Madison Li

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Madison Li
Madison Li
raceHuman, Asian
affiliationProject Purity
Rivet City Council
locationScience lab, Rivet City
Jefferson Memorial
The Commonwealth
appearancesFallout 3
questsScientific Pursuits
The Waters of Life
base SPECIAL3 ST, 6 PE, 3 EN, 4 CH, 8 IN, 6 AG, 5 LK
derived stats
Hit Points:510
Critical Chance:5%
Unarmed Dam.:1.05
Poison Resist.:10%
Rad. Resist.:4%
Carry Weight:180
Damage Res.:3%
tag skills
voice actorJennifer Massey
base id000290a3 (labor ward)
ref id000290a5 (labor ward)
dialogue fileDoctorLi.txt

The Enclave. They've attacked Project Purity. James is dead... there may be more. I don't know. You have to do something!

Doctor Madison Li is a scientist working on portable fusion power and hydroponics experiments in Rivet City in 2277.


Early Life and Project PurityEdit

Madison Li was born in 2229.[1] She was a young, idealistic scientist when she met James and fully bought into the notion of Project Purity. Madison hid her growing romantic feelings for James while respecting his marriage to Catherine. The project was going smoothly, and even had the support and help of the Brotherhood of Steel, but soon it all went downhill. Super mutant attacks were more frequent and purifying water on a large scale was much harder than first thought. After James and Catherine had a child, things couldn't get any worse for Project Purity when Catherine died and James decided to abandon the project to keep his child safe. The Brotherhood and the other scientists also left, and Project Purity was put on hold.

Dr. Li is the first distinct face that the player sees, during the birthing scene, as she carries the newborn Lone Wanderer away while Catherine is going into cardiac arrest.

Rivet CityEdit

Although Madison Li was filled with remorse upon Catherine's death, her sadness was replaced with a powerful sense of betrayal after James abandoned Project Purity. She headed to Rivet City, hearing about its thriving scientific community set up by Horace Pinkerton. Soon after she arrived, she began to argue with Pinkerton, as they often had different views on the matters at hand. One day, having enough of it all, Pinkerton left Rivet City and began to live in the bow of the ship. Doctor Li soon became head scientist of the group and began to grow healthy, radiation-free produce like fresh apples and fresh pears.

Return to Project PurityEdit

Nineteen years after abandoning Project Purity, she is older, wiser, and much more cynical. Her life was going smoothly, but things drastically changed when she got an unexpected visit from James, who had escaped from Vault 101 and returned to Rivet City. He tried to recruit Dr. Li in his efforts to revive Project Purity, but she refused, thinking too much time had passed. Soon after her talk with James, she meets the now-adult Lone Wanderer. With Dr. Li's directions, the Lone Wanderer locates James, who returns to Rivet City and is finally able to recruit Madison to help him. Along with several other scientists, they head for the Jefferson Memorial, the location of Project Purity.

Once there, the scientists begin repairs to make things operational again. All is going smoothly, but suddenly the Enclave arrives and quickly overruns Project Purity. A squad of troopers led by Augustus Autumn occupies the project control room, demanding that the project be handed over to them at once. James, not trusting the Enclave, refuses to hand over the project. When Autumn, losing his patience, kills Janice Kaplinski, a fellow scientist working on the project, James sabotages the project, resulting in his death. Madison hesitates for a moment, in shock over the death of James and Janice, but then tells the Lone Wanderer that they can escape through the Taft Tunnel. Madison, the Lone Wanderer, and possibly some other scientists, escape and eventually make it to the Citadel. She speaks to Elder Lyons personally and demands that the Brotherhood of Steel take back the purifier.

After the Brotherhood defeats the Enclave at Project Purity, she tells the Lone Wanderer and Sarah Lyons that the equipment has been damaged, whether unintentionally or by sabotage. She further tells the two that the project control room is lethally irradiated, but it still needs to be activated quickly or the facility would explode.

Later lifeEdit

After the purifier is activated, Madison leaves the Capital Wasteland and travels to the Commonwealth to pursue other scientific purposes, allegedly because she could not stand the Brotherhood Scribes' involvement in Project Purity. However, she could be slightly tolerant to Scribe Rothchild.

Madison Li is yet to be seen again.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

General Services Quests
Essential: yesIcon check
  • Always
Enslavable: noIcon cross
Companion: yesIcon check
  • Temporary
Bounty: yesIcon check
Merchant: noIcon cross
Repairman: noIcon cross
Doctor: noIcon cross
Rents bed/room: noIcon cross
Starts quests: yesIcon check
Involved in quests: yesIcon check


Effects of player's actionsEdit

  • If the Lone Wanderer has killed Three Dog before completing the Galaxy News Radio quest, the player will need to talk to Dr. Li to resume the plot.

Other interactionsEdit

  • If the Lone Wanderer passes a Speech check before going to Project Purity, Dr. Li rewards them with 5 stimpaks.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Doctor Li's outfit Knife Doctor Li's key, misc items -


  • Doctor Li has a unique hairstyle that is unused by any other NPC, as does Cherry.
    • Unlike Cherry, however, her hairstyle, "The Sophisticate," can be selected for the player character if they are female.
  • After the escape from Project Purity, Doctor Li no longer has any dialogue available with the Lone Wanderer; she just wants the player to leave her alone.
  • The door to her quarters is always locked and must be picked to gain entry.
  • Unlike most beds in the personal quarters of Rivet City residents, Dr. Li's bed is classified as unowned. This sometimes results in NPCs appearing at her door fruitlessly attempting to gain access to the open bed, or spawning in her room during their assigned sleeping hours (trapping them inside).

Notable quotesEdit


Madison Li appears only in Fallout 3.



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide

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