Joshua Graham's armor
The personal armor of Joshua Graham, the armor consists of a white collared shirt with rolled-up sleeves embroidered with Dead Horses tribal markings, heavily patched and stitched blue jeans with a hole in the left knee, a snakeskin belt with magazine pouches and a pre-War, Salt Lake City police department, SWAT ballistic vest.
Additionally, the armor has a sleeve garter on the strong/firing hand to ensure the sleeve doesn't distract the user. Completing the outfit are a pair of boots and a belt made from rattlesnake skin.
Graham's armor is comparable to combat armor in terms of protection, but weighing just a third of its weigh. It also has the third highest damage threshold in the light armor class, behind the Sierra Madre armor, Vault 34 security armor and Sierra Madre armor, reinforced.
The damage threshold to weight ratio is only surpassed by the all-purpose science suit and the Ulysses' and Courier's dusters from Lonesome Road, making it an excellent choice for low strength characters.
- Found in the footlocker at the end of Honest Hearts. The player may also kill Graham to obtain it, triggering Chaos in Zion.
Behind the scenes
Joshua was inspired by a lot of different characters and things. The apostle Paul, Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert DeNiro's character from Roland Joffé's "The Mission"), T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia, and others. His outfit was designed to feature body armor but look somewhat "old west"/preacher in style -- hence the low-collar white shirt, sleeve garter, and the cut of the ballistic vest. The rattlesnake skin on his belt, shoes, and gun are symbolic but also intended to reflect that "western" feeling. The stitched patterns in his shirt were supposed to be tribal markings from the Dead Horses and were inspired by a scene from The Mission where Mendoza receives patterned body paint from the Guarani. I remembered a white dress from PJ Harvey's White Chalk tour where she had lyrics stitched into the cloth in black thread and I just put the two ideas together.”— J.E. Sawyer, Formspring response from May 27, 2011
Lanius' armor seemed inappropriate for Graham. Though it's unlikely that Joshua would have worn the same clothes then that he does when you meet him in Honest Hearts, there weren't a lot of other appropriate clothes for him and his outfit does make him stand out as particularly unusual - which, even among the Legion, he was.”— J. E. Sawyer, (when questioned on why Joshua Graham doesn't wear a traditional Legion's armor)
- Graham uses a special, non-playable variant with bandages, a DT of 40 with another 10 from the headwrap.
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- Quoted Formspring responses.
- Joshua Sawyer on Formspring Nov 2, 2011: "Hey Josh, why does Graham have a band on his arm? Is it a religious signifigance or is it something for his gun arm? Or is it purely decor?"
"It's a sleeve garter. They were pretty common in 19th century America. We see them today mostly in Western movies on characters like barkeeps, dealers, or surgeons. They're used to hold the sleeves up while doing work.
On Joshua Graham, he has his on his strong/firing hand to ensure the sleeve doesn't distract him."
- Quoted Formspring responses.