I would like to discuss a certain point regarding the CW's chapter of BoS and their attempts to tackle the Super Mutant problem. FO3 shows the BoS as the benevolent 'white knight' group, that has gone against their orders and decided to 'protect the people of the wasteland'. Except they don't. I'm not even talking about the BoS being able to contain most raider or slaver groups with relative ease and minimal losses. See, the Brotherhood's main objective at the start of FO3 is the removal of the SM threat. Right. They plan to achieve this by fighting them in Downtown DC, an almost completely uninhabited area. There are two main problems with this approach. The first one is rather simple - they are not defending the people in the western and central CW. This leads to regular wasteland problems - raiders, slavers, critters - running around completely unchalllenged, terroising unprotected settlements and travelers. This even applies to SMs themselves, who attack and kidnap people without any sign of BoS presence around. In the meantime the Brotherhood struggles to hold a radioactive, mostly deserted ruin. The second one is a bit more complex. Mutants are supposed to even be in Downtown DC to search for FEV they need to make more of themselves. However, it is highly doubtful if the virus in any large quantities (allowing for dipping) is accessible or even present in the city. On the other hand, 200+ year old ruins are bound to be unstable in many places and overall a dangerous place to conduct a search for anything - moreso since the mutants are hardly the most careful creatures. That being said even if there is FEV in DC the mutants still need people to dip. They would still need to attack human settlements even with the virus. The BoS does not acknowledge this and allows the mutants to attack wastlanders, getting more soldiers to fight the BoS. And the Brotherhood kills SMs thus creating a demand for more troops the mutants get from people of the CW. As a result the BoS wages a largely fruitless war, trying to thwart SMs highly unlikely long term plans, completely ignoring their their current main supply base they could cut off. The game constantly attempts to paint the BoS and their struggle to keep mutants out of DC as heroic and valiant, but it just seems misguided. It would appear that some characters try to show it as a white whale hunting it is, but statements like these are few and far apart (mostly from the Outcasts). They are also mentioned once and never brought up again (much like BoS shooting Underworld ghouls). What the game shows us is Lyons saying stuff like 'I chose to help the people.' or 'It was the right thing to do.' - I can only speak for myself, but that's not the kind of protector I'd like watching my back.