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Short Stories is a side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Side quest: Short Stories
Talk to Katy in Vault 81.
Go to the classroom in Vault 81.
Tell the children a story.
Reward: 75 XP
Grognak the Barbarian issue #5

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Speak to Katy and she will request that the Sole Survivor tell the children a story about the Commonwealth. Wait for the next class to start (around 9AM) if one is not already in session. When the class starts, speak to Katy again and the option to tell a story is available. (If asked, Katy will advise to stay away from overly-violent topics; however, it does not change the quest outcome.)

Instantly, one of the children will ask if the player character has ever fought a deathclaw. Either tell the truth about the deathclaw in Concord, say it was fought it off with three shots from a pistol, or redirect the conversation elsewhere.

At the end of the story, the children will thank the Sole Survivor, and Katy will give the player character a Grognak the Barbarian comic as a form of gratitude.

Quest stagesEdit

StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Talk to Katy
200 Talk to kids when they are in classThe teacher at Vault 81, Miss Katy Pinn, has asked me to speak to her class about my adventures in the Commonwealth. I should let her know when I'm ready once her class is in session.
300Quest failedIcon crossQuest failed - player let Austin die
400Quest failedIcon crossQuest failed - player killed Katy
1000Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete

NotesEdit

  • If Hole in the Wall has been started, it is not possible to progress this quest as Katy will stay in her room at all hours and class will not begin at its normal time. Complete the quest first by saving Austin Engill in order to resume this quest.
  • The story recounted to the children is the events of When Freedom Calls. If Short Stories is completed prior to traveling to Concord and saving Preston and the settlers, the Sole Survivor will still recount the events of the quest even though they haven't occurred yet. However, one must have gone to Concord prior, or the class won't begin.
  • Even if Preston Garvey is the active companion during the retelling of the story, he has neither a reaction to the Sole Survivor's account of the events nor does his affinity change.

BugsEdit

  • PCIcon pc Playstation 4Icon ps4 This quest will become stuck if you have failed the Hole in the Wall quest. [verified]
    • On PC, it can be forced to progress by using the console command setstage 1338b9 200.
  • PCIcon pc This quest will sometimes be stuck if you try to talk to Katy while she is sitting down. Type resetquest 1338b9 followed by setstage 1338b9 100 and you should be able to proceed with the quest. You can also be locked out of the quest, if Katy wants to talk to you by herself to start the quest, but walks away during the conversation. The resetquest / setstage fix mentioned before works perfectly. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc The first objective to this quest is bugged and will not be marked as complete, even if the quest is successfully finished. This makes the second objective impossible to obtain without console commands. [verified]
    • On PC, this can be remedied by opening the console after agreeing to talk to the kids and typing setstage 1338b9 200 to complete the first objective.
  • PCIcon pc When finishing the quest, it will sometimes pause dialogue when switching from Katy telling the kids to say "Thank you" and when the kids will say thank you. To fix this, move the mouse until you are not in the conversation and rejoin. It might not work at first. [verified]