Are there any actual downsides to being a Ghoul?

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by Khromko, May 26, 2021.

  1. Slaughter Manslaught

    Slaughter Manslaught Vault Senior Citizen

    Dec 11, 2006
    Ghouls are pretty much walking corpses/burning victims.

    I would say about the only unambiguous advantages to being a ghoul are the radiation thing and being borderline immortal.

    Someone here once said that Ghouls are like Fallout's elves but without the whole "Elves are beautiful and perfect magical creatures" thing.
     
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  2. Blastwave Dave

    Blastwave Dave First time out of the vault

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    Sep 12, 2021
    I think people underestimate how... disgusting being a ghoul would be. Being a walking corpse would not be pleasant. You would stink, you'd probably be in a lot of pain, I know they still piss and shit but the process would probably be more difficult and somehow even more repugnant.

    None of this is conveyed terribly well. But the reality of ghoulification is disgusting from an aesthetic dimension alone. Thatd be a big downside I think.
     
  3. RadioactiveGirlfriend

    RadioactiveGirlfriend Myron's Babysitter

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    Sep 15, 2021
    What about those ghouls in the Gecko reactor? They seemed to be getting healed by the radiaton, or at least get some sort of benefit from it. I recall a few ghoul npcs there talking about how they liked the radiation there, that it felt nice.. Additionally, in combat, ghouls seem to be able to run pretty damn fast, just recruit Lenny and you'll see. :P
     
  4. RadioactiveGirlfriend

    RadioactiveGirlfriend Myron's Babysitter

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    Sep 15, 2021
    What? there's plenty of skin conditions that involve things worse than discoloring. Harlequin Ichthyosis, for example.
     
  5. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Nov 26, 2007
    Discoloring?

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  6. Eshanas

    Eshanas Water Chip? Been There, Done That

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    Jul 6, 2016
    I mean at that point we can call that an affliction, since it's a danger to living unaided. It's not medical terminology, but very few harlequins make it past their first month, after all.
     
  7. FreedomStalker

    FreedomStalker Still Mildly Glowing

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    Apr 22, 2016
    The radiation will make them go feral eventually though?
     
  8. Iprovidelittlepianos

    Iprovidelittlepianos Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

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    May 12, 2020
    That’s just Bethesda lore
     
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  9. Atomic Postman

    Atomic Postman Vault Archives Overseer

    Mar 16, 2013
    I don't think it is. At the very least, not as of F4
     
  10. Clown_Shoe_Prostitute

    Clown_Shoe_Prostitute First time out of the vault

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    Jul 14, 2021
    I really wish that ghouls looked more like Set in subsequent instalments. Not only does he look truly mangled and horrific, he also looks fucking cool. I like that he's truly skeletal -- you can see his fucking shoulder bones -- and it looks like the bolted-on combat gear isn't just for looks and armor; it's also literally holding him together.
     
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  11. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Nov 26, 2007
    It's the face rig. They wouldn't put in the effort to make ghoul faces work for all ghoul NPCs; they did do a closer likeness with the 'so called' feral ghouls... but those ghouls are non-interactive/animal creatures, and do not use the human head & body skeleton that the NPCs do.
     
  12. Clown_Shoe_Prostitute

    Clown_Shoe_Prostitute First time out of the vault

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    Jul 14, 2021
    They still have jaw bones is the thing -- and in FO4 they have brow and eyeball bones iirc, so they kinda got no excuse. With the art budgets modern games have they really don't have any excuse to keep going with the weird Oblivion-style race system for Ghouls, especially when Super Mutants get their own body type and all.
     
  13. Slaughter Manslaught

    Slaughter Manslaught Vault Senior Citizen

    Dec 11, 2006
    AFAIK Radiation is not what is making normal Ghouls go feral. Some ghouls seem to go feral in a short span of time, others take centuries, if ever. Camp Searchlight Ghouls got hit by a big, fast pulse of radiation and went feral at once, but other ghouls seem to take years, decades, or more.

    Feralization seems more like a mental illness, or a mutation inside the mutation.
     
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  14. Aurelius Of Phoenix

    Aurelius Of Phoenix Psued.

    Mar 9, 2018
    You'll spend a fortune on bandages if you don't want to get an infection.
     
  15. Iprovidelittlepianos

    Iprovidelittlepianos Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

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    May 12, 2020
    This is a good way of putting it. Some people can handle the trauma of becoming a rotting, shambling corpse that exists in constant pain, while others are driven to madness by the condition.

    Also, do people in this thread realize that the question in the title is more of a rhetorical question? OP is simply reflecting on how Bethesda has turned ghoulism into magical immortal beings that seem to do perfectly fine with the exception that they’re a little uglier than they were before the rads.
     
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