Shooting Father Bemusement
This time through the Institute my character shot Father immediately following Institutionalized. She was able to escape easily because the lower elevator was very near. No synths were awaiting her at the relay control chamber. She got a major scolding from some unknown voice for killing her son, and a warning that they would hunt her down and kill her.
I tip-toed around the Commonwealth, expecting to be ambushed around every corner, but nothing unusual happened through acquiring the two final settlements for Form Ranks. Defend the Castle went swimmingly. The sight of Courser's bodies flying through the air from the force of the turrets warmed my heart and made me giggle. I collected six Courser uniforms, which is the most I have ever collected in one battle. I know there was one down by the diner as well that disappeared before I could get there.
I truncated my time with the Railroad this time, completing only the two Butcher's Bills, settling Mercer Safehouse and doing Concierge, and retrieving one DIA cache. Mercer Safehouse is at Coastal Cottage, which suits me in terms of RP because the synths can be heading for the refuge in Far Harbor.
I was bemused, however, when we invaded the Institute and I went to Father's chambers. As I entered, I glanced at the sickbed. No one in that, so that appeared good. I addressed myself to the computer and turned to leave. There was father, spread-eagled and turned on his side, suspended in the air over the sofa. I had to laugh. It was game mechanics at work, not taxidermy. I looted the body and went on.
When the charge was set on the reactor and we were relayed to the relay control center, there was the kid synth. He still insisted he was my son. I hadn't saved recently so after some conversational struggle I surrendered to the inevitable. It's obvious to me that Bethesda never intended you to shoot Father before he had a chance to re-program the kid. I guess you were supposed to realize your mistake and reload, when that voice scolded you on your way out the first time?