Whats the backstory of your New Vegas Courier?

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Discussion' started by The Lost Hills Paladin, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. zegh8578

    zegh8578 Keeper of the trout Orderite

    Mar 11, 2012
    Mine got amnesia from the shots to the face :V

    Sue me, I just got it in my head that amnesia was the backstory, Idunno why - I'm not the only one here! >:I
  2. Mutant Screg

    Mutant Screg Totally not a mutant

    Jun 27, 2015
    I like to think of the Courier and the Lone Wanderer as the same person, however unrealistic that is, considering the distance between DC and Nevada. Anyway, the Lone Wanderer fled DC after the activation of Project Purity, and the final destruction of the Enclave, to serve a more routine life as a caravan guard. During his travels, he gained a reputation as a tough-as-nails lone ranger of the wastes, a mysterious veil around his past. He eventually finds his way into the Midwest, working for a large trading outfit similar to the Crimson Caravan. The LW works with them for about a year, before something forces him to leave (I have an idea of what I want that to be, but I'm just too lazy to formulate a solid backstory to that mess.) He makes his way into Nevada, and despite his previous occupation, he refuses to work for the Crimson Caravan, most likely due to the traumatic events that caused him to leave in the first place. And so he becomes a courier, similar to his old line of work, but not closely related enough to trigger his old memories. And that's basically it really, besides the beginning of New Vegas.
  3. Ben Soto

    Ben Soto Professional Salt Shaker

    Jul 7, 2014
    Selena Thompson - WILD CARD
    Selena was a doctor serving in the NCR military. After the Battle for Hoover Dam, she retired and took to the roads as a courier. She feels disdain for the NCR after they executed a close friend for supposed charges of being a former member of the Enclave, despite the fact that this friend was integrated into society. As a doctor, she's bound by the Hippocratic Oath, which sadly means that (in-fanon, not possible in game) she forced herself to perform life-saving surgery on Caesar at the behest of the Legate. She's fine with shooting things, though. She's good with medicine, a good sharpshooter and fancies herself a smooth talker. She also dabbles in lockpicking.
  4. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Gyro Captain

    Dec 11, 2013
    Here's my current Courier:

    Monique Jackson
    Starting SPECIAL: S: 4 P: 5 E: 4 C: 8 I: 6 A: 6 L: 7
    Tag! Skills: Speech, Barter, Guns
    Traits: Skilled, Good Natured
    Notable Perks: Black Widow, Grunt
    Good Karma

    Backstory: Monique's past is quite vague, but she's always been a wanderer. Over the last seven years she has traveled throughout NCR territory, and even into frontier regions like Utah and the Divide.

    Monqiue's innate charm and silver tongue have helped her out of many sticky situations, and her stunning good looks certainly help her persuade people to see things her way. She has often served as a mediator between different groups and factions she has encountered in her travels. Her skill at negotiation has also ensured that she is well compensated for her work.

    Her sweet demeanor and petite frame have led many people to underestimate her, but this has almost always proven to be a (sometimes fatal) mistake. Monique is a crack shot with her 9mm and can more then hold her own in a gunfight. Benny is just another in a line of men who have done Monqiue wrong, and he'll soon be regretting he ever crossed paths with her.

    Some time ago, Monique had a lover named Ulysses, but she doesn't like to talk about that - suffice it to say that if she ever meets that grandiose, deluded bastard again, she'll put a bullet between his eyes.

    Currently, Monique is a level 12 about to enter The Strip for the first time. She has yet to decide what faction she will support in the Second Battle for Hoover Dam.
  5. JustACourier

    JustACourier First time out of the vault

    Jan 1, 2016
    I havent thought too much about the background of my courier as this is my first time playing NV. Ill be more creative in future run throughs. But she is basically a mercenary type who does things for the caps. And she's an alcoholic gambling kleptomaniac who loves blowing peoples heads off with pistols and shotguns. She does have some standards though eg. she finds slavery abhorrent.
  6. Millim

    Millim The Big Straight Orderite

    Oct 13, 2010
    My character is basically a Western James Bond.
    He likes to remain calm and likes the ladies. He will get to a place like Vegas and Gamble and drink to his heart's content. He will slide his way out of trouble, explain why what you are doing is wrong in the most calmest of manners, then shoot you're head off if you don't comply.
    But because the Wastes are dangerous, he has to travel with a shotgun at hand, hunting anything he can find and clearing out trouble when he sees it.
    In all honesty, the whole of New Vegas was just another paycheck for him,
  7. Atlas

    Atlas Wasteland Wanderer

    Jan 13, 2016
    My Courier is the same character from Project Brazil, so if you haven't played part 1 and don't want spoilers, don't read this.

    Eleanor Star
    Starting SPECIAL: S:7 P:1 :E:7 C:6 :I:9 A:3 L:7
    Traits: Early Bird and Hotheaded

    Eleanor was born 2242, shortly after the destruction of Poseidon Energy Oil Rig. Raised in Vault 18 until the age of 19, Eleanor's philosophies and world views were directly influenced by the vault Coach--an Enclave Colonel. Eleanor, and the rest of the Vault youth, were taught that America wasn't just some county that blew itself up, but a great nation still struggling to raise up from ruin. She was so enthralled with the idea of America that she assisted in the destruction of her own vault--something that would haunt her until the end of her days.

    Even with the knowledge of what she's done, Eleanor was devoted to both the County and the Enclave--and firmly believed that what the Enclave was doing was for the greater good. However, the acts she after leaving the Vault would unceasingly test that devotion; it only after an incident with the FEV that she realized how far she'd gone. While she still respected the Enclave and their goals, their methods had taken their tole on her.

    In the years that followed, Eleanor began to make a name for herself as a courier. It was the perfect job; she never stayed in one place, never got involved with their politics, and it was a way for her to run away from her past. She changed a lot from the hotblooded youth she was in the Vault; she grew colder, more apathetic, and after a particular job involving a caravan, a landslide, and a dangerous lack of necessities, she also developed a liking for human flesh.

    It was only after reaching New Vegas that her life on the road was brought to a stop. She was given a simple job; deliver a Platinum Chip to the New Vegas Strip. In a moment of weakness Eleanor was caught off guard, and because of that mistake the Chip was stolen, and she was left in a shallow grave.

    As for what happens after that? Well, to quote a certain Storyteller;
    "That is a story for another day."
  8. Villejh

    Villejh First time out of the vault

    Nov 7, 2014
    My courier is a former Desert Ranger from Arizona, who quit the job after Caesar's Legion wiped out his entire unit. He is a skilled marksman and knows how to survive in the wastes, but he has also refined his social skills while dealing with wastelanders. He is also a smoker and has a thing for whiskey.
  9. Dr Fallout

    Dr Fallout Centurion

    Aug 17, 2015
    David Shaw was born in the Boneyard and grew up with the Followers of the Apocalypse for most of his life. He learnt various scientific and medical skills there, to ready himself for the obvious transfer to New Vegas and to help the flagging charity movement there in the Mormon fort. The Followers found the lack of effect there disturbing and actively worried that the continued conflict would create more problems. The lack of NCR funding and support didn't help in the slightest. The followers organized a diplomatic detail to Shady Sands, in an effort to persuade some of the NCR big-wigs to fund the Follower's attempt in Freeside. David was selected for his natural charm and wit, travelling with a band of mercenaries and other followers.

    The group only got to the Hub before a group of fierce patriots attacked them, for helping the enemy and not the NCR. Any attempt to explain the situation only worsened the tension, and soon most of the group was injured or killed. David escaped, helped by the small criminal underground group who he promised top cap as payment. Of course, the loss of his travel company left his funds extremely low. Having to work of his debt he went to the Mojave, aiming to make a fortune. He drifted from job to job until he was hired by the Mojave Courier company.
  10. ZigzagPX4

    ZigzagPX4 The Swiftness of the Ranger

    Nov 22, 2015
    My Courier was born outside the Mojave, who then became a courier for the Mojave Express, who joined the Mojave Express to deliver things for money.

    I'm not a very creative roleplayer. Besides, I'm sure I've played through too many characters to recall. This is the one I remember best.
  11. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout Gyro Captain

    Dec 11, 2013
    Here's the back story of my courier who sided with Mr. House:

    Raised by the Shi, "Lucky" Tseng grew up scavenging, repairing and maintaining old world technology. Although well respected for his technical acumen, gambling debts and itchy feet eventually lead him to leave San Francisco's Chinatown to seek his fortune in the NCR.

    Tseng lead the life of a tech scavenger, "prospecting" ancient ruins and supplementing his income from scavenged tech with games of chance played in trading settlements, casinos, and backwater dive bars all across New California. Eventually, more gambling debts and the dwindling number of unexplored old world places led him to seek his fortune in the Mojave frontier.

    Once there, he took a job with the Mojave Express, grateful for a steady income from packages and figuring that he could use the time on the road to scout out likely locations for prospecting. After receiving a job that required delivering a Platinum Chip to Vegas itself, he hoped to spend his earnings at the most glamorous of the old world tables on the Strip. Fate, however, intervened in Goodsprings....
  12. theAE

    theAE It's letting go

    Jan 17, 2016
    My courier is based off a friend I know irl. We had a blast creating her and deciding what traits and stuff to use
  13. Chud

    Chud Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 8, 2015
    My personal favorite was Dapper Dan. He's a gambler, handsome, silver-tongued, and a total coward. He'll talk or bribe his way out of most situations, and if things become violent, duck behind a boulder and let the companions do most of the dirty work. A gambling suit and Lucky are his attire and weapon of choice. A very lucky devil that broke every casino. In the end, he did what was best for him: Worked for House and got rich[er].
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  14. mrchaos

    mrchaos Super Orc

    Nov 14, 2015
    My most recenty created character is Mabelle. Mabelle was an average kid living in New Reno until her Mother died of jet overdose and decided to skip town so she wouldn´t became a drug addicted like her poor mother, ironically it didn´t stop her from getting addicted to alchool during her ´´stay`` in Sierra Madre and mentats so she wouldn´t get horrible headaches while dealing with the think brains.
    Her carrer took a jump in the mojave do to her work with the NCR and becoming the direct subordinate of Robert House.
    Currently she´s in the divide wondering why the nice little town of hopeville got replaced with irradiated hellhole.
  15. Risewild

    Risewild Venerable Relic of the Wastes
    Modder Orderite

    Jun 14, 2014
    The backstory of my characters in FNV are now always the same... Born in Vault 101, did all the junk in Fallout 3 and DLCs, then restore power to a pre-war train station, get a ticket, ride the train to Freeside... Then things happen for nine years (like the divide and travelling a lot through the west coast doing courier jobs and helping whenever he can) and then he gets captured and shot by Benny...

    Yeah I don't play FNV much anymore since I have only been testing TTW for the last 5 years :twitch:.
  16. Spacemunkey

    Spacemunkey Vault Senior Citizen

    Dec 4, 2015
    The courier I would consider "my Courier" was inspired by the main character in one of my favorite books "Riders of the Dawn" by Louis L'amour. He was a hired gun that got caught up in a range dispute, ended up losing everything and having to head east to New Vegas. In this couriers story he isn't the original courier 6. while playing cards in Primm he ended up losing bad, seeing this the original 6 offered him the contract and they would split the pay. After my courier was shot the original scrammed and was never seen again.
  17. DVL

    DVL Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Nov 19, 2015
    Hyper-autistic, distractable and just downright klepto but evidently good at everything and lucky to boot regardless.
    To be fair, this is mostly just the silly min-maxing at play. Charisma is a dump stat and I trend towards crit-based Luck builds.
    Also, I swear Luck severely tilts the odds at casino Blackjack.
  18. TheGreatCornholio

    TheGreatCornholio First time out of the vault

    Jun 16, 2015
    I always start my couriers as average dudes just trying to make an honest living before being shot in the head
  19. Ballfondler

    Ballfondler First time out of the vault

    Dec 19, 2015
    She was a complete whore trying to strike it rich in New Vegas. Picked up the wrong job on the way there :D