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The way ahead and below - leads to the heart of the Divide. And there... you and I, we'll have an ending to things.Ulysses, Lonesome Road

The Divide is a common term for a stretch of devastated land in the northwestern Mojave Wasteland in 2281. It is located near the Nevada/California border, with Big MT situated to the south.[1][2] It is the setting of Lonesome Road.



Before its destruction, the region consisted of two towns, Hopeville and Ashton. The two towns were situated above an extensive network of nuclear missile silos managed by the Commonwealth Defense Administration Ballistic Defense Division. The complex was established in a geologically unstable region, where earthquakes occur.[3] Meanwhile, the Army chose the Hopeville as the location for Big MT's weather control research.[1][4]

The region had a contingent of political dissidents who protested the ongoing Resource Wars. The Political Office arranged to have General Wellesley, military liaison to Big MT, arrest them and ship them to the research complex.[5][6][7] During the Great War, the nuclear missiles stored in the missile silos were not launched.


After the war, the settlements grew in part by the efforts of a courier who was willing to deliver packages to the community. The courier traveled the road repeatedly, giving those who lived there a connection to the outside.[8] The community was named the Divide, not as a reference to the land formations, but as a description of the road from the west into the Mojave which served as a supply line.[9][10]

The New California Republic traveled through the area, one of two land routes used to supply those stationed in the Mojave.[11] Caesar attempted to cut the supply line in order to deny the ability for the NCR to bring supplies to the Mojave.[12] Before the first Battle of Hoover Dam, one of the packages delivered by the courier contained a detonator that activated the bombs underground.[2][13] This triggered an earthquake that ripped the land open and resulted in ongoing dust storms.[14] Members of both the Legion and the NCR were killed or maimed, turned into "marked men" who are devoid of skin and healed by radiation.[15][16][17] Ulysses was the only survivor, saved by the machines in the area who saw the flag on his jacket and associated it with America.[18]

The destruction of the Divide was a benefit to the Legion, who could have suffered more losses at the Hoover Dam if the NCR was able to utilize the route during the conflict.[2][19] In addition, the NCR was no longer about to rely on the 127 north route to reinforce the Mojave and the dam.[12][20][21]


Located northwest of the Mojave Wasteland near the 127, the Divide is a region that was once the home of Hopeville, a community built around and over a ballistic missile silo complex, and Ashton, a city that was situated at a major highway junction. After the detonations, both towns were destroyed and are blanketed in constant dust storms.


Related quests

Name Location(s) Given by Reward Quest ID
The Reunion Canyon wreckage Radio Signal 10 XP xx003603
The Silo The Divide Pip-Boy 2200 XP xx003617
The Job Hopeville missile silo bunker Ulysses 2310 XP xx00360F
The Launch High Road Ulysses 4400 XP xx0039E3
The Divide Ashton silo control station Pip-Boy 4400 XP xx003610
The Tunnelers Cave of the Abaddon Pip-Boy 2200 XP xx003613
The Courier Ulysses' Temple Pip-Boy 2200 XP xx003616
The End Ulysses' Temple Pip-Boy 5000 XP, a footlocker containing various unique items, +1 SPECIAL Point,
+ Brotherhood of Steel fame, and Followers of the Apocalypse fame.
The Apocalypse Ulysses' Temple Pip-Boy 5000 XP
Courier duster, Ulysses' duster, Ulysses' mask
+1 SPECIAL Point, Access to the Long 15 and/or Dry Wells
Boomers and Powder Ganger fame (both targets only)
NCR fame (targeted Legion)

Legion fame (targeted NCR)
NCR and Legion infamy (depending on which ones you targeted)



  • It takes three in-game days to travel between the Mojave Wasteland and the Divide.
  • Exiting and entering the Divide resets water, food and sleep counters to 0 in Hardcore mode.


The Divide appears in the add-on Lonesome Road and on a map in Old World Blues. It is also mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas and the add-ons: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues.

Behind the scenes

  • Before the release of Lonesome Road, Chris Avellone shared his goals with the design of the Divide, some of the limitations the team faced, and relationship to the story lines of the other add-ons.[Non-canon 1] He also stated that "when setting out, the goal was to deliver a Zelazny-style Damnation Alley experience in the Fallout universe",[Non-canon 2] considering the book an inspiration.[Non-canon 3]
  • Chris Avellone describes that the package carried by the Courier was from the NCR following their destruction of Navarro.[Non-canon 4]
  • The real world former town of Ashton, Nevada is located near Death Valley and the California/Nevada state line.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Y-0 research center terminals; Terminal, Dispenser Funding Update: "Got the funding from Sinclair. Near as I can tell, he's willing to not only bankrupt himself for these devices, he's struck a deal with the Big MT executives, letting the Villa become a lab for the supposedly-harmless prototype tech here. I've seen the Big MT execs do this with other isolated towns (Hopeville Meteorological research up north), and the whole process, it's not what I signed up for."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Joshua Graham: "I can say that we were both lucky that NCR's supply lines and land routes north of Mojave Outpost were destroyed before the Battle of Hoover Dam. Something bad happened near Death Valley, at a place called the Divide. NCR couldn't cut across anymore and it slowed down their reinforcements. Terrible storms ripped entire companies apart before they even got to Nevada soil. The aftermath of Hoover Dam could have been even worse for Caesar."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  3. Jackie's terminal; Jackie's Computer, Earthquakes
  4. Ulysses log Y-17.16
  5. Advanced riot gear
  6. Third Street Municipal building terminals; Office of the Treasurer Terminal, Inter-Office Email
  7. Third Street Municipal building terminals; Office of the Treasurer Terminal, Memo from Commander Devlin
  8. Ulysses: "Never would have known the Divide had it not been for you. The road you made with your tracks, again and again. You were the only one willing to make the journey to and from here... a hard road. Kept the land before the Divide alive through seasons, storms... can't have been just a job. Was something more to you. Don't feel for a place that hard unless it's home."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  9. Courier: "This road leads nowhere. There's nothing in the Divide."
    Ulysses: "Many in the Mojave think the Divide's nothing but canyon and storm. Wasn't always. There was life, a town, farther West... not talking about an Old World town like Hopeville... more recent. Something you saw in your lifetime. It had the name "the Divide," too. But rather than cracks in the earth, it was a road from the West into the Mojave, a supply line. Took a Courier to make that road. You. Back then, you saw the road with eyes facing East. This time... the Divide's in the other direction. And if your eyes try to make sense of it when you reach it... home's not what it was."
    Courier: "If you blame me for what happened here at the Divide - why do you care?"
    Ulysses: "The community that was once here... and the package you brought... both had markings of the Divide. Markings of America. You've seen the marks, the symbol. As early as the Hopeville silo, maybe. Carried it etched on your weapons. The Divide, its buildings, its people, were built around those same markings, surrounded them here... ...markings like the flag on my back. When I followed your road to the Divide those years ago, I saw the symbol I wore all around me. An Old World symbol. Strong, to survive here - its people, strong. Outlast the Bear, outlast the Bull. Promise of something better. Caesar was right to want it dead. NCR was right to want to rake their claws in it. Seeing it... changed me, just as seeing Hoover Dam changed Caesar and the NCR. Seeing it end changed me, too."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  10. Courier: "So you believed in this place. What it once was."
    Ulysses: "There was hope here, another chance. A new nation, stirring to life. You gave life to this place. I followed your road here, saw the Divide. You led me here, so that I could see. Then, you brought it to an end."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  11. Courier: "On the High Road, you mentioned NCR and Legion fought here... before and after the Divide?"
    Ulysses: The two-headed Bear made its claim, dug its claws into the trail you made. For once, it seemed like it might succeed - cut a route to the Mojave. Couldn't let NCR stay in the Divide. Trade route, road the military could use... can't have two roads into the Mojave. Not after the work we'd done to cut off New Canaan, other routes, killing caravans... all we'd done to make the West bleed."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Courier: "NCR would have needed this supply line open to reinforce the Mojave - and Hoover Dam."
    Ulysses: "The Dam. That Old World Wall. The Bear, NCR, couldn't be allowed to reach it easily. Long 15... Canaan... both bad enough. Kimball, Caesar, House... you'd think their whole world was that wall, cutting the Colorado. If I'd never laid eyes on it, never spoke of it... but once found, it was all Caesar could see. That, and the flag beyond it, another symbol, big enough to challenge him. And the Divide, one of the roads to it - Legion was tasked with cutting that artery. If you can't kill the Bear in one stroke, bleed it, starve it. That kind of murder... it's what any of the Legion would have done. Now... the Divide belongs to history."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  13. Courier: "What happened here?"
    Ulysses: "You delivered a package. Had markings that matched those in the Divide. Not all... but enough. Military markings, from someplace the Bear had savaged in the West. Maybe seeing those markings on it reminded you of home... made you carry it."
    Courier: "You said I brought it from the West?"
    Ulysses: "It was a device, a detonator. One I'd never seen before - or heard before. You carried that thing to the Divide. I know because I followed you as you walked the road, watched you do it. You brought it here, to the community you built. And you are responsible for what happened after - when the device opened, started to speak. When it did, the Divide answered back. Those missiles you've seen, buried in their silos. They exploded beneath the ground, cracked the landscape. Sand, ash... the dead... the Divide skies became a graveyard."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  14. The Courier: "What was strange about it?"
    Johnson Nash: "That cowboy robot had us hire six couriers. Each was carrying something a little different. A pair of dice, a chess piece, that kind of stuff. Last word I had from the office, it looked like payment had been received for the other five jobs. Guess it was just your chip that didn't make it. First deadbeat we hired to do the job canceled. Hope a storm from the Divide skins him alive. Well, that's where you came in."
    (Johnson Nash's dialogue)
  15. Courier: "Radiation may keep them alive in areas so physically punishing, it would kill others - even ghouls."
    The Courier: "If they've become ghouls, the radiation would strengthen them. Heal their wounds - not the scars."
    Ulysses: "There's truth in your words, in what I've seen of their tactics, movements - recovery. Those wounds - they couldn't live otherwise. The Divide winds have torn the skin from many of them - may be the radiation is the only thing keeping them walking. Make camp near silos... warheads. No way to cleanse the radiation - makes them hard to kill there, have to draw them out."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  16. Courier: "Those bodies in the silo were NCR soldiers... some special forces."
    Ulysses: "Might have been. Once. To the Divide they came... in the Divide, they rest."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  17. Courier: "The dead in the silo, some were Legion Frumentarii, scouts. Assassins."
    Ulysses: "Might have been. Once. To the Divide they came... in the Divide, they rest."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  18. Courier: "If you saw this happen, then how did you survive?"
    Ulysses: "Should've died there... but now that I know you live...the machines here...saved me. I was the only survivor, or thought I was. Your package, the message inside, awoke medical machines... close to the one that shadows you... began to build themselves, then others. They only take what parts they find in the Divide, never roam beyond it - can't even leave the silos without a human to shadow, like hounds. Maybe they saw the flag on my jacket, thought I was of America. If so, history saved me. A sign."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  19. Courier: "What's at the Divide?"
    Joshua Graham: "I don't know for certain, and I don't think NCR knows, either. Whatever happened at the Divide was too much for them to handle. Our frumentarii told us what they saw. Only fools and madmen would march into a place like that. All roads wind down to the same spot, the grave. They said all that's left there is a gaping wound cut into the Earth, cursed and damned. No place for God-fearing folk."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  20. NCR Ranger action reports: "I don't think this will be a suitable route for bringing troops to Hoover Dam. The terrain is a nightmare, we've seen evidence of hostile indigenous life, and the Geiger counters are ticking like a grandfather clock on turbo. Full report when the advance scouts come back at 2300, but as of now I'm recommending we abandon this mission."
  21. Courier: "The Divide blocked all of their northern land routes?"
    Joshua Graham: "Not all of them. But they couldn't take 127 north to get around the mountains. As if Death Valley weren't enough, they had the Divide and Big Empty to deal with. From what the Legion's explorers reported, the Big Empty may as well have been a wall to any living thing approaching it."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)