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A chariot with vexilla - Van Buren concept art

Caesar’s Legion is a huge, powerful and merciless slaving organization, led by the charismatic and cunning Caesar. The legionnaires are a well-organized fighting force, that operates mostly east of the Grand Canyon. Caesar's Legion standard was black bull (the symbol of Venus symbol on red background and description "Legio X"[1].

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History

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Timeline

  • in year 2238 mormon missionary Joshua Graham had encountered in Grand Canyon two Followers of Apocalypse; one of them later established slavers Legion and become its Caesar,
  • between year 2238 and 2241 - first tribute in slaves was given to Caesar by Blackfoot tribe,
  • after year 2238 - tribes taught by growing in power Caesar's Legion helped it to exterminate powerful Twisted Hair tribe, merciless raiders and slavers[2],
  • in year 2249 a lucrative slave trade was established between Caesar's Legion, Blackfoot tribe and ghouls in the Reservation; since that moment the Legion acquired wide access to weapons, ammunition and armors produced there (things start to fall apart in the NCR)[3],
  • before year 2251 the Legion tried to invade Hoover Dam, but failed - Caesar had Joshua Graham burned and thrown into Grand Canyon by tribals; sometime earlier the Legion had destroyed Fort Aradesh,
  • after failed attack on Hoover Dam, but before October 2253, the Legion moved to the east.

War against the New California Republic

Caesar attempted to destroy the New California Republic's presence in the east, and succeeded in destroying Fort Aradesh, NCR's far outpost located east of the Grand Canyon and one of NCR's major fortifications[4]. The next stronghold controlled by NCR on the east was Hoover Dam, but when Caesar attempted to take it, his Legion were badly defeated. Since that time, Caesar has moved east of Texas, past the legendary cyclones that rage for most of the months of the year. There were left packs of his legionnaires, that still operated in the southwest, collecting tribute from tribes in the form of goods and slaves[5].

Genesis

Organizations, that gave some patterns for the Legion development could be Slavers' Guild - for slavery as commercial activity, Twisted Hair tribe - as a slaving and raiding tribe, Followers of the Apocalypse - for medical and agricultural knowledge, subversive thinking, possible military science[6] and Mormons - for medical and preacher knowledge[7] and may be for some Vault knowledge also[8]. Caesar's Legion was comprised mostly of reconditioned tribals and their young offspring[9].

Organization

There is no certain information about Caesar's Legion structure and organization in Van Buren sources. It is significant, that it was named after military unit, rather after than an state-like organization. It was possible to move Ceasar's Legion to the east, so its main resource were people. Talking about numbers, the Caesar's Legion should fairly exceed three hundreds of Blackfoots, to be assessed as a huge organization[10].

The Legion had specific titles, makeshift costumes and traditions. Some information concerning quasi-Roman organization features appears with two Legion's officials holding ranks of centurion and vexillarius and commanding small detached slaver packs present on the southwest. Both officials carried more responsible duties in fact, being Caesar's representatives in the Reservation and Denver. Caesar's Legion pack encountered in Denver was called a squad[11], however it is not certain if pack or squad was formal name for its the smallest military unit[12]. It is possible, that slavers' experience acquired in northern California included cooperation of Caesar's personal guard[13] with some freelance slavers, as well as dealing with the hostile New California Rangers. It is possible also, that reconditioning and slaver experience resulted with appearing more as tough officers and seasoned warriors as centurion Caius Drusus or Joshua Graham[14]. That reconditioning could be connected with promotion of some superiority prejudices its members[15].

Ranks

The Legion had specific titles and/or ranks. The Prisoner was able to talk about them with Terrence. Known ranks were:

  • Legionnaire or Soldier - simple slaver in Legion ranks,
  • Vexillarius - the only appeared was a pack leader[16],
  • Centurion - the only appeared was a pack leader[17],

The commander-in-chief of the Legion was Caesar. There was position of Caesar's right hand man also, held somewhat by Joshua Graham[18]. Outside of Legion ranks were subjugated and allied tribes as well as some cooperating freelance slavers[19].

Equipment

Mimicking the ancient traditions of the Roman Empire, the legionnaires dressed in segmented football pad armor and decorated football helmets[20]. Caesar's Legion had access to firearms, ammunition, leather and metal armors produced by the Reservation[21]. Appeared and mentioned pieces of equipment used by legionaries were:

  • Shotguns - a simple[22] and accurate[23] weapon suitable for reconditioned recently tribals, legionaries appeared in the Reservation were probably armed with it and possible examples of shotguns were: ordinary double-barreled shotgun, used by slaver master Metzger from Den, pump-action shotgun used against legionnaires[24] and sawed-off shotgun, appeared among Van Buren demo sprites,
  • Hunting Rifles - decent quasi-sniper weapon[25] used by slavers during slave raids from Den[26],
  • Assault Rifles - possible to purchase in the Reservation, used probably by legionaries appeared there[27],
  • heavy environmental suits, worn by legionaries in the Reservation[28],
  • at least some equivalent of Leather Armors,
  • an anti-dog repellent, sprayed by legionnaires around their camp in Denver[29],
  • there were possible also some other single small arms, like a big .45 handgun carried by Caius Drusus[30],
  • possibly some other slavers' specific equipment, like Cattle Prods.

Strange chariot concept art can be source of speculations concerning its use and its background, eg. other possible self propelled vehicles or presence of hippodrome at the Legion headquarter. It is not mentioned at Van Buren design documents however.

Relations with other organizations

Casear's Legion is a truly brutal group, hostile towards many factions present in the south-west.

  • Caesar's Legion have open hostilities with the NCR and the NCR Rangers over the issue of slavery. The Followers of the Apocalypse are touchy about their connection with the Legion, because Caesar was formerly a Follower[31].
  • Legionaries don't hesitate to enslave or kill Mormons, despite the fact that most tribals and other organizations leave them alone, knowing that they often voluntarily give medical assistance or other aid[32]. Mormons are ashamed that from their ranks came Joshua Graham, one of the Legion's founders.
  • The Daughters of Hecate reserved a special hatred for Caesar’s Legion, because Caesar's Legion had destroyed Hecate's original tribe - Twisted Hair. The Legion should has hostile relationships with Vipers, too[33].
  • The Blackfoot tribe is tributary to Caesar. Most of the Blackfoots fear the power of Hecate and her Daughters, but unlike Caesar, they see being under the influence of Hecate as a necessary evil, since she has "proven" time and again that she controls the tribe's fertility. During Van Buren's development, the Hangdogs were merged with the Blackfoots. It was planned for the Hangdogs to promise to deliver Blackjack to Caesar's Legion, and they would be severely punished if this promise wasn't fulfilled. According to leaks, the Hangdogs were planned to be in league with Hecate.
  • Other tribes were probably neutral or absent, like the Jackals or Scaven Pickers, or were potential victims, like the Ciphers and Twin Mothers.

Game plot

October 2253

During Van Buren gameplay the Legion presence finally was planned in:

  • Denver, at temporarily transit camp prepared for the slave transport on the way to the east; it seems, that vexillarius Terrence, Caesar's Legion official in Denver, was planned to be important Caesar's representative on the southwest, known as Caesar's Legion agent,
  • the Reservation, where some slaves were been sold[34],
  • Fort Abandon - however in Van Buren's first vision it was planned to be the NCR rundown fort[35],
  • hostile random encounters[36].

Legionaries packs presence in Denver and in the Reservation wasn't permanent - Denver was visited once a year and the Reservation was visited once a month. Except one planned event (appeared as effects of Handogs punishment, when Blackjack wasn't delivered) there was no Legion members presence at Blackfoot village. It seems that two packs of Legionaries, some freelance slavers and allied Blackfoot tribe was enough, or had to be enough, to secure Caesar's business on the southwest. Caesar and accompanying him part of his Legion should have some base, abandoned probably while the Legion moved to the east[37]. The only known the NCR military action against Caesar's Legion at Van Buren plot was take over of Fort Abandon. It was planned to do by the NCR army renegades accompanying Dr. Presper. There is no information about any the NCR retaliation actions after failed attack on Hoover Dam.

Both packs of Legionaries took slaves from somewhere on the southwest. Some of this slaves could be taken from Blackfoot tribe. Some - from freelance slavers. It seems there was no serious demand on slaves on the southwest. In fact only the Reservation was interested in some significant shipments. Blackfoots sold some slaves to another tribes also, but the only other known tribe dealing with slavery were Hecate's people. So significant part of caught slaves were exported once the year to the east, by Denver camp.

Denver affairs

The Legion pack encountered in Denver was responsible for transport of the slaves to the east, where the new Caesar's headquarter was located. Legion pack appeared there once a year on their way back to Caesar. Than every couple of weeks a pair of fast guys out east scout, if the radioactive dust storms had subsided for the season. Once they did, they headed out. This pack was led by vexillarius Terrence. Under his command were 5 generic legionaries - Cruz, Wierzbowski, Thunderfoot, Ivory and Marco. One of them could be a sniper[38] and two of them were scouts[39]. They were well armed, as far as wastelanders go. If the Prisoner was in alliance with the Blackfoot tribe, he had in with the guys from Caesar's Legion. They mainly wanted to keep away from the "primitives and assholes" who lived in this part of the continent. After an unsuccessful dialogue Terence and his slavers would attack the Prisoner. Among the slaves the Prisoner could encounter Daniel[40], supermutant Blackjack and captured Ciphers. Blackjack could be sold there by Alexandra, CNPC bounty hunter. The Reservation didn't buy supermutant and ghoul slaves, so if there were any, they were transported to the east[41]. Acting as Caesar's Legion agent Terrence could purchase or get Ciphers slaves, Blackjack[42] and information about gentle Twin Mothers tribe, for 1000 caps[43].

The legionnaires in Denver were camped out in a hotel in southern part of the town with some slaves they've rounded up. They had the lower floors secured with chain link fence and barriers made of junk. They kept the dogs away with chemical repellent sprayed in the area, resprayed every year when they return there. They were alert. They stayed on the 2nd level, though they were watching their surroundings and might have a sniper hiding out on the ground floor. They kept the slaves locked in rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor[44]. The Prisoner had to deal some way with the Legion slavers, if he wanted to repair klaxon station on the 2nd floor of the hotel and drive with all of the dogs out of the city. It had never been a concerted slavage effort until the NCR slavagers arrived to Denver, however probably Caesar's Legion had made by slaves some basic salvage and building works concerning its camp.

Trade with the Reservation

Experienced centurion Caius Drusus was in charge with slave supplies there. Members of Caesar’s Legion were the main suppliers of the slaves for the Reservation. There were other slave traders, but most slaves came from Caesar’s Legion. Caesar’s Legion enjoyed trading human slaves for firearms, armors and ammo. Trade was luxurious, however the Reservation didn't buy supermutant or ghoul slaves.

Caesar’s slave traders came once every month to sell slaves to ghoul Horatio. Should the Prisoner wasted the Slaver Caravan in the Slaver Caravan random encounter, Caius and friends would never show up again to sell slaves. This would concern Horatio, but he would not lose sleep over it since there were other slavers in the wasteland, eg. ghoul slaver Ingmar or slavers from Slaver Caravan random encounter[45].

Caesar's Legion needed ammunition such as 12 ga, 5 mm, smaller amounts of .45 bullets and may be .223 FMJ. However it is not certain where the Legion weapons shipments go, if there were any. Travel to the east was possible once a year only and there is no information concerning Caesar's Legion weapons caravans.

Delivered slave number estimations - if average long term slave workers number on the Sub-Level 2 was two dozen[46]:

  • there were form 47 to 58 groups of slaves delivered by the Legion on constant monthly basis until October 2253[47]; number of slaves per month was unknown, there could be some fresh slaves at the slave market also,
  • since 2249 year ghouls have lost from 47 to 58 slave workers[48],
  • with 98% slob waste rate, during 2 years after Belle was born the Reservation wasted ca. 13 slobs, for creation of 4 Born Ghouls between 2227 and 2251 year were it was used c.a. 200 slobs,
  • there were from 60 to 71 lost slave workers and slobs together, from 2249, which is rather contrary to c.a. 50 monthly slaves shipments.

Caesar, Hecate and Tribals

  • For over a decade since year 2231 four Brotherhood of Steel paladins under Andrea Brixley's command had explored "the east" from Maxson Bunker and had forged relationships with many of the tribes that inhabited the area[49].
  • Caesar's Legion, established after 2238 year, was comprised mostly of reconditioned tribals and their offspring.
  • Growing in power Caesar's Legion taught the tribes to fight back the Twisted Hair tribe. Hecate, the only Twisted Hair survivor, influenced this tribes and was going to annihilate them.
  • Caesar had executed Joshua Graham by tribals. This tribals feared and hated Graham[50], especially Graham was feared by Blackfoots[51].
  • Jackals had been moving east to the Boulder area because of pressure from the unified tribes, other tribes despise and fear them. Jackals were supported by a Daughter of Hecate called Crazy Bitch.
  • Other known tribes hosting Daughters of Hecate were Blackfoots with Hangdogs and Twin Mothers. Twin Mothers were not known to Caesar's Legion, they weren't a member of anti-Twisted Hair league and they couldn't harm Hecate. Ciphers and "Iron Lines" refused Hecate's care and because of it they were in conflict with Hecate's people. "Iron Lines" had remained largely immune to the plagues, that haunt other tribes, who went against Hecate’s wishes.
  • The only known tribe on the southwest allied with Caesar were Blackfoots. However they were supported by Hecate also.
  • Blackfoots sold slaves to other tribes and to the Reservation. The only other known slaving tribe in van Buren were Hecate's people - her Hounds aka Vipers. May be ghouls in the Reservation could be regarded as a some kind of "tribe"[52].

Possible explanations of contradictions is, that Caesar assimilated or took to the east his tribes also, and technically - tribes weren't implemented into Van Buren or were cut off. There is Van Buren first vision plot also - the Daughters of Hecate and Caesar’s Legion was thought to use them to build an army with Ciphers, Hangdogs, Vipers and Jackals tribes.

The new location on the east

Southwest - green, Midwest - grey and yellow, Texas - white

The east was the place, where the new Caesar's Legion location was moved. True power of Caesar's Legion could be seen there - huge, powerful, well-organized, absolutely merciless, truly brutal fighting force and slaving organization. Caesar had moved east of Texas, past the legendary cyclones that rage for most of the months of the year. The Legion pack encountered in Denver traveled to the east, in Kansas direction, when the radioactive dust storms subside for the season.

Tt seems, that the Legion moved east of Texas and the Midwest[53]. There is possible inconsistency however - Anton, hostile salvagers leader, was from the Midwest and fled to Denver to escape Caesar's Legion.

Music description

Caesar's Legion music description was melody evoking a Roman legions marching tune. It was musical background planned for Legion camp in Denver.

Development

The Caesar's Legion concept authors were Chris Avellone during pre-production and then - J.E. Sawyer - One of the few big things I did on van Buren was taking an organization Chris invented and changing it (perhaps mangling it in the process) into a neo-Roman slavers’ legion with all the weird titles, makeshift costumes, and traditions of that group.

  • According to Chris Avellone's test pen-and-paper campaign The first fringe of the slaver band, Caesar’s Legion was planned to encounter and fight in the Circle Junction Train Yards.
  • According to Van Buren first vision the Daughters of Hecate and Caesar’s Legion was thought as the female and male polar opposites, which was supposed to allow the player, depending on gender, to rule either one and use them to build an army, Postman style.
  • Sharptooth, cut-off member of Hangdog tribe, was planned to be a spy for Caesar's Legion, reporting to their agents in Denver, only because Caesar holds Sharptooth's sister as a slave. If this became known, the other Hangdogs would demand to banish he and his family to the wasteland. Bares-His-Teeth would have no qualms about doing this[54]. Before being merged by designers with Blackfoot tribe Hangdogs tribe could be planned to live in northeastern Colorado, near Denver[55].
  • According to one of Van Buren screenshots the Prisoner, equipped with Fallout Tactics-like pump-action shotgun and some unknown grenades, together with his five CNPC party, could kill hostile pack consisted of Legion slaver and Legion vexillarius[56].

Appearances in games

  • The Legion was initially, when Chris Avellone still worked on the project, to play a significant role in Van Buren. It was mostly cut out because Van Buren was getting too big, although it was planned some minor appearances in the game, which don't affect endfilms[57].
  • It was planned to give the Legion a major role to play in Fallout 4 - You wouldn't see their true power until a sequel.
  • The Legion is present in J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game.

Sources

References

  1. According to J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game. It could be reference to Legio X Equestris, that fought for Gaius Julius Caesar in many of his major battles, and Caesar used its legionaries as bodyguards. Long merging-disbanding history includes bull emblazoned legios X Veneria, Gemina or Fretensis
  2. There is some inconsistency connected with date of foundation of Ouroboros according to design documents. It was founded by Hecate, but after Caesar's Legion was created in 2238, but: Hecate was a young woman, when her Twisted Hair tribe was destroyed, she had spent several months in the Nursery, where she was taught by Diana, Jordon, captain of the Ouroboros elite city guard, was young unmarried man and had been raised there since the age of three years.
  3. Congress building destroyed, empty space at Hoover Dam design document's timeline
  4. it was the first major NCR's loss, that made Hoover Dam's NCR governor fear Caesar and gave Caesar the confidence to push forward all the way to Hoover Dam; governor Dodge didn't understand the motive for Caesar’s Legion attack - ideologicla, business and political reasons were obvious, but probably there were no direct motive for attack; in the same time however the NCR had to cope with internal and external problems, like rising up the powder gangs c.a. year 2245 and war against Brotherhood of Steel
  5. according to Sawyer's PnP, the only known tribe present in Van Buren and paying this tribute are Blackfoot
  6. including Roman army patterns probably
  7. the name of the new slaver organization was not only connected with fact, that Caesar's was mimicking ancient Rome, there were some Bible roots possible also, given probably by ex-Mormon Joshua Graham - many demons or evil spirits possessing some man named themselves the Legion, events descripted in the New Testament occurred, when Palestine was subjugated to the Roman Empire
  8. according to New Canaan design document they originated from Vault 70
  9. the oldest child born since the Legion has been created, can be 15 years old. High rate of offspring growth could be possible with use of Followers of the Apocalypse and Mormons medical and agricultural knowledge. Hecate's medical and birth service is later. Reconditioning was performed during hard competition with Twisted Hair tribe. It is possible, that during the war against Twisted Hair tribe the Legion founders and members adopted some violent customs and behavior of their enemies.
  10. because of slaver job nature Caesar's Legion shouldn't act as concentrated military power, some exception could be made for war against the NCR
  11. Denver design document
  12. randomly encountered Caesar's Legion packs should be comparable with slaver packs encountered in northern California and Nevada by Chosen One and Blackfoot and Hangdog tribal slaver packs encountered on the southwest by the Prisoner
  13. Metzger and Vortis possessed such guards and Caesar was their counterpart on southwest and thus a supreme slaver master there
  14. experience level 14, however vexillarius Terrence was not described with such compliments
  15. legionnaires in Denver assessed people from the southwest as primitives and assholes
  16. in ancient Roman army vexillifer was special duty post, unique to the legion; he was one of the signiferi (standard bearers); his duty was to carry the vexillum, a military standard displaying the name and emblem of the legion; Denver design document where he appeared is silent, if Terrence was a vexillum bearer; standard bearer was mentioned at Van Buren tech demo text extract floating texts
  17. in ancient Roman army mid-level officer
  18. it is not certain, if it was informal nor connected with some title, also Bares His Teeth, arrogant packleader of the Hangdogs, thought of himself as a right-hand man of Caesar
  19. eg. non-Legion slavers present in the Reservation, may be slavers, who captured Ciphers, or Alexandra, the bounty hunter
  20. according to Sawyer's PnP, probably similar to pre-war Leather Armor
  21. Even miniguns could be possible to acquire there, however ghouls used only two of them, the Reservation didn't manufacture energy weapons. Caesar's Legion firepower could be assessed at the ruined eastern part of Hoover Dam.
  22. low manufacturing technology level, possible to made at outdoorsman camp by tribals (Blackfoot design document)
  23. in Fallout 2 it works as +20% accuracy modifier, that is independent of weapon range and ammo stats
  24. according to Van Buren screenshots, it was mentioned in Burham Springs design document also - salvager Phil was planned to carry one
  25. in Fallout 2 world its feature is +40% accuracy modifier
  26. as well as by some Powder Gang's members in Van Buren
  27. ghouls probably sold them to other slavers, and very likely to Hoover Dam (the NCR soldiers at Hoover Dam were described as armed with high powered rifles) and Maxon Bunker also, so there was no reason, that legionnaires can't be equipped with such weapon
  28. according to Reservation design document pictures it was equivalent for Fallout Tactics environmental armor
  29. the source of repellent is unknown
  30. the exact model is unknown, see: discussion
  31. Followers of Apocalypse were dedicated to reeducation and rebuilding the wasteland, they taught people valuable medical and agricultural knowledge and they are generally liberal thinkers who occasionally planted seditious thoughts in the heads of oppressed citizens
  32. Mormons lived north of Colorado River and Grand Canyon, but they could travel
  33. or Hounds of Hecate
  34. it seems slave caravan encounters in the Reservation area didn't concerned legionaries, however it is not certain
  35. according to Mesa Verde design document Alexandra, CNPC bounty hunter, hanged up in Fort Abandon. She was going to make business with the Legion in Denver, when she caught Blackjack. She was of Mormon origin as well as Joshua Graham.
  36. Van Buren design documents didn't describe encounters with hunting Legion slavers. At Van Buren tech demo text extract were some floating texts concerning Caesar and slavery however. As well there was hostile Legion slaver and vexillarius encounter seen on the one of Van Buren screenshots.
  37. It could be located on Texas latitudes in northern Arizona or northern New Mexico. It wasn't described, that the Prisoner was able to find it, so that empty place wasn't probably significant. Another, but less probable possibility - it was secret place.
  38. equipped probably at least with hunting rifle, as powder gangs snipers
  39. may be tribal background Thunderfoot was one of them
  40. may be other anonymous Tibbets prisoners also
  41. ghoul slaves didn't appear in Van Buren design documents
  42. this case includes also punishment for Hangdogs also, because they promised to deliver him and didn't keep the promise
  43. according to demo text files; the Reservation was less accessible and not known to everybody, however it is possible also, that both Terrence and Caius Drusus could receive that message; information possible to obtain from spy within Hangdog tribe was planned to be cut off event
  44. there were 30 rooms
  45. Slaver Caravan random encounter wasn't unique and according to the Reservation design document this caravan could be destroyed more then one time; It isn't described as Caesar's Legion slaver caravan also
  46. according to the Reservation design document, according to monster roster there it was symbolized by c.a. 15 slaves possible to be encountered there
  47. 47 or 58 - number of months since January or December 2249 to October 2253
  48. the Reservation average slave time of living 2 years multiplied by two dozen - rarely does a slave lives longer than a couple of years
  49. eg. senior scribe Isaac after desertion found his home among Ciphers
  50. according to New Canaan design document
  51. according to Blackfoot design document
  52. because the way Ailis McLafferty described her weapons supply source in Hoover Dam
  53. the Midwestern United States or Midwest refers to the north-central states of the United States of America specifically Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; Tornados very often appear in the Southern United States also, see: tornado activity in the USA map at Wikipedia
  54. crossed off of Blackfoot design document
  55. according to J.E. Sawyer's Fallout Role-Playing Game
  56. gaining 2545 xp
  57. it was planned to be possible to whip out Caesar's Legion packs encountered in Denver and in the Reservation
Van Buren (Black Isle's cancelled Fallout 3)

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