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I... I understand. But a Brotherhood? Knights? I'm supposed to call you, what, Elder?About the Brotherhood

Paladin Elizabeth "Lizzy" Taggerdy was the leader of the original Brotherhood of Steel chapter in Appalachia.

Background

Taggerdy's Thunder was a US Army Ranger unit led by Lieutenant Elizabeth Taggerdy. She continued to lead her troops—as a Paladin—after they all joined the Brotherhood of Steel. Paladin Taggerdy was known for only recruiting from those who had military experience and found it difficult to coordinate with the other, more “civilian” factions in Appalachia. Fort Defiance served as headquarters for the newly established Appalachian branch of the Brotherhood of Steel.Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide

Before the Great War, Elizabeth Taggerdy was a lieutenant in the United States Army Rangers and a veteran of the Sino-American War, known for her aggressive and unconventional tactics. During her service, she commanded a US Army Ranger unit called Taggerdy's Thunder, serving under Captain Roger Maxson, with whom she eventually became close friends.[1]

In October 2077, the Thunder was sent to Appalachia to participate in war games, leading the Thunder against two units of United States Marines posing as hostile Chinese forces.[2] She and her squad were looking forward to the exercise as well as the two-week furlough which would follow.[3] However, they were surprised by the beginning of the Great War. After first dismissing the attacks as part of the simulation, the news of nuclear warheads striking multiple sites in the United States made it clear that the emergency was real.[4]

With the chain of command in tatters and nothing but static on the radio, the Thunder attempted to raise any kind of ranking officer to receive new orders and move forward. Taggerdy was surprised to find Roger Maxson on the radio bands, trying to contact someone in Appalachia. Although she was hesitant about speaking to a confessed traitor, their previous friendship made her decide to give Maxson a chance.[1] Together with her unit, Taggerdy moved to Camp Venture, an old survival training camp, where they spent the winter of 2077.[5] Soon after, she ordered the camp reactivated to fill out the ranks of the Thunder.[6] Eventually, recruits started appearing at the camp in numbers, primarily former soldiers looking for a way out.[7]

Brotherhood of Steel

Maxson eventually involved Taggerdy and her men in the foundation of the Brotherhood of Steel, promising them a new beginning.[8] Although Taggerdy was skeptical, Maxson outlined his plan to give her and her men a new identity as members of the Brotherhood, both as a way to return meaning to their lives and combat the overwhelming depression that threatened to take what few survivors made it through the nuclear fire and to immunize them to the authority of any politicians that might emerge from the vaults (or in Appalachia's case, the Whitespring bunker) and begin the cycle of destruction again. Even though she did not initially believe in the cause, Taggerdy accepted the new orders.[9]

Taggerdy became known as Paladin Taggerdy, the head of the Appalachian chapter of the Brotherhood. Under her leadership, the Brotherhood worked closely with the Responders to rebuild civilization in Appalachia; their cooperation culminating in the Battle of Huntersville where Taggerdy delivered her seminal speech to the assembled troops of the Brotherhood and the Responders in May 2086.[10] Taggerdy's leadership, though strained due to her preference and bias towards soldiers and people with a military background, carried the battle and confirmed Maxson's view that the Brotherhood could be the catalyst for something greater than the pre-War world.[11]

However, another desertion happened that further set Taggerdy's in for isolation from outside groups. Also in 2086, Hank Madigan deserted from the Brotherhood to join the Responders. Madigan's desert was in defiance against Brotherhood's new direction of technology hording from the original goals of Taggerdy's Brotherhood, but the reason did not matter to Taggerdy as she saw this desert as another E. Fisher desertion, with Madigan taking his expertise for the Responders to use in ways she saw unfit.[12][13]

The Scorched

When the Scorched Plague led to the rise of Scorched and scorchbeasts, Taggerdy's troops found themselves locked in a war with no end in sight. She considered the use of nuclear weapons to take out the scorchbeasts, believing it to be a necessary step but was forbidden to do so by Elder Maxson.[14] Although Lost Hills attempted to sustain them with their scientific expertise, providing automated research programs and weapon schematics to set up kill-zones, they were unable to stem the tide of enemies. Eventually, the satellites failed and Lost Hills went silent, leaving Taggerdy alone to deal with the situation.[15]

Rather than cooperate with the Responders or the Free States, Taggerdy tightened the ranks and planned to win the war with the scorchbeasts using those she could rely on - her soldiers. However, Taggerdy's policy proved to be short-sighted. With no way to replace losses in the war, she was forced to abandon outlying outposts. Camp Venture was officially abandoned on July 20, 2093, as the Brotherhood called all remaining troops to focus their fire at Fort Defiance and Thunder Mountain power plant. Although the remaining squires completed their training, no new candidates were accepted.[16] The Brotherhood focused entirely on fighting the scorchbeasts, tapping all available sources of supplies. By January 2094, Taggerdy authorized routine requisitions of food, missiles, fusion cores, and hundreds of rounds of conventional ammunition from all available sources.[17]

In a desperate attempt to end the Scorched threat once and for all, the Brotherhood launched Operation Touchdown January 29, 2095, with Paladin Taggerdy taking the most well-trained troops of the Brotherhood in order to confront the scorchbeasts in their lair and destroy them.[18] The operation claimed the life of Taggerdy and her men and she was declared dead by Senior Knight Wilson on February 2, 2095.[19]

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
BoS combat armor Lieutenant Elizabeth Taggerdy's ID

Appearances

Elizabeth Taggerdy appears only in Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes

An alternate and contradictory version of the Christmas Flood event originally planned by designer Ferret Baudoin would have had David Thorpe order former Taggerdy's Thunder recruit and deserter E. Fisher, a demolitions specialist, to rig a device of several mini nukes stolen from the Brotherhood of Steel.[20] Taggerdy was aware of Fisher's involvement in this atrocity. This, combined with the desertion of Hank Madigan to the civilian faction, the Responders, would have better explained Taggerdy's reservations about trusting civilians.[21][22] Though Ferret stated he was "pretty sure it's in the lore," this version of events never made it into the storyline. As Ferret would state later in the same interview, "the primal source of lore is what you see in the games," and anything not contained within the game is "just headcanon for a writer."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Radio log: Aug 29 2077
  2. War game orders
  3. Taggerdy's journal: OCT 21 2077
  4. War games
  5. Taggerdy's journal: NOV 04 2077
  6. Camp Venture terminal entries; Commander's terminal, Duty Log THNDR8107A
  7. Camp Venture terminal entries; Commander's terminal, Duty Log THNDR9114A
  8. Formation of the Brotherhood of Steel
  9. About the Brotherhood
  10. Battle of Huntersville speech
  11. Preservation of technology
  12. Fallout 76 unused content Maria Chavez: "Sergeant Madigan, is it?"
    Hank Madigan: "Was. Not sure that really applies anymore."
    Melody Larkin: "Cause you quit the Brotherhood."
    Hank Madigan: "Our interests no longer aligned."
    Maria Chavez: "And why is that, exactly? Brotherhood's been a good ally to us. Taking you on could be seen as an act of bad faith. "
    Hank Madigan: "Taggerdy's Brotherhood was a fine organization. Maxson's Brotherhood's only cares about locking away every bit of technology they can get their hands on. I was a fire fighter before the war. It's my opinion that looking after the people of Appalachia should be top priority. From what I've heard, Responders do too."
    Maria Chavez: "I'm guessing Paladin Taggerdy didn't recruit a fire fighter because she liked how you looked in fatigues. What were you before your civilian life?"
    Hank Madigan: "Marine Recon."
    Melody Larkin: "No shit."
    Maria Chavez: " And why would the Responders need a Marine-turned-Brotherhood defector in their midst?"
    Hank Madigan: "Because I guarantee you don't have someone like me. I find things. People. Supplies. Solutions. And I'm good at it. You guys have a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of people to keep safe. I can help you do both. All I ask is regular rations and my own bunk."
    Melody Larkin: "And how do we know you ain't just sellin' us a bill of goods?"
    Hank Madigan: "I'm willing to prove it. Gimme a job. I'll show you what I can do."
    Melody Larkin: "How would you feel about getting back into a fire suit?"
    (Maria Chavez, Hank Madigan and Melody Larkin's dialogue)
    'Note: These lines are from HolotapeQuest_LVC. It is unclear if they were intended to be part of an unimplemented, unused, or otherwise inaccessible holotape.}}
  13. Fort Defiance terminal entries; Scribe Grant's terminal, [Scribe Takano]
  14. The nuclear option
  15. Elder Maxson's final conversation
  16. Fort Defiance terminal entries; Senior Knight Wilson's terminal, [95-AUG-13]
  17. Fort Defiance terminal entries; Senior Knight Wilson's terminal, [94-JAN-03]
  18. Belly of the Beast
  19. Fort Defiance terminal entries; Senior Knight Wilson's terminal, [95-FEB-02]
  20. Fallout 76 Lore Dive with Bethesda's Ferret Baudoin and the Fallout Lorecast! (15:29 - 17:00)
  21. Fort Defiance terminal entries; Scribe Grant's terminal, [Scribe Takano]
  22. Elder Maxson's final conversation
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