Ranger Ghost, stationed at the Mojave Outpost, has not seen any caravans come through Nipton for a while. Coupled with the black smoke rising on the horizon, she is concerned that something bad may have happened to the town. Since her standing orders are to remain at the Outpost, she requires someone to go and investigate. The Courier fits that bill.
The quest is obtained by talking to Ranger Ghost at the Mojave Outpost, just up the ramp by the barracks. She will explain the problem and offer the job.
The task is simple to complete, simply by heading to Nipton and encountering Vulpes Inculta at the Nipton Hall (which gives a rare option to gain Legion fame by praising his brand of justice) or talking to Boxcars at the Nipton General Store. Both will explain the fate that befell the town, in enough detail to report to Ghost.
Reporting to Ghost completes the quest, earning NCR fame. Note that visiting Nipton beforehand allows to turn the quest in instantly.
Recon the Nipton Town Hall for Ranger Ghost.
Return to Ranger Ghost at Mojave Outpost.
PCPlayStation 3Xbox 360 If the quest is accepted late in the game, after receiving Render Unto Caesar, the scripts may break and dialogue needed to learn about the fate of the town may not display.
On PC, the quest can be forced to complete by using the following command: set "00144124".ghostint to 1.
Xbox 360 If Vulpes is killed at The Fort or The Strip, the quest is marked automatically completed.