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Hubologists

Primary compund of the Hub
founder(s): Dick "The Hub" Hubbell
leader(s): AHS-9
AHS-7
headquarters: Hubologist Compound
locations: San Francisco
New California Republic
notable
members:
Vikki Goldman
Juan Cruz

The Hubologists are a sub-culture of the Fallout 2 world, headquartered in the former city of San Francisco. They are a religious cult founded before the Great War by a man known as Dick Hubbell (or "The Hub" by Hubologists).

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Beliefs

Hubology, as a religion, promotes the idea that humans are plagued by the spirits, or neurodynes, of the dead. Through a cleansing process offered at Hubology centers called alignment, members can remove these negative influences and gain greater powers. The degree to which a member has devoted his or her time and efforts to Hubology accords him or her a numerical rank; the Hubologist leader, AHS-9, holds the highest rank of any living Hubologist, with his second in command being AHS-7. Guards are typically AHS-4s. Hubology uses a metaphor of a "wheel in the sky" to explain their existence, with Dick Hubbell representing the center hub of the wheel, the Hubologists the extending spokes, and non-members the outer rim, "crushed" by the truth of their teachings. The existence of extraterrestrial life plays a role in Hubology, and as a part of this, the Hubologists in San Francisco are trying to repair a pre-War space shuttle to leave the planet.

Hubologist robe

In addition to their main base, they also have an outpost in the NCR. The Chosen One can visit either and receive alignment for a possible luck bonus (joining the Hubologists afterward is not a requirement). Despite the Hubologists' fervent beliefs, the player can find evidence that the cult was first started as a hoax to get money. In San Francisco, the player has the option of aiding the Hubologists in their mad schemes, or eliminating them as part of a Shi mission.

References to Scientology

While the game creators insist that any relation between Hubology and real-world persons and organizations is coincidental, Hubology is an obvious parody of Scientology. This may be partially due to the aggressive legal approach of the Church of Scientology towards those it considers threatening. Some similarities include:

  • Dick Hubbell, the founder of Hubology, bears several resemblances to L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. In early game files, the Hubologists are called the Elron, a pun on the name of "L. Ron" Hubbard.
  • Juan Cruz and Vikki Goldman, the New Reno porn stars encountered by the Chosen One in San Francisco, are a reference to Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who, at the time of the game's release, were both outspoken Scientologists (although Kidman has since left the religion).
  • The belief in neurodynes, alignment, and the AHS ranking system mirror Scientology beliefs in thetans, auditing, and the OT system.
  • The "space culture" aspect of Hubology is similar to the advanced Scientology belief in the Xenu incident.
  • The Hubologist holodisc includes a glossary, as does every Scientology book of their esoteric lexicon.
  • "Oppressives" in Hubology are similar to "Suppressives" in Scientology, the "scapegoat" of all woes to those within the cult.
  • The aggressive tactics of Hubologists towards their enemies bear some resemblance to those of the actual Church of Scientology.

Appearances in games

Hubologists appear only in Fallout 2.

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Behind the scenes

  • There is a nonexistent wall in the Hubologist's base. Go to the center room with many tables - at the north wall, there should be a window set into the wall. At the left end of this window, players and NPCs can walk right through the wall to the hallway on the other side.
San Francisco
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This article uses material from the "Hubologists" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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