Appalachia is filled with wandering creatures. Otherworldly monstrosities have been bred for under motion pictures and comedian books. Not for the faint of coronary heart, West Virginia is a hostile wasteland with terrors round each nook. Vault Dwellers could also be hesitant to emerge from their underground gap as they’re taught concerning the risks above-ground. Irradiated monsters and large bats are one factor, however the potential run-in with new age religions shouldn’t be current on many minds. One thing lurks beneath the soil of Appalachia. It flies unknown above the heads of the land’s inhabitants. That is concerning the mysterious Interloper and the cultists that rage throughout the wasteland of Appalachia.
The Cult of Appalachia
There are numerous issues that one doesn’t anticipate when rising from an underground haven after 20 years. Vault Dwellers have ready for irradiated bugs, cows, individuals, even large bats weren’t out of the query. A number of choose recluses believed in issues that will in any other case be unbelievable. Creatures that will solely exist in scary tales advised, not even to the bravest of spirits. The Mothman made itself recognized to the individuals of West Virginia earlier than the Nice Conflict; it now could be revered as a supernatural entity.
The Mothman Cult’s following has survived by the tip of the world, one of many few issues Vault Dwellers could be greeted with as soon as they exit the vault. There have been remnants of the cult scattered round Appalachia when Vault 76 first opened, shrines and skeletons belonging to potential sacrifices. With nobody in sight, the pictures alone are sufficient to feed the creativeness of what this cult was about. Many most likely chucked it as much as them being just like the raiders of the land, who have been additionally recognized to gouge and maim their victims. However there have been just a few who have been afraid. Afraid of the cultists, afraid the cultists might have been proper about no matter they have been worshipping.
Earlier than individuals moved from the North, the city of Level Nice was empty save for just a few scorched wanderings round. Level Nice could appear acquainted to some, as it is usually recognized to be the epicenter of our personal Mothman folklores. Level Nice in Fallout 76 doesn’t stray removed from that foundation, with the Mothman Museum and random paraphernalia mendacity round in barren residences. One of the crucial outstanding proof of the cult’s existence and primary Mothman fan was Jeff Lane. Upon coming into Level Nice, throughout from one of many Responders’ bases, an residence belongs to a person named Jeff Lane.
Jeff Lane was a peculiar but avid member of the Mothman Cult earlier than the bombs dropped. He could possibly be seen round Level Nice handing out posters and different Mothman-oriented objects to unfold the phrase concerning the cult. In his minimally embellished residence, you may come throughout considered one of his holotapes known as “Interloper”:
“There are different issues on this world now that can’t be defined. The tip of the world has awoken… one thing. Everyone knows the Mothman is on the market, stalking and watching us, however what of the unseen. There are issues we are able to solely glimpse in our minds, nice entities past our comprehension. The Mothman is a creature, extra like us than the unknowable horrors within the peripheral imaginative and prescient of our unconscious minds. Not only a false reminiscence now… I’ve heard a story… of this entity made actual, deep within the earth. The storyteller was mad by any reckoning, however his story no much less true. My identify is Jeff Lane, and I’ll lay naked this…watcher. Irrespective of how deep I have to go, I’ll come to know the true nature of the interloper.”
Fallout 76. 2018.
Jeff introduces us to one thing even deeper, scarier than the Mothman. This entity that he’s describing sounds historic and foreboding. Someplace deep within the earth lies a creature that has gained the eye of Jeff and the opposite cultists round Appalachia. It has some connection to Mothman and, maybe, different issues.
Shrines to the Historic Ones
All through Appalachia, there are quite a few shrines devoted to the Interloper or Mothman. Many of those shrines are in church buildings or different locations of worship. The primary one you come throughout is one positioned in Level Nice. There’s a physique of water in Level Nice and close to the sting of it, in what appears to be like like a small plaza, is a shrine devoted to Mothman. Surrounding the shrine are small Mothman eggs. This is among the first cases the Vault Dweller could be launched to the Mothman’s speculative existence.
As you proceed to discover Level Nice, you could find the Mothman Museum, devoted to the whole lot Mothman-related. There’s a lavatory door that seems to be locked, and you’ll both picklock it or discover the toilet key. Inside the toilet, you can find a blown-out wall with a set of candles main you all the way down to a basement.
Low-and-behold is a spot of worship presumed to be for the Mothman cult, with fascinating totems lining the pews and the again wall. Mangled up roots and branches that look like erupting from under, embellished with animal skulls and different numerous bones.
Kanawha County Cemetery
Upon coming into the Kanawha County Cemetery, you discover a small nook simply earlier than the gravestones. Contained in the nook are just a few candles and small shrines, just like these discovered within the Mothman museum basement.
There’s a church that sits on high of a hill within the cemetery. Contained in the church lies just a few ugly scenes. As soon as coming into the church, you might be launched to an enormous shrine, however you additionally seen that the complete corridor is suffering from skeletons. There are cups subsequent to the corpses and a few moreover a punch bowl on a desk. It seems that a mass suicide had on the church could also be proper after the bombs dropped.
Earlier than individuals returned to Appalachia, the church had a really ominous shrine devoted to massive and menacing. It additionally resembled the small shrines within the nook exterior the cemetery however was bigger in dimension. The stains on the partitions gave the sacred idol a horrific look, virtually making one suppose it could be blood. You start to second guess these claims as you enterprise upstairs solely to be launched to a violent sacrifice.
After individuals got here again to Appalachia, the cultist took again Kanawha Cemetery and rededicated their idol to Mothman in hopes of appeasing him. It could appear as if the earlier idol might have been to the Interloper. We are able to solely surprise why the sudden change of tutelary.
Fortunate Gap Mine
A pre-war mine owned by the Fortunate Gap Mining Firm, the Mothman Cult finally settled inside the mine after the Nice Conflict. Fortunate Gap Mine is the middle of cultist exercise. You will notice the mine embellished with eerie lanterns and shrines devoted to not the Mothman however one thing else whereas venturing inside. There are indicators of people that have been alive earlier than the struggle that believed one thing within the mine. Once you first stroll by the mine entrance, there’s a terminal to your proper in an space that appears like a reception. Earlier mine operators handled individuals coming into Fortunate Gap Mine asking for excursions and getting indignant when denied.
This “Interloper” appears to have been calling out to individuals for years as a result of as you proceed by the mine, you discover a holotape that was recorded by none apart from Jeff Lane. Confirming that Jeff Lane went out in quest of the Interloper, he additionally believes himself to be “The Chosen.” A prophet? A vessel? A sacrifice? Jeff Lane is decided to satisfy the Interloper, believing that the encounter will reveal all fact and actuality.
He’s not the one one to make this trek by the mine, although, as there appears to be some type of worship web site with a podium within the middle. This most likely solutions a few of what occurred to these individuals who finally took over the mine. Deeper within the mine, rumbles could be felt underneath your toes. You need to go away, however you might be additionally curious. It may be bizarre going by Fortunate Gap Mine as some paths lead again to the worship web site, however as soon as you discover your option to exit, you have to take yet one more path.
The trail is slim and exhausting to traverse. It’s darkish and solely lit by one single candle, however as you retain going, you see it. On the finish of the ultimate tunnel, a small glow is all that welcomes you. As you stroll by the opening that results in a big cavern, you might be startled by an enormous creature. It’s formed like a person virtually, with its legs and toes buried into the soil. Its head sprouting out these tendrils that sometimes transfer, and arms rising out of its again. That is the Interloper. The First Born of the Woods, as many cultists name it.
In the event you assault it, it should bleed however is not going to assault you. In actual fact, you can not work together with the Interloper in any respect, however why would you need to as you stroll over quite a few skeletons in what seems to be mass suicide. Was the Interloper calling individuals right here so they might kill themselves and feed on their decomposing our bodies? The creature is dormant and looks like it can not transfer from the place it’s embedded into the earth. Seeing as there isn’t something left to find, you may then take your go away.
Ideas on the Cults
At first, the Mothman cult and the Interloper cult appear to be two totally different cults, however their totems join them. The way in which Jeff Lane speaks of the Mothman as being that’s like us, and maybe it’s extra of an introduction to venturing into the beliefs of the Interloper. These cults can’t be up for debate as each creatures are actual; their followings have survived a nuclear apocalypse. The Mothman cult suffered a schism, because the Mothman was extra bodily in nature. The Interloper known as to individuals, which might give it supernatural skills. The Mothman could be defined by moths absorbing the Nice Conflict’s radiation and rising, however the Interloper is one thing else. The Mothman sect grew to become extra violent after the struggle, whereas these following the Interloper appear to make their finish in Fortunate Gap Mine.
Seeing as it’s the post-apocalypse, having cults looks like the one method to deal with the best way issues have turned out. Appalachia is a hostile land stuffed with threats, and people threats could possibly be those that consider their goal is to be sacrificed for the creatures that we don’t perceive.
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