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Pitt raiders (faction)

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Pitt raiders
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Overview
LeadershipIshmael Ashur
FoundedIshmael Ashur
Society
Notable MembersEverett
Faydra
Krenshaw
Sandra Kundanika
Territory
HeadquartersHaven
Notable LocationsThe Pitt
 
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The Pitt raiders are the military arm of The Pitt, ruled by Ishmael Ashur in 2277.

Background

After Ashur was abandoned in the wake of the Scourge, he was awoken by a female scavenger, trying to pull him out of the rubble and strip him of his armor. He did not let her take it, but spared her life. After questioning the scavenger, he learned that she and her family were staging raids into other parts of the Pitt to gather supplies. Recalling recon data and his Brotherhood knowledge, he realized that this was the only operational steel mill the Brotherhood has seen. Ashur decided that it was a chance for a new beginning. To this end, he harnessed the scavengers, who were more than happy to appease the man they perceived as a god, to build a city from scratch.[1][2] The task wasn't as hard as it appeared to be at first sight, as while the Brotherhood looted the city a lot, they also cleared out a lot of trogs and left behind plenty of salvageable goods. These included wild and mean characters considered too unpredictable by the Brotherhood, but whose sheer ferocity made them perfect troops for Ashur's fledgling empire.[3]

The city grew rapidly under Ashur's lead and care. His authoritarian rule was maintained by an ever expanding army, bolstered by Ashur's approach to recruiting. Whenever a raider gang challenged his rule, he killed the leader and pressed his forces into service. Slaves, the only workforce available in the virulent, toxic environment of the Pitt, were also allowed to earn a spot in Ashur's army and their freedom.[4][5]

Ashur continues to lord over the Pitt, building his vast raider army and its economic might, until he can fulfill his goals of freeing his people from the ravages of sickness and uniting the wastelands under his banner.[6]


Organization

The raiders are organized with military discipline and a strict hierarchy imposed by Ashur. Ashur's army draws from the ranks of reformed raiders and liberated Pitt slaves. No one is born into the army, as there is a moratorium on having children, until the cure for the Troglodyte Degeneration Contagion is perfected. The primary tasks of the army are defense of the city from trogs and humans alike and providing the city with food and other necessary supplies.[7][8][9]

Many are brutal and vicious, but Ashur draws the line at needless cruelty. If a soldier goes too far, being cruel for cruelty's sake, the God-King has them strung up around town as a gruesome example for the rest of his men.[10][11]

Members

Named members

Unnamed members

Appearances

The Pitt raiders appear in the Fallout 3 add-on The Pitt.

References

  1. Diary 3: The Mill
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "How did The Pitt get started?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Believe it or not, it started when the Brotherhood decided to loot this hellhole and wipe it off the map. We called it the Scourge. Back then, I was "Initiate Ashur." But that ended when the Brotherhood left me behind, and I came to see The Pitt in a new light. I was found by tribals who thought I was a god. I didn't argue, and with my leadership and their divine dedication, we began rebuilding this city."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "How did you rebuild after the Scourge?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "It wasn't actually that tough. The Scourge had cleared out a lot of Trogs, so we had space to move in. The Brotherhood had looted a lot, but they left even more behind as "damaged goods." And you can rebuild a lot out of "damaged goods." For example, they took one survivor, a kid the called "Kodiak". But they left his big brothers behind, because they were too wild and mean. But as it turns out, the Bear Brothers were some of my finest soldiers. At least, until they went up against you."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  4. Diary 4: The Cure
  5. The Lone Wanderer: "Now that you have Marie back, please set the slaves free."
    Ishmael Ashur: "I wish I could, but you have to see things in the bigger picture. Without those workers, this city would fall apart. The city's disease means we can't have kids, so slaves and recruits are the only way we get new people in the city. But some day, soon, we'll have a cure, and we won't need forced labor. The workers will be free, and the city can grow naturally. Thanks to what you've done, that day is coming. But until then, this is the only way the city can survive."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  6. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.61: "Ashur
    Leader of the Pitt Raiders, Ashur is an imposing force in The Pitt, commanding respect through fear and accomplishments and his part in past atrocities. He was part of the Brotherhood of Steel forces that tore through The Pitt in a cataclysmic clash known as the Scourge. He remained, ruling the masses while seeking technological breakthroughs that could help heal the population from the ravages of "the sickness." His secondary plan is to continue to build up his army of Pitt Raiders, weaning out the infirm or incompetent in the Arena, and then march on the Wasteland, reuniting it and The Pitt. He is married to Sandra, who has recently given birth to a beautiful baby daughter."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  7. The Lone Wanderer: "Why do you keep slaves in The Pitt?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "First of all, they aren't "slaves." They're "workers." They can earn their freedom, like you did. I know it's not a big difference, but it's important. And it's a lot better than they'll get from the slavers we get them from. I wish it wasn't necessary, but we need the labor to keep the city functioning. We don't have the leisure of laziness. Soldiers fight Trogs and get food from outside of town. Workers need to supply them with ammo and gear. Everyone has to do their part, or we all die. Until we have a cure for The Pitt, the city has no children. People die, so we need new people. And sometimes, that means buying them."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  8. The Lone Wanderer: "Why do you keep workers in The Pitt?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "I wish it wasn't necessary, but we need the labor to keep the city functioning. We don't have the leisure of laziness. Soldiers fight Trogs and get food from outside of town. Workers need to supply them with ammo and gear. Everyone has to do their part, or we all die. Until we have a cure for The Pitt, the city has no children. People die, so we need new people. And sometimes, that means buying them."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  9. The Lone Wanderer: "What's going to become of the workers?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "Right now, nothing. Until we can reproduce a treatment from Marie, they'll have to keep working. Otherwise, this city falls apart. But once we do have a cure, things will be different. We won't need to kidnap people for our city. We'll be able to grow naturally. Until then, this is the way it has to be. It's just what has to be done."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  10. The Lone Wanderer: "Why are The Pitt's slaves treated so poorly?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "First of all, they aren't "slaves." They're "workers." They can earn their freedom, like you did. I know it's not a big difference, but it's important. And it's a lot better than they'll get from the slavers we get them from. I know some of my soldiers are harsher than they need to be. Usually, it's the ones who were raiders before they signed up here. The workers need to be pushed, but I don't tolerate cruelty for cruelty's sake. The soldiers who used to be workers know where to draw the line. I can't stop all of the abuse, but when someone goes too far, I make sure they're strung up around town as an example."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)
  11. The Lone Wanderer: "Why are The Pitt's workers treated so poorly?"
    Ishmael Ashur: "I know some of my soldiers are harsher than they need to be. Usually, it's the ones who were raiders before they signed up here. The workers need to be pushed, but I don't tolerate cruelty for cruelty's sake. The soldiers who used to be workers know where to draw the line. I can't stop all of the abuse, but when someone goes too far, I make sure they're strung up around town as an example."
    (Ishmael Ashur's dialogue)