Codex

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Ah, the Codex. If it's in there, we have to abide it, if it's not, it's not important. It documents our history, too. Part of what Scribes like me do is update it. Hmm... I wonder... Nah, they'd probably catch it if I rewrote the Founder's axioms.

Veronica Santangelo

The Codex is the holy text of the Brotherhood of Steel.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Codex defines the Brotherhood, documenting their history, establishing their tactics, doctrine, rank responsibilities, et cetera. It also contains the axioms of the founder of the Brotherhood, High Elder Roger Maxson's, and is maintained and updated by Brotherhood scribes.[1]

An integral part of the Codex are the Scrolls, which record the lives of the members of the order.[2] Each Scroll contains the Brother's name, notable deeds (such as battles, tech recoveries, and promotions) and ends with a detail description of their death. Maintaining the Scrolls is the duty of the Head Librarian of each Brotherhood bunker.[3][4] However, the Elder in command of a chapter may order certain names to be struck from the Codex in the case of desertion or insubortination.[2]

Excerpts[edit | edit source]

  • "Through discourse, we gain the strength of our Brothers' minds."[5]
  • "Give way your suspicions to the wisdom of thine Elder. Where he shows trust, so shall you."[6]
  • "Shield yourself from those not bound to you by steel, for they are the blind. Aid them when you can, but lose not sight of yourself."[7]
  • "Fear those who do not pledge to the Brotherhood for though their eyes may be opened through service, they are now blind."[6]
  • "We do not help them, or let them in. We keep knowledge they must never have."[8]

References[edit source]

  1. The Courier: "What's the Codex?"
    Veronica Santangelo: "Ah, the Codex. If it's in there, we have to abide it, if it's not, it's not important. It documents our history, too. Part of what Scribes like me do is update it. Hmm... I wonder... Nah, they'd probably catch it if I rewrote the Founder's axioms."
    (Veronica Santangelo's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lone Wanderer: "Tell me more about the Outcasts."
    Henry Casdin: "We were cast out for our dedication to the Brotherhood's true goals. Lyons wanted to play hero to the locals, instead of doing his job. We were proud to leave him, so we kept the name "Outcasts" and wear it with pride. A big "fuck you" to the old man. He may have struck our names from the great Codex, but we'll be vindicated in the end, and our names will be restored."
    (Henry Casdin's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "What are the Scrolls that you mentioned?"
    Elizabeth Jameson: "Scrolls are kept by the Head Librarian of each Brotherhood bunker. The Scrolls are a record of the Brotherhood itself. Into each Scroll is written the name and deeds of each of our Brothers. Battles, what technology he has recovered, when he was promoted. Everything. The last entry for each Brother is that Brother's death. It is important, as the way a man dies is just as important as the manner in which he lives. And so each man who nobly serves the Brotherhood ascends into our history, to be remembered by those who come after him."
    (Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue)
  4. Scribe Jameson's report to Elder Lyons
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "Your distance is good. Let's talk about something else."
    Cross: "As the Codex says: "Through discourse, we gain the strength of our Brothers' minds.""
    (Cross' dialogue)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Lone Wanderer: "Understandable. I've met a lot of dangerous people myself."
    Arthur Maxson: "It's not simply the outsiders that we are wary of, anybody who has not taken the Oath of Fraternity is suspicious to us. The Codex says: "Fear those who do not pledge to the Brotherhood for though their eyes may be opened through service, they are now blind" But it also tells us "Give way your suspicions to the wisdom of thine Elder. Where he shows trust, so shall you". Elder Lyons trusts you, so you are free to stay here."
    (Arthur Maxson's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  7. The Lone Wanderer: "Relax, Squire. I don't bite."
    Arthur Maxson: "I plead for your pardon if my behavior offends you, sir/ma'am.. We don't get many visitors in the Citadel. The Brothers and Elder Lyons are excellent teachers, but I get nervous about the protocols. The codex says that outsiders are not to be trusted. Shield yourself from those not bound to you by steel, for they are the blind. Aid them when you can, but lose not sight of yourself, it says."
    (Arthur Maxson's dialogue (Fallout 3))
  8. ... Nolan McNamara: "What does the Codex say?"
    Veronica Santangelo: "A bunch of closed-minded bullshit."
    Nolan McNamara: "We do not help them, or let them in."
    Veronica Santangelo: "But-"
    Nolan McNamara: "We keep knowledge they must never have."
    Veronica Santangelo: "Give it a chance. For me. I can't stay here and watch us waste away."
    Nolan McNamara: "I'm sorry."
    Veronica Santangelo: "We'll die out."
    Nolan McNamara: "<Sighs> I know."
    Veronica Santangelo: "Come on. I can't listen to this anymore."
    (Veronica Santangelo's and Nolan McNamara's dialogue)
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