fallout cannon

Paladin Danse Headcannons!

-He’s amazingly intelligent, but he’s so serious that he comes off as goofy.

- COMPLETELY oblivious to the fact that he’s really handsome

-6'4 and 255lbs

-Nobody else in the Brotherhood of steel notices this, but he has tapetum lucidum in his eyes. He’s always inside or has his power armor on so nobody can see it.

-He has some good ass reflexes.

-When he does laugh, he has a cute giggle.

-He can read 5 books in a week(Fast reader)

-Bored eater. He’s always nibbling on something healthy, but something.

-From an ethnic standpoint, he might be Latino and Caucasian (Only because he looks just like this guy who I was friends with, and he was Latino and Caucasian)

-He’s a cat person
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@jhaithulier and I were talking about @quinzelade‘s fic By No Constraint and how I got ~feelz~ when it came to seeing bloatfly meat in a dog food bowl in his room, and there was a cat bowl, and then some cans of dog food, too… And I think he’s a crazy cat/dog daddy deep down and I can’t wait to see him bonding with more critters. Basically, we aren’t the only ones who think this way. XD Original images found on a 3am search binge on pixiv.net. Enjoy~

EDIT: Last two pictures are by @logicalfangirl so be sure to visit their page for more art!

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I didn’t know how you imagined Vulpes looking in your fic, so I stuck with the long floofy hair version cause thats the best one. Also, my computer kept fucking up trying to find a Xavier ref, so I just used your icon as one :’D


Since it’s @wildwildwasteland birthday, and I’ve been wanting to draw this for forever, I quickly did this for the day of your birth. I hope you like it :’D

On Deacon (2)

You guys thought I was done talking about Deacon? Ha ha I’ll never be done.

So there has been a lot of back-and-forth about Deacon’s final high-approval dialog (involving his gang activity and his wife) and whether or not it’s true. As we know, Deacon lies. A lot. And just because the Survivor can call him out on his lies, a successful persuasion check doesn’t necessarily mean he’s being truthful afterward. However, as I’ve stated before, I do believe Barbara was real. I believe all of his confession story for two reasons: First, such a lie would be radically far removed from his typical grade of bullshit, and second, I don’t think people have really taken into account Deacon’s present social situation.

So, yes. Deacon lies to the Survivor as a method of feeling out their boundaries. He claims to be a synth with a “recall code” that will scrub his personality but give the Survivor information on their enemy. It’s a pretty basic litmus test for reverence of synthetic life. Later Deacon claims he founded and secretly leads the Railroad in an obvious attempt to gauge the Survivor’s gullibility. These are character checks. These lies are meant to give Deacon a look at the Survivor’s morality to make sure they are of one mind on the entire synth issue, and to assure him the Survivor won’t go and do something stupid like start buying into the Brotherhood’s proselytizing. Brass tacks, they’re lies, but relatively harmless ones.

So what about the whole story about University Point? I could almost believe Deacon might fabricate something about once being a bigot to see how the Survivor would react. Are they dangerously forgiving? Would they condemn a killer, even if they’d reformed and become a friend? Would they dismiss Deacon’s crisis of conscience after the lynching by saying, “So what? It was just a synth”?

But I absolutely cannot believe Deacon would lie about his spouse being killed to the Survivor, an individual who is still recovering from the murder of their own partner. Why? Because that’s not a character check. That’s not a lie you tell and at the end go, “Ha ha, just kidding. Here’s the lesson I’m trying to teach you…” No. That’s a very personal, very raw issue to start poking at just to see what kind of reaction you get.

It’s the kind of lie that, when it’s inevitably discovered was a farce all along, destroys trust. And it doesn’t teach the Survivor that they can’t trust everything they hear, oh no. It teaches them that they can’t trust that lying, emotionally manipulative fucker Deacon. Nobody gains a thing from Deacon using that method to test how skeptical the Survivor is. From the pragmatist’s perspective it makes no sense to risk shutting down a working relationship full-stop just for a little behavioral insight. From a human perspective it’s just a damn heartless thing to do.

And Deacon? Deacon is cautious and paranoid, but he cares about people. I can’t accept that he would be so cruel as turn the Survivor’s pain back on them in order to fuck with their head.

I’ve seen it said that it feels cheap, somehow, that Deacon spills his guts about the U.P. Deathclaws and Barbara to the Survivor; that it goes against the character of the game’s habitual liar to start telling the truth to a person he has only known a short while. Personally, I don’t think opening up to the Survivor “changes” Deacon. Who else could he talk to about once participating in the lynching of a synth when the only other people in his life are militant synth supporters and/or, you know, synths? His story gets out and at best he becomes a pariah, at worst the Railroad kicks him out and he’s left with nothing. I think he truly, desperately wants somebody to talk to about his past, air out the hurt and the guilt he feels, but there’s just nobody else he can talk to. The other members of the Railroad are like his family, but they are not his friends.

I think Deacon would die to protect the other agents, don’t get me wrong. He’ll go to any length to protect them and advance the cause. But as we know, Deacon is already the loner of the Railroad. He spends most of his time away from Headquarters. He doesn’t work with partners very often. He has reservations about how the organization operates. An idle dialog reveals he wishes Desdemona would let them help normal humans once in a while, but the boss keeps all resources allocated to their synths. (And I don’t think Des implemented this policy because she’s ambivalent, but probably because the more “face” the Railroad has the more vulnerable it becomes.) And it’s one thing to wish the rules could be a little more relaxed, but a lot of people don’t know – because it’s tied to dialogs they often never see – is there are hints there of discord between Deacon and the other agents.

The most glaring of examples is the dynamic between Deacon and Glory. Sure, they’re total bro’s on the surface, but there’s a sort of reverse-magnetism that keeps them from coming together. Deacon says as much in one of his low-approval dialogs with the Survivor. He understands the salt-the-earth types like Glory are necessary, but he is bothered by the collateral damage they cause. Sometimes people get hurt who don’t need to be. The Railroad’s reputation suffers. Glory, meanwhile, doesn’t have much patience for Deacon’s “stealth and guile” approach. She’s fighting for her people here, and doesn’t give a damn if a few humans get pissy when it’s a matter of freedom or slavery for synths. It’s why Deacon and Glory don’t work together. They can be chummy back at the base because that’s just the type of guy Deacon is, but they are at odds on fundamental issues.

And it’s not just Glory. If the player sides against the Railroad in the end game sequence they may be faced with Desdemona saying something akin to, “I never should have trusted Deacon.” Maybe it’s nothing more than an excited utterance, putting blame on Deacon for bringing the traitor in on their operation as opposed to blaming herself when she knew she should have been more careful with an outsider. However, given Deacon provides some less-than-ringing endorsements about Desdemona as well, I’m willing to bet there’s some bad blood flowing between those two. They respect each others’ talents and count on them to do their jobs, but I get the sense their ideology is too different for them to be more than allies. Desdemona’s outlook falls within the same vein as Glory’s: synth liberation now, to hell with everything else.

Meanwhile Deacon, the only agent who is out in the cities, who is out listening to people talk, hears nothing good about the Railroad on the lips of settlers. Only more of the same: soulless synths are out to infiltrate your community and the Railroad is helping them hide right in front of your eyes. Deacon has probably made an appeal to Des for a better PR campaign before but got shut down. More important things on the docket, Deacon. Now get back to work.

So does Deacon have friends in the Railroad? P.A.M. is, well, P.A.M. Tinker Tom is certainly unique but doesn’t seem like the type one would go to for heavy emotional stuff. Deacon describes Carrington simply as an “asshole”, so… No? That’s why I don’t think it’s so unbelievable Deacon confides in the Survivor. It’s not just that they’re kindred spirits in terms of what they’ve lost. It’s that the Survivor is on the same wavelength Deacon is: Help synths. Yes. Absolutely. But help other people too if you can. ‘Shit… maybe even help me.’

So, yes, I think Barbara was real and no, I don’t think a man wanting to talk about his painful experience with somebody who can relate “cheapens” him as a character. I can certainly understand why people are quick to question Deacon’s honesty on the tail end of the friendship track, and granted I don’t know for sure one way or the other either. I’d like to point out that nothing here invalidates the arguments made that the Barbara story might be a lie. This is simply how I read into Deacon as a character and is what I choose to go with as my personal cannon.

The technological differences between flights (especially when they’re humanized) have the potential for some comically absurd situations.

I mean, think about it. There’s a fair amount of flights who’d likely use primitive weaponry such as spears, slings, axes, bow and arrow, etc. Even rocks can be used as a weapon (looking at u earth flight.) And while they’re effective in their own right, they’re a stark contrast to Lightning and their brand new, Fallout inspired Tesla cannon.