Fallout universe Health and Food-related headcanons

Because I’m a holistic health and homesteading nut… :’)

  • Sea salt is a major export of coastal states.
  • Another export of coastal states is whale blubber, which is extremely rare and difficult to obtain. It is a high-end source of carbs (see studies on Inuit diets if you want more about that) and would be a delicacy within upper-class settlements.
  • Salt is one of the only existing seasonings (and is used heavily in meat preservation, making cold cuts and little dried fish quite common!), any internationally sourced spices would have long since been used up, never to be replenished.
  • Because of this, Peppercorns are extremely rare, and a very high priced commodity prized more-so as conversation pieces than culinary tools.
  • Salt is also used in hair products. Mixed with warm water and vodka/rum it makes a great volumizer!
  • Tea brewed with hubflower has similar effects to caffeine.
  • Hubflower and mentats make one hell of an energy drink, like ginkgo tea on crack lol
  • We can assume that bees still exist post-war, because of the remaining flora in the Wastes. Honey is the major sweetener, although it is sold at a premium because beekeeping would be a very dangerous career. (Raiding parties would hit beekeeping farms hard)
  • If you see someone without a pocket-full of pemmican on them they’re probably dead tbh
  • Ketosis is common but not completely necessary. Farms and settlements often have razorgrain, maize/corn, tatos and various tubers, which are the major carbohydrate sources.
  • Razorgrain and corn flour/meal is a winter staple. Most people consist off of breads and snow-buried caches filled with thin meats in areas where the ground becomes inhospitable with the cold months.
  • Despite conflicting dialogue concerning the existence of fish, FISH DEFINITELY STILL EXIST
  • Pruno, moonshine, mead and beer are extremely common, as the means to craft them are widely available.
  • Common household nutrient supplements would include: cured liver, bone broth, and gelatin. 
  • Daily oral care consists of alcohol-based mouthwash (straight vodka, preferably), and brushing with tallow soap.
  • Tallow-based soap is readily available and decent hygiene really isn’t a huge issue with anyone who isn’t a piss-poor drifter.
  • ok but can you imagine cornbread with farm sourced honey and mirelurk eggs because i’m hungry as hell rn
  • In controlled environments with plenty of rest and medical supervision, stimpaks can help a person make a miraculous recovery from injury, and erase scarring. However, if used in a high-tension situation coupled with little rest and lack of consistent nutrition, scarring and/or perminant damage will occur.
  • The real-world equivalents of (some of the) Fallout drugs are:
    Med-X: Morphine
    Psycho: PCP
    Mentats: Methylphenidate
    Jet: Methamphetamine
    Calmex: Ketamine
    Day Tripper: Oxycodone
  • People raised in Vaults or who have defected from environments like the Institute have high mortality rates. If their lack of hardcore survival knowledge doesn’t kill them first, the shock of radiation poisoning will.
  • Obesity is next to impossible and a luxury only EXTREMELY wealthy people can afford. As excess weight gain is a product of energy storage (specifically carbs and sugars), the high protein/fat and low carb/sugar diet of the typical Wastelander would leave them in a state of constant energy absorption, coupled with the fact that not everyone is lucky enough to get even one meal a day.


“Let me rephrase. You’re going to let me pretty up these flowers for you, because these look hideous the way they are now, and I want Curie and Preston to have some nice, pretty floral arrangements from their girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively.”

Danse chuckles as Piper gets up, taking her hand to help him get to his feet.

“Alright then, Miss Wright.”

Fic Moodboard - Fifteen Pounds of Hubflowers Are Never a Poor Gift

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

There Will Come Soft Rains - Sara Teasdale

Okay so two days ago my cold symptoms peaked so I was pretty much out of it the entire day, but I vaguely remember playing fallout 4 for certain period of time before I passed out on the couch. So today when I loaded my most recent save file, I found myself standing on the rooftop of Trinity Tower, stripped down to my underwear with couple of hubflowers littered around where I stood. I checked my inventory to re-equip my armor, but to my surprise I was carry nothing but 52 hubflowers and 2 tato flowers.

So essentially, I wandered around the commonwealth picking flowers in my underwear during my cold induced delirium 

Fallout 4 Companions and Valentine’s Day!

Cait: Forgot last minute so she grabs a bunch of Hubflowers and Carrot Flowers on her way to meet the sole and gives them a bouquet. Their date is watching two deathclaws fight and then running away from the winner and hiding in a cave and smooching.

Codsworth: The sole survivor returns from a mission to find their house in Sanctuary Hills immaculately clean. Codsworth must have gotten into their stuff, because all of the vases the have collected have been placed around the house with fresh flowers. He has also made them as close to a pre-war dinner as he could.

Curie: When the sole tells her about Valentine’s day she goes into a bit of an excited tizzy and asks them a million questions about it. The sole completely forgets about the conversation until a month later they are accosted by Curie’s Valentine’s Day extravaganza. The sole has never seen so many paper hearts and flowers. They are everywhere.

Danse: Tells the sole that he has a special mission that he requires their assistance on. He takes them to an old pre-war diner which has been done up with lights and such. He’s a but stiff and awkward the whole time, but also very sweet. They have a nice dinner served by robots, and even do a little dancing to the jukebox. Scribe Haylen helped him set it up.

Deacon: He leaves the sole survivor a note to meet him at the Colonial Taphouse in Diamond city. When they get there, he isn’t there. A little while later he sidles up to the sole survivor at the bar. They pretend they are meeting for the first time and both use false names. Even though all the lines he uses are super cheesy, his charm works. After a few drinks he places a key on the bar, and tells the sole survivor that to meet him in his room at the dugout in. They have ridiculous sex.

Dogmeat: Someone ties a big bow around his and sends him off to find sole with a big old teddy bear in his mouth as a gift. Lots of doggy kisses ensue.

Hancock: He closes The Third Rail for the evening and he and sole have a private show from Magnolia, and the food, drinks and chems are on him that night. They slow dance. Its lavish and romantic and sweet, but as the night goes on things get a bit crazier and hedonistic, in a good way. The night ends with a threesome with Hancock, the sole survivor, and Magnolia.

MacCready: They go for a long walk on the beach. They hold hands and talk about their pasts. He brings a small picnic and they eat it sitting on the edge of a pier with their shoes off an their feet in the water. A mirelurk grabs sole’s foot and MacCready hits it with the butt of his gun until it lets go. When they are done they continue their walk as the sun sets. MacCready throws a dead fish at sole at one point and they throw sand back at him to retaliate. This ends with them wrestling each other a bit and them falling down and making out on a sand dune.

Nick Valentine: Valentine is part of his name so he has to do something great. He has the whole day planned out. They wake up at Home Plate and he makes breakfast in bed, a mirelurk egg omelette. They have a lazy morning, and do a little shopping at Fallon’s Basement and then he buys them some noodles for lunch. After lunch he shows them around some of the more secluded places of Diamond City. They do dinner and dancing and drinks at the Dugout Inn,  not the most romantic place, but its among good friends. Afterwards he takes them to another secluded spot in the city to watch the sun set.

Piper: She isn’t much for sentimental crap, but the sole deserves a nice day, after all they have been through. She treats them to a day of relaxation and pampering at Sanctuary Hills, complete with a mud bath (which she insists does wonders for the skin), a nice bath with hubflower petals, a massage, and lots of snacks. The sole feels clean and fresh for the first time since leaving the Vault, and immediately ruins it by getting dirty with Piper.

Preston Garvey: The general has been working hard, so he decides to give them a day that’s just fun. When they wake up in the morning he tells them that they are headed to the Starlight Drive In for a day of fun, and no working on settlements. A basketball court has been set up, as well as some other fun stuff. All the settlements have send food and drink for a large feast in the Sole Survivor’s honor. After the sun sets Preston has a surprise, the settlers have fixed up the film projector and have found one working film to play. It’s terrible, but they enjoy it anyway.

Strong: Doesn’t care much for any sort of human sentiments. He does something anyway, he gives the sole survivor a heart. Sole isn’t sure what kind of creature its from, but can tell that is is very… fresh.

X6-88: Pre-war holidays have been passed down through the generations, synths don’t normally participate in the holiday or the giving of gifts, but he puts together a little something for the sole survivor of things that he noticed them collecting, fancy lads snack cakes, some ammo for their current favorite weapon, and a few stimpacks. He presents them to the sole before they head out for the day, telling the sole that it is customary to present gifts to those you are close to on Valentine’s day. Afterwards its business as usual.

anonymous asked:

companions reactions to Sole explaining Valentine's day to them?



She doesn’t understand at first why a girl would want a teddy bear or flowers instead of bullets or chems but she supposes things were different back then. Sole suggests that they try to celebrate and she disagrees, “you can give me sweets and a beer any day o’ the week, we don’t need a holiday.” She also jokes about Sole having the hots for Nick since the name of the day. Whenever they do something romantic she’ll wink and nod and say something like, “you know, for St. Nick’s day or whatever.”


She loves the idea of an entire day being dedicated to the romance between two lovers. She wants it to be once a month because it’s so nice of a concept. Sole gets her bouquets of hubflower and ferns and carrot flowers and she’s delighted. She wants it to be called Curie’s day, but then Sole tells her about birthdays, she’s immediately intrigued. Valentine’s Day is her favorite day.


He likes it enough, thinks it’s sweet that Sole would make up a holiday just to tell him they love him. It’s hard for Sole to convince him that they didn’t just make it up, but even after he believes them, he likes it. He tries to celebrate it the way they tell him; getting them nice things. The things he gets them are weapon mods and ammo, and this is pretty romantic coming from him. He surprises them with dinner to make up for the fact that he’s not very good at these things.


He pulls out all the stops, he finds Sole sweets and colas and toys and even nice new clothes. He doesn’t often get the chance to show his affection for Sole so when the opportunity presents itself in the form of a holiday he takes it. Sole is very flattered that he’d actually make the effort to go out of his way to buy all these things. He throws in a few cheesy one-liners and flashes a smile and Sole goes wild. He’s actually a pretty romantic guy given the chance, though he prefers to be low key until times like these.


He’s very sweet on Sole most of the time with or without Valentine’s Day but he gets this strange urge to go above and beyond for them. He takes them out somewhere nice (as nice as it gets in the wasteland) and they have a nice quiet evening together. They go out on the town and he shows them off to everyone, making them feel quite special. He whispers sweet nothings into their ear until they warm up to him for the night.


He understands that it’s supposed to be a romantic day, but instead (with Sole’s blessing) he decides to ruin Nick’s day. He went around to the other companions, handing out trench coats and fedoras to everyone and they all met him at the agency. Nick was amused at first but when they didn’t leave after about an hour he was ready to kick them out. Sole thought it was hilarious and insisted that it become the true reason for the holiday. After everything is said and done he and Sole spend the night drinking and telling stories, it’s actually pretty nice.


He’s very romantic; calls Sole pet names, and holds them close. He tells Sole to get all dolled up and he takes them out dancing. He also takes Sole to dinner but because he doesn’t eat he spent that time watching them with wonder how he got so lucky to have them. He remembers Valentine’s Day, he was always good with dating but in his new body he wasn’t so sure. Sole reassures him later that his body is not a problem and they are very much in love with him.


She thinks the entire idea of Valentine’s Day is a ploy to get people to spend hard-earned caps on things that could be bought any time of the year. Then Sole presents her with a new dress “well I guess if you don’t want it…” they say and she takes it from them with a smirk. She prefers to be pampered on this day and Sole is more than happy to oblige, but she only allows them to get her one thing. Other than exchanging small gifts she doesn’t treat the day like any other day.


He treats it like a major holiday and takes the day off from issuing orders and spends time with Sole. Mostly they just relax around Sanctuary and enjoy each other’s company. They drink wine and talk about the time they spend away from each other but how happy they make on another. He makes them dinner and they give him a massage and the day goes on as a pretty regular day except no one can find Sole or Preston until about noon the next day.


He goes along with it, accepts it as a cultural norm, but doesn’t know whether or not he enjoys it. He asks around for advice from the other companions and, because he goes to Deacon first, he totally screws it all up. Sole can tell that he’s coming from a good place and throttle Deacon next time they get the chance. They try to be romantic with him, praise him for all the good that he’s done and tell him all the nice things they like about him, and he loves it. After Sole straightens everything out he decides the day isn’t so bad, especially because he gets to tell Sole over and over how much he loves them in front of everyone else.


He thinks the whole thing is ridiculous, people don’t need love, they need strength. Love makes people soft and squishy and easy to manipulate. Still, he likes that Sole offers him small gifts and food. They even go out and hunt for things together. The highlight of his day is getting to take down a deathclaw with Sole. He doesn’t regard Valentine’s Day as a holiday, and goes on without acknowledging it.


I’m all yo draw on me folks’re all yo no I couldn’t fukken possibly cuz I can’t draw like Finn like it’s relevant

“Christ, sorry, I just don’t want you to be disappointed, is all! I don’t want to put something next to your hubflower and then every time you look at it it’s all, “well that’s nice, but look at Finnegan’s…”

“Never mind. Fine, whatever, what do you want?”