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Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel is a chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel that went rogue in the Capital Wasteland. They originally came from the west to establish a chapter in the Washington, D.C. area, hoping to find useful technology in the ruined capital. They found these stockpiles of technology in the sub levels of the Pentagon, which earned Paladin Lyons the rank of Elder. His first directive from back west was to establish a base of operations in the D.C. area.
However, without advisement from back west, Elder Lyons decided that the super mutants that swarmed the D.C. ruins were a threat to both the Brotherhood and the people of the Capital Wasteland. With that, he changed the primary mission to eradicating the super mutant threat instead of acquiring technology. This decision ultimately cost him communications and support from the other Elders back west and caused a fraction of his own men to leave, forming the Brotherhood Outcasts who stay true to the Brotherhood's original goals.