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Eduardo "Eddy" Burns, also known as the Courier, is a latino male and a cyborg due to his experience in the Big MT. He was a package courier for the Mojave Express, before being shot and left for dead, and later became an honorary member of the NCR Army. After the Second Battle at Hoover Dam he became a Desert Ranger working for the NCR Army. Eduardo never married, but he had two major flings in his life: one with a girl from Montana in his youth and another with Cass some time after the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. Both flings resulted in sons.

Background

Born in 2246 to a farmer family close to Shaddy Sands, Eduardo grew up tending to brahmin and cultivating what little crops his family could grow. His family were descendants of surviving mexicans that managed to make it into Vault 15. Eddy learned spanish at a young age from his folks, who learned it from the previous generation. Despite his rather quiet upbringing, Eduardo was not happy. He yearned for adventure and the wonder of exploring the vast wasteland. At 16 he ran away from home and never returned.

He traveled all over, from New Reno to Vault City to Circle Junction. He eventually headed northeast, heading out of the NCR territories and into the unknown wasteland beyond. Eduardo traveled with trade caravans all the way to Montana, where he spent some time. There he met a girl named Cindy Adams, who was the daughter of a local trader, and he had his first fling. Their relationship resulted in pregnancy and 9 months later Cindy gave birth to a son named Bruce. However, Eduardo left shortly after, not wanting to be tied down in one place.

After having left Montana, Eduardo became a courier and used the job to travel all over the west coast and the midwest. He eventually discovered a supply route into the Mojave Wasteland through the Divide. Despite the harsh environment there, a small community established itself in the area, using the old American flag as its symbol. Eddy became attached to the growing town, having seen it grow from nothing, so he worked to keep it alive. It prospered, and attracted more settlers. After the New California Republic sacked Navarro and recovered unfamiliar technology but with familiar symbols, which they linked to similar ones in the Divide. Soon after, they sent the Courier to deliver a package to the Divide; a package which turned out to be a detonator containing missile launch codes. The package woke up and sent the detonation signal to missiles locked in the silos, resulting in massive earthquakes and powerful storms. The Divide was ripped apart and everyone was thought dead, the town destroyed. Eduardo, saddened by what he had cost left the Divide and never returned.

Events of Fallout: New Vegas

In 2281, Eduardo was one of seven couriers hired by the Mojave Express to deliver strange packages to the New Vegas Strip, he was designated Courier 6. He was carrying the parcel containing the platinum chip from Primm. Eddy got the job after another courier pulled out suddenly. The Courier was intercepted by Benny, who then shot them in the head and left them for dead, buried alive in a shallow grave in Goodsprings Cemetery. He was then dug out by Victor, a friendly Securitron, and nursed back to health by Doc Mitchell, the resident doctor of Goodsprings. As Eddy's head began to clear, he sat up to see the man who fixed them up. The doctor asked him his name and then ran a few tests to see if Eduardo was alright after having been shot in the head. After he passed the tests, Mitchell escorted the Courier to the door out of his home. Eddy had expressed the wish to hunt down the people that left him for dead, which Mitchell sympathized with, so the doctor decided to give him his old vault Pip-Boy, some stimpaks and a 9mm pistol to help him in his journey. Eduardo's own weapon had been stolen by the men that shot him, but he still had his clothes. He thanked the doctor for everything and then headed outside to Goodsprings.

Doc Mitchell had pointed Eduardo towards the town's saloon, the Prospector Saloon, stating that a woman named Sunny Smiles would be able to help him with his dilemma. When he entered, he was greeted by Cheyenne, Sunny's dog, and Sunny herself. She told him that the Doc informed her of his coming and to meet her out back. The courier followed her, and upon reaching her outside, she gave him a varmint rifle and 60 5.56mm rounds. Eduardo practiced at the shooting range and saw that the injury didn't mae him lose his skill with a rifle. Sunny Smiles then asked him if he would like to tag along on a little job. The courier accepted and went with her towards the Goodsprings source. Once they got close to the first well, Sunny told him to sneak, to surprise the geckos. Once the geckos were dead, they continued on to the next two wells. At the last well three geckos were attacking a female Goodsprings settler near the final well. Eddy killed the geckos and talked to the Goodsprings settler; she gave him 3 bottles of purified water and thanked him. He talked to Sunny afterwards. Sunny offered to show the Courier another trick for surviving in the wasteland; using campfires to cook food. She asked him to retrieve a xander root near the Goodsprings schoolhouse, and a broc flower from the Goodsprings Cemetery. After retrieving both items, the Courier meet Sunny Smiles back at the campfire near the Goodsprings water source. She showed him how to make healing powder from the plants, then told him to head over to the Prospector Saloon and talk with Trudy.

Eddy talked with Trudy and she pointed him towards Victor, the securitron that had saved him. He talked with the robot and learned that the ones who shot him stole the platinum chip that he was carrying, which was probably why he was shot and left for dead. Wanting to find out why someone would try to kill him over the chip, Eduardo headed to Primm to check with the Mohave Express office. When he arrived in Primm he learned that the town had been taken over by a gang of escaped convicts, so Eddy had to fight his way to the office. There he found the place empty, save for a shut down Eyebot. He then headed to the Vikki and Vance Casino, where the townspeople were hold up and talked to Johnson Nash, the owner of the Mohave Express office. He didn't learn anything useful why he was shot, other than the ones that had shot him passed through the town and had an encounter with Primm's lawman. Before he left the casino, he asked if the eyebot was Johnson's. He said someone dropped the bot off and that he had no use for it, then offered it to the courier. He accepted it but said that he would pick it up when he finished up there in Primm. Nash told him that if he wanted to know about the encounter with the lawman he'd have to free Deputy Beagle from the Bison Hotel, where the convicts had taken him. He entered the hotel and fought his way past the convicts, eventually making it to the kitchen, where he found Beagle tied up. Eduardo released him. The courier was able to convince him to stick around to help him clear out the rest of the hotel. When they both exited it, Beagle headed to the casino to meet with the citizens.

Eduardo then spoke to Beagle about his shooter, but Beagle asked him to help find a new town sheriff for Primm. He decided to check with the NCR outpost located next to Primm. There he spoke to Lieutenant Hayes and requested their assistance in protecting the town. He referred the courier to Major Knight of the Mojave Outpost to the southwest. Eduardo traveled there, fighting his way past some raiders. He convinced Major Knight to assign to assign an additional squad to Primm, to help ensure the trade route will function normally. Once he returned to Hayes, he stated that the squad was ready and the NCR was ready to accept ownership of Primm, with Sergeant McGee as the new sheriff. The town was finally safe and was to be receiving more supplies from the NCR, but as a result, taxes became higher. Now that Primm's safety was secured, Eduardo spoke to Beagle and asked him about his shooter. He gave the Courier his journal and told him that it contained the information he wanted. Eduardo listened to the holotape and learned that his attackers was a dapper gentleman who wore a checked suit and he had an escort from the Great Khans. The gentleman said that he was heading to Nipton, then Novac, where he would meet with somebody.

Now that he had a new lead, the Courier left Primm, but not before getting the destroyed eyebot from Nash. He didn't have the materials to fix it right now, but figured that he would find it along the way. On his way to Nipton, Eduardo stopped by the NCR Mohave Outpost, to resupply. While there he looked for work so he could earn some caps to buy the necessary materials to repair the eyebot. He spoke with Ranger Jackson and asked him if he needed any help. Jackson told the Courier that an insect infestation was preventing safe passage for the supply caravans. He offered to "lose" some supplies to pay with Eddy with if he decided to help him. Eddy figured that those supplies could help him repair the eyebot and agreed to help. He went to the infested highway and killed the numerous giant ants that littered the area. Once that was done he reported back to Jackson. The Ranger thanked him and handed him the supplies as a reward. With the supplies in hand, Eduardo went to work and repaired the damaged eyebot, turning it online.

The eyebot, whom Eduardo decided to call ED-E because of the license plate that was stuck on its outer shell. After being activated, Eduardo questioned the robot but its database had been corrupted so he wasn't able to learn much about it. He decided to let the eyebot follow him and welcomed his new companion. The two then talked with others around the Outpost. They met with a woman named Cass that who was drinking at the bar. She brushed him off and told him to go to the Crimson Caravan if he was looking for work. Eddy shrugged and went looking elsewhere for a job. He met with a Ranger named Ghost, who asked him to check out Nipton since she was concerned about the plumes of smoke rising from the reclusive town to the east. There were also no travelers from that direction as of late, which only made her more concerned. She asked the Courier to check the town out and report back to her. Seeing as he was already going there, Eduardo agreed.

With ED-E beside him, Eddy left the Mohave Outpost and headed east to Nipton.

Trivia

  • Eduardo has commitment issues, as he hates being tied down to one place. He has an adventurer's heart. This has led him to abandoning all his former lovers.

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