Once Ashur's lieutenant, Wernher was banished to slavery after attempting a coup. It's also suggested by Sandra that he tried to steal Marie. After being enslaved, Wernher began organizing a slave uprising against Ashur's regime, in collaboration with Midea, the unofficial leader of the slaves. However, to put his plan into action, he required the assistance of a healthy, able outsider, such as the Lone Wanderer, to infiltrate The Pittraiders without being recognized. Wernher eventually escaped from The Pitt, using his knowledge of electronics to deactivate his collar and broadcast a radio distress call to alert anyone who would listen to his situation.
If the Free Labor quest is completed by siding with the slaves, Wernher generally wanders Downtown and can be seen making conversation with the locals. However, he can also wander outside the city limits and seems to get stuck around the Bridge and Trainyard.
Wernher sarcastically refers to the player as "hero", "moneybags" or "joker" in several conversations, depending on the dialogue option the player chooses (offer to help, skip to the part about a reward or insult Wernher's combat skills) when they first speak with Wernher.
Wernher may be a reference to S. D. "Snake" Plissken from John Carpenter's Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.
pcxbox360ps3 Wernher may inexplicably become hostile to the player. If so, he cannot be killed. The console can be used to fix this glitch on the PC. Console users can wait outside his hideout for three full days to reset Wernher's AI, after which he will proceed normally. This may happen if you attack or kill a slave during the Free Labor quest.
xbox360 When you first enter The Pitt, you are ambushed by Pitt raiders. When attacking them, Wernher may suddenly become hostile to you, and/or not to the raiders.