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Give your bodies to Atom, my friends. Release yourself to his power, feel his Glow and be Divided.

Confessor Cromwell is the 44 year-old leader of the Children of Atom, a Megaton cult in the year 2277 that worships an undetonated atomic bomb left over from the Great War.


He was born in 2233. Little is known about Cromwell's past: He arrived in his early 20s (he's now 44) and was granted permission to stay due to the blessing and high standing of his successor in the church, who fostered him in the ways of Atom. Eventually, Cromwell proved to be a valuable resource in protecting and aiding the town, and he became an eccentric distraction to most of the citizens of Megaton.[1]

Although he never mentions it, Mother Maya is his wife and female counterpart in his church.

Daily schedule

He can be seen standing in the center of town, next to the bomb and praying to it in ankle-deep irradiated water. He even beseeches Atom to "shape his fragile form." He is heard preaching to his audience about the teachings of the Children of Atom, mainly on the subject of "birthing a thousand stars", relating to his (and the children of atoms) belief that inside every atom is an entire universe. No matter how long you sit there and listen, he will never stop talking.

Interactions with the player character

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  • Church Donations: Donating to the Children of Atom through the appropriate dialogue choice will result in good Karma. The amount of Karma gained is proportional to the amount of caps given to the church.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Wasteland settler outfit - Church of Atom key -


  • Cromwell, like all non-player characters, is immune to radiation.
  • A few of the Megaton settlers gather round Cromwell and watch him all day; even if he is dead, Megaton settlers will stand around as if he were still there.
  • His quotes include biblical references and an overall preachy tone.
  • Despite Cromwell's claim that all Children of Atom must be sober pacifists, you can find a 10mm pistol and whiskey in his office.
  • Though Cromwell will object to the possibility of you disarming the bomb in Megaton, he will not react negatively if you decide to do so. He simply ceases to mention it.
  • Cromwell may sometimes disappear from Megaton but Megaton Settlers will still stand around the bomb as if listening to him.

Notable quotes

  • "Come forth and drink the waters of the Glow, for this ancient weapon of war is our salvation, it is the very symbol of Atom's glory!"
  • "Behold! He's coming with the clouds! And every eye shall be blind with his glory! Every ear shall be stricken deaf to hear the thunder of his voice!"
  • "There shall be no tears, no sorrow, no suffering, for in the Division, we shall see our release from the pain and hardships of this world."
  • "Yea, your suffering shall exist no longer; it shall be washed away in Atom's Glow, burned from you in the fire of his brilliance."
  • "Each of us shall give birth to a billion stars formed from the mass of our wretched and filthy bodies."


Confessor Cromwell appears only in Fallout 3.



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide

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