War For Zion
War for Zion
Zion National Park
Location: Zion Canyon
Date: 2281
Result: Dead Horses returned to Dead Horse Point.
Involved Parties
White Legs Dead Horses Sorrows
Salt-Upon-Wounds Joshua Graham Daniel
White Legs Bone-Breaker
White Legs Light-Bringer
White Legs Pain Maker
White Legs Storm-Dummer
Dead Horse Disciple of Canaan
Dead Horse Stalker
Dead Horse Warrior
Dead Horse Tribals
Sorrows Tribal
Connected Events
NCR-Great Khan War
NCR-Legion War
NCR-Brotherhood War
NCR-Legion War

The War for Zion was an armed conflict in 2281 in the Zion Canyon between the White Legs and the native Dead Horses and Sorrows. The war ran concurrently with the NCR-Legion War.


Returning to his native New Canaan after his attempted execution by Caesar's Praetorian guards, Joshua Graham found himself accepted back into his tribe despite his deeds as the Malpais Legate. Unfortunately for the New Canaanites, Graham's survival become known to Caesar, who could not tolerate the embarrassment he would face if his inability to kill the former legate became known. Caesar found a potential solution to this problem in a local tribe, the White Legs, who wished to join his legion. As a test of their worthiness to join the Legion, they were instructed to destroy New Canaan and exterminate Graham's tribe, as well as any who sheltered its surviving members.

Led by their chief, Salt-Upon-Wounds, the White Legs sacked and destroyed New Canaan, butchered its inhabitants, and salted the earth to prevent the land from being resettled. While few New Canaanites survived, Graham was not among the casualties. Together with what was left of his tribe, he traveled to Zion Canyon. While the rest of the tribe continued their flight, Graham and a fellow New Canaanite named Daniel remained in the area. Daniel began preparing the local tribe, the Sorrows, for the inevitable coming of the White Legs. Meanwhile, Graham approached a tribe called the Dead Horses, traditional enemies of the White Legs. Accepting him as a war chief, they traveled back to Zion with him to oppose the White Legs.


Sure enough, in 2281 the White Legs arrived in Zion and began searching for Graham and New Canaanite survivors. More warlike and much better-equipped than the peaceful Sorrows and the technologically primitive Dead Horses, they attacked anyone not of their tribe on sight. Faced with such a formidable enemy, Daniel favored evacuating the Sorrows to the Grand Staircase, where the White Legs could not follow, while Graham wished to use his keen grasp of strategy and tactics to lead the Dead Horses to victory against White Legs. However, the supplies and equipment to carry out either of these plans were located in places considered taboo by the Dead Horses and Sorrows, and so it appeared that one of the two New Canaanites would have to go get them, a seemingly suicidal task with the White Legs roaming the area.

At the same time, a caravan from the Happy Trails Caravan Company, unaware of New Canaan's fall and seeking to regain contact with its people, entered Zion. The White Legs soon fell upon the caravan and killed everyone in it, save for the Courier, who had been hired on as a guard. Unable to find a way back to the Mojave Wasteland, the Courier encountered Joshua Graham, who agreed to provide directions back to the Mojave if the Courier would help resolve the situation in Zion. Not being bound by tribal taboos, the Courier would be able to gather the equipment needed to carry out Graham or Daniel's plans.


The conflict between the New Canaanites and the White Legs was resolved. The Courier's involvement had tipped the scales, shifting the fragile balance of power. For years after the defeat of the White Legs, Daniel did his best to minister to the Sorrows' spiritual needs. Try as he might, he could not hold back the tribe's increasing militancy and reverence of Joshua Graham. Demoralized, he returned to his family at Dead Horse Point. His failures haunted him for the rest of his days. Having helped eradicate the White Legs from Zion, the Dead Horses returned to Dead Horse Point in triumph. They remained neutral toward the Sorrows, but as years went on, there were periods of competitive friction, even violence, between the tribes. The New Canaanites - Daniel especially - intervened regularly as mediators, but found it difficult to reconcile the tribes' conflicts.

Demoralized by the Dead Horse and Sorrows attack the Courier and Joshua Graham led against them, the White Legs retreated to Great Salt Lake. Their days were numbered. Word soon reached the 80s tribe that the White Legs' spirit was broken, their war chief a dim shadow of his former self. By year's end, the 80s would overrun the White Legs' camps, scattering the tribe to the winds and claiming the Great Salt Lake for its own.

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