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Ashur was a member of the Brotherhood of Steel, which had not reached as far east as the Pitt at the time. In 2254 the Brotherhood's ruling council decided to send a contingent of soldiers to the East Coast. Initiate Ashur was part of this team of soldiers, under the leadership of one Owyn Lyons, other members of the party included Rothchild, Henry Casdin and Paladin Tristan.
During their travels, the Brotherhood came across the ruins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known as the Pitt, the city was lawless, inhabited by gangs, raiders, slavers. Other inhabitants were sick or dying from the combined effects of the intense radiation and pollution from pre-War industrial factories. The Brotherhood then led "the Scourge," a large-scale military action throughout the Pitt, combing the ruins and killing hostiles in the area. By the time the Scourge was over, only a handful of raider gangs still existed in the city, but Initiate Ashur was caught in an explosion in a steel mill and presumed dead. He was pulled out of the rubble by scavengers trying to loot his power armor.
To gain control, Ashur formed his own gang, killed the remaining raiders, and enslaved the populace to work. Ashur began importing slaves and hiring raiders from outside the Pitt area to accommodate the growth. He insists that the residents of downtown are called "workers" and not slaves. With the Pitt and its means of production firmly under his control, Ashur and his guards occupied a skyscraper named Haven as his palace to watch over the city. He lives there with his wife Sandra and their daughter Marie, who was born with a special immunity to mutation. Ashur set up his wife's lab in Haven, hoping her work can result in a cure for diseases that plague the Pitt.[Non-canon 1]
Ashur spends the majority of his time in his office at the top of Haven, but is occasionally seen giving speeches to the slaves of the Pitt. He also runs the Pitt broadcast.
Interactions with the player
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- Unsafe Working Conditions: The Lone Wanderer's first interaction with Ashur is when he gives a speech to the slaves to pick a fighter for the Hole.
- Free Labor: After the Lone Wanderer is done fighting in the Hole, Ashur will ask to meet with them to decide on whether they should become a Pitt raider. The player can then choose to side with him or Wernher. If the player character sides with Ashur, they must fight to stop the slaves' revolt, whereas if the player sides with Wernher, they must kill Ashur or leave him to be killed by trogs near the end of the quest.
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- "I understand. We've all got a past, and damn few of us have reason to be proud of it."
- "Ever since the city was scourged, we've done what everyone does: whatever's necessary to survive. I know my city seems barbaric to you, but it's the only way we can carve out a home in this hellhole, and it's kept these people alive. But that's enough stalling for time. So, do you know Wernher?"
- "Now that Marie's back, we have a chance at curing the disease that's been ravaging The Pitt since the bombs. Without it killing our kids, we can grow like a real city. No more bringing in slaves. No more forced labor. Things can get better. It's taken me a lot of work to rebuild this city. With your help, it's finally going to have a chance."
- "That's what I wanted to hear! You've got a bright future ahead of you in The Pitt, new blood. In fact, I'd like to let you in on a little secret, and show you the amazing advance that'll secure our place in the Wasteland. Now, I think, would be a good time for you to meet the cure for yourself. Let's take a trip back to the lab, where Sandra can explain..."
- "Right now, nothing. Until we can reproduce a treatment from Marie, they'll have to keep working. Otherwise, this city falls apart. But once we do have a cure, things will be different. We won't need to kidnap people for our city. We'll be able to grow naturally. Until then, this is the way it has to be. It's just what has to be done."
- "Nice work in the hole, new blood. Knew you couldn't be one of our normal workers. "
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- Sometimes after the initial meeting dialogue with Ashur he will repeat the words "Don't let me keep you" a few times to before leaving. This appears to be a bug, supposedly caused by speaking to others in Haven before speaking to Ashur or by skipping through too much of Ashur's dialogue.[verified]
- After accessing the computer in the room with Marie, Ashur's corpse is very likely to disappear he has been killed, so be sure to loot his body before using it.[verified]
- Ashur's speech prior to entering the arena is bugged. In the PC version of the game, he will skip every other text block, causing the speech to be much shorter (the skipped portions of the speech can be heard in the background playing at the same time as the heard portions). The full speech plays in the Xbox and PlayStation version of the game.[verified]
- Sometimes when entering Haven and interrupting Ashur's talk with Kenshaw you cannot interact with him and he will stand there with his legs shaking.[verified]
- Ashur may sometimes be killed by going to hear his speech, and then shooting the guards before your weapons will be put away. The Pitt Raider that stands up on the railing may start shooting him and kill him.[verified]
- When Ashur is delivering his speech, there may be 4 possible echoes instead of 1. He will say the last word 5 times (Once over the intercom, 4 echoes, all at the same volume) and may freeze up there.[verified]
- If the player noclips up to Ashur's podium while he is delivering his speech, he will crouch as if he is fleeing, but it will state that "This character is busy."[verified]
- Ashur: "Test, one, two. Looks like this thing's on. Marie, if you're there, this is your father speaking: Ishmael Ashur, sometimes called Lord of The Pitt."
- The Lone Wanderer: "How did The Pitt get started?"
Ishmael Ashur: "Believe it or not, it started when the Brotherhood decided to loot this hellhole and wipe it off the map. We called it the Scourge. Back then, I was "Initiate Ashur." But that ended when the Brotherhood left me behind, and I came to see The Pitt in a new light. I was found by tribals who thought I was a god. I didn't argue, and with my leadership and their divine dedication, we began rebuilding this city."
- Sandra: "Oh! I wasn't expecting Ashur to let you into the lab. I'm Sandra, and if I know my husband, he's already made you an offer to join us, right? I'm Sandra. Ashur set me up here to work on The Pitt's medical research, and Marie here is our daughter. Our little miracle, really."
- Sandra: "Yes, it seems that our daughter was born with a naturally acquired immunity to any form of mutation. It's nothing short of a miracle, honestly. I'm still trying to figure out why, but she may just hold the key to stopping The Pitt's Trog problem. Hell, maybe other types of mutations, too!"
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 61: "Ashur: Leader of the Pitt Raiders, Ashur is an imposing force in The Pitt, commanding respect through fear and accomplishments and his part in past atrocities. He was part of the Brotherhood of Steel forces that tore through The Pitt in a cataclysmic clash known as the Scourge. He remained, ruling the masses while seeking technological breakthroughs that could help heal the population from the ravages of “the sickness.” His secondary plan is to continue to build up his army of Pitt Raiders, weaning out the infirm or incompetent in the Arena, and then march on the Wasteland, reuniting it and The Pitt. He is married to Sandra, who has recently given birth to a beautiful baby daughter."