Hornwright Industrial bought the rights to the mine in April 2075, replacing the workers with auto-miners. At first, this seemed like a blessing to the town which was plagued by financial hardship. The auto-miners quickly and efficiently extracted all coal from the mine, fully exhausting every vein in January 2076.
As Hornwright Industrial prepared to leave the mine that January, Earle Williams and some other townsfolk drunkenly decided to steal some supplies from the mine before everything was taken away. Shortly thereafter, supervisor Deke Sykes blew up the entrance with everyone still inside. Though his daughter tried to dig him out with her bare hands, she was pulled away by others from Monongah and lied to that he and the others had simply skipped town. She didn't believe them and reasoned they were either paid off by the Hornwrights or were unwilling to pay for a rescue mission.
Meanwhile, in the mine Earle Williams and the others were facing a difficult decision: there was no food in the mine, but one of the miners, James, died from injuries sustained from the entrance collapsing. Several survivors agreed to cannibalize his corpse, including Williams, though others refused and stated they would rather die and be eaten than eat another person.
At first, Williams questioned whether he should eat a corpse, saying it "didn't seem right to him." After some time, as he and the others continued to eat those who died of starvation he felt his sanity slip away, in part due to the lack of a day and night cycle. Eventually, his hunger got the best of him and he found himself wanting to eat those not yet dead. When encountered in 2103, Earle Williams has mutated into a wendigo colossus.
Interactions with the player character
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- Something Sentimental: Maggie Williams wants to know the fate of her father, and decides that the only way to know is for the mine's entrance to be cracked open with a nuke. Once A Colossal Problem is completed, Earle's pocket watch can be given to her and she can be either lied to or told the truth about her father.
- A Colossal Problem: After the mine is cracked open via nuclear missile, the mine can be entered and Earle Williams can finally be put to rest.
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- Earle will always spawn as a three-star legendary creature.
- Earle has red and black skin instead of the tan coloration of a generic wendigo colossus.
Behind the scenes
In writing the backstory for Earle Williams and his associated event, main quest designer Victoria McCreary stated that she was inspired by the existing story of Monongah, where Hornwright Industrial exploited the town and its mine for resources.
- Vault Dweller: "Do you have any other family?"
Maggie Williams: "It was just me and my pops. We didn't need anyone else. I guess now it's just me."
Vault Dweller: "What about your mom?"
Maggie Williams: "What about her? She left us early on. Who knows what got her first; the chems or the bombs."
- Hornwright's proposal
- Monongah Mine terminal entries; Mining supervisor's terminal, Supervisor's Notes - 04.14.75
- Vault Dweller: "Why was Monongah dying?"
Maggie Williams: "Hornwright Industrial came swoopin' in like they were our saviors, and gave the town a bunch of money for the mining rights. They took away jobs from the miners thanks to their robots, took everything they could from the mine, and then left us high and dry."
- Monongah terminal entries; Town Council terminal, Meeting Minutes 04.02.75
- Vault Dweller: "When did this happen?"
Maggie Williams: "This was back in January of '76, after Hornwright cleaned out everything they could from the mine."
- Monongah Mine terminal entries; Mining supervisor's terminal, Supervisor's Notes - 01.07.76
- Vault Dweller: "How did he end up in Monongah Mine?"
Maggie Williams: "He and some other townsfolk got some liquid courage one night and decided to go up to the mine. I knew that damn bourbon would be the end of him somehow. They kept goin' on about getting the last of what they could before that Deke Sykes from Hornwright Industrial closed up the mine. Well, that son of a bitch ended up blastin' the entrance closed with everyone still inside."
- Vault Dweller: "Why didn't anyone try to get them out?"
Maggie Williams: "You don't think I tried?! I clawed at the rubble until my hands bled and they had to drag me away. They told me that my pops ran off, and said the others left Monongah since there was no more work. I think it was some sort of cover up. They either got paid off by the Hornwrights to keep quiet, or they didn't want to deal withe the expenses of a rescue mission."
- One choice
- Earle's journal
- QuakeCon at Home 2020: Fallout 76 - A Colossal Problem Boss Event (reference starts at 02:31:51)