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The Blood Eagles are a faction in the Fallout 76 update Wastelanders.

BackgroundEdit

A cruel and sadistic army of raiders, the Blood Eagles are the largest hostile force in the region, staking a claim on most of the Ash Heap, Savage Divide, and Cranberry Bog. Repurposing many of the old raider camps littering the region, their massive numbers and high-tech weaponry make them a consistent thorn in the side of everyone who isn't with them. They revel in violence and bloodshed, and generally attack on sight, with little regard for their own safety.[1]

Led by a triumvirate of three powerful raider leaders; The Blood, The Eye, and The Claw, this allows the Eagles to survive if one, or even two of their leaders are killed, as there will always be the last of the trio alive to rebuild. The rank of Blood, Eye, or Claw are earned, and override the specific names of any leader. Any Eagle can acquire these ranks, though they must have shown outstanding loyalty and power, and must wait until a previous leader is killed to replace them. However, their leaders rarely have long lifespans.[2]

The Blood Eagles recruit members through capitalizing on their addictions. They will actively monitor chem addicts, offer them a spiked, highly addictive dose of Buffout, and withhold the drug from the victim unless they pledge to join. Sometimes, they'll even capture non-addicts and force them to ingest the pills, just to trap them into their ranks.

Most of the time, members will not be in a state of lucidity on account of all the chems they've ingested, though those who get sober cannot enjoy it for long. Anyone showing signs of clarity or a strong will to leave the group will be captured, and publically tortured as a sport. Most victims don't survive.

They exhibit an unparalleled affinity towards taming and hacking, often using robots and attack dogs to further fill their legion. The entire Watoga Underground robotic security detail was hacked and put under Blood Eagle control, including assaultrons and Mister Gutsies, and they will regularly send tamed dogs and mongrels into battle as the forward scouts and diversions, while the humans close the gap.

They often prey on Blue Ridge Caravan Company trading parties coming through Big Bend Tunnel, and will do anything to stop them from coming through their territory.

Blood Eagle camps are equipped with alarm systems, so if a member gets attacked or detects an intruder and manages to reach the alarm to activate it, all Blood Eagles in the camp are alerted and engage the threat until the alarm stops or they lose sight of the target for an extended period of time.

VariantsEdit

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Interactions with the player characterEdit

Blood Eagles will always be hostile to everyone, serving as generic enemies throughout the region.

Notable membersEdit

AppearancesEdit

The Blood Eagles appear only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Behind the scenesEdit

The "blood eagle" is a ritual method of execution, detailed in late skaldic poetry. According to the two instances mentioned in the sagas, the victims were placed in a prone position, their ribs severed from the spine with a sharp tool, and their lungs pulled through the opening to create a pair of "wings."

ReferencesEdit

  1. Fallout 76 loading screens: "The Blood Eagles revel in violence and bloodshed, and generally attack on sight, with little regard for their own safety."
  2. Fallout 76 loading screens: "Thanks to their anarchic nature, would-be leaders among the Blood Eagles tend to have very limited lifespans."


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