Chapter 16: If You're Blowing Through San FranciscoFrom the journal of Carlos Vargas, Shield of Hope, 9 February 2243, San Francisco:
"Hakunin told me story about place called San Francisco. He say there is gentle people there with flour in their nose. Or something like that. I not believe him, but people in Navarro say tanker is in San Francisco, so maybe place is real.
"I go south of Navarro gas station and look along coast for San Francisco. Along way, I get chased by Louie many time. Louie know I not really policía migratoria; my Power Armor Bellgrande not fool him.
"At least the armor make the big guns hurt less. I able to get away alive.
"La migra not the only ones out here. I also see a lot of heckos de fuego.
"There even be a bunch of aliens from space planet, like the octopus overlords I seed in Redding. I try to be nice to them, but they not interest in me as friend, only as eat me.
"¿Por qué a los Pulpos Dominadores no les gustan Carlos? In my armor, they not hurt me, but I no can hurt them either because I not bring weapons I good with, so I run away.
"It be a long, tough viaje, but I finally find place that look like a city.
"I take off my Power Armor Bellgrande so I not look suspicious. Then I go to city. San Francisco really real! First thing I see there is lucha libre.
"People here really into it. It look like the guys in the ring are a rudo name Lo Pan and a técnico name Dragon. After fight over, I talk to them while they rest and ask them to teach me fighting art. Lo Pan tell me I too 'self-righteous,' whatever that mean. Dragon say he no can help me. Maybe he right; my Unarmed skill is more than 100% now.
"Maybe it best not to get involved in lucha libre, look for tanker instead. It muy importante to find tanker, because it maybe take me to where my tribe got deported. But without fob, I not know if it will.
"I notice there very good shops here in San Francisco; maybe I come back with more dinero to buy things. Then I see a place that no look like it belong there. It look a lot like, no it look exactly like the place I seed in Den. Even the doorman has same uniform.
"What kind of place is this? It look like a discoteca from outside. Must be a lotta young people having fun inside. I hope I no gotta clean one of these places. I talk to Matthew, the doorman, maybe he know about tanker.
"He then talk a lot about his company called Brotherhood of Steel. I not understand all his English, but I think he say that Brotherhood of Steel owns a few discotecas here and there so people can dance and be happy. These discotecas are too small, though, because Brotherhood not have helichoppers to fly people to discotecas. But la migra, or 'Enclave,' has Vertibird technology. Brotherhood need to get Vertibird plans, or it go outta business and people start dancing with Enclave.
"That would be bad, because Enclave is lot badder than I thinked. They not just deport people.
"Tío del abogado del diablo! All those slaves, all those drogadictos in Den and Redding, la migra behind it all. Now it make sense why la migra been murdering people ... and why I gotta fight la migra however I can.
"Matthew ask me to get the Vertibird plans for the Brotherhood of Steel. I not tell him I have plans already. I wait for his offer.
"He can do that?! I not need fob??!! I finally going to see my people???!!!
"I try not to look excite as I pretend to leave for Navarro to get the Vertibird plans. It not look right if I just give Matthew plans right away, he get suspicious and think they fake. So I just walk around San Francisco for a while.
"I thought I found tanker here, this big white ship, but I not sure.
"I try to ask around about it.
"I take stairs nearby to underground place and talk to person in robe.
"Ah, I know who these people are. Hakunin told me they are called Scientologists. He said they very sensitive, so it muy importante not to say things that hurt their feelings.
"I agree to be align. I hope it not hurt. I find Juan y Kitty. They talk about why it good to be Scientologist.
"When they done talking, I talk to them. They always talk as if so happy.
"Then they align me. I not sure what they did, but it feeled pretty good. I feeled smarter. My English not get better, but my character sheet now say my Intellihence is 3 not 2! That still not correct, because I am much higher brain think man.
"I wander Scientology place more and find AHS-9, who I think is jefe of Scientologists.
"Hakunin warn me not to get involved with Scientologists, so I not gonna go on super adventure to kill umpire. But if Brotherhood not help me find familia, maybe I do what AHS-9 ask.
"I leave Scientology place and look around city more. San Francisco seem like nice city at first, but then you see how the pobres live.
"I find tanker. It big.
"Inside are a lotta people who no have yob.
"There good shops in tanker, too, selling good stuffs. I trade some weapons from Navarro for Power Fist Bellgrande so I can do heavy-duty hardening and cheek-punching.
"In back of tanker, there stairs going down, but I hear aliens making noises from below.
"Even with Power Armor Bellgrande and Power Fist Bellgrande, I not gonna go down there alone. I come back with amigos later. That all to see, so I go back to Matthew to give him Vertibird plans. I hope he told truth about helping me.
"¡AVE ELISHA! I can now go to Enclave Island and see my people!
"I go into Brotherhood of Steel discoteca. It pretty small, and nobody dancing or drinking inside. It look more like military place in Navarro than discoteca.
"I find some steel pantalones and energy guns inside. These will be for my amigos.
"But I no can free tribe right now. I no have HECK, and my people no can be really free if I no can give it to them. And if I no ready to fight aliens in basement of tanker, I no ready to fight la migra on their island. I need to get back to Sulik y Perrocarne and find the HECK. Along the way, we try help people in the wasteland. That make us fuerte.
"The tribal gods give me muchos puntos de experiencia for completing vision quest. I now Level 12. I have two perk to pick; I take Lifegiver twice so I can get a lotta puntos de hit.
"I put my steel pantalones back on so I can carry all the gifts from the Brotherhood. Gracias a Dios for Brotherhood of Steel! Maybe I join them in future when their discotecas get bigger and they have yob available.
"I ready to head back north. Hasta luego, San Francisco. When I come back, Enclave gonna be a non-clave."