Fallout, Vault 15: A New Begining

Frank's Diary

Of Pipes and Roaches

It’s been a rough month, so rough that i felt that keeping this diary may be the only..‘civilized’ way of venting some of the stress i feel. God have things been moving so fast..I..I guess i better get going.

So about a month ago, I woke to the jingle of my pipboy telling me to report to the classrooms for ‘reassignment’. Everyone, apparently, got the same message and weren’t particularly thrilled. The Overseer, in all his wisdom, decided that people should be reassigned in preparation for the opening of the vault in the next 5 years..way to stir up an already tense vault but then again the Overseer never has been the sharpest tool in the box.

Anyway, I reported to the classroom, hearing the loud mutterings of disgruntled people on the way. After greeting my mum, I sat down and decided to do the same easy GOAT again..why we bother keeping this charade of fairness is beyond me. Afterwards I watched a bunch of guys playing pool, one of the guys, Matt (or..is it Tom?) managed to retain his rations for the week. Good for him. In the evening, i spent some more time working on Andy, I kinda know it’s fruitless, i’ll never get the parts i’ll need..but..it kept my sanity before i started writing this.

In the morning, we got our tests back. I won the prestigious job of vault technician..The same job I’ve been doing since i was a kid, what a surprise. Though not on the night shift.. totally not inconvenient. Most people though lost the jobs they had. Three of the guys assigned to my shift all had different jobs before, Felix was a freaking doctor! Matt (the same guy i watched earlier) was, apparently, a supervisor being groomed for the position of Overseer. Cal was the resident Roach hunter..it turned out that this job wasn’t so different from his last one..

Anyway, I heard later that Matt and Felix both protested their new jobs..must not have of gone anywhere, because both were on shift for our first night.

It was a routine job, go down and fix 3 burst pipes. The other 3 guys mostly watched as Harry and I fixed the first leak. On the way to the second, some bloody radroaches popped out of the vent, We quickly squashed the little buggers and i continued down the junction with Harry behind me. The other guys apparently ran the other way because after Harry and I squashed another batch of the little bastards, we realized the other guys weren’t with us. I was angry until we found the guys all chewed up and in a real bad way. They went back up while Harry and me finished the job. Some first night for the rookies.

Things were pretty uneventful until 3 days ago. We were in the elevator heading to our shift when the power shut off, way to go Overseer! For sending a bunch of untested randoms to keep our vitals going, I found out later that someone fucked around with the generator and purposely damaged it, but i digress. We were stuck in the elevator for hours, me and Harry tried to get it going again to no avail when we suddenly heard scratching on the other side.

We worked quickly to get the door open and instead of a rescue team we meet Garl and his bunch of cronies. I only know about Garl from reputation, a bully turned badass, the de jure leader of level 2. Before anyone else could gather there wits, Cal stepped out and threw a lightning-fast jab at Garl. I admit i froze stunned at what he did, the crazy bastard, as the others swarmed him and Felix, still reading that damn book at the door. Cal was quickly swamped and knocked out. The bastards moved back and called us out, just like those bastards did to me when i was kid..

We charged out, fists flying though the fight ended quickly. I managed to bust my fist real good against the bloody wall..what can i say? I’m a technician not a bloody soldier! I was knocked out pretty quick by the dude i picked a fight with. Though i will say, it was with the help of a mysterious anvil that fell on me randomly. I swear the fates are having a real fun time.

I woke 2 days later with the rest of the guys. Matt somehow talked his way out of a beatdown, why he didn’t do this in the first place will be a constant niggling point in my mid..especially since my hand still hasn’t stopped flaring with pain as i write this. The Overseer and the guards weren’t too impressed with our conflicting stories but nevertheless entrusted us with fixing the damn systems. No joke, the Overseer sent a repair team..then waited two days for us to recover to send us to check on em! What the fuck. I couldn’t keep the rage controlled, i told the bastard exactly what i thought of em and the dick still wouldn’t send security teams with us! He did give us guns..i guess we should’ve been grateful for that small mercy but..I’m not a soldier. The most gun practice I’ve had is with the trusty BB.

We headed out, gotta admit climbing down the rope was kinda fun and arrived back in the systems area. Cal managed to unlock a few of the lockers, I’ve finally got the trusty vault suit and a very nice large wrench, handy in repairing and roach squashing it turns out. I took a nasty burn from the main water pipe as we headed to the generator room, squashing roaches on the way. We saved Mace from, yet, more roaches. As mentioned early I determined the cause of the generator damage and fixed it after a couple of hours of elbow grease. With power restored we got told that the systems had to be turned on manually so we headed back to air purification. The wires were chewed bad, and took me a while to fix. Cal, the impatient git, questioned my ability as a technician (after all the damn work he witnessed me do!?) i called him out on it. I admit it didn’t help then that when Harry kicked it the machine sprang to life. I totally did most of the work but..Harry does know his way round a machine or two.

Next, we headed to the water purifier (my baby) and we found Jordan swarmed by the little bastards. After we ended them, Felix patched up his leg while i did my magic on the purifier. Jordan limped off to fix the main valve while we started to press on, that’s when we heard the scream…rushing back to the generator we saw Mace’s mangled body, i almost kept it together until Matt touched Mace’s head and It came off…I..I’ve never been so sick ever in my life. Certainly no radroach did this.

Disturbed, we headed to the radiation detector and communication room. After the ole’ Franky magic…by pushing the button we got a man named Aradesh on the speaker. Apparently the guys from level 2 stole most of the vault’s supplies, killed the Overseer (good riddance if you ask me) and left! They left the vault! As had almost everyone else! This affected us all in different ways, Matt and Cal seemed more cold then before, questioning Aradesh to the detail, they almost refused Aradesh’s request to go after the GECK but eventually conceded.

We passed a bloody door on the way to the mainframe and noticed a knocked out guy from the repair team, Cheng. While Felix, Harry and I tried to revive him, Cal coldly took a note from his hand while Matt told us to leave him! Seriously! These guys better start remembering there humanity because i mean would they abandon me in the future? It dreads me to think..though as we struggled on, Matt did come back and revive him. Cheng told us that he was knocked out by a guy called Trevor and didn’t know why. He headed to ‘help’ Jordan as we entered the mainframe room.

In the mainframe, a malfunctioning Mr Handy greeted us. I was confident i could shut him down without a fuss as the others pumped him full of bullets and, though i took a nasty hit, i managed to switch him off, while Matt got the GECK. I wanted to check to route were we saw the bloody hand print but the rest of the guys rushed for the way out..i guess if anyone was down there they hand plenty of time to head on out..

On the way back, we were ambushed by the thing that got Mace, a skinless MONSTER that looked almost human, in a extremely fucked up way. We pumped a lot of bullets into the freak and it finally went down, though it certainly hasn’t left my nightmares yet, and i doubt it will for awhile. After killing the freak, we heard the sound of fighting down the hall. When we got to the main water valve, Cheng was standing over Jordan’s bloody body. He quickly switched off the valve and ran as we gave chase. Cal couldn’t quite get him in the leg and the smug bastard got in the elevator before us and thought he had made his escape.

Pff as if, I quickly rerouted the power and brought the elevator swiftly back down. I put my best smug grin on as the elevator door opened revealing the poor bastard. I admit, it didn’t bother me as my comrades fell upon him with wrenches and guns. He shouldn’t challenge this technical genius, thinking he bested me! The bastard suffered but is still alive, maybe we can find out more info later.

Anyway we took the Geck to Aradesh, a smart looking guy, thinking our job was done. He tasked us through Matt, our supposed ‘Leader’, to survey an area with a decent water purity and clear it out. Matt’s a great guy and worthy to lead us..but he’s gonna need us to keep his humanity in check.

And..that’s about it, we’re gonna head out tomorrow, in the downtime i managed to get that Mr Handy we found up and running, program complete and everything. I know it’s not the true Andy but…I’ma gonna call him Andy all the same.

Also, found my folks safe and sound. If Aradesh’s plan works then hopefully they can be safe out there..but after the last few days..i doubt it.

We’re gonna need all the help we can get..I mean..If we met horrible things inside this vault then what horrors await us out there?

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