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The Old North Church is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.

BackgroundEdit

The church is the oldest one standing in Boston. Built in 1723, it is also the tallest church in the city, with a 191-foot-tall steeple.[1] It was involved in the American Revolutionary War on the night of April 18, 1775 when Robert Newman climbed to the top of the church and lit two lanterns to alert the patriots that British forces were advancing along the Charles River. [2]

LayoutEdit

The church has a large main floor consisting of an atrium with some broken collectors and two partially collapsed balconies, both reachable by stairs at the back, or a collapsed part near the front door to the right. It also has a fairly long basement tunnel—the 18/19th century crypt beneath the church—reachable to the right of the main door.

The basement tunnel has a golden freedom trail seal on the wall. The phrase "The Freedom Trail - Boston" is on a turnable wheel with an arrow on the center. The arrow points to a letter and one can activate letters in a certain order to gain entrance to the Railroad (by spelling 'railroad' on the wheel) as part of the quest Road to Freedom. This will gain access to the Railroad HQ.

At the far wall of the atrium, opposite the passage leading down to the crypt, there is a small staircase with a door to the Old North Church steeple. The steeple is actually part of the exterior environment but is fully enclosed except from above; the door exits into the bottom of the steeple stairwell which can be used to reach the roof of the church.

Notable lootEdit

NotesEdit

  • There is a Combination-Riddle in the tunnels. The password is to spell "railroad" with the wheel (it does not matter which way the wheel is turned).
    • While there are multiple letters in some cases (such as "R"), note that only one will be able to be "selected" by the spinning wheel. This means one must enter the same "R" (in the same location on the wheel) twice, for example.
  • If the player character sides with the Brotherhood and destroys The Railroad, several BoS Soldiers will occupy the building.

AppearancesEdit

The Old North Church appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • At the top of the church steeple there are two lit lanterns, a reference to the historical use of this church to signal British troop movements on April 18th 1775, which later came to be remembered by the phrase "One if by land, and two if by sea". Preston Garvey comments on this if he is taken into the church and explains its connection to the Minutemen of Massachusetts. This is also mentioned in the Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide.
  • One of the partially opened tombs (closest to Tinker Tom) bears the headstone of Major John Pitcairn, a Marine who was interred in the Old North Church after being killed in the assault of Bunker Hill on 17 June 1775. Previously he had been second-in-command of the troops sent to destroy Rebel stores in Concord on 19 April 1775. The tombs in the crypt are actually all vaulted compartments in the walls and don't include free standing tombs as depicted in the Railroad HQ section. One of the other tombs bears the Strangers Tomb 1813 headstone.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.

BugsEdit

  • pcIcon pc In some cases, the game will freeze when attempting to enter certain buildings in Boston Common, including Old North Church, making the quest Road to Freedom impossible to complete. The console command coc OldNorthChurch01 will teleport the player character into Old North Church, past the entrance to The Railroad. The console command tcl must be used to go through and open the door to The Railroad properly. Exiting through the front entrance works afterwards.[verification overdue]
  • pcIcon pc Sometimes the Old North Church's front door at the end of the trail can't be accessed making it impossible to proceed. Saving/quicksaving and reloading, even directly in front of the church entrance, should restore the door to functionality. Otherwise, reload a previous save game before entering the Old North Church's general area or use the console command listed above to teleport directly inside.[verified]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.466-467
  2. Preston Garvey's dialogue when taken here

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