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My job's mainly intel, so the more places I go, the better I'm doing it.”— Deacon
Deacon is a spy for the elusive synth liberation organization, the Railroad. Little is known about his past prior to joining the Railroad, and he readily admits to lying about his own history. Among other things, he claims that he was among the first liberated Gen-3's, that he helped found the Railroad in the 2210s, and that he is the true leader of the organization with Desdemona serving as a figurehead.
The most detailed account that he provides holds that as a youth he was a member of the University Point Deathclaws, a gang which harassed accused synths. Their antagonism escalated to the lynching of a man suspected of being a Gen-3. Shaken by his part in the murder, Deacon left the gang to settle down as a farmer. Some time later he married a woman named Barbara. They intended to start a family, but the Deathclaws reemerged and attacked the farm. The gang had learned - to both Deacon's and Barbara's surprise - that Barbara was a synth.
Enraged by her execution, Deacon butchered the Deathclaws in a bloodthirsty haze. In the aftermath of the slaughter, he was contacted by the Railroad, who were evidently unaware of his prior affiliation with the UP Deathclaws. Despite believing himself undeserving, Deacon swore himself to their cause. As with most of his stories, there is no evidence to prove or disprove this claim.
Claims about his past aside, Railroad historical records hold that he had served the organization as a runner under the name "John D" during and prior to November of 2266, and was among the few survivors of a devastating Institute attack that year. The following year, Wyatt accredited their "pyramid" structure of information distribution to John D's methods in the field, and in March of 2273 he was credited with the creation of the Railroad's "dead drop" system.
Sometime during or prior to December of 2273, he took the name "Deacon" and survived yet another Institute raid on the Railroad, with Pinky Thompson attributing the organization's survival to his escape plan. When Pinky stepped down in 2277, he aided Dr. Carrington and Desdemona in revising the organization's methods of operation to put a focus on security.
When the Sole Survivor first approaches the group, Deacon vouches for the Survivor's character to Desdemona, citing their accomplishments and potential. Should the Sole Survivor agree to join up, Deacon will offer his services as a companion.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
- Tradecraft: Deacon accompanies the Sole Survivor to the Railroad's previous headquarters to retrieve a lost prototype.
- Precipice of War: The Sole Survivor and Deacon escort Tinker Tom to Cambridge Police Station to steal a Brotherhood vertibird.
- Rockets' Red Glare: Using the stolen vertibird, the Sole Survivor and Deacon infiltrate and sabotage The Prydwen.
- The Nuclear Option: Deacon and the other members of the Railroad assault the Institute, freeing the synths within before blowing up the facility's nuclear reactor.
- Tactical Thinking, End of the Line: The Survivor is dispatched to kill the Railroad's leaders, including Deacon.
Effects of player's actionsEdit
- At maximum approval Deacon awards the Cloak & Dagger perk, which gives +40% duration for Stealth Boys and +20% damage from sneak attacks.
- Deacon will become instantly hostile if the player character kills a settler or anyone involved in the Railroad.
- Siding with the Brotherhood of Steel or the Institute in the endgame sequence will flag the player character an enemy of the Railroad, resulting in the loss of Deacon as a companion and turning him hostile.
- After siding with the Minutemen and finishing the end game sequence without completing the optional quest, the Railroad and Deacon will turn hostile when the player character next speaks to Desdemona. You may still speak to other Railroad characters and complete quests for them.
Range of interestsEdit
|Undershirt & jeans
Flannel shirt and jeans
Padded blue jacket
DC guard umpire's pads
Black vest and slacks
(While working undercover, before finding the Railroad)
- "Deacon" is a confirmed alias. His true name is never revealed.
- When passing the persuasion test for Deacon, it reveals that all the things he said (being a Synth, being the leader of the Railroad, etc) are all lies except the part about his past.
- Deacon has the highest sneak ability of all companions and rarely alerts enemies to his presence.
- There's a chance for one of Deacon's disguises to be just him wearing nothing but a left leather leg piece.
- Prior to contacting the Railroad the Sole Survivor may come across Deacon working incognito in some major settlements. He offers some amusing dialog if prompted.
- He is present for the argument between Piper and Mayor McDonough, disguised as Diamond City Security.
- He can be found wandering around Goodneighbor disguised as a "drifter" and later joining in Hancock's speech about the Institute. He can also be found in one of the pods in Memory Den.
- He may be spotted in Bunker Hill disguised as a "caravan worker".
- Deacon will alter his appearance while following you around the Commonwealth. The only constant in his disguises is the sunglasses which he never removes. He has some fixed disguises for certain places (like DC Guard armor in Diamond City, a Vault Suit in vaults).
- Curiously, he will not say anything if taken to Nate/Nora's corpse in Vault 111.
- Deacon is the only human companion who can't be romanced by the Sole Survivor.
- His natural hair color is ginger. This can be found by using the modify looks command.
- He will use the Sole Survivor's past actions to introduce them to Desdemona, such as taking out Sinjin, being a member of the Brotherhood, and being the General of the Minutemen, among others.
- Deacon claims to have visited the Capital Wasteland. He mentions how the Brotherhood of Steel "wasn't so bad" prior to Maxson's ascension to Elder, as well as how the water there is drinkable (referencing Project Purity).
- Deacon's dialogue contains nods to previous Fallout games. These include suggesting "Code Violet" as a team name (which is part of Harkness' override code in Fallout 3), attempting to use what he says is Robert House's personal override codes on Deezer (which he claims to have won in a poker game) and joking about wanting to convince a new recruit he is actually John Henry Eden.
- Deacon appears to be afraid of heights, as he makes negative comments when boarding a Vertibird (such as flying in a 200-year-old vehicle, or preferring "good old terra firma"), wants to get down from Trinity Tower as fast as possible, etc.
- "The big three for predicting people: caps, beliefs, and ego. Get a handle on what's driving someone and you know where you stand."
- "I really want to know how the Big One started. What idiot fired first? Why? What the hell did they think they'd gain?"
- "I never really much cared for the Minutemen. The idea sounds great. But you give small men big power and sometimes you'll pay for it."
- "One time, I got a face change and was a girl for a few months. You should've seen the looks back at HQ."
- "Insert something Shakespearean involving death and your inevitable doom here."
- "Alright. You got me up here... let's go down. Now?" – After reaching the top of Trinity Tower.
- "We got to get to that crash site, even if it means Tinker gets to say "I told you so!"." – When seeing the Alien ship crash land.
- "Your wish is my.... strong recommendation".
- "Got the hang of the Railroad yet? Were just one big dysfunctional family... with guns!".
- "If I were a sniper I'd be there, or there, or there. Isn't this fun?" – When out in the open in enemy territory.
- "Usually it's spa days and macramé, but hey, I'm up for some mayhem." – During Memory Interrupted when Glory asks what he does.
- "Since we're a team, you think we should use a code name? Red Orchard? Or... Code Violet? Or... the Death Bunnies. That'll confuse them."
- "But I had a point here. A lesson, if you will. There're other organizations out there. And, in time, I'm sure they're going to spoon-feed you their own patented form of bullshit. Ignore the verbage and look at what they're doing. What they're asking you to do. What sort of world they'd have you build and how they're going to pay for it."
- "I'm a fan of Grognak myself. What will that wacky barbarian do next?." – When picking up a magazine
- "We're great. We're fricking fantastic. Songs will be written about our sheer awesome-osity." – At maximum affinity
- "Here I was wanting to spend the day reading Proust, then you had to go and ruin it!" – Upon entering combat
- "This will be our finest hour. Tales shall be told of our fight versus the rad roaches."
Deacon appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenesEdit
- pc ps4 xboxone Deacon will be stuck in walk mode after completing The Nuclear Option (Minutemen), resulting in him often falling behind when exploring. [verified]
- Possible fix for PC is to use the console command setstage comdeacon 1000.
- pc During Rockets' Red Glare Deacon can get stuck lying face down on the ground after exiting the Vertibird. This can be fixed by dismissing Deacon. He will revert to normal when you find him in whichever settlement you sent him to. [verified]
- pc ps4 xboxone When in power armor, Deacon's outfit changes affect the armor too, and he will unequip whatever armor pieces are equipped. [verified]
- Additionally, Deacon will unequip all armor pieces at the destination of your fast travel causing you to take him out of the armor, reattach all armor pieces and put him back into it. Deacon may lose the power armor, including the frame, during these changes. This can be seen sometimes in Diamond City when he changes into a Diamond City security outfit.
- pc Deacon can't be told to exit the power armor because he only talks about his recall code. To fix this read the recall code, and then start the dialog and tell him the code. After this it will be possible to make him exit the power armor the usual way. [verified]
- pc Sometimes when giving Deacon an outfit to wear, he will stay in that outfit even when trying to switch to a different outfit. The different outfit will change his body shape, but he will still be wearing the original outfit. [verified]
- pc A rare glitch may occur where Deacon will keep his rifle out, except the trigger will be floating above his hand; he will not move and keep aiming with his rifle while remaining on the spot. [verified]
- pc xboxone He can disappear when Father asks for the Railroad to be eliminated. He won't be in the Railroad HQ until the character sides with the Railroad or starts killing them. Once a side is chosen, the message "Deacon tolerates you" will appear and he talk to you about how you're acting crazy. [verified]
- The only way to fix this is to fire him and come back for him later.
- ps4 When exploring, Deacon's outfit may begin to change rapidly. If you try to speak to any companion after that it will not work. [verification overdue]