Originally, they were a normal gang, comparable to the the Skulz or the Blades, whom had come to the Boneyard from the Hub in hopes of securing their own territory in the city. Shortly after arriving, approximately thirty years before Fallout takes place, they decided to start a gun-running business, having settled themselves in an abandoned factory with functioning manufacturing equipment which they used to assemble high-tech weapons and ammunition.
The game takes place in the year 2161 on the West Coast of what used to be the United States of America, particularly in California. It begins in Vault 13, the protagonist's home. Vault 13's water chip, a computer chip responsible for the water recycling and pumping machinery, has broken. Armed with a PIPBoy 2000 and meager equipment, the protagonist is sent out into the remains of California to find another water chip.