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Chryslus Castle
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General Information
Location:Detroit Wasteland
Establishment:2127
Population:1000 (estimated)
Notable Individuals:Annette Knight, Ron Sticks, Travis Meecham, Skye Wachowski
Factions:Castle Guard
Notable events:Founding, Butcher War, Revolutionary War
Current status:Active community


"Freedom from fear"
―City Slogan

Chryslus Castle is a fortified community in the Detroit Wastelands, initially built around a pre-war factory and then expanding outwards as it grew. Militant and semi-isolationist, in the last few years the community has none the less began taking a more active role in engaging with others.

History

Survivalist Shelter

Prior to the great war, Chryslus Component Factory C built parts for various Chryslus Motors cars that were assembled elsewhere in Detroit. Having survived the Great War, the factory was subsequently seized by a militant gang who sought to use it as shelter. Hoarding food, weapons, ammunition and other consumables, they planned to take refuge in the factory and then emerge to take control of Detroit for themselves, setting themselves up as warlords in the new world.

Instead, their plan was doomed from the start. The nuclear winter resulting from the great war smothered Detroit, effectively confining the gang to their headquarters, while serving to kill or drive off much of the remaining population. While the gang did remain ensconced in the factory and had ample supplies, there was another problem that they had to contend with. Radiation storms from the ruins of Windsor washed over the city, including the survivalist group. Transformed into ghouls, the members of the group turned feral over the course of only a few months due to their level of exposure. Within two years, there was nothing left of the gang save for a few shambling irradiated husks and their massive stockpiles.

Repopulation

When humans began to return to Detroit in the early 22nd century, they found a city that was almost completely devoid of human life. The initial explorers, many of them ironically driven back to the city by the need for shelter, began probing the abandoned ruins for anything they could use. Often these expeditions would lead to encounters with hostile, mutated life forms, especially feral ghouls that were the last remnants of the pre-war population.

Ones such group entered Chryslus Component Factory C, looking for shelter or any technology that they could use. What they found was that the building’s structure was intact, but it was also inhabited after a fashion. After clearing the place of the feral ghouls infesting it, the group found the survivalists’ stockpiles. Secured in the lowest depths of the factory, they had been forgotten by the transformed remnants of those wo had placed them in the first place.

Having secured the building, the scavengers decided to occupy it for themselves, making it their new home. While they were wary of the same hazards that had transformed the prior occupants, at the same time, their years of experience with the hazards of the wastelands meant that they were better equipped to deal with them. Not content to simply sit on their treasure trove, the scavengers also began to send out further expeditions to the surrounding local area, looking for whatever they could find to help keep them alive.

One of their bigger surprises was the discovery that there were other humans living in the Detroit Wasteland. While their initial contact came with other scavengers and explorers, in 2137 matters took a turn for the worse. A raider gang discovered the settlement’s location, and decided to size its resources for themselves. Attacking the factory, the raiders were expecting starving scavengers that would roll over after a fight. Instead they met a well-armed and dug-in force, who’s pre-war millitary weapons proved to be more then a match for the raiders’ pipe guns.

While they had been victorious in this initial conflict, the leaders of the scavenger group realised that this would not be the end by any means. Ample experience with feral ghouls and other wasteland creatures told them that their fledgling community would continue to face attacks. Likewise, while they didn’t know how many other humans there were in the Detroit Wasteland or how many of them would be hostile, they also had to prepare for the inevitability of further conflict with raiders.

With all this in mind, the community’s leaders began work on several plans to protect themselves and ensure their survival. The first step was to fortify their holdings; while the factory offered secure shelter, the problem was that its walls were their only line of defence. Utilising the resources available to them, the community began construction of walls around it, envisaging the factory as the keep in the centre of a castle. The walls were built from whatever materials they had at hand, especially one of the resources that post-war Detroit had in abundance in the form of derelict cars. While far from pretty, the new walls provided the community with a measure of protection.

Expansion

The second step of their plan was to discover more about the Detroit wasteland and its people, in order aid their growth and protect against potential threats. Knowing full well that there were other humans in the city, the community began sending out expeditions to learn more about them. These missions made contact with other scavenger groups in the region, many of which were small and isolated. Using offers of shelter, the community bought many of these scavengers into the fold, allowing them to quickly expand their numbers while gaining valuable intelligence on what was going on outside their walls. It also made them aware of a number of raider gangs in the region, varying in size and organisation but all considered to be dangerous.

Park Lane

Park Lane

However, their biggest breakthrough came in 2145 when Chryslus Castle (the name had been in informal use for several years) discovered the existence of another growing and organised community. Located on the other side of the city, Park Lane none the less represented an island of civilisation in the midst of a sea of violence an chaos. Talks between the two settlements yielded a trading alliance, one that was at that point limited by the distance between the two. It also allowed Chryslus Castle to learn more about the region and beyond. As more communities emerged in the Wasteland, Chryslus Castle became a part of a trading network across the ruined city.

With their population growing, Chryslus Castle also began to expand its holdings. The walls were gradually expanded and rebuilt in order to take in the buildings surrounding the factory, giving the it more room to house its people. It also allowed the community to plant its own crops, which alleviated the strain on their food supply and reduced dependence on trade. Skirmishes with raider groups continued, but the combination of powerful weapons and protective walls served to keep them away from the settlement itself and contain the threat.

The Butcher War

As a result of their protective walls and well-armed defenders, Chryslus Castle grew somewhat complacent over the years. Convinced that there was nothing that would be a threat to them, the community’s leaders began to ignore the activities of the raiders around it, unless they directly attacked the city or its people. As a result, they also overlooked those cases where there was a genuine threat to the city itself.

In 2177, a raider known only as ‘the Butcher’ began a campaign to unify a number of gangs in the north-west Detroit Wastelands. A towering brute, the Butcher used violence and intimidation to cow others into following her lead. Those who chose to resist usually met painful, bloody ends at her hands and served as examples of what happened to those that defied her. However, Chryslus Castle remained unaware of this, having long since dismissed those raiders as not being a threat and were no longer paying attention to them.

The Butcher, however, had set her eyes on the community. She wanted to become the dominant power in the city, and felt that the first step to doing such was to size the settlement for her own. From there, she would have a fortress that would allow her to build her powerbase. The first step in her campaign was to isolate Chryslus Castle and surround it. To this end, she began manoeuvring her forces to take up positions around the settlement, establishing forward bases.

Chryslus Castle only became aware of this problem when the Butcher’s forces began eliminating their scavenging missions. When several of them failed to report in at once, the town’s leadership became concerned, but were not aware of the actual source of the problem. It was not until the Butcher’s armies exploded into action that they realised what was going on, and by then it was too late. Using the weight of sheer numbers, as well as a few heavy weapons they had scavenged along the way, the Butcher’s army attached the city proper, managing to breach the walls in several places.

Trying their best to respond, Chryslus Castle pulled back what they could to the factory, while their forces tried to stem the tide of raiders. The Butcher made the most of her advances, digging in and fortifying a number of captured buildings, and laying siege to the factory itself. Realising their situation, Chryslus Castle attempted to send runners to other communities to request help. Instead, they were intercepted by the raiders. With relief seeming unlikely, Chryslus Castle was left with no option but to break the siege themselves. For the next week, the exterior of the city was dominated by back and forward battles as the Chryslus Castle defenders tried to push the raiders out, while the Raiders in turn did their best to hang on to what they could. Neither side made any real progress, but the long term picture favoured the raiders due to their numbers and control of the surrounding area.

Ultimately, it was chance more then any plan that saved Chryslus Castle. A lucky shot from a sniper killed the Butcher during a skirmish. With her dead, the raiders fell into chaos as nobody could decide who would take command in her place, while old rivalries that had been kept down by her presence instead flared up. As the raider forces lost cohesion, the Chryslus Castle defenders took the chance to push them back by picking on the individual feuding forces. By the time the raiders regained any coherence, they were unable to hold onto what they had gained, and fell back from the city. The remenants of the Butcher’s army disintegrated, braking up again into smaller gangs.

Rebuilding

While Chryslus Castle had won the war, their victory had been a sobering one. Not only had they suffered considerable losses, but they also knew that the only reason why the raiders had been so successful to begin with was due to their own complacency. While openly the city made plans to ensure that something like this would not happen again, behind the scenes there was a shift in power towards the more militant and aggressive elements of its leadership. Amongst other measures taken were the construction of outposts to help provide warning against attack, and a provision to draft members of the working population to defend the city.

Baggie High

Baggie High

Fortunately, these measures would not be needed for some time. Most of the raider gangs near the city were still rebuilding, and lacked the strength to pose a threat to the city itself. The sole exception was the emerging Toxic Wastors gang, based out of a nearby high school, who proved to be a constant threat to trade caravans and scavenging expeditions. However, the city refused to fall back into the same complacency that had cost them so heavily before.

If anything, the rise of the Army of Revolution in the 2240s served to energise their resolve as the city’s leadership saw them as a potential threat. Skirmishes between the city’s defenders and the revolutionaries become common during the 2250s and 2260s as the two groups clashed for control over resources and territory, but with neither side making a decisive move against the other. It was not until Black Skull Company began moving openly against them that the Chryslus Castle forces became more aggressive, aiding in driving the revolutionaries from the city.

The Revolutionary War

When the Army of Revolution returned to the Detroit Wastes, they deliberately targeted Chryslus Castle as a part of their campaign. Wary of what had happened to the Butcher’s army a century ago, the Army of Revolution took steps to ensure that their forces would not succumb in the same way. In addition to an ample supply of heavy weapons and a few combat robots, the Revolutionary force directed towards the city had a cohesive chain of command that would not be undone by a single stray shot.

This time, however, Chryslus Castle was much better prepared for an invasion. Their outposts along the way served to give them ample warning, as well as to draw off the Revolutionaries’ forces. Unable to even get a clear run to the city walls, the Revolutionaries opted for a new strategy based around containing Chryslus Castle and stopping it from aiding other settlements across the region. This proved to be more successful, giving the Army the opening to attack other objectives while allowing them to deal with the city later.

Those containment forces soon found themselves under attack on two fronts. While they had been constantly battling with the Chryslus Castle defenders, they now found themselves also engaged with Black Skull Company’s forces who were harassing their flanks and attacking their supply lines. With their situation becoming untenable, the revolutionaries were forced to withdraw, pulling back from the city. However, unlike elsewhere, the bulk of their forces deployed against Chryslus Castle also survived the experience.

Following the end of the war, the leadership of Chryslus Castle began a subtle outreach program, aimed at building bridges with other communities. Quietly furious at Black Skull Company for their essentially holding out until they would be paid more, Chryslus Castle aimed at building a formalised alliance of communities that would be able to defend against the Army of Revolution or any other threat that might emerge.

Broken Bridges

Despite Knight’s best efforts, Chryslus Castle’s attempts to build a more formalised alliance between the free communities if the Detroit Wasteland failed to yield solid results. Rather than it being any one thing, there were a number of factors that were to blame for this failure. One of the key facts was that, for all their grand talk of cooperation and mutual enemies, Chryslus Castle and Park Lane simply did not like each other. The two communities had never gotten along, and there were a number of points of disagreement between them, not the least of which was Scrap Iron City. Both wanted to see it free from the Army of Revolution’s control, but neither could agree on what would happen to it afterwards.

Similarly, Grand Central proved to be difficult to work with, due to the long-standing rivalry between it and Park Lane. This problem was further exacerbated by the rather divergent opinions of the city’s leadership and populace. While Grand Central’s mayor was a strong advocate for alliances, the populace as a whole were more interested in looking after themselves than attempting to aid others or the Wasteland as a whole.

Despite these problems, the three communities were able to work out a few trade deals and other similar matters, but they fell well short of the lofty goals that Chryslus had hoped for. There was one unexpected benefit from the talks, however. Working through connections made in Park Lane, they were able to learn of the existence of the Foundry and its own alliance with the Army of Revolution. While they had suspected its presence for some time, the confirmation that it was indeed real and some of the rumours of its capabilities gave Annette Knight reasons to consider her next move.

She sent agents to make contact with the Foundry and learn the extent of its alliance. What they found was encouraging, and enough to prompt Knight to make more open moves towards the Foundry. While the Foundry was selling weapons to the Revolutionaries, they had deliberately resisted overtures towards greater cooperation including a millitary alliance. Eager to gain her own allies following her diplomatic failures, Knight opened talks, aimed at signing their own trade deal with the Foundry. The result was to give Chryslus a steady supply of new weapons, while also gaining inroads on what she felt would be a powerful influence on the Detroit Wasteland.

A second opportunity presented itself when Knight learned of the anti-Revolutionary insurgency within Scrap Iron City. In this, she immediately saw an opportunity to achieve two goals; to weaken the Army of Revolution by taking one of their strongholds in the Detroit Wasteland, and to reclaim Scrap Iron City for their own. Using all the resources Chryslus Castle could offer, Knight managed to make contact with some of the rebels and offer them an alliance of sorts. While she could not provide direct support in terms of manpower, she did create a channel to give them access to resources and weapons, including, ironically, Foundry-built rifles.

Knight’s Gambit

The start of 2287 saw a series of events that would forever alter the balance of power in the Detroit Wasteland. A viral outbreak within the Foundry saw its population suddenly imperilled, forcing its leaders to buy medicines from the Revolutionaries at near extortion prices. Seeing the opportunity, Knight turned to her city’s own medics to find what the Foundry needed and if they could supply it to them. Her hope was to use this unexpected event to drive a wedge between the two groups while hopefully improving Chryslus’ position.

Their efforts at providing the medicines the Foundry needed were successful, however, they did come at a cost. Chryslus Castle was not able to match the Army of Revolution in terms of their production levels, nor the amount that the Foundry needed. In order to bolster their own production, Knight made the distasteful but necessary move of dealing with Arsetown and its own chem labs, although this came at the cost of effectively subsidising production. The result was that Chryslus was dealing with the Foundry at a financial loss in order to gain political capitol.

What came next, however, would radically alter the playing field. A fire started in one of the Army of Revolution’s chem labs in Baggie High, the source of their own medicine production. Fuelled by the poor conditions within the settlement, the fire quickly grew out of control, burning it to the ground. Overnight, the Revolutionaries had lost their entire leverage against the Foundry, a loss that Knight moved to take advantage of. While she was not expecting to turn the Foundry fully against the Army of Revolution, she did manage to create a rift between the two groups. However, Knight was not fully prepared for what would happen next.

The assassination of Park Lane’s leadership in a bomb attack created shockwaves throughout the Detroit Wasteland. Knight sought to take advantage of the situation by again extending support to Park Lane in the hopes of reviving her planned alliance now that she was in a better position to dictate terms. Expecting to find a weakened and desperate city, what she instead found was that the surviving council members, Vance Stratton and Ernesto Salsa, were far more defiant in the face of their losses, and not willing to accommodate her. Their victory over the Scrap Dogs only served to further increase their resistance to her offers.

Sweeping the board

While all eyes had been on the Foundry, Knight had failed to notice that the Army of Revolution had made other alliances. In April of 2287, a massive Army of Revolution force, supported by mercenaries and two major raider gangs, attacked Park Lane. For all the determination and resilience that its defenders had shown so far, they were simply overwhelmed by the sheer numbers bought against them. Park Lane fell to the Army of Revolution, again reshaping the political map of the city.

Unfortunately, there was very little that Chryslus Castle could do about this defeat. The two settlements were separated by stretches of urban wasteland that were infested not only with Raiders, but also ghouls, feral creatures, Super Mutants and other hazards, not to mention the Army of Revolution themselves. A direct attack on Park Lane was not feasible, especially as it became apparent that Grand Central was not willing to provide them with any support. Instead, Knight had her forces dig in and prepare for what she felt would be an inevitable attack.

Before that could come, circumstances again changed in a manner that nobody had expected. The rebels within Scrap Iron City were able to kill Gerald Bunsen, the commander of the Army’s garrison there. Isabella Webb, his second, took command of the city, but did not immediately try to reign in the situation. Instead, she declared the city’s independence from the Army of Revolution with the support of the same insurgents that Knight had been supporting. As Knight readied her own forces, she was notified by her allies within the Foundry that Scrap Iron City was now under their Protection. As such, any move to take control of it would be seen as an act of war. Realising the depth of her mistake, Knight ordered her forces to again hold their ground and see what would happen.

Stalemate

For the next few months, Chryslus Castle and its forces sat tight as they tried to prepare for what came next. Knight found that her agents within the Foundry were being deliberately isolated and kept out of the loop, knowing little of what was really going on at the upper levels of the settlement’s leadership. And while trade continued between the two communities, their relationship definitely cooled as the Foundry became more and more involved in the Detroit Wasteland itself.

Events came to a head in August 2287 when Chryslus Castle was invited to send representatives to a summit meeting held at Bob’s Tavern, a neutral trading post in the Detroit Wasteland. Along with representatives of Grand Central and the exiled Park Lane leadership, the summit was also attended by a number of prominent mercenary groups and members of the rebel faction of the Army of Revolution. Most importantly, it was headed by the Forgemaster, the Foundry’s enigmatic leader.

The Forgemaster made their goals clear; they wanted to drive the Army of Revolution from the Detroit Wasteland. As expected, the representatives from Grand Central had very little interest in such an alliance, seeking only to protect themselves. Knight chose to likewise abstain, instead planning to see how events played out before committing herself and her people. None the less, the Forgemaster walked away from the summit with a network of allies from across the city, even if it included none of its actual governments.


Description

The heart of Chryslus Castle is the original factory that was the core of the settlement. The exterior of the factory has remained intact through the war and the centuries afterwards, leaving it with a thick shell to protect its occupants. Much of the interior machinery has been gutted for parts and materials over the years, which also has created a lot more living space for the population. The building is equipped with generators that provide power for the community, as well as water tanks and makeshift purifiers.

Due to the safety it offers and its interior space, about half of the city’s population live inside the factory itself. In addition, it is home to the city’s leadership and its armouries and an emergency food reserve. In the advent of an attack or other emergency (such as a severe radstorm) the factory can shelter the entire population for short periods.

The rest of the city is spread out over the one-time factory grounds and a cluster of nearby buildings. Hone to the other half of the population, the conditions allow for greater living space at the expense of less immediate physical security. The city’s commerce and trading takes place out here, and is usually all of the city that an outsider will see. In addition, much of the open space has been turned over to cropland in order to bolster the city’s food supply.

Surrounding the entire city is a wall built from reclaimed materials, including a large number of derelict cars. The wall is dotted with defensive turrets and guard towers in order to protect against attack, and access is provided by only a single reinforced gate. The walls have been moved and rebuilt several times over the years, but care has been taken to ensure that the city remains completely encircled.

Chryslus Castle Guard

Raised entirely from is own citizens, the group unofficially known as the Chryslus Castle Guard (the group has no formal name beyond ‘defence forces’) is responsible for protecting the city from attack. The force is headed by a marshal who also serves as the city’s head of state; in effect, the city is under direct millitary control. In addition to providing defence, the guard maintain law and order within the city. In the advent of an emergency, the guard can draft members of the city’s population into their ranks.

Initially, the guard were armed with the weapons drawn from the survivalist cache found within the factory, which included a large number of pre-war weapons. Commonly issued firearms included R91 Assault Rifles, .45 Submachine Guns and N99 pistols. However, time, wear and the need to arm a larger force has seen more civilian-grade weapons, such as hunting rifles and shotguns introduced to the ranks. Since the Revolutionary War, the city has begun limited trade with the Foundry, and has begun to issue imported rifles to its forces.

External Relations

Since the Revolutionary War, Chryslus Castle has been looking to build relationships with other communities in order to better protect against attack as well as to reduce their dependency on mercenaries such as the Black Skull Company. To this end, the city has begun building a trade partnership with Park Lane as the basis for a greater alliance. While not a settlement proper, the city also sees Radio Free Detroit as being a key ally in winning hearts and minds as well as providing information and intelligence. Further afield, the city has entered into a trade relationship with the Foundry to obtain weapons, even knowing that they also supply the Army of Revolution.

The city sees the Army of Revolution as being its single greatest threat, both their size, history of past aggression and holding a nearby settlement as a base of operations (Although it is worth mentioning that Chryslus Castle had little love for Baggie High before it was occupied). While not geographically close to the city, the Zug Island super mutants are also seen as a threat due to their wide-ranging nature. Finally, in the last year, the raider known as Mrs Mothrapickles has become a threat to the city, due to her raiding of trade caravans

Notable Inhabitants

Annette Knight

The current marshal of Chryslus Castle, Annette Knight has held the position since 2281. A veteran of the city guard, Knight had spent years fighting against raiders and other threats while quietly rising through the ranks based on her loyalty and capabilities. A decisive and quick-thinking leader, she prefers to take an active approach to solving problems. Much of the city’s current direction, including forming alliances and trading with the Foundry for weapons, is the result of her own decisions and drive to protect her city and it’s people.

Knight does not have much of a life outside of her position. She has never married and does not seem to have been involved in any romantic relationships; even her friendships are few and often not terribly close. Knight has very little love for mercenaries, be they large organised groups or individuals.

Ron Sticks

The castle’s Master at Arms, Ron Sticks is in charge of both the city’s armoury and its efforts to recover technology. An expert in the field, he has spent many years studying pre-war technology and records in order to better understand it and how it can be used to further the castle’s aims and better the lives of its people. Ron is in charge of their scavenging missions, and provides specific directions or regions that they would be best exploring. Ideally, he would like to aquire more tech that could be used to support energy weapons or robots to aid in the Castle’s defence, but also understands the infrastructure that would be needed to support the large scale deployment of such technology is currently prohibitive.

Ron has an intense hatred of all manner of insects. In his spare time, he is tinkering with an ACME C-27 Robot that he found, hoping to restore it to working condition.

Travis Meecham

As a part of Knight’s alliance-building initiative, Travis Meecham acts as the city’s ambassador to Park Lane. His job is to gather information about the community, its people and the region around it, while also fostering relationships and encouraging trade. A naturally personable individual, he has done much to improve the city’s image and steer members of the Park Lane community in the right direction. He spends much of his time in the community speaking with Mayor Seth Huchinson and Vance Stratton, encouraging their further involvement with Chryslus Castle.

Travis is married with two children. However, whenever he is in Park Lane he finds time to visit Pretty Pete, and is one of his preferred clients.

Skye Wachowski

A veteran of the Revolutionary War, Skye Wachowski currently acts as the city’s liaison with the Foundry. Cool under fire and with a professional detachment, she has done a lot to help build their trading alliance by remaining impassive in the face of the conditions found within the industrial city, as well as her ability to deal with the imposing figure of the Forgemaster. Her millitary experience also has helped her assess the quality of the weaponry they produce, as well as impress the Foundry with her own expertise.

Secretly, she despises the Foundry for the slave-like conditions that it keeps its workers in, and the horrible conditions that they live and work under. However, she also understands the need for the weapons that they produce, and does her best to keep an impassive face up while dealing with them.

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