The Blood Eagles were originally a small-time gang formed by con men looking to take advantage of chem addicts, but the increasingly violent addicts who joined the gang eventually took control from the inside out. Since then, they have become a cruel and sadistic army of raiders who are the largest hostile force in Appalachia as of 2103, 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.
They are 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.
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, and 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 publicly 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.
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. Leaders of Blood Eagle camps can sometimes be seen wearing a Power armor chassis with unique raider power armor painted in Blood Eagle colors on it.
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Interactions with the player characterEdit
Blood Eagles will always be hostile to everyone, serving as generic enemies throughout the region.
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."