The Crucifix War was a conflict primarily fought in Mississippi between the Klansmen Confederacy and the Brethren of the Shroud from 2268 to 2275. Fought from Forrest to the Florida Parishes, the Crucifix War had a major effect on the region, and its after-effects and successor conflicts are still being felt all the way to 2287.
Klansmen lighting crosses during the Siege of Jackson
| Brethren of the Shroud|
Swamp Brethren Confederation
| High Prophet Noah Bollinger |
Bishop of Meridian
Bishop of Boardtown
| Grand Wizard Jason Manning |
Grand Dragon Nathan Royce II ✝
Grand Dragon Uriah Smith
| Brethren of the Shroud
|| Klansmen Confederacy
|Heavy swamper losses, moderate Brethren losses, light civilian casualties, heavy damage to Jackson, various Swamper parks, and Forrest||Moderate klansmen losses, moderate civilian casualties, heavy damage to Lincoln|
- "The Crucifix War started like many wars before it, in an act of revenge."
- ―F.D Reynolds
However, the Brethren did learn after that not to send Clerics west down I-20 into Klan territory. For years, they did not do this and eventually they forget why they did it in the first place.
In 2268, an adventurous group of Brethren Clerics heard of a ruined city to the west inhabited by hundreds of ghouls. Eager for new converts, the naïve Clerics journeyed down I-20 and came upon the Jackson ruins, which were indeed populated mostly by ghouls. Overjoyed, the clerics quickly set about preaching Brethren doctrine, making their base in the Jackson State Capitol.
What the clerics did not know was that they were being watched. The Klansmen Confederacy had outposts or "hunting lodges" in Jackson and Grand Titan Malcolm Hyde had been watching the ghouls since they entered Jackson. Hyde ignored them initially. However, he soon figured out that the mutants were "stirring up trouble" and decided to deal with them.
- "Save yourselves!"
- ―Cleric Reza, leader of the Western Expedition during the Jackson Massacre
The Calm before the Storm
- "Standing down to these thugs would be a sign of weakness. We must make a show of force. The time is now!"
- ―The Bishop of Meridian to Prophet Bollinger
It took almost an entire year for the Bishop of Meridian to convince Bollinger to allow him to raise an army. When Bollinger finally repented, the Bishop raised a host of three hundred Brethren immediately and set out west on I-20, ready to dole out retribution.
1st Battle of Jackson
- "Oh shit."
- ―Grand Titan Hyde upon seeing the main body of the Brethren army
Grand Titan Hyde, seeing a forward patrol of Brethren, attempted to ambush them but was met by the main Brethren army. His Klan militia suffered severe casualties and Hyde was forced to retreat back to one the Klan's outposts.
In next few days, the Brethren went from outpost to outpost, killing any klansmen they found. Grand Titan Hyde contacted the Grand Dragon in Barnett and the Grand Wizard in Cotton Bluff, asking for assistance against an invading mutant army. The Grand Dragons unanimously pledged their support in the defense of the Klansmen Confederacy and converged on Barnett with their respective Klan militia. After that, Hyde fled to Barnett, knowing that holding out in Jackson would be hopeless.
The Bishop of Meridian made himself comfortable, taking up residence in the Red Road Caravan's headquarters building in the Jackson ruins. After securing Jackson, the Bishop wanted to immediately pursue the fleeing klansmen to their home, Barnett. However, his advisers urged him to wait until his forces were ready. The Bishop grudgingly accepted that.
Battle of Barnett
- "Don't give them an inch of our land, boys! Fight dammit, fight!"
- ―Grand Titan Cooper during the Battle of Barnett
The Brethren had a clearer picture of what the UCK was through accounts from swampers and klansmen taken captive and tortured during the 1st Battle of Jackson. With this new information and his forces well-rested, the Bishop of Meridian marched on Barnett, assured that his Brethren levies would smash whatever small untrained militia the klansmen no doubt offered.
What the Bishop did find outside was an army the same size as his prepared for a pitched battle. The Bishop, although surprised, relentlessly pressed on and met Grand Wizard Manning in battle.
The battle was short, dirty, and messy, with both sides making mistakes. However, the home field advantage, as well as their dogged determination, won the battle for the Klansmen Confederacy. The Brethren army was forced to retreat back to the Jackson ruins although their death count was rather low to wait for reinforcements.
Siege of Jackson Pt. 1
- "Make yourself comfortable. We must hold this city to show that we may overcome our enemies, whether they be human or mutant, white or black, robotic or organic."
- ―The Bishop of Meridian upon being told the Brethren army in Jackson was surrounded
Before long, the entire strength of the Klansmen Confederacy had gathered at Barnett, six hundred klansmen in all, and Grand Wizard Manning marched them south towards Brethren forces in the Jackson ruins.
Informed of the large Klan army marching on him, the Bishop was torn. He knew he should probably retreat back up I-20 and accept his defeat. However, that shame would be too much, and the Bishop ordered the Brethren army to dig in for a siege.
Seeing the Brethren digging in and fortifying their positions in the Jackson ruins, Grand Wizard Manning ordered the Klan army to follow suit. The Siege of Jackson had begun.
In the first months of siege, skirmishes on the outskirts of the Jackson ruins were very common, with small groups of klansmen and Brethren clashing. These engagements soon became less common and by late 2271, the two armies barely interacted at all, with only the occasional gunshot being heard throughout the ruins. To try to intimidate the Brethren, the klansmen started burning large crosses outside Brethren positions. The Brethren mistook these for Catholic crucifixes like the ones they had seen in Louisiana, and that was where the name Crucifix War came from.
The Brethren, being composed mostly of ghouls, could survive the siege indefinitely with very little food or water and were determined to fight on. The Klan's resources became strained maintaining the siege, but the populace of the UCK was fully behind the war.
Third Park War Pt. 1
- "It'd be muh pleasure."
- ―Greg of Clan Vaughn receiving the news from Prophet Bollinger to attack Lincoln
There had always been bad blood between the klansmen of Lincoln and the swampers of the Florida Parishes, so the war came to them naturally. So when the Brethren swampers starting raiding Lincoln in September of 2271, the people of Lincoln were not all that surprised and took up their own defense.
As the years wore on, the raids became more damaging, and the Lincoln klansmen in the Klan army began to ask to go home to aid their families. Grand Wizard Manning refused to let them leave until the Siege of Jackson was ended. The people of Lincoln bore the raids as best they could. The Brethren swampers reveled in their raids, and the town burned.
Siege of Jackson Pt. 2
- "After three years, it looks like the Brethren are seeking victory elsewhere."
- ―Grand Wizard Manning immediately after the Brethren break out of Jackson
After that, Grand Wizard Jason Manning ramped up the attack on the Brethren inside Jackson. The Brethren managed to hold out just fine for about a year or so.
However, Grand Dragon Royce of Barnett did manage to break through Brethren lines in mid-2273. This put the Bishop into a panic, as he realized the Brethren could not hold out for much longer.
In late 2273, the Bishop decided to break out of Jackson to go back east to Meridian. Mobilizing all his forces, the Bishop abandoned his base at the Red Roads Caravan Headquarters and prepared to go on the offensive.
In the December of 2273, the Bishop staged his breakout. The Brethren army overwhelmed the eastern Klan lines and headed east, escaping the Klan army and Grand Wizard Manning. The Klan army, angry at the Brethren's escape, proceeded to massacre most Jackson local ghoul population for "collaboration".
Battle of the Wild
- "Don't run away you shits! Fight!"
- ―The Bishop of Meridian upon seeing retreating Brethren, is knocked out by a blunt weapon immediately afterward
With that, Grand Wizard Manning led the Klan army east towards Brethren territory in the May of 2274. Reports of this further alarmed Prophet Bollinger, and he decided to recall the Bishop of Boardtown south to repel the klansmen. Giving him hillfolk and his few super mutants as reinforcements, Bollinger commanded the Bishop of Boardtown to link up with the Bishop of Meridian as quickly as possible, take command, and stage a counterattack.
The Bishop of Boardtown's host met with the other Bishop's in the summer of 2274 and they set up on I-20 so they could confront the Klan army directly.
Faced with a larger army with a better defensive position, Grand Wizard Jason Manning decided to put his trust in his tactical knowledge, and the Klan army attacked. Thusly, the Battle of the Wild began.
The Battle of the Wild was pitched on I-20 near Shadow Lake, and the two armies met with great force. The super mutants and the strategies of the Bishop of Boardtown were significant, but it was Grand Wizard Manning's tactical knowledge, specifically a false retreat that resulted in the route of the Brethren army, that won the day. The Bishop of Boardtown managed to keep the most of the host together but many others, including some valuable super mutants, simply deserted. The road to Meridian now seemed quite clear to the Klan army.
- "All clear at the moment, hope to be back within the hour."
- ―Grand Dragon Royce's last radio transmissions
Grand Dragon Nathan Royce II decided that he would go ahead of the rest of the Klan army with about fifty Klansmen and liberate Forrest himself.
Over time, the pre-war town of Forest had moved a mile or two south and became named Forrest. It had been occupied by the Brethren only recently and was one of the few human settlements to survive the mutant conquest undamaged.
Grand Dragon Royce arrived in Forrest to find it devoid of Brethren soldiers and confidently took it as a price for the Klan.
However, Royce did not know that the newest Brethren force raised to oppose the Klan army was camped nearby. The head of the camp, the Bishop of Meridian, was tipped off that a small number of Klansmen had taken Forrest and decided to redeem himself.
Marching on Forrest with a two hundred strong Brethren army, the Bishop surrounded the town and systematically massacred every single one of the klansmen there, including Royce. The klansmen's bodies were thrown on a burn pile and never recovered.
Battle of Forrest
- "Remember Royce!"
- ―The Klansmen's battle cry during the Battle of Forrest
The two armies met outside Forrest initially on February 4, 2275. The battle was the largest pitched battle of the war and soon moved into the town as the Brethren were forced back. However, (mostly) the Bishop of Boardtown and (somewhat) the Bishop of Meridian managed to force back the Klan army, holding the battlefield at Forrest but taking excessive casualties. The battle lasted for days and was determined to be indecisive. Both armies rested afterward, preparing for the next battle.
Treaty of Forrest
- "If either us wants to walk away from here with our necks, I advise you be more civil, mutate."
- ―Grand Wizard Manning after the Bishop of Meridian made a particularly unreasonable request
Grand Wizard Manning did not want a final battle, however. Manning knew he might be able to break the Brethren army but then what? Advance further into enemy territory and be whittled down to nothing? Manning decided not to.
Sending out an emissary holding the American flag, a universal sign of peace for the Klansmen, Manning invited the Brethren to a conference where they might agree upon a peace. The Bishop of Meridian was sent to negotiate, with a constant radio connection being kept with Prophet Bollinger in Meridian as well.
The two negotiators did not get along and clashed many times at first but after a week, Manning and the Bishop found some middle ground. Ten days after the negotiations started, the two managed to hammer out a treaty that satisfied both of them. Run past Prophet Bollinger and the Grand Dragons, the Treaty of Forrest was approved, and the Brethren of the Shroud and the Klansmen Confederacy were once again at peace, at least on I-20.
Third Park War Pt. 2
- "We never forget a slight. Especially from those swamper skunk apes."
- ―A Lincoln Klansmen upon being asked why the war in Lincoln had lasted for so long
The Crucifix War left shattered homes, towns, and even people in its path. Forrest and the Jackson ruins were burned during battles, and some parts became irradiated. The difficulty and length of the war burned out any optimism that had occurred in the years before in both the UCK and the Brethren.
The Brethren and Klan are currently on hostile terms but not at war. Now, it is just a waiting game for something to start another war. This worries both nations as a new war is the last thing either needs.
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