Today is warm. But the wind is really strong. Because the wind is really strong, the clouds are moving along really quickly, and it keeps switching from being sunny* to being shady*… It really feels like the world is turning. And as spring becomes visible, I start wanting to run ahead.
Ah, probably tomorrow, I’ll have an exciting announcement.
i was really hesitant to do this challenge because the term “opposite gender” makes me want to throw bricks at a wall as it implies there are only two genders and like i know that the world loves to forget that nonbinary genders exist but i (unsurprisingly) do not like to be reminded of it!!!! also genderbending is pointless if u ask me,,.u can just make them trans but….,,,, anyways,,, heres my sims if they were to present differently than they do now!!!!! and i let the lovely @simgerale pick which sims she wanted to see so :D enjoy.,
(if it needs explaining, gee is up top, chantry is in the middle, and juno (my boy who i have missed dearly) is on the bottom)
So it’s been a while since I last made one of these, and these are some of the fics that helped me through some rough patches.
Clexa with family feels
C_AND_B’s Lasting Impressions - Lexa is a gay disaster who walks into a painting because she’s too busy ogling at Clarke, who also happens to be the teacher of Lexa’s younger brother, Aden. Gay disaster x 10. Bonus points: Anya and Aden are little shits, as all good siblings are, and Tris(!!) also makes an appearance. (While you’re at it, check out the rest of C_AND_B’s fics; you won’t be disappointed.)
thrace’s But still good - Clarke’s got the hots for the new kids’ soccer coach and her Saturday mornings just got better. Really cute with minimal drama. Bonus points: there’s a Mother’s Day special, Little, not broken. (Like with the previous author, check out the rest of thrace’s works. They’re amazing.)
transientpermanence’s The Three Truths - I’m not gonna lie, I’m still hella confused as to how/why the rift between Clarke and Lexa had gotten so bad (before the events in the fic, touched on in flashbacks), but the bonding with the Griffin family is hella cute. Bonus points: the analogies. Extra bonus points: the bonus chapters (find them at the Miscellaneous collection).
Same author, Present Day - Clarke hates Lexa, she’s hated her since childhood. Actually, no, she loves her, Clarke’s just pretty dense. Good thing the technicalities of her father’s will meant that she’d have to spend 6 months with Lexa, supervising the company. Bonus points: Lexa’s got an adorable kid.
Clexa holiday feels (because where I’m from, the Christmas season ends in February–it also starts in September)
smallamountsofmonster’s Home For Christmas - Clarke spends Christmas with Lexa’s family and gets embroiled in a vicious war between Lexa and Anya and the munchkins. It’s up to Clarke to broker a deal, and win the war. With bribery and pies. (P.S. Check out their other fics too.)
AmyBot3000’s The Spectator - Former tennis champion Lexa gets caught on-cam ogling at Clarke, the wild card in the US Open. The whole world is rooting for them. #AdvantageClexa (while you’re at it, check out the rest of the author’s fics, you’d want to.)
coldmackerel’s the business of caring - Campus Police Supervisor Lexa Woods is on a thrilling task of tracking down the Mural Marauder, the culprit behind the series of beautiful artworks–sorry, vandalism on-campus. Actually no, Lexa just wants this year to end and move on with her life. If only Maya of the school paper left her alone, and sole daytime dispatcher Clarke Griffin stopped terrorizing her with her… with her entire charming being.
DreamsAreMyWords’ Those Icy Fingers Up and Down My Spine - It’s the Triwizard Tournament once again and there’s some shady stuff going on in the world of witchcraft and wizardry. If you’re looking for mystery and mayhem of epic proportions, and love and friendships that are equally epic, then this fic is for you.
aeveee, magicalzebra and scryves’ Chasing Down Silver Linings - An explosive confrontation in the art museum marks the start of an eventual friendship between two individuals recovering from the loss of someone they loved dearly. (Not gonna lie, this fic is going to hurt, but it deals with grief and pain with such grace, such care and sensitivity that as the characters embark on their journey to healing, I found myself healing with them.)
I kinda feel like I may have talked about this before but what the hey I’ll talk about it again.
Basically, he’s a manipulative, cruel, and nearly unfeeling bastard who doesn’t give two shits about anyone outside of his “duty”.
First of all, he considers himself as having the right to judge people’s sins and punish them for them. Sure, the museum curator was an asshole, but did that mean he deserved to die in the way that Shadi killed him? I don’t really think so. And Professor Yoshimori, yes, he desecrated a tomb, and while I’m not 100% behind archaeologists disturbing actual bodies (it’s one thing to retrieve things of historical value from the tombs, its another entirely to steal corpses and put them on display, in my opinion), Yoshimori is a generally good guy, but Shadi was planning on killing him for just having the gall to want to learn about the past. He has a very narrow-minded worldview and anyone outside that is dispensable and useless to him.
And then let’s move on to what he does to Yugi and his friends. He kidnaps and brainwashes Anzu. He mentions that he sort of feels sorry for doing it, but that doesn’t stop him from my giving a crap about putting her in danger, threatening to order her to kill herself, and putting her life on the line in a game he had already assumed he was going to win. Think about that. He used Anzu as the stakes for his game against Yami no Yugi, and was legitimately shocked when Yami no Yugi won. He was fully prepared and even expecting him to fail and her to fall to her death. It just didn’t matter to him. In fact, the fact that he said he “felt sorry for having to brainwash her” just makes it worse to me. It’s like abusers who say they feel bad they “have” to do this to someone. He is not above manipulating and harming innocent bystanders to walk on the path that he has chosen.
And then there’s the matters of Pegasus and Marik, the two main antagonists before Bakura reappears. Both of whom never would have become Yugi’s enemies without Shadi’s influence.
I’m not saying that Pegasus didn’t develop his villainous tendencies on his own, because he did, but it was Shadi who gave him the resources and the motivations he needed to become the single-minded and ruthless enemy that he became. It was Shadi that forced Pegasus to take the Millennium Eye, taunting him with the thoughts of maybe seeing Cyndia again and persuading him to go through incredible pain for the sake of an evil item that was going to slowly drive him insane. It was then Shadi that gave Pegasus the nudge towards discovering the Shadow Games, bringing Duel Monsters into the world. It was Shadi that implied to Pegasus that gathering the Millennium Items might bring his love back. It was Shadi who led Pegasus to the tablet of the Gods and conveniently forgot to tell him about the horrors they would bring upon the world until after Pegasus had already created the cards, manipulating the man into creating the Pharaoh’s weapons.
And of course Marik. Marik was definitely messed up and definitely already had problems tending towards villainy, but it was Shadi who gave him a drive behind his actions. Shadi told Marik, for whatever reason, that his father’s death was the pharaoh’s will, turning Marik into the pharaoh’s enemy. Why would Shadi do this if he was supposed to be serving the pharaoh? It comes back to Shadi’s very narrow-minded and driven worldview. He believed, irrevocably, that the pharaoh had to win the God cards through his dueling, and for the pharaoh to have that motivation, it was necessary for there to be a villain to oppose him for the cards. So naturally, he first turned Marik against the pharaoh completely, giving the already troubled child something to turn his unhealthy emotions on, he then manipulated Pegasus into creating the God cards, which would fall into the hands of Ishizu, which Marik would find out about because that was his sister, and voila, one ready-made villain who desired to take the God Cards and you have an instant conflict for the pharaoh.
Like couldn’t there have been a more peaceful and less dangerous solution? Sure the pharaoh needed to win the cards, but why did Shadi think that the battle for them had to be world-threatening and dangerous? Why couldn’t the pharaoh have won them through a low-stakes ceremonial duel or something? In my opinion, the short answer is that Shadi is a dick. He believed the Pharaoh needed a villain for some reason, and when one didn’t seem forthcoming, he made his own.
tl;dr Shadi is a manipulative asshole who created villains for the Pharaoh because he’s a dick.
@windythegreat sent in : “
Prompt Witches that specialise in plants. Vines on her walls succulents hanging by window. Thank you so much for wonderful writing”
It starts with the poinsettia Carol hands to Sydney after Christmas. The leaves are bright red and green, the plant is healthy, but there’s something sour about the pot. She thinks it might be the wetness of the soil or the way the plastic wrapped around the pot is holding water on the bottom.
“Maybe you can use it,” Carol tells her, flapping a hand at the door. “For, you know, your…thing.”
My craft, Sydney corrects mentally. She smiles at Carol, understanding that her friend is being considerate in her own way, and climbs into her car. She’s not a big talker and she’s fortunate that she has friends who understand that. She can deal with her practice being relegated to “thing.”
Sydney takes the poinsettia home, takes the plastic off, and watches the water drain down the kitchen sink. She sniffs the soil and is oddly pleased. Less sour and more earthy.
She takes the plant with her to the bedroom, situating it in her bedroom window. She falls asleep admiring the red leaves.
After the poinsettia is the spider plant. This one is born out of necessity rather than happenstance, an intentional addition to her new home.
but okay, I love to think about them not knowing each other at first, and it’s like Ryan collects a whole pack of them that follow him around like puppies as he passes through dead or dying towns
and maybe they’re the first people he’s come across who are decent, who aren’t out for his blood and the guns he’s built with his own two hands or the tins of food that sit heavy at the bottom of his pack.
There’s Jack who snatches his arm as he’s sprinting from a horde, pulls him into a room that’s well fortified, and Jack’s clearly been there for a while, if the amount of stuff in the room is anything to go by; and he’s obviously got it from other people- killed them, Ryan thinks, and he’s quick on the draw- but Jack ignores him, keeps his ear pressed to the door, tense, before deflating. They’re safe.
Jack saved his life and he’s still got his pistol trained on him, even as Jack blinks at the gun, confused for a moment before moving on to check the other barricades.
On the day S.H.E.L.D fell your life fell with it. You lost a lot of your friends since half of them were with H.Y.D.R.A, your main source of income and your home. You had nothing to fall back on, but you were good friends with Steve Rogers, the only person you could trust anymore. He convinced Tony to let you stay at the Avengers tower until you got your life back.
When you first arrived at the tower, you found out that you weren’t the only friend Steve convinced Tony to let stay. Bucky was also staying at the tower, which you loved. You developed feeling for him from the story’s Steve told about him from when they were little and grown up. You could honestly call what you felt for him love, meeting him in person proved that.
You thought that he was
brave and nice and not to mention handsome. He was kind, even with his
rough exterior. He was shy and kept to himself and could be awkward at
times, but it wasn’t his fault. It was all H.Y.D.R.A’s. Though, you had to admit, you thought some of Bucky’s awkward tendency were really cute and adorable.
Bucky were the only people in the tower and you were in your room watching some TV. At one point, you heard your stomach growl so you went to the kitchen to get food.
When you walked into the kitchen, you saw Bucky bent over the counter doing something, and better yet, he was shirtless. Your breath hitched and you felt your cheeks heat up when you saw that. You have seen him shirtless in pictures, but you were not prepared for the real thing.
few minutes of him not realizing that you where there, which is weird
for someone of his skill set, you coughed, causing him jump a bit, which in turn made you laugh.
“Oh, hey (F/N). Didn’t see you there.” he said
shyly as he turned to you. He gave you a slight smile and put his head back down, turning
back to what he was doing.
“Hey. What are you up to?” you asked,
starting to walk towards him. He heard you coming over and quickly grabbed
the thing he was working on off the counter. You just stared at him, confused by his sudden action.
Bucky kept his head down and walked
to the other side of the kitchen, cursing himself under his breath. Bucky loved you too, probably more then you loved him. When he came back, the only person he trusted was Steve, his closest and dearest friend. Then Steve introduced him to you and suddenly, the world didn’t seam so shady and dark anymore. He had been wanting to tell you how he really felt for a long time now, but the closest he’s ever gotten is thinking of saying when you were near.
He was scared to tell you. You were a strong, stable and beautiful women. Why would you want to deal the baggage and pain being with him would give you. He knew that if he didn’t tell you, he would regret it.
quickly glanced up at you and decided he was going to do this now. He
walked up to you and lightly tapped your shoulder. You turned around and he handed you something before speed walking out of the kitchen. You were even more confused now.
You looked down at what he gave you to see a folded up piece of paper. You opened it up and read what it said.
Hey (F/N). I’m just going to say it. No explaining.
I love you
froze for a minute and read it 50 more times before running to Bucky’s room, almost tripping over your own feet. You
stopped once you reached the door and was about to knock, but stopped
yourself. You looked down at the paper and uncertainty began to fill
your for some reason. You went back to the kitchen and grabbed a pen.
On the back of the paper, you wrote meet me in the living room and slid it under his door. Bucky looked over at the door and saw the paper. He read it and went to the living room, as ordered.
“Can we talk instead of using notes?” you asked, hearing him come in.
“What is there to say. I told you how I felt in the note and in the most simplest way possible.” Bucky sighed. You suddenly stood up and stomped over to him, almost slapping him. Bucky could see
how pissed off you were and was scared and confused at your reaction.
a man and say it to my face. I always thought the winter solider was a man of action, not
of words.” you said sternly. You wanted him to say it face to face
instead of using these stupid notes. That was only way you would be certain about all of this. You knew the risks of being with Bucky all too well, they were the same risks that came with your job, but you would gladly be with him despite that. All he has to do is say the words.
Suddenly, Bucky wrapped his arms around your waist, smashing his lips against yours. You automatically fell into the kiss, wrapping your arms around his neck and pulling him closer, deepening the kiss.
“I love you.” Bucky said as he pulled away.
love you too.” you grinned. Bucky gave you a loving smile before placing his lips on your once again.
the front door opened and all the Avengers came pilling in, chatting among themselves, but the chatter stopped when they saw both of you
in each other arms. For a moment, the tower was silent with everybody staring at you two and you staring back at them, but it was broken
by Steve’s cheering and clapping.
“You finally got your girl.” Steve laughed, pulling Bucky away from you and wrapping his arms around his shoulder.
up.” Bucky said quietly, extremely embarrassed. You were saddened by Bucky’s
sudden absence but it was quickly replaced by Natasha’s embrace.
told he felt the same.” she giggled, hopping up and down. You
hugged Nat back, but you were focused on Bucky who was looking right back
at you, only sparring a few minutes to the men.
“Congratulations my dear friends!” Thor yelled with a huge grin on his face.
“Let’s get a drink to celebrate.” Tony said, already heading for the
door. Clint seconded that option, following right behind Tony. Bruce stood off a bit when Tony
mentioned alcohol, but he would still go. Tony was his science buddy
after all and he was too awkward to say no.
“Even though that
sounds great, I think I’ll stay here. I mean, you got the good stuff.”
you said. You kept shooting looks in Bucky’s direction, telling him to stay too. He
stared at you confused until he finally got the
“Oh yeah. Me too.” he stuttered a bit. Natasha got off
you and gave you a knowing grin. Tony gave Bucky the same grin and did
that thing with his eyebrows.
“Fine, have fun by yourselves.” Steve sighed. Everybody let out little snickers as they tried to hold in there laughter as Steve looked around confused. It was amazing how Steve was a grown man but acted like a teenager when it came to certain things.
the plan.” you said with a cute smile, looking right at Bucky. Steve looked even
more confused. Tony completely lost it and ended rolling around on the floor.
me to explain, cap.” Tony said, heading to the door and bringing Steve
with him. As Tony explained, you could see Steve’s eyes widen and his
face get red. You had to stop yourself from falling to the ground too from
laughter when you saw the way he glanced back at you and Bucky.
waved goodbye and went to the door, still giving you the same look,
while Clint and Bruce just awkwardly shuffled out of the room
Once the door closed, you and Bucky stood there for a few minutes and smile and one another.
“So, what do you want to do?” you asked.
“Snuggle?” he simply replied, making your heart melt. He was so sweet. He was more experienced then Steve, but at times, he had the same thought process when it came to this kind of thing.
“Sure.” you smiled. Bucky took your hand in his and led you over to the couch. Both of you sat down. You snuggled into Bucky’s chest as he wrapped his arms around your waist and brought you close.
The two watched TV and stayed like that for the rest of the night, content in each others arms.
oh my GOD i don't even go here but i just blew through your married au for flynn and lucy and i don't even really know who they are but i want MORE OF IT
This is Flynn. His real name is Garcia, but he is absolutely one of those characters who everyone always calls by their last name, and it will be a big deal when someone doesn’t probably Lucy but, yes. His middle name is Garbage, or alternately, Melodrama.
As you may be able to tell, he is a Tall, Dark and Snarky Asshole who enjoys brooding, causing chaos, and internally screaming. Aka Hilary’s character kryptonite, but shh.
Long story short: his wife and daughter were murdered by an evil organization called Rittenhouse (a secret society that has been influencing American history since the Revolutionary War) and this genius decided the best solution was to steal a time machine and crash through history trying to kill them all one by one. As you may have foreseen, if you were a reasonable person which Garcia G.M. Flynn is not, this plan has a tendency to backfire. Horribly.
On that note, he is Extra af.
Like, you think your fave is Extra, it has nothing on this asshole. Oh Jesus Christ he is so god damn Extra. When shooting Abraham Lincoln yourself in front of the woman you’re trying to impress ranks – well, maybe somewhere on your top five worst life decisions, but not even definitively number one, you have problems. So many problems.
Meanwhile, this is Lucy.
You may notice she’s trying to describe Flynn, and failing. It’s okay, dear. We all have that problem.
Lucy is a beautiful brave butterfly and history professor who is Far Too Good For This Shit (and especially Flynn’s shit). She and her friends, Wyatt and Rufus (Rufus also being Far Too Good For This World) have been hired by a shady firm called Mason Industries, inventor of the time machines, because of Jerkface McGee up there and his brilliant ideas for….well, not fixing anything, really. So they travel through history after him and try to stop his Dumb Plan o’the Week while meeting historical figures (often important but little-known ones) and dressing up in period costumes and making you be like OH SNAP about things, and anyway, it’s great. Watch the show.
Lucy’s family history is a major plot point and (spoiler alert) her parents are both Rittenhouse, but she doesn’t know this. Her sister has also vanished as a result of all this chronological fuckery, and Lucy really wants her back.
Meanwhile, she has to deal with Flynn, who has a journal somehow written by her, and is convinced they are destined to do great things together, while his way of proving it is to get progressively stupider every time they meet, while staring at her with heart eyes.
SO MUCH HEART EYES.
Lucy is not exempt from it, as she also is known to check her out that Handsome But Oh So Tragically Misguided Individual on occasion.
Soon after the aforesaid checking out happens, and they have feelsy conversations, Lucy stops him from killing a kid (the son of Rittenhouse’s founder) to finish off his Garbage Vengeance Level Up and Flynn gets upset and kidnaps her. He then gets even more upset when this somehow and mysteriously renders her unwilling to drop everything and help him. And is all, “You don’t think I’ll kill you!?!?”
Please note other things G. G. M. Flynn has done at the same time:
1) Bought (or probably stolen) her a dress which goes with his tie 2) Called her “honey” pretending he was arguing with his wife 3) Took her on a completely garbage date where they had drinks and there was a fucking little CANDLE ON THE TABLE where she tells him she knows he didn’t use to be this utterly rubbish. He ignores it, because of course he does. 4) Took her to Harry Houdini’s magic show with ulterior motives up the butt and then forgets them all so he can stare at her like this:
do you even understand HOW MUCH OF A GODDAMN DISASTER THIS MAN IS. DO YOU.
anyway, she tricks him and gets away because of course she does, and they meet up again a few episodes later when his Evil Henchman has snatched her, and she just orders him to make Evil Henchman let her go, which he does, and convinces him to not murder someone for once in his godforsaken life, which he also does, and then goes to murder someone else anyway because SERIOUSLY. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH OF A CATASTROPHE HE IS.
Then later still, he wants to blow up Rittenhouse including her grandfather, and Lucy talks him out of it, and says something nice to him and he cries because of course he does, and we get some god damn fucking soulmate level bullshit:
THE “HE” SHE IS REFERRING TO IS GOD. SHE THINKS GOD BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. NO BIG DEAL. FINE. I’M FINE.
then he joins them and she volunteers to go in the mothership back to the present with him, and then he gives her back the journal, and they gaze at each other like this:
THEN THE SEASON ENDED THERE AND NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED.
(No but actually he gets arrested because the feds followed her to the meeting with him and he thinks she betrayed him and it’s angsty af but they’re gonna need to bust him out of jail next season to help fight Rittenhouse and IT’S GONNA BE SO ANGSTY and he’s gonna be angrier than ever and Jesus I AM NOT PREPARED. but i ALSO NEED IT. RENEW TIMELESS.)
why is it we dont see many watelanders who practice pre war religions (or religious folk in general) in previous games, but it feels very pervasive in fallout 4? especially in regards to christianity.
You know, I was one step away from giving up and just writing down what little I knew, but then Fallout 1 happened and new interesting details kept popping up. I am really glad that I have delayed this response, I hope you will forgive me :)
Religion in Fallout
It’s a complicated topic, and I’ve dreaded the moment someone would come to me and ask what I think about it. The biggest question, of course, is whether or not common wasteland people understand the concept of Christianity. Do they practice it? Do they even know what the word means? Do they have any idea of how pre-war people saw it? Do they have religious beliefs at all, for heaven’s sake?
After playing Fallout 1 I came to the conclusion that religion and the way people perceive it changed over the 200 years. In New Vegas, in “modern” Fallout times, people live more or less “civilized”. No weird beliefs, a pragmatic world view, pretty normal settlements (except for Novac) . Well, In Fallout 1, almost every faction is a cult.
I am not exaggerating. Let’s take a look on the factions of this game. We have: the Brotherhood of Steel, the Followers of the Apocalypse, the Khans (along with the Vipers and Jackals) , the Blades, the Children of the Cathedral, the Gun Runners; among the settlements especially Shady Sands is interesting.
So, some of these factions are pretty well-known. I now understand that I haven’t known them at all.
The Brotherhood seems like a pretty pragmatic bunch - yeah, a bit too fixated on their damn technology, and yes, with an unhealthy view of authority and a bit crazy, but you wouldn’t call them a cult. Well, maybe not in Fallout 3 or New Vegas, but in Fallout 1 they keep talking about their “holy armor” and treat it with the same respect tribes would treat their totems.There are a lot of things they say that makes it clear that they have some kind of sacred and religious relationship with their power armor.
“The sacred armor is so finely constructed to such exacting specifications that it feels like an extension of the blessed one’s own body […] I would feel diminished without my holy armor”.
Yes, this is how they see it. They’re a lot more cultist in the first game than one might expect. I wonder what the “blessed one” is, too.
Most of us know the Followers of the Apocalypse as these good guys that help people and spread knowledge. Nothing cultist about them in New Vegas - they’re more like the Red Cross of the wasteland. Except that they keep saying these weird things that make them sound like very passionate church goers.
“Glorious Day to you”.
”All knowledge is holy”.
“Knowledge of our enemies will help us prevail”.
Nicole herself brings a lot of typical religious phrasing into her speeches and mentions the “sanctity of their library”. The Vault Dweller can ask her “what they worship”, not what they do or believe in.
The Children of the Cathedral are nut jobs and the whole wasteland knows that, but the hate the Followers hold towards them makes the whole situation look like a fight between two cults. It’s like I’m witnessing another one of those gang shootings, except this time they are very passionate believers.
Honestly, the fact that they have a cross as a symbol makes so much sense now.
The Blades, that live just outside of Adytrum and are referred to as a gang, look more like a tribe, really. There’s also a guy in their hide-out that surrounded himself with various bottles of Nuca-Cola and preaches to his people, trying to bring them to understand the true meaning of this drink (he’s also very upset about the fact that they ran out of diet cola). Gun Runners used to be a gang and now live in their little, secure and closed-off community. Shady Sands is a whole new level of weird, to be quite honest. Because even though they are a settlement, and cannot be considered a cult, they have some attributes that just make you think of tribes and religions and cults and such. In the middle of the town they have this weird monument standing:
Personally, it reminds me of the Hammurabi Codex, but that might be just me. There are some similarities though. And I can’t possibly be the only one that finds this town map really confusing.
It’s not so much the map itself as it is the fact that it looks so Egyptian and Mesopotamic. Why? Why would a post-war village located in former California hold such antique vibes and have so many similarities with these ancient cultures?
And the possibly best part is “Dharma”.
Katharina: “Dharma watched over me”.
Dharma appears to be the deity settlers in Shady Sands believe in. It isn’t entirely clear who or what it is, but in our world Buddha’s teachings are called dharma as well. It is also used to refer to other old-world Indian belief systems, including Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. I realize that it has very little to do with Egypt and Mesopotamia, but it’s still weird.
This, as far as I can tell, is as close as the world of Fallout 1 comes to modern religions. The fact that Shady Sands reveres a deity that is possibly related to Buddhism, raises a whole lot of questions. First of all, why Buddhism? How did it happen that the group that emerged from Vault 15 practices this religion? Why not the more common Christianity? The vault experiment was all about putting four very different groups of people in one bunker to see what was going to happen. If they are revering a certain Dharma, is it possible that the vault dwellers that have been put in Vault 15 already had beliefs similar to the ones of the Shady Sands settlers? If so, what was the reasoning behind choosing these people and not the more common Christians?
Second group of questions is all about which consequences it might have had in the future NCR. Shady Sands being the capital of the Republic and its cultural, historical and political heart, should have a major impact on people’s lives - and in this case I mean cultural impact. I would expect that a religion that is practiced in a place that later starts to grow and grow and grow until it is big enough to be considered a country and a nation, will become pretty common - even among those, whose parents haven’t been born in Shady Sands. So, what now? Can it be assumed that many NCR troopers know what Dharma is and believe in this god, maybe even know only of this one god? Is this the common religion in the NCR territory, especially in the areas that have been part of the Republic for a long time now? The places we visit in Fallout 1, for example.
It’s something to consider. Of course, modern NCR citizens seem to be less religious, or at least, don’t show it so much. Which makes sense, because the NCR isn’t a small semi-tribal community anymore. Anyways, here, look at what Shady Sands settlers are supposed to look like:
I really wanted to show it.
Dharma brings me to the topic of mono- and polytheism. Obviously, the citizens of Shady Sands are monotheistic, but what about other settlements? There’s at least one city that has multiple gods - Adytrum.
Jon Zimmerman, the town “major” (who has, in fact, zero authority) tells the Vault Dweller that “they are a humble, god fearing town” - but if the player agrees to help him, he cries out “Thank the gods”. Unfortunately, he doesn’t tell more. But I believe it is safe to say that people outside of Shady Sands tend to believe in multiple gods, although I’m not saying that it can be automatically applied to every settlement.
Point is that the religious beliefs of the wastelanders (in Fallout 1) vary greatly - from monotheistic to polytheistic, from Dharma to power armor. The important thing is, that 80 years after the bombs dropped, nearly every community is religious in some way - even if they aren’t a cult. The interesting question is, why it isn’t Christianity that made a comeback after the apocalypse. Why aren’t Fallout’s people believing in the same god that has already been well-known and loved by the people of pre-war America?
One possible explanation would be that people grew disillusioned in Christianity after the world was literally destroyed, but I’m not really buying that. Continuing to worship a god that already exists is a lot easier than coming up with new ones. Besides that, every time in our history that a major religion has changed, it was because another god has replaced them. It’s always a nation preaching and confirming other people in their beliefs, or conquering new lands and making people worship another god forcefully - it’s always one god dying and being replaced by another one. We do not see that in Fallout 1. Instead of that, we have multiple cults, different religions, ranging from Nuca-Cola worship to the Master’s plans. The only way I see that happening is if the Old America was, for the most part, atheistic.
In current times, it wouldn’t be hard to find a bible and read everything you need to know about Christianity - there are the churches, the motels, the prisons, all of them should be stocked with bibles. I don’t know if pre-war America was the same, but if so, it didn’t help Christian beliefs to stay as prevalent as they are in our times. Which makes sense, if you ask me.
The U.S.A. has been incredibly advanced in regards to technology. Two things should be considered here:
as science advances, religion becomes less important. That’s a common development.
the stuff that the old U.S. government did - all these experiments with human subjects, the merging of different living beings (think of Big Empty) - would have been impossible in a very religious country. Protests would have to be expected.
So, either religion was naturally replaced by science, or the U.S. government made some extra effort to repress religion, and turn the church into a very insignificant player. Or maybe both. Either way, it seems reasonable to assume that pre-war America was, for the most part, atheistic, which is why so many small and new religions started popping up after the war.
But that’s the state of the world 80 years after the Great War. What about modern Fallout times?
I can’t say anything about Fallout 2, since I haven’t played it yet, but that might be unnecessary anyways. What’s important is that by the time of New Vegas the NCR has turned into a nation, and people of the Mojave Wasteland seem to be living in towns and cities - not as cults. It seems, that a natural development took place, during which cults died out. The NCR citizens culturally merged together - whether Dharma remains a known deity remains to be discussed. But the people of Adytrum, the Blades, the people of Shady Sands are one nation now. If they kept living as cults, they would have never managed to form a republic.
The East coast is a bit different though.
The Capital Wasteland didn’t undergo the same kind of development the West Coast went through. Even after 200 years it remains a desolate wasteland without any kind of government. Which is probably why there are more religions and cults there, than are in the Mojave and the NCR.
In Fallout 3, we hear of a certain Abbey of the Road that is located somewhere west of the Commonwealth - we know this from Marcella who happens to be one of the missionaries of this Christian church. I am going to take a guess here, that if a missionary can come as far as to the Capital Wasteland, they sure as hell actively roam the Commonwealth and convert people into their beliefs.
Unlike the Capital Wasteland, the Commonwealth is more organized, and has big important cities. This way, it is much easier for the Christian missionaries to preach and teach their religion and actively bring the word of god to Commonwealth citizens. I don’t think we saw or heard of them in Fallout 4, but it’s a fact that they exist and live somewhere in the Commonwealth area. I think this is how and why people living in this area know of Christianity more than most wastelanders.
And this is the answer to you initial question, I suppose. I talked too much about other things, but I wanted to draw the whole picture and show how I think religions in Fallout developed and why they are the way they are in different areas and timelines.
As usual, a small summary at the very end:
1. Almost every community in Fallout 1, 80 years after the war, has some kind of non-Christian cult.
2. This happened because pre-war America was, for the most part, atheistic. Otherwise people would have continued to preach Christianity - a religion that seems to be almost nonexistent in the world after the war.
3. Shady Sands settlers practice some derivation of Buddhism. Which means that Buddhism might be one of the main religions in the NCR.
4. The Capital Wasteland is somewhere on the developmental level of Fallout 1 California, which is why they still have so many different religions and cults.
5. The Commonwealth is different because a) they are more organized and developed and b) there is a Christian church west of the Commonwealth that sends missionaries to preach their religion.
6. This is why Christianity is more prevalent in the Commonwealth.
❀ scenario: going for a morning jog seemed simple enough, right? Wrong.
❀ kim jongin x reader (mermaid!au)
This morning’s sunrise was a breathtaking display of radiant colors. Bright streaks of red, pink, and orange slowly overcame the dark blue and purple of the twilight sky. The sky resembled a prism; all the colors blended perfectly into each other. The sun itself was just peeking out of the horizon, and its brilliant rays already shined brightly and began to warm the air. I marveled at the glistening reflection of the sun on the ocean and a thrilling feeling of awe swept over me. Having moved here recently the sunrise was most definitely my favourite part of living here.
I stood gazing at the art of work slowly coming up behind the horizon for a few more moments before breaking into a jog and continuing my morning routine. Ladies Code vocals harmonized through my earbuds with their latest release, I’m Fine Thank You. I passed other joggers and a few old couples as i neared the more isolated part of the beach.