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Pizepi Joren, originally from the mutant-run Darwin Village, is smart, inquisitive, and not a huge fan of firearms, but in her time with the Rangers, she's come to accept that violence is sometimes the only option in the world beyond her sheltered town. She joined the Rangers after they cured the mutants of Darwin Village, and she's been with them ever since, broadening her understanding of the world and stripping her of her naivete, but never - at least not yet - allowing its bleakness to make a cynic of her.
This character is a party member.
One of the mutated researchers in Darwin, Pizepi was affected by the mutant plague and will join the player's party if they aid her people in curing it. She is the only recruit to come with Energy Weapons expertise.
Pizepi is a recruit and will only be available to the player if the total sum of the party's Charisma is 22 or more (she may occasionally spawn at a lower total charisma level, but this appears to be random and it is advised that players not count on it.) She will approach the player's team after they exit the underground lab. Note that if you do not have 22 total Charisma, you can return later and approach the entrance to Darwin again. The value counts any additional stat boosts, rather than the base value, so keep that in mind.
If you tell anyone in The Citadel about the existence of the mutant community living in Darwin, Pizepi will permanently leave your party.
If Pizepi is in your party when you enter Heidi's Hollywood Hideaway she will remark on how being a mutant causes her to feel physically isolated and how she would be interested in obtaining the services of one of the brothel's workers. Talking to any of the (upstairs level) workers with her as the active party member will cause the usual fade to black ending with her commenting on how meaningful she found the physical connection with another person and thanking the Rangers for giving her the opportunity.
Pizepi is found at Aspen (Little Hell), a veteran of Team Echo, and comes with the unique background, Researcher. She is specced as a mid-ranged automatic weapon combatant who is also a good hacker and user of weird tech.
Pizepi is also one of the hostages who aren't subjected to humiliation or torture, instead held by The Gift as an assistant.
Pizepi is one of the few companions who will side with your team if you rise up against the Patriarch - if Ranger loyalties are Loyal or more.
Behind the scenes
Pizepi's portrait is named Vipula, hinting at the original name.
One of the mutants found at Project Darwin by Team Echo, Pizepi was a wide-eyed innocent who felt trapped living in her isolated town and wanted to see the world. She tagged along with the Rangers when they left Darwin and eventually became a Ranger herself. Years spent patrolling the Arizona wastes have stripped the innocence from her, but she has managed to maintain her sense of wonder, always curious about the people, situations, and strange phenomena the Rangers encounter in their travels.