Lost Hills

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Lost Hills
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The interior of the security bunker
Site
Map MarkerBrotherhood
Segments
SectionsEntrance
Level 1 (guardhouse, storeroom, training area)
Level 2 (Initiate quarters, library)
Level 3 (Knight and Scribe quarters, laboratories, workshops)
Level 4 (mainframe, Elder's quarters, auditorium, council room)
People
FactionsUnited States Army (pre-War)
Brotherhood of Steel (post-War)
LeadersHigh Elder John Maxson and the Elder council
Head Paladin/Master Knight Rhombus
Head Scribe Vree
DoctorsLorri
Other
QuestsBecome an Initiate.
Rescue Initiate from the Hub.
Convince the Elders to send help to Mariposa
Convince the Elders to send help to Cathedral
Guard the caravans
Scout the northern wastes
Fix the broken T-51b power armor
Technical
TerminalsBrotherhood computer
 
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Lost Hills is the codename of a security bunker located in the south-eastern end of the Central Valley in California. Claimed by renegade soldiers under Captain Roger Maxson in 2077, it is the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Steel, located four squares west and eight squares south of Vault 13.

Background[edit | edit source]

In November 2077, a few weeks after the Mariposa Rebellion and the Exodus from the military base, the refugees from the base arrived at the Lost Hills government security bunker. The people suffered casualties along the way, as while the soldiers enjoyed the protection afforded by their T-51b power armor, their families had naught. Marauders that attacked the caravan on its journey quickly learned to target the unprotected civilians. Although for every lost civilian two raiders fell, many lives were lost, including Roger Maxson's wife (but not his teenage son).[1][2] Several soldiers broke off during the Exodus as well.[3] A faction led by Sergeant Dennis Allen gained strength, demanding the leadership to allow them to explore the ruins of the West Tek Research Facility for advanced technologies left behind. Ignoring warnings from Captain Maxson and defying the group's will, Allen's faction separated from the main caravan and ventured southeast to the Glow, taking their power armor with them. They were never heard from again.[4] Around 2151, the Brotherhood sent out Knights to seek out Allen's group or its remains. All they found were desolate ruins.[3]

The Exodus survivors claimed the bunker as their own. Lost Hills became the headquarters of the newly formed Brotherhood of Steel. The refugees expanded and adapted it to fit their own needs, becoming a bastion of technology in a world that has lost centuries of technological development overnight.[5] Lost Hills became the primary supplier of weapons and ammunition to the region, until the emergence of Gun Runners and other rival manufacturing houses. They traded ordnance for food, water, and necessary supplies, not bothering with manufacturing them within the bunker.[6]

Following the destruction of the Unity circa 2162, the Brotherhood aided other human settlements to drive the mutants away with minimal loss of life on both sides of the conflict. The Brotherhood remained out of the power structure for a time, becoming a major research and development house and reintroducing advanced technology into New California at a slow pace. The wise guidance of Rhombus brought the Brotherhood to arguably the zenith of its power.[7] The Brotherhood had good relations with the developing New California Republic, to the point that one of the states of the federation was named after the founder of the Brotherhood: Maxson. However, Lost Hills was never incorporated into the NCR, although Brotherhood patrols did provide protection for the state.[8]

Layout[edit | edit source]

The Entrance

On the surface, the installation is almost unnoticeable. The only thing rising above it is a small bunker housing the elevator leading below ground. A pair of Brotherhood guards is stationed in front of the bunker, to process visitors and clear entrants into the bunker. Menacing patrols of Brotherhood Paladins constantly scour the area surrounding the bunker, to intercept hostile incursions and bring suspicious characters to Lost Hills for questioning.

Cabbot, a Scribe Initiate, handles travelers. When spoken to, he initiates the quest; Become an Initiate.

Level 1[edit | edit source]

Level 1

The first underground level is built on the plan of a cross, dividing it into quadrants. The northwestern quadrant houses the guardroom, where Paladin patrols rest (off limits to other members). The southwestern quadrant is the office and quarters of Rhombus, Head Paladin and Master Knight.

The southeastern quadrant houses the training chamber where Initiates are schooled in the art of war, overseen by Senior Paladin Talus and Knight Thomas. Opposite the training chamber is the storeroom, where the Brotherhood's impressive stockpile of technology is located. In the corridor between these two is the office of Michael, the quartermaster.

There are plenty of things to do on this level;

Loot in the storeroom

Level 2[edit | edit source]

Level 2

The second underground level houses the facility's medical center, offering top notch treatment nearly unparalleled treatment across the wasteland. Basic medical procedures (removing radiation, poisons, treating injuries) are free, while advanced surgeries are offered for free only to working Brotherhood members in good standing. Outsiders inducted into the Brotherhood have to pay. The aforementioned surgeries are available to the player at the following prices:

Apart from the hospital, this level also features the Initiates' living quarters and classroom. Initiates have one duty: To study diligently to become a Knight or Scribe. Their quarters are spartan, with twelve Initiates sharing a single room and the adjoining hygiene facilities.

Level 3[edit | edit source]

Level 3

The third level of the Lost Hills security bunker is the source of the Brotherhood's power. It houses its primary library and laboratory, used by Scribes to research ancient technologies,[9] and the workshops where the Knights put them to practice. Both castes have their quarters on this level and enjoy considerably more space than the Initiates: While each room has similar amenities, they only house three Knights or Scribes at most.

Master Scribe Vree and her assistant, Sophia, can be found in the library. Knights Paul and Kyle are in the workshop, diligently working on technologies recovered by the Scribes.

As expected, the player can do quite a bit here:

  • Vree can give the player her autopsy report, providing proof of supermutant sterility for the Master.
  • Vree can also give the player some Rad-X.
  • Finally, the Master Scribe can also offer the player a class on computers, raising their Science by 15%.
  • Sophia will give the player a Brotherhood History holodisk, if asked about the order's history.
  • Kyle will allow the player to repair the T-51b power armor and take it as their own. The player has to retrieve the systolic motivator from Rhombus office and then pass a Repair check for 500 experience and a suit of armor. Failure to repair it will result in the player having to raise their Repair to at least 75% before trying again.

Level 4[edit | edit source]

Level 4

The deepest level of the security bunker houses its nervous system. It hosts the main auditorium, the council room where the Elders congregate to decide the course of the Brotherhood (often resulting in a lack thereof), with their quarters located in the central section of the level. The mainframe of the security bunker lies in the extreme eastern end of the facility, housing the entirety of the Brotherhood's knowledge.

The player can accomplish a number of things:

  • Talk to High Elder John Maxson and agree to scout the Mariposa Military Base. Maxson will clear the player to receive gear from Mathia: a sniper rifle, rocket launcher, laser pistol, power fist or Ripper.
  • Once Mariposa is scouted, the player can report to the Elders and obtain support from three assault Paladins for their attack.

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

All inhabitants of the bunker are members of the Brotherhood. Outsiders may be allowed to enter the bunker under escort. They are typically traders, but Ismarc, a talented singer, is known to have performed for Brotherhood members at Lost Hills.

As a military order, discipline is enforced and all brothers (male or female) are assigned duties for the betterment of the Brotherhood as a whole. However, unlike military orders of old, all members are free to pursue friendships and romance, as long as they continue to fulfill their duties.

Important high level members of the Brotherhood include High Elder John Maxson, the Brotherhood Elder council, Head Paladin and Master Knight Rhombus, and Master Scribe Vree. Other important members are Paladins Mathia, Talus, and Jennifer, Scribes Lorri (the doctor), her assistant and Sophia, Knights Paul, Kyle, Michael, and Thomas, and finally Initiates Cabbot and Jerry.

The different castes can be easily identified by their equipment:

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Lost Hills was originally planned to be a surface building with a small basement (Cabbot still refers to it as such, apparently), that was slowly built into a fortress by the deserters from Mariposa (see Vault 13 timeline for details).
  • Several elements were cut from the game, including an invasion ending (where Kedrick, a Brotherhood traitor kills the Elders and sells the Brotherhood out to the mutants). The game still includes a "Dead Brotherhood" map in its files.
  • Several NPCs and features were also cut, including a scribe who mourns the abandonment of soft sciences by the Brotherhood, a romance plot (with Jennifer), a subquest related to Michael and girls from the lower levels (apparently about pulse grenades), as well as a day and night cycle inside Lost Hills.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Lost Hills appears only in Fallout and is mentioned in Fallout 3, in the Citadel terminal entries and by one of the Paladins during the Galaxy News Radio quest, after the player defeats the super mutant behemoth.

References

  1. Fallout Bible 0#Timeline repair: Second strike: "2077 Nov: Captain Maxson, his men, and their families, arrive at the Lost Hills bunker a few weeks later, suffering many casualties along the way, including Maxson's wife (but not his teenage son). The Lost Hills bunker becomes the HQ of the Brotherhood of Steel the Vault Dweller finds in Fallout 1."
  2. Sophia's tape: "The Exodus from the accursed base was a trying time for the men and their families. While there was no radioactive fallout to contend with, they were frequently beset by the fallout of humanity. Roving bands of psychotic marauders attempted several attacks on that noble group. The company itself was in no danger, for they wore the Armor of Power. Members of their families were not so lucky. Once the vermin found out they were easily repelled, they began to fire on the unarmed civilians from a distance. They took a great many casualties, yet for every member of the Exodus that was struck down in this way, our noble brethren took two lives from the wasteland."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cabbot's dialogue: "{226}{Cab_64}{Oh, well, in the Exodus, the Brotherhood split into two groups. The group that broke away robbed the others of some of the weapons an-and they went south. Then about ten years ago we sent out knights to look for them and all they found was ruins. No one knows what happened.}"
  4. Sophia's tape: "Yet there were those who sought still more. These restless souls demanded we look to the southeast for the advanced technology that was supposedly housed there. Capt. Maxson warned these impetuous youths that the research facility was doubtlessly destroyed when we were spared, but they would not hear his words. They took their sanctified armor and headed off to find their Holy Grail, but not before they spoke the Deliverer's name in vain, questioning his very bravery! These men were never heard from again."
  5. Sophia's tape: "In the fullness of time the bunker became our home, our temple and our salvation from the terrors of the outside world. We began to build and shape our fortress into something glorious, the beauty of which the technologically bereft world had never seen before."
  6. The Vault Dweller: "{123}{}{Do you have a water chip?}"
    Paul: "{134}{}{A Water Chip? The ones from the old Vault-Tec shelters?}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{135}{}{Yes!.. Do you have one?}"
    Paul: "{136}{}{No. Those things were junk, they were prone to failure. We don’t deal with purifying our own water here. We have water delivered by caravans from the Hub.}"
    (PAUL.MSG)
  7. Fallout endings: "The Brotherhood of Steel helps the other human outposts drive the mutant armies away with minimal loss of life, on both sides of the conflict. The advanced technology of the Brotherhood is slowly reintroduced into New California, with little disruption or chaos. The Brotherhood wisely remains out of the power structure, and becomes a major research and development house."
    As Rhombus' survival is a prerequisite (otherwise the BoS turns into the Steel Plague), he is its leader in this time.
  8. Fallout Bible 6:
    2. How was the Brotherhood of Steel involved with NCR after the destruction of the Enclave?
    "Unknown. Presumably, they'd already established some level of co-existence with NCR even before the events of F1, judging by one of the states of NCR being dubbed "Maxson" (more on that in a future update except to say that the Lost Hills Bunker was NOT turned into a town in NCR) and considering their pre-existing ties to the Hub, which became a state by the time of F2. I've always imagined that NCR and BOS have maintained an uneasy truce, with barter and (some) technology sharing between the two groups."
  9. Cabbot: "{216}{Cab_54}{She's the head of the Scribes. She's usually in the library. Go down into the basement and uh, it's on your right hand side.}"
Lost Hills Security Bunker
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