Background[edit | edit source]
All across America, they were the first to run into danger: the brave fire fighters, police officers and medical professionals who selflessly served their communities. After the bombs fell, they formed the Responders. Their mission – help each other… no matter the cost.
After the Great War, Appalachia's emergency personnel mobilized to help their fellow citizens. These Responders became part government, part crisis relief. The Responders provided automated survival training to anyone in need. And it was needed quite a bit. Survival and security became paramount after the devastation of the Great War, and the Responders desperately tried to help as many of their neighbors as they could. Their goals included helping people who made it through the nuclear holocaust or were born after the dust has settled. They set up numerous locations across West Virginia in a bid to establish some semblance of law and order.
Charleston became the heart of Appalachian reconstruction with the Responders at the forefront - then still considered "just" the first responders, the city had an actual shot at rebuilding fast and hard. Problems with the sheer volume of refugees, however, forced them to deny requests for aid and supplies that could not be handled on the spot. That included survivors from the Pleasant Valley Ski Resort. Humiliated and left without help, the survivors banded together under David Thorpe, a cold and brutal man who turned them into a terrifying raider warband. It proved to be a costly mistake.
Christmas Flood[edit | edit source]
Charleston grew in the meantime and by 2082, a raider war band led by Rosalynn Thorpe was routed handily by the Responders, after they were spotted early. Rosalynn was injured and taken prisoner along with some of the other raiders. By then, the Responders were more or less running things in the city, and were doing well. their confidence made them attempt a confrontation: Face the raiders on their home turf, in the mountains, and see if they could make a deal. The Responders hoped they could get them to leave them alone in exchange for prisoners. They were wrong. Thorpe was convinced that Rosalynn was dead and wanted revenge. Using mini-nukes stolen from the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel, he blew up the Summersville Dam on Christmas morning, 2082.
In a flash, the Responders lost almost everything: Homes, supplies and most of their friends and family. Although they suffered under the devastation, they survived, keeping the idea of the Responders alive and resettling at the Morgantown Airport.
Rebuilding[edit | edit source]
Despite the devastation, the Responders did not give up. Morgantown proved to be a jackpot, as after containing the trouble with the local gangs, they had a centrally-located base, distance between them and the nearest raider clans in the mountains, and contact with the Free States and the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel. They even expanded into Flatwoods and began restarting some of the old infrastructure in the town to produce food and provide security.
Their access to food, medicine, and other essential supplies was the foundation of their relationship with the Free States and the Brotherhood, with caravans crossing through the Savage Divide regularly. Four years after the flood, in January 2086, they reached the apex of their power and influence as they fought against the super mutants in Huntersville alongside power-armored troops of Paladin Taggerdy. The victory seemed to signal the beginning of a new era for Appalachia, as the Responders and Brotherhood forged an alliance and their patrols even managed to suppress the mountain raiders (those not already taken care of by the elusive Order of Mysteries).
However, things would not go their way. The Enclave, hidden away from prying eyes, split apart in the civil war after President Thomas Eckhart decided to have his way and force the automated security systems to raise the DEFCON level by releasing scorchbeasts on Appalachia, after subjecting it to Chinese drones, the Huntersville mutants, and other monstrosities. The civil war that destroyed the faction set the scorchbeasts loose, which rapidly infested the Cranberry Bog and started spreading out into the adjacent areas.  The appearance of the scorched was a shock to all survivors who came into contact with them, as was the plague they spread. The Responders decided to fight back, organizing a special fighting force called the Fire Breathers using the experience of Melody Larkin and Hank Madigan, a Brotherhood deserter, to train and organize the elite fighters. They would face the horrors of the wasteland and protect the lands west of the Appalachians from the scorched.
Failure of vision[edit | edit source]
However, the Responders failed to consider the big picture. Maria Chavez, their de facto leader, did not believe the threat was as severe as the Brotherhood made it out to be and disliked their militarism and repeated demands for supplies. What just a few years earlier promised to be a long-lasting alliance was unraveling fast, culminating on March 12, 2095, when the Brotherhood demanded information about Amy Kerry's project. At gunpoint. Although Chavez relented, the relations were soured permanently. The fall of the Brotherhood in August 2095 left the Responders alone on the board and it was a matter of time until the scorchbeasts finally took them out. The raiders, desperately fleeing the Savage Divide, swept through the Forest, taking out many of the Responder outposts, including Flatwoods.
The Responder leadership realized their mistake, but too late to make a difference. The research project into a scorched vaccine at AVR Medical Center was launched too late to provide a cure in time to protect the Fire Breathers. By September 2096, all of the pieces were in place to create it, but communications breakdowns due to constant scorched attacks prevented Dr Hudson from completing it and the Fire Breathers were forced to launch their operation to seal the Big Bend Tunnel and buy time for Appalachia without it. The operation took place in late October and failed. So did Hank Madigan on his attempt to establish the Scorched Detection System developed in conjunction with the Free States, captured and killed by the raiders. Finally, Morgantown Airport fell after a desperate defense against hordes of scorchbeasts and their minions on November 7th, 2096. The Responders were wiped out.
By 2102, nearly all of these locations have been overrun by mutants or were otherwise lost, leaving behind a plethora of artifacts and functional equipment for dwellers emerging from Vault 76 to pick over and use to rebuild civilization... Again.
Technology[edit | edit source]
Responders relied heavily on existing infrastructure and equipment they recovered from police, medical, and firefighting units across Appalachia. Most notably, they had a large network of repurposed Protectrons to assist the community and automate training and labor, even though they tended to be a little unreliable due to mechanical jams and faulty programming. Sanjay Kumar and Miguel Caldera were indispensible for maintaining the fleet and keeping it operational.
Interactions[edit | edit source]
- The Responders are the first trace of survivors the players are likely to find after leaving Vault 76, with the mummified body of a volunteer in a Red Rocket jumpsuit found leaning against a lamp on the terrace outside. Registering as a Responder Volunteer is an indirect part of the First Contact quest, where the players are told to find the Vault 76 Overseer in Flatwoods. They can use the still-active self-register kiosks to start their registration as a certified Responder, starting Thirst Things First. The main quest then leads the player to join the Fire Breathers, an elite unit of the Responders, before setting them loose on Appalachia.
- Responder vendors are located primarily at train stations and their strongholds.
Vendors[edit | edit source]
Responder vendorbots offer the following items:
- Gunpowder, .45 caliber, 10mm, .38 caliber, .44, shotgun shells.
- Stimpak, Rad-X, blood pack, plus various raw and processed meat-based consumables.
- Components (bulk)
- Adhesive, aluminum, gears, wood.
- Excavator power armor mods plus random nearly all mods.
- Weapons (melee)
- Board, knuckles, meat hook, boxing glove, pool cue, rolling pin, switchblade, tire iron, walking cane, shovel, Bowie knife, drill, fire axe, golf club, gatchet, pickaxe, pitchfork, sickle, baseball bat, baton, knife, lead pipe, machete, and sledgehammer.
- Weapons (ranged)
- .44 pistol, pump-action shotgun, 10mm pistol, hunting rifle, pipe gun (regular), and tomahawks.
- Weapon plans
- Workshop plans
- Plan: Chemistry Workbench
- Plan: Tinker's Workbench
- Plan: Modern Tables
- Plan: Pool Table
- Plan: Metal Bench
- Plan: Long Pew
- Plan: Short Pew
- Plan: Footlocker
- Plan: Pianos
- Plan: Wind Instruments
- Plan: Acoustic Instruments
- Plan: U.S. Flag
- Plan: Siren
- Plan: Hospital Bed
- Plan: Cooking Spit
- Plan: Cooking Stove
- Plan: Antique Wooden Chairs
- Plan: Potted Plants
- Plan: Welcome Mats
- Plan: Scarecrows
- Plan: Park Grill
- Plan: Kitchen Stove
- Plan: Tent
- Plan: Large Tent
- Random metal and leather armor pieces, generic underarmors.
Notable characters[edit | edit source]
- Dassa Ben-Ami
- Miguel Caldera
- The Colonel
- Kesha McDermott
- Cullen McLeeder
- Scott Shepherd
- Garry Wilkins
- Delbert Winters
- Sofie Yates
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Responders appears in Fallout 76.
- Fallout Twitter
- Fallout 76 Official Game Guide
- The Christmas Flood
- The Christmas Flood
- Charleston terminals
- Flatwoods terminals
- Event: Feed the People
- Riverside Manor terminals
- See Enclave (Fallout 76) for references.
- Lt. Thomas' Action Report
- Tygart Water Treatment terminals
- See Flatwoods for references.
- AVR Medical Center terminals
- ?: "The Responders have a large network of repurposed Protectrons we use to assist the community. We love the little guys, but they tend to have...mishaps - faulty processing routines, mechanical jams, tripping on a rock and toppling down the entirety of Seneca Rocks - you know, the usual. So, with Sanjay's assistance we've cooked up something to help our robot pals. I'll explain how it works. - run DetectProtectronDistress.exe to find any Protectrons emitting a distress signal. This will give GPS data to track them. - if the unit is asleep or in low-power, run ReconfigProtectrons.exe - this basically reboots them and should solve most problems. (If not, please tell Sanjay!!!) "
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