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This is a choice that can never be undone. So tell me... do you support the growth and outreach of the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel, under the command of Paladin Leila Rahmani? Or are you beholden to the fearful and outdated mandates of the Elders, to whom our very own Knight Daniel Shin vows his loyalty?

Paladin Leila Rahmani is the leader of the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force in Appalachia, who were sent on a mission to re-establish contact with Elizabeth Taggerdy's Appalachian Brotherhood. Rahmani's Brotherhood comes from Lost Hills. As her Brotherhood branch is new in Appalachia, she assigns multiple missions to show the organization's good will so other factions will cooperate with them.


Rahmani is one of the two major Brotherhood leaders of the First Expeditionary Force, the other being Knight Daniel Shin who now acts as second-in-command after the death of Alan Connors. Known for being aggressive and daring,[2] she enters frequent arguments and disagreements with Shin.

In contrast to Shin, Rahmani secretly hopes to transform their branch into an independent, altruistic Brotherhood with a higher focus on peacekeeping. For example, instead of merely collecting technology, she wishes to teach people how to use it to better their lives. Rahmani views the control of the Brotherhood's council of Elders to be a hindrance in her ideals of helping humanity, desiring them to take no part of her branch. Rahmani expresses hesitation to establish contact, as she fears it would result in having their titles stripped and their influence rendered illegitimate, due a a past incident in which many innocent lives were lost.[3] Despite the fact that re-establishing contact was an order in and of itself, Rahmani believes that their Brotherhood force could continue on as a sanctioned offshoot nonetheless, able to spread "authority and goodwill across the nation."[3]

Pre-War, Rahmani served in the National Guard, with a personal mission to help those that are less fortunate or otherwise cannot help themselves.[4] She was dispatched near Mariposa Military Base at the time of the Great War, learning of the formation of the Brotherhood of Steel, as well as easily transitioning into the group due to her prior military service.[5] Rahmani was close to Alan Connors as a friend; they survived the bombs together and joined the Brotherhood with each other.[6] She had also known Elizabeth Taggerdy since the latter was a lieutenant.[7]

During that time, she earned the characteristics of being a caring, yet bold leader, renowned for decisive action and inventive tactics. Although criticized by leadership, she has managed to attain a highly successful record, as well as being generally approachable by the lower-ranked members. After contact was lost with the Appalachian chapter of the Brotherhood, she was granted command of an expedition, consisting of four other members, by the Council of Elders to contact or otherwise find them.[8]

In 2103, Paladin Rahmani was dispatched from the Lost Hills Brotherhood of Steel to conduct a long-term mission in Appalachia. When contact was lost with the Expeditionary Force after crossing the Rocky Mountains, other officers at Lost Hills began to suspect Rahmani had deserted. Elder Roger Maxson refused to entertain the suggestion.

In response, Maxson issued a personal plea to Rahmani, imploring her to follow protocol despite any misgivings she had about her mission. Though Rahmani had not always seen eye-to-eye with Maxson, the two were close and he believed she was still loyal to the values of the Brotherhood.[9]

Over the course of their months-long expedition, Rahmani and the rest of the First Expeditionary Force encountered a settlement under threat of raiders who were stealing their supplies. Rahmani decided to stay and fight, while Shin decided to equip them with government-issue weaponry they had found in a bunker which violated the Brotherhood's protocol to safeguard weapons instead of distribute them. However, the weapons proved useless against the raider force when the raiders were able to steal them. The settlement was wiped out and Alan Connors lost his life saving Shin, with only two survivors of the town: Marcia and Maximo Leone. This incident would set off a division between Rahmani and Shin, with Shin wanting himself and Rahmani to stand trial with the Council of Elders.[10] Shin felt heavy guilt for the consequences of his actions, although Rahmani believed he needed to forgive himself as he was ultimately trying to help. Marcia blamed both Rahmani's and Shin's actions for the tragedy, feeling no one should have retaliated against the raiders in the first place.[11]

While Russell Dorsey was fortifying the ATLAS Observatory, her voice could be heard across the region, becoming more audible with each passing week.[12]

Valdez, Rahmani and Shin arrive at Fort ATLAS

Upon arriving at ATLAS after months of walking, she and her two remaining members, Knight Shin and Scribe Valdez, had encountered and recruited a number of initiates and Brotherhood hopefuls, seeking to officially join the organization. Dorsey was also made into an initiate upon their arrival.[13]

After arrival, Rahmani, Valdez and Shin began to re-establish communication with Lost Hills as ordered. They also took the inoculation against the Scorched, developed by the dwellers of Vault 76.[14]

Over the course of their reinforcing of Fort Atlas and establishing themselves in the region, Shin and Rahmani came into multiple conflicts of personality through various matters, the most important of which is the resurgence of government rocket launchers and other weaponry, used in the same incident that Shin believes he and Rahmani should be taken back to Lost Hills and tried for. During a mission to re-establish contact with the Brotherhood in California by using a long-range transmitter, Rahmani tries to persuade the Vault Dweller to her side, asking them to destroy the transmitter with her to help create a Brotherhood she strives for, free from the control of the Elders. She reveals her intentions of severing ties with the main body of the Brotherhood of Steel and seeking to form her own, independent Appalachian Chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel.[15][16] Whether or not the Vault Dweller participates, Rahmani destroys it regardless, angering Shin who no longer deems her part of the Brotherhood. However, before they can continue debating any further, they receive word of a super mutant attack at Fort Atlas, which caused temporary need of unity from both Rahmani and Shin.[17] Back at the base, Rahmani's actions also shock Valdez, who is annoyed another issue has arose between Rahmani and Shin. The super mutant attack is dealt with.

Nevertheless, a year later in 2104, Rahmani and Shin are still at odds over their Brotherhood's primary mission: Protect the people in Appalachia, or secure all manner of pre-War tech to prevent it from causing another apocalypse like the Great War. They soon discover that the super mutant attack on Fort Atlas was not coincidental. Dr. Edgar Blackburn, one of the people who came to Fort Atlas earlier looking for help from the Brotherhood, only to be turned away by Shin, had been kidnapping people from all over Appalachia to use as test subjects in his research to improve the Forced Evolutionary Virus.

Rahmani decided to interview the boss of the Blue Ridge Caravan Company, Joanna Mayfield, about the disappearances. After being guided by Aries, Rahmani learns that Blackburn was among several of the Blue Ridge's caravans, especially one that holed up in the Harpers Ferry tunnel due to a radstorm. After Blackburn was captured during his work inside Vault 96, Rahmani and Shin take him to the West Tek research center, where his fellow scientists Farha, Jain and Nellie Wright were putting the final touches on the FEV to release into the water and air, which would lead to more people being turned into super mutants once exposed, a worst-case scenario even worse than Huntersville. In a bid to prove their research is for the betterment of humanity in the wasteland, Blackburn willingly volunteers to be exposed to the virus himself, but a miscalculation or malfunction in the process causes Blackburn to be turned into a violent super mutant behemoth, forcing Rahmani and Shin to kill him.

After, Shin erupts at Rahmani, scolding her that something like this was just what the elders wanted to prevent: People trying to play God with science. Though Rahmani agrees with him on that, when they confront Farha, Jain and Nellie, they plead for mercy and ask that their lives be spared, considering that their research is invaluable to the wasteland with the loss of schools and universities because of the Great War and the decay that followed. Though Rahmani wants to spare them because of how valuable human life is nowadays, Shin is adamant that they be slain after seeing firsthand just how dangerous their knowledge is should it fall into the wrong hands if they are allowed to live. In the end, the conflict over Blackburn's associates results in Rahmani and Shin parting ways, unable to reach an agreement, with one either being killed or allowed to return to Maxson, while the other takes command of the Brotherhood to lead them on their new duty to Appalachia.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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  • Field Testing: Paladin Rahmani dispatches the Vault Dwellers on a mission to prove themselves.
  • Disarming Discovery: Paladin Rahmani assigns the player's first mission as an initiate to assist The Retreat with their local problem: A Blood Eagles gang under one Dagger.
  • Property Rights: Paladin Rahmani assigns a mission to recover stolen missile launchers from Crater.
  • Supplying Demands: Paladin Rahmani assigns a mission to make contact with Foundation's Gloria Chance and recover the missiles while negotiating a trade deal.
  • Over and Out: Paladin Rahmani and Knight Shin go on a mission to re-establish contact with the main Brotherhood in Lost Hills.
  • The Best Defense: Paladin Rahmani and the Brotherhood are under attack by super mutants in Fort Atlas. Rahmani intends to take the fight to them, which Shin deems a suicide mission.
  • A Knight's Penance: Paladin Rahmani learns about the growing super mutant threat.
  • Out of the Blue: Paladin Rahmani investigates the missing disappearances with the Vault Dweller and "Aries."
  • The Catalyst: Paladin Rahmani becomes involved with the engineer behind the chaos.

Other interactions

  • If the player attempts to call her "boss" then she will decline the nickname, telling the Vault Dweller to address her as Paladin Rahmani.
  • If the player enters the Blue Ridge office while wearing power armor during Out of the Blue, Rahmani chastises the Vault Dweller for not exactly being discreet like she said.
  • If the player sides with Shin, Rahmani can be killed in combat by Shin and the Vault Dweller. If she is not attacked, Rahmani mentions how disappointed she is that Shin and their initiate are really going to condone murdering the scientists and that they consider them beyond saving. Shin mentions Rahmani has been exiled from the Brotherhood. Rahmani laments that she is unable to change the Brotherhood after all, saying she will have to start anew somewhere else. Rahmani leaves the room, not wishing to see the executions of the scientists. Unlike in Rahmani's scenario in which she mentions Shin is going to travel back to California to reunite with the elders, it is not clarified where Rahmani goes in Shin's scenario. She will no longer be found in the game world, however.



  • Rahmani carries a war glaive and uses it to destroy the transmitter during the events of Over and Out.
  • Rahmani pronounces Appalachia as "App-uh-LAYTCH-uh," rather than the correct pronounciation of "App-uh-LATCH-uh." The player character can call her out on this, and she responds by recognizing her mistake and expressing hope that the locals will be patient with "us Westerners" as they learn the local vernacular.[18]
  • Bethesda revealed that the majority of players side with Rahmani over Shin, showing results where 82% of players chose Rahmani and 18% chose Shin.[Non-canon 1]

Notable quotes

  • "Sometimes I think... no, I'm certain, that I was selected for this mission in order to remove my perspective and influence. The Elders saw my pull and experience as a threat, and knew I would never align with their goals... What better way to prevent my meddling than to send me packing on a cross country venture? I often wonder... if they ever expected me to report in at all. To make it here alive... Joke's on them, I guess."
  • "How long do you intend to sweep it under the rug like nothing happened? You're torturing yourself, Shin. And they deserve to know."
  • "The Brotherhood's mission has always been to use the power of science to guide us to a better world. Rather than murder great minds, we will shape them into people who will serve that mission. And we will do it without barbarians like you."
  • "It's easy to follow an arbitrary set of rules, Shin. I'd rather make my own decisions, and learn from them if I have to."
  • "I have to follow my convictions. I should have known that a stilted organization like the Brotherhood would never provide the outreach the world needs."
  • "I was forced to ensure that the values and unity of our Brotherhood would live on. It came at a great cost. While we had our differences, I still had respect for his loyalty, however misplaced it may have been. One of my greatest regrets will be my failure to get him to see things from my perspective."
  • "Now we can start making the Brotherhood the benevolent organization I always wanted it to be. Our focus has to be helping the people of Appalachia. Reaching out our hand and making them feel safe. This is a new dawn. Be proud that you were a part of it."


Leila Rahmani appears only in Fallout 76. Her voice was first heard in the Brotherhood broadcast, introduced in The Legendary Run, and she made her first full appearance in the Steel Dawn update. Her character was additionally expanded upon in the Steel Reign update.

Behind the scenes

  • Leila is an Arabic and Persian name meaning "night" or "dark" and the name is often given to girls born during the night. Rahmani means "descendant of the gracious one" in Arabic.
  • During the Steel Reign quest Out of the Blue, Rahmani will say "Be salâmati!" (به سلامتی) during a toast to Knight Connors. This is a Persian expression meaning "to health" and is equivalent to "Cheers!" in English.




  1. Paladin Rahmani: "As a Paladin, I am the commander of the First Expeditionary Force to Appalachia, and by extension the ranking officer here at Fort Atlas."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  2. Scribe Valdez: "Our expedition leader is Paladin Rahmani. She's an aggressive and daring commander who's taken us through many trials."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vault Dweller: "Contacting the Elders might destroy us? There's something you're not telling me."
    Paladin Rahmani: "Something happened during our journey to Appalachia. A mistake that cost the lives of an entire town, and likely countless more. If Knight Shin gets an opportunity to speak with the Elders, he will confess to this incident, and to us breaking their direct orders. We'll have our titles stripped, our influence rendered illegitimate. Everything we worked for here will be gone. But if circumstances prevent us from establishing contact, we will continue on as a sanctioned offshoot of the Brotherhood of Steel. We will be able to spread its authority and goodwill across the nation. Is that not something worth fighting for?"
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  4. Vault Dweller: "What branch of military were you in?"
    Paladin Rahmani: "I was in the National Guard. Helping those who are less fortunate has always been a passion of mine. Being able to help protect my community was an experience I'll never forget. But now my mission is to protect you and the other people of Appalachia."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  5. Vault Dweller: "Where are you from?"
    Paladin Rahmani: "I'm originally from the California branch of the Brotherhood of Steel. I was dispatched near MarisposaIn-game spelling before the bombs fell. I learned that some members of the US military had created an organization to help people. I was also a member of the US military, joining up with the Brotherhood was a natural transition for me."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  6. Vault Dweller: "A while ago you mentioned another Knight... Connors?"
    Paladin Rahmani: "Alan Connors. That's right. A dear, dear friend. The two of us were from the same unit in the National Guard. Alan had been my rock through every storm I weathered. We survived the bombs together. Joined the Brotherhood together. He was more than my right hand. He was really a life-long companion- I'd never really considered a world without him."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  7. Vault Dweller: "Did you know anyone who was at Fort Defiance?"
    Paladin Rahmani: "I knew Paladin Taggerdy back when she was a Lieutenant. What happened to her and her unit was absolutely horrible. The work that they did to combat the Scorched and protect their initial work on the inoculation was admirable. I'm worried about the lack of testing with the inoculation, but I suppose there wasn't much of a choice. It seems to be working well enough, for now."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  8. Fort Atlas terminal entries; Scribe Valdez's terminal, PALADIN Rahmani, Leila
  9. Encrypted broadcasts; Message 4
  10. Vault Dweller: "Tell me about the incident that split Rahmani and Shin."
    Scribe Valdez: "Right... Those weapons you've been chasing? We found them in a government facility on our way to Appalachia. We were supposed to keep them to ourselves - that's how we operate - but then we ran across a settlement being threatened by raiders. We couldn't just leave them to die. We equipped them with the weapons we found, but it didn't help. It was a massacre. The whole place was wiped out. Everyone was killed, including Knight Connors, one of our own. The only survivors were two children we brought back with us, Marcia and Max. Knight Shin believes it's our duty to report this incident to Elder Maxson. Paladin Rahmani feels we'd be punished just for trying to help."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  11. Marcia's diary
  12. Brotherhood broadcast
  13. Vault Dweller: "What's your story?"
    Russell Dorsey: "Me? I'm just a guy who wanted to be part of something special, a place to do something that really mattered. I picked up the messages the Brotherhood were broadcasting on the way here, and I came out ahead to help set up the place, hoping they'd let me join. They liked my initiative, and now I'm an Initiate. Nice bit of symmetry, I thought."
    (Russell Dorsey's dialogue)
  14. Vault Dweller: "Everyone here needs to get inoculated, or else you'll turn into Scorched."
    Paladin Rahmani: "All of us here have taken the inoculation. But thank you for inquiring. It means a lot to me that the people of Appalachia care for the well-being of others."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  15. Paladin Rahmani: "I destroyed the transmitter. The Elders are blind to the good we can do. We need to break free from their influence."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)
  16. Fort Atlas terminal entries; Paladin Rahmani's terminal, Our Future in Appalachia
  17. Knight Shin: "Rahmani and I are both putting our full efforts into understanding the extent of the Super Mutant threat. Once that's dealt with, we'll have her betrayal to contend with. It may be some time before that happens."
    (Daniel Shin's dialogue)
  18. Vault Dweller: "You know it's pronounced 'App-uh-LATCH-uh',In-game spelling right?"
    Paladin Rahmani: "Ah, did I slip up again? Old habits die hard. I hope you'll be patient with us Westerners as we learn the local vernacular."
    (Leila Rahmani's dialogue)