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Scribes are a caste in the Brotherhood of Steel. They are tasked with creating and keeping records of the technology recovered and used by the Brotherhood and experimenting with new weapons and other useful devices to be used in the field by the Knights and Paladins. Scribes rarely leave the safety of the BoS bunkers, but they are sometimes called into the field to examine a piece of technology or perform a task beyond the skills of the Brotherhood soldiers. The attitude of many scribes in the Brotherhood can be described as techno-centric. While a great number study history and cultures, the majority of scribes focus their studies on subjects related to the acquisition, repair, or creation of technology.[1][2]

Overview[edit | edit source]

Knowledge is power.

— Scribe, 2161

Scribes are tasked with creating and keeping records of the technology recovered and used by the Brotherhood and experimenting with new weapons and other useful devices to be used in the field by the Knights and Paladins. Scribes rarely leave the safety of the BoS bunkers, but they are sometimes called into the field to examine a piece of technology or perform a task beyond the skills of the Brotherhood soldiers. The attitude of many scribes in the Brotherhood can be described as techno-centric. While a great number study history and cultures, the majority of scribes focus their studies on subjects related to the acquisition, repair, or creation of technology.[3][4]

There are three major Scribe orders: Each is headed by a High Scribe (Proctor), designated by the Head Scribe.[5][6]

  • Order of the Sword is responsible for weapons research and development. Guns, ammunition anything of an offensive nature.[5]
  • Order of the Shield is responsible for defensive research. Power Armor, defensive structures, anything that is intended to protect.[5]
  • Order of the Quill preserves the written knowledge of the ancients, seeking out all manner of books and holotapes.[5]

Head Scribe[edit | edit source]

The Head Scribe is the leader of the Scribe class, responsible for its members, projects, asset assignment and high level command. The Head Scribe also chooses the High Scribes or Proctors of each order and must also oversee the projects each order is working on. In general, the Head Scribe is a highly intelligent person who has mastered the orders of the Sword, Shield and Quill, and may also take on a project of their own interest, as Head Scribe Rothchild did with the Liberty Prime Project. The Head Scribe is one of the people who must attend the meetings with the High Elder, Elder Council, Generals, Head Paladin and Head Knight. The Head Scribe reports only to the High Elder and Elder Council.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

Proctor[edit | edit source]

The Proctors (or High Scribes) oversee and approve of each project that the Scribes in their order are working on, and assign the proper Scribes to the right projects. Each High Scribe must report to the Head Scribe, which assigned them to their respective order, on each project and to get approval to move ahead with a new project. They often work on their own projects, which are usually completed very quickly because the High Scribes can prioritize them and assign Senior Scribes to them. Also of note, High Scribe is only a rank in-name and any High Scribe shares the same responsibilities as regular Scribes.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

  • High Scribe Peabody, Capital Wasteland, Order of the Sword, 2277
  • High Scribe Elizabeth Jameson, Capital Wasteland, Order of the Quill, 2277
  • High Scribe Bowditch, Capital Wasteland, Order of the Shield, 2277

Senior Scribe[edit | edit source]

Senior Scribes are some of the most advanced Scribes. They are always chosen for the most important projects and are the next in line to become proctors of orders when the old proctor retires or dies. They often take on the most promising Journeyman Scribes to be their apprentices and choose what order they should be in (usually, it is the same order that the Senior Scribe is in). Senior Scribes teach their apprentices everything they know and will continue to teach them until they are nearly Senior Scribes themselves.

On rare occasions, the Senior Scribe will be promoted to Head Scribe and their Apprentice to High Scribe. When this occurs, the apprentice will be given special treatment and the Elders usually separate the two to remove any impression of impropriety.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

  • Senior Scribe Schuler, Mojave, 2281
  • Senior Scribe Ritter, Mojave, unknown
  • Senior Scribe Yearling, Capital Wasteland, 2277

Journeyman Scribe[edit | edit source]

Journeyman Scribes (referred to simply as Scribes) are tasked with creating and keeping records of the technology used by the Brotherhood. The attitude of many scribes in the Brotherhood can be described as techno-centric. While a great number study history and culture, the majority of scribes focus their studies on subjects related to the acquisition, repair, or creation of technology.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

Scribes[edit | edit source]

Scribes are tasked with creating and keeping records of the technology recovered and used by the Brotherhood and experimenting with new weapons and other useful devices to be used in the field by the Knights and Paladins. Scribes rarely leave the safety of the BoS bunkers, but they are sometimes called into the field to examine a piece of technology or perform a task beyond the skills of the Brotherhood soldiers.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

Apprentice Scribe[edit | edit source]

Apprentice Scribes are Scribes-in-training. They are often taken in by one of the Senior Scribes and made apprentices, where they are then taught to be full Scribes. If they are not apprenticed by a Senior Scribe, they are often chosen to work on projects that are very insignificant.

Apprentice Scribes start off in no order but will either pick an order themselves, or their master will choose for them.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. The Vault Dweller: "{345}{}{What is the Brotherhood's main purpose?}"
    John Maxson: "{172}{Gen_21}{Our main goal is to survive. The Scribes copy old plans for weapons or design new ones, and the Knights make the guns from 'em. Most guns come from us.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  2. The Vault Dweller: "{1009}{}{Scribes}"
    John Maxson: "{1109}{Gen_61}{Well, Scribes copy down the weapon specs. We've got information all the way back to my granddad. Sometimes a scribe comes up with a new idea for a weapon. Hehehe. Doesn't happen too often. They all answer to Vree.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  3. The Vault Dweller: "{345}{}{What is the Brotherhood's main purpose?}"
    John Maxson: "{172}{Gen_21}{Our main goal is to survive. The Scribes copy old plans for weapons or design new ones, and the Knights make the guns from 'em. Most guns come from us.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  4. The Vault Dweller: "{1009}{}{Scribes}"
    John Maxson: "{1109}{Gen_61}{Well, Scribes copy down the weapon specs. We've got information all the way back to my granddad. Sometimes a scribe comes up with a new idea for a weapon. Hehehe. Doesn't happen too often. They all answer to Vree.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Lone Wanderer: "What are the Orders?"
    Elizabeth Jameson: "The Order of the Sword is responsible for weapons research and development. Guns, ammunition anything of an offensive nature. Defensive research is done by the Order of the Shield. Power Armor, defensive structures anything that is intended to protect us. The Order of the Quill preserves the written knowledge of the ancients, seeking out all manner of books and holotapes."
    (Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue)
  6. The Lone Wanderer: "What Order are you a part of?"
    Elizabeth Jameson: "Actually, I am proctor of the Order of the Quill. I oversee the Archives and Library here in the Citadel. We are dedicated to preserving the history of the Brotherhood as well as unearthing the secrets of the pre-war civilizations. We have a single field associate: Scribe Yearling. She operates out of the former Library of Congress to the northeast."
    (Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue)