Story & Lore in Wasteland 3 feature information regarding the setting and the background that the game is in. In Wasteland 3, the game takes place in the wasteland of Colorado and players take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen, and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider—rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children.
Wasteland 3 Story & Lore
Wasteland 3 is set in a post-apocalyptic USA that now freezes under a nuclear winter. Players will take command of a squad of Desert Rangers, lawmen, and women in a post-nuclear world, trying to rebuild society from the ashes. More than a century after the bombs fell, you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your beloved Arizona alive. Then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado radios, promising aid if you'll do a job he can only entrust to an outsider—rescue his land from the ambitions of his three bloodthirsty children.
Wasteland 3 begins with an offer from “The Patriarch”, the current ruler of Colorado, who offers to provide supplies and resources to the Rangers in Arizona in exchange for their services as law enforcers. He wants you to help him bring his children Victory, Valor and Liberty into custody, because they conspired to overthrow him.
- Victory is a psychopath that loves to torture other people.
- Valor is a computer nerd that lacks a personality of his own and who easily manipulated.
- Liberty is the favorite daughter of the Patriarch. She is the most fit of the three, but she lacks heart, and would most likely become a dictator if she were to rise to power.
The Rangers were originally a group of US Army Engineers based in Arizona. Their base survived the nuclear apocalypse and since then they have been trying to help out the different outposts located across the Wasteland. In Wasteland 2, a group of Synths attacked the Rangers base and they were forced to destroy it in order to achieve victory, leaving them without resources and supplies.
As soon as the Rangers arrive in Colorado, their forces are greatly diminished by an ambush leaving only two of them alive to build a new base and recruit new members. As the story progresses, players will uncover the current state of Colorado and will be able to decide if they want to remain loyal to the Patriarch, if they want to support another Faction, or if they want to rule Colorado by themselves. There are many different Factions in Colorado, each of them with their unique backgrounds and objectives.
Wasteland 3 Factions
Home Turf: Colorado Springs
The Rangers of Colorado are a motley collection of young idealists, aging drifters, shifty rogues, retired mercenaries, and more. As their commander, it's your job to keep them loyal to the cause. When you first arrived in Colorado, most people on the eastern side of the Rockies h
Home Turf: Broadmoor Heights
The leading citizens of Colorado Springs, descended from the survivalist families who founded the Patriarch's nation. Most are dedicated to rebuilding America as it was before the bombs.
Home Turf: The Bizarre
Fifty years ago, the Monster Army ruled Colorado. Now they're old and fading, and all they have left is the Bizarre, a "free haven" of trade and eccentric delights.
Home Turf: Displaced
Desperate, hardscrabble people from the periphery of the Patriarch's nation. As gangs and other dangers encroach from outside, many refugees have fled to Colorado Springs and other fortified towns.
Home Turf: Denver
A heavily-armed cult devoted to the "god-president," Ronald Reagan. Some may call them crazy, but since they produce and refine all the oil in Colorado, everybody's got to pretend they're not.
Home Turf: Colorado Springs
Led by Sheriff Daisy, the Marshals enforce the Patriarch's laws in Colorado Springs and - when necessary - beyond. They're a paramilitary force, similar to police, but a little rougher around the edges.