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The Mormon Church or Mormonism is a religion practiced both before and after the Great War.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Mormons' history stretches back hundreds of years before the war, the group having settled in the former states of Utah and Nevada[1][2] and locations such as the Old Mormon Fort, the oldest building in pre-War Las Vegas, still exists.[3]

Known as fair traders, Jed Masterson of the Happy Trails Caravan Company mentions that although he is not religious, he has had good experience with trading with New Caananites, mentioning they are not only fair, but despite their pacifism, they are also keen sharpshooters and will defend themselves.[4][5] Alice McLafferty of the Crimson Caravan Company shares with the Courier that the Mormon traders from New Canaan control the majority of the northern routes.[6] McLafferty had reached out to the Mormons in New Canaan about establishing a branch within their town, and reported they had started to warm up to the idea. She noted that they would impose taxes on the Crimson Caravan that would put them at a severe disadvantage to the Mormon caravans.[7]

In 2281, the Mormon city of New Canaan was burned to the ground and its inhabitants butchered by the White Legs.[8][9] The group of tribals who were tasked by Caesar to ensure the destruction of all of his former legate Joshua Graham's people.[2][10] This was a part of their petition to be absorbed into the Legion and they succeed in not only destroying the city but also in killing their bishop, Mordecai.[11] The White Legs did not stop there, but instead followed them in their escape, killing anyone who was not fast enough to escape, including children, the ill and infirm, and those who stopped to help them in the process.[12][10][13]

Those who survived the onslaught traveled to Zion Canyon under the leadership of Graham and another Mormon missionary, Daniel.[14] By the time the Courier arrives in Zion, the missionaries are living among the Dead Horses and the Sorrows tribes, actively helping them defend against threats while spreading their faith.[15] The missionaries and tribe members will tell the Courier about their beliefs, including that of souls, salvation, and the afterlife.[16][17]

Daniel will offer to provide the Courier with a book called Scripture, and if they respond affirmatively, he remarks about it being a better response than he usually get from wastelanders. He will continue to explain why he and Joshua visit the tribes and spread their faith, stating, "that's why we visit the tribes, to spread the good news. For all we know, we New Canaanites may be all that remains of Christ's followers."[18][19]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Mormons appear in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on, Honest Hearts.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Courier: "Nice guns"
    Joshua Graham: "This type of .45 Automatic pistol was designed by one of my tribe almost four hundred years ago. Learning its use is a New Canaanite rite of passage."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ulysses: "I... asked the White Legs to destroy a people with ancestry, going back thousands of years - another death of history, lost to time. The New Canaanites..."
    (Ulysses log: Y-17.22)
  3. "The Old Mormon Fort is the oldest building in New Vegas and was recently occupied by the Followers of the Apocalypse."
    Fallout: New Vegas loading screens
  4. Jed Masterson: "A few decades back, folks in the NCR started to hear about a community in northern Utah called New Canaan. Didn't know much about them, except that they were religious folks. Sent out missionaries to talk to the tribes. We've seen our share of cults, but the New Canaanites, they were honest traders. Good fighters, too. Raiders wouldn't tangle with 'em."
    (Honest Hearts intro)
  5. Courier: "Do you know anything about their religion?"
    Jed Masterson: "I ain't a prayin' man myself. They paid for their goods and dealt square with us, that's all I ever cared about. But don't think that just because they're religious that they're pacifists. They take care of their own, and they're damn fine marksmen too."
    (Jed Masterson's dialogue)
  6. Alice McLafferty: "Well, the Gun Runners continue to dominate the weapons market, and the Mormon traders from New Canaan control the majority of the northern routes."
    (Alice McLafferty's dialogue)
  7. Crimson Caravan Company terminal entries; Terminal, New Canaan Branch Proposal
  8. Follows-Chalk: "Way I heard it, Salt-Upon-Wounds butchered everyone in New Canaan and nailed their corpses to the cliffs."
    (Follows-Chalk's dialogue)
  9. Follows-Chalk: "That's what Joshua said. White Legs came down from Great Salt Lake in force - fell on New Canaan before they could mount a defense."
    (Follows-Chalk's dialogue)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Courier: "I came here with the Happy Trails Caravan Company to make contact with the New Canaanites."
    Joshua Graham: "I have bad news for your employers. New Canaan was destroyed, its citizens scattered. All because of the White Legs. And Caesar, of course. The White Legs want to join the Legion. Caesar's rite of passage is the destruction of the New Canaanites, almost assuredly because of me."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "You're the man in charge. If something's troubling you, it could affect all of us."
    Daniel: "[SUCCEEDED] I never thought I'd be in charge of anything. Don't know why. Bishop Mordecai was old. He had been sick for years. He couldn't walk anymore. It wasn't a problem for the rest of us. When the White Legs came.... We couldn't get him out in time. The house caught fire at the base and worked its way up. Fast. He didn't die of smoke. I wish he had. Sometimes I wake up and for a minute or two, I think all of it was a dream. But it's not. It wasn't. I wish all of this were some fevered vision of what could have been. Instead of what is, what we let happen."
    (Daniel's dialogue)
  12. Joshua Graham: "The White Legs didn't just force my people out of New Canaan. They butchered everyone who wasn't fast enough to get away. The elderly, the ill, children. Those who stopped to help the wounded. It made no difference to them. They can't be reasoned with, the White Legs."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  13. Courier: "Why did the White Legs attack my caravan?"
    Joshua Graham: "They want to join Caesar's Legion, and they can only prove their worth by destroying the New Canaanites and everyone we shelter."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  14. Caesar: "Anyway, we met up with a Mormon missionary who already knew a bunch of dialects - Joshua Graham. He was supposed to teach me."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  15. Courier: "What's going on with all of these... tribes?"
    Joshua Graham: "In this camp, you'll find Dead Horses. In the Narrows, the Sorrows. And finally there's Daniel and myself. We're New Canaanites."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  16. Courier: "Salvation? From what, the wasteland?"
    Daniel: "A spiritual wasteland, yes. We believe that before this life, our souls existed elsewhere. And after we die, our souls will leave this world. During our time here, we have the burden of choice. The choices we make determine where we go in the spirit world, and how we will face judgment. New Canaanites believe, as many once did, that God was made flesh here on Earth as a man named Jesus Christ. He sacrificed his life to save us. Every sin, every terrible thing that you, me, or any one of us have done for all time, was washed away by his blood. We just have to accept his love. That's why we visit the tribes, to spread the good news. For all we know, we New Canaanites may be all that remains of Christ's followers."
    (Daniel's dialogue)
  17. Waking Cloud: "Perhaps you do not fully understand the New Canaanites. I have seen the Father's images. The people sinned against Him, and were punished with the End That Came in Fire and the loss of the holy tongue. Only the New Canaanites were spared."
    (Waking Cloud's dialogue)
  18. Courier: "Interesting."
    Daniel: "Heh. That's actually a better response than I usually get from wastelanders. No offense. Tell you what. There's a lot going on right now but why don't you take this. Read it. Maybe you'll hate it. Maybe you'll be bored. But if you have questions, assuming we get through all this, let me know. It used to be my job to answer those questions. Maybe it will be again."
    (Daniel's dialogue)
  19. The Courier: "Sounds kind of far-fetched, even for the wasteland."
    Daniel: "Good news is an amazing thing in this world we've unmade. We're so used to going to sleep with nightmares that we can't imagine waking up to a dream. But that's what we believe, every word of it. It's the cornerstone of our faith and how we choose to live. With every step you take, you put one foot in front of the other and know that you'll be pulled back down to this Earth. We know that God is watching over us, waiting for us to come back home. To us, there's no difference. Walking and living. It's all belief, all faith."
    (Daniel's dialogue)
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