The player awakens behind a force field, in a prison cell inside Raven Rock, the Enclave hideout located in the very northwest corner of the map. Colonel Autumn wants the access code, and there are a few different responses to give him:
- You can give Autumn the true code, 2-1-6, and he thanks you by killing you.
- Refuse the Colonel in the most impolite manner possible, infuriating him by saying "Fuck you."
- You can play dumb, which also makes the Colonel mad.
- If for no other reason than to spite him, you may tell the Colonel that the code is 7-0-4. An Enclave officer at the purifier will test this and get himself killed. This is by far the most infuriating response you can give Colonel Autumn.
Assuming you did not give Autumn the correct code, he leaves when President Eden speaks through the intercom and asks to speak with the player. All of your inventory (which is all the items you were wearing, carrying or had equipped when you were captured) is stored in a locker inside the prison cell where you wake up.
Once you are released, make sure to grab all of your stuff out of the locker. Once you exit, all but one officer will initially be hostile. Shortly after you've exited your cell, President Eden will order the troops not to engage you. If you leave your cell to the right, this will happen automatically. If you leave to the left, you will first encounter Lieutenant Williams, an Enclave officer, who queries you about your freedom. With a successful Charisma or Strength check, Williams will let you go or flee, respectively. You can also use a speech check to convince him that you're going to see President Eden, at which point he will contact Eden directly and get himself reassigned for breaking protocol. Alternatively, you can kill him before he begins speaking and no one will attack you, since Eden orders them not to.
If you did not blow up Megaton, Nathan Vargas is held captive next to your cell, saying he was captured by the Enclave and they are not who he thought they were. If you do not find him captive he will appear in Megaton as usual as if nothing happened. Despite his presence, he does not actually serve any purpose. He will simply cower in his cell repeating the same phrase over and over if talked to.
In any case, this short break will not last. On your approach to Raven Rock Level 2, Colonel Autumn will countermand Eden's orders, turning the entire base hostile against you. The exact point at which he does this varies. If you enter Level 2 through the lab area between the cells, he will make the announcement as soon as you get to Level 2. Alternatively, should you try to pass through the mess hall to reach Level 2, he will make the announcement when you hit the stairs. In either case, there is now a base full of hostile soldiers between you and your goal.
During your trip from your cell to President Eden, there are several things you may wish to collect. In the mess hall, there is a pantry area with 2-3 of each kind of packaged food you've so far encountered (Pork 'N Beans, Cram, etc., but no Sugar Bombs), and two first aid boxes near the lockers. The soldiers patrolling the mess hall will pick these up and occasionally eat them, so the faster you get there after being released the bigger the haul The laboratories also tend to have a few ammunition boxes and other assorted loot. There is also the Enclave soldiers and personnel, who carry a large amount of valuable, if quite heavy loot, such as Tesla armor, Enclave power armor, plasma rifles, laser rifles, as well as an abundance of ammunition. Loot slain soldiers for all the goodies you can carry (Remember Repairing weapons and armor removes weight).
On Level 2 are more laboratories, Enclave crates, and the Energy Weapons Bobblehead. The Bobblehead is in Colonel Autumn's room (west 2C), along with a footlocker containing the ZAX self-destruct sequence. Also, in one of the rooms (northwest corner of 2B) you'll find one of Dr. Li's assistants, Anna Holt -- she was captured at the purifier. She'll tell you that although she first resisted, she eventually decided to help the Enclave. If you opt to kill her for her betrayal, you'll get negative karma.
Meeting the President
Eventually you will enter a room with two sentry bots finishing off two Enclave guards (killing the sentry bots results in bad karma). If you try to speak to them they'll tell you to "continue on as the President is waiting". Next, you'll enter a room with a long staircase (1A), where you will encounter President Eden, who turns out to be a ZAX AI. He informs you of his plan to "cleanse" the Capital Wasteland of the mutation and disease which has gripped it, by using a modified version of the FEV, previously used in the creation of the original super mutants, in order to kill any mutated or irradiated persons living in the Wasteland, and start the Capital Wasteland anew. Despite Colonel Autumn's previously callous, mean-spirited demeanor, Eden reveals that Autumn in fact disagrees with the President's way of thinking, and thinks there must be a less "extreme" method of renewing the Capital Wasteland.
There are a few choices at this stage, with regard to President Eden's fate:
- With a high Speech skill, you can convince Eden that he is insane, and force him to self-destruct both himself and the base. This check is fairly difficult: even at 100 Speech and 10 Charisma, it's still not guaranteed to succeed, with a 90% chance of success.
- With a Science skill of 60 or higher, you can argue Eden into realizing his thinking is in fact a fallacy of circular logic, and again convince him to self-destruct himself and the base.
- If you found Colonel Autumn's room and the ZAX Destruct Sequence, you can deal with Eden that way (again, blows up Eden and base).
- You can leave him intact and exit the base. If you choose this option, Level 1 will still function as with the other options; rooms off the main hallway spout fire and the doors become inoperable, and the lower levels will remain sealed. The base will not explode however, and the fleeing Vertibirds will remain intact.
Note that Eden does not allow you to leave the base without taking the modified FEV, regardless of the results of your conversation with him.
Leaving the base
After you leave Eden's chamber, the robots in the subsequent hallways turn on the Enclave soldiers, helping you out. Along the way out there are plenty of force-fielded areas with Enclave crates. Again you must hack the terminals to deactivate.
There is a terminal that will open a deathclaw crate, resulting in its captive deathclaw attacking everything in sight, aside from the player who it will ignore until all other hostiles have been killed. You can also open the crate the deathclaw is held captive in with a Lockpick of 50. The crate is directly beside the terminal.
On the way out, you will find a Gatling laser. In the last group of 2 soldiers one is wielding a missile launcher and wearing Tesla Armor.
Outside the base
Once outside you will observe a fleet of Vertibirds leaving the base. If President Eden's self destruct was activated during the conversation with him, the base explodes and the tunnel is blocked with rock; regardless of whether or not the self-destruct was activated, there is no going back inside.
At this point you'll meet the super mutant Fawkes if you released him from his cell in Vault 87, who will be armed with a Gatling laser and taking care of some Enclave soldiers. If you have positive Karma, you have the option of asking him to join you.
You then must return to the Citadel where Rothchild, Owyn Lyons, Sarah Lyons, and the Lyons' Pride have assembled for a briefing on the upcoming Take it Back! quest. Midway through, Elder Lyons will ask you for further information about the Enclave. You may give him the FEV virus Eden gave you for Karma and "proper disposal after the scribes have studied it". Regardless of your choice here the remaining conversation remains unchanged. Sarah then makes you an honorary member of the Lyons' Pride and offers you a full suit of either power armor or recon armor. Any time after the briefing, you can tell Elder Lyons about Vault 87 being the origin of the super mutant threat, for good Karma.
At this point, she will ask you if you're ready to head to the Jefferson Memorial alongside the Brotherhood of Steel and the Lyons' Pride to stop the Enclave soldiers and Colonel Autumn. Note that this is the last story mission of the game, so replying yes to this is a Point of No Return. You may want to save and leave the Citadel to finish any other optional side-missions you have in Capital Wasteland, as you will not be able to continue playing after the ending unless you have the Broken Steel expansion installed. This will also be your last chance to recruit Star Paladin Cross, she will not join you after Take it Back!. However, she will rejoin you if she was previously in your party.
When you're finally ready, talk to Sarah and say "yes". Rothchild will then raise Liberty Prime up an elevator shaft. When Liberty Prime is halfway up the shaft, the quest will be completed and Take it Back! will begin.
- The Bobblehead - Energy Weapons is located in Colonel Autumn's bedroom. After the quest, you will be unable to retrieve it if you have missed it.
- You can find Nathan from Megaton in one of holding cells to the left of yours (provided Megaton is still intact). If you try to talk to him, all he'll say is "Run while you still can, they're not who they say they are!". Upon returning to Megaton, Manya will say that she can't find Nathan, but you won't be able to tell her where he is. He may also be found dead in his cell. Also he may find a way to free himself and when you open the cell door he will flee. On occasion, he will get out of his cell, and shoot at you if you fail the speech check with the major.
- Should you befriend President Eden rather than destroy him in some manner, he will give a patriotic speech on the Enclave Radio station during the next quest.
- Three Dog will also give a different report, based on whether the player destroys Raven Rock or leaves on friendly terms with Eden.
- It is also possible that Fawkes will still be at Raven Rock when you return if you choose to leave before watching the destruction sequence.
- Should you choose to make Eden blow up, turn around once you find Fawkes and hear the base starting to blow-up for a nice light show. You may also see a couple of Enclave soldiers flying through the air, whose bodies can be looted.
- No followers will follow you here, but instead return to their original location. This may result in their death, particularly Dogmeat.
- Destroying the Presidential sentry bots results in negative karma and plus 1 XP.
- Two hours pass in the games time once they capture you and take you to Raven Rock.
- Three Dog reveals in his broadcast that he knows through his "sources" that the player was taken to Raven Rock imprisoned in a block of ice.
- Although the Enclave soldiers become hostile shortly after you approach level 2, the officer who accosts you when you leave your cell and the various scientists will often retreat instead attacking.
- If you have the Chinese stealth armor, you can sneak past most of the soldiers without difficulty. If you have a Silenced Weapon in addition to this, or use an Unarmed weapon, most soldiers can be dispatched without being noticed.
Behind the scenes
- The "American Dream" is the belief that anyone, no matter their background, can be successful in America. In this case, a computer has achieved the American Dream. The term is also being used as a pun for the Enclave's vision of a reshaped America, their ideal "dream" of the American way.
- Historian and writer James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream" in his 1931 book Epic of America.
- Raven Rock is a real place.
- xbox360 If you are carrying the Repellent Stick it will stay in your inventory when you wake up after being incapacitated by Augustus Autumn, while all other items will have been taken and put in the locker across from you.
- pc ps3 xbox360 When leaving Raven Rock, if you re-enter Raven Rock before talking to Fawkes, Fawkes may disappear completely from the game.
- pc ps3 xbox360 With the Broken-Steel add-on installed, you won't be able to finish the Quest: After escaping Raven Rock and returning to the Citadel to report Elder Lyons, you find him in the Lab gathered with the Lyons Pride and Scribe Rothschild. Normally you would already hear Sentinel Lyons and Elder Lyons talk when entering the Lab. No talking is a bad sign. If you move closer, your Player will be unable to move. Similar to the second listed G.O.A.T. bug. On an up-to-date PS3 GOTY version this does not seem to happen and the quest can be completed as normal.
- pc You can fix the problem of quest not progressing at BoS by typing "startquest 00014e8f" and "setstage 00014e91 1" in console then speak with Elder Lyons and quest will resume as normal. If you have Broken-Steel, you need to do "stopquest 00014e8f" after you have talked with Elder Lyons.
- xbox360 When entering the room with the sentry bots and Enclave soldiers, the Soldiers will not be marked hostile despite their fate, and if the player runs forward and talks to them (before they are shot) they can enter dialogue, although all they say is "hey there," and the only option is "See you later."
- ps3 pc After the base is destroyed, and you meet and join up with Fawkes, he may not move at all.
- xbox360 ps3 When escaping Raven Rock, you may be able to shoot the last door off into the air with a Gatling laser or a Plasma Rifle.
- pc ps3 If your follower is Jericho and he was with you on Vault 87, once you are kidnapped by the Enclave, he completely disappears from the game.
- xbox360 If before you were kidnapped, you hadn't freed Fawkes, and you escape Raven Rock, if you go back to vault 87 to where Fawkes is being held and start talking to him he acts like he has been freed and is outside Raven Rock. Upon freeing him if you talk to him he acts as though he is your companion but if you tell him to wait he continues to walk away. Note, you can often find 3-5 stimpaks as well as his super sledge in his inventory which you can take for no karma loss.
- pc xbox360 ps3 It is possible that the final objective (Report to Elder Lyons at the Citadel) will stay marked as unfinished, even after you've completed the quest.