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Baggie High
Baggie High
General Information
Location:Detroit Wasteland
Establishment:2202
Notable Individuals:*Maurice Spackler
  • Hat Trick Lemonade
Factions:Army of Revolution
Notable events:Founding, Revolutionary War
Current status:Occupied territory
"Winners do drugs"
―Former Baggie High motto

Once the largest single source of chems in the Detroit Wasteland, Baggie High is the result of a raider group turning legitimate, flipping their operations into a functional community. Presently it is under the control of the Army of Revolution, who have severely curtailed its operations.

History

The foundation of Baggie High lies primarily with one opportunistic man. Maurice “Bagface” Baggie was a largely self-taught Ghoul who had become proficient in the cooking of various chems. Realising that his talent could make him rich, Baggie had gone into business for himself as a chem dealer, showing little concern over who he sold to. However, rather then making himself rich, Baddie had instead managed to make himself unwelcome in just about every community in the Detroit Wasteland.

Left homeless, Baggie wandered the wastes looking for a place to set up shop as an independent dealer that would also provide him with a modicum of protection. In mid-2202, this wandering bought him into contact with the Toxic Wastors, a raider group who operated out of a pre-war high school in the north side of the Detroit Wasteland. The Wastors were particularly prone to chem abuse, even by raider standards, which gave Baggie an avenue to forming an alliance with the band. He approached them, offering his services as a chem cooker while also promising them a cut of his income from legitimate sales. Seeing both a source of caps and a way to get high, Gasman (the then leader of the Toxic Wastors) agreed to the deal.

Baggie set up shop in the Wastor’s school headquarters and proved to be true to his word. Within days of his arrival, he was pumping out chems for the raiders, sating their appetites with quality material (Gasman described his Jet as being “Cut with the best brahmin shit I’ve ever tasted”) while removing their need to steal chems from others. Baggie quickly became popular with the gang, held up as being their good luck charm and mascot of sorts. After Gasman died of an accidental overdose in 2205 (the result of trying to combine Psychojet with Bufftats), Baggie was voted new leader of the gang,

Under his control, the Toxic Wastors began to slowly change their focus. The supply of chems was bringing in more and more caps, further reducing their need for raiding. At the same time, the gang was attracting others who were drawn to them not out of the usual raider motivations of violence, greed or desperation, but instead looking for shelter and a steady supply of chems. Baggie began recruiting from these crowds, looking for assistants to help keep up with his growing demands, as well as traders and dealers to provide steady income.

By the time of Baggie’s death in 2241 (Killed in a chemical lab explosion), the former Toxic Wastors had transformed themselves into a legitimate community, albeit one that was focused around a very specific industry. The town’s leadership chose to rename the community to Baggie High, the name being both a reference to the school buildings that were its heart and stoner humour at work. The Toxic Wastors remained, but were now more of a police and security force, protecting the community, maintaining order and ensuring the safety of its chem dealers. Even if Baggie High was not well liked by other communities, it still did ample trade with them, acquiring raw materials for chems and providing ample caps in return.

Baggie High rode the good times for as long as it could, but the come-down was harsh. Due to its position on the north side of the Detroit Wastes, the community was one of the first targeted in the Revolutionary War. Not expecting to ever face a large-scale attack, the Toxic Wastors were quickly overwhelmed, with the community falling in the opening days of the conflict. Due to its position, and the fact that nobody else actually liked them, it remained in the Army of Revolution’s hands after their retreat. For the last three years it has remained under their control, a situation that is unlikely to change any time soon.

Description

Baggie High grew out of the original Toxic Wastor den in a pre-war school. As the community grew, the school buildings were no longer able to contain its population; as such, its grounds became festooned with shanties, lean-tos and tents to house its burgeoning population. Crude walls made from salvaged materials were used to barricade the school grounds off form the outside world, and provide a modicum of defense. These barricades proved to be less then effective against the heavy weapons available to the Army of Revolution and were easily breached. Subsequently, they have been rebuilt in order to cement the Revolutionaries’ control.

Prior to its occupation, Baggie High prided itself on being a den of vice and sleaze. Aside from the roaring chem trade, prostitution and trafficking ran rife, all under the control of the community’s leadership who would gladly support them in exchange for a cut of the takings. Those that refused to deal with the authorities quickly found themselves dead. While slavery was officially banned as a way of legitimizing the community in the eyes of others, the truth was that those who were unable to make payments to their chem dealers would usually find themselves “employed” in order to work off their debts.

Ironically, under the Army of Revolution’s rule, the town has actually been cleaned up to a degree. Now most of the community’s output goes into providing chems to the Army’s soldiers for battlefield use, as well as medical supplies. Much of the rest of the community has been turned over to farming, scavenging or other activities that can support the Army and its aims. The standing guard of Revolutionary soldiers serve as a police force, and have proven to be more reliable and effective then the Toxic Wastors ever were.

Population

Prior to its occupation, Baggie High had a large Ghoul population. This was the result of its being seen as an ‘anything goes’ community where Ghouls would not face discrimination or persecution, as well as its holding up a Ghoul as a prominent community founder and hero. The rest of the population were human; as accepting as the community was, Super Mutants were seen as nothing more than a threat.

Despite the Army of Revolution’s human supremacist beliefs, the community has maintained much of its former Ghoul population. As long as they are useful to the community and the Army’s goals, the Ghouls are tolerated, even if they are not well liked. A significant portion is made up of the Army of Revolution’s standing garrison, due to the community’s value and its position on the front line of any future conflict.

Government

Baggie High is under military control, with the Army of Revolution’s garrison commander also serving as the town’s mayor and having full control over its people. For the last two years, the commander of the AoR garrison has been Captain Maurice Spackler, who lead the initial invasion of the community. A harsh, humorless man, Spacker has also proven to be completely incorruptible. All attempts to bribe him, be they with chems, caps, women, men, comic books or whatever else have proven futile, suggesting that he was chosen for this post for good reason.

The most important position in the town after the military commander is the Chemist in Chief, who is in charge of Chem manufacturing. The current holder of the position is “Hat Trick” Lemonade, who ascended to the position after the previous Chemist in Chief was shot for refusing to obey orders. Lemonade has thrown himself into his work, and is constantly looking for ways to improve production and keep the Army off his back.

Notable Inhabitants

Maurice Speckler

The Army of Revolution’s millitary commander in Baggie High, Maurice Speckler has been with the Army all his life. A strict believer in their goals, he makes no effort to hide his disgust at what he calls the ‘human refuse’ that inhabit the settlement. This is especially true of its substantial Ghoul population, whom he only tolerates because they perform essential labour. During the war, Speckler lead the attack on Baggie High that resulted in its capture. As a sign of what was to come, the surviving Toxic Wastors were simply executed to serve as an example.

Not only does he rule the settlement with an iron hand, but he has proven to be utterly incorruptible. Attempts to bribe him have resulted in those involved being publicly hung for their crimes. There have been several efforts by members of the community to eliminate him, but so far, all have instead been discovered before they could act, and the conspirators executed. Attempts thus far to find a weakness that can be exploited have also failed; he simply seems to have no family, friends, external relations or other vices.

Hat Trick Lemonade

Born in Baggie High, Hat Trick Lemonade started out as a courtier and chem runner for the town’s burgeoning trade. Through hard work and effort, he worked his way up through the food chain within the chem industry. His hard work paid off to a degree when the Army of Revolution took over the settlement and executed the leadership and those that refused to work with them, leaving Hat Trick as the highest ranking member of the trade alive.

Quick witted and sly, Hat Trick is only interested in his own survival and comfort. He has no desire to move against Speckler because of the risk it would bring to his own person. Likewise, for the moment, it remains in his best interest to keep the Revolutionaries in power, as they are actively supporting the chem industry and thus lining his pockets. His biggest risk is his skimming off the top of the takings, building an emergency reserve for if things should ever turn against him.


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