The Mire was once a remote, rural region of Appalachia east of the Savage Divide, home to the Free States movement sparked by Raleigh Clay. Suspicious of the government's vault program and aware of the escalation of the war, the group built private concrete bunkers scattered throughout the region, using nearby Harpers Ferry as a staging area and supply point. The movement's conspiracy theories and ideals unnerved patriotic visitors and disrupted the small town's tourism.
Violence between the Free States and law enforcement drew the attention of the 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 Great War, 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, an ambassador reached the town of Harpers Ferry. After hearing about the Vault, Mayor Miranda Vox sent a group of survivors led by Cole to investigate the ambassador'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. The Savage Divide acted as a natural barrier, preventing the Mire's expansion to the west.
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 to them.
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 or its inhabitants .
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.
The Mire's weather is primarily misty, though the region may occasionally suffer from highly-radioactive radstorms. The weather has a 55% chance to be misty, 15% to be misty and rainy, 15% to be foggy, 15% to be clear, and 3% to be a radstorm.
The Mire is in the northeastern portion of the Appalachia map. Locations within the region include:
The Mire appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
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The Mire is referred to as "the Swamp Forest" in a quest log for Tracking Unknowns and in the scouting report at Sunnytop Ski Lanes, while several events and quests in the Mire have "SF" at the beginning of their editor IDs.
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- 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
- 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
- Abandon house!
- Charleston Capitol Building terminal entries; Holbrook's terminal, They've left their bunkers
- The Crater terminal entries; Wren's terminal, --> The Mire
- 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
- Region data for the Mire. (SwampObjectRegion)