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So tonight, as we break bread together, let us forge together something new. Something strong. Something we can be proud of. Something we can build upon. We'll preserve what's best of what's come before and use it. And one day, we will reclaim what was lost. Let us forge a Brotherhood of Steel.Formation of the Brotherhood of Steel

Roger Maxson was the founder of the Brotherhood of Steel.[3] Prior to the Great War, he served as a captain in the United States Army. He was close friends with Lieutenant Elizabeth Taggerdy, whom he fought alongside during the Resource Wars.[4]


Mariposa Military Base

In 2076, West Tek's NBC Division made significant advances in the Pan-Immunity Virion Project and the United States Department of Defense, in fear of international espionage, moved the team.[5] The project, now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project, was then under the command of Colonel Robert Spindel and Captain Roger Maxson. On January 7, 2077, all FEV research was moved to the newly constructed Mariposa Military Base to commence testing of the virus on human subjects.[6][7] The security team was transferred to the newly constructed base as well, to provide protection for the research going on within the facility. They were not informed of the nature of the research.[3]

The first scientist to be interrogated by Captain Maxson was Robert Anderson, the chief of the research team at Mariposa. Anderson explained that the testing at the facility was sanctioned and, in fact, ordered by the government, as he outlined the experiments to the captain. In response, Captain Maxson murdered him.[3] By October 18, the scientists on the project were all dead, murdered by Captain Maxson. Erin Shellman held out the longest, almost convincing the captain that the experiments were really ordered by the government.[3] On October 20, 2077, Captain Maxson declared his unit in full secession from the United States, attempting to force the government to respond to the situation at Mariposa. No response came, but news of the mutiny spread through the wider United States Army.[4] A day later, he ordered the families of soldiers under his command to take shelter within the facility.[3]

Great War

The Great War struck on October 23, 2077. Maxson ordered his soldiers and their families to prepare to vacate the base the next day.[8] On October 26, Maxson ordered the remains of the scientists to be buried in the wastes outside the base. A day later, on October 27, the group left the base under the leadership of Maxson.[9] The group headed for the Lost Hills government bunker in the south in an event known as the Exodus.[10][11] Maxson's teenaged son survived the trip but his wife died.[12]

Brotherhood of Steel

Maxson used a communications satellite to contact other units across the country. One such unit, based in Appalachia, was led by Elizabeth Taggerdy, an old acquaintance of Maxson's. Maxson delivered a radio broadcast to his loyalists across the country.[13] He claimed that the United States government had failed to serve its citizens in years leading up to the War. Recognizing that the government had abandoned its citizens, he stated that a new order must be formed in order to preserve civilization: a "Brotherhood of Steel."[13]

Maxson intended for the Brotherhood as an organization to work closely with people outside of its ranks, with the task of rebuilding the Old World being too large for the Brotherhood alone.[14] His idea of an open Brotherhood put him at odds with isolationist members of the Brotherhood, including his own son and Paladin Taggerdy.[14]

First Brotherhood Expeditionary Force

Maxson remained in frequent contact with the Appalachian chapter, often broadcasting speeches about specific elements of his philosophy in creating the Brotherhood. Maxson was deeply troubled by the sudden appearance of the Scorched Plague and accompanying Scorched and Scorchbeasts, advising Taggerdy on setting up kill zones to lure the Scorched into. Elizabeth pleaded with Maxson to grant her team permission to use nuclear weapons against the scorchbeasts but was forbidden by him because he found the concept of using nuclear weapons wrong, even to help fight the scorchbeasts.[15] He maintained communications until the satellite burned in the atmosphere, as no one was left to correct its orbit. In his last transmission, he assured Taggerdy of his complete trust in her leadership and promised to send help as soon as he could.

High Elder Maxson and his Council of Elders approved Paladin Rahmani's request to form an expedition to journey to Appalachia, and discover the fate of the chapter.[16] Maxson urged her to reestablish communications with the Lost Hills chapter as soon as possible.[17][18][19]


Maxson died in 2135 following a battle with cancer and his son, Maxson II, became the next High Elder of the Brotherhood of Steel.[12] He was not as trusting of outsiders as his father and, under his leadership, the Brotherhood at Lost Hills began to isolate themselves.[20]

Roger Maxson was known as the "Founder" and "Deliverer."[1][21][22] Descendents include Maxson II, John Maxson, Lady Jessica Maxson, and Arthur Maxson, who commands the Prydwen as Elder of the Brotherhood of Steel in the Commonwealth.[12]

Related holotapes


Fallout 76



  • "I finally replied to the outside world over our radio. I don't know why they never sent anyone here to see what was happening when we stopped responding to their transmissions. It doesn't make any sense. Well, they'll come now. I declared ourselves seceded from the union. They remember Jefferson Davis. What will history say about me?"
  • "We're leaving this godforsaken place today. I'm leading the exodus to the old government bunker at Lost Hills. I'm leaving this log behind to be buried when this place goes in the next exchange. Who knows, maybe someone will find it someday....."
  • "We've fought and we've endured and finally we have a small patch of safety. But having a home isn't enough. We need something more. What we need is... purpose. But we cannot look to the America of old for that purpose. We have to build our own."
  • "We need to do something bold. We can't just stay the U.S. Army. What's going to happen, and this is only a matter of time, is some general, or some goddamn politician is going to exit a Vault and start ordering us around. And worse, they'll order some grunt to start the whole goddamn cycle again. Another wave of nuclear death, and if that's not enough they'll do it again! You know they will, Lizzy. It ends with us. We won't let them."
  • "Words have power, Lizzy. They build identity. They take on a meaning if you keep using them, even if it didn't exist to begin with. It was the Knights and Scribes after the fall of Rome that protected what was left of Western civilization. So we are the new Knights and our role is similar. But we'll need more than names. We'll need new traditions, our own, well, mythology. Something people can believe to their core."



Roger Maxson is mentioned in Fallout, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. His voice is heard in Fallout 76, and he appears as a dweller in Fallout Shelter Online.

Behind the scenes

  • At one point, the Vault Dwellers of Vault 76 would have established contact with Maxson at the Lost Hills bunker. He would have tasked the player with finding the bodies of Squires Belmonte and Kerry, and reporting their cause of death in the "Brotherhood Terminal. The technical data gathered during Forbidden Knowledge may have been sent directly to Maxson and the Lost Hills Brotherhood via uplink. There are several voice lines for Maxson that are not used anywhere, and can only be found in game files. Most cut dialogue files have internal "scenes" attached to them, though these lines do not.[23]
  • In the canceled Van Buren, Jeremy Maxson would have renamed a Brotherhood of Steel outpost in honor of his legendary ancestor. The Maxson bunker would have been located somewhere east of California.[Doc 1]
  • Roger Maxson is mentioned in the Fallout Bible.[Dev 1][Dev 2][Dev 3][Dev 4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sophia's tape
  2. Vault Dweller: "Who leads the Brotherhood?"
    Scribe Valdez: "The Council of Elders, chief among them High Elder Maxson, our founder. He proclaimed our mission and set us on the path we follow today. Our expedition leader is Paladin Rahmani. She's an aggressive and daring commander who's taken us through many trials."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Captain Maxson's diary
  4. 4.0 4.1 Radio log: Aug 29 2077
  5. GPWRTERM.MSG: "In light of significant advances in 2076 by the NBC on the Pan-Immunity Virion Project, the United States Defense Department, in fear of international espionage,"
    "moved a team onto the site to secure and oversee the project, now dubbed the FEV (Forced Evolutionary Virus) project."
  6. GPWRTERM.MSG: "2077. FEV nears completion. Test on lab animals are at a near 100% success rate. Size and muscle density increase approximately 60%, and the potential intelligence increase by 200%."
    "{Effects upon human subjects remain unknown; although they are theoretically promising. "
    "The military, wishing to continue further testing, builds a large facility at the Mariposa military installation in central California. At this new facility, testing of the FEV virus continues on volunteer subjects from the military."
  7. FEV Experiment Disk: "Log Date January 7, 2077: Major Barnett has ordered transfer of all FEV research to the Mariposa Military Base. He plans to continue the project experiments on volunteer subjects. I am against this, and would like it noted here that research on human subjects is not recommended by myself or my staff."
  8. Maxson log
  9. Sophia's tape: "The Exodus from the accursed base was a trying time for the men and their families. While there was no radioactive fallout to contend with, they were frequently beset by the fallout of humanity. Roving bands of psychotic marauders attempted several attacks on that noble group.
    The company itself was in no danger, for they wore the Armor of Power. Members of their families were not so lucky. Once the vermin found out they were easily repelled, they began to fire on the unarmed civilians from a distance. They took a great many casualties, yet for every member of the Exodus that was struck down in this way, our noble brethren took two lives from the wasteland."
  10. Cabbot: "Oh, well, in the Exodus, the Brotherhood split into two groups. The group that broke away robbed the others of some of the weapons an-and went southwest. About ten years ago, we sent out knights to look for them, but all they found was ruins. No one knows what happened."
  11. Sophia's tape: "Yet there were those who sought still more. These restless souls demanded we look to the southeast for the advanced technology that was supposedly housed there.
    Capt. Maxson warned these impetuous youths that the research facility was doubtlessly destroyed when we were spared, but they would not hear his words. They took their sanctified armor and headed off to find their Holy Grail, but not before they spoke the Deliverer's name in vain, questioning his very bravery! These men were never heard from again."
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Citadel terminal entries; Maxson Archive terminal, Maxson Family Dossiers
  13. 13.0 13.1 Formation of the Brotherhood of Steel
  14. 14.0 14.1 Elder Maxson's Final Conversation
  15. The nuclear option
  16. Vault Dweller: "Why did you come to Appalachia?"
    Scribe Valdez: "We're here to help the people of Appalachia, and to catalog any technological discoveries we find. We set up Fort Atlas to that end. This old observatory has a wealth of technology to discover, and is a good staging point for future operations. We also want to learn the fate of the old Appalachian chapter of our order. MIA, presumed KIA."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  17. Encrypted broadcasts
  18. Vault Dweller: "Who's Elder Maxson?"
    Scribe Valdez: "Oh, have we not explained that to you yet? It should have been part of your Initiation... Guess we just haven't had a chance to slow down. Sorry about that. Above the Paladins are the Elders. And leading the Elders is High Elder Maxson. He's the one who founded the Brotherhood, and decided to send us on our mission here."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  19. Vault Dweller: "Why is Shin so concerned with contacting Elder Maxson?"
    Scribe Valdez: "It was one of our orders. After setting up in Appalachia, we were to re-establish contact, make a report, and receive our next assignment. It's not that the Paladin has directly disobeyed that order, but... she's been more focused on helping Appalachia. Being in that position, as the leader of this whole operation, I can't even imagine how much she has to think about. I'm just trying to support both her and the Knight as much as I can. And hopefully get them back on the same page."
    (Odessa Valdez's dialogue)
  20. John Maxson: "Hello, youngster. Cabbot said you wanted to talk. Look I'm uh . . . I'm pretty stacked up right now, so I'll uh . . . I'll help you out as long as you don't start flappin' your gums too much. You know, outsiders are like that, always jawin' . . . Hehehe. Kinda like me, huh?"
    The Vault Dweller: "Outsiders? What do you mean by that?"
    John Maxson: "An Initiate not born here. You're the first Outsider we've let join in a long, long time. Well, near on twenty years now. "
    (John Maxson's dialogue)
  21. Vault Dweller: "What could be more important than history?"
    Sophia: "Vree seems to think that the research of new weaponry and the information gathered from Mutant autopsies is more important than our history. She has forgotten that our history is a vital part of our lives. It has gotten so bad that many of the new initiates don't even know who Roger Maxson is or what exactly he did for us."
    (Sophia's dialogue)
  22. The Courier: "What do you think of the Brotherhood of Steel?"
    Caesar: "The worst impulses of mankind, concentrated in one insane, backward tribe. The Brotherhood seems to have formed not long after the great atomic war. It's hard to know - they care little for history. Some of the Brotherhood scribes we captured further East didn't even know the name of their founder, Roger Maxson. They like to pretty up their mission with trappings of chivalry, but the truth is they're horders. They horde technology. It's been 200 years, and they still have the mentality of scavengers. They say they're preserving these technologies, but for what? They have no vision. They offer no future. They're a dead end."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  23. Unused Content FO76CC MaxsonMissionBrief.ogg
Design Documents Developer Statements
  1. Fallout Bible 0: "2135 Elder Roger Maxson dies of cancer, and his son, already an accomplished soldier, takes up the role of "General" (Elder) within the Brotherhood of Steel. John Maxson becomes a member of the Paladins, showing tremendous promise as a soldier."
  2. Fallout Bible 0: "2076 January 3 A military team under the command of Colonel Spindel is sent to the West Tek research facility to monitor the experiments in the interest of national security. Captain Roger Maxson (the grandfather of John Maxson, the High Elder of the Brotherhood of Steel in F1) is among the team personnel."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October Captain Roger Maxson and his men discover that the scientists at Mariposa have been using "military volunteers" (military prisoners who didn't have their brains scooped for use in Brain Bots) as test subjects in their experiments. Morale in the base breaks down, and Maxson executes Anderson, the chief scientist. Not long after this (and in light of the breakdown of the mental breakdown of Colonel Spindel stationed at the base), Maxson's men turn to him for leadership. He shrugs and says "we should quit.""
  4. Fallout Bible 0: "2077 October 20 Captain Roger Maxson, now in control of Mariposa, declares himself to be in full desertion from the army (via radio)... and nothing happens. Worried, Maxson orders all families stationed outside the base moved inside the Mariposa facility."