The Mire was a remote, rural region of Appalachia east of the Savage Divide. Sometime prior to the Great War, an anarchist movement, the Free States, was sparked by Raleigh Clay. Suspicious of the government’s Vault program and aware of the escalation of the Sino-American War, the group built private concrete bunkers scattered throughout the secluded region, using Harpers Ferry as a staging area and supply point. The movement's conspiracy theories and ideals unnerved patriotic visitors and notably disrupted the small town's tourism.
Soon, minor conflicts between the Free States, loyalists, and the police grew into open violence, catching the eye of the federal government. In June 2077, the public prosecutor pressed charges against the movement’s founder, and, by November, the Free States openly seceded from the United States and retreated to their concrete bunkers.
After the nuclear detonations, the Mire's forest and swamp environment began to mutate and grow deadly with each passing day. Exactly one year after the Great War, Vault 94 opened its vault door and sent ambassadors into the wasteland to invite survivors back to the vault. In November 2078, the mayor of Harpers Ferry, Miranda Vox, sent a group of survivors with an ambassador to investigate the vault’s claims. Certain that the dwellers' hospitality was a trap, the group massacred the vault's leaders and attacked the vault's G.E.C.K. unit, triggering a massive nuclear explosion. A thick fog poured from the vault's entrance, rapidly intensifying the area’s swampy environment and mutating the region's thick foliage.
In 2079, Raleigh Clay gave the all-clear signal to Free States members and was contacted by Miranda Vox, with Harpers Ferry being in desperate need of assistance. Despite previous conflicts, the movement agreed to provide aid. Later in the year, a group of Free States members secured the Thunder Mountain power plant, but were assaulted by Taggerdy's Thunder and chose to surrender the complex.
By 2081, the Brotherhood of Steel used the pre-War Camp Venture location to provide survival training to members of the Free States. After intensifying requisitions from local survivors, the Brotherhood abandoned the camp in 2094 to defend Fort Defiance and the Thunder Mountain power plant. In August 2095, the Brotherhood finally fell as Thunder Mountain was overrun with Scorched. Using sonic generator technology salvaged from Brotherhood outposts, the Free States set up lures in the region to attract, trap, and kill scorchbeasts.
In 2096, Harpers Ferry was attacked by Scorched and the Free States retreated back into their bunkers throughout the Mire, banning all efforts to recover or save what remained of the town.
The Mire is a dark, swampy region home to twisting vines, large tree canopies, and tall grass. Mutated strangler vines infest the region controlled by strangler hearts, infecting living things and displacing inanimate objects. The thick foliage gives cover to the region's mutated creatures and makes the area one of the darkest at night. While radiation from the Great War attributed to mutations, the region's red-hued environment is largely due to the explosion of Vault 94's G.E.C.K. As with other regions in Appalachia, the Mire occasionally suffers from highly radioactive radstorms.
The Mire is in the northeastern portion of Appalachia. Locations within the region include:
- Abandoned bunker
- Abandoned waste dump
- Abbie's bunker
- Berkeley Springs
- Berkeley Springs station
- Berkeley Springs West
- Big B's Rest Stop
- Big Maw
- Blake's Offering
- Bloody Frank's
- Braxson's Quality Medical Supplies
- Camp Venture
- Carson family bunker
- Crashed plane
- Crevasse Dam
- Dabney homestead
- Dagger's Den
- Delano grange
- Dyer Chemical
- Dolly Sods campground
- Dolly Sods lookout
- Dolly Sods wilderness
- East Ridge lookout
- Ella Ames' bunker
- Excelsior Model Home
- Freddy Fear's House of Scares
- Gnarled shallows
- Gulper lagoon
- Harpers Ferry
- Haven Church
- Hawke's Refuge
- Highland marsh
- Hunter's shack
- KMAX Transmission
- Prepper's pylon paradise
- Raleigh Clay's bunker
- Ransacked bunker
- River treehouse
- Scoot's shack
- Settler cottage and bunker
- Red Rocket (Valley Galleria)
- Southern Belle Motel
- Southhampton Estate
- Sunday Brothers' cabin
- Sunken church
- Tanagra Town
- Thunder Mountain power plant
- Thunder Mountain substation TM-01
- Treehouse village
- Valley Galleria
- Vault 94
The Mire appears only in Fallout 76.
- ↑ Fallout 76 loading screens: "Paranoid that the government was lying to its people about the Vault program, the Free States movement built their own concrete bunkers to survive in case of nuclear devastation."
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; manager's terminal, 11.16.76
- ↑ Fallout 76 loading screens: "Harpers Ferry was a small town that depended on tourism. This put them at odds with the growing "Free States" movement, whose conspiracy theories put off patriotic visitors."
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; manager's terminal, 01.01.77
- ↑ The Sam Blackwell interview
- ↑ Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal (unlocked), Subject: Advice
- ↑ Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Senator Blackwell's terminal (unlocked), Subject: Raleigh Clay
- ↑ Fallout 76 loading screens: "The Free States were a group of Appalachian anarchists who seceded from the United States shortly before the bombs fell."
- ↑ Sugar Grove terminal entries; facility director's terminal, 10-13-77: Free States
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; Miranda's terminal, Survival
- ↑ Vault 94 terminal entries; exterior security terminal, User Log - 10/24/78
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Harpers Ferry terminal entries; Miranda's terminal, Vault 94
- ↑ Vault 94 terminal entries; reception desk terminal, Reception Log - 11/20/78
- ↑ Vault 94 community council recording
- ↑ Vault 94 G.E.C.K. recording
- ↑ Vault 94 terminal entries; G.E.C.K. monitoring station terminal, G.E.C.K. System Log
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; Ella's terminal, Vault 94
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Abandon house!
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Holbrook's terminal, They've left their bunkers
- ↑ Raleigh Clay's bunker terminal entries; Raleigh's terminal, All Clear
- ↑ Harpers Ferry proposal
- ↑ Thunder Mountain power plant terminal entries; Free States terminal, Entry 05
- ↑ Camp Venture terminal entries; terminal, Schedule
- ↑ Fort Defiance terminal entries; Paladin Taggerdy's terminal, [Change of Priorities]
- ↑ Fort Defiance terminal entries; Senior Knight Wilson's terminal, [93-JUL-20]
- ↑ Thunder Mountain power plant terminal entries; communications terminal, 95-Aug-19
- ↑ Raleigh Clay's bunker terminal entries; outgoing notifications station, Scorchbeast Lures
- ↑ Raleigh Clay's bunker terminal entries; outgoing notifications station, Scorchbeasts
- ↑ Fallout 76 loading screens: "Mutated plants known as "Strangler" vines infest the Mire. They seem to attach to living things, notably the large trees in the area."
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; Ella's terminal, Flora
- ↑ Harpers Ferry terminal entries; Ella's terminal, Weather