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- "These people, these... uneducated vultures are no safer operating technology than they are at the end of a gun"
- ―Knight-Commander Jerad, Head of Cherry Point
|North Carolina Brotherhood of Steel|
|Type of Government:||Quasi-Religious Order|
|Group type:||Paramilitary Organization (Brotherhood of Steel)|
|Motto:||Servire (To Serve)|
|Location(s):||The Campus, Cherry Point, Outpost Wilson, North Carolina|
|Numbers:||60 (In Power Armor), 340 conscript militia, 19 Mister Robots, roughly 500 civilians|
|Notable members:||Elder Isaac Norton, Sentinel David McMorgan, Knight-Commander Jerad, Knight Red, Elder Scribe Torri|
|Founded by:||Elder Isaac|
|Goals:||The retaking of The Triangle and The Fort in North Carolina, to secure technology|
|Enemies:||The Tarheels, the Dukes, the ghouls of The Fort|
The North Carolina Brotherhood of Steel is a techno-religious group asserting their dominance over the ruins of parts of eastern North Carolina. Primarily operating from The Campus, located in the ruins of Eastern Carolina University, the North Carolina Brotherhood of Steel has a presence in both central North Carolina, in Fort Wilson, and in the Broken Banks region of North Carolina, in Cherry Point. A new power in North Carolina, the NC Brotherhood of Steel has been operating for less than a decade in North Carolina, yet they have earned the attention of the most powerful factions in the former state, from the Broken Banks to The Blue Ridge Mountains.
Formed from survivors of the NCR-Brotherhood War, the NC Brotherhood of Steel traveled from California to Carolina, attempting to settle in The Triangle. When the Tarheels and the Dukes pushed them out of the area, they created a fortress in the ruins of Greenville. In an effort to establish their presence and bolster their ranks, the NC Brotherhood of Steel conscripts civilians in a brutal trial known as The Forging, where only the most worthy civilians are allowed to join the Brotherhood of Steel. While some believe that they are a force for good, clearing out raiders from parts of Greenville and from Cherry Point, others fear the NC Brotherhood of Steel, assuming that they mean only to assert their control over more of North Carolina. Only time will tell as this struggling chapter attempts to complete their goals.
Before the NCR-Brotherhood War, the Brotherhood of Steel were the protectors of the New California Replublic state of Maxson. They kept the lands free of raiders, bandits, and other dangerous elements of the wasteland. Their strong numbers patrolled the desert in their power armor. At the heart of this state was the Lost Hills Bunker, an impenetrable fortress in the California Wasteland. From Lost Hills, the Brotherhood of Steel operated, controlling the entire Brotherhood at one point.
During the NCR-Brotherhood War, the Brotherhood of Steel was forced to attack their former allies. In the early days of the war, Knight-Commander Isaac Norton led a company of Brotherhood troops to occupy parts of Maxson. This company, known as Chrome Company, secured the area around Maxson. Their efforts almost helped the Brotherhood of Steel win the war against the New California Republic at first. Joined by Knight-Paladin Graham Tills of Wrought Company, the two led an offensive intending to secure Junktown, a major point in the NCR state of Shady.
En route, the companies elected to split up, so as to avoid attracting attention. Chrome Company used the northern route, skimming Lake Isabella. This more habitable route was sure to have NCR forces, making Chrome Company the distraction. However, they were attacked with overwhelming odds by the NCR. At the same time, Wrought Company was attacked in Twin Oaks pass. After days of sustained conflict, Knight-Commander Tills was shot dead. Chrome Company called for Wrought Company to retreat to a designated meeting spot outside of Necropolis. At the same time, they themselves retreated to the meeting zone. The New California Republic would later use this strategy of overwhelming odds in battles at Lost Hill and against the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel.
At Necropolis, the retreat and failures of both companies were heard by Lost Hills. Power armor, laser rifles, and other high-tech equipment had fallen into the hands of the New California Republic. Over radio broadcast, the names of every man in both companies, living or dead, were read by the Elders at Lost Hills. They were proclaimed to be exiled from Lost Hills for their failures and were considered Brothers of Steel no longer. Chrome Company absorbed the remains of Wrought Company and began travelling east.
Chrome Company stayed at the California Correctional Institute, effectively trapped in Brotherhood Territory by the Rocky Mountains and by the New California Republic. Before long, they heard word that the NCR was distracted by a skirmish to the north, allowing Chrome Company to take Twin Oaks pass to reach the Mojave. From there, they attempted to aid the Mojave Chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel, only to be shot at by scouts. It was clear to Knight-Commander Norton that they needed to travel further east and avoid the NCR entirely. They intended to join the Midwestern Brotherhood of Steel.
The trek through Arizona was especially harsh on Chrome Company, as Caesar was consolidating Caesar's Legion at the time. Had Chrome Company passed through little more than a year later, it would have been nigh impossible. Yet, Chrome Company was able to prevail. Near Phoenix, they were routed south, forcing them to travel further south, into Texas. By the time they reached El Paso, they were down to 150 men. As they walked through Texas, they attempted to contact the old Brotherhood forces in the area, but were unsuccessful.
Near Dallas, the group was attacked again, routing them further south. They elected to avoid major cities from then on. By the end of the year, they had reached the Mississippi River, which they intended to skim north until they were able to find the Midwestern Brotherhood. Then, near Memphis, Chrome Company re-evaluated their goal. They had been attempting to reach the Midwestern Brotherhood for some time and were unsuccessful. Moreover, they did not want a repeat incident of what happened with the Mojave Brotherhood chapter. Some considered joining the rogue Brotherhood faction that had formed in Washington, DC. Knight Jerad, however, proposed a different strategy: forming their own chapter, away from the fighting of the Brotherhood chapters. He proposed traveling to Camp Lejeune or the Triangle, both in North Carolina.
Chrome Company elected to listen to Knight Red. They marched through Tennessee and, after many long months of marching and traveling, reached North Carolina.
The Dukes and the Tarheels
Chrome Company marched through Charlotte and traveled through High Point, Greensboro, and Burlington before finally arriving in Durham. There, they intended to turn Duke University into a fortress and a center of knowledge in the wasteland. They had expected that the area would need to be cleared out. They did not, however, expect to be caught in the middle of a war. Chrome Company witnessed a battle between the savage tribe known as the Tarheels and the various petty kings that made up a tribe known as The Dukes. This battle, located at the former Southpoint Shopping Mall, left many of the armies of the Dukes dead. Chrome Company believed it would be easy to take Duke University. They were wrong.
They attacked the Duchy of Cameron, ruled by Duke Cameron XIX. This petty king was expected to fall quickly, so Chrome Company could use their headquarters as a temporary base of operations. The plan succeeded and Cameron XIX fell. Cameron XX inherited the Duchy, but was forced to rule from the mighty fortress that was Duke University. A few weeks later, Chrome Company attacked the Dukes from the south, initially holding Cameron Indoor Stadium and the School of Law. However, mortar from the iconic Duke Chapel caused heavy casualties as they attempted to take the campus and adjacent hospital. After a three-day battle, Chrome Company was forced to retreat. As they fled, they were attacked by the Wolfpack of Raleigh, numerous bands of Swampfolk, and many more elements of the wasteland before finally settling in Greenville to assess their losses and prepare another strike, either against The Camp or against The Dukes.
Once in Greenville, Chrome Company announced themselves as the North Carolina Brotherhood of Steel. They initially settled in the western parts of ECU and took a week to drive a band known as The Pirates out of Eastern Carolina University's campus. There, they established a fortress from which to operate. Once The Campus was secured, they spent a year attempting to repair the campus and scour North Carolina for artifacts. Knight-Commander Norton proclaimed himself the Elder of the North Carolina Brotherhood of Steel, naming Jerad and McMorgan Knight-Commanders. They were tasked with reclaiming Camp Lejeune and Duke University.
Jerad traveled East, into the Broken Banks, where they occupied Cherry Point and began to prepare their assault on The Camp. Cherry Point remains the North Carolina Brotherhood's most successful venture outside of The Campus. To the west is Outpost Wilson. Led by Knight-Commander McMorgan, this area is merely a bunker prepared for an assault against the Dukes.