Great Air Convoy
|The following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.|
Faced with the increasingly demanding situation in the wasteland, a minority within the Brotherhood of Steel advocated amending the code of technological secrecy, to allow for new blood to join the Brotherhood. The debate ended with a ruling by the Elder council against sharing technology with outsiders, as the Elders were convinced that the Brotherhood would endure as always. Further discussion of the topic was discouraged. Eventually, the vocal minority was ordered on a mission across the wastes, to track down and assess, whether the super mutants that fled eastwards after the Master's defeat posed a threat.
The brothers set out on board several airships, tracking them down. The expedition took a turn for the worse when a storm hit the airships as they were crossing the Rocky Mountains. The main airship was severely damaged, losing smaller sections of the craft and several of the Air Convoy's leaders. A fraction of the crew that survived managed to keep the ship in the air long enough to reach the ruins of Chicago. Another ship, carrying Paladin Latham and his crew, managed to reach Osceolla before crashing.
Stranded hundreds of miles from headquarters, the survivors rallied, setting out to create a new Brotherhood of Steel, around a new ideology. The fledgling organization exchanged protection for recruits and food with the local villagers, gradually building up a force that the wastes would have to reckon with.
Great Air Convoy is mention throughout Fallout Tactics.
- Fallout Tactics intro: "The Brotherhood found themselves at odds with their need for new blood versus their code of technological secrecy. The debate was lengthy. Finally, the elders ruled against sharing the technology with outsiders, convinced that they would endure as they had before. Further discussion was discouraged and the elders ordered the minority on a mission across the wastes. Super mutants, the foot soldiers of a conquered army had been forced into retreat across the mountainous barrier to the east. The Brotherhood constructed airships and dispatched the minority to track down and asses the extent of the remaining super mutant threat."
- Fallout Tactics intro: "But disaster struck while crossing the great mountains. A great storm broke the main airship and flung it far from its course. The mighty ship was badly damaged. The smaller sections were torn from the main craft, never to be seen again. Many of the expedition`s leaders were lost to the winds. The fraction of the crew that still survived, struggled to keep their ship aloft before finally crashing on the outskirts of a once thriving metropolis. A city once called "Chicago"."
- Fallout Tactics intro: "Broken, scattered and scarred. They took stock of the situation and once again squared their shoulders to the task ahead. The Brotherhood had much to offer to the surrounding villages. They traded advanced medicines in exchange for food and labor. They traded protection from bandits in exchange for new recruits. In time, their ranks began to swell. Separated by distance and ideology from the main Brotherhood forces. The minority was free to forge a new "Brotherhood of Steel". One that reflected the ideals they had strived for all along. However, one's future in the wasteland is never certain. For an old power has awakened, also bent on making this land its own."