made the mistake of assuming that because Anderson's a Follower of the Apocalypse, he wouldn't try anything. Anderson acted docile, but as soon as White turned to go, Anderson shot him in the back. Later confessing the first degree murder to Clayton Ettienne.[36] It was a rash decision, one which he immediately regretted.[18][19][20] With the murder of a man on his conscience and his responsibility to keep Westside "independent" from NCR he and Ettienne conspired to keep the matter quiet. They managed this quite easily with the locals whose misconceptions on NCR were easily to manipulate.[37][38] Their only loose end – as far as willful conspirators go – was Hector. When he asked what happened to White Tom couldn't and/or wouldn't answer. Telling him not to worry, his face expressing that he did something wrong.[39]

With their ideological bases covered everyone went back to their delusion that Westside was still actually independent and self-reliant. As for Tom he was always smart enough to know that everything he had done was to the detriment to the community; if only subconsciously. Going through most of his life with the "for greater good" demeanor. Now, thanks to him, Westside remains completely dependent on NCR's water just to sustain its current socioeconomic life. A once substance biased local trade hub now living well past its means, still unable to pay for a stable water delivery.[18][19][20][40]

Ideological bases however could never erase the massive trail of evidence pointing directly to Westside and Tom Anderson in particular. With White's disappearance on leave and his infamous reputation for spending a ludicrous amount of time with a Strip hooker, no one suspected foul play. His commanding officer Lieutenant Carrie Boyd even considering it a bit of a joke. A trooper smitten with a hooker he met on leave, hungover and technically AWOL.[16] She would hire out the detective work to the Courier who can choose to follow the trail directly to the culprit.[41]

If the Courier chose to investigate the fate of Tom Anderson, the Co-op, and of Westside is in the Courier's hands. The Courier can decide to extort the Co-op, lying for Westside blaming White's murder on the Scorpions – increasing the Courier's reputation with the Followers, try to apprehend him – forcing the Courier to kill him, or convincing him to turn himself in and blame the murder as an act of passion over Dazzle – protecting Westside's secret.[41] Due to Arcade's connection to the affair[5] and in particular his affiliation with the Followers he will understandably blame or praise the Courier accordingly. Murdering Anderson will cause him to become a exacerbated and blame the Courier for "screwing over" Westside.[42][43] Blaming the murder on the Scorpions and wiping them out will cause him to write the whole affair off as one less problem for Westside.[44] Extort the Co-op and infuriate him.[45] Convincing Anderson to turn himself in and Arcade will thank the Courier for the closest approximation to justice that he can see.[46] For Arcade couldn't see that Anderson never really helped anyone. A decent cause[47] is no excuse for murder, conspiracy, theft, and making an entire community dependent on other's resources. At the end, some of the victims, the sharecroppers, are extremely grateful, able only to show their gratitude by giving some of their crop to the Courier.[48] A crop below their quota, endangering their well being.

The latter option is the best for Anderson's sense of "the greater good;" White's murder goes punished by the man who actually did the deed, Westside gets to keep siphoning off water, and he gets to satisfy his guilt over the murder.[49]

Westside MilitiaEdit

The militia acts as the main police and military force for the community of Westside, charged with maintaining order and defending the neighborhood from Fiends, Scorpions and hostile wildlife. Klamath Bob, Mean Sonofabitch, and Judah Kreger are members of the militia. Anderson works with the citizens to keep Westside independent from the NCR and Mr. House. The residents positively reflect upon their community's political status, often remarking that the NCR should go home as "their people must miss them."

SocietyEdit

The locals prize their independence and work hard for the common good. The Thorn itself demonstrates that beyond anything else that they're self-sufficient, intelligent, and resourceful. This culture of the independents is prevalent throughout the region. They take pride in their strength and survivalism, this is most notable for their reverence in their hunters. Who have overcome the trials and tribulations of the Wasteland and its predators.[50][51][52] Despite their achievements, the general stagnation of their lives still leads some to drink their problems away.[53]

In response to the threats to Westside, the residents organized themselves into a loose[53][54] militia and created an impressive, two-tier approach to defending the gates that leads into Westside. Although suspicious of strangers they are not actively hostile,[55] with exception to the Scorpions and the Fiends.

The Scorpions are considered a minor nuisance, more known for mercenary work, selling chems and getting slaughtered by the main threat to the region; the Fiends.[56][57][54] They often harass and attempt to raid the settlement,[4] however with the NCRA activelyalthough only partially focused on – eradicating them as a threat,[58] Westside has experienced a reprieve from them.[59]

Westside CooperativeEdit

Currently embroiled in tense negotiations with the NCR regarding the siphoning of their water supplies, the residents of the fortified Westside zone have a small, but tight-knit community based around growing crops for themselves, and to sell to travelers and larger factions. With the help of Tom Anderson and the Followers of the Apocalypse, a reliable irrigation system was implemented. Thus, Westside grew from a subsistence crop-growing hamlet up to a stable, self-sufficent farming community operating independently from the NCR. The locals grow enough produce to feed themselves and export to other parties, thus meaning that they don't have to rely on merchants for food.[60]


The Westside Co-op features a motley band of folk, founded by an escapee from New Reno named Clayton Ettienne. The organization is a joint venture between him and Tom Anderson, who is single-minded in his defense of this operation.[61]

LayoutEdit

The larger part of the neighborhood, exposed to the Mojave Wasteland, is surrounded by a small network of walls, while the residential and commercial area is walled completely, except for two gates. The Westside's services include a food store, a brothel, a liquor store, a pawn shop, and a fighting arena where matches can both be fought and bet upon.

The New Vegas Westside proper has east and south entrances. The Thorn and the Casa Madrid Apartments lie outside the southern entrance to the residential area but within the outer wall. The Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters, which is south of the Westside, is about halfway in between the Westside and the South Vegas Ruins.

BuildingsEdit

InhabitantsEdit

Notable lootEdit

Related questsEdit

NotesEdit

  • All non-unique Westside residents (i.e. Westside militia members and Westside residents) will respawn after three days if killed. Westside militia at the perimeter of the community will periodically get into firefights with randomly spawned Fiends.
  • The truck next to Miguel's Pawn Shop is explosive and can be used to kill or injure residents without affecting reputation, karma, or game stats.
  • When brought here for the first time, Arcade Gannon will say either, "Westside, huh? I passed through here with another Follower a while back, Anderson. The locals were having a lot of trouble getting water through." or "Westside, huh? I heard about what happened with Anderson. Can't say I'm surprised. He was always a fringe operator in the Followers." depending on the Courier's actions in The White Wash.[62]
  • In dialogue files, Westside's name is replaced with "Doldrums" and "VegasWest" in the topic names.[63]

AppearancesEdit

Westside appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.303: "ZONE 2: NEW VEGAS CONURBATION [EXTERIOR ZONES]
    Topographical Overview
    The magic of New Vegas and the glittering towers of The Strip are out of reach for most folks eking out an existence in this mainly "exterior" zone. Aside from the five interior districts detailed in Part 2, the western side of town consists of a tight-knit Westside cooperative, with society gradually breaking down the farther south you go, where city blocks are violently run by Chem-addicted raiders known as Fiends. They have quite a territory to the southwest, but don't dare risk heading toward the NCR's main base at Camp McCarran, with its adjacent locations devoted to irrigated farming and refugees. To the east and north, independent businesses such as the Gun Runners and Crimson Caravan Company flourish, although they are mainly concerned with the weapons trade. Finally, take a trip to Freeside; it's the only way to enter fabulous New Vegas itself!

    Highways and Byways

    The Conurbation is dominated by a grid of streets to numerous to mention, but keep a lookout for a few roads, including the Long 15 which runs to the west (and outside) of The Strip until it becomes elevated (and inaccessible). Similarly, Highway 95 on the eastern side winds north and northwest; follow it to the eastern entrance to Freeside. Also elevated is a monorail linking Camp McCarran to The Strip, although you need to be inside either location to access (and ride) it. Don't forget to use the roads on the edge of this zone to find your way about."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.42: "Westside Cooperative
    The residents of the fortified Westside Zone have a small, but tight-knit community based around growing crops for themselves, and to sell to travelers and larger Factions. Currently embroiled in tense negotiations with the NCR regarding the siphoning of their water supplies, the Westside Co-op features a motley band of folk, including an escapee from New Reno named Clayton Etienne, and a Follower of the Apocalypse called Tom Anderson, who is single-minded in his defense of this operation."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  3. The people of Las Vegas Valley before the NCR entered the region and Robert House started the FEZ-NV are described as semi-nomadic tribes, and those living subsistencely.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Courier: "Have you been in Westside long?"
    Miguel: "My grandfather opened up this shop. Took over from him when the Fiends killed him."
    (Miguel's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Arcade Gannon: "Westside, huh? I passed through here with another Follower a while back, Anderson. The locals were having a lot of trouble getting water through."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken if Arcade is a companion while inside Westside before the conclusion of the quest The White Wash.
  6. The Courier: "Can you tell me anything about Anderson?"
    Marco: "Good man. He's one of the Followers of the Apocalypse. He's the one who taught people around here how to start growing crops. Westside wouldn't be what it is without Anderson helping us out, so I cut him a deal on his rent."
    (Marco's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  7. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.327: "[2A.02] Westside Co-op
    A reasonably intact old Uptown Drugs Store is now the base of operations of a fledgling business known as the Westside Co-op, and guarded by a tongue-tied Super Mutant called Mean Sonofabitch (who's actually quite pleasant).

    Clayton Etienne runs the Co-op. If you've finished Side Quest: The White Wash with an "understanding," Etienne is the guy to come back to for your Caps. If you're not shaking him down, you can ask about his story (he tells you about the crime families of New Reno), the co-op (he talks about help they got from Tom Anderson and the Followers), and what he has for sale. You can then purchase, or steal from him. There's a wealth of Caps if you want to turn Westside hostile, and more in the floor safe [Average]."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  8. The Courier: "Tell me about the co-op."
    Clayton Ettienne: "It might not look like much, but it's what keeps us Westside locals independent. We started it a few years ago. I admit, we had a lot of trouble at first, but eventually we got some help from Tom Anderson with the Followers. We're finally to the point where the co-op members can start making money from sales instead of just breaking even."
    (Clayton Ettienne's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "What's so great about the co-op?"
    Klamath Bob: "Food from the people and for the people. Anyone can buy, but the profits are shared by the folks who make the produce. Locals got these little gardens that do real well. Gosh darn well, truth be told. Ettienne got some help from that Anderson kid, I think. Anyway, we don't gotta rely on merchants so much. And it means the troopers can use all the food they make over on the east side. Works out nice."
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "I know how the Westside farmers have been getting their water."
    Clayton Ettienne: "Uh... okay, look... first, I didn't have anything to do with that trooper. That was all Anderson. Second, even though the whole scheme was Anderson's idea, it's the only way the co-op could stay in business. The water means everything."
    (Clayton Ettienne's dialogue)
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Courier: "Why is this water so special?"
    Hector: "Cause it's clean. The crops taste funny if you don't use clean water, but the NCR won't give us any and it's too expensive to buy."
    (Hector's dialogue)
  12. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.328: "[2A.S10] Hector and the Water Brahmin
    A small child with his pet Brahmin and siphons water from the barrels the NCR delivers from their Sharecropper Farms."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  13. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.325: "ZONE 2: NEW VEGAS CONURBATION [INTERIOR ZONES]
    Topographical Overview
    The Great New Vegas skyline is dominated by the Lucky 38 Tower, and other monuments to excess, but visiting such ostentatious structures requires more than just knocking on a door. There are five "Interior zones" within the New Vegas Conurbation, and all offer a glimpse into the way of life for the inhabitants. Zone 2A (Westside) consists of a cooperative of crop-growers and militia, and vying for water from the NCR. Zone 2B (North New Vegas) is a squatter camp with few amenities. Zone 2C (Outer and Inner Freeside) is a sprawling series of large roads, structures, and casinos that don't quite have the razzmatazz of those on The Strip. The Kings, Followers of the Apocalypse, Garrets, Van Graffs, along with Mick & Ralph inhabit Freeside. The Strip itself is a neon-clad architectural triumph, but heavily fortified and guarded by Securitrons in the service of Mr. House, who rules the three Families (the Omertas at the Gomorrah, the Chairman at The Tops, and the White Glove Society at the Ultra Luxe) with an iron fist. The NCR also has an embassy here, and a brother and sister live and work for Mr. House, building more neon signs and showing rich folk around Vault 21. Finally, Zone 2E is Fiend Territory, and the only part of New Vegas where you're actively hunted by hostile forces.

    Highways and Byways

    Access to the interior zones is almost exclusively via gates, which are guarded by gang members or militia of the Faction you're about to meet inside. Inside each zone, there are main streets and alleys; especially in Freeside you should learn the layout so you can gauge (for example) which gate is nearest your destination. For example, always take the Freeside North Gate if you're heading to the Old Mormon Fort, and the Freeside East Gate if you want to visit Mick & Ralph's. There are Sewer entrances to Zones 2A and 2B (not the others). To reach 2D (The Strip), you must enter Zone 2C (Freeside) first."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  14. Arcade Gannon: "Westside, huh? I heard about what happened with Anderson. Can't say I'm surprised. He was always a fringe operator in the Followers."
    The Courier: "Right. "The Followers don't endorse his actions," and all that."
    Arcade Gannon: "Well I don't. I'm sure there were a few people turning a blind eye, but can you blame them? NCR's sharecropper farms had all of the water. The nearest fresh source is the lake, and that's a bit of a hike."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  15. Arcade Gannon: "Westside, huh? I heard about what happened with Anderson. Can't say I'm surprised. He was always a fringe operator in the Followers."
    The Courier: "If you say so. I'm not arguing."
    Arcade Gannon: "I do say so. The Followers aren't a military organization. If anyone knew what he was up to, they weren't talking. And if they knew he was stealing water, so what? Westside has more of a right to that water than the NCR."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Courier: "What else can you tell me about Anders?"
    Carrie Boyd: "I don't know him very well, myself. I seem to remember that he was the man to call on if you needed someone to get in and get out quietly."
    The Courier: "I have an update on Corporal White."
    Carrie Boyd: "Don't tell me. He married the hooker."
    The Courier: "A gang called the Scorpions murdered him. A man named Anderson witnessed it."
    Carrie Boyd: "Shit. That's why you don't go wandering off looking for some call girl on the Strip without telling somebody first. Anderson. Is that Followers of the Apocalypse Anderson?"
    The Courier: "He wants you to increase water flow to Freeside. Said it'd be lost otherwise."
    Carrie Boyd: "Man, that guy's got water on the brain. Knows more about water pipes than any man should. If he says we're losing water, I think the colonel would listen to that. I'll talk to him about it. But you. I owe you for this. You saved me a lot of work. And I'm sure Corporal White's family will be grateful to at least get some closure. The MPs keep a bunch of junk around that's confiscated off of people who decide to screw with us. I haven't really sorted through it, but go ahead and see if there's anything you can use in there. We keep it in a trunk across the hall, by the prison cells."
    (Carrie Boyd's dialogue)
  17. The Courier: "He was killed by a man named Anderson he caught stealing water from the NCR."
    Carrie Boyd: "Anderson. I've heard of him, if it's the same guy. Water nerd from the Followers of the Apocalypse. Used to handle some of the operations for OSI. I don't know what to think about the Followers. The things they do... hard to say if they're helping or hurting sometimes. Especially in Freeside. I'll have to send some people out there to make sure we don't lose any more water. That stuff's like gold out here. But you. I owe you for this. You saved me a lot of work. And I'm sure Corporal White's family will be grateful to at least get some closure. The MPs keep a bunch of junk around that's confiscated off of people who decide to screw with us. I haven't really sorted through it, but go ahead and see if there's anything you can use in there. We keep it in a trunk across the hall, by the prison cells."
    (Carrie Boyd's dialogue)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 The Courier: "Hector told me everything."
    Tom Anderson: "I suppose there's no point in denying it any longer. I killed Corporal White to protect Westside's self-reliance. It was rash, and I regret it now. We don't have the money to pay for the water, so I rigged the pump station to divert water to the local cisterns from time to time."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 The Courier: "It was easy to figure out that the NCR water shortage points to you - save me some time, will you?"
    Tom Anderson: "Fair enough. Since you seem to have pieced it together, I won't insult you by denying it any further. I killed Corporal White to protect Westside's self-reliance. It was rash, and I regret it now. We don't have the money to pay for the water, so I rigged the pump station to divert water to the local cisterns from time to time."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 The Courier: "You should know I've been helpful to the Followers, so come clean about White if you know something."
    Tom Anderson: "Some of the other Followers mentioned you. All right - the truth, then. I killed Corporal White to protect Westside's self-reliance. It was rash, and I regret it now. We don't have the money to pay for the water, so I rigged the pump station to divert water to the local cisterns from time to time."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  21. The Courier: "Whose idea was it to use the kid?"
    Clayton Ettienne: "It was Hector's idea, if you can believe it. He overheard me talking to Anderson about his idea to divert the water over here. We needed someone to be able to go into the cisterns and get the water out, but any of us would be suspicious. Hector volunteered. He said that no one pays attention to him, even with his brahmin. Anderson and I argued, but eventually we decided to let him go ahead with it. Look, this affects all of us, even Hector. What were we supposed to do, let all of our gardens die? Watch Westside fall apart?"
    (Clayton Ettienne's dialogue)
  22. NCR Embassy terminals; Terminal, Farming Report
  23. The Courier: "What's the Thaler Act?"
    Trent Bascom: "Something the politicians back in Shady Sands came up with. They pay us to move here and farm the land. They even protect the fields."
    The Courier: "Why is this work a bum deal?"
    Trent Bascom: "Bad soil and rationed water. It's to be expected around here, but the rationing's off. Worst part is NCR won't admit it. Pretty hard to meet their crop quotas with twenty percent less water than we're supposed to be getting. Not that OSI cares about any of this."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  24. The Courier: "Can't you just grow less crops?"
    Trent Bascom: "I wouldn't be able to meet the quota, and the NCR would kick me out of my job, anyway. Nah, it's better I get out on my own terms."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 The Courier: "I'm looking for Corporal White. I was told that he'd spoken to you."
    Trent Bascom: "Yes, he said he was looking into the water shortage, but I haven't heard back from him. Got the feeling he wasn't here in any official way. White was talking to me about computer stuff and water delivery schedules through the pipes, but I'm just a farmer. Tech stuff is beyond me. The last person I saw him talking to was Lieutenant Romanowski. Romanowski's around here somewhere. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  26. The Courier: "You ever spend time with a trooper named White?"
    Dazzle: "Yeah, he used to come around here a lot. Haven't seen him in a while, though. Why?"
    The Courier: "He's gone missing, and I'm trying to track him down. Any ideas?"
    Dazzle: "He used to go on and on about water and the farms east of the Strip. He was talking to one of the farmers named Bascom, had some problem with NCR. Boring as hell, but it was his money and his time, so I let him talk about whatever."
    (Dazzle's dialogue)
  27. The Courier: "Who's missing?"
    Carrie Boyd: "Well, there's Anders. He's a Ranger. That one's not suspicious so much as worrisome - he left on a dangerous assignment. Colonel Hsu sent him out. Now I think he feels guilty not having any way to check up on him."
    The Courier: "Anyone else missing?"
    Carrie Boyd: "Yeah. The man I'm more interested in is Corporal White. White had a lot of promise. Wanted to be a ranger as bad as anyone I've seen. But he also had some extracurricular activities going. Now he's gone."
    The Courier: "I'll see what I can find out about Cpl. White for you."
    Carrie Boyd: "Word around the base is he'd been going regularly to visit a hooker named Dazzle at Gomorrah. That's a casino on the Strip. Classy place. His belongings are up in the barracks in the concourse building. First bunk on your left if you're facing in from the center. I haven't had a chance to look through his things yet, so that might be a good place to begin."
    (Carrie Boyd's dialogue)
  28. Corporal White's journal
  29. The Courier: "Tell me about the farms."
    Ortega: "It's NCR-owned farmland. It produces a lot of the crops that supply McCarran and the Dam. The farmers are all civilians, though. They work the farms, and in return they get a safe place to stay and clean food and water. Some of 'em aren't all that grateful, though."
    The Courier: "Who's ungrateful?"
    Ortega: "I shouldn't have brought it up. It's not my place to spread gossip."
    The Courier: "Anything you tell me stays with me."
    Ortega: "[SUCCEEDED] All right. Some of the farmers, especially Trent Bascom, claim the NCR isn't giving them the water they need to meet their crop quotas. Personally, I think they're just incompetent and making excuses. The NCR ought to send them all crying back to California.}}"
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  30. The Courier: "Trent Bascom says he's not getting his full allotment of water."
    Romanowski: "The Office of Science and Industry has carefully calculated the amount of water needed for these crops. The whole thing is handled by computer. Besides, most of these crops look fine to me. If the farmers can't handle the job, they shouldn't have signed up in the first place. If there really is a problem, they can take it up with Lieutenant Boyd at McCarran. Farming isn't my department."
    (Romanowski's dialogue)
  31. The Courier: "I'm looking for Corporal White. Trent told me you'd seen him."
    Romanowski: "Corporal White is currently solving the mystery of the Great Water Shortage. Tried to convince me he had proof, even. I didn't buy any of it. He went over to Westside to talk to Tom Anderson. Anderson's a Follower of the Apocalypse. Helps the people in Westside grow crops or something."
    (Romanowski's dialogue)
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Courier: "You haven't heard anything more from White?"
    Romanowski: "Haven't seen him. Serves him right if the NCR declares him AWOL."
    The Courier: "Do you have something against White?"
    Romanowski: "He's a glory hound, always looking for a way to get promoted to Ranger. Thinks he's too good to be a regular trooper like the rest of us."
    (Romanowski's dialogue)
  33. The Courier: "Crops in Westside - the apparent water shortage here can't be a coincidence, then."
    Romanowski: "I... really don't see the connection. Look, I'm a soldier, not a scientist. I just do my job."
    (Romanowski's dialogue)
  34. The Courier: "The fields should be getting their full supply of water again."
    Romanowski: "That's... great? So there was a problem, after all. Huh. Well, I'm not a scientist, so it's not my fault if I didn't see anything wrong."
    (Romanowski's dialogue)
  35. The Courier: "You look like you're gathering water. The Westside isn't supposed to have a water supply."
    Hector: "Uh... it's for the co-ops. Mr. Anderson told me to do it - he said it wasn't stealing if it's for the good of everybody."
    (Hector's dialogue)
  36. The Courier: "What went down with Anderson and Corporal White?"
    Clayton Ettienne: "Pretty much what you'd expect. White talked to Hector and then went to talk to Anderson. White made the mistake of assuming that because Anderson's a Follower of the Apocalypse, he wouldn't try anything. Anderson acted docile, but as soon as White turned to go, Anderson shot him in the back. At least that's what Anderson told me."
    (Clayton Ettienne's dialogue)
  37. The Courier: "I heard Corporal White came here to investigate a water shortage."
    Tom Anderson: "No one by that name has come here, I'm afraid. You must've heard wrong. You can ask around if you'd like - they'll all tell you the same thing."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  38. The Courier: "Do you have a problem with the NCR?"
    Tom Anderson: "I don't go looking for fights with them, but they don't have the best interests of people in mind. Certainly not locals. The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  39. The Courier: "It's stealing, no matter who it's for. Corporal White found out, didn't he?"
    Hector: "He caught me and made me tell on Mr. Anderson. I don't know what happened after that, but when I asked, Mr. Anderson said not to worry. But... Mr. Anderson had this look on his face. It's the look grownups get when they've done something bad."
    (Hector's dialogue)
  40. Anderson's confession
  41. 41.0 41.1 The White Wash
  42. Arcade Gannon: "What's wrong with you? Killing Anderson isn't going to bring Corporal White back."
    The Courier: "What's done is done."
    Arcade Gannon: "I guess that means you don't have to apologize to all of the people in Westside you just screwed over. In case you weren't paying attention, you killed the only person who ever gave a damn about them."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  43. The Courier: "Anderson killed White. He deserved to pay for what he did."
    Arcade Gannon: "Fantastic. Now the only influential person who gave a damn about Westside is gone. Great job. In case I'm not laying down enough sarcasm, you just screwed up the lives of a bunch of struggling people."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  44. Arcade Gannon: "Interesting way of handling things. Very sub rosa. I don't know if the Scorpions deserved to be wiped out for something they didn't do, but that's one less problem Westside has to deal with."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  45. Arcade Gannon: "Extortion? Really? You go through all of this only to extort the people who are trying to help Westside? Unbelievable."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  46. Arcade Gannon: "Anderson turned in for the wrong reason and Westside gets to keep siphoning water. It's hard to find justice in all of this, but I suppose this is as close as it gets. Thanks."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  47. Veronica Santangelo: "He's got no resources but a decent cause. We've got plenty of resources and a totally lost cause."
    (Veronica Santangelo's dialogue) Note: Veronica reacting to the confrontation at the end of the quest The White Wash.
  48. The Courier: "Water was being diverted to Westside, but I took care of the problem."
    Trent Bascom: "Westside, huh? I hope the NCR does something about those thieving bastards. I appreciate it, and so do the rest of the farmers. Maybe you don't want for food much, but you can sell these on the market for a good price. Like I said, we're much obliged for the help."
    (Trent Bascom's dialogue)
  49. The Courier: "I have an update on Corporal White."
    Carrie Boyd: "I've already talked to Anderson, actually. Came in, confessed, and gave you credit for the whole thing. First time I've ever seen anything like that. Was like you'd done him some huge favor. I've gotta hand it to you."
    (Carrie Boyd's dialogue) Note: This line is spoken if Tom Anderson is convinced to turn himself in as the conclusion of the quest The White Wash.
  50. The Courier: "How do people here manage to survive?"
    Red Lucy: "Westside attracts all sorts of travelers, including merchants and farmers. They come here to exchange their goods, or to seek protection. Our community provides enough food, clothes, weapons and medicine to encourage trade, and to arm our defenses. The Thorn demonstrates, beyond anything else, that we're self-sufficient. Our desert-blood has overcome even the strongest beasts of the Wasteland."
    (Red Lucy's dialogue)
  51. The Courier: "Is Westside part of New Vegas?"
    Red Lucy: "New Vegas has many faces, stranger. Despite everything, it shall never be whole. When the land hunts you, when fighting for survival is the norm, your neighbors become either saviors, or enemies. Westside is a part of New Vegas, just as much as it's a part of the Wasteland. In the end, stranger, we need them both to continue making our fate."
    (Red Lucy's dialogue)
  52. The Courier: "Tell me again about Westside's relationship to New Vegas."
    Red Lucy: "Westside is a part of New Vegas, just as much as it's a part of the Wasteland. In the end, stranger, we need them both to continue making our fate."
    (Red Lucy's dialogue)
  53. 53.0 53.1 The Courier: "What do you do around here?"
    Klamath Bob: "I run the liquor store in Westside. With things this rough, some folks need a lot of booze just to step out the door in the morning. After I close up shop, I walk around and help keep the peace. Not that I'm good with a gun, mind you, but someone's got to do it, you know?"
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  54. 54.0 54.1 The Courier: "What do you do in Westside?"
    Judah Kreger: "I help tend the crops, stand watch for Fiends, and generally help keep things civilized."
    (Judah Kreger's dialogue)
  55. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.304: "[2.01] Westside West Entrance
    This conduit location is accessed numerous times during Quests.
    With Fiends a constant problem, the Westside Militia has created an impressive, two-tier approach to defending the gate that leads to Westside [Zone 2A]. The Militia are suspicious, but not violent if you haven't interacted with them before. Note the small garden (with plants ripe for picking) and a second, southern entrance [2.03]."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  56. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.307: "[2.12] Monte Carlo Suites
    On the western edge of the New Vegas Conurbation and north of the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters [2.17] is a run-down hotel littered with burned-out vehicles, mostly used for cover and not barricades. This is the lair of the Scorpion Gang, a scrappy and overconfident bunch of mercenaries. They don't listen to reason, so Sneak or attack the first gang member at the entrance."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  57. The Courier: "Can you tell me about Westside?"
    Klamath Bob: "Well, things aren't great here, but I've seen a lot worse. We've got the Fiends to the south of us, and that ain't good. The Scorpions hang out at the Monte Carlo when they aren't slinging chems or getting their heads blown off by the Fiends. Probably the best thing we've got going on is the co-op, run by Mr. Ettienne. Gets some help from of the Followers of the Apocalypse, I think."
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  58. The Courier: "Are there more dangerous posts?"
    Ortega: "Oh, you'd better believe it. I feel sorry for the troops who are charged with keeping the Fiends from overrunning everything. The Fiends are scary because they're unpredictable. One day, they'll be taking potshots at you and then running off before you can shoot back. And the next day, they'll come rushing at you pumped full of drugs and not stopping until you or they are dead."
    The Courier: "If the Fiends are so dangerous, why hasn't the NCR wiped them out?"
    Ortega: "Current orders are to hold the line and nothing more. That's all we seem to do these days - hold the line. I guess it's a tricky situation since there's a vault in Fiend territory. If the NCR went after them, they'd just hole up."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  59. The Courier: "Do you have a lot of run-ins with the Fiends?"
    Klamath Bob: "Not so much lately. The NCR is giving them hell any time they poke their damned heads out. Bless those boys and gals for getting rid of that vermin. I feel pity for any man or woman that gets addicted to chems, but when they prey on decent folk... well, then it's time to put 'em down."
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  60. The Courier: "What's so great about the co-op?"
    Klamath Bob: "Food from the people and for the people. Anyone can buy, but the profits are shared by the folks who make the produce. Locals got these little gardens that do real well. Gosh darn well, truth be told. Ettienne got some help from that Anderson kid, I think. Anyway, we don't gotta rely on merchants so much. And it means the troopers can use all the food they make over on the east side. Works out nice."
    (Klamath Bob's dialogue)
  61. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide
  62. VFSArcadeGannon.txt#GREETING: See prompt 23 & 24
  63. WestsideMiguel.txt: For "Doldrums", see "VDialogueDoldrums1EAngeloTopic000" and "VDialogueDoldrums1EAngeloTopic001". KlamathBob.txt: For "VegasWest", see all topic names sans "GREETING" and "GOODBYE".
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