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The General Idea

As a Fallout wiki, it is our duty as editors to include any and all information/canon found within the Fallout universe. So what I would like to propose is the addition of a new category for those characters and factions that are recognized as 'Pure Humans' throughout the current (And possibly future.) Fallout titles. Why should we add in this new category? Because those that are recognized as 'Pure Humans' contribute a large part of Fallout lore. (Even if what makes a human 'Pure' is left up to interpretation in reality.) Dragon Leon Skål!

Who Would Fit Into this Category?

This list is only used as an example. Be aware that not every pure human will be necessarily noted in this case.

  • The Enclave
  • Certain BoS members
  • Vault dwellers
  • Marie (The Pitt)
  • Pure bred Super Mutants (Up for debate. But technically, the pure strain of super mutants could only be created using humans that had not been affected by any level of radiation. And technically, as well, super mutants are still humans.)

What Changes Would Take Place?
  • A new category listing to place under all NPC, PC, and faction article pages that fall under the 'Pure Human' classification
  • A new article page detailing the history behind the 'Pure Human' classification and its relevance towards Fallout lore. This will include a list of all known humans classified by canon as 'Pure Humans'.


So all in all, I believe the 'Pure Human' category should be implemented here, as the whole ideal is an important part of Fallout lore, as well as being a real concept that can be verified upon. (In Fallout, this is what constitutes as a 'Pure Human': A human that is relatively radiation-free and has undergone no form of pre-mature mutation/adaption due to an extended and unprotected stay in the wastelands)

Community Discussion

All feed-back would be greatly appreciated! If there is a general approval of this proposal, a vote will be set up on the 10th of August.(Date is still up for discussion.)

  • As much as I remember putting that category, I have to agree with the principal that the Enclave only uses that term to promote themselves. However, I'm not sure if others would agree with the next thing I'm going about to write, but what if the Pure-Human could be simply named as Preserved? No Enclave reference yet it distinguishes the other irradiated humans. Energy X 16:24, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • As I noted earlier, I agree with the principle of a pure strain of humans being up to interpretation. However, the Fallout definition of pure is generalized as being any human that is radiation-free; which is why Vault dwellers - Who have been sheltered from the wasteland and radiation. - are so important to the Enclave and the Master. Dragon Leon Skål!
  • I don't think it's required, especially if non pure humans like Super Mutants are included. Agent c (talk) 16:31, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • For the most part, I'd agree with you. However, like I said, what constitutes as 'Pure Humans' is an important part of Fallout lore. And as a Fallout wiki, we should cover everything that involves Fallout lore. Also, I don't think you read my super mutant note properly. I only think that pure strains of super mutants should be noted. Such as Lou. Dragon Leon Skål!
  • Ok, I'm going off track here maybe, but before I came to this wiki and having played Fallout 3 I wasn't even aware there was something like a 'pure human' category. When I heard of it, I made an immediate connection to the Nazi regime and visitors will very likely make the same link. Already for that reason only I'm not in favor. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 16:40, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • To be quite honest, if someone instantly jumps to that conclusion and then goes on a rampage over it because they decided not to do their research into the matter, then that's their own problem. And anyone who's played the original Fallouts will instantly be aware of the 'Pure Human' references. Even those who started with Fallout 3 should catch the term being thrown around if they pay close enough attention. Dragon Leon Skål!
  • I think of our audience, 3 out of 4 people (probably even more) haven't played the older games because of their young age. You can see it in the Yes Man polls. You say it's their problem, I say we shouldn't make it a problem for them and subsequently for us. And we already has a discussion about this at the end of 2010 I think, where Gothemasticator already dismissed it. Jspoel Speech Jspoel 17:02, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • That's another of my points exactly. This is a Fallout wiki where people come to learn more about Fallout, and the history behind it. That's how I found out about Wikia in the first place, was me wanting to find out the background to game universes such as the Elder Scrolls and Warcraft series. There's been days where I've spent hours just looking through the history of a game to find every ounce of information I could on how certain events led up to where you start in the game, and how your actions can affect the future of the world I've just been engulfing days of my life into playing. So you sort of reinforce my point of the necessity to add lore and canon that is considered important to the history of Fallout. Especially so since most of the modern Fallout community are gamers who are not familiar with the original games. Dragon Leon Skål!

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I'd like to argue against categorising super mutants as "pure humans", even the proper SM's such as Lou or Marcus. Are they humans, or post-human? I would argue post-human, as the FEV forces them to evolve, that they have evolved the stage of being Homo Sapiens Sapiens to something else. Hugs MadeMan2 "Say 'ello to my little friend!"

  • Hmm. That's a good point. I suppose they are closer to meta-humans than actual humans in this case. Definitely one of the weaker points in this proposal, but I figured it would still be good to throw them in for debate. Dragon Leon Skål!
  • I'm going to look at this from a more pragmatic standpoint. The "races" that we use are easily defined by the settings in the game editor. By using the races that are defined by the devs, it alleviates *most* of the bickering over who is what race. All we have to do is look in the GECK. If we self-define something different, then we will put ourselves in the position of having to deal with everyone's diverse definition of the new race, whatever that may be. In this case, I'd mush rather use the "Keep it Simple" method and use the GECK defined races. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 19:32, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • I agree. I can already foresee multiple arguments stemming after the implementation of this category. For the sake of simplicity, along with my belief that this is not super important, I think we ought to skip out on adding this. --Skire (talk) 19:37, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • So let me get this straight: We're supposed to be lazy and leave out Fallout lore just for the sake of simplicity? Last time I checked, the whole purpose of a wiki is to have an easy to find encyclopedia of knowledge over specific subjects. Yes, you're right: The noting of who is considered a 'Pure Human' in Fallout history isn't that important. But at the same time, we're supposed to be as accurate as possible, - being a wiki - adding in everything that has to do with Fallout. As for this causing bickering, we already have bickering over almost every aspect of this wiki already. Look up any of our policies and norms, and I guarantee you 90 percent of the time there was at least some sort of controversy over perspective on the matter. So I don't consider that a good excuse to not add an important detail of what this wiki is supposed to be covering. Edit: I also don't like the idea of using the G.E.C.K. as a crutch. Just because something isn't in the G.E.C.K. doesn't mean it's not worthy of looking into. Dragon Leon Skål!
  • Perhaps I misunderstood. I assumed you meant to replace the infobox race with "pure human" and/or create a category for the same. I have no problem at all with an article written about pure humans, with appropriate tables, lists, links, whatever to those deemed as such. But if you mean to replace the infobox race with this, then no, I'd rather not. Frankly, (and I haven't checked) I'd be incredibly surprised if we didn't already have such a page. If we don't, one should be made. I don't think it's being lazy, the information has merit and should be here, it's the question of the "where" should it be that I'm talking about. The Gunny  380px-USMC-E7 svg 20:11, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • Alright then, allow me to ask you one thing, if I may: What exactly will we again from this? You're right it's an important part of FO lore, but that's before: what do you get after? Easier navigation to find "pure human" characters? That seems a little too obscure and for me is easily overshadowed by the additional complications it might arise. --Skire (talk) 20:12, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • Those fears make a lot more sense. I'll update this forum accordingly so there's no confusion on this part. But no, it's not my plan to replace the info-box character races with pure human. (Although I would like these pages to come with the 'Pure Human' category listing.) What I mostly want on top of this is an article page revolving around the 'Pure Human' classification, along with a listing of those who we know for a fact are considered as such. And yes Sigma, that is essentially all I want, is a page detailing a little more of the lore. If a user comes here looking for the history of Fallout, then I would like to edit happy knowing that we've given them as many references as possible to do so. Doesn't matter how little or seemingly unimportant the topic is. That's not up to us to decide. Dragon Leon Skål!
    • Well The Gunny and I were discussing in chat, and I am currently working on a "pure human" page, almost as a subspecies of Human, for that purpose. This should satisfy the need for coverage in that area much better than a debatable category addition. --Skire (talk) 20:30, August 6, 2012 (UTC)
    • Sounds reasonable so far. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. I've been working on an article page for this as well, so maybe afterwords we can cross-examine and go from there. Dragon Leon Skål!

Well, Garoux is correct in the fact that this info is part of Fallout lore and should be included in this wiki. I don't think that is really up for debate. What is up for debate is two fold. Firstly how we impart this information to the reader. Secondly, what is the absolute definition of a pure human. And from what source do we take this information. This definition has to be based in lore, and not our own interpretation.

Now this forum is about the proposal to impart that information via categorisation. I think we should stay focussed on that part first, instead of getting bogged down in the absolute definition of that categorisation. Which might be inconsequential in people decide against the categorisation in the first place.

Now look at it, this pure human subject and associated lore is actually present in both the human and Enclave pages to a degree. Although I feel the info in the human page could do with being expanded a bit further. However, I don't think that the subject, on its own, is worthy of a whole page dedicated to itself. Mainly because it is simply an ideologie of a single faction in the Fallout universe.

As for the category itself, I am in two minds on this. Mainly because I don't feel it is important enough to actually deserve one, especially when it is a point of view within the universe itself. But on the other hand, we have had more pointless categories utilised in the past. User avatar tagUser Avatar talk 00:44, August 8, 2012 (UTC)

Instead of a category, why not just include "Pure" next to where it says human in the infobox? That way you can even make a Pure Human page to link to in case someone doesn't know what it means. Yes Man defaultUser Avatar talk 00:01, August 12, 2012 (UTC)

My two cents - think about it like journalists. There's really no evidence that there are actually pure humans. What exists in the game is a faction that claims that there exist these so-called pure humans. Cover that in the articles. Don't then adopt the faction's stance and start categorizing or naming npcs accordingly. 01:01, October 16, 2012 (UTC)

Human is enoughEdit

Human is enough, putting the word "pure" in front of it sounds racist. There is no one race of human. We are all human until altered, mutated or ghoulafied. So there is no need for a separate category for some thing that dose not exist .

Humans are capable of a great many things, but purity is not in our DNA.

I can not support this Proposal.

CupSaintPainThat was broke afore I got here." 01:17, October 16, 2012 (UTC)

Racist, Nazi's, jeez Pain and Jspoel get your head out of your soap box. Who ever thinks that hard to find a correlation between racism and nazi's doesn't deserve a brain. There is no way that this is racist, there is an abundance of info to clearly say they are two different strains of DNA, therefore they are different. Nazi's? who the hell even thinks of that? That is just nonsense. There are over 15,000 pages on this wiki, i think we should, at every opportunity categorise (i'm not American so unless it's a page i won't use z) the content to make easy navigation. It sickens me to think that everything thing that is brought up, Jspoelstra seems to not like it and act like he is the boss and not approve it. Leon this is a great idea. Vault-Tec Circle "Editing With Triple S Technology!" 5:13, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

What Dweller said sooooooo much. Let's not nerf the world of Fallout, embrace and outline every aspect of it some of you over-zealously sensitive fans like to censor. If people get offended... fuck 'em! People get offended just to get offended, this is a mature video game series intended for the adult mind, if this can't be understood... I honestly need to re-think my place here quite frankly. Fallout isn't a pretty world, stop trying to make it one.--Enclavesymbol 06:26, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

Exactly, the game is MA 15+ (Mature audiences 15 years or more) and i think mature people really wouldn't think that, i'm 31 and i didn't. Stop censoring things that aren't there! Vault-Tec Circle "Editing With Triple S Technology!" 5:29, November 13. 2012 (UTC)

"Quote" Who ever thinks that hard to find a correlation between racism and nazi's doesn't deserve a brain. "End Quote"

Not sure exactly what that means. "I am not a mind reader." Hell I barely even know what I mean some days.

However even on my weakest day I know Nazi equals racist. KKK, Black Panther, Taliban.. It is all hate and I don't share their world view.

I have shared my self with ladies of more than a few races and cultural back grounds so I have an emotional bond with the Gypsies, the Jews and the Pagans of all shades that real world, self proclaimed, racial and or sociological purity enthusiasts might claim have less right to exist.

I love ladies of all tones and social backgrounds.

PEACE SaintPain TinySaintPainThat was broke afore I got here." 07:21, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

I was afraid I would timed out so here it is. The words pure and human don't have business together. I have seen the things humans do and it is to unclean to be called pure.

  • Now stepping of the "soap box" ~;p

Mutants and Ghouls set them selves in a separate category. It is a game thing. THEY define them selves as "non" HUMAN. If you know of a 1/2 human then it is an oddity and it dose not deserve a whole category. That would be a foot note at best.

SaintPain TinySaintPainThat was broke afore I got here." 07:47, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

Wait we where simmo posting read above again. I had spell check and add on's. Bear with me please.

SaintPain TinySaintPainThat was broke afore I got here." 07:47, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

That's just it Pain, the long-term mutation as a result of 200-some years of exposure to radiation and airborne Forced Evolutionary Virus that long-term secluded factions like the Enclave and certain BoS factions (there's so many of them it's hard to decipher) did not suffer from, has nothing, -absolutely nothing- to do with race or racism. This is a fact, the Enclave boast their pure human status simply because they are practically pre-war humans, and thus healthier.
Race has nothing to do with this, zero, zilch, nada. There is absolutely nothing anyone can possibly say or do to convince me otherwise. How are we supposed to get over racism exactly when people fixate on it to the ludicrously obsessive amount? The static responses like you have given (no offense intended Pain) serves as a sterling example as any as to the very reason racism is evidently still a very hot topic.
'Genes aren't pure or impure?', where do people get this idea exactly? 'Equality' 101? If genes weren't worse or better than they might be for others why do diseases, sickness, and mutation exist for some and -do not- exist for others?
I'm crazy for looking at it from a health perspective instead of an evil, subliminal racist scumbag perspective though. Or blind, yeah, let's go with blind.
Sorry for the long-winded rant, but the opposition to this is pathetically petty.--Enclavesymbol 07:39, November 13, 2012 (UTC)

I get the point you are trying to make but it is misguided.

  • If I get a vaccination for Polio or Small Pox or Berry Berry or the Bobonic Plage, Yellow or Scarlet fever Yada yada yada. I have indeed been MUTATED. My 82nd Airborne shot record goes on and on. I have been genetically modified to build immunity to things I was never exposed to before. I AM A MUTANT.

Pure HUMAN dose not exist. Racist think there could be. Yet the truth is EVOLUTION and advances in medical science have made all humans a mutant by comparison to our ancestors of just 2,000 years ago.

  • There is no need for a pure Human category because humans were more than one pure race long before the bombs fell in these games.

All the talk about racism was just to illustrate why The ENCLAVES much like Nazi might wish to sell a lie. Racists Excuse them selves for the evils they do. "The Enclave" would claim they are pure. It is a Lie. There is no PURE HUMAN RACE.

SaintPain TinySaintPainThat was broke afore I got here." 08:05, November 13, 2012 (UTC)