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You purchased my contract from Ahzrukhal? So, I am no longer in his service. That is good to know.

Charon is a bouncer for The Ninth Circle, a guard for the Underworld, an employee of Ahzrukhal, and a recruitable companion in Fallout 3.

Background

In his youth, Charon grew up around an "interesting group of individuals" that effectively brainwashed him, making him loyal to whomever holds his contract.[1] Charon's current contract holder, Ahzrukhal, mentions that a series of choices brought Charon into his employ.[1] While employed under Ahzrukal, Charon serves as his personal bodyguard and soldier.[Pub 1] He is sent out every "couple of days" packed with weaponry and returns with a bag of Caps.[Pub 1] Charon will refuse to speak to anyone, deferring them to "Talk to Ahzrukal."[2]

Charon, along with Cerberus, is responsible for dealing with threats to the Underworld, including Raiders and Slavers.[3] He also watches over the The Ninth Circle and keeps drunkards in line.[4] Though Charon is loyal to Ahzrukal, he is unhappy with his employment and states that Ahzrukal is "an evil bastard."[Pub 1][5] If his contract is purchased, Charon will kill Ahzrukal to "rid the world of [the] disgusting rat."[5] Azhrukal mentions that Charon has an "annoying sense of morality."[4] Charon is also said to never sleep.[Pub 1]

Publications

Charon’s is Ahzrukhal’s personal bodyguard and soldier. He’s quiet and scary. Every couple of days, Ahzrukhal sends Charon out to run some kind of errand. He always leaves packed with weaponry, and returns with a bag of Caps. He’s loyal to Ahzrukhal beyond question and will do whatever his employer orders. Charon never sleeps—a strange trait even for a Ghoul—and when he’s in Underworld, he hangs out in the bar. There are rumors that he is unhappy with his position but can’t leave Ahzrukhal’s employ.Fallout 3 Official Game Guide/Wasteland Census

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character is a permanent companion.
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This character is involved in quests.

Inventory

Notes

  • When his contract is purchased, Charon says he must "chat" with his former employer. Afterward, he walks to the bar, speaks briefly to Ahzrukhal, then shoots and kills him. If questioned about it, Charon replies, "Ahzrukhal was an evil bastard."[5]
  • If the player attacks Charon as he pulls out his shotgun to kill Ahzrukhal, Charon will turn on the player instead, instantly killing them. Attacking Charon at this time is still seen as an act of aggression and will turn the Underworld residents hostile. Attacking Charon after he kills Ahzrukhal will not turn anyone hostile.
  • He will always fire twice with his shotgun when killing Ahzrukhal, though will die from the first shot.
  • Charon can be asked to retrieve the GECK in Vault 87, but will state that his contract only "entitles [the player] to [his] services in combat."[6]
  • Charon will join the Lone Wanderer regardless of Karma.
  • Charon will become hostile if the player steals items in the Underworld.
  • Charon will become hostile if the player murders non-player characters with good Karma.
  • Charon's employment contract in the Pip-Boy reads, "Note - A piece of paper with some writing on it."
  • Charon has a height modifier of 1.11, making him taller than most human/ghoul characters.
  • Charon will be let into Tenpenny Tower with the Lone Wanderer before even completing the Tenpenny Tower quest.
  • If Charon is provoked and then talked to, he will state, "physical violence invalidates our contract."
  • He is one of the 3 companions that can be sent into the Jefferson Memorial rotunda to activate the purifier if one has the Broken Steel add-on.
  • At the Ninth Circle, he stands in the corner. If dismissed by the Lone Wanderer, he will return there and sit in a nearby chair.

Quotes

Appearances

Charon appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 For some players, after Charon shoots Ahzrukhal, Charon may automatically become your follower, even if you already have a follower with you (including Dogmeat).
  • PCPC Charon cannot be recruited if Ahzrukhal is killed before his quest is completed, as Charon's contract can only be obtained through completion of the quest. Charon will tell the Wanderer to talk to Ahzrukhal, even if Ahzrukhal is dead.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you hire Charon as a follower, he may not follow you through the concourse but will appear again outside the museum entrance.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, Charon will not follow you outside of Underworld but will still appear outside of the Museum of History. This can be fixed by saving outside of Underworld then loading the save game and he will appear.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 When buying Charon's contract from Ahzrukhal, a bug can occur during their interaction that leaves one, or both of them, unable to respond to the player (i.e. Charon will not follow you and/or Ahzrukhal will not talk to you). This bug may happen if Ahzrukhal is asleep. When Charon goes to wake him, Ahzrukhal will say his first line of dialogue and Charon will stay in place. Ahzrukhal will then go to the area he is in originally when you walk in during the day. It can be solved on the PC by using the in-game console command "resurrect" to reset the problematic non-player characters. On the Xbox 360, this bug can sometimes be solved by exiting and re-entering the game.
    • This bug can be avoided altogether by simply waiting for Ahzrukhal to wake up before telling Charon you now own his contract.
    • To fix the bug, just type in the console "select Charon", type "disable" then "enable". Charon should continue to kill Ahzrukhal.
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 At times, he may shoot dead bodies the same way he shoots Ahzrukhal.
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If Charon dies when he is still under the contract, you cannot fire him or drop his contract from your inventory, this result makes the player permanently unable to acquire a human companion. This bug can be fixed by loading an auto-save/save file or using the console to remove his contract.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If you enter the Outcast Base from Operation: Anchorage, Charon will disappear and not come back. The game will still act as if he is still in your party, so you cannot get another companion. A fix to this is to fast travel to Underworld, wait for 24 hours, then fast travel back to the Outcast Base. Charon will be outside the lift and act as if he was told to wait. Simply talk to him and tell him, "Let's go" to get him to follow again.
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Before entering the Tranquility Lane pod, if one has Dogmeat and Charon in their party, they will receive a message saying something about Dogmeat returning to Vault 101. However, they do not receive a message for Charon. This creates a bug that possibly makes Charon disappear. One solution, if The Pitt add-on is owned, is to travel to the Pitt itself, where a message stating that Charon has gone back to the Ninth Circle will display. This should fix the problem and reset Charon.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lone Wanderer: "He's a loyal employee? What do you mean?"
    Ahzrukhal: "I hold his contract, which makes me his employer. He will do what I ask when I ask, without question. You see, Charon grew up around a very interesting group of individuals. They... well, I guess you could say that they brainwashed him. He is absolutely loyal to whomever holds his contract. Unfailing, unflinching, until the day that employment ends. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that he holds no end of animosity towards me. But so long as he is my employee, he is as gentle as a teddy bear."
    (Ahzrukhal/Dialogue)
  2. Lone Wanderer: "Yeah, but..."
    Charon: "Talk. To. Ahzrukhal."
    (Charon (Fallout 3)/Dialogue)
  3. Lone Wanderer: "Isn't it dangerous being this deep into the city?"
    Tulip: "Not really. The Super Mutants leave us alone. I guess whatever they do that turns people like them doesn't work on us. The Brotherhood of Steel will fire on us if we're out in the open, but they don't bother us down here. We've had some Raiders and Slavers poke their heads in, but we've got Charon and Cerberus and everyone else to take care of them. I guess when it comes down to it, being this far out of everyone's way is a good deal for us."
    (Tulip/Dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lone Wanderer: "What does he do for you?"
    Ahzrukhal: "Watches over the bar. Keeps the drunks in line. Pretty much, I point at something and Charon hurts it. He's the best thug a corrupt bartender could ever ask for. He never bothers me with his own annoying sense of morality."
    (Ahzrukhal/Dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lone Wanderer: "Whoa! What the fuck was that?"
    Charon: "Ahzrukhal was an evil bastard. So long as he held my contract, I was honor bound to do as he commanded. But now you are my employer, which freed me to rid the world of that disgusting rat. And now, for good or ill, I serve you."
    (Charon (Fallout 3)/Dialogue)
  6. Lone Wanderer: "Charon, you think you could retrieve the G.E.C.K. for me?"
    Charon: "The contract entitles you to my services in combat. I'm nobody's errand boy. I'm afraid you'll have to get it yourself."
    (Charon (Fallout 3)/Dialogue)
  7. Lone Wanderer: "I want you to use ranged weapons."
    Charon: "If that is what you wish, then it is what I shall do. I must say, that I find happiness in a warm gun."
    (Charon (Fallout 3)/Dialogue)
Publications
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide p.65: Charon:
    "Charon’s is Ahzrukhal’s personal bodyguard and soldier. He’s quiet and scary. Every couple of days, Ahzrukhal sends Charon out to run some kind of errand. He always leaves packed with weaponry, and returns with a bag of Caps. He’s loyal to Ahzrukhal beyond question and will do whatever his employer orders. Charon never sleeps—a strange trait even for a Ghoul—and when he’s in Underworld, he hangs out in the bar. There are rumors that he is unhappy with his position but can’t leave Ahzrukhal’s employ."
Developer Statements
  1. Fred Zeleny on Twitter: "@q0rt @leighalexander Once, @DoctorSpooky found a CL fantasy-hookup request for Charon, the ghoul he wrote in FO3. He considered responding."