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Background[edit | edit source]
According to DiMA's memories and accounts made by the Children of Atom themselves, Confessor Martin was the former leader of the Children of Atom when they first came to Far Harbor. After some time, they were kicked out of Far Harbor due to their beliefs and DiMA, out of pity, gave them a place to call their own. Residing within a defunct nuclear submarine base known as the Nucleus, Martin eventually became close friends with DiMA and he and his followers were the first to accept the synths.
For a confessor, he was a considerably moderate believer and a fair leader. Although he believed that to be divided in a nuclear fire would bring forth life to millions of new worlds, he did not know if he truly could go through with igniting the nuclear weapons within the USS Democracy. Martin struggled with how literal to take his interpretations of his faith, while DiMA, not wishing to lose his first friend, decided to hide the fact that he knew where the nuclear launch key was.
It was at this time that the Fog continued its spread across the Island, and although the Children would see this as a blessing from Atom, the people of the Island didn't. With DiMA wishing to preserve the safe harbor that was the last few pockets of humanity on the Island, he supplied the harbormen with fog condensers. Although the Children saw this as a blasphemous refusal to vacate what they believed was Atom's domain, they were still trying to evangelize the denizens of the Island. This ended, however, with their last missionary, Brother Andrews, who was murdered by Allen Lee. Although he was not the first to die trying to evangelize more of the harbormen, he was beloved by his community, and his death was the catalyst for even more direct hostility.
With Andrew's death, Martin began to grow more hostile to not just Far Harbor, but also to DiMA, due to his assistance to the inhabitants by way of the fog condensers. Martin tried to persuade DiMA that they should both try to convince the harbormen to leave the Island, both for the harbormen's safety and to satisfy the Children, but DiMA wouldn't be swayed.
With Martin's zealotry lingering and losing control of his flock, one member came to him to discuss her crisis of faith. Sister Gwyneth, upon seeing documents describing what an atom was, could no longer believe that the religious figure of Atom was real. For the better part of two hours, they discussed their dogma, with Martin reminding her of all the gifts they believed Atom bestowed upon them, their radiation immunity, their family and their home on the Island. That eventually calmed her down, but as she left for bed, her questions lingered in his mind and raised doubts that Martin had had for some time. Martin questioned how wise she was, although this would be blamed on DiMA.
One morning, Confessor Martin disappeared after going to sleep in his chambers. Despite a search party of zealots organized by Tektus, he was unable to be located. Tektus, who took over as leader and become high confessor, claimed that Martin's devotion was questionable and that he may gone to Far Harbor or fled to the south. A final note from Martin implies that he had lost his followers and faith, as well as being known as a traitor to his group, finally deciding to leave to start a new life without Atom.
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References[edit | edit source]
- The Sole Survivor: "If this thing involves the whole island, then you need help. I can be your problem-solver if you let me in."
DiMA: " "
Chase: " "
Faraday: " "
DiMA: " "
Chase: "Which was a mistake, because Martin is gone and the new Confessor, Tektus, is completely insane."
DiMA: " "
Faraday: "DiMA's earliest memories are stored in the military computer banks in that base. The prewar security systems and Confessor Martin's good will were supposed to keep them safe."
Chase: "But now Tektus is in charge, and he's after DiMA's memories. We don't even know what's in them."
DiMA: " "
(DiMA, Chase, and Faraday's dialogue)
- "What Atom Requires
- DiMA's Memory #2
- An execution
- Gwyneth's journal
- Sister Gwyneth's visit
- A Vengeful Creature
- The Sole Survivor: "What happened to the Confessor before you?"
Tektus: " "
- A New Path