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For the Fallout 3 character, see Ian West.
Ian
Ian npc
Biography
raceHuman
affiliationCrimson Caravan (formerly)
Shady Sands
Vault Dweller
roleGuard
Merchant (formerly)
Companion
locationShady Sands
Gameplay
appearancesFallout
Fallout 2
questsRecruit Ian
Statistics
base SPECIAL7 ST, 6 PE, 6 EN, 5 CH, 6 IN, 6 AG, 5 LK
dialogue fileIAN.MSG
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I was a guard for the merchants of the Hub. However, I was shot during a raid by bandits. I've been staying here, since the people have helped me recover. Still, my knowledge of the outside world and my experience make me useful here.

Ian is a short, stocky former Crimson Caravan guard, now a Shady Sands guard and a possible companion who resides in Shady Sands in 2161.

Background

Fallout

A no-nonsense man, he used to be a guard for the Crimson Caravan in the Hub, but was shot during a bandit raid and recovered in Shady Sands. Having a debt to them, he remained in Shady Sands and helps defend the village from raiders and occasionally visits the Hub and Junktown to do some trading. Overall, he is very self-reliant, tough, and rather overconfident.

When asked he says his home is now Shady Sands, but mentions his hometown and having "someone waiting for me back home".

Fallout 2

According to the Vault Dweller's memoirs, part of Fallout 2, Ian died while fighting super mutants in Necropolis with the Vault Dweller, having been burned to death by a flamer. However, in the special encounter "Cafe of Broken Dreams", Tandi mentions that Ian may be a part of the Abbey.

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 2 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

At one point in the planning for Fallout 2, Ian had survived and was living in Vault City under the name of Old Joe. According to his dialogue, Ian would mistake the Chosen One for the Vault Dweller and would reminisce about events from Fallout before realizing the mistaken identity. Commenting on the prejudiced nature of Vault City's citizens, he would give the Chosen One a gun, apparently his old Colt 6520 10mm pistol before sending him away, encouraging the Chosen One to "make proud" the memory of the Vault Dweller.

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Abilities

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

General Services Quests
Companion: yesIcon check
  • Permanent
Talking head: noIcon cross
Merchant: noIcon cross
Modifies items: noIcon cross
Doctor: noIcon cross
Starts quests: yesIcon check
Involved in quests: noIcon cross

Quests

  • Recruit Ian: It's pretty self-explanatory; recruit Ian.

Other interactions

Ian is one of the few companion NPC's in Fallout. As a companion, he is notorious (or rather, infamous) for his problematic inaccuracy in combat. He can - more often than not - shoot the player character instead of the enemies, especially if he/she is in his line of sight.

Otherwise, because of his experience from being a former caravan guard, he can inform the player about locations of several towns.

Tell me about

Comments

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items
Leather jacket 10mm pistol 10mm JHP x72
Bottle cap x63
Stimpak x2

Notes

  • Ian will become hostile if you attack the people in Shady Sands without him being in your group.
  • He can attack with these weapons: Knife, pistol, SMG.
  • He is very precise on long ranges.
  • He can accidentally shoot the Vault Dweller during battle.

Appearances

Ian appears in Fallout and Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes

  • Ian was a test case character designed to see if the engine could handle non-player-controlled followers who would move from map to map with the player's character. Though the initial implementation required some troubleshooting, it functioned well enough for the team to decide to implement more followers.[1]
  • The character of Ian is roughly based upon Ian Dunteman, roommate of designer Jess Heinig. However, the developer found it hard to portray the real-life Ian's characteristics in just a few short lines of dialogue.[1]
  • Ian's line when asked to Tell me about "Apocalypse" is a reference to a quote by Albert Einstein: "I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jesse Heinig, a Fallout designer
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