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We don't worship so much as follow a set of principles. We want to bring peace back to this wasteland. The world tends toward destruction, so we try to make a difference.Nicole

The Followers of the Apocalypse, or simply the Followers, are a humanitarian organization originating in New California. Followers focus on providing education and medical services to those in need, as well as furthering research in non-military areas. Once allies of the New California Republic, they have since parted ways due to disagreements over NCR foreign policy, but remain allies, with both the NCR and Followers understanding they require each other if they are to rebuild society. Although not a military organization in the slightest, many members are formerly Brotherhood of Steel, Enclave, bounty hunters or former mercenaries attempting to make a better life for those in the wasteland. The Followers also employ security contractors/mercenaries to protect their expeditionary teams.

Forgoing preaching in favor of humanitarianism, the Followers are generally welcomed by the inhabitants of the wasteland. Wherever they go, the Followers seek to provide services to those in need, namely medical care and agricultural instruction. Those in positions of power often regard them as seditious anarchists; though such accusations are not entirely without truth, the organization as a whole has no interest in seizing power.

The Followers of the Apocalypse readily assist those who require aid and welcome anyone who wishes to join their ranks, including former members of the Enclave, Brotherhood of Steel, raiders, marauders, mercenaries, fiends or any individuals willing to rehabilitate and devote themselves to bettering society.[3] Although pacifists by nature, the Followers will not hesitate to defend themselves against attackers and will take up arms against those who threaten their ideals. Oftentimes they will be seen with hired guards adding much-needed protection and firepower to their organization.


Originally, the Followers of the Apocalypse were a secular tribe formed in the outskirts of Dayglow (former San Diego) by Vault dwellers emerging from the area's Vaults. They started after a migration from Dayglow to the Boneyard, caused by a sickness spreading among the settlement's inhabitants due to the proximity of The Glow.[Non-game 1][4] The harsh experience of the migration, including the loss of Nicole's parents,[1] led her to form the Followers of the Apocalypse in the Boneyard. By sharing knowledge and forming a community rejecting senseless killing, Nicole hoped to restore the wastelands.[5] By educating humanity about the horrors of the Great War, the Followers hoped to ensure the atrocity that was the Great War would never happen again.[2] Ultimately, the Followers hope to move beyond simply limiting violence, and towards the creation of a new world free of war and poverty, where knowledge, resources, and ideas are shared freely by all.[6][Non-game 2]

By 2161, the Followers established a commune at the library in the Boneyard. They became widely known in the Boneyards, considered polite, educated, and not cut out for the "real world" due to their limited combat prowess. Some of the scavs even wondered why they weren't wiped out yet.[7] Their focus on preserving knowledge, with emphasis on agriculture and medicine, had already manifested by this period and laid the foundation for their future presence. The emergence of the Children of the Cathedral, another ostensibly peace-minded cult, raised more than a few eyebrows among the Followers. Spies sent out by Nicole brought back disturbing news, including reports of nightkin and Talius, a survivor of the vats who did not turn into a super mutant. Nicole put the Followers on a warpath, dedicated to cutting the threat short.[8]

Development and the rise of the Republic[]

The destruction of the Master by the Vault Dweller removed the only clear obstacle in the way of Follower expansion. The Followers gradually established control over the Boneyard, as a center of higher learning and research. When the New California Republic formed, the fledgling nation-state joined forces with the Followers. The influx of knowledge and education helped solidify a strong relationship.[Non-game 2] The Followers focused on their goals and eventually, the Boneyard became the first known place in the wasteland to boast a University. Staffed and maintained by the Followers, the school would offer courses on a non-profit basis to anyone willing to learn.[9] By 2246, the Followers had enough resources and influence to send out scholars on expeditions to gather knowledge, including information on tribal dialects. That year was when the fateful expedition of Edward Sallow was sent to the Grand Canyon, irreversibly starting a chain of events that would lead to the emergence of the Legion.[10]

But for a time, everything seemed to be in order. Cooperation between the Followers and the NCR prospered. Trouble began with the beginning of the Mojave Campaign. In 2273, a contingent of the Followers under Julie Farkas moved into the Mojave, assisting the Republic's forces. The projects of President Aaron Kimball rapidly chilled relations.[Non-game 2] The failing cooperation was also fueled by internal dissent. While the Followers held a near-monopoly on education, particularly higher education, in the Republic's lands, some members of the organization were dissatisfied with the knowledge-centric profile of the organization.[11] This eventually resulted in a split in 2275 and the formation of the Office of Science and Industry by dissenting Followers. Focusing on practical applications of science, they became rivals of the Followers, aligned with the NCR and offering competitive higher education possibilities, though many of OSI's executives hold the Follower ideals close.[12] The NCR soon broke most ties with the Followers, and turned their support to the fledgling Office. In response, some of the Followers instigated a campaign to erode what little support NCR has among the locals of the frontier.[13]


FO01 NPC Nicole N

Nicole, the informal leader of the Followers in the Boneyard, in 2161

Julie Farkas

Julie Farkas, leader of the New Vegas Follower branch at Old Mormon Fort, in 2281


We arose from the Boneyards of Adytum years ago. Since then, we have made it our mission to rebuild the wasteland and reeducate its inhabitants. We hope to forge a brave new world free of war and poverty by sharing knowledge and resources. Our primary goal is the free exchange of ideas.Julie Farkas, 2281

The Followers consider the Great War to have been preventable and strive to remind people why it happened in the first place and ensure it never happens again.[14] With the Great War, humanity lost many things, like methods of agriculture and techniques for basic survival and the Followers took it upon themselves to piece together this forgotten knowledge and bring it to the wasteland.[15][16] The Followers focus on the preservation, restoration and furtherment of knowledge, including technology and legitimate education. They are also proponents of sharing basic necessities – food, water and medicine – instead of hoarding them.[17] Their ultimate goal is to gradually shape a better brighter future for the wasteland through education, research, and medical services.[18]

In terms of philosophy, the Followers combine the principles of voluntary association, cooperation, and equality characteristic of anarchism and a disdain for conflict that bears a striking similarity to pacifism. Of course, the Followers are well aware of the flaws in human nature and ideology doesn't come before reality.[19] Despite that, they want to bring peace back to a wasteland that tends toward destruction.[20] Specific ideologies of the Followers vary significantly, ranging from anarcho-syndicalism to socialism, to communism.[Non-game 3]


Despite the breaking of ties with the NCR, the Followers continue to be an influential group. From their humble beginnings as a small group of scholars living in the restored Los Angeles Public Library, they have established great permanent facilities in New California, including the Angel's Boneyard Medical University.[21][22] Outside their Boneyard operations, they operate a network of regional hubs, offering their services to local residents, although their ability to provide these services varies on the availability of supplies. Some frontier hubs, like the Old Mormon Fort in Freeside, tend to become overwhelmed without support from local merchants or powers like the NCR.[22]

The Followers are a highly decentralized group with limited hierarchy. Any leaders are typically informal and selected naturally, based on their deeds, expertise, and organizational skills. Formal structures exist in a limited fashion. The aforementioned hubs and the administrators that maintain them coordinate the activities of Followers operating in the region[23] and permanent operations, such as reconstruction and relief efforts.[24] As the Followers are always looking for new members,[25] they can be inducted at the discretion of local administrators, either as fully-fledged members (typically after they have aided the local hub in some way)[26] or as probationary initiates. The administrator can assign duties to probationary members, including positions such as junior archivist,[27] assistant to a full member,[28] or cataloging the Pre-War Unexploded Munitions Collection in New California (in case a prospective member has no major qualifications).[29]

Although flexible, decentralization has drawbacks. For instance, the Followers do not have a system in place that would allow for containing rogue members and their actions, as was the case with the future Caesar and Tom Anderson.[30] However, they are liable to force people out of their organization if they are seen as a distinct threat. This is the case with former Enclave members, hunted by bounty hunters, the NCR, and the Brotherhood.[31]


Followers offer free education for all who are willing to learn,[9] as part of their philosophy.[17] They also offer medical support and other aid to those in need, both at hubs and by direct action. Every member is asked – not ordered – to help those in need when the opportunity arises.[18] The New Vegas medical clinic run by Dr. Usanagi is a great example of a Followers operation attempting both education and medical services for the wider New Vegas area.

On top of education and medical services, Followers also take steps to provide basic necessities, such as access to food and water in impoverished communities, like Freeside at the Old Mormon Fort or Westside.[24] The latter is a textbook example of the Follower philosophy: Leveraging local resources to allow for sustainable agriculture. By irrigating the desert, Tom Anderson enabled Westsiders to cultivate crops, while restored refrigerators allowed for storing food for later use or trade. As a result, Westside became a self-sufficient, ordered community with prospects for growth.[32]

Research is a major aspect of Follower operations, including both theoretical and practical disciplines. Where the OSI splitters focus on practical applications of science,[33] and the Brotherhood of Steel prefer combat technologies,[34] the Followers are one of the few organizations to devote time to both hard and soft science. Their research efforts include topics as diverse as studying the sociological, linguistic, and anthropological aspects of the people of the wasteland (including raider tribes like the Great Khans[35] and other culturally distinct peoples of the wasteland, like those inhabiting Zion or the Grand Canyon[10]), and discovering new methods of manufacturing medicine and alternative treatments for common afflictions.[36]


As a fundamentally non-profit organization, the Followers rely on a variety of sources to acquire supplies for their operations. For a good hundred years between 2181 and 2281, the Followers sustained their operations by salvaging old hospitals and medical warehouses,[37] and various donations, in return for discounts on their services.[38] Charitable donations continue to represent a major source of their funding and sources, particularly when it comes to providing low-cost medical services to the less fortunate.[39] The preferred donation size is 500 caps from the rich who can afford it,[40] although the Followers will accept any amount – and especially material donations like medical supplies.[41]

The Followers also sell a portion of their stock of supplies to fund their operations, but salvage and donations alone are insufficient to make this a major source of funds.[42] For this reason, the Followers greatly prefer to establish sustainable relations with local providers, such as providing medical services to farms in exchange for food. More specific resources, such as raw chemicals and alcohol that permit the Followers to manufacture medical supplies they need for their operations and trade, are difficult to source and they usually have to compromise for the greater good. For example, in the Mojave, they can be convinced to work with local pushers – people they normally oppose – maintaining their distillation equipment and providing intake in the form of food waste. In exchange, they would receive the aforementioned supplies, allowing them to expand their services and influence, improving the lot of Freeside residents in the long term.[43]

Of course, this source of supplies and funding only works as long as the other party is willing to accept what the Followers offer. Most merchants, like the Crimson Caravan Company, refuse to deal with the Followers on anything less than market terms.[44][45]

Ultimately, the Followers prefer for themselves and the people they care for to be self-sustainable. This means trading only for the necessary raw materials and manufacturing the supplies they need, especially when it comes to medicine.[46] Education and improving infrastructure contributes to this goal, as if local residents are able to source food and water on their own, it frees up Follower resources that can then be assigned to high priority goals.[47]

Outside relations[]

FNV NVMed Clinic Ext

The New Vegas medical clinic, neutral and operated by the Followers for the benefit of the people of New Vegas

As the Followers have no desire to control territory, they rarely clash with other factions.[48] Historically, they enjoyed close relations with the New California Republic for a time as the Republic's technical advisors, researchers, and educators, but the change in foreign policy and a push for subjugating the East soured them. Disagreements over how wealth and prosperity should serve the people of the wasteland led to the aforementioned breaking of ties in 2275 and the cessation of support for the Followers from the NCR authorities. Many among the Followers are therefore bitter about the NCR's actions and see themselves as janitors, cleaning up the NCR's mistakes and trying to introduce stability into the regions they claim.[48][49] Some also take it upon themselves to deny ancient technologies to the Republic, on the basis of the fact that they can prove incredibly destructive.[50][51] Although closely associated with the NCR government, the Followers retained their independence and pursued their own separate goals.

The NCR has no official policy against the Followers but has waged a propaganda campaign against the Followers which has stained their reputation in New California to a certain extent. While NCR citizens can be dismissive of members of the organization as bleeding-heart idealists at best or anarchic cultists at worst,[52][53][54] the Followers continue to operate excellent facilities in the Republic,[22] including the Angel's Boneyard Medical University.[21] These facilities are the Followers' greatest asset. Their willingness to teach others for free and help the people of the wasteland makes them welcome among the less wealthy denizens of the wastes, particularly on the frontiers.

However, not all of those who were part of the Followers believed in their principles. Shortly after relations between the Followers and NCR broke down, members of the Followers who believed in the NCR’s ideals founded the Office of Science and Industry, or OSI, to act as a replacement for the position the Followers once held.[12][55] Some consider the Followers more as a competitor and worthy rival to the OSI, rather than the enemy.

Perhaps related to the broken ties with the Republic, the Followers were at one point allied with the Great Khans. The Great Khans are one of the few raider groups that aren’t immediately hostile to outsiders and have a functional government,[56] as such are more approachable than other raiders. The Followers studied the group’s culture,[57] as well as providing them with books and education.[58][59] Namely, the Followers taught the Khans chemistry and how to make medicine, with the hopes that they would use these skills for good.[60] However, given the Khans precarious position in Red Rock Canyon, with no means to sustain themselves, the Khans used this newfound knowledge to create a large drug operation,[61] with chems produced by the Khans being trafficked throughout the Mojave and NCR. Shamed by this, the Followers cut ties with the Khans. However, a relation with them can be rekindled should the Khans move to Wyoming.[62]

Besides the NCR, there are only two factions the Followers are not particularly thrilled about. The first is the Brotherhood of Steel, with its desire to hoard technology and prevent it from being used for the common good; completely antithetical to the Followers' beliefs.[63] The second is, of course, Caesar's Legion and the Followers do not even entertain the thought of allying themselves with the Legion. After defaming Caesar, a former Follower himself, the Followers seldom talk about this dark aspect of their history.[64] Needless to say, the Followers of the Apocalypse are uneasy about their connection to a man who has created an empire based on militarism and institutionalized slavery and has denounced the Legion's brutal methods of conquest. Though both sides follow completely different philosophies, Caesar himself holds some measure of respect and appreciation for raising him as a child and providing him with an education, in spite of his derision for their ideals.

The Followers stationed in the Mojave also show no love for Mr. House and the surrounding personnel running New Vegas, who locked Freeside out of the city and does nothing to support the people in the surrounding neighborhoods. The Followers are struggling to keep Freeside in enough medicine and all Vegas does is think about running their casinos.[65]

The Followers of the Apocalypse are highly respected in Freeside, where their main base of operations in the Mojave Wasteland is located. Locals admire them for their charity, and maintain an amicable relationship with the Kings, whom the Followers praise for the security they provide, as well as their chivalrous attitude. In turn, the Kings appreciate the Followers for providing much-needed services to those that live in the area. Cooperation between the two is just about the only thing that keeps Freeside from collapsing into chaos and strife.


Thanks to decades of salvaging and research, the Followers have excellent knowledge and technology in civilian branches, including agriculture,[66] medical care,[67] IT,[68] robotics,[69] and more.

Their medical aptitude is the most noticeable facet of their operations. The Followers offer formal medical training to all at the Angel's Boneyard Medical University, ensuring a uniform level of knowledge and skill among their doctors,[21] which is then put into practice using the best available materials, up to and including Auto-Docs in some clinics.[70] The latter represent the apex of Followers' medical capabilities, as they are capable of both restoring and improving the human condition. Using them, Follower physicians can perform surgeries and apply implants to improve performance anywhere, including the kidneys, eyes, and the brain. Some clinics also offer experimental military implants, like the NEMEAN sub-dermal armor modification or PHOENIX Monocyte Breeder implant.[71] Their medical expertise is not limited to merely the physical. Follower ranks also include psychiatrists capable of treating a variety of mental disorders, including PTSD.[72]

Due to the aforementioned supply issues in outlying hubs, Followers also focus their efforts on researching new methods of obtaining medical supplies and other materials, which would allow them to greatly expand their efforts outside New California.[36] Other avenues of technological research include solar power as a sustainable alternative.[73] Aiding in their efforts is a substantial amount of data recovered from pre-War times, including extensive records on the various corporations that operated in the United States, like Poseidon Energy.[74]




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The Followers of the Apocalypse appear in Fallout and Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Old World Blues. They are mentioned in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Fallout originally had a more dynamic wasteland, with the super mutants expanding and invading settlements across the wasteland as time passed by. The longer the player took to complete the game, the more settlements would be invaded, with all characters removed, with only super mutant invaders present. A remnant of this mechanic can be seen with Necropolis, where entering after 110 days pass triggers the invasion: All ghouls are killed off by script, with super mutant invaders added to surface maps, along with a ghoul refugee who recounts the invasion. The time limits are still included in Vault13.gam and are as follows:
    • Followers of the Apocalypse would be invaded 90 days after the start of the game (March 5, 2162).
    • Necropolis falls after 110 days (March 25, 2162).
    • The Hub falls after 140 days (April 24, 2162).
    • Lost Hills is invaded after 170 days (May 24, 2162).
    • Junktown is invaded after 200 days (June 23, 2162).
    • Shady Sands falls after 230 days (July 23, 2162).
    • Vault 13 finally falls and the game ends in a fail state after 260 days pass (August 22, 2162). This was modified to 500 days for release (corresponding to April 19, 2163).
  • In the end, the idea of introducing a distinct, invaded variant of the major locations was scrapped in favor of focusing on finishing the game. However, the time limits were retained and entering any of the locations except for the Brotherhood does trigger the corresponding bad ending in the end slides (eg. entering The Hub after 140 days pass triggers the destruction ending; for Followers, all that suffices is entering the Blades' map).
  • The time limit for the Vault 13 invasion was lengthened from 260 days to 500 for release, to reduce the time pressure, before being completely removed in subsequent patches. It was also affected by other factors: Purchasing healing from the Children of the Cathedral reduced the time limit by 1 day, ordering water deliveries from Martha Rastello reduced it by 90 days, while blowing up the Mariposa control computer to trigger the self-destruct sequence halved the invasion time limits for Vault 13, Shady Sands, and The Hub. The removal of the hard time limit only affected Vault 13, with the functionality retained for the other two locations.
  • The only ending for the Followers of the Apocalypse in Fallout is the one in which they are destroyed, as the quest necessary for obtaining the positive ending is unfinished. They did not appear in Fallout 2 but returned in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • The group was planned for inclusion in Black Isle's canceled Van Buren and their survival was mentioned in the Fallout Bible.[Non-game 6]
  • A variable in vault13.gam indicates that the player was originally supposed to be able to side with the Children and destroy them with a bomb smuggled into the library.[75] This corresponds with unused characters like Alisha, who would replace them.
  • Another variable indicates that instead of sending a strike force, Nicole would offer to sneak the player character into the Cathedral.[76]
Fallout: New Vegas
  • In the Mojave, the Followers have a snake wrapped around a staff stitched into their coat, a design that originates from Ancient Greece and Rome. It's meant to represent the staff of Asclepius, the Greco-Roman god of Medicine.
  • Joshua Sawyer remarked on the shortcomings of the faction in Fallout: New Vegas, sharing that the endings where the Followers wind up with a lot of responsibility, their tendency to over-commit and their lack of efficient organization resulted in those problems. Even though they heavily distrust the NCR, they are only able to provide adequate services in Freeside in an ending where the NCR maintains control of the Mojave.[Non-game 7]
  • Joshua Sawyer stated that the Followers as they appear in Fallout: New Vegas are the most left-leaning faction in the game, holding a philosophy close to social democracy.[Non-game 8]



  1. 1.0 1.1 The Vault Dweller: "{195}{}{What made you come up north?}"
    Nicole: "{214}{Nic_36}{There aren't many left down south. The radiation has polluted almost everything. Most of the remaining people followed us to start the organization.}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{215}{}{How did your family survive?}"
    Nicole: "{217}{Nic_37}{We lived on the outskirts of the Great Glow. Sickness had started spreading, so we gathered all the people and we made our way north. [Sigh] That's when my parents were killed.}"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Courier: "Who, Caesar?"
    Arcade Gannon: "Of course, Caesar! You can hardly even hold his men responsible, given how they're practically raised to worship him as a living deity. What's the point of surviving the war? Why did the founders of the Followers crawl their way out of vaults to bring knowledge back to the wasteland? So we could act like the last two thousand years didn't happen? Play dress up so we can fight ancient wars all over again? No way is he getting away with this. I'm not letting it happen. You're not letting it happen."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  3. See Arcade Gannon and Jerry the Punk
  4. The Vault Dweller: "{190}{}{Where did the Followers start?}"
    Nicole: "{193}{Nic_30}{Far to the south, near the Great Glow. The times were hard, but we managed to survive. We realized then the Great War must never happen again.}"
  5. The Vault Dweller: "{194}{}{So, you started the Followers of the Apocalypse?}"
    Nicole: "{196}{Nic_31}{After my parents were killed by a marauders, [sigh] it was time the killing stopped. It's our goal to make this land the way it used to be, before the war.}"
  6. The Courier: "Who are the Followers of the Apocalypse?"
    Julie Farkas: "We arose from the Boneyards of Adytum years ago. Since then, we have made it our mission to rebuild the wasteland and reeducate its inhabitants. We hope to forge a brave new world free of war and poverty by sharing knowledge and resources. Our primary goal is the free exchange of ideas."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  7. The Vault Dweller: "{134}{}{What can you tell me about the Followers?}"
    Katja: "{143}{}{The Followers of the Apocalypse are a group of peace-preachers who live in a large library near the heart of the Boneyard. Why they haven't been wiped out yet I can't say. They are lousy combatants and have no understanding of the real world, but other than that they are polite and well-educated.}"
  8. The Vault Dweller: "{323}{}{Do you have any suspicions about them?}"
    Nicole: "{185}{Nic_28}{A number of our spies have seen Nightkin coming in and out of the back room of the Children's temple. Something important is back there.}"
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Courier: "How did you rise to power?"
    Caesar: "Ironically, I was born a Profligate myself, a citizen of the NCR. My family lived not far from the great Boneyard. After Raiders killed my father, my mother sought the Followers' protection. I was two years old. She found work at their Library, cooking and cleaning. I learned how to read and soon I was taking courses, free of charge."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Courier: "What changed you from a Follower to dictator?"
    Caesar: "When I was 20, the Followers sent me East to Grand Canyon. It was my first expedition, just me and a physician named Calhoun. As an anthropologist and linguist, my assignment was to learn the dialects of the Grand Canyon tribes. What a fucking waste of time!"
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "So who *did* train you?"
    Thomas Hildern: "Before the bombs, I might have studied at any number of colleges, universities. They gave a man a chance to advance himself... or so I've heard. But after the bombs - until a few years ago - anyone with half a brain had one choice. The Followers of the Apocalypse. Didn't matter if you agreed with them or not. You either played along or you were turned away."
    (Thomas Hildern's dialogue)
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Courier: "Doesn't sound like a good place for a person of ambition."
    Thomas Hildern: "[SUCCEEDED] Exactly right. Imagine what the Followers could have accomplished if they were properly motivated... if they had a unified purpose! Those of us who founded the OSI... we wanted to put our knowledge to work. And we have, to some degree. But the execs at OSI Central... they're still bound to the old ideas. Society of equals, and all that. There's still too little direction. If I can make real breakthroughs here... show the what can be done when junior researchers are kept in line... kept focused on task... Who knows. Maybe I'll be sitting in OSI Central, in a few years time. And there'll be no more coddling of "free spirits" like our friend, Williams."
    (Thomas Hildern's dialogue)
  13. The Courier: "Hildern mentioned the Followers of the Apocalypse..."
    Angela Williams: "My father used say good things about them, but that was years ago... back when they'd teach farmers and ranchers about crop rotation and the like. Nowadays... they've changed. They're doing what they can to discredit the NCR, give us a bad name with the locals. Dr. Hildern trained with them, years ago. Not me, though. I'm an OSI girl."
    (Angela Williams' dialogue)
  14. The Vault Dweller: "{192}{}{What are your goals?}"
    Nicole: "{113}{Nic_4}{We try to remind people why the Great War happened in the first place. And help insure it won't ever happen again.}"
  15. The Courier: "Tell me more about the Followers of the Apocalypse."
    Ignacio Rivas: "Humanity lost many things after the war. Methods of agriculture, techniques for survival. We took it upon ourselves to piece together this knowledge and bring it back to them."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  16. The Courier: "You were a Follower of the Apocalypse?"
    Caesar: "Oh yes, raised in that tradition. And the teaching stuck. I was taught it was my responsibility to bring the torch of knowledge to the wastes. I may have taken the torch part more literally than they intended."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Courier: "What do the Followers believe in?"
    Usanagi: "We believe that technology for basic necessities, like food, water, and medicine, should be shared, not hoarded. We're also strongly in favor of proper education. I've come across more than a few "doctors" whose techniques came out of the back of a magazine."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Courier: "What does it mean to join the Followers of the Apocalypse?"
    Julie Farkas: "Our aim is to gradually shape a better brighter future for the wasteland. We seek to heal the planet through efforts not unlike the medicine and education we offer here in the Old Mormon Fort. All we ask is members and those seeking aid do their best to help those in need when the opportunity arises."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  19. The Courier: "Go on."
    Ignacio Rivas: "Other things weren't lost, but were blocked from our collective memory. Knowledge of what we're capable of, and how things spiral out of control. It's in our nature to want to forget truths that keep us awake at night. And for that reason it's all the more important that the Followers walk the wastes to remind people of them."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  20. The Vault Dweller: "{102}{}{What do you worship?}"
    Nicole: "{111}{Nic_2}{We don't worship so much as follow a set of principles. We want to bring peace back to this wasteland. The world tends toward destruction, so we try to make a difference.}"
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 The Courier: "Are you one of the Followers of the Apocalypse?"
    Usanagi: "Yes, I am. I received my medical training at the Angel's Boneyard Medical University back in the NCR. It's not a requirement to be a Follower to enter the university, but I believe in what they do, so I joined them."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The Courier: "Where did you get your medical training?"
    Arcade Gannon: "The Followers taught me everything I know about medicine. Despite our humble abode here in New Vegas, we have great facilities back in the NCR. We may have over extended ourselves by setting up camp in Freeside, but the people here need help from someone. If not us, who?"
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  23. The Courier: "What is this place?"
    Julie Farkas: "The Old Mormon Fort serves as the regional hub for the Followers of the Apocalypse. I am the administrator for this region."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Courier: "What do you do here?"
    Julie Farkas: "The Followers of the Apocalypse aren't just interested in research. We care for our fellow man and do everything we can to help humanity. Here in Freeside, we provide food and medical services for those in need. We have also organized reconstruction efforts. With the help of Bill Ronte, we were able to install a water pump just west of here, but the Kings quickly took control of the pump."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  25. The Courier: "I met a kid who's unsatisfied with life in the Great Khans. Will you take him on as a Follower?"
    Julie Farkas: "We're always looking for new members. Does he have any particular talent?"
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  26. Induction of the Courier during Friend of the Followers.
  27. The Courier: "Well, he's a poet. Kind of."
    Julie Farkas: "Hmm. Well, I suppose we could always use another junior archivist in the library. All right, tell him we'll accept him as a probationary initiate."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  28. The Courier: "He's obviously a bright, sensitive soul, and he loves literature."
    Julie Farkas: "Excellent! Ezekiel's been after me to find him a new assistant for ages. Tell the boy we'll take him."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  29. The Courier: "None whatsoever."
    Julie Farkas: "Ah. Well... I suppose we could always find him a place. Maybe doing inventory on the Pre-War Unexploded Munitions Collection back West."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  30. The White Wash
  31. Fallout: New Vegas endings
    Note: Note: No ending has been confirmed to be canon.
  32. The Courier: "What do you do here?"
    Tom Anderson: "I'm with the Followers of the Apocalypse, and I help the locals in Westside grow crops. Unlike the NCR, the Followers don't expect anything back. The soil and the hot, dry environment don't make it easy, but we get by all right. We've even got our own food store, the Westside Co-op, complete with basic refrigeration."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  33. The Courier: "Tell me more about the OSI."
    Thomas Hildern: "The Office of Science and Industry. That's a rather expansive topic. I could talk for hours, but I'm sure I'd bore you. Suffice to say, we are the leading edge of the NCR. Our work focuses on practical matters. Medicine, engineering, biology. The Dam, for instance. OSI routes its energy supply to our cities in the west. That's only one responsibility of this office."
    (Thomas Hildern's dialogue)
  34. The Courier: "Tell me about the Brotherhood of Steel."
    Robert House: "They're a terrorist group, basically. Militant, quasi-religious fanatics obsessed with hoarding Pre-War technology. Not all technology, mind you. You don't see them raiding hospitals to cart away Auto-Docs or armfuls of prosthetic organs. No, they greatly prefer the sort of technology that puts people in hospitals. Or graves, rather, since hospitals went the way of the Dodo."
    (Robert House's dialogue)
  35. The Courier: "Who is Ezekiel?"
    Julie Farkas: "He's a member of the Followers like myself, but his particular field is pre-War history and tribal culture. I do recall him being fascinated by the Khans, he kept going on about parallels to some ancient historical empire or another."
    The Courier: "Where can I find this Ezekiel?"
    Julie Farkas: "He rarely stops in here these days - you'd do best to look for him out in the wastes east of New Vegas. He's always looking for new tribes to study."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  36. 36.0 36.1 The Courier: "What kind of research?"
    Arcade Gannon: "Oh, you know. Finding alternative treatments for common illnesses and injuries. Stimpaks out of barrel cacti and other fantastic improbabilities. As far as fruitless wastes of time go, it's quite noble in its aims."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  37. The Courier: "What's the goal?"
    Arcade Gannon: "For the past hundred years or so, the Followers have managed to get by using salvaged medical supplies from the Old World. But the side effect of medical success is that more people live longer. Funny how that works. Eventually, we'll run out of hospitals to loot. We need new ways to produce those supplies. Or maybe old ways, if this research goes anywhere."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  38. The Courier: "You need medical supplies?"
    Julie Farkas: "Rates of injury and illness in Freeside are very high. Supplies don't last long."
    The Courier: "What do you need?"
    Julie Farkas: "Med-X, Rad-Away, and Fixer are Freeside essentials. I can't pay you for any supplies you bring in, but I could discount the charge for our services."
    The Courier: "Seems like you need a steady supply, not just whatever I can grab for you."
    Julie Farkas: "So far the Crimson Caravan won't cut us a deal. If you can convince them or some other merchant to work with us, I'll discount supplies to you."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  39. The Courier: "Tell me about the clinic."
    Usanagi: "Everything you see is funded by the Followers of the Apocalypse. We rely a lot on charity to provide low-cost medical services to the less fortunate."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  40. The Courier: "Can I make a donation to the Followers?"
    Usanagi: "Of course! We prefer bulk donations of 500 caps - it's apparently a lot easier on the accountants, for some reason."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  41. Short-Term Treatment
  42. The Courier: "Do you sell anything here?"
    Usanagi: "I have reserved a small part of my supplies for sale. The profits go directly to the purchase of additional supplies to help the less fortunate."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  43. The Courier: "I think I found someone who will be able to cover your supplies."
    Julie Farkas: "That's phenomenal! Who did you find?"
    The Courier: "The Garret Twins."
    Julie Farkas: "They supply Freeside with drugs and liquor. From my point of view they're just better-organized pushers. Upgrading their stills would increase their supply of liquor and chems. How does that help Freeside?"
    The Courier: "You get your chems and can help anyone who gets addicted."
    Julie Farkas: "True, we could help addicts, but the cycle of addiction, recover, and relapse would remain."
    The Courier: "With a surplus of supplies, you could use your caps and influence to expand."
    Julie Farkas: "Good point. We wouldn't be paying anything for their supplies, just a portion of our food waste to make ethanol. We get food from nearby wasteland farmers in exchange for medical services, so we could put our caps back into helping Freeside. Tell the Garrets we'll keep their stills running if they provide us with supplies. Thank you for arranging this. You've been a godsend."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  44. The Courier: "Seems like you need a steady supply, not just whatever I can grab for you."
    Julie Farkas: "So far the Crimson Caravan won't cut us a deal. If you can convince them or some other merchant to work with us, I'll discount supplies to you."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  45. The Courier: "Is there anything I can do to help?"
    Julie Farkas: "There is always something needing done. A few souls here in Freeside could be great assets to the community, if they'd kick their addictions. We need to get a regular supply of medicine organized, but the Crimson Caravan wants too many caps for what we need. Lastly, tensions between the townies and NCR tourists have been going downhill fast lately. A lot of innocent people will get hurt if things blow up."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  46. The Courier: "Tell me about Jacob."
    Julie Farkas: "The Garrets hooked Jacob on chems when he was working for them. Ironic, since he used to homebrew detox chems. He's a natural chemist."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  47. Bill Ronte's installation of the water pump is an example of this in practice.
  48. 48.0 48.1 The Courier: "Do the Followers work together with the NCR?"
    Ignacio Rivas: "We did, for a time. But our goals differ. The NCR only cares to expand their wealth and their reach. For us, territorial boundaries mean nothing. And prosperity has to be for everyone, not just citizens of the NCR. So a parting was inevitable. While the NCR pushes east, we clean up the mess they leave behind. Try to provide some stability."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  49. The Courier: "I think the Followers should support NCR in the coming battle at the dam."
    Julie Farkas: "Why should we support the NCR? Their continual operational incompetence gets their soldiers killed, and they hold a monopoly on water in the mojave."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  50. The Courier: "War."
    Ignacio Rivas: "That's... an unfortunate mistake. As a Follower of the Apocalypse, I've studied it all my life, but I'll never understand how people don't foresee what lies ahead on that path."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  51. The Courier: "Peace."
    Ignacio Rivas: "That's reassuring, although many who've made that claim to the Followers of the Apocalypse over the years have had less than pure intentions. But if it's really as you say, then take my advice. This installation carries with it dangers that no one here has realized. Take care what you do here, and who you listen to. Some things are best left buried with the old world."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  52. Squatter: "I see you prefer the company of anarchic cultists to civilized peoples."
    (Squatters' dialogue) Note: This line is spoken to the Courier when Arcade Gannon is in their party.
  53. The Courier: "Julie Farkas told me to ask. She said it was important."
    Elizabeth Kieran: "You know Julie? Not everyone in the NCR sees eye-to-eye with the Followers, but they're okay in my book, mostly because of her. If you really want to know, we sent an envoy to the King offering to coordinate the relief effort."
    (Elizabeth Kieran's dialogue)
  54. The Courier: "Are the Followers part of the NCR?"
    Usanagi: "We've worked with them in the past. The NCR became too focused on things like patents and profitability, so the Followers go their own way now. The NCR and the Followers have a cool relationship at the moment. We see them as oppressive, and they view us as anarchists."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  55. The Courier: "You didn't always work for the OSI?"
    Thomas Hildern: "No, I... no. The OSI hasn't been around for very long. I received my training elsewhere."
    (Thomas Hildern's dialogue)
  56. The Courier: "Who are you?"
    Regis: "Name's Regis - I'm Papa Khan's advisor and right-hand man. I'm also the chief enforcer of the tribe's laws - so watch your behavior."
    (Regis' dialogue)
  57. The Courier: "Julie Farkas said you might know something about the Great Khans."
    Ezekiel: "Oh my, yes! They're a fascinating tribe with a long and, unfortunately, tragic history. Their original incarnation, much farther out west, was almost completely wiped out by one of those itinerant heroes so common in the post-War years. Then of course the "New Khans" suffered a similar fate, some say at the hands of the same hero, though of course the dates are all wrong for that."
    (Ezekiel's dialogue)
  58. The Courier: "It sounds like you're not happy being a Great Khan. Maybe you'd be happier someplace else."
    Jerry the Punk: "[SUCCEEDED] Maybe you're right. Maybe I can find my true calling, someplace they'll appreciate my poetry! Someplace like the Old Mormon Fort, maybe. Do you think the Followers of the Apocalypse would take me? I remember all those books they brought us when they visited our tribe."
    (Jerry the Punk's dialogue)
  59. The Courier: "How'd you get into this business?"
    Jack: "Guess I just had a natural talent for it. When I was a kid, these cats called the Followers of the Apocalypse came to our camp. They knew all kinds of kooky scientastical stuff, so I ate up all the chemistry they could teach. Diane had the head for business, so we teamed up."
    (Jack's dialogue)
  60. The Courier: "I'm looking for something that could inspire the Great Khans. Know of anything like that?"
    Julie Farkas: "The Great Khans? Oh, you mean those raiders that used to clash with the Vegas tribes? Yes, some years back we taught them reading, writing, basic science - we hoped they would use it to make medical supplies, but they turned to drugs. I was never much involved in the cultural side of that project, but Ezekiel was."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  61. The Courier: "Tell me a little about the Great Khans."
    Diane: "I'll spare you the history lesson - talk to Papa Khan if you want to hear that story. Things have been rough for a while now, even with Jack working all the time and my runners making deliveries daily we're barely getting by. Maybe this alliance with Caesar will help, but I don't know."
    The Courier: "Why are things so tough?"
    Diane: "Red Rock Canyon isn't exactly the most hospitable place - there's no food, barely any water, and nothing anybody wants. We used to send patrols out to acquire supplies, but ever since Bitter Springs there just aren't enough of us left."
    (Diane's dialogue)
  62. 62.0 62.1 Fallout: New Vegas endings: "During the Battle of Hoover Dam, the Great Khans quickly evacuated Red Rock Canyon and headed north and east into the plains of Wyoming. There, they reconnected with the Followers of the Apocalypse and rebuilt their strength. Bolstered by ancient knowledge of governance, economics, and transportation, they carved a mighty empire out of the ruins of the Northwest."
  63. The Courier: "I'm in the Brotherhood of Steel."
    Ignacio Rivas: "The Brotherhood? I never thought I'd say it, but I'm glad you're here. I'm a member of the Followers of the Apocalypse, and for once we might want the same thing. This place houses technology beyond anything I've seen. I'm afraid it could be dangerous if either of the warring factions here learns how to use it."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  64. Fallout: New Vegas endings
  65. The Courier: "I think the Followers should support an Independent Vegas through the coming battle at the dam."
    Julie Farkas: "Why should we support Vegas? They've locked Freeside out of the city and do nothing to help their neighboring townsfolk."
    (Julie Farkas' dialogue)
  66. Tom Anderson in Westside
  67. Services provided by Usanagi and Julie Farkas
  68. The Moon Comes Over the Tower
  69. ED-E My Love
  70. New Vegas Medical Clinic
  71. Usanagi: "Welcome to the New Vegas Medical Clinic. I'm a fully qualified physician and can fix whatever is wrong with you for a reasonable fee. If you've got the caps, I've also got several implants available to enhance your physical attributes."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  72. The Courier: "Corporal Betsy from First Recon will be coming to you for mental treatment."
    Usanagi: "Mental trauma can be just as debilitating as physical injuries. Fortunately, I'm well-qualified in such treatment. I'll make time in my schedule."
    (Usanagi's dialogue)
  73. The Courier: "Why are you here?"
    Ignacio Rivas: "I'm a visiting scholar. Solar power technology may be important to our future and I was sent to research it."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  74. The Courier: "What more is there to this place than a power plant?"
    Ignacio Rivas: "I don't entirely know. Our records on the company that built this place suggest that their dealings were not only in energy, but also in weapons. And I've seen equipment here marked with symbols used by the Pre-War military. Targeting computers. Shock sensors. A codeword comes up repeatedly in the papers I've looked through here. ARCHIMEDES."
    (Ignacio Rivas' dialogue)
  75. Vault13.gam: "DESTROY_FOLLOWERS  :=0; // (129) // did the player deliver the bomb?"
  76. vault13.gam: "FOLLOWER_STEALTH_HELP  :=0; // (62) // did the Followers offer to sneak player in Children of Cathedral?
    FOLLOWER_MACHO_HELP  :=0; // (63) // are Followers going to attack Children of Cathedral?"


  1. Fallout Official Survival Guide p.84: "The Followers of the Apocalypse: A small group of peace-lovers from San Diego. They are enemies of the Children of the Cathedral, and may provide help and information to the player."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.42: "Followers of the Apocalypse
    Originally, the Followers of the Apocalypse (also known simply as "The Followers") were a secular tribe formed in the Boneyard, with a purpose of educating humanity about the horrors of the Great War, and never to repeat those atrocities again. Forgoing preaching in favor of medical treatment and charity. When the Master died, they controlled the Boneyard with the help of the then-embryonic New California Republic, and accompanied a contingent of the NCR into Nevada, settling in an Old Mormon Fort, close to Freeside where they can save the wretched, and tend to those down on their luck. They take in stragglers of many creeds and colors, including the last few Enclave remnants. Despite the historic name of the place, there are no serious fortifications—just fences and gates with a few armed Followers inside."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide faction profiles)
  3. "The Followers of the Apocalypse: Libertarians, socialists, communists, or greens?"
    Joshua Sawyer: "They vary significantly, but range from anarcho-syndicatists to socialists to communists. Their general tendency to be inclusive and non-hierarchical means they don't have a single outlook or 'platform.'"
    Josh Sawyer Formspring answers
  4. Fallout Official Survival Guide p.154: "Followers of the Apocalypse: The Followers are former hippies who migrated here from San Diego. They believe in peace."
  5. Fallout Official Survival Guide p. 84: "The Followers of the Apocalypse: A small group of peace-lovers from San Diego. They are enemies of the Children of the Cathedral, and may provide help and information to the player."
  6. Fallout Bible: Question: "Another thing. While FO1 ending animation suggests Hub is destroyed, it still seems to exist. Has it been rebuilt, or did it survive, no matter what was said in FO1 ending? In latter case, is there a chance Followers of Apocalypse also survive?'"
    Answer: "The Hub survived F1, and last word was the Followers of the Apocalypse also survived, using their knowledge to help the Blades of New Adytum."
  7. Joshua Sawyer: "At least in Fallout: New Vegas, I think it's easier to find fault in what they don't do than in what they do. They tend so much toward anti-authoritarianism that they have weak internal hierarchies and a lack of clear or unified direction. In the White Wash, Anderson's activities may or may not have been noted by other Followers, but even if they were, he doesn't have a "boss" and the Followers don't have any commonly accepted methods for dealing with rogue agents. Similarly, when Edward Sallow became Caesar, he essentially just sent Bill Calhoun away and there wasn't anything he or the other Followers were prepared to do about it. In the F:NV endings where the Followers wind up with a lot of responsibility, their tendency to over-commit, and their lack of efficient organization result in a lot of problems. Even though they heavily distrust NCR, they are only able to provide adequate services in Freeside in an ending where NCR maintains control of the Mojave."
    (Josh Sawyer on Formspring)
  8. Fallout: New Vegas 10th Anniversary Charity Stream (reference starts at 3:12:32)
    Joshua Sawyer: "'Any plans for a communist faction in New Vegas?' No, the Followers of the Apocalypse are probably the most 'left' you could get. And they're more like social-dem, I would say, personally."