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The Enlightened, or the Wise Mothman's Enlightened, are a religious faction in Appalachia. They were originally members of the Cult of the Mothman, but splintered from it.[1][2] They exclusively worship the purple-eyed Wise Mothman.


During an attempt to summon the mothman on October 22, 2077, Wise Charles the Forewarned, back then a cultist going by the name of Brother Charles, received whispers from the Wise Mothman, foretelling about an impending disaster.[2][3] He then led his fellow cultists deep down into the safety of Lucky Hole Mine, where some of them "turned to darker worship."[1][2] Seeing the "Truth" in the Wise Mothman's previous revelation,[4] Charles and some of the cultists continued to listen to his whispers, and left the mine after finding the corruption of their former brethren to be unbearable.[2]

Upon exiting the mine, many were shocked by seeing the post-apocalyptic world. They despaired, and urged Charles to reject the Truth and return to the safety of the mine. However, Charles knew about a far away place, which he considered to be a "beacon of safety," and a "home for those that had heard the Truth and been Enlightened." After a long and dangerous journey, they reached their new home, where they founded their church and named it the Lantern, a shining beacon against "the ignorance of the world."[2]

A group consisting of Wise Charles the Forewarned, Interpreter Clarence, and the Observers Errol, Johanna, and Marlon, arrived in Point Pleasant in 2104. They returned in order to commune with the Wise Mothman at the height of his power during the equinox.[5]


The Enlightened think of themselves as being blessed by the Wise Mothman's Truth, which they deem to be a lesson, a warning, and the path to enlightenment, all at once.[1] They consider themselves to be students of wisdom,[6] and hearing and listening to the Wise Mothman's whispers, as well as transcending the limits of human understanding plays an integral part on every member's path to enlightenment.[1][4] To a certain extent, the group also possesses knowledge of either astronomy or astrology,[5] which they have obtained from listening to the Wise Mothman.[7]

The group is welcoming to people that are ignorant of the Truth, as they consider ignorance to be the first step on the path to enlightenment.[4][8] The path to enlightenment involves several stages of learning, each of which is tied to a rank. The observers, members of the first rank, are aware of their ignorance and are like the larva of a moth. The second rank, the interpreters, are like the pupa of a moth, surrounding themselves in a cocoon of the Wise One's words, and casting form from them. The last rank of wise is reserved for those few, who break free from their cocoon like a moth, and become truly enlightened.[9]


The Enlightened exclusively worship the purple-eyed Wise Mothman, which they consider to be a single and powerful, but mortal entity.[10] Unlike their former cultist brethren, to which they refer to as "The Dim Ones,"[11][12] they completely reject worship of red-eyed mothmen as animalistic harbingers of a godlike deity, referred to as "Holy Mothman" by the cultists.[10][13]

The invocation of the Wise Mothman during the equinox involves the inhalation of several substances, one of them being dust,[14][15] and can result in experiencing the Truth first hand.[16] However, taking part in the ritual may result in suffering from temporary hallucinogenic side effects,[17][18][19] and according to the voices in Observer Marlon's head, inhaling the dust for a prolonged period of time may prove to be harmful.[20]

Notable members






The Enlightened appear in Fallout 76, introduced in the Night of the Moth update.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Catechism of Hilary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Exodus
  3. Sermon: Impending doom
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Sayings of Alicia
  5. 5.0 5.1 Vault Dweller: "What's going on here?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "We have congregated in celebration of the Mothman Equinox. Here we will perform a ritual in order to summon the Wise Mothman back to his home. The Equinox is a time when the stars and planets align in a manner that grants the Wise One power beyond his normal greatness."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Observations, vol. XXVII
  7. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 10+] The alignment of the planet and stars? How could you possibly know that?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "He has told us. We do not ask, we listen. Join us when the Equinox begins and you too will hear it."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  8. Vault Dweller: "[Intelligence 1-] Mothman? He's a member of the Unstoppables, right? Is this a Comic Book convention?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "(Sigh) We do not begrudge ignorance, for it is the first step to enlightenment... Child, I would recommend you join us for the next Equinox. There is much for you to learn."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  9. Vault Dweller: "Observers? Is that some kind of rank?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "Those of us who endeavor to find the Truth in the Wise One's words go through several stages of learning. The Observer is the larva. One who knows their place, and knows there is much more to come. For the knowledge of ignorance, of our place, is an essential first step. A bug must first know it's a bug. I, as an Interpreter, am a pupa, surrounding myself in a cocoon of his words; absorbing... Casting form from them. The venerable Wise Charles, who graces us with his company, has broken from his cocoon. He, and very few like him, may flutter and dance in the light of his infinite wisdom for the remainder of his bright but fleeting existence."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vault Dweller: "Wise Mothman? Holy Mothman? What's the difference?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "The Wise Mothman is a single entity. Though immeasurable in power, with knowledge beyond the age of man, he is but mortal, nonetheless. The red-eyed pretenders are wild animals, seeking nothing but the same violence that their Dim followers crave. The Dim Ones believe the red-eyed animals are harbingers of the 'holy' Mothman... Some kind of otherworldly god. A false idol. They fear their mortality. They fear their insignificance. We embrace it, as the Wise One has shown us."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  11. Vault Dweller: "I've been attacked by Mothman Cultists before. Why are you different?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "Do not mistake us for the Dim Ones. Followers of the red-eyed pretender. Fools, who flee from his wisdom, and cling to a false god -- a flawed, vision-less 'holy' Mothman. They seek violence because facing a 'worthy' death is far less frightening than facing the Truth."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  12. 12.0 12.1 On the Thesis of Wallace
  13. 13.0 13.1 False Gods of Appalachia
  14. Interpreter Clarence: "The ritual sites have been prepared. The summoning shall commence once each of the pyres has been lit. Go, ignite the flames as I release the dust of our Wise One into the air!"
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  15. Observer Johanna: "Mm! The dust! How I missed the dust! Enter into my lungs, pretty dust!"
    (Observer Johanna's dialogue)
  16. Interpreter Clarence: "See the world now through his eyes, children. Let the dust and flames and fumes fill you; let it soak into your throats. Let it show you the Truth! But prepare yourselves, for the heretic Dim Ones will be enraged by this vision. The reality of our Wise One will send them into a frenzy. You must protect our sacred lights, the pyres, from those wretched fiends. Without the fire's glow, our guest may refuse our invitation. The Dim Ones approach the church! Slay them, children, offer no quarter!"
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  17. Vault Dweller: "[Chem Addict] This is some good shit, man. Can I get some to go?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "No. We do this not for the earthly pleasure... It is simply a welcome side effect..."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  18. Vault Dweller: "What's happening to me? Why is the sky... like that?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "Tis but your mind acclimating to his dust. In order to allow the Wise One to absorb the planetary energy of the Equinox, the environment must be made more hospitable. What you are experiencing is a temporary relief of the burden that comes with a simpler mind... What you see now is the Truth."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  19. Vault Dweller: "But when will I be normal again?"
    Interpreter Clarence: "Do you fear the Truth? It can be painful to witness. Simply leave this sacred land and the foggy lens of normal sight shall return to you."
    (Interpreter Clarence's dialogue)
  20. Observer Johanna: "They say the dust may harm us if we breathe it too long. Who said so? Observer Marlon. Well, THEY told him. They told him, he told me."
    (Observer Johanna's dialogue)
  21. Observer Johanna: "My brother Jelle, he tried to clone him, you know? So foolish. His wisdom was not his at birth. The little ones, they eat poor Jelle."
    (Observer Johanna's dialogue)