"The Order of Salem is supposed to be a secret to everyone. We are not the Brotherhood of Steel who go in with guns blazing and then leaves their trademark card on the battlefield so that the innocents knows who to call when things go awry. Our keyword is subtlety. We are trained in the arts of stealth and are working from the shadows. Our job is to spot you, and shoot you down, before you even had a chance to realise that you were being watched in the first place."
The Order of Salem is a secretive organization dedicated to bring justice to the Wasteland and to eradicate evil in the form of people and creatures who prey upon the weak. The faction is very selective when it comes to placing trust in people looking to join. Members are rare to encounter, but can be located, if anywhere, in the Commonwealth, However agents and members have been found in other locations of the Wasteland as well.
According to the order's archives, the faction has been around since centuries before the Great War; tracing its heritage back to the aftermath of the Salem witch trials. The members' ancestors, who were unjustly accused of witchcraft and executed, served as inspiration for the dedicated cause of the order: to prevent injustice, cruelties and evil from befelling those who are innocent.
The first historical documents regarding the order appeared in the late 19th century, in which the Order of Salem is described as a hermetic cult of men and women dedicated to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal; to ensure the safety of the world and to protect it against greater evils humanity cannot fathom. Often disregarded as a group of mentally unstable wiccans dabbling with magic, society paid little attention to them. By rumors however, the Order of Salem had high influence in society before the Great War, some rumors even indicating that politicians and presidents had been initiated as members.
When the bombs finally fell in October 2077 a few members of the order had managed to survive by gaining refuge in the Vaults. When the Vaults re-opened and the residents could once again step out onto the surface of former USA, the surviving members decided upon continuing their work to provide for a safer world completely rid off evil and injustice. This led into the reformation of the order in their ancestral hometown of Salem, now nothing but ruins.
As of 2270 the order has completely resurfaced and made a full recovery. Though much of the ancient practices and knowledge of the supernatural has gone lost, it still survives in preserved books and records and is still practiced by a few knowledgable members.
The order pursues and assassinates what they refer to as "evil-doers" or "sinners". These are classified as men and women who preys upon and abuse the weak in order to further their own selfish lifestyle. Raiders, Talon Company mercs or mercenaries in general (depending on their morality), Super Mutants, Gunners, Triggermen, Enclave soldiers, sometimes even Brotherhood of Steel members; many are considered as potential assassination targets.
The faction however is very secretive, and few are those who have even heard of its existence. The Order of Salem claims to "operate from the shadows", discreetly pulling the strings in greater communities in order to gain information as to how they can best protect the wastelanders from the threats the Wasteland has to offer.
Their keyword is subtlety; focusing on stealth-based combat. The factions favoured weapon is the sniper rifle, the knife and the revolver, hough the latter is only used when engaged by threats aware of the member's presence. The order doesn't focus solemnly on asssassinating dangerous targets, but also on escorting assignments; such as making sure that a caravan completes its route unharmed. They also focus on gathering information and intel, as well as scouting and surveying operations.
The Order of Salem operates throughout the entire Wasteland, yet the area in which they are most concentrated in are the ruins of Salem and Ipswich. Areas of interest also include the desolate Niflheim to the north. Other supposed headquarters are either unknown or classified.