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A3-21, also known as Harkness, is an Android and Rivet City's security chief in the year 2277. His past is scattered across the Capital Wasteland for the Lone Wanderer to find and decide what fate will befall him.

BackgroundEdit

Rivet City's hard-nosed security chief, 35-year-old Harkness is a good guy and a good friend, despite his rough demeanor. Harkness is extremely fair-minded. He treats Hangar Deck citizens with the same regard as Upper Deck citizens. As a result, he is very well liked by the Hangar Deck residents.[1]

Harkness is a prototype Generation 3 synthetic humanoid, or "Synth" and the most advanced android ever created by The Institute, as of 2277. He originally worked for the Synth Retention Bureau in the Commonwealth, most likely as a Courser. He later escaped after he became sentient and started to sympathize with the escaped synths he was tasked to capture. The synths working at the Synth Retention Bureau are told that those who try to escape are simply malfunctioning, when in actuality their complex AI has allowed them to start thinking for themselves and become fully sentient. The synths that Harkness captured seeded ideas about self-determination and freedom within his mind, thus contributing to his decision to escape. “Self determination is NOT a malfunction,” as Harkness would later say in a holotape before escaping.

While he successfully escaped the Commonwealth, he was hunted by the Synth Retention Bureau like any other escapee. He needed to get facial reconstruction surgery, an altered voice, and have his memories of being a synth suppressed/replaced with those of his new Harkness persona. This was all necessary to hinder the SRB's investigation and help him start a new life. With the help of the Railroad, he managed to get in contact with Horace Pinkerton in Rivet City, Capital Wasteland. Pinkerton was one of few surgeons capable of performing the facial surgery, on top of being familiar enough with robotics to be able to suppress/replace Harkness's memories.

Upon assuming his new persona, Harkness joined the Rivet City security force, eventually becoming its chief officer and member of the council.

Daily scheduleEdit

During the day, Harkness will be outside Flak 'N Shrapnel's weapon store in the Rivet City marketplace. He may be on the top floor of the Bridge Tower from midnight to 6:00 a.m. When meeting him for the first time, if the player tells him they are going to leave, he'll be stuck at the entrance for the rest of the game. However, the player can still walk past him without incident.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: yesIcon check
  • Always
Enslavable: noIcon cross
Companion: noIcon cross
Bounty: yesIcon check
Merchant: noIcon cross
Repairman: noIcon cross
Doctor: noIcon cross
Rents bed/room: noIcon cross
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QuestsEdit

  • The Replicated Man: Harkness turns out to be the android which Dr. Zimmer is looking for. The Lone Wanderer can make a choice to either help Harkness or Zimmer, who then takes him back to the Commonwealth.

InventoryEdit

NotesEdit

  • When first arriving at Rivet City, Harkness will demand the player to "state their business in Rivet City" before he allows them to enter. No matter what the player chooses to answer with, he will always allow the player to enter.
  • If the player does not return Harkness to Zimmer, Harkness will stay in Rivet City in a loop, unable to die.
  • During The Replicated Man quest, after Harkness finds out he is an android and the player is following him downstairs to the science lab, he can be pickpocketed for the key to the Ship's Armory.
  • If the Lone Wanderer allows Zimmer to reclaim Harkness, Zimmer will use a command to restore Harkness to his factory settings. This is referred to as a "recall code" in Fallout 4 and it is explained that every synth has one and the code will activate a hidden subroutine that restores Institute control of the synth in question. This is proven to work even after a complete memory wipe, which Harkness had done.
  • If the player has the Contract Killer perk and kills him using console commands, he will have 4 ears instead of one.
  • Given the description of his former role within the Institute, Harkness was most likely a Courser.
  • He may be seen wearing power armor if Broken Steel is installed and the main storyline is beaten.
  • In Fallout Shelter, Harkness is the only vault dweller who doesn't take any radiation while exploring.

Notable quotesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Harkness appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout Shelter.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • When prompted with his activation code, Harkness will mention all of the 'runners' he 'brought down.' This is a reference to the movie Blade Runner and the book it was based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the movie, Rick Deckard is famous for hunting and eliminating "replicants," which are much like "androids" (or "synths" as they are known in Fallout 4). It is a disputed claim that Deckard himself is a replicant, furthering Harkness's resemblance to him as an artificial being unaware of his artificiality that hunts other artificial beings.
  • One of his replies might be "Oh yeah? And I'm a fairy princess." this is a reference to an utterance made by Max Rockatansky in the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

BugsEdit

  • Should the Lone Wanderer rescue James before reaching Rivet City, Harkness will become stuck at the main entrance.[platforms tag needed][verification overdue]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide

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