Fallout: The Backdraft - 03-16-2009, 06:12 PM
Welcome to the Capital Wasteland! This is the voice of your lord and master speaking - whoops, that's that other radio station. I hear that more people are coming out of the Vaults dotting our humble wastelands, so this is a special bulletin just for them. Course, couldn't hurt for the rest of you numbskulls to listen if you need a refresher course.
This, my dear Vault Dwellers, is the Capital Wasteland. There's more Wasteland out there, of course, but nobody ventures too far away from here lest they lose my awesome signal. Haha! Kidding. Specifically speaking, this particular slice of heavenly hell on Earth is the ruins of the capital of the United States of America. What is that? I don't know, go ask a Ghoul! Well, not a Feral one, mind you, that's the ones that run after you all slobbery-like and - ewww. Sorry, I'm offending some delicate natures here.
Y'see, so far as I can tell about two hundred years ago a ton of atomic bombs went off and all of a sudden, Washington D.C. was a mess. Collapsed buildings, dead people's shadows burnt into the walls, it was a disaster. Even worse, creatures known today as Super Mutants started attacking everybody left alive, and it wasn't for another hundred years before we got our ***** back in gear.
Time for a little lesson on the types of people and things and whatnot who live around here.
There are people running around known as Raiders and Slavers. Neither of them have any real regard for life; p*ss them off and you're done. The Raiders take no prisoners, unless you've got the balls to prove to them that you're as tough as they are. Fat chance! The Slavers don't usually kill; these guys take prisoners like no tomorrow and sell them as slaves. They don't care what skin color you are, who you are, what you look like, they will take you and sell you to the highest bidder. Here in the Wasteland, the only racism that comes around is whether or not you're a Ghoul or a regular ol' Joe. Or Susie. Or even both. It doesn't matter. Unless you're Chinese, for some reason some of the REALLY old Ghouls hate them. Probably because of the Chinese's siege of Alaska back in 2077... which yeah, was 200 years ago. Old furts.
Ah, the trade caravans; we love them, we hate them, we still buy their stuff because believe it or not, without them we'd have very little to survive on. They and their mercenary bodyguard buddies scavenge the wastes for products we can use - for a price. Oh yeah, forgot to mention this to the newbies in town; our currency is a little thing called bottlecaps. You know, those metal things on the Nuka Cola bottles? Yeah, we use those. Money in the old sense don't mean sh*t.
There are two types of Mercenaries. Well, several but we're starting with the "good" guys. They take on bodyguard duties, guard duties, you name it, they do it. Well, unless it's a little too risque for their taste; those always go toward the Talon Company mercs. If these guys are gunning for you, say your prayers - you probably won't survive the attack.
You didn't hear this juicy tidbit from me, but rumor has it that androids - you heard me right, these are synthetic humanoid robots! - walk among us, having escaped from god knows where; they're treated like slaves, like they have no emotions. These guys are more human than you can imagine. I can't tell fake from real. Well, except that one that had white blood, that was a weird moment...
This just in: An alien spacecraft was found over by the mysterious Oasis Rock. Course, the alien is dead, but nobody's touching him. Pretty interesting to gawk at, if I may add, and it's pimping out a very interesting broadcast of 'blip blip bleeep bloop blap bliiip', if anybody speaks Alien lemme know so I can broadcast it.
And now for our little creatures! Everything can be eaten. Well, except for the robots of course.
Robots - most notably the RoboBrains, the Mister Gutsy, the Protectron, the various butler versions of Mister Gutsy - were partially destroyed, but due to buildings withstanding the atomic forces, they still exist and run on fission batteries that never seem to run out. Most robots out in the Wasteland are hostile and attack everything they see, most common of these being Protectrons - laser-ridden metallic beasts - and the Robobrains, which for some reason have humanoid brains and talk like a pr*stitute looking for a payer. Mister Gutsies can often be programmed to work for you, but I'd back off; they are military-grade bozos and while they may act like they're obeying your every command, they may end up hating your guts. The butler version is much more amiable, but still, be careful; their jokes are terrible!
Dogs. Yes, we've got dogs and weirdly enough, they've been largely unaffected by radiation as far as we can tell. We've got regular dogs and Feral dogs. Enough said. Most dogs are too skinny to even HAVE meat on them. Besides, it just feels wrong to think about it.
Brahmin are cows, two headed cows to be exact. While they too have been exposed to radiation, for some odd reason their milk has been known to quell radiation poisoning and even help cure major rad poisoning. You'd have to talk to Moira Brown up in Megaton for that though; she's a quirky lady! Anyway, we've got some Mad Brahmin running loose 'round Canterbury Commons, so watch your back. Their horns hurt. A lot. Their meat's alright. I guess.
Mirelurks are the most annoying creature. Ever. I'm not even kidding. They love water to death, and while they don't fight each other, it's pretty annoying when the King Mirelurks start ganging up on you. Their meat is wonderful, kinda chewy if you cook it too long but pretty good otherwise.
Yao Guai are descendants of black bears. Big, ugly buggers. Avoid. Their meat is very lean. One of the scavengers near the Super Duper Mart south of Megaton has an affinity to them and even has one as a pet!
Time for bugs:
Giant ants are very common. There's fire ants. They spew fire. Avoid. Meat is alright to eat, fire ant meat however is peculiarly spicy. M-m-mmm, crunchy!
Radscorpions. Very big. Avoid the super huge ones unless you've got the manpower to kill 'em. Do not eat the poison glands.
Bloatflies are giant flies. Duh. They're digusting things. Kill them, their meat's pretty nasty so don't eat it.
Radroaches are c*ckroaches that have become a bit bigger, but they're still the same. They spit and bite. Their meat's crunchy and bitter, tastes like an old gym sock. ... Don't ask how I know that, okay, kids?
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls. There's two big kinds - human Ghouls and Feral Ghouls. Ferals have no minds. They want to eat everything they can get their hands on; these are the zombies. There's regular ones, then you've got the Roamers and the ever so rare Glowing Ones; these are living conduits of radiation. While extremely rare, avoid them. They're pinchy... very pinchy.
Listen for more of my amazing broadcasts, childreeeen! This is Three Dog, hooooowwwwwwwwwwll!
To sum up what Three Dog doesn't want to tell you, there are also guns of various sorts. There's electricity too, though where it's coming from isn't well known; nobody questions it however, as it's a valuable resource.
Megaton is a large town surrounding an unactivated atomic bomb; it was disarmed several months ago by some crazy vigilante from Vault 101 so no worries about it going 'kablooey'. Three Dog runs a radio station called Galaxy News Radio over in the D.C. Ruins out east, they play songs from the 1950s, though honestly it seems like EVERYTHING is from the 1950s; clothing, music, furniture, everything. The world never advanced from that stage of trying to achieve the idyllic lifestyle.
There is a family of "Vampires". They are actually cannibals, but their leader has taught them how to restrain themselves and keep it to blood intake only. While they've been known to harass smaller towns, they keep the VERY small settlement of Arefu safe; rumor has it there's a "blood price" going on. Yep, Arefu pays the Family in blood donations. Cute. Not.
The Super Mutants were not a result of radiation; they were genetically engineered. It's very hard to tell male from female; only Super Mutants can tell, but local rumor has it that a genius Super Mutant female named Fawkes is running around with the crazy vigilante from Vault 101. A very sweet... ah, creature, Fawkes is unusually smart; most Super Mutants grunt and say a minimum of four or five words at a time. They love chaos and destruction, usually; Fawkes enjoys intellectual passtimes.
Oasis Rock is a huge, HUGE rock formation; problem is, if you go in, you tend to never come out. They say there are trees there... trees? What are these? Go look and find out. Just be careful; there are people with guns. Lots of guns...
There is a vague concept of work. People own restaurants, small stores, and bars.
Wikipedia has a ton of info on Fallout, the whole series; I've only covered Fallout 3. There are numerous groups, a couple of which I've mentioned but know jack about because I'm actually kind of stuck. O_o You can also check Youtube for videos as to the layout of the Wasteland; you can also go to Video Game Cheats, Reviews, FAQs, Message Boards, and More - GameFAQs for more information on the game. Just avoid the boards for the games; they're full of stupid people. O_o
Rules and such in the next post. Stupid word limit!
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