The Brotherhood of Steel (BoS) is a techno-religious organization, with roots in the U.S. military and government-sponsored scientific community from before the Great War. The BoS is mostly composed of the descendants 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 or the Enclave.
Mariposa编辑鋼鐵兄弟會由美軍上尉Roger Maxson創建。他曾是Robert Spindel上校指揮下的一個小組的成員，該小組在2076年1月3日被派遣到West-Tek研究設施，出於國家安全的考慮同時代表美國政府監控由 West-Tek所實施的實驗。2077年1月7日，所有West-Tek的軍事研究設施都轉移到了新落成的馬里波沙空軍基地，Spindel的小隊為了加強基地安全同樣進行了轉移。
對West-Tek研究團隊的首席科學家Robert Anderson進行審問，並獲悉這種邪惡的人體實驗究竟進展到什麼程度以後，Maxson滿心厭惡的處決了Anderson及其他研究人員。2077年 10月20日，在全面接管馬里波沙基地後，Maxson在廣播中發表聲明與美國陸軍決裂。由於大部分美國軍隊忙於應付中國軍隊的威脅，他沒有從陸軍指揮部得到任何回復。3天之後，即2077年10月23日，隨著雙方核導彈的發射，大戰在開始後僅僅兩小時便結束了，留下的只是地球上滿目瘡痍的輻射廢土。
馬里波沙軍事基地幸免於難，基地內的士兵也沒有被輻射傷害，但是FEV病毒卻被基地極其高效的核生化武器保護系統排放到了廢土世界中。2077年10月25日，一個穿著動力裝甲的斥候（Platner）被派出探測大氣情況。他報告基地附近沒有發現輻射痕迹。把那些被處決的研究員埋葬之後，他們封鎖了基地，帶著基地內找到的補給以及武器圖紙步入荒原。Maxson上尉帶著他的人來到位於加州Lost Hills的防輻射暗堡，這次事件後來被稱為「大撤離」（The Exodus）。2077年11月，經過2星期的長途跋涉，戰士和他們的家人終於到達了Lost Hills暗堡，但是由於廢土世界嚴酷的環境，他們遭受了很多傷亡，Maxson的妻子也未能倖免（好在他年輕的兒子挺了過來）。Maxson建立了準軍事組織並命名為「鋼鐵兄弟會」，旨在重建人類文明——無論代價有多大，而Lost Hills暗堡則成為了這支新團隊的總部
鋼鐵兄弟會的早期歷史並不為人所知。2134年，中士DennisAllen領導的派系獲得了組織實權，並請求兄弟會的長老派遣他們去原West-Tek研究設施的廢墟進行探索，搜刮科技製品。那處廢墟被一枚中國核彈直接命中，之後便被稱為the Glow。長老拒絕了他們的請求，於是中士Allen和他的派系帶著一些高端技術和武器離開了兄弟會。儘管如此發生分裂，兄弟會在Roger Maxson的領導下仍然逐步成長，發展了技術，並建立了騎士、文書以及聖騎士的等級制度。2135年，Roger Maxson死於癌症，他的兒子成為了兄弟會的新任最高長老。
2150年左右，兄弟會完全控制了LostHills周邊地區，成為西海岸核心區域的主要勢力之一。2150年早些時候，一個名為Vipers的匪徒組織開始向Lost Hills暗堡南部滲透。在宗教狂熱的驅動下（同時也是為了顯示自己有更多的戰士和信徒），這些匪徒比之前更加頻繁的進行偷襲，最終引起了鋼鐵兄弟會的注意。2155年，兄弟會派出幾個斥候小隊追蹤Vipers。兄弟會確信，一隊裝備了動力裝甲的小隊無論面對多少匪徒都足以應付，因此這次行動也不過是最高長老指揮下的一次練習而已。最高長老Maxson率領小隊找到了Vipers落腳點。他以為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，根本沒有把匪徒那種宗教式狂熱和兇殘習性放在眼裡——當然還有他們上了毒的武器。在頭盔掉落的時候被Maxson一個箭頭擦傷，短短几小時後便中毒身亡。Roger的孫子John Maxson成為了新任最高長老，Rhombus成了騎士和聖騎士的新指揮官。 Rhombus指揮聖騎士們開始全面打擊Vipers，用了不到一個月的時間就幾乎根除了他們所有成員。只有一些Vipers逃到了內華達山脈的北面和東面。
在戰鬥期間，兄弟會派出一些斥候小隊和間諜去the Hub追查Viper成員的下落，就在此時兄弟會與theHub建立了全面貿易渠道（商隊之前也曾經到達過兄弟會，但是在Viper消亡後，商隊就可以直接定期的在the Hub與Lost Hills往返）。
2162年，異塵餘生1主角抵達了鋼鐵兄弟會的大本營Lost Hills，希望能夠加入。但是沒有受到重視，如同打發一般的笨蛋一樣，主角被派遣到了曾是West Tek研究設施，現在名為The Glow的廢墟。那裡因為曾經被中國核彈直接命中而充滿了輻射，完全是個死亡陷阱。出乎所有人的意料，主角不僅安然返回還完成了任務（到廢墟中取回兄弟會聖騎士探索隊的全息磁碟）。儘管有些兄弟會重要成員持不同意見，主角最終還是成為長久以來加入兄弟會的第一個外來人。
兄弟會從異塵餘生1主角處得知Master的變種人軍隊及其要把所有人類倖存者都轉化為超級變種人的企圖。在最高長老JohnMaxson的支持下，主角成功說服長老議會統一派出一隊聖騎士到馬里波沙基地（諷刺的是，那裡正是鋼鐵兄弟會起源之地，儘管連Maxson都沒有意識到這一點）。Master的FEV病毒正保存在那裡。藉助於兄弟會，主角終於擊敗了Master，再也沒有出現在Lost Hills暗堡中。此時的兄弟會是西海岸核心區科技能力最為發達的組織。儘管超級變種人軍團和Gun Runners擁有更先進的武器裝備，兄弟會仍然獨佔了動力裝甲工藝，一些像是神經機械學這樣的醫學技術以及一些先進的超級電腦。
直到2274年，鋼鐵兄弟會的莫哈韋分支才與NCR交戰。佔領HELIOS One基地以後，兄弟會發覺自己處於NCR和軍團之間的尷尬境地。最終，NCR意圖奪取HELIOS One，而在Elijah長老指揮下的兄弟會拒絕離開。這導致雙方進行交戰而且很典型地，兄弟會的高科技仍然不敵NCR的人海戰術。兄弟會被打敗後，撤退到了Hidden Valley暗堡，Nolan McNamara（由於戰後Elijah的失蹤）自告奮勇成為長老，並且下令封鎖了暗堡。從那以後，只有從偵察報告中零星出現兄弟會蹤跡。 Hardin（在Hidden Valley裡面的兄弟會聖騎士）會告訴你HELIOS One是其生平所見最殘酷的戰鬥。
The ranks of the BoS is generally recognized as being composed of the best and the brightest, which means the BoS is a relatively small organization, at least compared to the New California Republic. They make up for this with their frightening arsenal of pre-War and post-War technology: they have laser weapons, Power Armors, surgical enhancements, combat implants, and the Brotherhood Paladins who have the ability to erase an entire town from a map without a scratch. The vast majority of BoS members are born in the Brotherhood - they very rarely accept outsiders into their ranks. Those born in the Brotherhood that want to be neither Scribes, Knights nor Paladins are free to leave - the Brotherhood does not believe in forcing anyone to serve them against their will.
While they're generally not hostile to others without a good reason, members of the Brotherhood are not interested in justice for the obviously weaker and less fortunate around them. They largely focus on keeping their secrecy and preserving and developing technology, which, in many cases, they put above human life. Their motives are often unclear, and Brotherhood members are not people to be trifled with. It is safe to say, however, that if a group of Brotherhood Paladins appears to be helping some less fortunate people, their motives are not altruistic.
The Brotherhood doesn'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 for trading some of their technologies with frontier communities and NCR states in exchange for food and other resources, but they keep the more sensitive technologies to themselves.
While they have great reverence for technology, most of the Brotherhood members have little regard for non-technical fields of knowledge (and even for non-combat technology). Even most of the Scribes don't care about history, and some Brotherhood of Steel Initiates don't even know who Roger Maxson, the founder of the Brotherhood, was.
The Brotherhood's attitude towards mutants ranges from dislike (e.g. in the case of ghouls) to outright hostility (in the case of super mutants). Early contact with the Master's super mutants was mostly hostile, and the BoS helped drive the majority of the mutant armies away from California. The BoS grew angered when various salvaging operations began in the Glow, a location which the BoS came to regard highly both for their fallen comrades and the pre-War technology there, with Dayglow ghouls at the forefront. Most BoS members see ghouls as filthy scavengers. In the years after the Master's defeat many super mutants settled peacefully among humans and the Brotherhood was no longer hostile to them.
The headquarters of the Brotherhood is the Lost Hills bunker, the seat of the BoS High Elder and the ruling council, and the place where the organization was founded. It is also the center of their research and military activities. However, by 2242, the BoS is spread across the wastes of California in small bunkers and installations hidden from the eyes of common folk, and finding them all and wiping them out would be a difficult and dangerous task.
Their installations include bunkers in the Den, San Francisco, and Shady Sands (capital of the NCR). All Brotherhood outposts are formally subject to the Lost Hills authorities, even if they sometimes tend to act independently, especially if they're located far from California and contact with the headquarters is rare. The Lost Hills bunker is surrounded by the town of Maxson, which, while named after the founder of the Brotherhood, is officially outside BoS rule and is a member of the NCR.
Maxson Bunker is a Brotherhood of Steel outpost in the Arizona area, commanded by General Andrea Brixley. The bunker was intended to be used as a staging area for exploration teams scouting the east. However, once the war broke out with the New California Republic, the bunker became a forward base of operations against Hoover Dam, an NCR outpost. The war effort has gone poorly for both sides. The BoS has superior technology, but the NCR has superior numbers of troops. As a result, the war has been at a stalemate for years. Morale on both sides has plummeted but the BoS has been severely affected. In the wake of these troubles, a covert group of former BoS operatives has come into existence. Calling themselves the Circle of Steel, this group raids caravans and villages, confiscates any advanced technology they may have, and does so in the name of salvaging mankind from itself.
Much further east there lie the territories of the Midwestern Brotherhood of Steel, a splinter faction which lost contact with Brotherhood leadership at Lost Hills and has been an independent organization since the 2160s, where the airships of its founders crashed near Chicago. Unlike the original, isolationist Brotherhood, this faction rules over a large part of the area between the former states of Illinois and Kansas and drafts Tribals from villages under Brotherhood protection into its ranks. While more open to the outside world, this Brotherhood is by no means altruistic - the villagers under Brotherhood rule, while protected from raiders and mutants, live in fear of the infamous Brotherhood Inquisitors. The Midwestern BoS main bases were bunkers that were probably pre-War bunkers that were found, taken, and rebuilt. They are called Bunker Alpha, Bunker Beta, Bunker Gamma, Bunker Delta and Bunker Epsilon.
On the East Coast, a faction known as the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel established a base called the Citadel, built into and beneath the ruins of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This faction is led by the idealistic Elder Owyn Lyons who decided to make protection of human inhabitants of Capital Wasteland from super mutants his top priority, instead of the acquisition and preservation of technology. While Lyons is officially recognized by the ruling council at Lost Hills, because of his changed priorities he receives no support from California and his faction is mostly independent. Without reinforcements from the West Coast, Lyons has been forced to recruit locally, but most new conscripts are overeager, unskilled, or both, and as a result their survival rate is atrocious. Elder Lyons’ daughter Sarah commands her own elite squad, Lyons' Pride. These soldiers help preserve the Capital Wasteland by holding back the super mutants, who tend to remain in Washington, D.C.
However, there are members of Lyons' original expedition who preferred to stay faithful to the Brotherhood's original goals. These members of the Brotherhood left the Citadel and became known as the Brotherhood Outcasts.
After the death of Maxson, Rhombus, head of the Paladins, became the new High Elder. After the death of the Master, the Brotherhood of Steel helped the other human outposts drive the mutant armies away with minimal loss of life on both sides of the conflict. However, a super mutant faction under the leadership of Attis moved east and attempted to recreate the mutant army in Texas using the Secret Vault. Rhombus, despite some criticism from the other elder counsil of Westcoast Brotherhood of Steel, starts a crusade against still existent threat of Super Mutant army, now led by Attis. They traveled to the East to Texas. Here, he discovered a prototype vault which was abandoned and install their main base of operation in this area. Their principal mission is a eradicate the menace of all super mutants. For this reason, they are create a new icon, which features two dual pistols, topped by a pair of wings, all of a red color.
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 Senior Initiates, and later to Apprentices. After proving themselves, Apprentices are promoted to Journeyman Knights or Scribes. The next rank is Senior Knight/Scribe, and finally the leader of each of these orders is the Head Knight and Head 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.
Knights are responsible for manufacturing the weapons and other pieces of technology, although they also take part in combat activities. After many years of service and experience, the best Knights are promoted to Paladins - the pinnacle of the Brotherhood military. Paladins are in charge of all security and outside activities. The Paladin ranks are Junior Paladin, Paladin, Senior Paladin, and Head Paladin. As all Paladins are also Knights, the Head Paladin is usually also the Head Knight. Paladins who survive to their later years become Elders, and they number among the Brotherhood ruling council. The leader of the council and the Brotherhood itself is the High Elder, usually descended from the Maxson family.
In the Brotherhood symbol, the gears represent their engineering knowledge, the sword is their will to defend themselves, the wings are the uplifting hope, and the circle is the wholeness that makes it a brotherhood.
Another interpretation is that it represents each of the 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 Initiates, whose services keep the Knights supplied with the information and the manpower to get their jobs done.
While both the original Brotherhood and the Capital Wasteland division use different colors for different elements of the symbol (blue for the wings, gray for the sword and black for the gears), the Midwestern Brotherhood uses several monocolor variations. A blue version is used by the Knights and Paladins, a black one by the Scribes and an orange one by the Elders. The golden/yellow variant seems to symbolize the Brotherhood as a whole. The Midwestern version is also reversed horizontally - the large gear is to the right of the smaller ones, not to the left.
The Brotherhood found themselves at odds with their need for new blood versus their code of technological secrecy. The debate went lightly. Finally, the Elders ruled against sharing the technology with outsiders, convinced that they would endure what they had before. Further discussion was discouraged and the elders ordered the minority on a mission across the wastes. The Brotherhood constructed airships and dispatched the minority East, to track down and assess the extent of the remaining super mutant threat. Unfortunately, a great storm broke the main airship and flung it far from its course. The mighty airship was badly damaged. Smaller sections were torn from the main craft, never to be seen again. Many of the expedition's leaders were lost to the winds. The fraction of the crew that still survived, struggled to keep their ship aloft before finally crashing on the outskirts of the ruins of Chicago. The survivors eventually formed an organization called the Midwestern Brotherhood, which diverged greatly from the ideals of the western Brotherhood. In time, they established a harsh rule over the towns and villages in that area.
In 2198, after long fights with countless raider bands, a warlike technological cult known as the Reavers, and a super mutant army led by mad Paladin Latham (who was a survivor of one of the other BoS airships), the Brotherhood eventually faced their greatest enemy - a robotic army commanded by the Calculator, who was the mad AI of Vault 0. Eventually, the robots were defeated/ Or absorbed into BOS forces thanks to the warrior. Through the course of the war, the Midwestern Brotherhood lost many of its men but in the process gain access to Vault 0 which also happened to be a storehouse of knowledge and pre-war technology. The Midwestern BOS established Vault 0 as their main headquarters throughout the midwestern region. As of 2277, the Midwestern splinter faction consists of a large detachment in Illinois, Missouri , Kansas ,and Colorado. It has come into some contact with the original, West Coast Brotherhood, but it refused to accept the authority of the Lost Hills Elders. Thus, they are considered to be "rogue" by the rest of the Brotherhood.
After the death of Maxson, Rhombus, head of the Paladins, became the new High Elder. After the death of the Master, the Brotherhood of Steel helped the other human outposts drive the mutant armies away with minimal loss of life on both sides of the conflict. However, a super mutant faction under the leadership of Attis moved east and attempted to recreate the mutant army in Texas using the Secret Vault. The Brotherhood organized a crusade against this faction (the reason to this is probably a desire to repay for their losses, as Attis was known to hate and fight against them). The leader of this crusade was Rhombus himself. He died during the fights in Los.
After the defeat of the Master, the Brotherhood had become a shadow of its former self. By 2241, they are no longer the sole custodian of advanced technology in the Wasteland. After they first encountered the Enclave, they started to raise small bunkers in various cities throughout Northern California, and in 2242 they eventually came across the Chosen One, the grandchild of the Vault Dweller who, with the Brotherhood's help, destroyed the Master in 2162. They sent him to Navarro to retrieve the Vertibird plans for them, but it is not known if they eventually got them.
The Brotherhood plays a much less direct role in these events, with their only presence in Northern California in the form of three small outposts each with a single guard. Of these, only the San Francisco bunker contains anything of interest. No longer the most advanced faction in the Core Region with the arrival of the Enclave, the Brotherhood has lost its monopoly on Power Armor as the Shi have access to working suits. Though aside from rare instances, only the Enclave seem to use them. Although the Brotherhood does not seem to have advanced at all in the 80 years, from what little can be seen, they still possess advanced weapons and medical technology.
War with the NCR编辑
In the 2250s, the BoS leadership, led by Jeremy Maxson, favored a return to power by wresting all advanced tech from the hands of "lesser people" by any means necessary. This attitude didn't win them any friends, and because many in the Brotherhood disagree with such brutal methods, the whole organization was on the verge of civil war.
In the year 2242, Jeremy Maxson renamed Peterson's bunker, found by Andrea Brixley's expedition in 2231, after his famous ancestor, Roger Maxson. He then sent a full compliment of troops for occupation. Brixley was promoted to Elder, given the rank of General, and placed in charge. The remainder of her exploratory team was given the title of Elder as well. It was not long afterward that the war with the New California Republic was announced.
For years the war waged on and was considered a victory for the Brotherhood of Steel. However, no matter how many troops fell to the Brotherhood's superior technology, the NCR always seemed to have more replacements available. The Brotherhood, however, was not so fortunate. Being an elitist group, replacements were short in arriving. It soon became obvious that the Brotherhood was doomed to lose the war to the NCR's greater numbers. Morale at the bunker began to falter as the war seemed more and more hopeless. Eventually the inevitable happened. Lower ranking members of the Brotherhood began to desert their posts.
In an effort to end the war once and for all, the Brotherhood began to use newly discovered subversive technology known as Stealth Boys. These devices could create a field of energy that would bend light around the user, thus making him virtually invisible to sight. This allowed Brotherhood operatives to penetrate deep into NCR territory for the gathering of intelligence. However, it was soon discovered that the devices had severe side effects. Paranoia, delusions, and eventual schizophrenia were the major ones. The Brotherhood disallowed the use of Stealth Boys and once again fell behind in their war effort.
Now the Brotherhood of Steel is facing yet another problem. The side effects of the Stealth Boys were not discovered until the team using them had already begun to feel their effect. When the team was disbanded, paranoia over the reason began to set in and the team plotted against their leaders. They stole the Stealth Boys, fled the bunker as deserters, and formed a covert group known as the Circle of Steel. The goal of the CoS is to recover lost technology and rebuild the glory of the Brotherhood at any cost.
The Brotherhood's ruling council decided to send a contingent of soldiers to the East Coast, to recover any and all advanced technology from Washington, D.C. and to investigate the reports of super mutant activity in the area. The group moved through the remains of Pittsburgh (The Pitt) on their way, conducting an operation called the "Scourge" against Raider forces in the area. When the group reached D.C, they found the Pentagon largely destroyed, but they found there a technological marvel that, if restored, could help the Brotherhood rebuild a strength and reputation that had been declining steadily for years. After the discovery, Paladin Owyn Lyons, the leader of the expedition, was promoted to Elder. A permanent base known as the Citadel was built into and beneath the ruins of the Pentagon. Lyons and his soldiers also found the super mutants in the urban ruins of downtown D.C. and helped stop the mutant tide from overtaking the entire region, by at least keeping them at bay.
Eventually, Lyons decided to make protection of innocent inhabitants of Capital Wasteland from super mutants his main priority. In response, the Lost Hills Elders cut off all support to the East Coast faction, while still recognizing him as a leader of the Brotherhood of Steel, and the Citadel as their D.C. headquarters. However, some members of the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood believed that by abandoning the Brotherhood of Steel's primary mission of acquiring new technologies, Elder Lyons had abandoned the very values that defined the order itself. One night, the dissenters departed from the Citadel, absconding with weapons, Power Armor, and other pieces of technology and equipment. Lyons branded the dissenters "Outcasts", traitors to the Brotherhood of Steel – it was a name they would ultimately wear like a badge of honor, proud of the distance it put between themselves and Lyons’ “soldier sycophants.” Without reinforcements from the West Coast, Lyons was forced to recruit locally..
The Brotherhood of Steel originated with a rebellion from the U.S. military. The first orders of their founder, Captain Maxson, was to evacuate the Mariposa Military Base and head to the Lost Hills bunker complex (see Maxson Log). Capt. Maxson included a caveat in his initial orders: Unless otherwise directed, from a proper representative of the War Department, this order will stand as written. The seizing of the Pentagon by Owyn Lyons' detachment in the first decades of the 23rd century was an irony of fate. The Brotherhood now held the headquarters of the War Department.
Technologically speaking, the Brotherhood appears to be almost exactly as advanced as they used to be in 2161. They do not have a monopoly on Power Armor either, as suits are somewhat available from merchants across the Wasteland, though only the Brotherhood and the Enclave appear to use them in any significant capacity. In fact they only seem to have access to inferior early versions of Power Armor, presumably found in the Pentagon rather than the standard T-51b used in the West Coast. Their weapons and armor are still inferior to the Enclave's, though this is more than compensated for by their acquisition of Liberty Prime, an extremely powerful bipedal battle robot discovered inside the depths of the Citadel. Despite their less advanced technology the Brotherhood was still able to win a war against the Enclave in little more than two weeks with the help of the Lone Wanderer.
The Brotherhood of Steel arrived in the capital Wasteland barely a year before the Lone Wanderer's birth.
The Brotherhood of Steel appears in all Fallout games, including the Fallout Tactics and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel spin-offs. They have significant roles in all the series mainstream games, with the notable exception of Fallout 2, where the Brotherhood's role is limited to one side quest.
This article is based mostly on the description of the Brotherhood from Chris Avellone's Fallout Bible #6 (which was partly based on Chris Taylor's Fallout: Warfare background), updates in subsequent issues of the Bible, and information taken from holodisks and dialogues in Fallout and Fallout 2. Some information is taken from Fallout Tactics (mostly from the intro), Van Buren, and even from Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel background, but in all instances it is marked as such.
Holodisks about the Brotherhood of Steel编辑
The Brotherhood in the spin-offs is radically different from the one in the role-playing games. While in Tactics it is because the BoS portrayed there is a splinter faction, there is no explanation for the differences in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. Tactics also contains numerous other inconsistencies.
- ↑ Cabbot's dialogue file
- ↑ Sophia's dialogue file
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Fallout 3 Faction Profile – the Brotherhood of Steel by Emil Pagliarulo
- ↑ Description of the symbol seen when clicking on the insignia in Fallout (PRO_SCEN.MSG)
- ↑ Chris Avellone, Fallout Bible 6
- ↑ Fallout Tactics intro