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Helvetia is a town in the Forest region of Appalachia in 2102. It is currently inhabited by the Scorched.

BackgroundEdit

Settled by German and Swiss immigrants in 1869, Helvetia was a village of professionals and craftsmen, including musicians, cheesemakers, stonemasons, doctors, and teachers. With additional immigration from Switzerland and areas of the United States, Helvetia's population rose to 308 by 1875, specializing in crafts, arts, and agriculture.[1]

Helvetia never expanded beyond a village, maintaining its unique Swiss- and German-American culture, including art and holidays. Key among these was the Fasnacht celebration, on the last Saturday before Lent, when Helvetians celebrated the end of winter and the beginning of spring through burning an effigy of Old Man Winter, after a parade known in West Virginia for its extensive use of colorful and always unique masks. The small Helvetia found itself affected by the loss of workers due to the protests and the ongoing war with China, and the town invested in a fleet of protectron robots to keep its traditions alive and reduce the workload. These proved quite useful and popular with tourists.[2]

The nuclear war barely touched the village but the collapse of society pushed the town's peace to the breaking point, especially after a Horizon Airlines jet crashed out of the sky and in the valley to the east.[3] The Cult of the Mothman utilizes the local church into a place of worship and Scorched roam the streets.

LayoutEdit

Helvetia is small and compact, bordered by the mountains on the north and the south, and straddling the Buckhannon River. The town was once a tourist destination and features German/Swiss themed buildings to showcase the town's heritage. There is a church, store/post office, bookstore, museum, Cheese Haus, The Honey Haus, Freyja's Haus Restaurant, and a few other unmarked buildings which can all be explored.

The two main roads are Pickens Road, entering Helvetia from the west and terminating in the east, over the river, at the Helvetia-Adolph Road passing through the town on a north-south axis. Helvetia also hosts the seasonal Fasnacht Day, released as part of Wild Appalachia. When active, Helvetia is decorated and the Master of Ceremonies floats about.

The northern side of the town includes the church in the west, with a chemistry station and a voting station on the first floor, Mothman's effigy in place of the altar, and a weapons workbench in the attic. Directly east of it is a small unmarked museum with a sleeping bag and a bookstore slightly to the north. The Cheese Haus and the locked Honey Haus lie in the east. Just by the road is the town hall with a banjo and a piano for those inclined to gain the Well Tuned bonus and the Welcome Haus (or hotel). On the other side of the road is the post office, with a locked safe behind the counter and wooden maintenance and storage shed with a weapons workbench.

The eastern part of Helvetia, just over the river, contains Freyja's Restaurant, the stage where the Fasnacht seasonal event begins, a house, and the school haus to the southeast. The church has been converted into a Mothman shrine. The key to the post office is sitting on an interior desk and can be taken from a broken window.

The town of Helvetia has had a fascination with making paper-mâché masks. Thirteen different masks can be acquired in-game, including a Fasnacht Man mask, an owl mask, a jester mask, and a skull mask. The town also has several crafting stations including a cooking station in the Cheese Haus and a water pump next to the building. There is also a chemistry station just inside the entrance and on the top floor of the church. There is a weapons workbench on the upper floor of the church and a second one in a small shack across from the vote-counting station. A third one is behind a building south of the restaurant.

Notable lootEdit

  • Checklist - Note, in Freyja's Haus Restaurant, in the kitchen.
  • German books (2) - Note, at the bookstore.
  • Responder outposts - Note, at the Cheese Haus.
  • Harvest - Note, sitting on the lectern in the church.
  • Airplane crash - Note, in a dresser in an upstairs bedroom of the small red hotel on the west side of the bridge to Freyja's Haus Restaurant.
  • Fasnacht robots (2) - Note, found in The Honey Haus across the small bridge to the left of the Freyja's Haus Restaurant, inside a broken glass display case next to three honey. It can also be found in the Cheese Haus.
  • Happy Fasnacht! - Note, inside one of the homes in Helvetia, at Freyja's Haus Restaurant.
  • Helvetia protectron updates - Holotape, in a small shack, to the left of the post office building across from the vote-counting station.
  • Reaver scout - Note, found stuck to the leg of an impaled corpse to the immediate northeast of Helvetia, on the right of the road along the river.
  • Fasnacht beverage report - Note, north side, in the museum. Obtainable during Fasnacht Day.
  • Fasnacht residue analysis - Notes, north side, in the museum. Three different results obtainable during Fasnacht Day.
  • Helvetia post office key - On the desk in the office. The post office can be accessed through the locked front doors or by climbing the building. Unlocks post office's locked room.
  • Honey Haus key - Under a flower pot on a barrel by the western door. Unlocks the Honey Haus.
  • Civil War era suit and Civil War era top hat - Inside the museum on display, and a second top hat to the left of a sleeping bag, on the ground.
  • Two potential workshop plans:
    • On the front counter inside the Cheese Haus, near an ammo box.
    • Inside the hotel, on a short table near the entrance.
  • Two potential weapon mod plans:
    • Inside the small shack near the post office, on the right, near a weapons workbench.
    • Behind the building south of the restaurant on the other side of the road, to the left of a weapons workbench, on top of a wooden crate.
  • Three potential weapon mods:
    • Inside the small shack near the post office, on the right, near a weapons workbench.
    • Behind the building south of the restaurant on the other side of the road, to the left of a weapons workbench, on top of a wooden crate.
    • Inside the church next to the left of a weapons workbench on the second floor, on a table.
  • Recipe: Mirelurk softshell cake - In the houses adjacent to the restaurant (Freyja's Haus Restaurant).
  • Two potential recipes:
    • Inside Freyja's Haus Restaurant, on the kitchen counter.
    • Inside the locked gift shop near the small shack, within a broken display case on the front counter.
  • Large quantity of wood - Behind Freyja's Haus Restaurant and throughout the town.

Behind the scenesEdit

Helvetia is based on the real world town of the same name in Randolph County, West Virginia.

BugsEdit

Xbox OneIcon xboxone An "immortal" level 1 Scorched can sometimes be found in the shop here. This scorched will, once you are detected, attack you without moving from the upper level, dealing unavoidable, invisible damage. The scorched will also be unkillable, regenerating health, and always retaining a minimum of one health.[verified]

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