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Twisted Hairs are dead, lost at Dry Wells, died in Vulpes' smile. Won't discuss their fate with you, not now - their past is mine to keep.Ulysses

The Twisted Hairs were a tribe from what was Arizona. The tribe was known for the iconic and elaborate dreadlocks worn by its members.

Background

Once a powerful tribe in Arizona, the Twisted Hairs forged an alliance with Caesar in the early days of his Legion to act as scouts for him during his conquest of that state. Once the Legion had secured victory, Caesar and Vulpes Inculta promptly rewarded their aid by breaking the alliance and betraying them; conquering and enslaving them as he had done to all the other tribes of Arizona. Their tribal identity was erased and those that resisted were crucified along the sides of Interstate 40.[1][2]

Ulysses was a former member of the Twisted Hairs tribe, who still wears the namesake hairstyle of the tribe even after being conscripted as a Frumentarius by Caesar's Legion upon the tribe's forced assimilation.

Ulysses makes mention in the Y-17.23 log that the White Legs imitated his dreadlocks as a mark of respect, unaware that he considered it an insult. Ulysses lost himself in trying to read what the braids meant, before remembering that the White Legs had put no meaning in the braid, "ignorant of what the knots meant".[3][4][5] This could mean that the Twisted Hairs documented their personal achievements using their hair or using braiding techniques for different meanings, much like the Dead Horses and their tattoos. The Snakebite tourniquet is part of the reason they wore their hair as such.[6] They stored their histories and messages in their hair for other tribe members to see, for example, marriage, profession, and how many they'd killed.[Non-game 1]

Behind the scenes

In Van Buren, the Twisted Hairs also featured in one of the story variants and were also put to the sword by the Legion. The only survivor of this massacre was the future tribal "goddess" Hecate. She would establish a female tribe and religious organization named Daughters of Hecate and subordinate a male tribe named Hounds of Hecate (former Vipers). Hecate would be the male counterpart to Caesar, desiring nothing more than to wipe out Caesar's agents in the area. Her plan was simple: when the tribes were weak enough, her Hounds would sweep down upon them and annihilate them from the face of the earth. She was determined that the same would come to pass with Caesar and his Legion.

Appearances

The Twisted Hairs were originally mentioned in Van Buren background lore and the tribe's destruction is detailed in the Legion slave ledger located within Caesar's tent in Fallout: New Vegas. They were also going to make an appearance in the canceled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2, under the leadership of Harpy. The pivotal character Ulysses, cut from Fallout: New Vegas and appearing in the Lonesome Road add-on, was a member of the tribe before its destruction by the Legion.

References

  1. Legion slave ledger
  2. The Courier: "Dry Wells is destroyed - that was your birthplace?"
    Ulysses: "No, opposite of that. It's where my tribe was taken. Where another history was put to the blade, lesson taught. It is where we realized Vulpes did not approach us as equals. Where we realized the wolf had come, and we watched our history die. Now it belongs to Legion... and all the death there now belongs to them as well. Not revenge... just the way of things when you own them."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  3. Ulysses log Y-17.21
  4. Ulysses log Y-17.22
  5. Ulysses log Y-17.23
  6. The Courier: "Any more recipes.. or histories... you can teach?"
    Ulysses: "Antivenom's helpful around the Mojave with the Bark Scorpions. Even one sting can kill you. Tunneler bite can be just as bad. My tribe, Twisted Hairs, had a better way than Antivenom, if you act fast. Snakebite Tourniquet - cuts off the venom, no need to scavenge glands and blood. Or drink that mess. Part of the reason we wore our hair like we did, like I do now. Here's some for the road - trick to making it's not hard. Get bit, hook and twist it. Fast as blinking, doesn't give poison time to sink in."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)

Non-game

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