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The Cult of the Mothman, or simply Mothman Cult, is a religious faction in Appalachia that worships the Mothman.

Background[edit | edit source]

Prior to the Great War, the "Mothman" was a mythical creature in local Appalachian folklore that was described as a terrifying half-man, half-moth hybrid that stalked the area around the town of Point Pleasant.[1] The story of the Mothman was sensational enough to create a wide following, ranging from cryptid hobbyists to aggressive conspiracy theorists hellbent on uncovering the deeper mystery of the creature. The Mothman's legend lead to a number of tourist attractions, such as the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant. Stories and other popular fiction were sold as novelty holotape recordings.

Ultimately, the interest in the Mothman was generally unserious and not seen as worthy of genuine scientific inquiry by the scientific community.[2]

While the legend of the Mothman was seen as a simple folktale, a clandestine following of the creature emerged in secret. The mysterious Cult of the Mothman. Its followers, fervent in their worship of the Mothman as a divine being, practiced numerous rituals and established many hidden shrines that can still be found all over post-War Appalachia.

The cult itself has existed in secret since long before the Great War, viewing the Mothman as a way to tell of the future and frequently attempted to summon him to do as such.[3][4][5] They also sought out the creature in order to obtain blessings, as well as immortality and divinity.[6]

On October 22, 2077, only a day before nuclear armageddon was unleashed across the world, the cult conducted a ritual to summon the Mothman. One member identified as Brother Charles claimed that the ritual succeeded and the Mothman had warned him of a terrible flood that would occur the next day, which could only be survived by reaching high ground. The cult took this warning seriously and informed its other members.[3][7] Ultimately, the cult members would settle in the abandoned Lucky Hole Mine.[8] The group settled in Lucky Hole Mine following Brother Charles' vision.[7]

The group took it to heart and sought shelter in the Lucky Hole Mine, despite the fact they initially were instructed by the priestess to go on the roofs. The only corpses found on the roofs are those of the Responders that took over the town after them. After the entrance into the mine, the group constructed numerous shanty housings and shrines throughout. It is appears that the group deviated from the original deity of the Mothman, as evident from the numerous holotapes of Jeff Lane that can be found in Point Pleasant and Lucky Hole Mine. He describes the Mothman as a "creature" but expresses desires to seek out the hidden horrors of his mind.[9]This came to fruition with "the Interloper," who contacted Jeff Lane and others in the Lucky Hole Mine through some sort of psychosis, luring them deeper into the mine to find him. At this time, Jeff Lane expressed himself as a "vessel" for the Interloper.[10]

By 2103, the group returned en masse and thrived in Appalachia, their self-proclaimed holy ground, driving out or otherwise destroying those that would oppose them or their beliefs.[11] Settling around the region, including Point Pleasant, Clancy Manor, and Kanawha County Cemetery, the Cult of the Mothman grew once more. One cultist mentioned that a portion of their return was in order to find a famous deceased entomologist by the name of Dr. Wallace, who had written a thesis paper on the studies of moths in the region.[12]

Organization[edit | edit source]

The group was led by an unnamed High Priestess (later known as the First Priestess of the Wood) that led the group's religious prayers and to the short-lived sanctuary in the Lucky Hole Mine.[13] The cult resides in several locations in Appalachia, such as:

Variants[edit | edit source]

Cultist[edit | edit source]

These are the weakest variant of cultists, those who worship the Mothman and are hostile to all outsiders intruding on their "holy" land.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems

Cultist prospect[edit | edit source]

The second-weakest variant of cultists, their name indicates that they are recent converts to the cult.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist prospect

Cultist seeker[edit | edit source]

This variant of cultist has significantly more health than its predecessors, but is still low on the cultist ladder.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist seeker

Cultist disciple[edit | edit source]

This variant of cultist has a slight increase in health.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist disciple

Cultist elder[edit | edit source]

This variant of cultist consists of older, wiser members of the cult and faithful followers of the Mothman. However, they are only in the middle of the cultist progression.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist elder

Cultist ascender[edit | edit source]

This variant of cultist is stronger than its predecessors. Their name refers to some type of ascension process.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist ascender

Cultist awoken[edit | edit source]

This variant of cultist is much stronger than its predecessors. Their name refers to some type of awakening.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist awoken

Cultist chosen[edit | edit source]

This is the second-strongest variant of the cultist, having been "chosen" to rise above the others.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist chosen

Cultist wrathwing[edit | edit source]

The wrathwing is the strongest variant of the cultist. Its name likely refers to the wing of a Mothman. Although this variant has the same amount of health as its predecessor, wrathwings are higher in level and more formidable in combat.

Name (Form ID)AbilitiesItems
Cultist wrathwing

Technology[edit | edit source]

Differing perspectives of an average Cultist

The Cult of the Mothman is very primitive in nature, using a combination of wood, bones, wire, leather, vines, and cloth to construct their armor and shrines. For weaponry, the cultists prefer melee weaponry, using scraps of metal and black titanium to construct blades and crudely fasten them to different parts of a deer bone and/or horn as handles.[14]

Their base construction consists of utilizing pre-existing structures and modifying them with bones, vines, wood, and otherwise to create shelters and altars. Cultist structures can also include the bones/ribcages of large creatures, similar to the bones found underneath the waters in the Big Maw.[15]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Sites of the cult's influence can be found across Appalachia, especially in regions such as the Forest and the Mire. The sites themselves can be as small as unmarked thickets with ritual totems and corpses, to as large as the labyrinthine depths of the Lucky Hole Mine.

The ritual bindings and ritual mask are clothing items of the cult's make, and can commonly be found in areas of their influence. The cultist dagger and cultist blade are weapons of similar origin.

The cult makes a return in the Wastelanders update. The cult can be found in Point Pleasant but also wandering around Appalachia and will attack the player character on sight. There is no known way to join the cult.

When killed, the cultists speak their last words, asking the Mothman to take them to his paradise, saying things like "I go to the divine light," "The divine light...I can see it," and "I regret nothing." If able to eavesdrop on cultists while they are praying, they can be heard asking the Mothman to give them its strength, punish the non-believers, and come to save them when the day of reckoning comes.

Known members[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Cult of the Mothman appears in Fallout 76 and its update Wastelanders.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fallout 76 loading screens: "According to local folklore - as well as a statue and museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia - the Mothman is a terrifying half-man, half-moth hybrid. Pray you never encounter it and learn the truth."
  2. KMAX Transmission terminal entries; KMAX Talk Radio show notes, The Conspiracy
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sermon: Summoning the Mothman
  4. The Path to Enlightenment
  5. Fallout 76 loading screens: "The Cult of the Mothman is made up of fanatics who seek the blessings of the enigmatic creature known as the Mothman, which they believe is a divine being."
  6. Fallout 76 loading screens: "The Mothman cultists seek to become one with the divine light, and they believe the Mothman will guide the worthy to this sacred source of everlasting life."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sermon: Impending doom
  8. Numerous notes found throughout the Lucky Hole Mine
  9. Interloper
  10. The Chosen
  11. Fallout 76 loading screens: "To the cultists who worship the Mothman, Appalachia is holy ground, and all non-believers must be driven out... or destroyed."
  12. Letter (Wastelanders)
  13. His Priestess
  14. As seen in the Cultist dagger and Cultist blade
  15. As seen at Moth-Home
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