OK.... lemme tell you the train of thought that I believe that they had. "Oh yeah, we're out of the Vault! -> Oh no! We're getting attacked! -> We keep getting attacked out in the wild! ->Oh yeah, now that we have a base we should be safer! -> People seem to keep attacking us. -> At this point it seems safe to just keep killing anyone on our doorstep. -> People seem to've stopped attacking us! It must be from our heavy weaponry scaring them! I don't see why eventually they'd suddenly for absolutely no reason just STOP attacking people and let them in with open arms. For all they know that's a trickster raider! OK.... I'm not going to pull the whole "maybe they have it stored down somewhere" card, I'm going to say this: The Boomers never really seemed too interested in their past. As in, it always seemed like that mural and person telling the story was an after thought. I mean, do YOU keep a record of how you moved on your computer? I don't. I just tell the story. It's not like it's vital for survival or anything. It's just a thing. Hell, does ANY of the factions keep a record on a terminal detailing their moving from one location to the other? NO! One because it's stupid, two because Obsidian knew it would be more engaging for a PERSON to tell it to you, without you having to read a wall a text. 1: ..... Well who's to say they didn't just take that? You said other clothes too, right? Well.... can't they just use that to make new jackets? 2: I don't see why they would though. They have perfectly good suits and jackets. 3: Like the other person said, there's not even five generations. Leather is a bit of a sturdy material. I don't see how they would really get the holes. If they were travelers then that might be a question. But they're xenophobes who stay in one location for their entire life. OK, lemme see if I got this straight. First there was a form of government, but then it fell apart. So people.... somehow knew about The Institute somehow, and blamed them.... alright. Then..... a Gen 3 synth, which is literally just a person with implants in their brain, was somehow found out as a synth. Guess they found the parts in his head and assumed "SYNTH!" and again, used their psychic knowledge The Institute exists and blamed it on them...... cool, alright. And so, The entirely safe and sealed up in an underground bunker that you'd practically need a bunker buster bomb to get into Institute, decided that FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY they needed to interfere and replace the few positions of power to keep them divided and domestic so that.... they wouldn't try to find them, even thought it took the reincarnation of Jesus on a death mission to find their kid to get one person there in the first place. Did I miss anything? Yes, but my point was that Father was making a point of "Look at all the chaos and terror that one synth is causing. We don't want that." It wasn't even linked to the institute, it was just a dude causing chaos. I'll get back too this in a short minute. OK, so If I also have this correctly, a dude thought that they were being evil so he fucked up the lab and left for radiation land. Then Father decided "Ehh, just dump em on the surface" and left it at that. Even though shooting them in the head and dumping them in one location would've been a better idea. Or burning them. I mean, earlier you were making a point about how they wanted to be kept outta shit, yet they dump fuckin' gajillions of super mutants onto the surface because it's easy? Jeez, and a minute ago Father was lecturing me on how one synth will fuck shit up, not knowing that his entire god damn super mutant army is doing way more damage than one raider leader. Because aside from getting his synth back, that's what he was doing. He was showing me how chaos causing they were and that he didn't want that for the surface. I'll get back to this again in a minute. Well, this is contradictory. The entire time I was in The Institute I was told about how they wanted to help the surface, how synths would help everyone. How they wanted what's best for humanity. The whole fetch my synth quest being father showing us that they synths do bad things on the surface and he don't want that. But they release super mutant armies on the surface, and also capture surface dwellers for said super mutant experiments. On a side note, that lab wasn't that big. I don't see how a literal army of super mutants covering the south of the common wealth got outta there. Or how they won't just die off what with suiciders and the fact that they attack everything they see. But still, while they were constantly telling me how much they wanted to help, I'll admit, they also told me how much they hated the surface. How they hated it and thought that it was a lost cause. It's like Father is bipolar. I'll tell you why that is thought. Shitty, shitty fuckin' writing. God damn. You can make a case for how The Institute hates the surface. But you can just as easily do it for how they want to help it. Because Bethesda wanted their cake and ate it too. They wanted the evil shadowy organization that turned out too be good thing, but they also wanted an evil organization that you can join. And it leads to major contradictions in itself. Yes, but that's the thing. Surely the other raider gangs that killed the other raider gangs would eventually grow in a natural selection kind of way, with one gang growing and growing until they're top dog of the commonwealth. I would suggest that super mutants would do the same, but in bethesda's world they're just dumb orcs with no brains. No Jacobstown for us. It's actually quite interesting how it works. It works kinda like Caesar's Legion would. They raid and raid to get more and more land. Then eventually when there's no more land to raid they'll be forced to settle down eventually, because there'll be nothing left to raid. And surely the person leading the raider gang would be smart enough too settle down with his gang so that they're long lasting if they survived the commonwealth that long. It's literally like evolution. Though, I'm sure that in your head it's "No! Raiders are killed by other raiders!" But what about the bigger raiders? "Super mutants!" But what about me? I kill tons of super mutants. Surely a big pack of raiders can take them down. I mean shit, little fuckin' kids could fend off a buncha super mutants in 3. Why not a pack of fully grown smarter adults? Are kids magical?