My name is Nate Purkeypile and I am a world artist on Fallout 3. My main responsibilities on Fallout 3 were major locations, lighting, and creating kits for the level design department to create areas with. One of the main reasons that I have always been a fan of the Fallout series is that it lets you tell your own story. Instead of forcing you along a linear storyline, you are free to do whatever you want and play as whatever kind of character you want to. When the time came to start playing through Fallout 3, I decided to see just how far I could take the idea of not just playing the game, but playing as a character. Each time that I played the game, even though I knew every nook and cranny of the world, I had a ton of fun and every playthrough was wildly different.
Edward the Cannibal
Edward was always very talented with small guns and how to repair them, when he was growing up in the Vault he always dreamed of being a hero and making his father proud. Initially, he was just a good guy who was wandering the wastelands checking out all the wonderful things to see. Since he was mostly just roaming around and not doing specific quests for people, a couple of times, things went wrong. Sometimes, a grenade would be thrown, and someone who was not supposed to be there, died accidentally. Eventually he started to get a reputation as an “evil-doer”. This made him very sad, because he thought he was being a hero of the wastes. A clean-shaven one at that, beards were for evil people as far as he was concerned.
One day, they started to send hit squads after him. At this point, he was very talented with small guns, and due to his skill at repairing weapons, he was able to build a massive stockpile of weapons. The result of this is that they had pissed off a badass with a lot of caps to burn. This is when things started to turn sour. He decided that if they thought he was evil, he was going to show them just how evil he could be. He joined the slavers, he grew a beard and he started stealing things. He was no longer a hero to the people.
The more crimes he committed, the more he enjoyed it. He started amassing more and more wealth from all the people he killed. One day he made a wonderful discovery… people tasted great! He stopped eating things like “Sugar Bombs”; instead he devoured every single person he killed. It didn’t matter if he actually needed to do it to survive, he would do it anyways just to spite them. Occasionally, people would mistake him for a hero still. He would come upon super mutant camps, and he would destroy every mutant, the captives were so happy to see him, “Oh thank you for rescuing me!” they would say. Little did they realize, the only reason he had killed the mutants, was to get a nice tasty meal.
By the end of his adventures, he was rich beyond his wildest dreams. The wasteland was filled with weapons and ammo that he was highly proficient at, so he never had to spend a dime. He just made more and more money as he destroyed town after town. The wasteland had gotten what it deserved by deciding he was a villain.
Bob the Drunken Do-Gooder
When he was born, his father used to give him whiskey to stop him from crying. His father was a great man and taught him how to uphold a code of honor, but Bob always had a weakness for the sauce. In the Vault, it was never much of a problem, because there wasn’t that much alcohol around. Once he got out into the wasteland though, it became a real problem for him. One day though, he figured out that beer was his path to salvation. If it made him swing his hammer harder, then he knew he was destined to drink all of the beer he could find and to destroy the evil-doers with his hammer.
He always took a beating in a fight, because he was too stubborn to use guns, but he always managed to pull through. Sometimes, in a fight, his strength would start to falter, but he was always ready with another beer. This brought his strength back, and he was ready to be a hero to the people again. Slowly but surely he managed to get more respect and better equipment. He never wanted to use guns though, so he was ultimately always at a disadvantage. One day, he eventually found a nice warm hat. He was really happy about this, because he had started to go bald at an early age. That was part of why he grew a beard, to prove to people that he was still a man. He ended up spending most of his money on his enormous medical bills, so he was never a very rich man. He always knew he was doing the right thing though.
Stanley the Emotionally Scarred Coward
Stanley was not always a coward, but one day, when he was ten years old, his Dad forced him to kill a radroach. He didn’t want to do it, but his dad locked him in the lower levels of the Vault and refused to let him leave until he finally killed the helpless roach. Ever since that day, he decided he would never kill anything ever again. No matter what the cost or how mean they were to him, he would never lay a hand on anything. It was a hard road, but he was able to pull it off in the end. He spent his time figuring out how to talk his way out of situations and he also became very adept with computers, picking locks and sneaking around. He knew that sometimes words wouldn’t solve everything.
The first thing Bob learned when he got out into the Wasteland was that it is full of jerks. No matter where he went, someone or something would try to chase him down. He never quite figured out why, but he did figure out that he was a lot better at running than they were. If they managed to spot him, he would scramble over rocks and just keep running as fast as he could. Eventually they would give up. No one had the same drive that he had. They also had terrible diets and wore giant chunks of metal, hardly an ideal outfit for long distance running.
Sometimes, if he didn’t know the lay of the land though, this strategy would backfire.
He found that even though everyone else was super violent and insane, he was able to find a way to get things done without anyone getting hurt. Even though he avoided all conflict, he was still a very talented guy in the end. He was able to pick the hardest of locks, hack anyone’s computer and sneak past almost anyone. He wanted the people of the wasteland to know that violence wasn’t the answer, but they would never listen. This made him sad, so he just kept on running.
Katie the Iron-fisted Hero
Ever since she was born, she thought that everyone around her was a coward. They all insisted on using their guns, but she knew that was because none of them really knew how to fight. She would prove to them that you do not need a gun to be a hero out in the wasteland. Everyone thought she was crazy, so she left the Vault to prove them all wrong.
It was a harsh world out there, and she took a lot of bullets in the early days. It was hard to find equipment that was useful to her, since everyone in the wasteland loved guns so much, so she was forced to rely on the various merchants she came across. Despite this, she quickly became very effective, even with just a pair of spiked knuckles. She was exceptionally agile, strong and she had an iron fist. Because of this, her flurry of punches would destroy anyone, or crazy Brahmin if that sort of situation happened to come up.
She often took a lot of damage, but the fact of the matter is, she could dish out even more. While going into a gunfight with nothing but fists it first seemed like an insane proposition, but it worked out surprisingly well. She eventually started to use a missile launcher, but that was mostly just for fun. She really only needed to use her fists. Since she never had to fire a single bullet, she quickly became very rich. She was able to buy anything she wanted, including all of the stimpacks she needed. She became a hero of the people, and helped out people all across the wasteland. She had proven to the people of the Vault that all you really need is an iron fist and courage.
Porkchops the Fish Lady
Porkchops the fish lady was born as the ugliest person in the entire Vault. Some people thought she was a mutant freak, but the truth is, she was just really ugly. Because of the way she was treated, she became a recluse and spent all her time learning about energy weapons, how to pick locks and how to sneak around. She was highly agile and intelligent, despite her deformed head. Things were very hard for her in the early days. Everyone in the wasteland loved their ancient bullet-based weapons. She had to spend every cap she earned on more ammo for her rare weapons. Everyone thought she was crazy for using such high tech weapons in a world that often did not even have running water, but she knew that one day, they would all be vaporized by her energy weapons. It was just a matter of time.
She made it a point to explore every nook and cranny of the wasteland. As time passed, she started to find better weapons and accumulate more and more ammo. Eventually, she crossed the threshold and started to actually make money. She used some of this money to get a stylish new haircut and some killer glasses. She was no longer a fish-faced weirdo with a terrible and expensive gun, but a joker-faced psycho with one of the best guns in the Wasteland. They would all learn to fear and respect the name “Porkchops”.
At this point, she was a total outcast from society. She wasn’t trying actively to be evil; she just wanted to make money and not be bothered. She hated people; they were always jerks to her because of her ridiculously huge mouth and beady little eyes. As a child, she always had a small teddy bear that she treasured, but she lost it. So she made it a point to find every single teddy bear she could, hoping that one day she would find hers again. She also loved to spend time with her stuffed dog Captain Pickles that she bought for her apartment. All in all, her adventures ended up being very profitable. It was always a hard road because of how rare her favorite things were, but in the end, she was able to destroy entire squads of supermutants with very little effort. At this point she was ready for her final adventure, the search for the fabled Rockopolis.