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The Ash Heap is one of the six regions of Appalachia.

Background

The Mount Blair region was the location of a large-scale coal mining operation before the Great War.[1] Two different families, the Garrahans and Hornwrights, established businesses here, subsequently overlooking the mining operations from their lavish homes.[2]

As part of this industry, large machines such as the Rockhound were used to remove large parts of the mountain at once.[1] This mining operation caused the air quality of surrounding cities such as Lewisburg to deteriorate, prompting leadership to release public service announcements instructing citizens to wear gas masks during inclement weather.[3] A thick layer of smoke blankets the region, containing several toxins, which results in individuals inhabiting or traveling through necessitating protective breathing equipment.[4][5][6] Due to the environment, survivors of the war began to refer to the Mount Blair area as the Ash Heap.[4]

Layout

The Ash Heap is located in the southwest corner of the map, bordered by the Forest to the north and the Savage Divide to the east. The Rockhound sits at the center, north of the monorail's first stop and the railroad system. Three main state routes cross through the Ash Heap, including Route 81 running parallel with the Ohio River to the west, and Routes 83 and 84 traversing the center.

The Blue Ridge Caravan Company established an outpost at Big Bend Tunnel East, using the tunnel to cross the Savage Divide. The Blood Eagles, a hostile gang of raiders, settled into and repurposed many old campsites across the region such as one at Rollins labor camp. Both of these events happened in in 2103.

Weather occurring in the region is primarily overcast, caused by the polluted smog covering the area. The weather has a 40% chance to be overcast, 40% to be misty, 11% to be an ash storm, 7% to be rainy, and 2% to be a radstorm.[7] Ash storms are a type of weather unique to the Ash Heap, primarily occurring near Mount Blair.[8] Vegetation is less common in the environment of the Ash Heap, but includes unique flora such as the ash rose as well as blight caps, firecracker berries, silt bean plants, and starlight berries.

Locations

The Ash Heap is in the southwestern portion of the Appalachia map and contains the following locations:}

Quotes

The Ash Heap is the center of mining in this part of Appalachia. The air wasn’t the cleanest here before the bombs dropped, and now with mountains of ash mixing in with the nuclear fallout, you have a virulent and choking atmosphere where a gas mask (or other protective measures) is a must. While maintaining a backup breathing apparatus is a good idea, this region cannot be described as “oxygen-friendly.” There are great gouts of smoke you should steer well clear of, especially as you head inevitably to the main landmark: the gigantic bucket-wheel excavator sitting on what’s left of Mount Blair. You don’t want to be gasping for breath on top of the local risk of attacks from the mysterious Mole Miners or the threat of an encroaching Rad Storm. There are some hard-scrapping old mining towns, like Beckley and Lewisburg, to visit and scavenge and a special suit of Power Armor to obtain, if your questing takes you to the headquarters of Garrahan Mining, owned by one of the prominent mining families in this region. The vertical tower mansions to the southeast still exist to this day. Expect periodic bouts of seismic activity and instability, mainly brought about by decades of incautious mining by the AMS Corporation. AMS conducted some early Ultracite tests in the region, leading to seismic rumblings, while other shaking seems to be caused by Scorchbeasts burrowing and the infamous “Motherlode.” Prior to the bombs dropping, an earthquake revealed a vein of Ultracite under some homes in the impoverished town of Welch. AMS attempted to evict the residents in order to reach the vein, and these tactics resulted in a riot, which swept the region about three weeks before the War. Rioters hit the Bucket Wheel Excavator on Mount Blair, blowing up one of the Mega Mansions and defacing the home of the Hornwrights. The Garrahan family’s holdings were mainly left intact due to their tendency to work with, rather than against, the miners.Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide
Smoke and cinders constantly bellow up from the mines in the Ash Heap. Survivors believed this was caused by fires in the tunnels below, raging unceasingly for some unknown reason. As the winds blow and the wind changes, it is common for thick layers of filthy smoke to blanket the area, providing cover for friend and foe alike. But there are reasons to venture into this choking nightmare; the mines deep within Appalachia’s mountains still hold riches for those brave enough to venture below....Top of the Heap, Mount Blair, was a large-scale coal mining site before the War, where gigantic digging machines removed entire portions of the mountaintop at once. The Garrahans and Hornwrights were the two major families in charge of Appalachia’s mining industry. They owned lavish estates in the mountains overlooking their precious mines.Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide

Appearances

The Ash Heap appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

The Ash Heap contains many real life West Virginian mining locations, such as the Kanawha-Coal River coalfields of Kanawha, Raleigh, Fayette, Logan and Boone County (Mount Blair), Pocahontas coalfields (Welch), Greenbrier County (Lewisburg), and Cabell and Wayne County (Camden Park).

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 76 loading screens: "Before the war, Mount Blair was a large-scale coal mining site where gigantic digging machines removed entire portions of the mountaintop at once."
  2. Fallout 76 loading screens: "The Garrahans and Hornwrights were the two major families in charge of Appalachia's mining industry. They owned lavish estates in the mountains overlooking their precious mines."
  3. Lewisburg terminal entries; Lewisburg visitor's center terminal, Lewisburg Newsletter
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fallout 76 loading screens: "In the region survivors dubbed the "Ash Heap," a thick layer of filthy smoke blankets the area, providing cover for friend and foe alike."
  5. Charleston Fire Department Protectron: "The following toxins have been detected: arsenic, cadmium, carbon monoxide, sulfur diox -- error. List exceeds available memory."
  6. Aries: "Ah, fresh air! Well, freshly filtered ash-infested air! I'll take what I can get, as long as it means I'm still breathing."
    (Aries' dialogue)
  7. Region data for Ash Heap (MtnRemovalObjectRegion)
  8. Region data for Ash Heap (MountBlairCoalFireRegion)