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Divide
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sectionsHopeville
Ashton
The High Road
People
leadersMartin Retslaf (pre-2077)
Courier (pre-2281)
Ulysses (2281)
merchantsCommissary terminal
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Nothing there? Like the Big Empty? The Sierra Madre? No, the Old World sleeps there, sure as the flag I carry. The Courier knows the way. And at the Divide, he/her and I - there, we'll have an ending to things.

Ulysses Patient log: Y-17.9, Old World Blues

The Divide is a violent land torn apart by quakes and skin-flaying windstorms to the northwest of the Mojave, in southern California. It serves as the game-world for Lonesome Road.

Background[edit]

Before the Great War, this area was home to Hopeville and Ashton: a missile base and a city under its protection. Apart from being a major element of the ballistic defense matrix, Hopeville was also the subject of a major Big MT research project concerning meteorology; a project that apparently ended in a disaster, spawning the dust storms the Divide is infamous for.[1][2][3] Beside the project, Big MT was also a partner in different enterprises: at one point, the entire local hippie commune that protested outside Hopeville against the ongoing Sino-American War were rounded up by special riot control officers wearing a new model of L.A.P.D. riot armor, the whole regulated by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment wearing a recognizable helmet and a more advanced riot armor,[4] shipped off them to the Big MT as test subjects.[5]

The Great War apparently took the military here by surprise, as the ICBMs never left their missile silos. It is possible that the aforementioned backfiring meteorological experiment has resulted in the soldiers here dying or fleeing before the American missiles could take flight. A silence fell across the land. For two centuries the soil of the Divide lay undisturbed by human presence.

Close to two centuries later, a small survivalist community emerged near the ruins of Ashton and Hopeville. Though small at first, the willingness of a single Courier to travel the hard road to and from the community[6] Named the Divide, it was a community of hardy folk, building a new future using the Old World as foundation.[7] They adopted the Old World flag of the United States as their symbol, drawing strength from it.[8] It was a new nation, slowly stirring to life, forging new ideals to apply to the new world they were placed in. It thrived, thanks to the Courier paving the way for traders and settlers.[9]

The Death of the Divide[edit]

The success of the community eventually it drew the attention of the New California Republic, who deployed troops to the area to protect a newly established supply line across the treacherous Divide into the Mojave Wasteland. The Caesar's Legion reacted and attempted to cut the new supply line, sending frumentarii and assassins to explore the area after a sizable force of legionaries struck against the Republic's forces located there. However, this ongoing conflict between states did not destroy the settlement. That was the work of the Courier who, returning to the Divide again, carried a package from Navarro by order of the NCR to the Divide a short time before the NCR and the Legion jumped to each others throat. The package contained an activated ICBM detonator; when this device was close enough it remote linked with the ICBM computers, sending a signal to the dormant nuclear missiles lying in the silos beneath the ground.[10] They then began detonating one after another, splitting the earth with massive earthquakes which cracked and twisted the landscape. Entire companies of NCR soldiers in the Divide were trapped together with their Legion foes. The disaster created the Divide as it exists now: a wind-beaten maze of twisting canyons, skin-flaying dust storms and horrific abominations.[11][12][13][14]

The Divide twisted the surviving NCR and Legion. As the winds flayed their skin and radiation ghoulified them, they became the marked men: skinless horrors fueled by hatred and rage for everything around them. Other inhabitants took a far worse turn, mutating into the Tunnelers, reptilian monsters that fear light. Outside the Divide, the disaster became a blessing in disguise for the Legion: cutting off NCR supply lines along Death Valley Road and the Carson Pass Highway, it granted Caesar's Legion time to recover after their loss in the First Battle of Hoover Dam.[15] Subsequent attempts to reestablish an NCR route through the Divide proved impossible, as the twisted terrain and extreme radiation levels made passage impossible, not to mention the natives.[16]

However, it also gave birth to the greatest danger to the post-War civilization of the American Southwest: Ulysses. Finding himself as the only physically untainted survivor of disaster, he was both traumatized and inspired as he learned the impact a single person, the Courier, can have on history. When ED-E passed through the Divide on his way to Navarro, the Divide computers remote scanned it then proceeded to manufacture copies of it for maintenance purposes. Ulysses may have inserted the package into one in particular. Ulysses was determined to take revenge and sought to reshape the post-apocalyptic world single handedly, much like the Courier reshaped the Divide by unleashing nuclear fire on it. At some point before the Second Battle of Hoover Dam, Ulysses contacted the Courier via a single message: the coordinates for the canyon wreckage west of Primm, and the words "Courier Six - Ulysses", wanting to destroy their new home in his reshaping process of America before their eyes, as the Courier did for him with the Divide. The Courier answered the call and confronted Ulysses at the Divide. There, under the Old World flag and the torn skies, the two decided the fate of post-nuclear civilization with the spears of Old America.

Layout[edit]

The Divide is a general term for the entire region, but the actual divide is a massive rift running on a east-west axis, where the detonating missiles caused the earth to collapse, forming a massive canyon with the remnants of the city above buried in it. The former towns of Hopeville and Ashton sit on the surface, on the southern edge of the Divide proper. The massive earthquakes that tore through the region turned most of the area to rubble, though the principal cause was the collapse of the super highway that ran above the city - as it disintegrated during the earthquake, the great chunks of asphalt plummeted on the structures below, bringing ruin to the entire area.

It is notable, however, that reinforced military structures, such as missile silos, survived the disaster more or less in operable condition. However, at the same time, stockpiled nuclear warheads were scattered throughout the Divide.

Appearances[edit]

The Divide is mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas, and all its add-ons (Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues) and its map is shown in Old World Blues. It appears in the add-on Lonesome Road.

Behind the scenes[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. The map of the Divide is located in Big MT in Old World Blues, in the X-17 meteorological station.
  2. Ulysses log Y-17.16
  3. Y-0 terminal entry, Dispenser Funding Update
  4. Advanced riot gear
  5. Third Street Municipal building terminal entries
  6. Ulysses: "Never would have known the Divide had it not been for you. The road you made with your tracks, again and again. You were the only one willing to make the journey to and from here... a hard road. Kept the land before the Divide alive through seasons, storms... ...can't have been just a job. Was something more to you. Don't feel for a place that hard unless it's home."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "This road leads nowhere. There's nothing in the Divide."
    Ulysses: "Many in the Mojave think the Divide's nothing but canyon and storm. Wasn't always. There was life, a town, farther West... not talking about an Old World town like Hopeville... more recent. Something you saw in your lifetime. It had the name "the Divide," too. But rather than cracks in the earth, it was a road from the West into the Mojave, a supply line. Took a Courier to make that road. You. Back then, you saw the road with eyes facing East. This time... the Divide's in the other direction. And if your eyes try to make sense of it when you reach it... home's not what it was."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "If you blame me for what happened here at the Divide - why do you care?"
    Ulysses: "The community that was once here... and the package you brought... both had markings of the Divide. Markings of America. You've seen the marks, the symbol. As early as the Hopeville silo, maybe. Carried it etched on your weapons. The Divide, its buildings, its people, were built around those same markings, surrounded them here... ...markings like the flag on my back. When I followed your road to the Divide those years ago, I saw the symbol I wore all around me. An Old World symbol. Strong, to survive here - its people, strong. Outlast the Bear, outlast the Bull. Promise of something better. Caesar was right to want it dead. NCR was right to want to rake their claws in it. Seeing it... changed me, just as seeing Hoover Dam changed Caesar and the NCR. Seeing it end changed me, too."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "So you believed in this place. What it once was."
    Ulysses: "There was hope here, another chance. A new nation, stirring to life. {Beat}A place I could have set my flag. Not the America of old. But something larger than the tribes of the East, something larger than the houses of the West. Something better. The Divide... could have bridged both, like Hoover Dam. Now like the Dam, it's too covered in blood to see what it could have been. You gave life to this place. I followed your road here, saw the Divide. You led me here, so that I could see. Then, you brought it to an end."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  10. Chris Avellone talks about the package from Lonesome Road
  11. The Courier: "The Divide blocked all of their northern land routes?"
    Joshua Graham: "Not all of them. But they couldn't take 127 north to get around the mountains. As if Death Valley weren't enough, they had the Divide and Big Empty to deal with. From what the Legion's explorers reported, the Big Empty may as well have been a wall to any living thing approaching it."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  12. The Courier: "I'm guessing you don't like Caesar very much."
    Joshua Graham: "Love the sinner, hate the sin. With Caesar, it's often very difficult to see through all of that sin to the person inside. I can say that we were both lucky that NCR's supply lines and land routes north of Mojave Outpost were destroyed before the Battle of Hoover Dam. Something bad happened near Death Valley, at a place called the Divide. NCR couldn't cut across anymore and it slowed down their reinforcements. Terrible storms ripped entire companies apart before they even got to Nevada soil. The aftermath of Hoover Dam could have been even worse for Caesar."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  13. The Courier: "What's at the Divide?"
    Joshua Graham: "I don't know for certain, and I don't think NCR knows, either. Whatever happened at the Divide was too much for them to handle. Our frumentarii told us what they saw. Only fools and madmen would march into a place like that. All roads wind down to the same spot, the grave. They said all that's left there is a gaping wound cut into the Earth, cursed and damned. No place for God-fearing folk."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  14. The Courier: "What happened here?"
    Ulysses: "You delivered a package. Had markings that matched those in the Divide. Not all... but enough. Military markings, from some place the Bear had savaged in the West. Maybe seeing those markings on it reminded you of home... made you carry it."
    The Courier: "You said I brought it from the West?"
    Ulysses: "It was a device, a detonator. One I'd never seen before - or heard before. You carried that thing to the Divide. I know because I followed you as you walked the road, watched you do it. You brought it here, to the community you built. And you are responsible for what happened after - when the device opened, started to speak. When it did, the Divide answered back. Those missiles you've seen, buried in their silos. They exploded beneath the ground, cracked the landscape. Sand, ash... the dead... the Divide skies became a graveyard."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  15. Joshua Graham
  16. NCR Ranger action reports: "I don't think this will be a suitable route for bringing troops to Hoover Dam. The terrain is a nightmare, we've seen evidence of hostile indigenous life, and the Geiger counters are ticking like a grandfather clock on turbo. Full report when the advance scouts come back at 2300, but as of now I'm recommending we abandon this mission."
  17. Megan Parks' portfolio
  18. David Lieu's portfolio