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For some reason, I think I should save my game in a brand new slot.— The Chosen One

Bridge Keeper is a special encounter in Fallout 2.

Gameplay

In order to experience this encounter, the Chosen One is required to be at least level 10. They find themself in front of a large chasm spanned by a rope bridge, the latter being blocked by a brown-robed figure, the Bridgekeeper.

In order to proceed to the exit grid on the other side, the Chosen One can either:

  • attack the Bridgekeeper, resulting in him turning hostile and getting support of an explosive mad brahmin.
  • answer three questions correctly, with false answers resulting in their immediate death.

Replying to the Bridgekeeper's questions with the correct counterquestion results in his death. A Chosen One with less than four Intelligence gets asked either the first or the second question and also gets a different third question, with all replies being in-character.

The first question is about the Chosen One's name.

Question 1
Bridgekeeper Chosen One Status
"What is your name?" "<player name> of Arroyo"
"Harry"
"Hakuin"
"Testocles"
"Richard Grey"
"Seymour Heine"
"The Chosen One!"
"Hhhh....Eye...Jay...Kay...Lell..."
"<player name>?"
"Me <player name> wat yore name?"
Correct
False
False
False
False
False
Correct
INT < 4, False
INT < 4, Correct
INT < 4, Bridgekeeper dies


The second question is about the Chosen One's current task, and will vary based on progression in the game.

Question 2
Bridgekeeper Chosen One Status
"What is your quest?" "To search for the holy GECK."
"To search for a way to save my village."
"To find my kidnapped tribe."
"To fix a broken tanker."
"Uh...quest?"
"Mmmm....nnnn....oh...peee"
"GEK. Arro-yo"
Correct
Correct
Correct
Correct
False
INT < 4, False
INT < 4, Correct


The third question is randomly selected out of three, unless playing a low-intelligence Chosen One.

Question 3
Bridgekeeper Chosen One Status
"Which non-player character from Fallout 1 survived to appear in the sequel, although the said person may be now very old?" "Huh old?"
"C-qwell?"
INT < 4, Correct
INT < 4, False
"Which non-player character from Fallout 1 survived to appear in the sequel?" "Wha --?! I don't know that!"
"Uh...Ian?"
"Uh...Dogmeat?"
"Uh...Tandi?"
"Uh...Tycho?"
"Uh...Harold?"
"What do you mean? Do you count special encounters as..."
"What do you mean? NPC allies or NPC enemies?"
False
False
Correct
Correct
False
Correct
False
Bridgekeeper dies
"How much weight can a person with a Strength of six carry assuming he has the Strong Back perk?" "I don't really know."
"Uh...two hundred pounds?"
"Uh...two hundred twenty-five pounds?"
"Uh...two hundred and fifty pounds?"
"Uh...two hundred and seventy-five pounds?"
"Uh...three hundred pounds?"
"Uh...three hundred and twenty-five pounds?"
"How many levels of the Strong Back perk does the person have?"
False
False
Correct
False
False
False
False
Bridgekeeper dies
"What is the minimum requirement for the Quick Pockets perk?" "I don't really know."
"Uh...strength of five?"
"Uh...agility of five?"
"Uh...agility of six?"
"Uh...level three?"
"Uh...level six?"
"Uh...level nine?"
"What do you mean? The statistic or level requirement?"
False
False
Correct
False
Correct
False
False
Bridgekeeper dies

The outcome of the encounter depends on the choices made:

  • Answering all questions correctly and earning passage results in no extra rewards.
  • Killing the Bridgekeeper with a counterquestion grants 500 XP and his robes.
  • Attacking and killing the Bridgekeeper without answering his questions grants 7,500 XP and results in a loss of 10 Karma.

Notes

  • Out of all special encounters, this encounter has the highest probability of occurring.
  • Both the Chosen One and the Bridgekeeper may break the fourth wall:
    • Before the encounter, the Chosen One states that "For some reason, I think I should save my game in a brand new slot."
    • After the encounter and if alive, the Bridgekeeper complains about his acting career and contemplates over getting into repairing cars instead.[1]

Behind the scenes

This encounter is a reference to the "Bridge of Death" scene from the comedic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

References

  1. Bridgekeeper: "I never get to ask the good questions. I am going to talk to my agent about all this. I keep telling him I have to stop doing these cheese gigs. How am I ever going to get respect that I deserve being in low budget movies and video games. Hmmm.. I should really think about getting into car repair. I hear that is where all the money is made these days."
    (Bridgekeeper's dialogue)