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For the non-canon faction from Fallout Tactics that inspired this faction, see Brotherhood of Steel (Midwest).


The Chicago detachment of the Brotherhood of Steel, also known as the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel,[1] is a rogue chapter of the larger Brotherhood, who by 2254 had fallen off of the radar of the organization's other chapters.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

The Chicago detachment's origins lie in the airships dispatched by the New California Brotherhood to track down the remaining super mutants of the Unity.[3] While the majority of these airships were destroyed or scuttled, one crash landed near the ruins of Chicago.[4] The survivors initially organized themselves into a new chapter, but by 2254 they had gone rogue, cutting all contact with the larger Brotherhood. The expedition that would become the Brotherhood's Eastern Division attempted to restore contact during their journey to the Capital Wasteland, but failed, and by 2287 records of their status were in dispute.[1][5]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Chicago detachment of the Brotherhood of Steel is mentioned only in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

This faction is all that remains from Fallout Tactics. Fallout 3 explicitly retconned nearly the entire game, while Todd Howard explained in a related interview that as far as Bethesda is concerned, neither Fallout Tactics nor Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel happened.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.71: "Elder Owyn Lyons
    Lyons, 75, was already highly decorated when he set out from the order's West Coast headquarters, leading a party of soldiers on a mission to reestablish contact with the "Eastern Brotherhood." He discovered this abandoned Pentagon military complex. The presence of Super Mutants sent a chill up the collective spine of the Brotherhood; these weren't the children of the dreaded Master, nor were they the remnants of the band that fled east and were ultimately destroyed (or assimilated into the Brotherhood of Steel) in the Chicago area. No, this was a new breed of Super Mutant, one with a local origin. But where did they come from? What did they want? How were they reproducing? Elder Lyons was ordered to discover the source of this new Super Mutant infestation and wipe it from the face of the earth. Recent weeks have seen him galvanize his "Pride" to thwart the remnants of the Enclave forces, and to provide drinking water to all."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Then where's the rest of the Brotherhood?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "The West Coast, unless something has changed. There's been no contact with them for the last several years. There's also a small detachment in Chicago, but they're off the radar. Gone rogue. Long story."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "Care to share anything about the Super Mutants?"
    Elizabeth Jameson: "The Brotherhood has been battling Super Mutants for decades. First out West, then in Chicago. Now here. But this group of Super Mutants is different, somehow. Physically, yes, but mentally as well. If we knew where they came from, we'd know why."
    (Elizabeth Jameson's dialogue)"
  4. [verification needed]
    Brotherhood soldier (1):"I still can't believe I was posted to the Prydwen. I mean, look at her... she's one of a kind."
    Brotherhood soldier (2): "Actually, the Brotherhood of Steel had a whole fleet of these things at one time. They weren't as advanced as the Prydwen, mind you... but seeing them fill the sky must have been an impressive sight."
    Brotherhood soldier (1): "Are you kidding me? What happened to them?"
    Brotherhood soldier (2): "Not sure, really. Most of them were destroyed fighting Super Mutants or scuttled for parts. I think one of them crash landed somewhere in the Midwest. I heard that the wreckage is still there."
    Brotherhood soldier (1): "Wow... I had no idea."
    Note: ConvBoSAirportPrydwen07Scene
  5. The Sole Survivor: "Did the Brotherhood ever build other airships?"
    Kells: "There were less advanced versions of this ship built on the West Coast a long time ago. Historical records about their current status are in dispute, but we're fairly certain that they were destroyed. In any event, I hope your tour of the Prydwen helped acclimate you to our way of life up here. I think you'll find that the more familiar you become with both her capabilities and her crew, the longer you'll survive as a member of the Brotherhood. You're dismissed, Knight/Paladin/Sentinel."
    (Kells' dialogue)
  6. Todd Howard: "For our purposes, neither Fallout Tactics nor Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel happened."
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