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So happens MY family IS family Wright. Blood thicker than water and all.Orville Wright

The Wrights or the Wright family are one of the four main powers in New Reno in Fallout 2.[1]


The Wrights are an old and respectable family of Reno and under the lead of Orville Wright they managed to become a major family in the power structure of New Reno.[1] Though the interference of Ethyl Wright's Temperance Union limited their involvement with the more lucrative operations of the city, namely gambling, prostitution, and drugs. However, as the Republic stepped up its attempts to expand north and the drought hit, 2241 proved to be a difficult year for the family. Profits from the sale of booze to the other families, their only major cash source,[2] were falling, forcing the family to consider watering down the product to increase production[3] and major expansion of the distribution.[4] More importantly, Richard Wright, the youngest child of Ethyl and Orville, overdosed on Jet. The family did not believe in the story and had their suspicions that someone had a finger in Richard's death. Their suspicions were correct, as Louis Salvatore was attempting to turn them on the Mordinos - the source of all Jet in the city - to wipe out one family and weaken another, allowing him to make a bid for control of Reno.[2]

After New California's expansion north, the Wrights successfully made their own bid for power, becoming one of the three major families in the city, alongside the Bishops and the Mordinos. As the Mordino power base crumbled due to the shrinking of the drug market and the emergence of the Jet antidote, the Wrights asserted their control. However, before they managed to entrench themselves, the power vacuum was filled by the Van Graffs. The two sides remained in a stalemate ever since, as the Bishops and the Republic waited for them to exhaust themselves and sweep in.[5]


The Wrights are the only Reno family that are an actual family. All of its enforcers have blood ties to the family. The power is concentrated in the hands of true blood Wrights, who number around twenty.[6]

The Wrights do not operate a casino like the other families. Instead, they focus on small-time gun running[7] and the manufacture and distribution of alcohol and are the biggest supplier of booze and other vital beverages in the New Reno area.[6] The combination of low numbers (they aren't as likely to hire outside contractors as the other families) and no stake in the lucrative gambling, drug, and prostitution operations made them the weakest of the four families in 2241.[8]

On the other hand, smaller numbers make Wrights extremely loyal to each other and allow for keeping family members clean and away from recreational drugs. The definition of those does not encompass alcohol.[9]


The Wrights contest the other four families and their attempts to take control of New Reno. They are the weakest of the four families and considered pitiable by other families.[10] Still, the Wrights are a proud group. Their bonds go deep and are the reason why Wrights hate slavers unconditionally: They allegedly lost one of their daughters to slavers.[11]


The Wrights appear only in Fallout 2, but are briefly mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas by Clayton Ettienne in Westside and Bruce Isaac in Novac.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chosen One: "{574}{}{You were talking about family Wright.}"
    Father Tully: "{670}{}{Heh-heh! Wright, eh? (Smiles, wiggles eyebrows.) Lemme tell you a lit-tle sumthin' about th' WRIGHTS…they're a split bunch of horny drunks and stonefast puritans, they are!}"
    Chosen One: "{671}{}{Oh, really?}"
    Father Tully: "{680}{}{Those Wrights just keep squeezing out kids…oul' Orville Wright must wanna re-pop-ulate th' world. Hope Missus Wright can take th' strain. Heh-heh. An' the thingz they SAY in th' confessional…}"
    (Father Tully's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Orville Wright: "{680}{}{Now why in hell would they do that?}"
    The Chosen One: "{681}{}{Way I see it, the Mordinos control the Jet in Reno. Naturally, you'd blame them for a drug overdose... and then there'd be war. IF you two didn't wipe each other out, you'd at least be weakened by the fight. That makes life easier for the Salvatores…all they have to worry about then is the Bishops.}"
  3. Orville Wright: "{225}{}{Profits this quarter are down…better start watering down the hootch.}"
  4. Orville Wright: "{230}{}{We're gonna have to expand distribution if we're gonna stay on the Reno map...}"
  5. The Courier: "What's your story?"
    Clayton Etienne: "Well, I've lived in Nevada all my life. Started out in New Reno, but headed down here as soon as I got the chance. If you can believe it, things are even worse back home. The whole city's still run by crime families. Used to be the Mordinos and Wrights. Now it's the Wrights and Van Graffs. Seems like things never get better. Anyway, that's all behind me now."
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Chosen One: "{580}{}{Tell me about the Wright Family.}"
    Jules: "{945}{}{The Wrights? Heh. The Wrights are the only family who ARE family. The other families, see, they got mercs and tumbleweeds for muscle, but the Wright family IS the Wright family, understand?}"
    The Chosen One: "{947}{}{They're family? How many are there?}"
    The Chosen One: "{947}{}{They're family? How many are there?}"
    Jules: "{960}{}{Almost twenty or more true-blooded Wrights. Mean as spit and each of them uglier than the next.}"
    The Chosen One: "{962}{}{What do the Wrights control in New Reno?}"
    Jules: "{975}{}{They ain't got no casino, they mostly deal in alcohol and sell it to the other families. So if you're looking for hootch…they hang out in the east side o' town in a big mansion.}"
  7. The Chosen One: "{381}{}{What does your Dad do?}"
    Christopher Wright: "{390}{}{Makes alcohol, runs guns, rubs out people who fuck with him…typical family stuff. Mom'd be pissed if she actually paid mind to what was going on. And 'specially if she found this still, here.}"
  8. The Chosen One: "{252}{}{Who are you?}"
    Christopher Wright: "{275}{}{I'm Chris. Chris Wright. Of the Family Wright. Glad you asked?}"
    The Chosen One: "{253}{}{I'm looking for a job. Is Family Wright hiring?}"
    Christopher Wright: "{325}{}{Well, I… I mean, the Wright family… my family… might have an opening. I ain't promising nothing, but go to the mansion south of here, find my brother Keith and tell him I sent you. Name's Chris. Chris Wright.}"
    The Chosen One: "{326}{}{Uh, Family Wright? Who's that?}"
    Christopher Wright: "{290}{}{You ain't heard of Family *Wright?* You musta been out in the desert too long. Family Wright is the biggest crime family in Reno. We're gonna rule this city.}"
    The Chosen One: "{292}{}{Actually, I got the impression they were one of the weakest of the families…I mean, they only deal in alcohol, they have no casino or drug trade, and their numbers are much less than other families.}"
    Christopher Wright: "{355}{}{That a JOKE? If so, it damn well missed the funny mark by a mile. You trying to start something with Family Wright?}"
    The Chosen One: "{357}{}{No, I'm sorry. I didn't mean it like that. Look, I had some other questions…}"
  9. The Chosen One: "{323}{}{Give me a test, then. Let me prove myself.}"
    Orville Wright: "{330}{}{(Studies you for a moment.) All right. Maybe you not being in the family could be a good thing. (Scowl fades.) You got children?}"
    The Chosen One: "{331}{}{Not to my knowledge.}"
    Orville Wright: "{340}{}{One of my sons…my boy, Richard, passed away recently. Drug overdose. Jet.}"
    The Chosen One: "{341}{}{How can I help?}"
    Orville Wright: "{350}{}{I want to know what dealer gave that SHIT to Richard and forced him to take it. Every time I send my boys to find out, they turn up nothin'. Maybe somebody who ain't got Wright blood could get some answers.}"
    The Chosen One: "{351}{}{Uh, "forced him to take it?"}"
    Orville Wright: "{360}{}{(Face turns red.) My boys are clean, and they know to stay away from that shit, or I'll kill them. Then SUDDENLY, Richie ODs. Someone pumped a ton of Jet in him, so much that fumes was runnin' outta his nose.}"
  10. The Chosen One: "{683}{}{What does the Wright Family control in New Reno?}"
    Father Tully: "{720}{}{Nuthin'! (Takes a drink.) They're the weakest of th' families, cuz they only brew alke-hol. Barely turn a cent, they do. Th' other families buy alke-hol offa them mostly outta pity.}"
    (Father Tully's dialogue)
  11. The Chosen One: "{580}{}{Tell me about the Wright Family.}"
    Jules: "{946}{}{Got a warning for you where the Wrights are concerned, slaver…see, the Wrights are the only family who ARE family.}"
    The Chosen One: "{947}{}{They're family? How many are there?}"
    Jules: "{961}{}{Almost twenty or more true-blooded Wrights, and they don't take kindly to people in your line of work. Word is, they lost a sister way back when to a slaver, and they ain't liked slavers ever since.}"