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Against The Dying Of The Light is a Fallout 4 fanfiction by EthanTheRenegade and SwanOfMischief. Against The Dying Of The Light and its sequel To Gather Paradise, are an adaptation and expansion of the main story of Fallout 4.


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  • Action Girl: For the original characters, Lily is one, and Rhiannon becomes one as she adapts to the Wasteland.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Simon is noted as having a tanned skin tone and having Hispanic heritage, but this is not expanded upon.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Simon seems to exhibit traits of an anxiety disorder and PTSD, and has awkward and anti-social behaviour (the latter being more pronounced in the early chapters of ATDOTL), but nothing is ever confirmed.
  • Author Appeal: Caldwell's appreciation for music reflects EthanTheRenegade's musical tastes, and ETR even notes that Caldwell killing Vulpes Inculta in Chapter 4 was a result of his personal bias against the character.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Overboss Caldwell.
  • Badass Baritone: Caldwell.
  • Bi the Way: Rhiannon, Lily, Cait, Moira, Gage, and Scarlett are all confirmed bisexual.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Caldwell dishes these out often.
  • Dark Action Girl: Moira, Scarlett.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone has their fair share of moments, but Valentine takes the cake.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Vincent DiMaggio is racist, sexist, and homophobic, befitting of the culture of the 1950s that Fallout is set in as well as his backstory as a veteran of the Sino-American War. However, great lengths are made to show that Vincent's beliefs and opinions are neither supported nor shared by any other characters.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Caldwell threatens to kill anyone who refers to him by his first name, James. The only person who he gives permission to refer to him as such is Moira.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Caldwell and Moira, while both sadistic raiders, love each other very much.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: For the "Good Scars", Simon has quite the collection of scars from his time as Courier Six and Cherry has an "ugly scar" marring her face, but is nothing but kind and bubbly. For the "Evil Scars", a Harbinger called Stitches has a notable facial scar, and Caldwell and Brownstone are both noted to be covered in them, with Brownstone in particular having a Glasgow smile reminiscent of Heath Ledger's Joker.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Harbingers are an entire gang of cannibals, and so is Caldwell.
  • Knife Nut: The Harbingers are an entire Raider gang of them!
  • Last-Name Basis: Caldwell goes only by his surname. This is mostly due to his attempts to put his past as the Lone Wanderer behind him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Vincent Di Maggio.
  • Robot Buddy: Percival DeRobo, as Simon's automaton companion.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Caldwell and Moira.

     Against The Dying of The Light 

On October 23rd, 2077, Rhiannon DiMaggio's life is changed forever when the world is engulfed in nuclear fire. Taking shelter with her husband Vincent and son Shaun in Vault 111, Rhiannon is cryogenically frozen with all the other residents. After her husband is murdered and son kidnapped, Rhiannon emerges from the Vault 200 years later, where she encounters a wandering tinkerer named Simon Lopez. With his help, Rhiannon goes out into the Commonwealth Wasteland to find her lost son. Meanwhile, the raiders of Nuka World, led by a new Overboss, prepare to invade the Commonwealth...

  • Badass Longcoat: Caldwell has one from his days in the Brotherhood of Steel as the Lone Wanderer. Rhiannon gets one too in Chapter 29, the Minuteman General's coat.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rhiannon is truly a terrifying force of nature when she wants to be. To a lesser extent, Simon seems to have the Nerd Rage perk, given his reaction to Rhiannon being grazed by a stray bullet in Chapter 12.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Forcibly invoked by Kellogg, who managed to linger in Valentine's head, and no one is happy about it.
  • Christmas Episode: Chapter 7.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Moira inflicts this on the Gunner who ruined her life in Chapter 36.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first chapter gives Vincent and Rhiannon equal focus, and only at the last second clarifies which one is the Sole Survivor as per Fallout 4.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Moira is uncharacteristically chipper in the beginning of Chapter 34, after spending a very long evening with Caldwell.
  • Door Stopper: At 53 Chapters, Against The Dying of The Light reached over 450,000 words.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A few Harbormen show up in Chapter 25.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Chapter 17, One Week, takes place over the course of one week.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Sierra Petrovita walks in on Caldwell and Moira in Chapter 29.
  • Just Friends: While Rhiannon and Simon share a kiss in Chapter 15, they mutually decide they're better off as friends.
  • Meaningful Rename: Rhiannon changes her surname back to her maiden name after divorcing Vincent in the beginning of Chapter 27.
  • Official Couple: Simon and Lily as of Chapter 21, Caldwell and Moira as of Chapter 38, and Rhiannon and Preston as of Chapter 43.
  • One-Man Army: Caldwell takes three of the Nuka World parks in a single day in Chapter 7.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: Sierra Petrovita shows up in Caldwell's office dressed in nothing but wrapping paper in Chapter 7.
  • Rousing Speech: Caldwell uses the spoken intro of "Pulse of the Maggots" by Slipknot as one in Chapter 20.
  • Ship Tease: Between Rhiannon and Simon at first, but then between Rhiannon and Preston before their Relationship Upgrade in Chapter 43.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Kellogg... at first..
  • Time Skip: Chapter 20 takes place one month after Chapter 19.

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