Instead of specific dates, the recordings use a sequential numbering system that appears to follow a Year.Month.Day naming convention, with October 23, 2077 as the point of reference. The earliest recording, 1.1.2, is made after the bunker was sealed up and in the midst of purges of non-Enclave personnel. The next recording is made a few days later, marked 1.1.5, and shows the failure of external connections, with Eckhart delivering the news two days later, in recording marked 1.1.7 - which also depicts him consolidating his power and purging Enclave members not in favor of continuing the war. This allows for establishing a rough timeline of events related to the Enclave when cross-referencing with other data: For instance, Sam Blackwell returns to Harpers Ferry after the death of Judith Blackwell on February 15, 2084, and kills an Enclave spy, which prompts Eckhart to order his death. The identifier on recording 6.6.1 would place the order in late March 2084, matching up with known data. Note that the chronology is not precise.
Eckhart: Ladies and gentlemen, the news is not good.
It is my sad duty to inform you the Secretary of the Treasury has passed. Acute radiation sickness, it seems.
This, in addition to the unexpected severance of our connection to Raven Rock and the President, means our little enclave is without leadership.
According to the rules of succession outlined long before our entry into this bastion, that responsibility now falls... to me.
I acknowledge the pain you all must be feeling. I see it on your faces, and I feel it in my heart.
Loved ones lost. Colleagues gone. But now is not the time to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by tragedy.
This is the moment to recognize and seize the opportunity that lies before us.
The world outside believes the war is over. That there are no more true Americans with the will to fight. They are wrong.
We are going to fight. We will use this facility to continue the battle against our enemies, against Communism, against all the wretched things that brought this war upon us.
And we will, for once and all, put an end to war.
When we are victorious, there will be no more enemies left to stand against us.
But of course the rule of law still applies here, my brothers and sisters. The Enclave is the bastion of democracy and will remain so, I assure you.
So then, let us vote.
All in favor of using this facility and the resources of this land to continue the war that others believe lost, please move to the left side of the room.
All who oppose, please move to the right.
Hmm. Well, there you have it. I'm sorry to see so many uncommitted to the cause of America. Mr. Grey here will help sort out accommodations for you all. Everyone else, please, follow me down to the Science Wing.
Enclave General: Accommodations? What the hell's he talking about, Grey?
Grey: Not to worry, General. We have a plan for you all. MODUS, seal the room.
Correct. All the rest sided with Swafford and were removed.
Damn. Well, one is enough, I suppose.Leonidas saved democracy with 300 Spartans. Imagine the stories they'll tell about us when we do it with 48. Just make sure our scouts know to keep an eye out for any opportunities to expand our forces.
They'll be made aware, Mr. Secretary.
Yes, Mr. Secretary?
General Harper is not to leave this facility. And he goes nowhere without an escort. Is that clear?
Eckhart: So, what have our scouts found thus far, Major? Is there anything left up there?
Ragnarsdottir: A few good leads, Mr. Secretary. It seems a collection of firemen, policemen, and doctors have started organizing. They're calling themselves "the Responders." We believe there might be some strong candidates among the group for acquisition.
Eckhart: Do you think they'll come willingly?
Ragnarsdottir: Most likely not, but Dr. Norris says he's been making progress on his reprogramming regimen.
Eckhart: We're not going to be able to torture our way back to supremacy, Major.
Ragnarsdottir: No, sir. That's why I think these other two leads are so promising. Grey found a facility. Chinese.
Eckhart: What? The Chinese? Here?
Ragnarsdottir: No longer active, sir. There were a few stragglers in the facility when our men arrived, but Grey and his team made short work of them. It looks as though they were trying to build some kind of invasion force. Robotic.
Eckhart: Were they now? Hmm. Send a contingent. I want it brought under our control.
Ragnarsdottir: Already underway.
Eckhart: Wonderful. And the other?
Ragnarsdottir: Our men made it to West-Tek. It seems they were working on...
Eckhart: I know what West-Tek was working on, Major. Did your men see if the systems there are still viable?
Ragnarsdottir: They are, sir. But these monsters, I don't know if we can control them.
Eckhart: Let's be sure of that. Send a few technicians. See what it would take to make it ours.
Ragnarsdottir: Yes, sir.
Eckhart: Any word on my ... personal request?
Ragnarsdottir: Yes, sir. It seems the automated voting system can be reprogrammed, as you suggested. You say the word and we can begin the process.
Eckhart: I'll be sure to keep that in mind. Thank you, Major.
Eckhart: Colonel Santiago, is it? Thomas Eckhart, Secretary of Agriculture. Good to have you here, soldier.
Santiago: Pleasure to be here, sir. Nice to finally have a solid roof over our heads.
Eckhart: I can only imagine. I'm sure you've seen some horrifying things.
Santiago: Sir. It's like nothing we ever trained for. Not really.
Eckhart: I know. We've all suffered, even those of us here in this bunker. It was supposed to be safe, and.... well, you've seen how few of us are left.
Santiago: I have, sir.
Eckhart: But you! You and your team have fared surprisingly well, all things considered.Making it all the way from the Capital with, I'm told, minimal casualties. Very impressive.
Santiago: Thank you, sir. I try and run a tight ship, and look after my men.
Eckhart: Well, I for one am exceedingly glad to have you here. We've got room and supplies for all of you.Now, I'm told that you've already had some preliminary briefings on our mission here?
Santiago: Your people gave me a very rough overview, sir.
Eckhart: Good. We can't do anything to turn back time, stop the terrible tragedy that's befallen our great nation.But it's our purpose here to make sure something like this never happens again. Is that something you'd be willing to help with?
Santiago: Sir, I would very much like to know more.
Eckhart: So you're telling me we're responsible for this thing? It's what? A mutated bird? Some kind of vulture or something?
Scientist: Mister Secretary, based on the physiology we're assuming something originating from the Chiroptera order before undergoing changes... bats, sir. But it's not just a result of radiation, sir. The specimen was inadvertently exposed to our biochemical tests last year, considered a failure at the time.
Eckhart: How dangerous is it?
Scientist: We're still establishing that, sir. It's mere presence seems to have some degree of contaminative effect on the immediate surroundings...
Eckhart: Can we make more?
Scientist: ... sir?
Eckhart: Can we reproduce this? For the purpose of additional study?
Scientist: With all due respect, sir, this potentially represents a grave threat to the personnel on-site, and I'm not sure...
Eckhart: I'm not asking for concerns. I want results. Do whatever you have to do. Keep this thing, study it, and report all your findings directly to me. Are we clear? And keep it off-site. Where you found it, preferably. One of those old AMS mining complexes, yes?
Scientist: Yes, sir.
Eckhart: And for now, let's not burden any of the officer corps with worrying about this. Understood?
Santiago: Fine. President. What the hell do you think you're doing, ordering my men back from the field? I gave them special permission--
Eckhart: Your permission was reckless.
Santiago: Sergeant Donnelley was trying to find his wife.
Eckhart: And what happens if he does, Colonel? Did you think this through? Did you expect she'd come back here? Live among us? Just a little housewife among all this? We're at war, Colonel! Sacrifices need to be made if we're going to win it! There will be no more special permissions. Men come and go at my orders alone. Is that clear? Is that clear!
Santiago: ... it's clear, Mr. President.
Eckhart: Good. Now please, when he gets back, send Sergeant Donnelley up to me. I want to apologize personally. I know all too well what he's going through.
Officer: ...and that's as much as we know. He ID'ed our operative, killed him, and fled Harpers Ferry.
Eckhart: Jesus. Sam Blackwell. Survived all this time out there. I'll admit, I didn't think he had it in him.
Officer: The Senator reportedly came out of hiding to aid his allies among the Free States. Suppose he thought it might finally be safe to show his face again.
Eckhart: Well, his error is our gain. What are the plans for dealing with him?
Officer: Sir? It's very unlikely he'll come up again. He managed a number of years on his own, and now that he knows we'll be looking for him...I expect he'll go to ground if he hasn't already. And it took so long for him to surface in the first place...
Eckhart: Well, then you'd better get someone to Harpers Ferry as soon as possible. Send Grey. He's has a knack for this sort of thing.
Officer: Mister President, I don't believe Senator Blackwell is much of a threat at this point. And any information he had is so outdated...
Eckhart: He killed one of our men. He is possibly in possession of classified material. Material that could threaten our work here. I want him found, I want him eliminated, and I want it done yesterday.
Santiago: No, Mr. President. I don't agree, and I won't support it.And I assure you, my men don't either. None of us are going to be a party to this.
Eckhart: General Santiago, may I remind you...
Santiago: You know, I'm real sick of you calling me that.
Eckhart: Why? You earned it. You're the highest ranking military officer here, maybe in the nation.
Santiago: It was given to me by a machine.
Eckhart: And you still received every bit of power that came with it. And now it's time put that power to use. Because that's our mission.
Santiago: Releasing Chinese robots and Super Mutants and whatever monsters your people have cooked up on the populace at large has never been the mission!
Eckhart: I want to do this as little as you, Ellen. But we've tried half-measures. If we're going to overcome DEFCON, we need to be committed.
Santiago: No! This is too far, Thomas! I thought I could ignore all the blood you've shed - the Congresspeople, Blackwell, your fellow Enclave members.I've heard the recordings. And I stayed. Because I thought I wanted revenge against the Reds that badly. But not this badly.
Eckart: I'm exceedingly disappointed to hear it, General.
Santiago: What the hell!
Eckart: Ah! Ah!
MODUS: Are you all right, Mr. President?
Santiago: What the... what... did you...
Eckart: I'm fine, MODUS. Call up the guard. One of my men. Have her put in a cell. Keep her sedated, restrained ... and alive. We're still going to need her.