The Wanderer had awaken in a giant cage, in a dark room. It seemed as though there were voices emitting from the shadows, saying vulgar and threatening remarks. The Wanderer remembered, his father had told tales of a place known by the Wasteland Wanderers as "The Death Bringing School". He knew he was at Springvale Elementary School, and nothing but death was coming down the hallway to the east.
The Wanderer picked up a lead pipe, and readied himself, but it wasn't a raider, nor was it a ghoul, it was his father.The Wanderer said, "Dad? What are you doing here?" His father replied, "I musn't tell, or... they'll... hear me, and detonate this collar!" The Lone Wanderer looked at his father's neck to find a large, metal collar with many blinking lights, and a small .44 magnum aimed at his father's temple.
The Lone Wanderer realized the wastes were a hellish place before, but not like this. He had seen massive gangs, murder, and theft all throughout his life in Vault 101, but nothing compared to the raiders. Raiders are the bullies of the Capital Wasteland, pillaging any settlement they find, excluding the larger ones, including The Citadel, owned by the Brotherhood of Steel. They wear different armours to define which faction of the raider gang they belong to. There are the Blastmasters, the Sadists, the Enforcers, and much more.
Just after finding out that his father was going to die, the Wanderer found a switchblade and picked the lock on the steel cage door. His father told him, "They will be coming soon, you must go to Megaton, Sheriff Simms will welcome you to a home and Mister Gutsy robot, now go!" And as soon as he had said that, the Lone Wanderer ran as fast as he could, and as he was running, he heard the .44 magnum shoot, then a loud thud. His father was dead.