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Canterbury Commons
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Map MarkerCanterbury Commons
BuildingsDominic and Machete's house
Uncle Roe's house
Porter's Café
LeadersUncle Roe
MerchantsJoe Porter
QuestsThe Superhuman Gambit
Merchant Empire
Cell NameCanterburyNE
ref id00001711
Canterbury Commons map.jpg

Canterbury Commons is a trading post and a small town located on the eastern edge of the Capital Wasteland. It is inhabited by five wastelanders and can be found north of Washington, D.C., north of Vault 108, and southeast of the Temple of the Union.


Founded in 2258 Canterbury Commons was established as a trade post by Ernest Roe and his sister Daisy.[1] Though raider attacks in 2271 and 2274 killed Daisy and her husband Louis.[2]

A few months before August 17, 2077, Tanya Christoff would sink completely into madness and dawning "the Antagonizer" persona to destroy Canterbury Commons. Believeing it to be a blight on the wasteland.[3] Once the Ant Agonizer destroyed Scott Wollinski's favorite robot he created and dawned "the Mechanist" persona to protect the town.[4] Both of which acting together are ironically leading to the settlements detriment. As one would expect from giant ants and heavy weaponry being active in town would.


The settlement is built into what appears to be the remains of a small pre-War town, with the current inhabitants only using a small part of the buildings available. The town's only permanent merchant, Joe Porter, lives in an old Dot's Diner. Adjacent to this building is an old garage which is home to Dominic and Machete, and across the street is the old fire station, now Uncle Roe's house which Uncle Roe shares with his nephew Derek Pacion. Behind the old garage a small brahmin stable can be found.

In front of the town to the west is a large circular cul-de-sac where caravan merchants appear regularly.

Camp RHO and radio mast Yankee Bravo are located south.



Notable loot

Related quests


  • Moira Brown was born in Canterbury Commons.[5]
  • The caravan merchants inventory may be upgraded by speaking to Uncle Roe in the unmarked quest Merchant Empire.
  • If the player kills or disables (with the Robotics Expert perk) the Mechanist's robots before they can leave for the Robot repair center and disappear, they will respawn after 72 hours at the location of their corpse and remain there permanently. They will level with the player, and will change into higher-leveled robots when they reach the appropriate levels. For example, a robobrain and a Mister Gutsy will be replaced with sentry bots once the player is at level 20 or above. The robots are friendly towards the player and the town citizens, and will attack any random wasteland creatures that may approach the town.
  • Killing either the Mechanist or the AntAgonizer before they fight will cause Uncle Roe to give you 400 caps but will not allow you to start The Superhuman Gambit quest.
  • Sergeant RL-3 resides here when dismissed after becoming a companion.
  • The Mechanist and the AntAgonizer cannot be killed while they are arguing.
  • The player may take up residence in the town. See Dominic and Machete's house


Canterbury Commons appears only in Fallout 3.


  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png After the initial battle between the AntAgonizer and the Mechanist, some of their minions (ants or robots) might glitch and be left standing there forever. They do not attack unless provoked but no dialog will be available between them and the player.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png During the initial battle between the AntAgonizer and The Mechanist, the AntAgonizer's ants will not have a label, and have unusually low health. Once dead, they can not be searched.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png The Mechanist may not appear in the Mechanist forge.



  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.71-72: "Ernest "Uncle" Roe
    Ernest Roe is 39 and was raised on a trade caravan. By the time he was 12, he could turn 5 Caps into 50 with just a few cleaver trades. When he was 20, he set out to make his mark, using his sizable investments to found the trading post of Canterbury Commons with his sister Daisy. Nowadays, the Commons have become a regular stop for caravans in the Capital Wasteland. "Uncle Roe" makes sure that everyone gets enough from the caravans to eat a good meal every night. He's lost his sister, but he cares for his nephew as well as he can. With a bit of luck and a whole lot of Caps, he hopes to eventually turn Canterbury Commons into a settlement to rival Rivet City."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.68: "Derek Pacion
    Derek is small for a 15-year-old and was raised in Canterbury Commons by Louis Pacion and Daisy Roe, a pair of Traders who met and settled down. But when they were killed in separate Raider attacks on their caravans (six years ago for Daisy and three years ago for Louis), Derek was left to his "Uncle Roe," the town keeper. Since then, Derek's been a quiet and morose child. He works around town as a general assistant, but he doesn't really say much unless it's necessary. He harbors a secret crush on Machete but doesn't have the courage to approach her. He devotes much of his free time to reading Hubris Comics."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  3. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.100: "The Antagonizer (Tanya Christoff)
    Born 27 years ago, Tanya's parents lived as caravan drivers, before they were killed by Ants, an event that made Tanya lose herself in the world of Hubris Comics's characters and befriend the insects that spared her life. Christoff thinks that Canterbury Commons—a major location in the trading route her parents helped put on the map—is a blight on the Wasteland. Locals used to see Christoff lurking in a sewer system to the north of town, covered in mud and dirt. Giant Ants eventually started hanging around. A few months ago, she disappeared and reappeared as the AntAgonizer and has been harassing the town ever since."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  4. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.100: "The Mechanist (Scott "Bean" Wollinski)
    Forty-year-old Scott "Bean" Wollinski was born to simple bean farmers, raised by his father until he was 15, who then sold him to a caravan merchant hoping he would have a better life. He traveled with the caravans for a few years working as an indentured servant. This is where he got the nickname "Bean," because his purchase was paid for with beans. He eventually bought his freedom and settled down in Canterbury Commons, where he lived a life of solitude, hiding in the electronics store, fiddling around with junk. After the AntAgonizer started showing up, he became the Mechanist to protect the town."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  5. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.86: "Moira Brown
    A self-styled inventor, 24-year-old Moira grew up in the trading community of Canterbury Commons with an uncommon curiosity about the world. She's read almost every book that's come through the town. Although her reading has taught her a wide variety of useful knowledge, she has nearly no actual experience with the world, so she doesn't always understand how it can be applied outside of her workshop. After a recent accident with a domesticated Centaur, Moira was inspired to write a book to help others survive in the Wasteland and avoid similar dangers. She just needs someone with real experience to test out her ideas and give her some real-world insight into life in the wastes."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
Canterbury Commons