Fallout 4 – The Hidden History of Automatron

Hidden History is brought to you by G2A.com and our supporters at Patreon. Over the past few months, Fallout fans all
over the world have been holding their breath in anticipation for some new content. Thankfully,
the first piece of DLC has finally arrived, bringing with new places to go, people to
meet and things to shoot at. Fallout 4: Automatron follows your character, as they face-off against
an enemy who happens to be building a deadly robot army. While many fans will be playing
the Add-On just to build their own personal killer robots, there’s still plenty to dig
into lore-wise as well. Starting with the antagonist of the Automatron.
While we won’t get into spoiler-y territory with The Mechanist, if you know your Fallout
lore you’ll know that this isn’t the first time a version of the character has been seen
in the series. According to Fallout 3, The Mechanist started out as a fictional antagonist
in the comic book and radio series, The Silver Shroud, before inspiring a real-world counterpart
in the wasteland. The Silver Shroud seems to take a lot of inspiration from one character
in particular: The Shadow. Debuting on the Detective Story Hour radio show before getting
his own pulp magazine and radio show, where he was voiced by Hollywood legend Orson Welles,
The Shadow was known as mysterious detective and crime-fighter, not to mention the main
inspiration behind Batman. The Silver Shroud’s connection to The Shadow becomes very obvious
when you find his costume in Fallout 4, which is an obvious reference to The Shadow’s
costume. That’s not the only connection though. In Fallout 4, the costume is given
to you by a ghoul named Kent Connolly. It’s probably no coincidence that he shares his
first name with Kent Allard, The Shadow’s alter-ego in the pulp magazines.
It’s clear that the Automatron DLC take a lot of inspiration from the old pulps, even
its cover seems influenced by sci-fi pulp magazines from the ‘40s and ‘50s like
Amazing Stories and Captain Future. But some of the references in it seem to go back further
than that…a lot further. Take Ahab and Jezebel, two robots you’ll find in the Fort Hagen
Satellite Array. At first Ahab won’t be hostile, but mess with Jezebel too much and
you’ll have a battle to the death on your hands. This makes sense, as the characters
appear to be named after Ahab, the 7th king of Israel in the Bible and his controversial
wife, Jezebel, and much like the robotic Ahab of Automatron, the king Ahab was known for
being fiercely protective of his wife. Most players will probably find themselves not
liking Jezebel too much as she comes across as one of the rudest and most condescending
characters in Fallout 4. The Jezebel of the Bible had a similar likability problem, in
fact the people of Israel apparently hated her so much that they threw her out the window,
where she was trampled by horses and eaten by stray dogs.
Moving on to some less gruesome stories, next up is Ada, the new companion in the Add-On.
Much like how the Fallout 4 companion Curie gets her name from famous scientist Marie
Curie, Ada’s name also seems to come from a very important female science pioneer: Ada
Lovelace. Lovelace was a English mathematician and writer, known for her work on Charles
Babbage’s early mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes include what is thought
of as the very first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this,
she often is said to be the very first computer programmer. Ada isn’t the only reference
to this historical figure in Fallout though, an assaultron named Lady Lovelace also bears
her name. Going to show that even in the post-apocalyptic future of Fallout, Ada Lovelace’s contributions
haven’t been forgotten. Next up let’s get to our comment showcase
which this week…well, it’s pretty weird, we’ll let you guys decide what you think.
So according to commenter Freak Out At the Club, the Fallout 4 character Jack Cabot references…us!
Yup, us! By referencing the storyteller’s signature line “That’s a story for another
day” and mentioning “hidden histories”. Which c’mon, kind of seems like a longshot
to us. But Jack Cabot’s Fallout wiki page is also claiming this to be the case. So what
do you guys think? Did we score ourselves a reference in Fallout 4, because we genuinely
cannot tell. But hey, pretty cool nonetheless. Thanks for comment!
Next up is our Shoddy Comment, which comes to us this week from Eli Loftin who says:
“The problem with Fallout is that it isn’t good. Let’s be honest. Its bad. In fact, all
video games are bad except maybe Mrs. PacMan. And Candy Crush. Other than those though every
single one, but especially Fallout, is just incredibly terrible.” Hmm…well. Not sure
you’re going to find a lot of people here that agree with you too much on that.
So, at last, we come to the trivia. Last week we asked you to name the very first Reaper
in Mass Effect lore, the answer as many of you guessed, was not Felicia Day, althought
that’d be pretty cool but it was B) Harbinger! To answer this week’s question though, you’ll
need some pretty current Bethesda knowledge: What new Commonwealth faction was introduced
in Fallout 4: Automatron, was it:

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