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Jacoren
FO01 Overseer Cinematic
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Biography
raceHuman
sexMale
affiliationVault 13
roleOverseer
locationVault 13
Gameplay
appearancesFallout
mentionedFallout 2
questsFind the Water Chip
Destroy the source of the Mutants
Destroy the Mutant leader
Statistics
base SPECIAL7 ST, 6 PE, 4 EN, 5 CH, 7 IN, 5 AG, 2 LK
derived statsHit Points: 30
tag skillsUnarmed: 54
Melee Weapons: 44
voice actorKenneth Mars
prototype id00000008
dialogue fileOVER.MSG
 
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I've made a lot of tough decisions since I took this position. But none of them harder than this one. You saved us, but you'll kill us. I'm sorry. You're a hero... and you have to leave.

Jacoren[1] is the Overseer of Vault 13 in 2161. He genuinely cares about the Vault Dweller and everyone in the community, though he can be a bit paternalistic, even condescending, at times.[2]

BackgroundEdit

When the Vault's only functioning water chip was damaged and shut down, he sent one of the vault dwellers, who later became known as the Vault Dweller, into the wasteland to find a replacement chip. In the course of his adventure, the Vault Dweller ended up defeating the mutant threat, and was subsequently expelled from Vault 13, as Jacoren thought that he would ruin the Vault Experiment by convincing people to leave the Vault.

Despite the Vault Dweller's exile, many people chose to follow him into the Wasteland. It's not clear what happens to Jacoren after the exile of the Vault Dweller. He can try to stop those who want to leave and eventually be tried and sentenced to death for his crime, probably after the dwellers learned about his involvement in the Experiment[3], or he can be killed at the hand of the Vault Dweller after his/her goodbye speech.[4]

He was fully aware of the Vault Experiment program conducted by the Enclave[5], and therefore tried to do everything to keep Vault 13 closed for 200 years, just as the program dictated. As it is quite unlikely that he could have been more than 100 years old, the knowledge about the experiment was probably passed to him from the previous Overseer, most likely one of his parents.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
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QuestsEdit

Effects of player's actionsEdit

  • If the player character has the Bloody Mess trait, the title Berserker, or a low reputation, right after the Overseer's goodbye speech at the end of the game, the Vault Dweller will automatically put away his weapon, draw a pistol and shoot the Overseer in the back. It is also possible to kill the Overseer by pressing the action key to initiate combat just after his speech, and putting him down with one critical shot. If the player character shoots Jacoren, Jacoren falls to the ground with his internal organs hanging from his body, where he uses his leg and crawls in attempt to move to the Vault door before ultimately succumbing to his injury.

Other interactionsEdit

If the PC has an Intelligence below four, Jacoren will explain things in a slow and simple manner. At times getting frustrated over doing so.

Tell me aboutEdit

InventoryEdit

Apparel Weapon Other items
Vault jumpsuit Minigun -

NotesEdit

  • When the Master is killed and the Mariposa Base blown up, the Vault Dweller (along with their companions) will be near Vault 13. However, the cave is much brighter in appearance.
    • Also, when the Vault Dweller kills Jacoren in the end, Jacoren will have a special, more violent animation.
  • When Jacoren is attacked with ranged weapons (the Vault Dweller can't attack him with melee weapons) on his pedestal, two miniguns will come out, similar to the Master's Gatling lasers.
  • He is a very tough character - his resistances to any type of damage are very high and he has a large amount of Hit Points.
  • When the player character comes back, killed a few people and pressed the "end combat" button Jacoren will say that you (the Vault Dweller) turned against us (the vault) and that he can't allow that.

QuotesEdit

Low intelligenceEdit

Final speechEdit

"You've done it! It's... wonderful. Amazing! I'm so proud of what you've accomplished, what you've endured."
"There's no way the people of the Vault can ever thank you enough for what you've done. You've saved all our lives. Who knows, maybe even saved the human race. [The Overseer sighs.] That makes the rest of this even harder."
"Everyone will want to talk to you. Every youngster will look up to you, and want to emulate you. And then what?"
"They'll want to leave. What happens to the Vault if we lose the best of a generation? What if we are the only safe place in the world? You just gave us back all these lives... I can't take the chance of losing them."
"I've made a lot of tough decisions since I took this position. But none of them harder than this one. You saved us, but you'll kill us. I'm sorry. You're a hero... and you have to leave."

AppearancesEdit

Jacoren appears only in Fallout, as a talking head.

He was also to appear in the cancelled Fallout movie, where he was to be revealed as the founder of Vault-Tec and the man who started the Great War.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • I always thought of Fallout's story of drawing straws was something the Overseer thought of. "Look, someone has to go outside, and they may die out there, so let's draw straws". Someone, probably not the Overseer since he wouldn't have gone outside no matter what, demanded that EVERYONE draw a straw in order to be truly fair. But to be honest, the vault dwellers were simply terrified of going outside, and terrified people do not always make the wisest decisions.
    Anyway, when big dumb Larry drew the straw, maybe the Overseer saw a way to rid their limited gene pool of some really bad alleles.
    - Tim Cain at DAC forum
  • At the end of the quest Trouble on the Homefront in Fallout 3, Amata has the same quote as Jacoren saying, "I'm sorry. You're a hero... and you have to leave", right after she exiles the Lone Wanderer from Vault 101.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The name appears in Fallout concept art
  2. Fallout Official Survival Guide
  3. Fallout 2
  4. Possibility if the player have the Bloody Mess trait, the title Berserker or a low Reputation.
  5. Fallout Bible
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