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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. One-time allies of the New California Republic, they have since parted ways due to disagreements over NCR foreign policy.
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, or just about any other faction. 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, the only remaining town near the Glow, spreading outward towards the Boneyard. After exiting their Vaults, harsh life taught these vault dwellers the folly of war and conflict. The group developed a purpose in educating humanity about the horrors of the Great War, so not to repeat such atrocities again.[Non-game 1]
The first steps towards the formal establishment of the Followers happened in the 22nd century, when sickness was spreading among the settlement's inhabitants,[Non-game 2] leading the parents of Nicole to gather the survivors and move north. During the trip, however, her parents were killed by marauders. The death of her parents motivated Nicole to establish the Followers of the Apocalypse, to educate the wastelanders and spread knowledge so that another Great War may never happen and the paths leading to it would remain abandoned.
By 2161, the Followers moved into and salvaged a library in the Boneyard. Widely known, they were considered a little strange, but generally harmless. Some believed their peaceful ways were not cut out for this world: they were allegedly poor combatants and knew nothing of the "real world." Of course, their survival and expansion proves this notion to be simply untrue. Indeed, 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.
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 1] 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. 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.
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 project of President Aaron Kimball rapidly chilled relations.[Non-game 1] The failing relations were 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. The Followers focus on the preservation and restoration of knowledge, including technology and legitimate education. They are also proponents of sharing basic necessities – food, water and medicine – instead of hoarding them. Their ultimate goal is to gradually shape a better brighter future for the wasteland through education, research, and medical services.
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. Despite that, they want to bring peace back to a wasteland that tends toward destruction. 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. 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.
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 and permanent operations, such as reconstruction and relief efforts. As the Followers are always looking for new members, 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) or as probationary initiates. The administrator can assign duties to probationary members, including positions such as junior archivist, assistant to a full member, or cataloging the Pre-War Unexploded Munitions Collection in New California (in case a prospective member has no major qualifications).
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. 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.
Followers offer free education for all who are willing to learn, as part of their philosophy. 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. 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. 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.
Research is a major aspect of Follower operations, including both theoretical and practical disciplines. Where the OSI splitters focus on practical applications of science, and the Brotherhood of Steel prefer combat technologies, 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 and other culturally distinct peoples of the wasteland, like those inhabiting Zion or the Grand Canyon), and discovering new methods of manufacturing medicine and alternative treatments for common afflictions.
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, and various donations, in return for discounts on their services. 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. The preferred donation size is 500 caps from the rich who can afford it, although the Followers will accept any amount – and especially material donations like medical supplies.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
As the Followers have no desire to control territory, they rarely clash with other factions. 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. 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. 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, the Followers continue to operate excellent facilities in the Republic, including the Angel's Boneyard Medical University. Even the Office of Science and Industry considers the Followers more as a competitor and worthy rival, rather than the enemy; the Follower's goals are simply humanitarian in origin, rather than economic.
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. Of course, sometimes their teaching has unpredictable effects. When a Follower taught the Great Khans how to read and write, as well as basic science, the tribe harnessed the knowledge for the production of recreational drugs to sell to the Fiends, inadvertently causing major problems for the Republic. As a result, the Followers withdrew their support almost entirely.
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. 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. 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.
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.
- See Julie Farkas' page for quests pertaining to the player character's reputation with the Followers of the Apocalypse.
- That Lucky Old Sun may impact Followers of the Apocalypse reputation based on decisions made during the quest.
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, which is then put into practice using the best available materials, up to and including Auto-Docs in some clinics. 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. 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.
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. Other avenues of technological research include solar power as a sustainable alternative. 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.
Narrated by Julie Farkas
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|1||With no clear leader to guide efforts in Freeside, the Followers of the Apocalypse lost control of Old Mormon Fort to local thugs and junkies. Eventually, using the Followers' remaining supplies to manufacture drugs, the Old Mormon Fort quickly devolved into little more than a junkie den.||Julie Farkas is killed (will override all endings)|
|2||After the NCR's victory at the dam, the Followers of the Apocalypse were pushed out of Old Mormon Fort during its occupation by NCR forces. NCR further "encouraged" them to leave Outer Vegas entirely, and the Followers had no choice but to comply.||Complete Eureka! but do not convince the Followers of the Apocalypse to support the NCR.|
|3||After the NCR's victory at the dam, in part thanks to Follower's medical support, NCR allowed the Followers to care for refugees as they see fit. Old Mormon Fort expanded its services and was able to aid more people, becoming a refuge for the less fortunate citizens of New Vegas.||Complete Eureka! for the NCR and convince the Followers of the Apocalypse to support the NCR after completing You'll Know It When It Happens.|
|4||After the Legion's victory, the new Caesar learned the Followers had "defamed" the original Caesar's noble origins. The Followers of the Apocalypse were hunted down and exterminated, and Old Mormon Fort was turned into a pile of rubble.||Kill Caesar in Et Tumor, Brute? and complete Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.|
|5||After the Legion's victory, Caesar, out of a strange respect for his old fellows, allowed the Followers safe passage out of the wasteland. Reluctantly, the Followers accepted the offer and abandoned Old Mormon Fort to the Legion.||Save Caesar in Et Tumor, Brute? and complete Veni, Vidi, Vici for Caesar's Legion.|
|6||After the Courier ensured New Vegas remain free, the Followers found that Independent New Vegas was even more unstable and violent than before. Old Mormon Fort became excessively burdened by the influx of patients, struggling to provide even the most basic of services.||Complete No Gods, No Masters for an Independent New Vegas.|
- As of 2281, the Followers of the Apocalypse are known to operate within New California, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
- To have the Followers support the NCR in Fallout: New Vegas one will need to be idolized by the Followers, complete all of Julie Farkas' unmarked quests, and speak to Julie about supporting the NCR after completing You'll Know It When It Happens.
- If the Courier has an Intelligence of less than 3 while talking to Ignacio Rivas, they will refer to the Followers as the "Flowers of Pock-Lips."
Behind the scenes
|Behind the scenes|
Fallout: New Vegas
- 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)
- 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."
- "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
- 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)
- 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."