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Fallout 3

by Bobbin Threadbare

Part 5: The Museum of History

Part 5: The Museum of History

Alright, so I’ve got no idea what the hell is going on. The flag’s wrong, the names are wrong, the technology is screwy as hell, but that was the Smithsonian and the Capitol building is still right over there. It’s like I’m in America, but not really.

Hey, maybe that’s it. I mean, we were working on interacting with alternate dimensions back in New Mexico. I mean, nothing says they have to be completely alien, just that discovering something this similar on accident is statistically improbable. Maybe the g-man dumped me here for whatever crazy test he wanted me to perform.

It sounds better than my first idea, at least. I mean, we would have reverse-engineered the shit out of that alien tech after we got rid of them, so we should have all sorts of awesome stuff seventy years in the future.

Oh cool, the history museum! I think I’ll stop in before I go to the Washington Monument.

Crap, it’s a zombie mummy! …Wait, this one can talk?

How did she know?!

“Here you are in the Mall of our nation’s fine capital, taking in the sights, visiting the monuments! Face it. You’re a tourist. As for me, I’m the sentry for the Underworld. City of Ghouls? Inside the Museum? For a tourist, you’re pretty clueless…My name’s Willow, by the way.”

Damn, and here I thought they were all mindless and evil and stuff. But they’ve got a city and everything. I hope I didn’t kill anyone she knows.

Well, they did try to rip my head off, so I’ve got that going for me. Maybe some of them really are mindless. I should wait for them to gargle/scream before shooting them.

Wow. This whole trip was worth it just to see a real woolly mammoth. I should go take a walking tour.

“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by The Ink Spots

I don’t want to set the world on fire,
I just want to start a flame in your heart.
In my heart I have but one desire,
And that one is you; no other will do.

I’ve lost all ambition for wordly acclaim,
I just want to be the one you’d love.
And with your admission that you’d feel the same,
I’ll have reached the goal I’m dreaming of believe me.

I don’t want to set the world on fire,
I just want to start a flame in your heart.

(I’ve lost all ambition for wordly acclaim,)
I just want to be the one you’d love.
(And with your admission could you’d feel the same,)
I’ll have reached the goal I’m dreaming of believe me.

Water break! Ah, that tastes…kind of bad. Ugh, I feel…nauseous? Wait a second…nausea, headache, a feeling of fatigue…do I have radiation poisoning?! Seriously?! God damn, and the river was radioactive…is all the water in DC heavy? This sucks!

Well, good thing I’ve got all these packs of RadAway. I was wondering why I kept finding them everywhere.

I don’t want to set the world on fire,
I just want to start a flame in your heart!

This must be the library where they keep all the cool stuff.

Like microfilm viewers! Man, I haven’t seen one of these in years. Too bad I don’t have any microfilm.

(Call me biased, but I think this is the best screenshot I’ve taken to date.)

Now what’s this? Looks like the sign says “Abraham Lincoln’s repeating hunting rifle.”

Cool. Wow, Lincoln must have loved the big game; I think this thing takes .44 caliber rounds.

Good thing those power armor guys don’t attack me. That would have been annoying.

Sure hope this elevator works. Man, I am getting huge flashbacks to Black Mesa.

Everything outside looks so weird from in here.

I mean, really, really weird.

Finally. Now to make the long, tiring journey back to GNR.

Man, that sure was long and tiring.

“And well done indeed. Now GNR can be heard clear across the Capital Wasteland again. That’ll give Eden and those Muties something to think about. But before I get back to my calling, I bet you wanna hear about your dad.”

It’s probably my ticket out of here, so yeah.

“When your dad passed through here, he and I talked for a good long time. He’s a real stand-up kind of guy. He mentioned some scientific mumbo-jumbo which didn’t make sense to me and mentioned something called “Project Purity.” He also said something about going to visit a Doctor Li in Rivet City. Then, he left in a hurry.”

Great, the one part of the description I could have understood and this guy just glazes on over it.

“Wait, have you never heard of Rivet City? Wow. Just…wow. Well, a whole bunch of people got together and turned a beached aircraft carrier into a town. Pretty cool, huh? Just follow the river south from here…there’s no way you can miss it. Oh, and anytime you need a place to crash, duck in here. Be glad to provide.”

Well, that should help. Don’t know why I’d ever come back here, though. I generally don’t see a place more than…oh, twice at most.