A discussion on tempting fate

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A discussion on tempting fate

Edit The Brotherhood of Steel is a paramilitary organization, devoted to the recovery and preservation of pre- War technology and information.

Officially, the Brotherhood seeks to salvage such knowledge so that it may be used for the benefit of mankind, but in practice, they are oddly selective as to what is important enough to be saved, often ignoring basic but potentially useful technologies such as agriculture and civil engineering, in favor of military hardware like energy weapons and power armor.

They are notoriously secretive with their discoveries and distrustful of outsiders, even outright hostile in some cases. Even now, more than two centuries after the Great War, the Brotherhood zealously restricts the use and knowledge of their technological finds, even within their own ranks.

Based out of the fortified bunker of Hidden Valleythe Mojave Chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel operated openly in the Vegas wastes for several years, carrying out several reclamation missions without encountering any serious opposition.

Despite the objections of the chapter's Paladinswho contested that the plant was too big a target for their relatively small forces to properly defend, Elijah decided that the vast promise of HELIOS One far outweighed the risks.

Over the next several months, the Brotherhood commenced repairs on the power plant, hoping to restore it to working order. However, Father Elijah had his own hidden agenda for the plant: Such devastating firepower was too tempting an opportunity to ignore. After years of unchallenged dominance, the balance of power in the Mojave Wasteland shifted inwhen New California Republic forces entered the region and occupied Hoover Dam.

With little other choice, the chapter subsequently uprooted itself from Hidden Valley and moved into the plant. House the year before and subsequently cementing a regional stronghold at McCarran International Airport.

Elijah, still believing that he could unlock the facility's hidden capabilities, refused to abandon the power plant and forced his Paladins to continue defending it.

A discussion on tempting fate

Although the chapter had refrained from participating in the NCR-Brotherhood War like their brethren back in New Californiahostilities quickly flared between the Mojave Brotherhood and the resident NCR forces; attempts at communication and hope for possible cooperation proving futile, ultimately breaking down into violence.

What followed over the following year was a series of guerrilla skirmishes, that culminated in with Operation: Despite their technological advantage, the Brotherhood forces were gradually chipped away by the relentless NCR reinforcements.

The Paladins continually urged Elijah to signal a retreat before their losses became too great, but the Elder dismissed their pleas, too obsessed with his work on HELIOS One and unlocking its secrets. It was at the height of the conflict that Father Elijah abruptly vanished, leaving his chapter without any sort of explanation.

Seemingly abandoned by their leader, the remaining Brotherhood forces were led by Head Paladin McNamarawho took on the title of Elder for the chapter.

McNamara launched a desperate counterattack against the advancing NCR forces, buying himself and his people enough time to escape the facility and retreat back to the safety of the Hidden Valley complex. Sunburst was nothing less than disastrous for the Mojave Brotherhood, with more than half of the chapter's Knights and Paladins having fallen in combat.

In the wake of such a catastrophic loss, now-Elder McNamara enacted, against the wishes of most of the chapter, an absolute lock-down on the Hidden Valley complex; no members were allowed out of the bunker and those who were already outside at the start of the lock-down were not allowed back in.

In the years since the chapter's defeat and subsequent lock-down, Elder McNamara has restricted activity outside the bunker to occasional reconnaissance missions and high-value raids.

All operations take place at night, with engagement of NCR forces strictly forbidden. Though the Brotherhood's ascetic lifestyle has prepared its members for a sequestered existence better than most, the passivity of their current situation has proved highly stressful.

The idea of outsiders joining the organization is completely unheard of. The only individuals granted access are a precious handful of patrols, scouts, and procurement specialists sent out into the wastes to gather food and other supplies.

Since their crushing defeat at the HELIOS One facility inthe chapter has watched from a distance as the New California Republic's presence and power in the Mojave Wasteland continued to grow; the possibility of having to engage the NCR once again is a disquieting notion for members of the group, particularly the leadership.

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A discussion on tempting fate
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