Pipboy Journal Entry 041813
Well, after a few days out in the wasteland as it’s called, time to write another entry.
We left the area of the vault carefully, a couple of us badly injured. As we got to the exit of the cavern we were in, we saw the brightest light I’ve ever seen… sunlight. The vids don’t do it justice, even though the land itself isn’t the best looking after the radiation and whatnot, the beauty of seeing the sky and the sun and the clouds for the first time sure was a breathtaking experiance.
But, badly injured and with only a few chunks of rat meat for sustenence, we had to go explore the world. And not but a few feet away from the entrance was an enticing looking shed… with these very strange child-size gekkos in front of it. So we approached the shed, trying to get in, and the gekko things apparently don’t like that and come at us. We dispatch them, further depleting our supply of ammo… and try to get in the shed. But it’s locked. Ray fiddles with the lock for a minute but doesn’t do much good… I break out the crowbar he gave me and knock the door right open on the first good tug.
In the shed, we found a couple stimpacks, which we immediately use on our most injured… myself included. We also find a lighter, a med kit, and a book on medicine. And 200 bottle caps, which we later find out is the currency of the land now… I wonder how many millions of these things got thrown away over the years before…
Continuing on, we then run into a pack of rabid dogs. We try to distract them with some of the meat I was able to gather from the creatures we had to defeat so far, but it only worked for a moment. I felt a little bad killing dogs, and broke my gun for trying. And got hit on the head with two anvils. Apparently fate does not want me to kill dogs. We eventually defeat the dogs, I harvest some dog meat, and we move on.
At this point, gracefully, this trusty Pipboy beeped, signalling a source of power to the east. We needed some direction to travel, so this was as good as any and a promising sign of perhaps some sort of civilization out here? If there are raiders and other life out here, maybe there is something better… Here is where that Scout’s Handbook came in handy. I’m not sure if we’d have made it without me to guide them. I read and re-read that scout’s handbook so many times it eventually fell apart. But I know how to get meat from dead animals, how to forage for food and water, and how to travel in the wilderness… so it sure did do it’s job.
After travelling for a while, we come across another person… who happens to be a trader with supplies we desperately need. He also had this weird dog who seemed to be half machine. Clearly all dogs aren’t like this… as we just had to fight some. But this one seemed friendly…. and uh… very … resiliant — the trader shot him with a shotgun to both show us the shotgun, and probably to show us not to mess with him…. if that gun did nothing to the dog, we wouldn’t likely do anything to hurt it either.
Anyway, the trader apparently collected vault things, which seemed a little fortunate to us. Maybe it seemed a bit good to be true, but we didn’t have a lot of choices at the time. We had broken 2 guns fighting the dogs, and needed supplies and ammo. He may have ripped us off pretty badly, but we don’t know what things are worth yet and as I said… our only option. He let us know where some nearby towns were and that was helpful. Maybe we’ll see him again sometime. The only friendly face we’ve seen so far… except for kind of this meat vendor in Conroy….
So yeah, we get to Conroy and immediately see this guy selling meat. We’ve got plenty of our own so we don’t need any of his right now… but he says he’ll give us 200 caps and some meat if we go clear out gekkos from the next building over. We figure that we’ll need more of these caps in town for supplies and take his job. We open the door to find SEVEN gekkos in there, two of them this special gold kind that took a lot more shots to bring down. I wonder how many caps worth of ammo we had to spend to make the 200…. oh well. Natasha was knocked out by the gekkos for a minute, but Tom fixed her up and we finished clearing out the area by smashing some giant cockroaches. Also found some drug in one of the bathrooms… Jet… maybe doc knows what Jet does.
So anyway, we just got back to Dave the meat vendor and collected our reward. We just finished eating a great meal and he’s going to put us up for the night he says. What a friendly guy…