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拯救这个受折磨的行星和它上面的人类唯一办法。没有我们,人类必定灭亡。

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钢铁兄弟会(通常缩写为BoS,简称为兄弟会)是一个坐落于美国西部,专注于科技并带有宗教色彩的[3] 军事组织。它由大战前的美国军队及马里波萨军事基地里受政府资助的科研组织所组成,战后活跃在北美地区,致力于控制并管理废土上的科学技术。[4][5] 尽管规模不大,但兄弟会在废土历史上依旧是一个有着很大影响力的群体。起初他们只是一群战后幸存者,之后慢慢成为了一个重要的研发机构,并最终成为了新加州共和国(New California Republic)的敌人,为了争夺对先进科技的控制权而在新加州陷入了同NCR的苦战。虽然在西部吃尽了战败的苦头,但位于东海岸的钢铁兄弟会却在亚瑟·麦克森长老的带领下日益壮大。[6]

该阵营以各种形式出现在了所有的 辐射 游戏中。

The Brotherhood of Steel is a quasi-religious technocratic military order, founded in the immediate aftermath of the Great War by members of the United States Armed Forces and the government-sponsored scientific community. Originating in California, the organization has numerous extant chapters throughout the former continental United States.

背景

马里波萨兵变

2076年,威斯科技的核生化分部(NBC division)在泛免疫性病毒粒子项目(Pan-Immunity Virion Project)上取得了突破性进展。为提防国际间谍活动,一支由罗伯特·斯宾德上校和罗杰·麥克森上尉带领的部队被美国国防部以保护国家安全的名义,派往实验设施进行守卫任务以及监视项目的进展。此时,该项目已被命名为“强制性进化病毒项目(Forced Evolutionary Virus project)。[7]2077年的1月7日,所有关于FEV项目的研究都被迁移至刚刚落成的马里波萨军事基地以便开始进行人体实验。[8][9]斯宾德上校带领的小队也一并转移至此处继续进行戒严工作,但是高层并没有向斯宾德上校的部队说明此次研究的性质。[10]

同年10月10日,斯宾德上校和他手下的将士惊恐地发现自己保卫的科学家们居然在战俘身上进行FEV病毒的人体实验,这一发现不仅让整支部队军心大摇,斯宾德上校本人也将自己锁在办公室里,期间罗杰·麥克森上尉作为唯一的军官接管了这一棘手的烂摊子,当时整座基地都有陷入无政府主义血洗之中的风险。10月12日,一名士兵曾试图处决一名科研小组的成员,麥克森此时不得不介入并宣布由自己接管整个科学小组。他希望通过展现自己的刚正不阿来防止兵变的发生。[10]

一天之后,也就是10月13日,第一名科学家被带到麥克森面前接受审讯,这名科学家是首席研究人员罗伯特·安德森,他告诉麥克森,基地中的人体实验是由美国政府认可的研究,他向上尉简要概述了整个研究并强调了其受政府支持这一事实。起初麥克森拒不相信这一事实,于是安德森发了疯地向麥克森吼道自己只是遵守命令,而且自己曾经也像麥克森一样是一名军人;而麥克森上尉则以极其厌恶地将其枪决作为回应。麥克森辩解这一行为是为了防止发生大规模兵变,但其实就连他自己都不相信这一借口。[10]

即便如此,枪决安德森这一行为实质上树立起了麥克森在兵变中的领导地位。两天后也就是10月15日,麥克森尝试隔着门和斯宾德上校沟通,但没有得到响应,麥克森带着几个属下破门而入的一瞬间听到了斯宾德上校的忏悔和自我了结。随后对科学家们的审讯大都以处决为结尾。10月18日,在审讯中存活时间最长的科学家艾琳·谢尔曼终于用详尽的说明让麥克森相信这一实验确实是由美国政府下令实施并支持的。[10]2077年10月20日,麥克森通过广播发表声明称自己与美军决裂,企图迫使美国政府对基地中的情况做出解释。奇怪的是,他没有得到上级的任何回应。一天之后,他下令将所有士兵连同其家属迁至基地中。[10]

2077年10月23日,大战爆发。正当麦克森听取首席研究人员里昂·冯·费尔登的叙述的时候,核武器被投下了,设施机构同外界失去了联系。基地中高效的核生化武器保护方案为其中的人员提供了免于废土辐射的保护。由于害怕中国弥补第一轮攻击中的疏漏,10月24日,麥克森命令其手下士兵和他们的家属准备在第二天撤出基地。[11]

10月25日,普拉特内中士自告奋勇地前往基地外去收集大气测读数据。他報告基地附近没有明显的辐射痕迹,于是基地内的人员开始为撤出基地做最后的准备。10月26日,麥克森下令将被处决的科学家们的尸体埋在基地外的荒野中。10月27日,这支前美国军队封锁了整座马里波萨军事基地,由麥克森上尉带领,开始前往南方的政府地堡——失落山丘[10]

大撤離

Lost Hills government bunker.

11月,在经历了废土上数个星期的艰苦跋涉后,军队及其家属们终于到达了地堡。期间,他们蒙受了巨大的损失,虽然T-51动力装甲为士兵们提供了必要的保护,但他们的家属则就没有那么幸运了。袭击商队的掠夺者们很快就学会了把矛头对准那些手无寸铁的平民,不过他们每杀害一个平民,自己就要损失两人。包括麥克森上尉的妻子在内的大量民众遇难(他年轻的儿子倒是挺了过来)。[12][13]

期间一支由丹尼斯·艾伦中士率领的小队离开了大部队。[14]他們不顾麥克森的警告,违背大部分人员的意愿,执意前往威斯科技研究设施进行调查,从此失去了音信。[13]2151年左右,兄弟会派出骑士小队去搜寻艾伦的小队或是尸首,但他们只找到了一片废墟。[15][16][17]

在大迁徙中幸存下来的人员宣布了对地堡的所有权。这些幸存者们将地堡的面积进行了扩大,并改造成为适合他们居住的地方。地球上几百年以来的科技结晶大多在一夜之间化为灰烬,而这座地堡却将它们保存了下来。[13]此时的麥克森迫切的想要联系上任何在阿帕拉契地区的幸存者,以此来获取一些他急需的信息。他调用了还能正常工作的卫星,向外进行广播。[18]巧合的是,他的老朋友,美国陆军遊騎兵的丽兹·坦格蒂中尉联系上了他。虽然对麥克森半信半疑,在得知麥克森已经脱离美军后,她还是放手一搏决定将通讯频道保持通畅。[19]在得知了前美国政府的行径后,丽兹对先前体系的信仰有所动摇并最终崩塌,在冒險营度过了一个冬天之后,她加入了麥克森的麾下。[20]

兄弟會的成立

言语充满了力量,丽兹。它们能树立起一种认同。言语本无意义,只因人们一直在使用它们,它们才充满了意义。罗马覆灭后,是幸存的骑士和學士让西方文明得以保存。而我们就是新的骑士,我们的使命也与之相仿。但我们需要的远不止一个名号。我们需要新的行事准则,属于我们自己的,呃,神话。我们需要能让人们发自内心地坚信这一切。

羅傑·麥克森丽兹·坦格蒂

看到士气日渐低落,麥克森决定创建一套新的意识形态,他花费了数年的时间来创立全新的标志、官衔、和理念以取代在核爆的烈焰中黯淡下来星条旗。在失去了家园、亲人和朋友以及整个旧世界后,这将为人们在陷入痛苦与迷茫之前带来新的信仰和理念。尽管一些属下,特别是坦格蒂中尉,对这一计划能否成功有所怀疑,但麥克森坚信这将让他们从过去的枷锁中解放出来,在新的行事准则与新的神话中找到前进的道路。他还坚信这能有效防止那些幸存下来的前美国政客夺取操纵这些属于前美军士兵的权力,尤其是那些计划把美国人也付之一炬的政府组织[21][22][23] 2082年6月20日,麥克森麾下的全体成员全部转而使用钢铁兄弟会的条例和官衔。[24][25]

兄弟会在新加州不断发展,同时在圣骑士丽兹·坦格蒂的带领下,阿帕拉契的姊妹组织同样也获得了发展。虽然一开始,她对一个有军事背景的候选人搞起等级划分有所偏见,但她很快就理解了麥克森的愿景并继续将冒險营发展壮大成为一座训练前哨站。尽管她的部下刚开始对新的等级制度有所抵触,但麥克森的新理念很快就扎根于此并被广泛接受。虽然兄弟会为了对抗变种人所需要大量的弹药导致了其同应变同盟的摩擦。但在2082年查尔斯顿的圣诞节洪水之后钢铁兄弟会和应变同盟逐渐达成共识,并在2086年5月的亨特斯維爾之役中并肩作战。此战之后,钢铁兄弟会虽然受到重创,但存续了下来。罗杰· 麥克森下令:他们要保存、收集和记录科技,将收集到的人类知识交予后代,当作让文明得以重生的催化剂。[26]

成员们对这一决定褒贬不一,更有甚者,比如汉克·麦迪甘上士,脱离组织加入了应变同盟。The new mission quickly took a backseat, however, as兄弟會遇到了辐尸獸和辐尸人in the Cranberry Bog。Conferring with Maxson's ace researcher, Scribe Hailey Takano, the Brotherhood in Appalachia quickly calculated that the scorchbeasts represented a potential extinction event for humanity. 失落山丘总部运去了补给物资,including a sonic generator and an automated research program, but by the 2090s, the failing infrastructure of the Old World rapidly rendered communication impossible.最终阿帕拉契和总部失去联系前麥克森下令hold the tide,绝不能使用核武器。[27][23]

The chapter in Appalachia fought on, trying to destroy the scorchbeasts through attrition, but 2093年,由于成员数量过少,冒險营最终彻底关闭, and focus their remaining forces at Fort Defiance and Thunder Mountain power plant。Declining support from the Responders and the constant fighting just to stem the tide of the scorched and their masters took their toll, preventing the Brotherhood from completing the automated research program at Vault-Tec University, supplied to them by Takano. Eventually, the Brotherhood launched Operation Touchdown. This last ditch effort was launched in January 2095 and briefly stemmed the tide at the cost of the entire strike force, which included Knight Moreno and Paladin Taggerdy. Ultimately however, 2095年8月18-19日,雷霆山和反抗要塞的阿帕拉契兄弟会被彻底歼灭,marking the end of the Brotherhood in Appalachia.[23]

与毒蛇帮的冲突

2135年,创始人兼第一任大长老罗杰·麥克森因癌症去世。他的儿子麥克森二世继任成为第二任大长老,而他的孙子,约翰·麥克森则加入了圣骑士团体,而且他的表现大有前途。[28][13]2141年左右,钢铁兄弟会开始停止向外招募成员,转而依靠内部成员的自然增加来获取新的人口。[29]

此时的钢铁兄弟会已经成为了核心區域一股强大的势力,完全控制住了失落山丘地堡周围的区域,之后还和周边的几个城镇建立起了贸易联系,其中和中樞市的贸易往来最为密切。但钢铁兄弟会太过专注于自然科学而使他们逐渐对人情世故变得冷漠起来。而对人文科学的漠视使得年轻一代的初心者连罗杰·麥克森是谁都不知道。2150年,他們与一伙名为毒蛇帮的新兴掠夺者冲突。[30]这些冲突在接下来的几年里不断加剧,但麥克森相信,這些烏合之眾見到兄弟會閃亮的動力裝甲就會作鳥獸散望風而逃,所以根本不把他們那種宗教式的狂熱——還有上了毒的武器看在眼里。2155年,在頭盔掉落的時候麥克森二世被一個箭頭擦傷,短短几小時後便中毒身亡。[31]约翰·麥克森被提拔進长老议会,伦巴斯則带领打擊毒蛇幫,聖騎士們在一个月内就基本歼灭了毒蛇帮。毒蛇帮的大部分残留势力向北向东逃窜到了内华达山脉附近,少数成员继续在新加州为非作歹,但却再也形不成什么大气候了。2159年,约翰·麥克森正式成为钢铁兄弟会的第三任最高长老,而伦巴斯则被提拔为首席圣骑士。[30]

在歼灭毒蛇帮的过程中,兄弟会曾派出了几名侦察兵和间谍前往中樞市打探毒蛇帮的消息,从那时起,钢铁兄弟会就和中樞市建立起了全面贸易关系。在歼灭毒蛇帮之前,商队也会将货物运往钢铁兄弟会,如今则直接由列车固定将商队运送至钢铁兄弟会失落山丘总部的一座基地中。[30]但即便在和平时期,中樞市和钢铁兄弟会也会时不时地发生一些摩擦。在2150年代末期,曾有一伙净水商想用大量的净水换取一大批武器物资,在这一提议被兄弟会拒绝之后,这伙商人企图偷走兄弟会的武器物资。尽管这几个小偷最终被捉拿归案,但兄弟会长老还是决定给那些中樞市商人一点颜色瞧瞧。[32]

變種人的威脅

Scribe Vree

2161年10月,兄弟会遇上了一种远比掠夺者要危险得多的敌人。一支由骑士组成的巡逻队在荒野上发现了一具超级变种人的尸体,这具尸体被运回交给学士进行检查。首席学士薇莉在进行了数项漫长的检查之后,得出了这种生物完全不孕不育的结论。但她同时指出,外面一定有一个集中生产这些变种人的地点。[33][34] 由于担心被入侵的潜在风险,长老议会颁布了一系列法令,其中就包括中止一切新兵训练直至威胁解除。[35]

长老们还派出了数名侦察兵前往东部和北部的荒原打探消息。派往东部的侦察兵里仅有一人返回,报告称他们遭遇了20名超级变种人;[36] 而派往北部的侦察兵们则杳无音讯。此时长老议会内部产生了分歧,无法达成共识。即便来自中樞市的商队开始在北部的废土中失踪,长老议会还是拒绝采取任何行动,直到最终他们证实有一整支军队聚集在北部山脉附近。[37]

2162年的某一天,辐射1的主角中樞市救下了一名遭遇强盗的兄弟會新兵,[38]之后他来到失落山丘希望能够加入他们。他被派去前往发光地收复丹尼斯·艾伦中士小队的全像卡帶,并调查这一从马里波萨基地起义后就脱离出去的小队之最终命运。最终,让众人吃惊的是,避难所小子不仅活着回来,还成功地完成了任务,他成为近二十年第一个被接纳为钢铁兄弟会成员的外来者。[29][39]

钢铁兄弟会与避难所小子分享了一部分自己的知识与先进科技,帮助他找到主教并在埋骨地将它摧毁。[39] 在超级变种人的领导死后,主角成功說服钢铁兄弟会派出一队圣骑士一同前往马里波萨军事基地。[40]

餘波

Rhombus, architect of Brotherhood's peaceful expansion.

在击败了主教后,钢铁兄弟会协助其它的人类据点以人类和变种人双方极小的损失一同将变种人军队驱逐出这一区域。钢铁兄弟会远离了权力斗争的漩涡,成为了一个主要的研究和开发机构,並以一种缓慢的速度把先进科技重新流入了新加州。在伦巴斯英明的带领下,钢铁兄弟会的势力达到了顶峰。[41]同时还与兴起的新加州共和国保持着良好的关系。为纪念钢铁兄弟会的创建者,NCR将环绕失落山丘地堡的那一个州命名为麥克森州,但失落山丘区域则一直掌控在兄弟会的手中。[42]

随后的几年里,钢铁兄弟会的自信不断膨胀,他们确信自己是人类中唯一保有高科技的人,于是放任自己停滞不前,挥霍光阴。这样的停滞不前使得他们在2240年接触到英克雷时没有足够的实力来应对对方更为先进的科技。

兄弟會成員之間就是否同外人分享科技爭吵不休。長老最後決定禁止把科技分享給外人,堅信他們應該繼續以傳統準則生存下去。少數反對這個決定的派系被發送到東面,乘坐飛艇追擊主教軍團的殘黨。當飛艇在芝加哥附近墜毀後,這些派系成員便組成了鋼鐵兄弟會新的分支:中西部鋼鐵兄弟會。他們之後在加州地區設立了很多小據點,2254年又派遣先遣隊前往華盛頓特區,以及莫哈维。

英克雷軍

2240年末至2241年初这段时间内,钢铁兄弟会发现了英克雷的存在。英克雷的出现(或是说“再次出现”)使钢铁兄弟会意识到自己不再是废土上科技最发达的势力,英克雷的科技水平在自己之上,这让兄弟会感到不安。虽然曾考虑过与其进行接触,但由于不了解英克雷这个组织的来历与根本目的,兄弟会只好选择了一条更为谨慎的道路,将英克雷附近,如丹恩城(Den)、新加州共和国与旧金山(San Francisco)的一些小型前哨站重新启用以进行暗中监视。

在发现英克雷拥有飞鸟技术后,钢铁兄弟会意识到自己没有与之相对应的机动运输能力,也没有能力抵御英克雷的入侵。为了应对这一潜在的威胁,上级命令旧金山分部的情报人员马修(Matthew)窃取英克雷的飞鸟技术,这时,《辐射2》的主角获选者(Chosen One)受马修委托,帮助其从纳瓦罗偷盗了飞鸟设计图(主角也可以拒绝,或是不完成任务,在《辐射圣经》中,获选者成功完成了任务)。但是之后不久马修就被弗兰克‧荷瑞根(Frank Horrigan)所杀,因此图纸最终是否被送达长老议会也不得而知。 2242年秋,在NCR与英克雷的战争中,英克雷被击溃,纳瓦罗被攻陷,钢铁兄弟会在追击英克雷残党的过程中也扮演了一小部分角色。在之后的几年里,兄弟会和NCR之间依旧是冲突不断。

與NCR交戰

在伦巴斯长老的领导下,钢铁兄弟会的政策内容是回收一切战前的先进科技,限制并控制区域内对这些科技的获取渠道,尤其是能量武器。与此同时,新加州共和国的势力不断壮大,同时也不满兄弟会独占先进科技的做法,于是两者的摩擦不断,并最终演变成了军事冲突。

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2231年,傑瑞米‧麥克森成為兄弟會最高長老。他不僅僅想要把兄弟會領土向東面擴展,還在奪取戰前科技方面十分強硬。他主張從所有「次要人群」手中奪回所有先進科技,以此增加兄弟會的力量。這自然同把先進科技用於民生福祉(至少根據托马斯·摩尔所言,NCR的公民在他看來不過是NCR吞併避難所城市的合理化理由罷了)的NCR發生衝突。英克雷毀滅後不久,兄弟會與NCR之間硝煙再起。

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23世纪50年代末到60年代初,钢铁兄弟会和NCR之间爆发了大规模的冲突并最终演变成为了一场持久且血腥的全面战争。此时长老议会将以利亚长老打发到东部的莫哈维废土,并建立了莫哈维分部,旨在让坐落在该地的胡佛大坝重新运转起来,并回收那里的先进科技。 起初,钢铁兄弟会依靠自己所掌握的先进科技,成功抵挡住了NCR的进攻,甚至就要以压倒性的优势赢得全面胜利。但是NCR源源不断的兵力最终将兄弟会的科技优势消耗殆尽:无论NCR损失了多少兵力,总有新的兵源补充上来。而钢铁兄弟会作为一个精英群体则完全不同,人数十分短缺。在人数的巨大差异和NCR的人海战术下,兄弟会注定会失败。 据罗伯特·豪斯所说,NCR不断向钢铁兄弟会的地堡发动突袭,但他所知的6个被毁的分部地堡里有4个分部都是兄弟会自己启动了地堡的自毁装置。

2273年,在莫哈维废土,NCR占据了胡佛大坝,加剧了钢铁兄弟会莫哈维分部和新加州共和国的冲突。2274年,双方正式在莫哈维交战。交战双方的人数比例达到了夸张的1:15甚至是1:20。 2276年,NCR发动了“行动代号:拨云见日(Operation: Sunburst)”的进攻,虽然局势已对兄弟会不利,但长老以利亚拒绝接受失败,他疯狂地想要找到一种能够打败NCR的科技,并数次派出圣骑士去搜集这种科技,最终他却发现原来让胜利的天平倒向自己的砝码就在自己眼前——阿基米德II(ARCHIMEDES II)。虽然此时的兄弟会已经处于溃败的边缘,首席圣骑士诺兰反复申请撤退,以保存所剩无几的有生力量;但固执的以利亚坚决反对撤退。最终,阿基米德系统还是无法启动。这时,长老以利亚不辞而别,消失在了废土上,没人知道他去了哪,唯一的合理解释就是他叛逃了,放弃了兄弟会。危急之下,首席圣骑士诺兰继承了长老的职位,以最快的速度收拢残兵,进行了一次绝地反击,为大部队的撤退争取了足够的时间。据哈丁所说,太阳神一号之战是其生平所见的最残酷的战斗。

“拨云见日"行动对于钢铁兄弟会莫哈维分部是一场彻头彻尾的灾难,分部损失了超过一半的骑士和圣骑士,再也不能与NCR正面抗衡。撤回隐秘山谷地堡后,麦克纳马拉长老违背大部分人的意愿实施了封锁——除了必要的巡逻队和物资采购人员,不许任何人外出,也不许任何人进入,擅自闯入地堡的外来者都会被套上爆炸项圈。不久之后,一个刚刚苏醒过来的信使打破封锁进入了地堡,而钢铁兄弟会莫哈维分部的命运也再次发生了改变。

奉命远征

2254年,位于加利福尼亚南部失落山丘总部的长老议会决定派遣一支庞大的队伍一路行军至东海岸。这只队伍背负有三项重要的任务:第一,探索曾经的首都——华盛顿特区,收集那里所有的先进科技;第二,调查关于该地区超级变种人活动的报告;第三,重新与中西部钢铁兄弟会建立联系,并使其重归失落山丘总部的控制下。 于是,一支规模不大但却十分强劲的部队,在理想主义者欧文·里昂斯(Owyn Lyons)圣骑士的带领下从加利福尼亚的失落山丘地堡出发,开始了迈向故都华盛顿特区的长途跋涉。与他同行的还有他的朋友及技术顾问雷金纳德·罗斯柴尔德,以及只有三岁大的自己的女儿莎拉·里昂斯。

华盛顿废墟上的一名兄弟会骑士

东海岸远征队一直到达了首都废土都没能成功和位于芝加哥的中西部钢铁兄弟会联系上,而在华盛顿的郊区,超级变种人泛滥成灾。正如他们所担心的那样,五角大楼损毁严重,所幸下层完好无损,而且里面保存有大量的战前科技和武器,在摧毁了安保机器人后,这些装备足以让里昂斯的部队自给自足。但这些发现与另一件惊人的科技结晶相比还是相形见绌——一台足足有四层楼高的机器人:自由先锋。这一重大的发现为里昂斯赢得了长老的头衔,同时在西海岸的总部给他下达了新的命令:远征队不再返回西部,而是建立一个新的永久分部,并继续搜集埋藏在首都废土废墟下的其它先进科技。里昂斯接受了长老的头衔,并在五角大楼的废墟上建立了新的基地——大本营/堡垒(the Citadel)。

特立独行

寻找超级变种人并没有花费里昂斯长老和他部下太多的精力——因为往往不是他们找到超级变种人,而是超级变种人找上门来。在首都废土,尤其是市中心的废墟里,超级变种人的数量多到让人避之不及。

同超级变种人作战,哪怕仅仅是抵御它们的入侵,对于该地区那些无辜的居民来说已经足够了,但对于钢铁兄弟会来说,还有很多事情有待解答:该地区的超级变种人是怎么被创造出来的?它们和新加州的超级变种人有着什么样的联系?它们为什么要绑架首都废土的居民?那些居民被带到了哪里?寻找这些问题的答案成了欧文·里昂斯的心头大事。 而新的最高长老所下达的命令很明确:在华盛顿的废墟中寻找先进的科技;当然也要找到超级变种人威胁的源头并予以消灭。兄弟会的领导层认为里昂斯长老的优先任务是搜集并保存战前科技,消灭超级变种人则是次要任务。

但兄弟会在匹兹堡和华盛顿的所作所为已经凸显了里昂斯长老的领导风格。望着残酷的首都废土,里昂斯的组织摒弃了原先失落山丘总部下达的指令,开始帮助并保护那些无辜的非敌对废土居民——就像是慈善组织那样,也因此赢得了当地居民的支持。但这种行为不是平等的以物易物,倒更像是施舍,最终长老议会做出了一个决定:他们依旧承认里昂斯长老是钢铁兄弟会的一名领导,大本营作为特区分部的总部。但是切断了一切来自西海岸的物资和人员支持。于是总部坐落在大本营的东海岸钢铁兄弟会和中西部钢铁兄弟会一样,手握实权,保持着自己的律法和行事准则,但不再听命于原先的西海岸钢铁兄弟会,而是完全独立了起来。

有一些人大胆且激进的人认为里昂斯长老摒弃钢铁兄弟会收集失落科技的首要任务就是否认了自己的领导地位。他们从东海岸分部分裂出去,被称为“遗弃者(Outcasts)”。

净水计划

一個新的威脅:新生英克雷出現並挑戰兄弟會。新生英克雷軍以渡鴉之岩作為他們的新據點,並於暗中重建他們的軍事武力。這場衝突最後使雙方為了淨水計畫打了一場仗。

在2287年,兄弟會仍就與NCR維持著緊張的衝突關係,但於東方在亞瑟‧麥克森的帶領下卻有顯著的復興。在首都廢土完成建設後,兄弟會派遣遠征隊至北方,任務目的在於摧毀學院。兄弟會啟用了一艘巨型飛空艇,普利德溫號。花了近六年的時間(兩年設計、四年建造),兄弟會建構了一艘飛空艇用以運輸大型部隊至聯邦地帶,目的在於擊敗學院,並在之後摧毀他們所擁有的科學技術。特別提到,亞瑟‧麥克森本身改變了許多兄弟會的政策。兄弟會回到了過去傳統方式收集科技,但仍受到外人的信任並且持續招募願意加入兄弟會的廢土居民。有證據指出西岸兄弟會也依循其法,因為他們極度接受且推崇長老麥克森的理念及名號。自長老亞瑟‧麥克森領導後,兄弟會對這些「令人憎惡的生物」保持著絕不姑息的態度。他們打算根除「合成人威脅」,而且視所有超級變種人、狂屍鬼以及有感知的屍鬼為潛在威脅,從不寬容以待。在戰勝華盛頓特區的英克雷軍後,兄弟會擁有著充足的部隊及軍備。他們有大量的飛鳥,可用以加速傳送兄弟會的武力至聯邦地帶。然而兄弟會的武裝仍有部分變化。兄弟會不再給予所有的部隊成員配置動力裝甲,唯有騎士階級之上的成員才能配有,新兵在通過訓練以前無法享有這項權利。但這項改動並非因其無法為所有的士兵提供裝備,而是為了維持軍隊中的彈性調整。兄弟會的動力裝甲也較過去的基本款式更為強化,他們現在著裝的是更為先進的T-60動力裝甲以取代過去的舊型T-51或T-45s。

大長老列表

  1. 麥克森一世(羅傑‧麥克森) - 2077年~2135年
  2. 麥克森二世 - 2135年~2155年
  3. 麥克森三世(約翰‧麥克森) - 2155年~未知年份
  4. 倫巴斯 - 不確定年份~2208年
  5. 麥克森四世(傑瑞米‧麥克森) - 2231年~未知年份(2277年以前)

長老列表

西岸兄弟會

東岸兄弟會

  1. 歐文‧里昂 - 2254年~2278年
  2. 莎拉‧里昂 - 2278年~未知年份
  3. 亞瑟‧麥克森 - 2283年~至今

中西部兄弟會

  1. 西蒙‧巴納奇 - 2197年~2198年
  2. 德克將軍 - 2198年~未知年份

莫哈維分部

  1. 以利亞神父 - 未知年份~2276年
  2. 約翰‧麥克納馬拉 - 2276年~至今
  3. (可能的)埃德加‧哈丁 - 2283年~至今

蒙大拿分部

未知隸屬

組織結構

兄弟會主要由軍隊軍官、戰士和科學家的後裔所組成。除去一些外來人不談,兄弟會成員是除英克雷成員外最接近純種人類的。但值得一提的是中西部兄弟會以接納食屍鬼及變種人入團著稱。

通常認為,兄弟會是由人類殘餘中最好的以及最聰明的人所組成,這意味著兄弟會是相對較小的組織,至少和新加州共和國相比較的話。這種印象是他們通過令人恐懼的戰前科技所捏造出來的:兄弟會有激光武器,動力裝甲,神經增強手術,植入型戰鬥輔助晶元並且兄弟會聖騎士可以毫髮無損的毀掉整個城市。大部分兄弟會成員就是出生於兄弟會,幾乎不會接納外人成為成員。儘管不是官方政策,許多兄弟會成員相信為了讓兄弟會長存,繁衍後代乃是所有成員的職責。這導致了他們缺少對同性關係的寬容態度,至少上述立場的支持者有所擔心。兄弟會不會強迫他人屈從,出生於兄弟會但是不願成為文書、騎士和聖騎士的人可以自由離開。[43]

儘管對科學有很高的崇敬,但大部分兄弟會成員對非技術領域的知識漠不關心(包括那些不能用於戰鬥的科技)。甚至連兄弟會文書都絲毫不關心歷史,以至於一些兄弟會新人都不知道兄弟會的創建者羅傑·麥克森是何許人也。[44]

對外關係

兄弟会圣骑士同超级变种人和掠夺者战斗。

大體上兄弟會不會對別人抱有敵意,除非有個好理由,對於周圍凄慘度日的廢土居民也基本沒什麼興趣。他們集中精力於保守自己的秘密以及保存和研發技術。兄弟會常常把技術置於人命之上,因為戰前世界的技術是無可替代的,而人命不是。他們的動機通常不可捉摸,而且也不是能夠進行交易的人。這麼說吧,如果一隊兄弟會聖騎士出現並幫了外人,他們的動機絕對不是利他主義。

兄弟會一點都不喜歡他人分享手中的高級科技,並且無視那些科技能夠為廢土世界帶來的種種好處和巨大收益。兄弟會內部有個共識:廢土世界的人還沒有做好運用(以及保存)兄弟會手中科技的覺悟。兄弟會與一些邊境組織以及新加州共和國做生意,以一些技術來換取食物以及其他資源,但是那些比較敏感和高端的技術始終牢牢的掌控在兄弟會自己手中。

兄弟會對變種人的態度從厭惡(比如食屍鬼)到公然的敵意(比如超級變種人)不等。兄弟會初期與Master的超級變種人軍團的接觸是最為暴力的,而且他們為加州吸引走了一部分兵力。兄弟會對於在the Glow出現的各種奴隸交易同樣心懷怒氣,一處為了已故戰友同時也是為了戰前科技的地點被高度防守,但是在最前部有Dayglow食屍鬼遊盪。大部分兄弟會成員都把食屍鬼看作骯髒的拾荒者。在Master被擊敗以後,許多超級變種人變得可以和人類和平共處,而兄弟會對他們也不再抱有敵意。

科技

軍事科技總是兄弟會的優先目標,他們儘可能的搜刮各種技術如動力裝甲、能量武器、防禦砲塔等等。為了別人手上的技術兄弟會可以不惜殺人甚至同其他大型勢力(如NCR)開戰。

儘管不像英克雷那樣先進,兄弟會戰士通常攜帶能量武器,裝備的步兵動力裝甲一般是戰前設計的T-51B和T-45D系列(東部的則是更先進的T-60系列)。偵察裝甲和戰鬥裝甲也被廣泛使用,主要是偵查小隊,騎士和新兵。此外,兄弟會已經獲得戰後一些高水準的醫療技術,以及其他技術,像神經機械學和外科植入晶片。

兄弟會透過訪問高級電腦,比如他們在許多軍事基地和避難所,失落山丘暗堡,五角大樓廢墟,暗堡Alpha,Beta,Gamma,Gamma,隱秘山谷以及原型避難所中所找到的電腦,了解許多戰前科技。

他們還擁有高度武裝的機器人來協助他們,比如嚇人的看守機器人,打手先生以及東岸兄弟會持有的「自由先鋒」人形機甲。

派系和分布

西海岸

Lost Hills总部的概念图.

兄弟會的大本營是坐落於加州的LostHill暗堡,是兄弟會最高長老和議會所在地以及兄弟會建立之地。同時也是研究和軍事行動中心。不過,在2242年,兄弟會中分裂出一批人穿過加州的荒原並躲藏了起來,找到並消滅他們是個困難又危險的任務。

他們在舊金山的Den以及沙城(新加州共和國的首都)都有自己的設施。儘管有時候兄弟會成員會擅自行動,尤其是遠離議會的據點,但是所有的兄弟會據點形式上都是由Lost Hills的議會所管轄的。環繞著Lost Hills暗堡的是麥克森城,雖然以兄弟會創立者的名字命名,但是已經正式脫離了兄弟會控制成為了新加州共和國的勢力範圍。

莫哈維分部

Though their power in the west has diminished greatly over the years, the Brotherhood of Steel still maintains hidden, heavily fortified bunkers throughout the Mojave.

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Mojave Chapter Logo

兄弟會的地堡位於莫哈維隱秘山谷。仰賴其戰前高科技防禦系統的設計,人造的沙塵暴提供絕佳掩護以利往返地堡。同時它還具備電子干擾,雷達無法檢測。

直到2276年,莫哈維分部都還持續活耀著直到他們在太陽神一號NCR痛擊,在新任長老麥克納瑪宏的命令下,他們退回隱秘山谷與世隔絕。但他們極度依賴仍在地堡外的兄弟會成員提供食物和物資,因此他們只能進行有限度的行動。.

儘管他們奉行隔離政策,但仍被視為當地有實力的派系,這在豪斯先生的計畫中能看出端倪,他將兄弟會的背叛(不合作)視為他長期統治莫哈維的最大威脅。

西南地區

主页面: Maxson Bunker
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Maxson地堡

麥克森暗堡是鋼鐵兄弟會在亞利桑那區域的據點,由Andrea Brixley將軍指揮。此地堡擬用作勘探隊向東部探測時的聚集地。可是與NCR的戰爭爆發之後,這裡變成了對抗NCR據點胡佛大壩的前線基地。那場戰爭對雙方都造成不小的損失。兄弟會擁有高科技武器,而NCR有數不盡的士兵。於是戰爭僵持了數年懸而不決。雙方的士氣都十分低靡,但是兄弟會所受影響要更大。在這些麻煩之外,一些之前隱藏起來的前兄弟會技工開始出現,並自稱是鋼鐵之環。他們搶劫商隊和村莊,沒收對方擁有的任何先進技術,並聲稱這是為了從人類手中拯救人類。

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中西部

中西部兄弟会的标志

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西起夏安山脈,東至五大湖重工業區的廣大廢土是中西部鋼鐵兄弟會的勢力範圍,其成員在2197年左右從LostHills兄弟會的領導下分離出來,並在其創建者的飛艇於芝加哥附近墜毀後與兄弟會總部失去了聯繫。

與孤立主義的兄弟會總部不同,中西部兄弟會在招收新成員的態度上顯得極為開放,他們招收認可兄弟會觀念,具有思維能力的一切理性生物。其成員包括但不限於:前 Illinois和Kansas成員、從受兄弟會控制區內村莊中徵召來的士兵、大量超級變種人、死亡爪與機器人等。

中西部兄弟會在擴張過程中於整個美國中部地區 建立了一系列的前進基地,分別為Alpha基地,Beta基地,Gamma基地,Delta基地與Epsilon基地。

儘管中西部兄弟會的高級動力裝甲很像英克雷的高科技動力裝甲 MK II型,但跟英克雷完全沒有任何關係,它至少比 MK II早出現了數十年。

此外,除英克雷軍外,中西部兄弟會是整個輻射系列裡唯一能夠自行量產動力裝甲,重型武器與車輛的組織,這與他們控制的區域為戰前美國最大的工業區有關

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不過到了2277年,中西部分會似乎也衰弱了,東岸分會的Scribe Rothchild稱這群人是"芝加哥的一個小分支、異端且失去聯繫。

Montana bunker

A bunker exists in Montana and is at some point the home of Elder Patrocolus.[45]

東海岸

主页面: 東岸兄弟會

The Citadel

在東海岸,特區兄弟會的分支在the Citadel建立了大本營,其位於華盛頓特區五角大樓的廢墟內。這支兄弟會分支是由理想主義的歐文‧里昂長老所率領。他認為自己的首要職責是保護首都廢土居民免於遭受超級變種人和其他形式的迫害,並不是去佔領和保護科技。儘管里昂是長老議會正式任命的兄弟會分區領導人,但由於他對目標的改變,使東部兄弟會完全與總部分裂了。他以及他的分支,無論是出自什麼樣的願望和目的,被迫獨立了。沒有了西海岸的支持,萊恩斯決定從本地招兵,但是大多數新人要麼過於急躁,要麼不夠熟練,或者兼而有之,這造成新人的生存率低的可怕。里昂長老的女兒 莎拉指揮自己的一個精英戰鬥隊,名曰「里昂的驕傲」,這些戰士從超級變種人手中保護華盛頓特區。然而, 當初隨著里昂東征的原始成員中,有著忠於兄弟會原本目標的一群人,他們離開大本營並以兄弟會遺棄者廣為人知。[46]

由於里昂長老去世,其女莎拉里昂又在不久後戰死,東部兄弟會由麥克森家族的成員亞瑟‧麥克森繼任長老領導(當中得到Lost Hill總部方面的承認),他成功打敗了企圖統合首都變種人勢力、名叫「牧羊人」的變種人,和「兄弟會遺棄者」和解,並親自率領成員前往聯邦地區,以保護人類的名義開始與合成人和超級變種人作戰。這時的東部兄弟會結合了里昂管理時和兄弟會原本的目的,既完善招募方式,要求新成員必須得到舊成員的引薦和贊助才可加入、並積極打擊掠奪者、變種人等威脅人類的勢力,同時也重視佔領和保護科技。不過,他們對理念不同的勢力持毀滅的態度,甚至有向聯邦居民公然徵收糧草的行為,故不太受當地人支持。

阿帕拉契

Following the Great War, Roger Maxson was able to use a functioning satellite to establish contact with Appalachia and an old friend of his from their service in China. A chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel was founded there and made Fort Defiance their headquarters. This unit of Brotherhood differed significantly in their lack of ideology and remained insignificant in the region of West Virginia. The fort was later overwhelmed and the chapter wiped out by the Scorched prior to 2102. Unlike the main Brotherhood on the West Coast, this chapter was made from elite army units like a contingent of United States Army Rangers and presumably the West Virginia National Guard. They had a rivalry with the Responders and often recruited from the paramedics and police taking away strength from Morgantown which led to its eventually downfall.

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德克薩斯

德州兄弟会的标志

辐射:钢铁兄弟会中的Rhombus

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約翰‧麥克森死後,原兄弟會首席聖騎士倫巴斯繼任最高長老。在Master死亡後,兄弟會幫助其他人類據點以雙方都很小的傷亡把超級變種人趕了出去。但是,由Attis所領導的一支超級變種人分支到了德克薩斯,妄圖用隱藏避難所來重新創造變種人軍團。儘管遭到了西海岸長老議會的一些指責,倫巴斯仍舊著手對付Attis的變種人軍團。他們來到德克薩斯東部。在那裡他發現了一所遺棄的原型避難所,並把它改建為這片區域的主基地。他們的主要任務是根除所有的超級變種人威脅。出於這個原因,他們創造了德克薩斯兄弟會的新標記,兩個翅膀上的雙槍,都是鮮紅色。

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軍階

File:BOS characters.jpg

A Knight, a Paladin, and a Scribe.

Elder

鋼鐵兄弟會分成幾種不同的等級:初心者如果能夠出色的完成訓練課程,將會提升到高級初心者,直到到達學徒階段。證明自己的能力後,就可以從學徒提升到文書或者新手騎士。下個等級是軍士騎士或高級文書,上位騎士並最終達到領導級:首席騎士和首席文書。兄弟會文書負責調查和運用逆向工程分析那些戰前科技,維護兄弟會現存科技以及實驗新武器和其他有用的裝置。兄弟會文書通常不會離開安全的兄弟會暗堡和據點,不過有時他們也會去現場檢測技術產品或者完成超出一般戰士能力的任務。

兄弟會騎士負責製造武器和其他兄弟會使用的裝備,同時也參與一部分戰鬥行動。在多年的服務和經驗下,最好的騎士被提升為聖騎士——兄弟會軍事等級的頂端。聖騎士負責所有的保安以及外出活動。聖騎士等級分為初級聖騎士,聖騎士,高級聖騎士,星級聖騎士和首席聖騎士。能夠活到晚年的聖騎士會成為長老,並組成兄弟會的長老議會。首都廢土兄弟會在聖騎士和長老中中增加了一個尖兵(Sentinel)等級。長老議會以及兄弟會本身的領導者稱為最高長老,通常由 Maxson家族世襲。在2287年,東部地區兄弟會組織起了一支較有規模的空軍,而負責操作飛行器的兄弟會成員則被授予了槍騎騎士的等級。

標誌的象徵意義

钢铁兄弟会的标志

兄弟會徽章中,齒輪代表了他們的工程學知識,劍代表了他們將會自衛,雙翅代表取得失去的科技,從大戰中拯救並重建人類文明的夙願,圓代表兄弟般的友愛使組織團結為真正的手足情誼。[47]

另一種解釋是說兄弟會徽章中的每種圖案都代表了成員不同的使命。劍代表聖騎士,雙翼代表中長老(因為「雙翼」控制劍的移動),大齒輪代表騎士,小齒輪代表文書和初心者,他們的提供信息和人力使夙願得以完成。[48].

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本源兄弟會與首都兄弟會使用相同的徽章不同的顏色(藍色雙翼,灰色的劍和黑色齒輪),中西部兄弟會使用了很多單一色彩的變體徽章。中西部兄弟會的騎士和聖騎士使用藍色版本,文書使用黑色版本,長老使用橙色版本。金色和黃色的變體似乎象徵了中西部兄弟會是個不可分割的整體。中西部版本的兄弟會徽章發生了 180變化——大齒輪在兩個小齒輪的右側,不是像本源中那樣居於左側。

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參見

注意

  • Despite being relatively small in numbers (compared to groups such as the NCR), the Brotherhood is probably the most widely spread faction in post-war America.
  • Most members of the Brotherhood are usually gruff in dealing with outsiders and usually extremely rude towards mutated creatures such as ghouls or super mutants.
  • The Brotherhood is extremely territorial when it comes to technology and will defend any technological relic to the death. In Fallout: New Vegas it is mentioned that an elder was severely punished for destroying a piece of unknown technology.
  • According to the Citadel terminal entries, the Brotherhood in Lost Hill began protecting Maxson in the NCR before or by 2277. It also mentions an internal conflict, possibly a civil war, in the Brotherhood of Steel on the West Coast. This conflict forced Arthur Maxson to live in the Citadel.

出场

The Brotherhood of Steel appears in all Fallout games to date except for Fallout 76, in which they are mentioned only.

幕后

I do love how these guys eventually turned out, but their origins were not very original. I simply wanted a group exactly like the monks from the Guardian Citadel in Wasteland. This was one of my favorite parts in the original game – an old, isolated stone fortress whose robed monks wielded insane energy weapons and would blast any trespassers. Fantastic. The Brotherhood was intentionally the same post-apocalyptic religious order that existed to keep the technologies of the old world alive. However, unlike the nihilistic Guardians of Wasteland, I really wanted the player to be able to befriend and join up with this group (and grab all of their awesome gear, of course). In keeping with the medieval monk themes, the Brotherhood became more of a knightly order with a distrust of outsiders rather than a coven of crazy zealots. Although this did make them similar to concepts in Gamma World (the Knights of Genetic Purity) and Warhammer 40K (the Imperial Tech Cults), I just loved the idea of high-tech knights in power-armor wielding virbo-swords and Gatling Lasers. Total fan service to me.

Scott Campbell, The Origins of Fallout

  • The Brotherhood of Steel were based on a completely hostile faction known as the Guardians in the 1987 game Wasteland, the predecessor to Fallout.
  • The Brotherhood's technology-centric religious ideology was directly influenced by A Canticle for Leibowiz, which dealt with how a group of Christian monks who task themselves with preserving all scientific and technological knowledge of mankind until the human race is ready for it again.[49]
  • Valve Software's multiplayer FPS Team Fortress 2 pays homage to the Brotherhood with an achievement in the game's 'Mann vs. Machine' game mode.

图册

資料來源

  1. Bethesda Store Faction Flag: "Vexillologist speculate that this very flag raised over the Lost Hills Bunker at the founding of the Brotherhood of Steel; handled by Captain Maxson himself. A rare relic indeed for any Wasteland collector."
  2. The Prydwen terminal entries; Proctor Quinlan's terminal, The Rise of Elder Maxson
  3. Fallout Bible 6:
    "The Brotherhood of Steel: The Brotherhood of Steel (BOS) is a techno-religious organization, with roots in the US military and government-sponsored scientific community from before the war. The BOS is mostly composed of the descendents of those military officers, soldiers, and scientists, but aside from some outlanders among their ranks, the BOS is as close to pure strain humanity (prime normals) as you're going to find outside of a Vault."
    "The ranks of the BOS is generally recognized as being composed of the best and the brightest... which means the BOS is a really small organization, at least compared to NCR. They make up for this with their frightening arsenal of pre-war and post-war technology: They have laser weapons, power armor, surgical enhancements, combat implants, and a squad of Brotherhood Knights have the ability to erase an entire town from a map without a scratch."
    "The Brotherhood are generally good guys, but they have their faults - (1) they don't care for mutants, (2) they worship technology, and in many cases, put it above human life, and (3) they don't like to share their choicest technological bits, despite the obvious benefits their technology could bring to the wasteland. It's commonly accepted within the Brotherhood that the people of the wasteland are not responsible enough to use (and maintain) all of the technology the BOS has at their disposal. They are known trade some of their technologies with frontier communities and NCR states, but they keep the more sensitive technologies to themselves."
    "It is believed that the current HQ of the BOS is the Lost Hills bunker in Fallout 1, but at the time of Fallout 2, the BOS is spread across the wastes in small bunkers and installations hidden from the eyes of common folk – finding them all and wiping them out would be a difficult and dangerous task."
    "The BOS is divided into different ranks: Initiates are trainees who are expected to perform well enough in the training process to be promoted to Squires. After proving themselves, Squires are promoted to Knights. After many years of service and experience, the best Knights are promoted to Paladins - the pinnacle of the Brotherhood military. Paladins who survive to their later years become Elders, and they number among the Brotherhood ruling council."
    "It is also possible to serve the Brotherhood as a Scribe. Scribes are responsible for copying the ancient technologies, maintaining the current technology and even experimenting with new weapons and other useful devices. Scribes rarely leave the safety of the BOS bunkers, but they are sometimes called into the field to examine a piece of technology or perform a task beyond the skills of the Brotherhood soldiers."
    "It is said that the BOS symbol, broken down, represents each of these orders. The sword represents the Paladins, the wings represent the Elders (the "wings" control the movement of the sword), the large gear represents the Knights, and the two smaller gears represent the Scribes and the Squires, whose services keep the Knights supplied with the information and the manpower to get their jobs done. No one is sure what the circle means, however."
  4. The Chosen One: "{115}{}{Who are you guys?}"
    Matthew: "{119}{}{We are a paramilitary organization known as the Brotherhood of Steel.}"
    (FCFMATT.MSG)
  5. The Chosen One: "{201}{}{What do you know about the Brotherhood?}"
    ACE: "{221}{}{The Brotherhood of Steel is a paramilitary organization dedicated to the salvation of mankind through the proper use of technology. All other information is classified.}"
    (Fsface.msg)
  6. References within the body of the article.
  7. Power management and mainframe terminal: "{207}{}{Base Information}"
    "{211}{}{West Tech Research Facility: Founded in 2002 as a private contractor for the United States government, the company initially consisted of two divisions--the Advanced Weapons Research and the Biomedical Sciences divisions.}"
    "{241}{}{ In 2069, West Tech was the single largest contractor for the United States government; its largest contract being Powered Infantry Armor Model T-51b. }"
    "{242}{}{In light of significant advances in 2076 by the NBC on the Pan-Immunity Virion Project, the United States Defense Department, in fear of international espionage,}"
    "{243}{}{ moved a team onto the site to secure and oversee the project, now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project.}"
    (GPWRTERM.MSG)
  8. Power management and mainframe terminal: "{219}{}{FEV (Force Evolutionary Virus). Status: Pending }"
    "{232}{}{FEV Summary Digest: 2073. As China became increasingly aggressive with their use of biological weapons, the United States government felt that a countermeasure was needed. The Pan-Immunity Virion Project (PVP) was officially formed September 15, 2073. }"
    "{233}{}{2075. It became clear that the best way to combat the newly created biological weapons was to alter uninfected DNA so that it was no longer susceptible to standard viral infection.}"
    "{234}{}{2076. Unforseen side effects began surfacing in early 2076 with the PVP. Animal test subjects began showing an abnormal growth rate accompanied by increased brain activity. }"
    "{235}{}{The U.S. government took notice of these discoveries, and in the interests of national security, moved a team on-site to secure and oversee the project, which was now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project.}"
    "{236}{}{2077. FEV nears completion. Test on lab animals are at a near 100% success rate. Size and muscle density increase approximately 60%, and the protential intelligence increase by 200%. }"
    "{237}{}{Effects upon human subjects remain unknown; although they are theoretically promising. }"
    "{238}{}{The military, wishing to continue further testing, builds a large facility at the Mariposa military installation in central California. At this new facility, testing of the FEV virus continues on volunteer subjects from the military.}"
    (GPWRTERM.MSG)
  9. FEV experiment disk: "Log Date January 7, 2077
    Major Barnett has ordered transfer of all FEV research to the Mariposa Military Base. He plans to continue the project experiments on volunteer subjects. I am against this, and would like it noted here that research on human subjects is not recommended by myself or my staff."
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Captain Maxson's diary
  11. Maxson log
  12. Fallout bible 0: "2077 Nov Captain Maxson, his men, and their families, arrive at the Lost Hills bunker a few weeks later, suffering many casualties along the way, including Maxson's wife (but not his teenage son). The Lost Hills bunker becomes the HQ of the Brotherhood of Steel the Vault Dweller finds in Fallout 1."
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Sophia's tape
  14. Chris Avellone placed Allen's rebellion in 2134 for Fallout Bible, which would have made him at least an octogenarian when he split off. He appears to have missed two elements: Cabbot's explanation that the group split off during the Exodus and the fact that the disk references United States Army ranks and the United States Armed Forces, instead of the Brotherhood of Steel. Furthermore, Avellone mentioned Elders in the timeline, who did not exist in any capacity in 2077. Sophia's tape makes it clear that Allen defied Captain Maxson, not the Elders.
  15. Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2134 A faction within the Brotherhood of Steel led by Sergeant Dennis Allen gains strength, and they urge the Elders to let them explore the southeast Glow for artifacts. The Elders refuse, so Allen and his divisionist group splits away from the Brotherhood of Steel, taking some technology and weapons with them." "2134 Led by Sergeant Dennis Allen, a small team of the Brotherhood of Steel head to the West Tek research facility in search of technological artifacts. They arrive there twenty days later, and are promptly chewed apart by the West Tek's unforgiving automated defense systems. Wounded, Allen begins to suffer radiation poisoning from a leak in his suit. Before he dies, he logs what happened to the expedition into a holodisk then goes to join the Brotherhood in the sky." Note: While the date 2134 is given in the timeline, Cabbot explicitly names the date as 2077.
    Note: The first name is given only in the Fallout Bible 0 timeline. In the game itself he is only referred to as "D. Allen".
  16. Cabbot: "{226}{Cab_64}{Oh, well, in the Exodus, the Brotherhood split into two groups. The group that broke away robbed the others of some of the weapons an-and they went south. Then about ten years ago we sent out knights to look for them and all they found was ruins. No one knows what happened.}"
  17. The Vault Dweller: "{1011}{}{Ancient}" Cabbot: "{1111}{Cab_64}{Oh, well, in the Exodus, the Brotherhood split into two groups. The group that broke away robbed the others of some of the weapons an-and went southwest. About ten years ago, we sent out knights to look for them, but all they found was ruins. No one knows what happened.}" The Vault Dweller: "{1012}{}{Exodus}" Cabbot: "{1112}{Cab_65}{The ancient Brotherhood came from some place far up north a long, long time ago. We call this the great Exodus. You can read about it more if you ask Vree in the library. }" The Vault Dweller: "{1014}{}{Order}" Cabbot: "{1114}{Cab_64}{Oh, well, in the Exodus, the Brotherhood split into two groups. The group that broke away robbed the others of some of the weapons an-and went southwest. About ten years ago, we sent out knights to look for them, but all they found was ruins. No one knows what happened.}" (CABBOT.MSG)
  18. Official Fallout Twitter: "November 2077, a month after the Great War, army Captain Roger Maxson arrived with survivors at the Californian bunker of Lost Hills. There he formed the Brotherhood of Steel, who used a functioning satellite to extend their reach across America… all the way to Appalachia."
  19. Radio Log: Aug 29 2077
  20. Taggerdy's journal: NOV 04 2077
  21. Formation of the Brotherhood of Steel
  22. About the Brotherhood
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 See Brotherhood of Steel (Appalachia) for references.
  24. Camp Venture terminal entries: "JAN-03-81: E Fisher" Note: This entry establishes that Taggerdy is still referred to as Lieutenant, indicating the switchover did not yet take place.
  25. Squire Asher's journal
  26. Preservation of Technology
  27. The Nuclear Option (holotape)
  28. Fallout Bible 0: "2135 Elder Roger Maxson dies of cancer, and his son, already an accomplished soldier, takes up the role of "General" (Elder) within the Brotherhood of Steel. John Maxson becomes a member of the Paladins, showing tremendous promise as a soldier."
  29. 29.0 29.1 John Maxson: "{106}{Gen_1}{Hello, youngster. Cabbot said you wanted to talk. Look I'm uh . . . I'm pretty stacked up right now, so I'll uh . . . I'll help you out as long as you don't start flappin' your gums too much. You know, outsiders are like that, always jawin' . . . Hehehe. Kinda like me, huh?}"
    The Vault Dweller: "{107}{}{Outsiders? What do you mean by that?}"
    John Maxson: "{113}{Gen_3}{An Initiate not born here. You're the first Outsider we've let join in a long, long time. Well, near on twenty years now. }"
    (MAXSON.MSG)"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Fallout Bible 6: "Defeat at the Hub in 2125: Their failed attempt to raid the Hub during the Hub's formative years, stopped almost solely by Angus, the founder of the Hub. Angus' defense caused the Vipers to retreat north, and they roamed the wastes for many, many years, occasionally attacking caravans and small settlements. Around the early 2150s, however, the Vipers had grown to their former strength from captured slaves and caravan drivers and had begun to establish a power base in the badlands to the North of the Hub (and south of the Lost Hills Bunker). Driven by a religious frenzy (and the need to provide for their much larger numbers of soldiers and disciples), they began raiding more frequently than before, attracting the attention of the Brotherhood of Steel. The Brotherhood sent out a few squads of scouts to track the raiders down - it was more of a training exercise conducted by John Maxson's father, as the Brotherhood was convinced that small detachment of troops in Power Armor would be sufficient to deal with a group of raiders, no matter how large.
    Near Extermination by the Brotherhood of Steel in 2155: One Brotherhood squad found the Vipers, and during the firefight, John Maxson's father (who was leading the squad) was killed with a poisoned arrow. The response from the Brotherhood was immediate. The Paladins, now led by Rhombus, began a full scale campaign against the Vipers, tracking them down and wiping out almost all of their members within the span of a month. A handful of Vipers were able to flee north and east into the mountain range, but they were never heard from again.
    During the campaign, the Brotherhood sent a few scouts and emissaries to the Hub to track down Vipers members, and from these beginnings, the Hub and the Brotherhood began full trade relations (caravans had delivered to the Brotherhood before, but not long after the destruction of the Vipers, caravan trains ran directly from the Hub to the Brotherhood on a regular basis). So some good did come out of the Vipers' presence in the wastes, for what it's worth."
  31. Fallout Bible 0: "2155 John Maxson's father dies in a raid by the Vipers. Expecting the raiders to break and run, Maxson doesn't take into account the religious ferocity of the Vipers (or their poisoned weapons), and when a single arrow nicks him with his helmet off, he dies within hours. John Maxson takes up the role of Elder, and Rhombus becomes the new head of the Paladins."
  32. The Vault Dweller: ""
    John Maxson: "{252}{Gen_67}{You can't trust them. A few years ago, they offered us Water for a huge stockpile of weapons. We told them no, and you know what they did? Sent in thieves to steal the weapons! We caught 'em, but the Elders voted down going to the Hub to teach the merchants a lesson.}"
    "{1115}{Gen_67}{You want to hear about the Water Merchants. Hehehe, well you can't trust them. A few years ago, they offered us Water for a huge stockpile of weapons. We told them no, and you know what they did? Sent in thieves to steal the weapons! We caught 'em, but the Elders voted down going to the Hub to teach the merchants a lesson.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  33. Fallout Bible 0: "2161 October A Brotherhood of Steel patrol comes across a dead super mutant in the badlands. They take the corpse back to the Scribes, and Head Scribe Vree begins her examinations of the super mutant."
  34. Vree's autopsy report: "This is truly amazing. Some of the Knights on a patrolling expedition came across an unusual creature."
  35. The Vault Dweller: "{119}{}{Okay, can you teach me some stuff?}"
    Rhombus: "{122}{Rhom8}{Stuff? I could teach you how to fight...if you had any ability. But the High Elder decreed no training of new recruits until the threat of invasion passes.}"
    (RHOMBUS.MSG)}}
  36. The Vault Dweller: ""
    John Maxson: "{122}{Gen_5}{When we heard about the missing caravans, we sent out a few scouts east and the north. The ones who went north never returned. One came back from the east. He talked about a score of strange beings, all muscle with burnin' eyes. The Elder's aren't doin' squat, but I'm getting ready just the same.}"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  37. The Vault Dweller: ""
    John Maxson: "{141}{Gen_12}{I got a gut feeling there's a small force in the east and a much bigger one in the north. The Elders are collecting dust because none of the scouts returned from the north. I can't do anything but watch.}"
    "{146}{Gen_13}{Well the Merchants from the Hub told us a bunch of caravans disappeared on their way up north. I think there's an army in the mountains, but the Elders, well, they don't want to act until they're sure. }"
    (MAXSON.MSG)
  38. Vault Dweller's memoirs: "I returned to the Hub, looking for clues. Some time was spent there, and I discovered a shady underworld amongst the hustle and bustle of that large city. They thought they could manipulate me, but I proved them wrong and used the crooks instead. I did rescue a young man who belonged to the Brotherhood of Steel. A few trouble-makers tried to stop me, but I learned much about survival since leaving the Vault."
  39. 39.0 39.1 Vault Dweller's memoirs: "It was in my best interest to leave town for a while. I journeyed to this Brotherhood. Thinking they would have the knowledge I sought, I tried to join them. They required me to go on a quest before they would let me in. Thinking it would be a short and easy quest, I agreed and set off for the place they called the Glow. The horror of atomic war was never so obvious to me until then. The Brotherhood was surprised to see me, and even more surprised to see that I had not only survived their quest, but succeeded. They gave me the information I required and some of their technology, and I set off in search of the Boneyard."
  40. Vault Dweller's memoirs: "I had to find these Vats, and put them out of action as well, lest another take the Master's place and continue to build the mutant army. Fortunately, my friends at the Brotherhood had a few clues, and helped me reach my goal. Invading the Vats, I came across more mutants and robots. None could stand in my way. I had a mission. I had a goal. I had a really large gun. It was here that Dogmeat fell, a victim of a powerful energy forcefield. I miss that dog. I destroyed the Vats that day, and with it, the mutant army. The last I heard, they splintered and disappeared into the desert."
  41. Fallout endings: "The Brotherhood of Steel helps the other human outposts drive the mutant armies away with minimal loss of life, on both sides of the conflict. The advanced technology of the Brotherhood is slowly reintroduced into New California, with little disruption or chaos. The Brotherhood wisely remains out of the power structure, and becomes a major research and development house."
    Note: As Rhombus' survival is a prerequisite (otherwise the BoS turns into the Steel Plague), he is its leader in this time.
  42. Fallout Bible 6: "2. How was the Brotherhood of Steel involved with NCR after the destruction of the Enclave?
    Unknown. Presumably, they'd already established some level of co-existence with NCR even before the events of F1, judging by one of the states of NCR being dubbed "Maxson" (more on that in a future update except to say that the Lost Hills Bunker was NOT turned into a town in NCR) and considering their pre-existing ties to the Hub, which became a state by the time of F2. I've always imagined that NCR and BOS have maintained an uneasy truce, with barter and (some) technology sharing between the two groups."
  43. Cabbot's dialogue file
  44. Sophia's dialogue file
  45. Owyn Lyons: "Brothers, as we take our meal this day, let us reflect upon the words of Elder Patrocolus of the Montana Bunker. "It is in service of Steel and guardianship of one's Brothers that each man finds his purpose. My friends, stand with your Brothers. Guard them... ...guide them. And in each of them find purpose. Look around this table, my Brothers. Look into the eyes of each man and woman seated here today. Pledge in your hearts and minds, pledge by your guns that you will stand with them in battle until the end. Trust each of them with your life." And earn the trust of each in turn. Eat well, my friends."
    (Owyn Lyons' dialogue) Note: CitElderLyonsMealBlessing1
  46. Fallout 3 Faction Profile – the Brotherhood of Steel by Emil Pagliarulo
  47. Description of the symbol seen when clicking on the insignia in Fallout (PRO_SCEN.MSG)
  48. Chris Avellone, Fallout Bible 6
  49. Tim Cain GDC talk

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