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Vault-Tec Corporation

Atx playericon graphic 13 no bg.png Vault-Tec Corporation Overview Atx playericon graphic 13 no bg.png


Revolutionizing safety for an uncertain future.— Vault-Tec Corporation slogan

Vault-Tec Corporation, also referred to as Vault-Tec Industries and Vault-Tec, was a pre-War defense corporation that designed and implemented a network of bunkers known as vaults.[6] These bunkers were designed to protect the population of the United States in case of a nuclear event.[7]

Background

The company operated as early as 2031, when it acquired and re-branded Morgantown's local college as Vault-Tec University. Top executives and scientists either taught or graduated from there.[8] The government referred to the effort to engage with Vault-Tec on post-War preparations as "Project Safehouse."[9] The project was classified and protected under the New Amended Espionage Act.[Pub 1]

Quick Guide

Vaults

Before the war, the company constructed vaults, sold spaces to citizens, and prepared for their use in research test environments.[10][11][12] Equipment in the vaults, such as water chips, were faulty and prone to failure.[13] Shipping errors switched water chips and GECK deliveries.[14] Vault-Tec advertised vaults in newly annexed Canada.[15] The company also developed alternatives, such as the Series 1000 Shelter, allowing access for those too far from a full vault.[Pub 2] Employees received the Vault-Tec employee handbook, a publication that outlined everything about the company and its procedures, down to 2.25 minutes (135 seconds) time limit on bathroom breaks.[16][17] Their mascots were Vault Boy and Vault Girl.

A small contingent of vaults were designed to work properly as controls.[18] The other vaults featured a variety of scenarios, focused on researching how inhabitants would react and behave.[19][20] The Enclave were involved in the planning stages of vaults, describing it as "a social experiment on a grand scale" using "a unique set of circumstances designed to test the occupants."[21]

Construction

Vaults featured super reactors, the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, medical devices such as the organ extractor, motion sensors, and SimTek 5000 virtual reality pods.[22][23][24][Pub 3][25] New features were implemented, designed to improve the quality of life of a vault dweller, including SimuSun Lighting, Floorsuck Autocleaner Systems, Culinator 3000 Kitchen Systems, Entertainotron Rooms and Eye-On-You cameras.[26] Locations such as Vault 13 far exceeded its original budget.[Pub 4][27]

Preparation

A large exposition at the Museum of Technology in the capital was designed to promote their shelters and explain their functionality, while prizes like the Pressed Vault Suit Award were also used to promote a positive image of the company.[19][28] The Vault-Tec: Among the Stars attraction at Nuka-World was funded and Vault-Tec bobbleheads were given as gifts to executives.[29]

Vault-Tec was authorized to carry out drills for citizens selected for inclusion in the vaults and operated its alert system. Alert drills were carried out at regular intervals to test admission protocols and members of the experimentation staff were expected to participate in the drills.[30] Compliance and secrecy were accomplished by way of threats and payments.[31][32][33] Vault-Tec authorized its private security to use lethal force during admission protocols.[34]

Products

Structures

Items

Initiatives

Divisions

Image Name Games
FO76 Atomic Shop - Future-Tec Bundle.webp Future-Tec Fallout 76
Fallout: The Roleplaying Game

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Psychological Research Department Fallout 3

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Social Science Division Fallout 4

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Societal Preservation Program Fallout 3
Fallout 4
Fallout 76

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Vault-Tec American Tricentennial Committee Fallout 76

VaultDwellerSurvivalGuidePocketReferenceEdition.png Vault-Tec Documentation Department Fallout 3

F2 VTFilms.png Vault-Tec Films Fallout 2

Vault-Tec Game Studios logo.png Vault-Tec Game Studios Fallout 4
Fallout 76

Papermap city d.jpg Vault-Tec Industries Fallout 76

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Vault-Tec Management Fallout 4

WRLDMP logo.png Vault-Tec Maps Fallout 2

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Vault-Tec Public Relations Department Fallout 3

Pocket Edition Page.png Vault-Tec Science Service Fallout 3
Fallout 4

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Vault-Tec Security Fallout 76

FOWW Vault Tec logo.png Vault-Tec Special Projects Division Fallout 4

Locations

Notes

Appearances

Vault-Tec appears in all Fallout games.

Behind the scenes

Gallery

References

  1. Vault Tec Billboard
  2. Vault Tec Banner
  3. Vault Tec Poster
  4. Vault Tec Billboard
  5. Overseer Barstow: "Vault-Tec's motto has never been more apropos: "Better Living Underground"."
    (Vault 88 radio beacon)
  6. Note
  7. Fallout 2 Vault-Tec Industries billboard loading screen
  8. Fallout 76 loading screens: "In 2031, Vault-Tec re-branded Morgantown's local college as Vault-Tec University, and some of their top executives and scientists either taught or graduated from there. Go Fighting Wendigos! "
  9. Woods Estate terminal entries
  10. Vault 88 terminal entries; Vault 88 overseer's desk, Prime Directive
  11. Valery Barstow: "Well. At least that's over. Let's continue. I tried digging my way to the entrance. With that Control Board, I could've changed everything. But there was simply too much rubble for the equipment to handle. But my work, my work kept me going. Here. Among these papers is my life's work. I'd like to share it with you. Doctor Braun tasked me with something vital. A series of prototypes and their related... well, experiments, that could redefine society. But as you can see things did not go according to plan."
    (Valery Barstow's dialogue)
  12. Sole Survivor: "So these experiments can be run ethically?"
    Valery Barstow: "If you insist on hobbling the prototypes' potential, yes, you could abide by as many ethical standards you'd like. I suggest being more open-minded, but the choice will be ultimately yours."
    (Valery Barstow's dialogue)
  13. Knight Paul: "{134}{}{A Water Chip? The ones from the old Vault-Tec shelters?}"
    Vault Dweller: "{135}{}{Yes!.. Do you have one?}"
    Knight Paul: "{136}{}{No. Those things were junk, they were prone to failure. We don’t deal with purifying our own water here. We have water delivered by caravans from the Hub.}"
  14. Vault City central computer: "{244}{}{Due to a shipping error, it appears Vault 8 received a box of surplus water chips intended for another Vault. The other Vault most likely received Vault 8's second GECK.}"
  15. Rejected letter from Vault-Tec
  16. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal, Message 0101C Bathroom Breaks
  17. 17.0 17.1 Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal, Message 0099D Vending Machines
  18. Citadel terminal entries; Vault-Tec terminal, Vault 76
  19. 19.0 19.1 Vault locations v34.129
  20. Vault 118 Overseer's Log
  21. Dick Richardson: "{222}{prs35}{We had a number of sanctuaries that would enable the glorious American civilization to endure. These facilities - the Vaults - were part of the great plan.}"
    Chosen One: "{223}{}{Those damn Vaults didn't work the way they were supposed to. A lot of people in them died.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{224}{prs36}{Actually, they worked almost exactly the way they were supposed to. You might call it a social experiment on a grand scale. }"
    Chosen One: "{225}{}{An experiment?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{226}{prs36a}{The Vaults were set up to test humanity. Some had not enough food synthesizers, others had only men in them, yet others were designed to open after only 6 months. They each had a unique set of circumstances designed to test the occupants.}"
    Chosen One: "{227}{}{What about Vault 13? What was it's purpose?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{228}{prs37}{Ahh. Vault 13 was a special case. It was supposed to remain closed until the subjects were needed. Vault 13 was, in scientific parlance, a control group.}"
    Chosen One: "{229}{}{But they would all have died if my ancestor didn't get them a replacement water chip. That doesn't seem to fit in with your plan.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{230}{prs38}{An unfortunate, and unforeseen, accident. However, as it turns out, a rather fortuitous one.}"
    Chosen One: "{231}{}{What do you mean?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{232}{prs39}{As it turns out we needed test subjects from untainted, pre-war, human stock - your ancestors in Vault 13 - and some freshly mutated stock - the villagers from Arroyo.}"
    Chosen One: "{233}{}{Why?}"
    Dick Richardson: "{234}{prs39a}{For the Project. It's almost ready. Humanity's salvation is almost at hand and the United States will be the progenitor of that rebirth.}"
    (Qhprzrch.msg)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Power plant operations
  23. Computer terminal: "{103}{}{Welcome to Vault-Tec's state-of-the-art organ extraction apparatus. To operate, please place donor in operating room, turn dial to appropriate species, and select organ to be extracted.}"
    (WSTERM4B.MSG)
  24. Chosen One: "{349}{}{What is it?}"
    Stark: "{350}{}{It's a Vault-Tec Motion sensor. We were going to strip it for parts, since it's too old for our Pip Boys, but it looks like it's compatible with your model.}"
    Chosen One: "{351}{}{How does it work?}"
    Stark: "{352}{}{Keep it in your hand and it IDs hostiles in your immediate area when you use it. Or you can call up the Pip Boy automap as normal, then just click the "scanner" button and they're lit up like a neon sign.}"
    (VCSTARK.MSG)
  25. Vault 92 terminal entries; Richard Rubin's terminal, personal entry 000897398
  26. Museum of Technology Vault tour
  27. Reactor Maintenance and Repair Robot control terminal: "{360}{}{Active PoseidoNet Stations: Atomic Powerplant #5, Navarro Refinery, Control Station ENCLAVE, ENCLAVE Vault-Research Control…AccessDenied}"
    (GSTERM.MSG)
  28. Museum of Technology terminal entries; museum information terminal, Vault-Tec's Vault of Tomorrow
  29. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Vault-Tec employee terminal
  30. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, Admission Protocol
  31. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, Drills, Drills, Drills and What to do?
  32. Vault 81 terminal entries; old overseers terminal, What to do?
  33. Vault 114 terminal entries, PRIVATE: Science Staff Only
  34. Vault 76 terminal entries, VAULT 76 SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS
  35. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Baseball Cap
  36. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Drink Cozy
  37. Vault-Tec bomber jacket
  38. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Leather Bomber Jacket
  39. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec T-Shirt
  40. Vault-Tec headquarters terminal entries; Company Store; Vault-Tec Vault-Tec Golf Tee
  41. Vault-Tec calendar
  42. Chosen One: "{323}{}{Did Vic ever have anything that was labeled ‘Vault-Tek’?}"
    Jenny: "{390}{}{Vault-tek? He might have had something like that. I’m not sure. I know he did have a lot of really old stuff.}"
    (Jenny's dialogue)
  43. DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal: "{242}{}{Presidential Security Passkey recognized, Good day, Mr. President. Emergency Counter Insurgency Protocol initiated (**Malfunction**) Security link offline on this level. Please submit form FG-I-106-32-0635 to authorize repair services. Thanks for using another fine Vault-Tek product. Good day.}"
    (DataPlex 2000 SmarTerminal's information)
  44. Chosen One: "Did Vic ever have anything that was labeled 'Vault-Tek'"
    Jenny: "Vault-tek? He might have had something like that. I'm not sure. I know he did have a lot of really old stuff."
    (KCJENNY.MSG)
  45. Master ending Fallout
  46. V. 114 Interviews
  47. Fallout Crossovers
  48. Unused Content Vault 87 terminal entries; Vault 87 overseer's terminal
Publications
  1. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide inner cover: "NOTICE.––This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the New Amended Espionage Act, 50 U.S.C., 31 and 32. Its transmission or the revelation of its contents in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by the law."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fallout: The Roleplaying Game Rulebook p.250: "After a demo vault was opened to the public in Los Angeles, near the Vault-Tec headquarters, public enthusiasm helped fund the junk bond drive that funded the rest of construction. It was a ray of hope in a profoundly dark time. Those too far from a full vault could buy a Series 1000 shelter, a one-level subterranean mini-vault priced more reasonably for a small corporation or medium-sized community."
  3. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.2—1: "SIMTEK OPERATIONS: The Vault-Tec Research Group has determined that after a long period of security, many Vault-Dwellers will feel “uncomfortable” with the idea of returning to the outside world. The SimTek 5000 will provide a safe and reassuring return to life on the outside world. This chapter will give you a brief walk-through of the operation of the SimTek 5000."
  4. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.1—1-1—2: "Important Vault statistics
  5. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide pp. 2-1 to 2-6: "The Vault-Tec Research Group has determined that after a long period of security, many Vault-Dwellers will feel "uncomfortable"? with the idea of returning to the outside world. The SimTek 5000 will provide a safe and reassuring return to life on the outside world. This chapter will give you a brief walk-through of the operation of the SimTek 5000."
  6. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 2: "Vault-Tec Limited Liability Information: These scenarios were developed through scientific projections obtained from roughly 15,000,000 documented tests using the SimTek 5000, Vault-Tec' Science Service's most advanced post-nuclear simulation. The Vault-Tec Documentation Department has used the most likely projections as the basis for this guide. As this information was gleamed through simulation, we can not guarantee 1 00% accuracy. It is possible that things aboveground will be worse. For this reason, we must remind and implore you that your only real safety lies in a comfortable and sensible life underground."
  7. Playing cards
  8. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide/Map p. 384: "Suffolk County Charter School: These children were lucky enough to be chosen for trials of a new food substitute paste developed by Vault-Tec in conjunction with the U.S. government. The paste was intended to provide all necessary nutrition and have a shelf life of over 100 years."
  9. One Man, and a Crate of Puppets, panel 1: "The Vault Experiments were never designed to rescue the people that lived inside them. They were a vast social experiment designed to study pre-selected segments of the population."
  10. Fallout 4 Manual: "ISSUED BY VAULT-TEC DOCUMENTATION DEPARTMENT, APPARATUS DIVISION"
  11. Fallout manual: "ISSUED BY VAULT-TEC DOCUMENTATION DEPARTMENT, JANUARY, 2077"
Design Documents
  1. Fallout Bible 6, Life with the GECK: "The GECK builders had no idea what the post-nuclear world would be like, and they had no real way to anticipate it, despite their "thorough tests" (it's doubtful they gave it much thought, to be honest, considering how badly organized the Safehouse project alone was, not to mention the experimental nature of the Vaults) - still, it seems as if the seeds present in the GECK were viable for Vault 8."
  2. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October 23 Great War: Bombs are launched; who struck first is unknown... and it is not even known if the bombs came from China or America. Air raid sirens sound, but very few people go into Vaults, thinking it is a false alarm. The Vaults are sealed."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2063 August The construction of most Vaults completed, except for Vault 13, whose construction finally gets off the ground... heralding a development cycle that seems plagued with problems. Drills begin in the other cities with completed Vaults, but the increasing frequency of the drills has a "cry wolf" effect, and the turnouts for drills trickle off as the years go on."
Developer Statements
  1. Chris Taylor: "The Master was in the Vault-Tec private Vault. This was the demonstration model built for the federal government, it was also very close to the Vault-Tec headquarters."
    (Chris Taylor on vault13.net -Archived)