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Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday With This Creepy 'Fallout 4' Easter Egg

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The world of Fallout 4's Boston is inherently a creepy one. Walking corpses known as Ghouls roam the countryside. Raiders and cannibals prey on the innocent. Massive monsters lurk in depths and much, much more.

In other words, it's the perfect place for an Edgar Allan Poe Easter egg. To celebrate Poe's 207th birthday, who just so happens to be a Boston native, we are digging up this Fallout Easter egg taken straight from one of his most well-known tales, The Cask of Amontillado.

While visiting The Castle (a.k.a. Fort Independence) as part of the Minutemen quest line, players may have discovered the corpse of General McGann. Look closely at the crate next to him and you'll find that it's a crate filled with bottles of Amontillado wine. Look opposite the slain general and you'll find a skeleton behind a half-built brick wall.

According to the Fallout 4 wiki, if players inspect a bottle of the wine in their inventory, they'll find the names Montressor and P. Edgar on the bottle itself.

Montressor, of course, is the name of the murderous narrator from The Cask of Amontillado, who murders a man named Fortunato by luring him into some catacombs with the offer of fine Amontillado wine. Once the man is properly inebriated from the wine, Montressor chains Fortunato up and, brick by brick, traps him behind a wall, leaving him to die.

The story goes that Poe found inspiration for the story while serving as a private at Boston's Fort Independence in his youth, though the truth of the claim is hardly verifiable. Whether Poe truly did cook up the story while serving at the real world version of Fallout 4's The Castle or thought it up later, the Easter egg is still a great one. Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe! You're stories of murder and insanity still continue to fascinate us to this day, even when hidden among one of the biggest video game releases in recent memory.

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