The Massacre of Nipton,[3] or the Nipton lottery,[4] was the systematized killing of the inhabitants of Nipton by Caesar's Legion frumentarii in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

Hoping to capitalize off the local prison break by the Powder Gangers, town Mayor Joseph Steyn had invited newly formed Powder Gangers to the town to service them with prostitutes, chems and other entertainment so to make extra profit from them and the NCR troops that occasionally visit the town. Steyn was later approached by Vulpes Inculta, under the alias of Mr. Fox, to proposition Steyn in letting the Legion come to town and make an example of NCR troopers and Powder Gangers that stay in Nipton with little knowledge of Vulpes Inculta's true intentions for Nipton.[5][6]

Massacre[edit | edit source]

When the Powder Gangers had entered town, the Legion had sprung their trap and began to drag everyone to the center of town and killing anyone that resisted.[7] Once everyone who was willing to come along peacefully was fully rounded up, Vulpes Inculta announced his plan for a lottery to decide the fates of the captured.[8][9] First off on the lottery were the "lucky losers" that got decapitated, second were the crucifixions, which made up the bulk of the lottery tickets. During these drawings, Mayor Steyn's ticket was drawn and was given special treatment of being burned alive on a tire fire.[10][11]

After the main tickets were chosen, the first, second, and third-place prizes were drawn. Third place winners were enslaved and taken by the legion to a local Legion raid camp, the second-place winner, Boxcars, had his life spared but his legs crippled with hammers,[12] and finally first place winner, Oliver Swanick, had his life spared without any harm done.[4][11]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

During the roundup, the Legion suffered minor casualties. After the final ticket was drawn, none of the original Nipton residents remained, with all of the "winners" being Powder Gangers. Along with wiping out the whole town, Vulpes Inculta and his contubernium of legionaries left the town in ruin with several tire fires burning on the roads of Nipton that can be seen for miles.[13] Numerous powder gangers were crucified on the road to Nipton town hall that was also filled with rabid Legion mongrels and other surprises as a trap for anyone who investigates. To help spread the word of Legion on the NCR side of the Colorado River, Vulpes tasks a Courier to deliver the news to local Mojave Outpost.[14]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The massacre of Nipton appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Courier happens upon the very end of the massacre suggesting the massacre occurred the day Fallout: New Vegas starts.
  2. Dead mongrels inside town hall.
  3. Caesar: "You spread word of the massacre of Nipton, just like Vulpes asked you."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Courier: "How did you survive?"
    Boxcars: "Luck, that's how! I'm just that fucking lucky! You're looking at the second place winner of the Nipton lottery! That asshole Swanick took first place, so him they let walk!"
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  5. Nipton terminal entries; Mayor Steyn's terminal
  6. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.391-393: "[4.30] Nipton
    Forces of Caesar's Legion, under the command of Vulpes Inculta, have swept around the poorly defended Camp Searchlight [6.16] to sack Nipton and kill every living creature within. Ironically, this camp had previously been terrorized by Powder Gangers, who were routing the regular population before they fell to the Machetes and bloodlust. The signs of devastation are obvious from outside this settlement; black smoke rises from the town, corpses are strewn on pyres, and victims crucified to telephone poles.
    Bark Scorpion Nipton House
    The Legion have captured some poisonous Bark Scorpions, which are inside a cage [Average], which you can open if you want to fight them at close quarters, There are also Frag Mines here, making this a death-trap. Disarm the ones you don't step on (there's one in every room). The kitchen has a Shotgun Trap across the door, so stop and disarm the Tripwire first. Food in the fridge [Easy] and a Legionary to search, and a cabinet to open [Average]. Check the Tool Cabinet for a Note written by a hold-out from the previous mayor.
    Nipton Town Hall
    This structure is where Vulpes Inculta and his Legionaries are camped, although they're about to move back to The Fort. Search this location using the information below."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  7. The Courier: "What exactly happened here?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Nipton was a wicked place, debased and corrupt. It served all comers, so long as they paid. Profligate troops, Powder Gangers, men of the Legion such as myself - the people here didn't care. It was a town of whores. For a pittance, the town agreed to lead those it had sheltered into a trap. Only when I sprang it did they realize they were caught inside it, too."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "You captured everyone?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Yes, and herded them to the center of town. I told them their sins, the foremost being disloyalty. I told them that when Legionaries are disloyal, some are punished, the others made to watch. And I announced the lottery. Each clutched his ticket, hoping it would set him free. Each did nothing, even when "loved ones" were dragged away to be killed."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "You slaughtered innocent civilians?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Innocent? Hardly. Cowardly, though. They outnumbered us, yet not once did they try to resist. They stood and watched as their fellows were butchered, crucified, and burned, one by one. They stood and hoped their turn would not come. Each cared only for himself."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "What happened to the mayor?"
    Boxcars: "Him? When his ticket came up, they burned him alive on a pile of tires."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Courier: "How'd your plan go wrong?"
    Boxcars: "We get in position and next thing we know, we're surrounded by those fucking Legion freaks. They dragged us and everybody else into the center of town. And that asshole with a dog on his head, he starts talking about how we're bad people! He said we needed to be punished for what we did, not all of us, but some of us. And then he gives everyone a fucking lottery ticket..."
    The Courier: "What happened after everyone got lottery tickets?"
    Boxcars: "What do you think? He started drawing tickets, and that's how people got punished. First up was the "lucky losers." They got decapitated - guess that's "lucky" because it's pretty quick. Then came the crucifixions. Goddamn but those went on and on and on... Third-place runners-up got enslaved. I got the fuck beat out of my legs, and the winner they let go free."
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  12. The Courier: "Why are you still here?"
    Boxcars: "I dunno, I just love it here. What the fuck do you think, asshole? Prize for second place was I got to live, but they beat my fucking legs with hammers. I'm fucking crippled, get it?"
    (Boxcars' dialogue)
  13. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
  14. Cold, Cold Heart
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