**[ FREE STATES ]**
Do no harm, but take no shit.
DISCLAIMER: All theories here should be taken with a bucket load of salt. I may have a PhD in medical science (and an honorary mention in the world of holistics thanks to my mama), but given the current state of things, I'd hardly call myself an expert.
Like my granny always said, the forest provides. I found some fascinating research by the original folks from Vault 94, God rest their souls. From what I gather, they were using flowers from a "red vine" to protect against radiation. I'm pretty sure they're talking about the stranglers we're infested with today. I transferred my research files onto a holo just to be sure I got all my ducks in a row when I show this to Raleigh. He's gonna flip.
Now for the bigger challenge... getting there in one piece. I'm taking Randy's shotgun in hopes he'll look after me. If you come across a mangled little body, it's probably yours truly. Just quit your crying and get that holo to Raleigh.
From a series of tests, it appears the Scorched emit a unique radiation signature. The emission is weak, so unlike some of the highly radioactive counterparts of some creatures in the area, they can't harm you by being in close proximity... unless you're in arms
I'm hoping Niraj can do something with this information. Maybe he can rig up some sort of device that can warn us if it picks up the signature.
We already know the "Scorched Disease" can infect any living creature. Anything from mole rats to humans. It doesn't discriminate.
At Harpers Ferry, we observed a combination of Scorchbeast and Scorched, attacking "side by side." Since then, we've also seen other Scorched creatures that seem to acknowledge the other is afflicted with the same disease. It's questionable whether they're working together, or if they simply recognize they aren't enemies.
Could this be more of a parasite than a disease? Maybe even something more advanced like a collective intelligence?
The Scorchbeasts have definitely won the title of apex predator in Appalachia. There's no doubt they've evolved from some species of bat which makes them quite fascinating creatures due to their size. I'd like to think it was one of those cute pygmy bats we used to chase out of the caves when I was little... Daddy always said they'd have their revenge!
I'm not about to pull off any DNA testing in this lab, so all I can do is theorize. But assuming they retain bat-like qualities, it's at least worth a shot to see if we can use some sort of high pitched frequencies to confuse the hell out of them.
The fun and exciting thoughts of Ella Ames.
We're back from Harpers Ferry. It did not go as planned. We put up a good fight, but Mother nature's truly trying to reclaim what she's lost... with a little evolutionary help from mankind's meddling, I'm sure.
The sheer devastation of that town, in what felt life the blink of an eye, is heart breaking. We weren't ready for that kind of attack from that manner of creature. We only heard stories, but now we know. The threat is real.
Raleigh wasn't about to let us try and pick up the pieces. Not after the wounded succumbed to whatever this Scorched disease is. So now we're back, and I pray to God we can find a way to fight this.
Us vs ThemEdit
I talked to Raleigh today about making contact with the Responders. I sure could benefit from their expertise with all this Scorched research. Of course he refused, saying we don't have the resources to help anyone but ourselves right now.
From a logical standpoint, it's true. We have nothing to spare after our efforts at Harpers Ferry. And I understand why we're back. We need to figure this out to survive and it'll benefit more than us when all's said and done.
Jacob offered to go on a little flower hunt for me. He swore up and down he could identify red clover and passion flowers like the back of his hand. You'd think he was a kid going flower picking for his mama he seemed so excited.
Of course it's been a while now and he hasn't returned. I never should have let him go, or at least gone with him. Thank God Charlie volunteered to go look for him, even though he refused to let me go with.
I saw Niraj today, doctor to patient. After many discussions on family history and symptoms, we both believe he's in an early stage of Parkinson's. Obviously, there's no way to know.
Of course he made me swear not to tell anyone. Just another secret in the back of my head. Jesus. Raleigh would kill me if he knew. First his best friend, and now Niraj? All I need is for Eddie to come crawling to me with cancer next!
Free States NotificationsEdit
Free States incoming notifications:
The Glowing SwampEdit
We recently survived the worst conditions the Mire has ever seen. The following is documentation on steps to take should this happen again.
1. Crevasse Dam. Crank the turbine to max flow to flush the river.
2. Dyer Chem. Follow instructions on their Operation Clean and Clear and flush it into the river to absorb the radiation.
3. Kill any and all glowing creatures you see.
Questions? You know how to reach me.
The Vine HeartEdit
Eddie said they fought off some ghouls and mirelurks that looked to be infected with Strangler vines. The creatures worked together as if something was controlling them. Eventually, they found what he called the Heart. Taking out the Heart seemed to stop the creatures, but there's no guarantee that something like this couldn't happen again.
Should anyone come across any vine-infested creature, report it immediately to Eddie and his team. This way they can locate any controlling heart in the area to stop it.
I'm not sure how many people this will reach after the attack on Harpers Ferry. But rest assured, we are working hard on a solution for this new threat.
From the Brotherhood's last transmission, we know we're on our own, and we know their reports were real.
All we can advise for now is to remain in what shelters you may have found, and, if you must leave, stay under as much cover as possible.
After many losses, we've set up several locations with Scorchbeast Lures. Should you find yourself in a situation where a Scorchbeast is in the area, keep your Pip-Boys on to listen for priority message alerts. Eddie is making them as we speak.
We'll be sending out instructions on proper usage soon. But remember: use your best judgement . Use the lure if you are prepared, but if you can, always seek shelter first.