|Side quest: The Memory Den (quest)|
|Sit in the Memory Lounger|
|Relive your memories|
|Talk to Irma|
|Reward: 150 xp|
Up to 100 caps
Quest marker leading to Nick Valentine
This quest is obtained by entering the Memory Den in Goodneighbor, at any time before rescuing Nick Valentine. Irma tells the player the Den is not accepting new clients, but it is possible to convince her to grant a trial run, either with an easy Charisma check or an upfront payment of 100 caps.
The player character is asked to sit in a memory lounger to relive a recent memory, which is always the kidnapping of Shaun. During the recall, the player can move around the cryo pod space of Vault 111 and click on several targets, including the cryo pods, the scientists in hazmat suits, Kellogg, and the pod containing Shaun and the Sole Survivor's spouse. The player vocalizes anguish as they relive the inevitable, followed by rage and vowing to kill Kellogg after he shoots their spouse. Doctor Amari pulls them out of the memory after the events are relived.
Once the player character emerges from the lounger, Irma apologizes for putting the Sole Survivor through that trauma a second time. It is possible for the player to pass a medium Charisma check and get a refund. Regardless of how the conversation goes, Irma mentions that she knows a good detective in Diamond City that will be able to help find Shaun, who happens to be Nick.
- This quest is no longer available once Nick Valentine has been rescued from Park Street Station. You can begin Unlikely Valentine and even kill some of the Triggermen inside the station, but can go no further than the one-way drop down into Vault 114 (as the only way out from there is with Nick). Afterwards, attempting to interact with Irma, even skipping the conversation with Valentine to keep "Unlikely Valentine" active and running to Goodneighbor, will only prompt her to say that the Den is not accepting new clients.
- If the quest is initiated but the player leaves the Memory Den without entering the memory lounger and goes to rescue Nick, it will be removed from the journal the moment the player talks to him in the Vault 114 Overseer's office. It is not failed, it is simply removed without any notification.
- If the player character has not yet started Jewel of the Commonwealth, the journal entry "Go to Valentine's detective agency" will be entered alongside "Go to Diamond City".
- Even if the player convinces Irma to grant the trial run free of charge, the "Demand refund" option will still be available, granting 100 caps for success. It is effectively a refund if they had to pay earlier, a net profit of 100 caps if they didn't.
- After completing this quest, Doctor Amari will later recognize the player during Dangerous Minds.
- During the memory activating your spouse's cryo pod is the only time the character will refer to their spouse by name (Nate/Nora).
- When viewing the memory it acts very similar to Dangerous Minds with the only differences being the memory does not pause when interacting with anything and not viewing it from Kellogg's perspective.