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When Vault Dweller returned to Vault 13 after defeating the Master and his army and was exiled from the Vault by the Overseer. He wandered the desert, but never moved far from the mountains that shielded the Vault from the rest of the world. Some other members of the Vault, who upon hearing of what happened to him, had decided to leave the Vault and join his side, followed him soon afterwards. They knew little of the outside world, and would have died if it were not for his assistance. That's when the Vault Dweller removed his vault suit, never to wear it again. Two months later, Vault Dweller headed North, to the to the great canyons, with a small group of Vault-dwellers and wastelanders and founded the small village of Arroyo. Over time, their ragtag group turned into a tribe. The construction of Arroyo was completed on August 18, 2167.In 2241, the Chosen One, Vault Dweller's grandchild, was given the task to find a G.E.C.K. to save Arroyo from starvation in the wasteland.
Initially it appeared that the Vaults were designed to save the population of the US; however, there were not nearly enough Vaults for this purpose. The true, sinister reason is that these 'shelters' were in fact a series of sociological experiments conducted by the Enclave. Each Vault was set up with different conditions, and then observed to see how the dwellers within coped with the pressure of isolation.It was initially intended that while the player was reading the Vault 8 records in Fallout 2, he could discover a classified file (opened with a successful Science skill roll) which explained that Vault 8 was a "control Vault," designed to hold 1000 people and to open on time. This file was intended to foreshadow the discovery of the true and sinister purpose of the Vaults.
The ruling council of the Brotherhood of Steel, based in the Lost Hills bunker in South California, decided to send a contingent of soldiers to the East Coast, to recover any and all advanced technology from Washington, DC and to investigate the reports of super mutant activity in the area.The Pentagon, as they had feared, was largely destroyed. But its sub-levels remained intact, and contained enough pre-war technology and weaponry to keep Brotherhood forces going indefinitely (once the defense robots were destroyed). But there was something else, as well… a technological marvel that, if restored, could help the Brotherhood rebuild a strength and reputation that had been declining steadily for years.
Joshua Graham, commonly known as Hanged Man, is a possible companion in Van Buren. He is wrapped from head to toe in bandages as he had been burned pretty much all over. The fact that he is still quite mobile and dangerous is a testament to his badassness. Graham is one of the most evil characters around, who has committed all sorts of evil acts like rape, murder and robbery. The tribals have feared and hated him already since the days when he was a member of Caesar's Legion. Even the civilized people are scared of him because he is a man with a seemingly infinite amount of lives. The Prisoner encounters Graham hanged by the neck from a pole at Fort Abandon, obviously still alive and enraged.
ZAX is the machine intelligence controlling the facility at the Glow, developed by Vault-Tec. It is an advanced computer capable of learning, independent thought and creativity, with added error insertion to improve its variance in experience and learning capability. Initially a prototype of some of the systems designed to govern the vaults, it was given to the government to help the Department of Energy collect resource data. Within a year, it was taken by the military for plague and tactical research; one version, ZAX 1.2 was constructed for West Tek. ZAX 1.2 was used at the West Tek facility for biological studies, including pathology and genetic research. Its primary function was in extrapolation of information of complexity levels exceeding human capacity. Its external functions, such as operating the labs, were crippled in the blast that hit the Glow, but it is otherwise intact.