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Good. My task here is to collect the written works of those who came before in order to supplement the Brotherhood Archives at the Citadel. Although most of the pre-war books have been destroyed, there are a few that have survived. But finding a book in these ruins is... difficult. I could have a million Initiates to comb the ruins, and I'd still never come close to recovering every book that remains undamaged.

Senior Scribe Yearling is a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, assigned to the Order of the Word. She leads the Brotherhood contingent at the Arlington Library in 2277.


Yearling is part of the mission to gather pre-War knowledge from the wasteland.[1] Her team set up for the project at the Arlington Library in order to search for records, of which the team subsequently sends back to the Citadel for archival.[2][3][4] Although she has access to the card catalogs, she cannot proceed into the library's main archives due to the current raider presence.[5]

Daily schedule

She can be found in the front desk area of the Arlington Library, collecting valuable pre-War books for the Brotherhood of Steel.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).


Effects of player's actions

  • She will completely ignore the Wanderer if they insult the Brotherhood, and will order them to leave the library.
  • Yearling will direct the Lone Wanderer to restoration ink located on the higher floors of the library.[6]


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brotherhood scribe robe Chinese assault rifle


Yearling states she is part of the "Order of the Word," and Jameson refers to it as "Order of the Quill."[7][8]

Notable quotes


Scribe Yearling appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.95: "Scribe Yearling
    A 30-year-old scribe assigned to the Archives, Scribe Yearling has been transferred to a mission to gather prewar knowledge from the Wasteland. She is young, friendly, and the polar opposite of Scribe Rothchild. She's very dedicated and tends to be a bit shy. When you first meet her, she is in this building but may move to the Citadel; check there if you can't find her."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "What do you do in this library?"
    Yearling: "We have set up this area as a forward operations center for our project. The books we collect can be recorded with the computer systems here. We then ship them under escort back to the Citadel for transcribing into the archives there."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm searching for records from the library."
    Yearling: "It seems that we have similar goals in mind. It's rare to meet someone who has proper priorities. I am Senior Scribe Yearling, Order of the Word. I have a proposal for you if you are interested."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "Why are you collecting books?"
    Yearling: "Books represent the collected knowledge of the world before. Everything from a child's story book to a detailed technical guide has value. By assembling and recording this knowledge, we scribes can analyze it and use it to further the goals of the Brotherhood. Whatever our Elder decides that those goals are, that is."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Wait... Is there a problem with your Elder?"
    Yearling: "It is not my place to criticize Elder Lyons. All I will say to an outsider is that he is not a traditionalist. That is all."
    The Lone Wanderer: "I see. Thanks."
    Yearling: "Certainly."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "Can you help me access the library's archives?"
    Yearling: "The front desk computer has access to the card catalogs, but it appears that it's lost the connection to the main archives. Here's the password. Now, you might be able to find the central computer further in there, but I'm afraid you'll have to do that without me. I'm a scholar, not a fighter."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm looking for some ink. I was told it might be here in the library."
    Yearling: "Hmmm, surprised anyone would care about that old stuff. I think there may be some in the old restoration laboratory a few flights up. Just watch yourself up there, I think it may be infested with rats and roaches."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  7. Yearling: "I am Senior Scribe Yearling, Order of the Word. I have a proposal for you if you are interested."
    (Yearling's dialogue)
  8. The Lone Wanderer: "I'm interested. Continue..."
    Bigsley: "I started out in the Swords. I upped the output of a few Laser Rifles. Apparently some initiates couldn't handle the extra power. A few got hurt. Then I joined the Shields. Bowditch wasn't all that pleased with me proving him and his theories on forcefield resonance were a bit "antiquated." Then I found myself among the Quills. Jameson refuses to accept any fact that conflicts with her rose colored optimistic views. She likes to assign "contradictory" personalities to "field operations." Take for example myself here, or Yearling, exiled to that accursed library. I used to think Rothchild and I were on the same page. Turns out he's happy to blindly follow the old man's orders like the rest of them."
    (Bigsley's dialogue)