I just finished Lonesome Road and I wanna hear every damn thing you gotta say about Ulysses pls
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA MY FAVORITE MIDDLE AGED MELODRAMATIC MAILMAN AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I LOVE HIM
with how i have played nv, i kinda just. grind to be Strong enough to play the dlc cos they’re my favorite part so this is probably just me but I feel like learning the history between Courier 6 and Ulysses and then learning and growing from it is like. The most important conflict in the game. In my first playthrough i changed my mind from helping the NCR to taking the Wild Card route after playing Lonesome Road and talking to Ulysses.
Slowly learning about him, from the small mention of him in the base game, to Joshua saying he was expecting a different courier, and the direct mentions of him in OWB and DM made me so glad i played the dlc in order cos like. What a fucking build up. You slowly learn about the man who has been keeping track of you, about a person whose your actions previously both made and destroyed his home.
I love Ulysses’s fascination with history, which totally melds with NV’s theme of clinging to the past versus moving on. He just… can’t let go (not unless you got 100 speech) and he has a hard time seeing that in himself, but to be fair he spent much of his life moving on. Moving on from the Twisted Hairs, moving on from the White Legs and Caesar’s Legion, but he can’t move on from the Divide. He dislikes House and the NCR for trying to hold on to old world values, but the Divide was covered in Old World symbols, and he himself wears an old world flag on his back. But in those things, he saw the future. When he reported it i think he said smth along the lines of it being a country drawing it’s first breaths. But like everything else, it’s taken from him.
What I think is interesting is that he doesn’t even really get hung up about it until he realizes you SURVIVED. when you start the game, is pretty much when he starts his revenge quest. He’ll blow up your home like you did his. But MAN he’s gonna make sure you know EXACTLY what you did before he does it. When I played through it was like “man i didn’t even DO anything” but i mean? Technically the courier did do something. They did bring that device. They might not have known about it, but they did do it. That’s what matters to Ulysses, which is something else I love about their conflict. You can’t even guess why this other mailman is so pissed at you, and it doesn’t feel like cheating cos it happened pre-game. Your Courier barely remembers it themselves, if at all.
I’m also gonna go out and say I’ve never killed Ulysses (my speech was always maxed out by the time i hit the first dlc lol) because he’s my favorite, but also… I understand when people decide to kill him. I mean. He does threaten to blow EVERYTHING up. That’s totally fair.
I’m also really sad that Ulysses was intended to be a permanent companion but because Bethany gave Obsidian such a short schedule they were barely able to put him in DLC. I was a bit disappointed that there were p much no Legion sympathetic companions (I mean you could argue Raul… but barely lmao) and Ulysses would have been a great way to learn about the Legion, whether or not you’d choose to align with them.