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You got lives in you, hard to kill. Storm, bullets, sand and wind, yet still you walk. For now.
~ Ulysses

Ulysses is the main antagonist of the Fallout: New Vegas DLC Lonesome Road, and the overarching antagonist of all DLCs for Fallout: New Vegas.

Ulysses is a former Legion frumentarius that later deserted, wanting to start a new life in a prosperous community called 'The Divide', believing that it would be his new homeland.

When the Courier came into the city unknowingly bringing a package containing a mysterious device, his dreams of having a new homeland were destroyed, because this device activated all of the bombs hidden in the cities of his community. Ulysses then became obsessed with the Courier, with the idea of flags and of history, and he then decided to reshape the world just like the Courier reshaped The Divide.

He was voiced by Roger Cross.

Personality

Ulysses is a sophisticated and educated villain who wants to change history. Ever since he tragically lost his home because of the Courier's "clumsiness", Ulysses became obsessed with the idea of reshaping the wasteland by casting aside the old symbols of the Old World.

Ulysses tries to make parallels between the present and the past, such as the potential death of Caesar, showing that he still retains some of the Legion's philosophy. His obsession with the Courier stems from him/her being a single person but being able to reshape history with only one action, the DLCs involve him testing the Courier's abilities, and he is also a foil to the Courier as well, while The Courier reshapes the wasteland gradually and potentially can change it for the better, Ulysses wants to brutally reshape the wasteland by any means necessary, trying to breed a new nation with fire.

Biography

Ulysses was once a member of a powerful tribe in Arizona called Twisted Hairs. At some point, when Caesar's Legion was still rising as a powerful force, the Twisted Hairs forged an alliance with them, helping them in the conquest of Arizona. Ulysses was one of their best scouts and was a great help in this alliance. However, after their campaign in Arizona had ended and Legion had secured their position in Arizona, Caesar promptly betrayed the Twisted Hairs, enslaving them and erasing their identity. Ulysses was a witness to the "pacification" of their main camp in Dry Wells, promoted by the sociopathic frumentarii Vulpes Inculta himself. After he lost his tribe and was assimilated into the Legion, Ulysses became one of the most important frumentarius in Caesar's army, but still kept his memory of his former tribe intact. The reason for why he became such an important frumentarius was also because of his work as a courier, still scouting for the Legion. He was the one that found out about the New California Republic and its dominance over Hoover Dam for Caesar and once he told Caesar about the NCR and Hoover Dam, Caesar became obsessed with taking down the NCR and taking control over Hoover Dam, thinking that this would create his new nation.

Ulysses continued to walk the wastes, still scouting for the Legion. During one of these scouts, he discovered a prosperous community, called The Divide, a community that seemed like it was a nation taking its first breath, emulating the Old World's symbols, manners and civilization. Ulysses took interest in the Divide, and soon started to believe The Divide could be his new homeland, trying to escape the rigid discipline of the Legion, the NCR's corrupt civilization and his past as a tribal, he saw this community as his escape route, a second chance for him. But at some point, the Divide was annexed by the NCR, having then becoming a target for Caesar, who sent a small army to cut the great supply line in the Divide. Ulysses did try to save the community, but the Courier, hired by the NCR, brought a mysterious package to the Divide during the struggle between the NCR and the Legion. This package was activated by one inhabitant, and it turned out it was a device that activated Old World bombs that were still under the city.

The city was then destroyed, and most of the NCR and Legion soldiers were killed. The only one that was left, was Ulysses. Ulysses was saved by defective eye-bots that confused him with an American soldier. Ulysses then, became obsessed with the idea of a single person being able to change history or erase it, and also with the symbols of the Old World.

Trivia

  • Ironically, despite claiming to be against explosive weapons deeming them "cowardly", Ulysses has Explosives set as one of his tags, has that very skill maxed out to 100, and plans to use nuclear warheads to destroy the NCR and Caesar's Legion. This is only one example of Ulysses' hypocritical personality:
    • Ulysses turned down the job to deliver the platinum chip and called for the Courier to come to The Divide in hopes it would kill them, but later claims he doesn't want them dead.
    • Ulysses requires ED-E in order to enact his entire plan, but repeatedly tells the Courier that they can leave at any time. He also criticizes them for becoming attached to other people and especially ED-E, and yet repeatedly talks about his own connections and love of The Divide.
    • Despite committing several heinous acts such as teaching the White Legs to kill in the name of Caesar, telling Father Elijah about the technologies in the Sierra Madre, and releasing the Think Tank from their recursive loops, he chastises the Courier for everything they do, even if they've been a pacifist up until meeting him.
    • Ulysses views killing with a sniper rifle as cowardly and yet he uses an anti-material rifle as his main weapon of choice.
    • Worst of all, Ulysses criticizes the NCR, Caesar's Legion, and Mr. House for holding onto old world values and trying to rebuild civilization and yet he claims to fight for the old world (even wearing an old world symbol on his jacket) and sets out to repeat one of the biggest mistakes the old world has ever made by nuking the entire Mojave wasteland, making himself worse than all three of them combined.
  • Ulysses is one of four NPCs in the entire Fallout franchise to have perfect SPECIAL stats, with all seven set to ten, the others being Colonel Royez, Centurion Gaius Magnus, and Frank Horrigan. However, whereas Ulysses and Gaius have one extra point in Charisma and Royez has one extra point in Strength, Frank Horrigan does not have any equipment that buffs his SPECIAL stats.

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