The Renewal is a cult in Fallout 2. Its symbol is an ankh, and its members wear talismans of ankh.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Renewal was founded by a mole rat who became sapient after an FEV dose. This rat settled in Gecko, named itself "The Brain" and began seeking to take over the world.

Activity[edit | edit source]

Brain sought to build an alliance between Gecko and Vault City based on power from Gecko being sent to Vault City in exchange for medical research on how to "restore" the ghouls to humanity. Brain was recruiting followers from ghouls and glowing ones living in Gecko, but could not talk to somebody in Vault City because of xenophobia.

The Chosen One can become a Renewal member and work towards completion of Brain's ideas. This includes fixing the reactor, optimizing it, and convincing McClure to accept an alliance between the two locations. However, a bug prevents play of an ending slide that reflects these choices.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The Renewal Cult appears only in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The ankh necklace and the goal of the cult is a cultural reference to Logan's Run.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brain: "{210}{}{The Ankh is a symbol of life. Once I’ve given you this talisman you’ll be one of us. And your comrades will be more likely to help you along the path towards Renewal. But be careful who you show it to.}"
    (Brain's dialogue)
  2. Fallout Bible 5:
    "59c. The other question was about renewing. I had always killed the rat God before I got to necropolis. Now I know (as of about 3 days ago actually) that renewing was the term the ghouls used for becoming truly human again. (I had just asked what it was before and what the heck the ghouls meant.) Any further info on renewing would be much apreciated. (though I don't expect you to explain how to actually do it or anything it remained pretty vauge in fallout2 and I just couldn't find a way to get it to happen. Everytime I tried to optimise the plant Vault city would wipe out the ghouls. Was it actually doable or just a clever ruse from the brain to take over the world? (he never did in my games and i didn't have to do anything to stop him, like in the cartoon his plans fall apart on their own I suppose) Thanks for your time once again.
    It was not possible for the ghouls to "renew" in Fallout 2 - it was part of the Brain's plans to get them human again (under his control). It is possible to save Gecko and VC - one of the walkthroughs on the Fallout fan sites should have info on it.
    And here's what the Brain specifically has to say about Renewal:
    The Brain: Well as part of my plan to rule the world I intend to reward my Ghoul followers by finding a way to restore their humanity.
    Chosen One: How are you going to do that?
    The Brain: When I unite Gecko and Vault City under my rulership I will dedicate Vault City's medical labs to finding a way to reverse the effects of radiation that turned the people into Ghouls. They will be renewed, reborn, as humans once again.
    The Brain: In order to take over the world I have to make sure that there's something worth taking over. I need to build a strong powerbase using Gecko and Vault City.
    Chosen One: A rat plotting to take over the world?
    The Brain: Well, despite your feelings about a rodent ruling the world; the actions I propose would benefit thousands of Vault City and Gecko's citizens. You may not care for me or my motives but the results are still well worth working towards.
    Also, according to designer Matt Norton, 'renew' was also a reference to the movie (and book) 'Logan's Run.'"
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