Brotherhood of Steel (Appalachia)
Brotherhood of Steel
Background[edit | edit source]
The origins of the Appalachian chapter are closely tied to Taggerdy's Thunder, a US Army Ranger unit led by Lieutenant Elizabeth Taggerdy. Deployed to war games organized in Appalachia in October 2077, Taggerdy led the Thunder against a unit of United States Marines. As usual, Taggerdy planned for a hard and fast attack, hugging the edge of the exercise area and striking where the Marines were least expecting it. She never got the chance to execute that strategy, as the Thunders were surprised by the Great War. After first dismissing the attacks as part of the simulation, the nuclear warheads that struck Appalachia soon revealed that war came home.
With the chain of command in tatters and nothing but static on the radio, they attempted to raise any kind of ranking officer to receive new orders and move forward through the desolation of the nuclear war. What Taggerdy didn't expect to find on the radio bands was Captain Roger Maxson, looking for someone in Appalachia. Although she was hesitant about speaking to a confessed traitor, her friendship made her decide to give Maxson a chance. The fact that the U.S. Army apparently disappeared in nuclear fire overnight played a key role in the decision. Together with her unit, Taggerdy moved to Camp Venture, an old survival training camp, where they spent the dark winter of 2077. Soon after, she ordered the camp reactivated to fill out the ranks of the Thunder. Due to the strict requirements posed by the drill master, only four recruits made it through to the end of training and became members of the Thunder. However, they were far from the only ones and soon recruits started appearing at the Camp in numbers, primarily former soldiers looking for a way out.
That way out presented itself when Captain Roger Maxson announced the foundation of the Brotherhood of Steel. Although Taggerdy was hesitant to accept a completely new system of ranks and ideas, believing that the military training and loyalty to commanding officers was enough to carry the day, she did not object, at first treating it as an order like any other. Although Taggerdy was skeptical, Maxson outlined his plan to give her and her men a new identity as members of the Brotherhood, both as a way to return meaning to their lives and combat the overwhelming depression that threatened to take what few survivors made it through the nuclear fire and to immunize them to the authority of any politicians that might emerge from the Vaults (or in Appalachia's case, the Whitespring Congressional Bunker) and set fire to the world again. Taggerdy accepted the new orders without believing in them at first, but soon grew into her role.
Paladin Taggerdy was known for only recruiting from those who had military experience and found it difficult to coordinate with the other, more "civilian" factions in Appalachia. This became apparent in their dealings with the Responders and Charleston: By October 2082, the Brotherhood appeared on the verge of conflict with the Responders, as they requisitioned munitions while the Responders were trying to contain the Huntersville mutant threat. Although they eventually acquiesced to the demands, it did the relations between the factions no favors. However, the relations eventually normalized, especially since the Brotherhood had other problems (as did the Responders, due to the great Charleston flood in December 2082). The Brotherhood's numbers and new classes graduating from Camp Venture exhausted the available space at the survival camp, necessitating improvised measures. The Brotherhood decided to expand south into the Cranberry Bog, opting to seize the defunct Allegheny Asylum as their new base of operations. Although plagued by feral ghouls, the building was structurally sound and had a direct connection to the Thunder Mountain Power Plant via landlines, wrestled from the Free States by Taggerdy's troops. Although the Asylum provided enough space to grow into, they soon encountered problems: Scorchbeasts, first as unknown bats flying in from Watoga, easily scared away by miniguns. This was chalked up to Bog weirdness at first - a grave error. 
West of the mountains, the Brotherhood forged alliances. The Brotherhood and the Responders united together against the super mutants, fighting a bitter battle to contain the mutants that ultimately ended in a major victory. The campaign ended in May 2086, marking the high point in Responder and Brotherhood relations, although it claimed many lives, including Squire De Silva and Paladin Swafford. Congratulating them on their victory, Elder Maxson also announced a new mission for the Brotherhood: To act as preservationists, keeping the embers of civilization burning, so that the Brotherhood may become the catalyst for a new, better civilization in the future.
Some responded to this new policy with enthusiasm, others with grudging acceptance, and yet others, like Sergeant Hank Madigan, left the Brotherhood to join the Responders. The new mission quickly took a backseat, however, as the Brotherhood encountered the scorchbeasts and the scorched in the Cranberry Bog. Conferring with Maxson's ace researcher, Scribe Hailey Takano, the Brotherhood in Appalachia quickly calculated that the scorchbeasts represented a potential extinction event for humanity. Lost Hills supplied a number of designs and weapon schematics to help stem the tide, including a sonic generator and an automated research program, but by the 2090s, the failing infrastructure of the Old World rapidly rendered communication impossible. Before being cut-off, Maxson ordered Taggerdy to hold the tide - and proscribed the use of nuclear weapons.
Camp Venture was officially abandoned on July 20, 2093, as the Brotherhood tightened their belt and pulled all remaining troops to focus their firepower at the Allegheny Asylum and Thunder Mountain Power Plant. The remaining Squires completed their training, though no new candidates were accepted at this point. The Brotherhood focused on fighting the scorchbeasts entirely, tapping all available sources of supplies, taxing their good will. By January 2094, that meant routinely requisitioning food, dozens of missiles, fusion cores, and hundreds of rounds of conventional ammunition from all available sources.
Realizing that time was not on their side, the Brotherhood launched Operation Touchdown on January 29, 2095, with Paladin Taggerdy taking the most well trained troops of the Brotherhood in order to confront the scorchbeasts in their lair and destroy them. The operation claimed the life of Paladin Taggerdy and her men, but for over a week, no scorchbeasts appeared on the surface, leading Senior Knight Wilson to declare a preliminary mission accomplished. However, this proved to be optimistic. By June, the sightings continued to increase in number, indicating that Touchdown has failed. By August, the situation was clear: The Brotherhood has failed in its mission and was rapidly approaching extinction. Rather than flee, the soldiers decided to continue manning their posts until the bitter end, trying to buy as much time for Appalachia as possible.
By August 18, 2095, the Brotherhood was down to Scribe Grant and a handful of surviving knights. They made their last stand at Fort Defiance. Thunder Mountain fell on August 19, completing the destruction of the Brotherhood. With their deaths, the Brotherhood in Appalachia was extinguished, leaving behind a bounty of weapons and the automated defenses for those who would come after to try and fight the scorchbeasts.
Organization[edit | edit source]
The Brotherhood of Steel in Appalachia was initially limited to just Taggerdy's Thunder and auxiliary forces recruited at Camp Venture (later turned into full Rangers and members by the brutal training procedures). After joining the Brotherhood, they were folded into the existing Brotherhood of Steel hierarchy, with one minor difference characteristic to the early years of the Brotherhood: Squires were adult members of the Brotherhood training to become full Knights. The nomenclature was unpopular among some of the troops and Maxson eventually changed it - long after the Brotherhood in Appalachia perished.
Another difference is the emphasis on the military aspect of the organization. Taggerdy was famously distrustful of civilians, considering them to be weak links in the chain, and that attitude translated into their dealings with non-military factions across Appalachia, making cooperation difficult. The landmark battle of Huntsville and Maxson's Preservation of Technology speech that introduced a new mandate and elevated Scribes like Grant as equals of the Knights changed the internal organization of the faction, but not, unfortunately, the general attitude that prevented effective cooperation and confronting the scorchbeasts.
Territory[edit | edit source]
Originally nothing more than a Rangers combat unit, Taggerdy's forces eventually exercised limited control of a number of strategic locations across Appalachia, including Thunder Mountain Power Plant, Camp Venture, Fort Defiance, and a network of air defense sites ringing the perimeter of the Cranberry Bog:
- Camp Venture: A survivalist camp that acted as the first permanent base of operations for Taggerdy and the Thunder. Later served as a training camp for Brotherhood recruits. Abandoned in the terminal stages of the war against the scorchbeasts.
- Fort Defiance: Formerly the Allegheny Asylum, the Fort was established as the Brotherhood sought to expand its operations from Camp Venture. Although never fully cleared of ghouls leftover from the war, it became the nucleus of the Brotherhood's defense against the scorchbeasts.
- Thunder Mountain Power Plant: Primary source of power for the Brotherhood forces in Appalachia, seized from the Free States. Last location to fall to the Scorched.
- Firebase LT, Firebase Major, Forward Station Alpha, The Thorn, Firebase Hancock: Defense sites established along the perimeter of the Cranberry Bog.
Interactions[edit | edit source]
- The Brotherhood of Steel is the last faction to be introduced in the course of the main quest, as the main goal of the struggle becomes clear: The destruction of the scorchbeasts. The locations are primarily focused on fighting off the scorched and scorchbeasts, reflected by the Brotherhood event quests.
- There is a single vendor for the Brotherhood, located at the Watoga Shopping Plaza. Vendor Bot Phoenix offers the following:
- Nearly all types.
- Leveled robot, Marine, combat armor pieces and hazmat suits.
- Bulk circuitry, crystal, fiber optics, and ballistic fiber.
- Random packaged food and purified water.
- Any random mod.
- Weapon plans
- Workshop plans
- Plan: End Tables
- Plan: High-Tech Table
- Plan: Picnic Table
- Plan: Pool Table
- Plan: Nixie Lamp
- Plan: Lounge Chairs
- Plan: Elegant Chairs
- Plan: Communism Posters
- Plan: High-Tech Bench
- Plan: Single Display Shelf
- Plan: Double Display Shelf
- Plan: Spinning Rack
- Plan: Magazine Rack
- Plan: Modern Couches
- Plan: Locker
- Plan: Dresser
- Plan: Desk
- Plan: Military Cot
- Plan: Metal Industrial Doors
- Plan: Metal Security Doors
- Plan: Power Armor Stations
- Plan: Metal Building Set
- Plan: Eat-o-Tronic
- Plan: Modern TV
- Plan: Ashtray
- Plan: Television
- Plan: Table Television
- Plan: Artillery
- Plan: High-Tech Light Set
- Plan: Signs and Letters
- Weapons (melee)
- Melee: Super Sledge, Mr Handy buzz blade, power fist, shishkebab, hatchet, multi-purpose axe, security baton, Assaultron blade, knife, and machete.
- Weapon (ranged)
- Combat rifle, plasma gun, gamma gun, M79 grenade launcher, light machine gun, missile launcher, 10mm pistol, assault rifle, combat shotgun, Tesla gun, laser gun, flare gun, auto grenade launcher.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
The chapter appears in Fallout 76.
- Official Fallout Twitter: "November 2077, a month after the Great War, army Captain Roger Maxson arrived with survivors at the Californian bunker of Lost Hills. There he formed the Brotherhood of Steel, who used a functioning satellite to extend their reach across America… all the way to Appalachia.'"
- War Games
- Radio Log: Aug 29 2077
- Taggerdy's Journal: NOV 04 2077
- Camp Venture terminals: "It's been 29 days since Taggerdy ordered Camp Venture online to fill out our ranks, and I'm honored to report that we're fully operational. Had to improvise the regimen without any airborne component, but everything else has been adapted.
To ensure our survival, Taggerdy needs true soldiers. Not mercenaries, not weekend warriors, but cold-blooded killing machines bursting at the seams with efficiency, determination and grit. That's what I intend to give her - the best of the best."
- Camp Venture terminals
- Formation of the Brotherhood of Steel
- About the Brotherhood
- Fallout 76 loading screen hints
- ? terminals: "12.10.2082 Sender: [A.Poole]
>> Supplies for Taggerdy
Fine Tanner, I'll tell my people to agree to Taggerdy's demand, sorry, "request" for munitions. But I'll not ask the Responders to be your messenger service, they are too busy dealing with those new mutants that've been appearing around Huntersville.
I still don't understand why you have such a problem with helping those folks in the mountains, when the moment someone in uniform shows up you get your panties all in a bunch. You need to come to grips with the fact that the war is over. You can have your supplies, but you take em yourself.
- De Silva's Recon Report
- Fort Defiance terminals, Da Silva's terminal: "WHAT?
I was trading war stories with the guys on the roof last night. Then we saw the craziest thing. It was like some sort of bat flying in from Watoga, I guess. We thought there was nothing living over there, unless you count those murder bots.
But the thing flew straight towards us. So we opened up with the miniguns and I think we literally scared the crap out of it.
That was real, right? The Cranberry Bog's gotten so very, very strange."
- Taggerdy's Journal: NOV 04 2077
- Battle of Huntersville Speech
- Huntersville graves
- Riverside Mansion terminals: "Headmistress Shannon Rivers, Personal Journal
Lucia reports that the campaign against the Super Mutants in Huntersville has ended. If things go well, the alliance between the Brotherhood and Responders might finally be the beginning of a long-term security arrangement for the region.
All of the patrols moving through the mountains have suppressed raider activity over the past few months. I've asked the girls to be more careful as well. No sense drawing any unwanted attention.
The mission board has been relatively light, but Olivia has been taking far more than her share. She's rarely at home for more than a day or two at a time now. At first, I was glad she was becoming more dedicated to her work, but I'm starting to worry she's just using it as an excuse to avoid me."
- Preservation of Technology
- The Nuclear Option (holotape)
- Fort Defiance terminals: "93-JUL-20"
- Fort Defiance terminals: "94-JAN-03"
- Fort Defiance terminals: "95-FEB-02"
- Fort Defiance terminals: "95-JUN-03"
- Fort Defiance terminals: "95-AUG-13"
- Thunder Mountain Power Plant terminals: "95-Aug-19"
- Final Stand
- See Brotherhood of Steel hierarchy for details