Since I first played a Fallout game, I've been fascinated by the ghouls. I love everything about them lore-wise (even with the radiation/FEV discrepancy), and absolutely adore the very idea behind them. In that vein, I have a couple questions to discuss; 1) Do ghouls feel pain/does being a ghoul hurt constantly? Raul mentions feeling his age, but I also question if ghouls feel their bodies rotting away slowly. I'd be willing to argue that necrotic dead tissue can't feel, due to being, you know, dead skin. 2) Sterility. Typhon states that the ghouls are sterile, and that the ghouls that exist currently are the first and last generation of ghouls. But considering their heightened sense and longevity, what would happen if the ghouls weren't sterile? Would they overrun the wasteland due to being arguably superior than humans? 3) Ghoul bigotry and the idea that ghouls don't want to be ghouls. I can understand both sides of this; humans shoot on sight because they're not sure if that rotting body shambling towards them still has its mind. Fine; but why the bigotry against all ghouls, even the ones known to be reasonable? I almost feel as though ghoul bigotry is like a social commentary on race tbh. And I also understand the idea that ghouls don't want to be ghouls; they bemoan what they have become and some likely simply want to die. I get that; but personally, I'd love ghoulification. De facto immortality and immunity from background radiation at the cost of sterility and my rogueish good looks? Sign me up! Sure, I might be treated like shit and shot by the occasional trigger-happy wastelander, but ghoulification as a whole (especially living in a ghoul community like Gecko [provided the Chosen One doesn't sabotage the town of course]) seems like a good deal. So why the hate for the condition? 4) And finally, a cure. If radiation paradoxically heals and accelerates the change to feral in ghouls, then what would a cure even consist of? Where would doctors begin? Or, do you think the condition is incurable? I just made this thread because I didn't really see many like it, so I figured I'd ask the questions I was most curious about and see what the rest've you think.