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Here I sit, in the safety of the Citadel, while the people of the Wasteland thirst, and suffer, and die. Here I sit, a failed, feeble old man.

Elder Owyn Lyons is the leader of the East Coast Brotherhood of Steel in 2277.


Lyons was originally a Brotherhood of Steel paladin stationed at the Lost Hills bunker in California.[Non-canon 1] When the Brotherhood's ruling council decided to send a contingent of soldiers to the East Coast, they chose Lyons and indicated three important objectives. First, to scour the ruins of Washington, D.C., once the nation's capital, and recover any and all advanced technology. Second, to investigate the reports of super mutant activity in the area.

A small but hardened contingent of Brotherhood of Steel soldiers, led by Paladin Lyons and accompanied by his daughter Sarah, friend and technological adviser Scribe Rothchild, as well as Star Paladin Cross, Paladin Henry Casdin, Initiate Ishmael Ashur, Paladin Tristan, Knight Colvin and Paladin Gunny set out from Lost Hills and began the journey east to what was once Washington D.C.

Lyons' group finally arrived in the Capital Wasteland in 2255, establishing a base of operations within the Citadel.[1] Though the structure was damaged, its sub-levels remained intact and its stockpiles contained undisturbed pre-War technology and weaponry to sustain their operations, including a large robot known as Liberty Prime.[2] The discovery of Liberty Prime earned Paladin Lyons a battlefield promotion to elder, and a new directive from his superiors in Southern California: to establish a new, permanent Brotherhood base in the Capital Wasteland, and continue the search for any other advanced technology hidden in the former capital city's ruins.

The newly appointed elder decided that the super mutants were a threat not just to the Brotherhood and their scouts in D.C., but all the people in the wasteland.[2] Thus, he began to direct resources towards fighting the mutants, gradually reducing the importance of fulfilling the primary mission objective, that is, recovering technology. By 2277 there had been no communication between the East Coast chapter and Brotherhood HQ for years.[3]

Due to the doctrine of loyalty the Brotherhood taught them from birth, the majority of the Brotherhood forces supposed Lyon regardless of struggles encountered.[4] However, there were soldiers under his command dissatisfied with Lyons' focus on protecting the wastes by killing super mutants, seeing it as an ineffectual waste of men and resources that would ultimately destroy the Brotherhood. The situation gradually worsened, finally tipping when Elder Lyons ignored their repeated requests to recover tech from Fort Independence, a pre-War scientific military base.[5] A group broke off, called themselves the Outcasts, and consider Lyons a traitor.[5]

Daily schedule

As the leader of the Brotherhood of Steel, Lyons spends most of his day in the Citadel laboratory, A-ring or B-ring. He regularly converses with Scribe Rothchild, Bowditch, and Peabody on their various projects. In addition, he checks up on the progress on the Brotherhood's major project, rebuilding Liberty Prime, and supervises the armory as well as the smithy. When he is not working in the Citadel lab, he is usually eating in the A-ring's great hall, studying in his room in B-ring or sleeping.

Interactions overview

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Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Elder Lyons' robe Elder Lyons' non-player laser pistol Brotherhood of Steel holotag
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  • Elder Lyons can grant the player character permission for training in the use of power armor with Paladin Gunny.
  • Elder Lyons can grant the player character permission for trading with the Citadel's quartermaster, Knight Captain Durga.
  • Elder Lyons will pay the player character 100 caps and good Karma for any information on super mutants. The first piece of information can be found when exploring Vault 87, and discovering that it is a breeding ground for super mutants, though it is suspected that speaking to Uncle Leo about the "metal place" is required for the Lone Wanderer to figure out what Vault 87 really is. Other pieces can be obtained from Uncle Leo.
  • Three of Lyons' personal logs can be found in the Citadel laboratory and Lyons' quarters in the B-ring.
  • Elder Lyons appears floating face up in the Sacred Bog during the hallucination that occurs while intoxicated by Punga seeds in Point Lookout, even if he hasn't been met in the base game yet.
  • He is ready to give up his command of the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel to his daughter, Sarah, as read in his second personal log.
  • His views are known as the Lyons Doctrine.[6]
  • He, along with Amata and Sarah Lyons, is one of three characters in the game to have "Very Good" Karma.
  • In Fallout 4, the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers mention they were tired of Owyn Lyons and his "foolish ways."

Notable quotes

  • "When I came here, I realized for the first time that the Brotherhood's technology could truly save the survivors in this Wasteland. I chose to help them, even if it meant putting the Brotherhood's interests at risk. Some of my soldiers called me a hero. Others called me a traitor."
  • "Pledge in your hearts and minds, pledge by your guns that you will stand with them in battle until the end. Trust each of them with your life."
  • "You dare spill blood on this sacred ground?"
  • "I cannot -- I will not -- allow the Enclave to control the one thing that could bring even the slightest spark of hope to these people."
  • "Here I sit, in the safety of the Citadel, while the people of the Wasteland thirst, and suffer, and die. Here I sit, a failed, feeble old man."
  • "Then it's decided. Sarah, you take the Pride and use the robot as support. Take our friend here and secure that purifier."


Owyn Lyons appears in Fallout 3 and is mentioned in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

"(...) I likened Elder Lyons's situation to that of the Vault Dweller in Fallout. Both of them were raised in an insular, xenophobic, technologically advanced society, were cast out of that society on a mission to find some important tech, and found themselves alone and in control of their destiny for the first time. And like the Vault Dweller ( at least, the Vault Dweller on my saved games ), he displayed that all-too human trait of compassion and went about helping people."[Non-canon 2]

"I think a lot of what kept the Brotherhood how the Brotherhood was, dogmatic, secretive, and so on, was their group-imposed isolation. Once you send a contingent out into the wastes, away from that continual feedback of norms and values, people are bound to start making up their own minds about things."[Non-canon 2]



  1. The Lone Wanderer: "How long have you been here?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "We arrived here in '55. Established ourselves in the Citadel within the first few months. The Elder has kept us busy since then."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lone Wanderer: "What kind of changes?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "We were dispatched with a specific mission. We were sent to locate and secure any technology remaining from before the war. Like our robotic monstrosity. That was our greatest find. Damn thing still doesn't work, but at least it's ours. But those damned Super Mutants... They changed things. Lyons changed. He decided they were a threat. Not just to us, but to everyone. And so he altered the mission. Finding the source of the mutants and putting a stop to them was his goal. Our original mission became an afterthought. We've failed both."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  3. The Lone Wanderer: "You make saving people sound like a bad thing."
    Reginald Rothchild: "It wasn't why we were sent here. Good or bad has nothing to do with it. Lyons knew that, but ignored it. He decided it was more important to save the people here than to obey orders from his superiors. For years he'd try and persuade them to send reinforcements and supplies, all the while stringing them along, saying he was sticking to the mission. Finally, things came to a head. Lyons directly refused orders, and so the West Coast cut us off. No communications, no reinforcements."
    The Lone Wanderer: "Why, what happened?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Lines of communication were severed years ago. The Western Elders have washed their hands of us."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  4. The Lone Wanderer: "What do you mean by "repercussions"?"
    Reginald Rothchild: "Some did not approve of the Elder's decisions. Initially, they followed because we are all taught to follow the Elders."
    (Reginald Rothchild's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Lone Wanderer: "What sort of disagreements did they have?"
    Bowditch: "Where Elder Lyons has fought to protect the people of the Capital Wasteland, the Outcasts demanded we move on and leave them to their fates. They insisted there was more important technology to be recovered in a scientific base in the ruins of Fort Independence, to the West. As callous as their decision may be, it's more in line with our original mission. Elder Lyons is an inspiration to us, but to them he's a traitor."
    (Bowditch's dialogue)
  6. Cross#Notable quotes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.71: "Elder Owyn Lyons
    Lyons, 75, was already highly decorated when he set out from the order's West Coast headquarters, leading a party of soldiers on a mission to reestablish contact with the "Eastern Brotherhood." He discovered this abandoned Pentagon military complex. The presence of Super Mutants sent a chill up the collective spine of the Brotherhood; these weren't the children of the dreaded Master, nor were they the remnants of the band that fled east and were ultimately destroyed (or assimilated into the Brotherhood of Steel) in the Chicago area. No, this was a new breed of Super Mutant, one with a local origin. But where did they come from? What did they want? How were they reproducing? Elder Lyons was ordered to discover the source of this new Super Mutant infestation and wipe it from the face of the earth. Recent weeks have seen him galvanize his "Pride" to thwart the remnants of the Enclave forces, and to provide drinking water to all."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bethesda Game Studios forum - post by Ricardo Gonzalez (dead link)