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Children of the Cathedral
Notable MembersLasher
Notable LocationsHub
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Related EntitiesMaster's Army
Followers of the Apocalypse


The Children of the Cathedral was the religious branch of the Unity, a widespread religious cult that the Master established as a cover for his activities and to spread his philosophy.[1][2]

Beliefs[edit | edit source]

See also: Glossary of Children of the Cathedral terms

The beliefs of the Cathedral's Children are based on the belief that the nuclear holocaust (referred to as the Holy Flame or Sacred Fire), invoked by human greed, corruption and selfishness was a chance to begin anew. It is the proverbial light that nearly destroyed humanity. The Master is the antithesis, waiting in the Darkness below (quite literally), leading his children into a new era of peace and unity.[3][4]

He brings about the Unity, through which the Nexus of Rebirth will be reached, during which all the worthy ones will be baptized in the holy F.E.V. and become the next generation of humans.[5] When everyone reaches this next stage of evolution, the Age of Peace will come, when there will be no more war and no more suffering. However, as altruist as they are, the Children still use brainwashing to prepare wastelanders for their FEV baptism, turning them into little more than ranting servants.[6]

The standing policy of the Children was to shun alcohol and drugs, in order to maintain a healthy and pure mind.[7]

The Hidden Face[edit | edit source]

The Children of the Cathedral proved to be more than creepy yet altruistic cult. The entire religion was plotted by the Master as a method to cultivate a pool of normal human operatives in the wastes and to prepare the world for his coming. Around 2151, Morpheus, a leader of a doomsday oriented cult and a former member of the Rippers gang, was found by the Master's spies. Morpheus pledged his followers to the Master which would soon constitute the core of the Children.[8] Every person the CoC converted to their faith was one more person who could willingly be dipped in FEV.

The CoC doctrine largely echoed the Master's own thoughts on humanity, specifically in mankind's inadequacy to live in civilization and the urgent need for drastic evolution. All Children eagerly awaited their chance to be baptized in the great baptismal font to the north: the vats of FEV in the Mariposa Military Base. The Children believed in expanding their influence through all possible means, however. Nightkin would assault non-compliant cities assisted by Cathedral cultists, while loyal servants would head into the wastes and establish hospitals and offer healing to the body and the spirit. The Master's plan was to unify all and bring them into the glory that is his master plan.

The Cathedral was held by nightkin, elite super mutants equipped with Stealth Boys to make them semi-invisible. Underneath the Cathedral was the seat of the Master's power: the Los Angeles Vault. A vault with no number, the LA Vault was meant to serve as a demonstration of the Vault technology by Vault-Tec Industries. It was used during the war but evacuated soon after, leading to the formation of Adytum and the other Boneyard communities. The Master eventually discovered the abandoned Vault and moved in. From there, he plotted his grand scheme for the evolution of humanity through FEV until the Vault Dweller destroyed him in 2162. With the loss of the Cathedral, the Master and the Military Base (also destroyed that same year by the Vault Dweller), the Children disbanded.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Brother Morpheus, leader of the Children of the Cathedral
Sister Jain, Hub high elder

The lowest ranking members of the Cathedral cult were "Initiates", used as menial workers or indoctrinated cannon fodder, used against the enemies of the cult whenever nightkin involvement was deemed unnecessary. An initiate that has completed his assigned tasks could be elevated to the rank of Scribe or Scholar, the latter tasked with spreading the gospel of the Holy Flame and sent as healers throughout the wastelands to build up support for the cult and prepare weapon stockpiles for the imminent invasion. This lowest ranking group is commonly referred to as acolytes.

Servitors were the "officers" of the cult, who have undergone intense brainwashing and indoctrination in the Inner Sanctum of the Cathedral and have been baptized in the FEV.[9] Their faith is unquestioned and they are given vital assignments and considered trustworthy enough to know of the true foundation of the cult - the Master.[10] Most acolytes actually don't make it the rank of servitor, going insane from the chemical baptism and being reduced to zombie slave labor and soldiers.[11]

Elders were the leaders, ensuring that Cathedral operations ran smoothly, sometimes operating in the field (as was the case with Jain). They are synonymous with the High Order, a group of Servitors tasked with the most delicate of assignments. The most well known figure is certainly Father Lasher, who disciplined the members of the cult and was a firm believer in not sparing the rod. There are thirteen Elders in total, forming an Inner Order., and line 217 is spoken .}}</ref> -->

The Children of the Cathedral were led by a man called Morpheus, who was one of the first men converted by the Master to his ideology. A devout, intelligent and loyal man, Morpheus was tasked with overseeing the Children's operations and ensuring the indoctrination and answered directly to the Master.

Locations[edit | edit source]

In order to spread their message, The Children ran a number of hospitals in various places around the wastes. The largest was in the Water Merchants' section of the Hub where young children handed out flowers to visitors and free medical care was available to anyone who was wounded. Jain, an important Child of the Cathedral, resided in the Children's Hub hospital.

The Children also maintained a small, ragged clinic in the ghoul city of Necropolis where two Children provided medicine in exchange for money until they were forced to leave when the Vault Dweller eliminated the super mutant garrison at the water shed. Finally, in Junktown, a doctor from the Children would move into one of the buildings after 80 days from the start of the game.

The main Children of the Cathedral operation, though, was in the actual Cathedral. Located somewhere in the Boneyard, the ruins of Los Angeles and a few miles south of Adytum, the Cathedral was home to High Priest Lasher, a sadistic priest, and High Priest Morpheus, the human leader of the Children. According to Morpheus, there were thirteen such High Priests in charge of delivering the Master's gospel to the Children. Dozens if not hundreds of worshipers could be found in and around the Cathedral, either on some pilgrimage or just preaching the word of the Holy Flame.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Children of the Cathedral only appeared in Fallout. They are mentioned and a robe of them appeared in Fallout 2. Former members were to appear in Van Buren.


  1. Fallout Bible 0: "2156 The Master sees advantages in establishing a benevolent "religion," the Children of the Cathedral, and using them as spies in settlements throughout the wastes. Missionaries from the Children of the Cathedral spread slowly across the wasteland, acting as eyes and ears for Morpheus and the Master."
  2. The Vault Dweller: "{109}{}{Tell me more about the Children and the Followers.}"
    Caleb: "{132}{}{Well, the Children of the Cathedral all live in this big black church-type building. They have some sort of big god, an' they go around tryin' to convert people to their cult.}"
  3. The Vault Dweller: "{237}{}{Is there even a Master, or is this a scam?}"
    Viola: "{272}{}{Of course there's a Master! Why wouldn't there be? We do many things, even some things I'm not entirely proud of, but deceit isn't one of them. The Master's vision of Peace and Unity is a true one. Good-bye.}"
  4. The Vault Dweller: "{171}{}{So where is this Master?}"
    Lieutenant: "{173}{LIEUT23}{He's busy with the Children of the Cathedral. They actually consider us gods. But then, who can blame them.}"
  5. The Vault Dweller: "{1001}{}{Master}"
    Jain: "{1101}{JAIN301}{There is no Master but the Holy Flame. He is our master, He is the Master of all.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{1007}{}{Holy}"
    Jain: "{1107}{JAIN308}{The Holiest of Holies. He is the guiding light we follow. He shall cleanse those unfaithful when the Nexus of Rebirth is reached.}"
  6. The Vault Dweller: "{178}{}{Do you want to die? I can put you out of your misery.}"
    Dane: "{181}{}{I'm screwed, but this is only Phase 1 of the Cathedral Screwover Plan. When servitors get completely brainwashed, they got to Phase 2. That's when the Master baptizes them in the FEV-2!}"
    "{182}{}{Most die right there. But those who survive become mutants. BIG mutants. Nightkin! The Master thinks that only the Nightkin can survive. He wants to make everyone Nightkin because they're tough!}"
    "{183}{}{You know all this peace and unity bullshit? It really isn't bullshit to the Master. He really thinks that he's saving the world!}"
    "{184}{}{Sterile! We're all going to be hideous, sterile freaks! Sterile! Sterile! Sterile! My name's not Errol! Sterile!}"
  7. The Vault Dweller: "{126}{}{I'm looking for large quantities of liquor. I'd like to remove them from the premises . . .}"
    Francis: "{137}{}{My goodness! Alcohol and chems here! You must be mistaken. The Master would never tolerate it. He wants all of his followers to keep their minds healthy and pure.}"
  8. The Vault Dweller: "{150}{}{Where did the Children come from?}"
    Nicole: "{165}{Nic_22}{They showed up around the same time we did, but no one knows how they came about. We've heard rumors that their leader, Morpheus, was part of the Rippers before he was 'enlightened' by their Dark God.}"
  9. The Vault Dweller: "{194}{}{What did they do to you?}"
    Dane: "{198}{}{Dumped me in chemicals, filled me full of holes, played loud noises for me. That sort of shit. Tried to make me into something I'm not. Parents do that all the time.}"
  10. The Vault Dweller: "{186}{}{What's going on around here?}"
    Dane: "{191}{}{The end of the world as we know it. Mutant armies in the Vault, don't blame me, it's the Master's fault. When we have Unity, that's when the Master's fun REALLY begins.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{193}{}{What kind of fun?}"
    Dane: "{197}{}{Ooops! I can't keep myself together anymore! Whee! Whee! Whee!}"
  11. The Vault Dweller: "{165}{}{What's going on around here?}"
    Dane: "{170}{}{This is the baptismal. They make Servitors here. When acolytes have been indoctrinated, they bring them here and they go through the process. A few of them survive . . .}"
    "{171}{}{Most lose their minds, but they're still useful. They throw them downstairs, rant at them about the Master and walk around in a stupor. You've seen the zombies. Great slave labor -- and soldiers . . .}"