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Joanne Lynette
race: Human
affiliation: Vault City
role: First Citizen
location: Vault City
appearances: Fallout 2
quests: Solve the Gecko powerplant problem
Deliver Lynette's holodisk to Westin in NCR
SPECIAL: 4 7 5 7 7 6 5
dialogue file: Vclynett.msg
actor: Cree Summer

Joanne Lynette is the First Citizen of Vault City. She has an extreme managerial, economic, and efficient soul, and she's used to getting her way. She wasn't abused, tortured, or twisted in any way when she was young, she just got a certain privileged and superiority complex hardwired into her head around five or six years old, and she's never been the same. She's always known that she was destined to lead the Vault 8 Citizens, and that power has gone to her head.

She's been the leader of Vault City for many, many years, and she's seen the worst that the wasteland has to offer - but rather than taking sympathy on the poor souls that have come to Vault City for protection, she has instead taken the view that these "outlanders" were simply not strong or smart enough to achieve what Vault City has, and thus, are inferior. She tends to work too much and too hard, and she sees all her time as precious, so she has little patience for socializing without a purpose (i.e., if it doesn't involve politicking, she's going to be working late at the office instead) or for people dropping in and wasting her time. Though Mentats are banned in Vault City, one can use the Steal skill and discover that she carries some.

As expected, Lynette has had no positive romantic relationships up until her potential relationship with Westin from NCR in the endgame of Fallout 2. She's had little time for anything other than her job, and that's her focus - if anyone throws her job or decisions into question, she takes it as the worst sort of personal attack.

Lynette uses any negative situation involving outlanders to reinforce her beliefs and disregards or ignores any positive aspects - she's single-minded and set in her ways. The fact that she (and Vault City) had an "environmental welcome mat" stretched out for them (with the GECK) when they emerged from Vault 8 meant they suffered little hardship in comparison to other struggling communities, but this simply doesn't factor into her thinking. She believes that Vault City and the Vault citizens have survived and thrived because they are a superior breed of human - smarter, better, and more capable than the human trash that prowls the wasteland.

Lynette is so single minded that when informed of the Enclave's defeat she merely inquires as to the strength of their power armor and how it could help solidify Vault City's supremacy.


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Appearances in games

She only appears in Fallout 2, as a Talking Head voiced by Cree Summers. Her first name is spelled "Joanne" in the dialogue with Wallace, but it's "Joann" (most likely a typo) in one of the Fallout 2 end cutscenes for Vault City. Those are the only places where the first name is actually mentioned.

In the game, Lynette is at first highly suspicious of the Chosen One's knowledge of the GECK and Vaults, and demands an explanation. Once she finds out the Chosen One is telling the truth, her attitude quickly changes. Lynette recruits the Chosen One to "solve" the problem of radiation being leaked from the Gecko powerplant, but her idea of "solving" the problem is to shut down the plant and/or killing the ghouls. The plant can be repaired to fix radiation, but the very suggestion offends Lynette. She takes a somewhat more honorable role in rooting out John Bishop's connections to NCR and the Raiders.

It is important that the player be polite to Lynette at all times. Being overly rude at any time, or questioning Vault City's policies and her decisions, can result in the player being thrown out of Vault City for good, cutting off several important quests. Even if the player attains citizenship, Lynette will still revoke it and kick them out if she gets angry. When talking to her, never question Vault City's usage of "servants", never agree with Thomas Moore or suggest his murder, do not ask about Vault City's attitude towards outsiders, and never suggest Vault City and Gecko cooperate. Doing any of these things can get the player thrown out. If Lynette's expression ever turns hostile, it's best to end the conversation right away before you say something you'll "regret".

Major characters of Fallout 2
Vault City

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