Here I sit, in the safety of the Citadel, while the people of the Wasteland thirst, and suffer, and die. Here I sit, a failed, feeble old man.”
Lyons was born in 2202, and was originally a Brotherhood of Steel paladin stationed at the Lost Hills bunker in South California. In 2251, his daughter Sarah was born. Sarah's mother died some time afterwards.
In 2254 the Brotherhood's ruling council decided to send a contingent of soldiers to the East Coast, with three important objectives. First, to scour the ruins of Washington, D.C., once the nation's capital, and recover any and all advanced technology. Second, to investigate the reports of super mutant activity in the area. Third, to reestablish contact with the Midwestern chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel and return them under Lost Hills command (the Brotherhood of Steel's main airship had crashed near Chicago during a large storm and all communication was lost with the Lost Hills bunker). Thus a small but hardened contingent of Brotherhood of Steel soldiers, led by Paladin Lyons (and accompanied by his three year-old daughter Sarah, friend and technological adviser Scribe Rothchild, as well as Star Paladin Cross, Paladin Henry Casdin, Paladin Ishmael Ashur, Knight Commander Tristan, Junior Knight Colvin and Junior Paladin Gunny) set out from Lost Hills and began the long trek east to what was once Washington D.C.
Contact with the Midwestern Brotherhood turned out to be unsuccessful. The group passed the Pitt on the way to the Capital Wasteland and "cleansed" the area of its mutated population, an action later to be known as the Scourge.
When the group reached the East Coast, they found the Pentagon largely destroyed but still holding a technological marvel in the form of Liberty Prime. This discovery was significant enough to earn Paladin Lyons a battlefield promotion to elder, and a new directive from his superiors; to establish a new, permanent Brotherhood base in the Capital Wasteland and continue the search for any other advanced technology hidden in the capital's ruins. Lyons accepted his new post gladly and founded the Citadel, built into and beneath the ruins of the Pentagon. Lyons and his soldiers also found the super mutants in the urban ruins of Washington, D.C. and helped stop the mutant tide from overtaking the entire region, by at least keeping them at bay.
Fighting the super mutants, simply keeping them at bay, may have been enough for the area's wastelanders, but for the Brotherhood, too many questions remained; foremost among them, the means by which these new mutants were being created, where they were being created and why they were using the people of the Capital Wasteland. Finding these answers would, ultimately, become Owyn Lyons' obsession.
At some point during the mid 2250's a group of scientists led by James, founded Project Purity, a scientific research project aimed at creating free clean water for the people of the Capital Wasteland, at the Jefferson Memorial. With their site's location being in close proximity to the Citadel, they brokered an alliance with Lyons for protection and supplies. Knowing what such an endeavor could mean to the Brotherhood and the people of the wasteland, Lyons supported the science team with whatever they needed and kept raiders and super mutants at bay until the project was eventually abandoned by the scientists.
A new missionEdit
The years passed, but not in a way anyone had foreseen. Indeed, the Brotherhood of Steel’s importance to the people of the Capital Wasteland was not something that Lyons ever expected. Nor was it something his superiors back in California cared at all about. Their newest elder had a clearly defined mission: to acquire advanced technologies in and around the ruins of Washington D.C. Finding the source of the super mutant threat and destroying it was important too, of course. Lyons’ prime objective was, first and foremost, the acquisition of technology. The super mutants were his second priority. Thus was the subject of every communication from the Brotherhood of Steel leadership in California.
However, Elder Owyn Lyons had another priority, one he considered more important than his original directive or any orders received since: the protection of the innocent people of the Capital Wasteland. And so, Lyons sent word to his superiors that he would continue his search for technology when he was damned good and ready, and would not sacrifice the people who had come to rely on the bravery and strength of the Brotherhood of Steel.
The Californian corridors of Lost Hills erupted in rumor and speculation. Some claimed Owyn Lyons had "gone native," putting the needs of the people of D.C. above those of the Brotherhood itself; others saw him as a Brotherhood elder finally exhibiting the selfless behavior that should serve as a model for the entire order. Caught in the middle, the ruling elders made the only decision they could: they would still recognize Elder Lyons as a leader of the Brotherhood of Steel and the Citadel as their D.C. headquarters, but all support from the West Coast was thereby cut off. If Lyons wanted to pursue his own agenda on the East Coast, he would have to do it alone.
Most of Elder Lyons’ soldiers supported his dedication to the people of the Capital Wasteland, and were proud of their leader’s commitment to honor and heroism. But there were those who voiced their opposition – loudly, and aggressively. They believed that by abandoning the Brotherhood of Steel’s primary mission of acquiring new technologies, Elder Lyons had abandoned the very values that defined the order itself.
One night, the dissenters departed from the Citadel, absconding with weapons, power armor, and other pieces of technology and equipment. This was, without question, Owyn Lyons’ darkest hour. He had become a man of compassion and understanding, and couldn’t help but sympathize with those who had left; he had abandoned the Brotherhood’s primary mission. He recognized that, and took full responsibility for it. Some of the knights and paladins who left had been his brothers for years. Together, they had shared victory and loss, pain and elation. But to those soldiers loyal to Elder Lyons, this dereliction of duty and theft of technology was an act of cowardice and treason. The dissenters would call themselves the "Outcasts," traitors to the Brotherhood of Steel – it was a name they would ultimately wear like a badge of honor, proud of the distance it put between themselves and Lyons’ "soldier sycophants." One of these people who left was none other than Henry Casdin, who became the founder of the Outcasts.
War with the EnclaveEdit
A year passed since many of his soldiers left to form the Brotherhood Outcasts, but Lyons was still dedicated to the cause of helping the people of the Capital Wasteland. He continued to send his troops into the D.C. ruins to help any who needed it, including the protection of Three Dog, a disk jockey who tries to get the message of the "good fight" to the people of the wasteland.
All continued normally, until the Enclave attacked and occupied the Jefferson Memorial, where Project Purity called home. James, the leader of the project, sacrificed his life in an attempt to thwart Augustus Autumn's attempt to take over the project. While he failed to stop the Enclave, he managed to save the lives of scientist Madison Li and his child, the Lone Wanderer. The two eventually made it to the Citadel, where Lyons greeted them.
After hearing of the resurgence of the Enclave, he immediately declared war on the Enclave and began a campaign to stop them. The Lone Wanderer required a Garden of Eden Creation Kit to get Project Purity functional and Lyons pointed them in the direction of Reginald Rothchild, after speaking to Rothchild, the Wanderer headed to Vault 87 for the G.E.C.K.
Shortly before the Wanderer's return, Owyn Lyons was debating with his daughter whether or not to launch an assault on the Jefferson Memorial, and reclaim it from the Enclave. The Lone Wanderer returned to tell Lyons some ill news, that the Enclave had stolen the G.E.C.K. and would shortly activate it. With this piece of information and his daughter's eagerness to attack, he ordered them to assault the project and occupy it.
After the battle was won, the Brotherhood occupied the Jefferson Memorial, and began to distribute clean, fresh water to the people of the Capital Wasteland.
Lyons once again enlisted the help of the Lone Wanderer to help defeat the Enclave, sending them to assist with the assault of the Satellite Relay Station and also tasked the Wanderer with finding a Tesla Coil in the ruins of Old Olney. After the Wanderer had completed these tasks they were sent to Adams Air Force Base to destroy the Enclave's last known major base of operations.
The Lone Wanderer could have targeted either Adams Air Force Base or the Citadel, the latter of which would have killed Lyons. However, the appearance of Arthur Maxson and several comments made by soldiers on the Prydwen point to the survival of the DC chapter. News of the civil war between the Brotherhood of Steel and Outcasts had also reached other Brotherhood chapters, such as the Mojave Chapter.
By 2287, Lyons had passed away and his daughter assumed the position as elder, but that was short lived since she soon perished in battle. After a number of other elders had come and gone, Arthur Maxson assumed the mantle as the newest elder of the East Coast chapter. Under his leadership, the Brotherhood has largely abandoned the nation-building and civilian protection role it had assumed under Owyn Lyons' more idealistic leadership, and reverted all of his resources to fighting the Institute and eliminating the synths as much as he would want to help the people of the Commonwealth.
As the leader of the Brotherhood of Steel, Lyons spends most of his day in the Citadel laboratory, A-Ring or B-Ring. He regularly converses with Scribe Rothchild, Bowditch and Peabody on their various projects. In addition, he checks up on the progress on the Brotherhood's major project, rebuilding Liberty Prime, and supervises the armory as well as the smithy. When he is not working in the Citadel lab, he is usually eating in the A ring's great hall, studying in his room in B-Ring or sleeping.
Interactions with the player characterEdit
- The Waters of Life: Lyons allows the Rivet City science department and you safety within the Citadels walls.
- Picking Up the Trail: Lyons asks you to find a G.E.C.K. in Vault 87.
- Take it Back!: After thought out deliberation, Elder Lyons gives the order to assault the Jefferson Memorial and retake Project Purity from the Enclave.
- Broken Steel Death From Above: After waking up from two weeks of unconsciousness, Lyons tells you what has happened in the past two weeks and directs you to Paladin Tristan who will brief you on the Brotherhood's next move.
- Elder Lyons can grant you permission for training in the use of power armor with Paladin Gunny.
- Elder Lyons can grant you permission for trading with the Citadel's quartermaster, Knight Captain Durga.
- Elder Lyons will pay you 100 caps and good Karma for any information on super mutants. The first piece of information can be found when exploring Vault 87, and discovering that it is a breeding ground for super mutants, though it is suspected that speaking to Uncle Leo about the "metal place" is required for the Lone Wanderer to figure out what Vault 87 really is. Other pieces can be obtained from Uncle Leo.
Effects of player's actionsEdit
- Choosing to destroy the Citadel in Who Dares Wins results in Owyn Lyons' death.
|Apparel||Weapon||Other items||On death|
|Elder Lyons' robe||Elder Lyons' non-player AEP7 laser pistol||-||Brotherhood of Steel holotag|
- Three holotapes called Elder Owyn Lyons -- personal logs can be found in the Citadel laboratory and Lyons' quarters in the B-Ring.
- Elder Lyons appears floating face up in the Sacred Bog during the hallucination that occurs while intoxicated by Punga seeds in Point Lookout, even if he hasn't been met in the base game yet.
- When you ask him if he knows anything else about the super mutants after you tell him they are coming from Vault 87, he will say "You seemed to have learned more in the past two weeks than I have in 20 years!", regardless of how long you've been out of Vault 101 and how long ago you told him about Vault 87. This is because when you break out of captivity from the Enclave, you have been held for two weeks, according to Three Dog's radio broadcast.
- He is ready to give up his command of the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel to his daughter, Sarah, as read in his second personal log.
- Other scribes can often be found sleeping in Elder Lyons' bed.
- He, along with Amata and Sarah Lyons, is one of three characters in the game to have "Very Good" Karma.
- In Fallout 4, the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers mention they were tired of Owyn Lyons and his "foolish ways."
- "When I came here, I realized for the first time that the Brotherhood's technology could truly save the survivors in this Wasteland. I chose to help them, even if it meant putting the Brotherhood's interests at risk. Some of my soldiers called me a hero. Others called me a traitor."
- "Pledge in your hearts and minds, pledge by your guns that you will stand with them in battle until the end, trust each of them with your life."
- "You dare spill blood on this sacred ground!?"
- "I cannot -- I will not -- allow the Enclave to control the one thing that could bring even the slightest spark of hope to these people."
- "Here I sit, in the safety of the Citadel, while the people of the Wasteland thirst, and suffer, and die. Here I sit, a failed, feeble old man."
- "Then it's decided, Sarah, you take the Pride and use the Robot as support. Take our friend here and secure that purifier."
Behind the scenesEdit
"(...) I likened Elder Lyons's situation to that of the Vault Dweller in Fallout. Both of them were raised in an insular, xenophobic, technologically advanced society, were cast out of that society on a mission to find some important tech, and found themselves alone and in control of their destiny for the first time. And like the Vault Dweller ( at least, the Vault Dweller on my saved games ), he displayed that all-too human trait of compassion and went about helping people."
"I think a lot of what kept the Brotherhood how the Brotherhood was, dogmatic, secretive, and so on, was their group-imposed isolation. Once you send a contingent out into the wastes, away from that continual feedback of norms and values, people are bound to start making up their own minds about things."