The Glow

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by Demonslayer, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. Demonslayer

    Demonslayer Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Aug 8, 2005
    I've looked in other forums and stuff and can't find what was really The Glow, this is the place in fallout that attracts me because of it's mysterious. Some people say it is an old vault, but if it is an old vault it must have been more than an ordinary vault, because it has 6 levels.

    Other thing that triggers me...what happened there to get it so radiated? why that big hole?
  2. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    The Glow wasn't a Vault, the Glow was a scientific base known as the West Tek research facility. It was a high-level weapons and war design plant and the place FEV originally came from, although research was later moved to Mariposa (the military base in Fallout 1 and 2).

    The Brotherhood organisation is tied to glow because it is tied to the scientific community of Mariposa and West Tek.

    The big hole was a bunker-buster mini-nuke.
  3. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia First time out of the vault

    Jul 20, 2004
    If I remember correctly the 'Glow' was an old military base, that had something so valuable that it had a big load of bombs slammed into it, to try and cover everything up. The resulting hole and radiation is the aftermath of those bombs dropping.

    Thats from what I can remember, but I leave the floor open to anyone who can elaborate/correct me.

    EDIT: Just as I hit submit, I'm beat to it. :D
  4. Tagaziel

    Tagaziel Panzerkatze Orderite

    Dec 10, 2003
    The Glow, or Ancient Order, as referred to by some Brothers, was a research facility, ran by WestTech, a company which conducted several research projects for the US Government. They are the ones responsible for T-51b Power Armor and Forced Evolutionary Virus (I).
    Apparently, they also performed tests with plasma and laser weapons, as we can find a Winchester P94 Plasma Rifle on level 5, 'Secure Testing Labs'.

    The facility is maintained by ZAX, an artificial intelligence, who knows everything as far as his sensors reach. Due to the damage done by falling nukes (as Kharn stated, a bunker-buster mini-nuke), levels 1-3 have been deemed inoperable, as ZAXs sensors and control there is destroyed, with 4-6 experiencing heavy damage, but retaining minimal operational capability.

    On one of the Holodiscs found on level 5 (Alpha AFAIR), there is a full record of FEV Batch tests performed here, on subjects ranging from flatforms to Chimpanzees. As the tests on primates were concluded, the US Government sent in a military team, under the command of col. Spindel (Roger Maxson, captain, was part of that group) to secure the research data and safeguard it's transport to Mariposa Military Base, where tests were to be conducted on 'voluntary' human subjects (which in reality were soldiers imprisoned for desertion or similiar deeds).

    As Maxson discovered the truth of what was going on in the facility, and Spindel commited suicide, he tried to make Leon Von Felden, chief of WestTech Research Facility, tell him what the project really was. Unfortunately it was 23rd October 2077, and nukes fell, one hitting and destroying WestTech, along with Leon Von Felden.
    Convinced that Chinese would surely destroy Mariposa next, after a few days, he and his soldiers left for Lost Hills Security Bunker. It was during this event, dubbed the Exodus, that a small faction of the Brtotherhood, led by sergeant Dennis Allen, stole supplies and weapons from their brothers-in-arms and left for the Glow, to seek technology stored within. Despite wearing Power Armors, they were killed off by WestTechs Research Facility automated defence systems. Before dying, Allen recorded a short transcript of their expedition, for anyone coming there to find.

    The story picks up much later, when the Vault Dweller arrives here, looking for the Holodisc, in order to complete the quest required to join the Brotherhood.

    At the time of 2242, NCR has a state called Dayglow, which supposedly also covers the Glow, where a scavenging community of ghouls (even a Supermutant is said to live there) exists, trading technology for supplies.
  5. Demonslayer

    Demonslayer Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Aug 8, 2005
    wow Mikael
    Thnks for the info :)