Why did Virgil hide in the The Glowing Sea when coursers are unaffected by radiation anyway?

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    Can you edit the question title so as to not spoil the game? Thanks.
    – Dallium
    Nov 14, 2015 at 1:28
  • I wasn't sure how to change the question as to not spoil the game but also still ask that specific question. Anything specific you think it should be changed too? Nov 14, 2015 at 2:57
  • @Crystalwolf I have a suggested edit that hasn't been approved yet. Changed the title to Why did Virigl hide in the Glowing Sea?, and just copied the old title down to the body. Players wouldn't know who Virgil is or where the Glowing Sea is, so it seems fine to me.
    – DCShannon
    Nov 14, 2015 at 2:58
  • That's not true, gen 3 synths are affected by radiation, which is what coursers are
    – Dave
    Dec 25, 2023 at 7:02

3 Answers 3


Virgil believed, correctly, that Kellog would be sent after him.

Kellog is not immune to radiation.

  • Is Kellog not immune to radiation though? He did eventually become part Synth himself and even had his own Synths at his disposal and control. Nov 14, 2015 at 2:56
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    @Crystalwolf I suppose it's theoretically possible, but I don't have any reason to think that a couple implants would grant him radiation immunity. Are we even certain that coursers are immune to radiation? They're bio-engineered, unlike Nick.
    – DCShannon
    Nov 14, 2015 at 2:57
  • That's a good question on whether they are immune themselves however it kind of becomes irrelevant when they are considered disposable and also the fact that the Children of Atom seem to be living fine in the radiated lands okay. Nov 14, 2015 at 2:59
  • @DCShannon yeah, you're right - my apologies, I've removed my comment :)
    – jammypeach
    Nov 30, 2015 at 14:08

Based on institute main questline, synths can only be sent to areas without an em(electromagnetic) field in place. In physics and chem, radiation is a rich field of charged particles and creates own em field.

  • Which synths? Nick explicitly says he's unaffected by radiation.
    – DCShannon
    Nov 29, 2015 at 18:19

Virgil hid in the glowing sea, hoping that radiation would cover up his tracks.

  • Do you think you could expand on it a bit? What source do you have for this reasoning?
    – user106385
    Nov 23, 2015 at 2:26

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