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This article aims to give an overview of the canonical Lore of the Foxhole with as little conjecture as possible. Any information that has been identified as non-canon will not be included, with the exception that it can be used to illustrate a point or idea that has been identified as canon. This page might not always be accurate, but is an attempt to get the best overview of the state of known lore. You are encouraged to link sources to things stated in this article, or rewrite parts if proper sources are given.
Before we begin, an important quote from Matt, The Foxhole Dev in charge of Lore:
|“||I'm glad to hear there's a lot of new people enjoying the Lore! There is something I want to reiterate, because sometimes I read people say "When the devs release the Lore" or "When the devs flesh out the Lore." [...] We won't be handing out a point by point history or timeline, or a bible of events. There are many many hints and chunks of information about the world scattered throughout the game (with more being added all the time) and I can 100% tell you that a lot of it hasn't been referenced (at least to my knowledge.) Good luck, have fun and I love reading all your theories!||„|
|— Developer Matt, 2nd of August 2017|
Firstly, any information or item found in the map "Deadlands" prior to the release of the map "The Upper Heartlands" is to be disregarded.
Secondly, there are a few old maps from before Update 0.20 which are outdated. However, these maps could still be used as a reference point for some of the older lore pieces, as well as giving an idea of where some places are outside of the playable area. To see these map, take a look at Lore Maps, and compare these with the current World Map.
Lastly, we need to define what is considered lore? Foxhole lore are pieces of information about the backgrounds or factions of the war as found in-game or the Foxhole website. Lore is made and implemented by the developers, so players have minimal influence on them. It is often represented as special locations, as item descriptions or as unique items. It should be noted that these pieces of Lore as found in game are from fictional characters within the games, which themselves hold certain believes; this often makes individual lore pieces biased to a faction.
World and Theme
Foxhole takes place in an alternative universe, inspired by early 20th century war and technology. The game is entirely fictional. A common misconception is that the game takes place in World War 1 or 2, but the developers of foxhole have explicitly stated that the game is "not [...] a WWI/WWII simulator", but that their intentions are to "make the player feel like they are fighting a war where the combat and strategies are grounded in the world wars."
The Factions within Foxhole are untied from any real life armies. They do not represent forces like the Allies and Axis from World War 2 for example, even though they might draw inspiration from some of the real life militaries. It should also be stated that neither faction is described as superior or morally better than the other.  Although many lore pieces found in the game tend to be biased, the collection shows a broader perspective, with neither faction being better than the other.
|“||The Wardens and Colonials are fictional factions from the alternate universe that Foxhole takes place in. They are not representative of any nation/group from real history and neither faction serves as the "good guys" or "bad guys" in the world.||„|
|— Foxhole's official website FAQ|
We have a very limited understanding of the historical timeline or even the scale of time within the Foxhole universe. So far, we can piece together a simplified understanding of the order of major events and periods. Forgive my art skills, hopefully the following explanation can give meaning to this image.
- Blue: The earliest period referenced in game known only as "Less sophisticated times" (at least from the Wardens perspective). This is mentioned in the map description of "Weathered Expanse" as a time when the great north-east bulwark (a great wall) and it's three gates defended the passage it's halls from northern invaders. The technological levels of the Warden Empire during this time are unknown.
- Cyan: Both of these cyan time-blocks represent an unknown period of time. During the first period there are references to the Wardens thriving empire of trade on a seemingly grandiose scale (e.g. Endless Shore map description) while the second cyan block is known only as a period of post-war destruction where much of the world's history and technology is lost.
- Green: The build up to the Great Wars. So far, the only preface to the conflicts we have discovered have been described by the Colonial author of Inner Haven as "a cowardly attack" by the Wardens (Inner Haven vol.1), "aggressive Colonial expansion northwards" by a Warden Soldier (Warden Scout - character note), and trade expansion by the Wardens (Christos and Juno Letter). During this time the Bulwark in the south was constructed as noted in lore articles in the Westgate map (Letter to Alderman). Later the nation of Veli forms an alliance with Mesea for protection from Caoivan trade expansion (Deserters Journal Farannac Coast). Colonials aim to sow discord among highlanders south of the wall in Westgate (Letter to Consul).
- Orange: The Great Wars or possibly "The Great War". A collection of an unknown number of wars over a vast period of time that led to the destruction of the Warden empire. With the exception of the "Boreal Wars" no other conflicts have been named.
- Red: A possibility of two separate or combined events 1) A naval/amphibious push into the western shore of Caoiva and a potential initial occupation of Fisherman's Row. 2) An event known as "The Breaching" where the Colonial legion broke through the southern Bulwark. Although the exact position of these events on the timeline is unknown it is presumably located in the early to mid-stage of the great wars before the "Colonial Legions" forces advance further north into warden territory. Legate Silas Maro appears to be leading the Colonial Military on this front during this time.
- Brown: The Wardens lose the Deadlands and are pushed back to Callahan's Passage by the Colonial Legion led by Thea Maro. After the Wardens are ousted from their homeland's capital (as per Deadlands map description) they make a stand in Callahan's Passage). Further referenced in Inner Haven vol. 1 as the loss of "Sun's Haven" which was later known as the now "Abandoned" Ward.
- Purple: The Boreal Wars or "Northern Wars" (Boreal=North). As mentioned in the Colonial's Hatchet "H5" Tank description the Boreal Wars were stated to have occurred late during the Great Wars. This conflict was centered in the Warden's snowy and mountainous terrain in the north possible near Whedon's Row. It is not clear if this was the final conflict in the Great Wars.
- Yellow: Present day/recent history. Following the post-war destruction this is the current period the game is set in. Much of the technology of both nations has been lost or abandoned after the devastation. We don't know how long the current conflict has lasted or how much longer the fighting will continue. It could even be considered to be a continuation of the great wars.
The Wardens and The Colonials
The Wardens are the (former) inhabitants of most Caoiva (pronounced "See-va"; the current playable world map). Their uniforms are blue coloured and look inspired by the French WWI uniform . Their former capital was Sun's Haven, but was destroyed in the war and since then the Wardens operate from their off-map capital of Whedon's Row. They are proud of their former general Callahan, as his name can be found in various lore pieces and as map locations. It is known that their nation was a trading nation, and presumably (by the size) an empire.
The Colonials are slightly more mysterious in motives, as they can be described both as invaders or liberators; this ofcourse depends heavily on which side the author of the information is. The colonials wear green and dark tan, with dark green shoulder capes. There are two Legates (=~generals) named for the Colonials, namely Silas and Thea Maro (great-granddaughter). The Colonials are from the south, and are presumed to be from several nations tied in an alliance or confedracy. Locations mentioned are Mesea, Veli, and the industrialized western city-state Dimiourg are mentioned.
Little is known about the individuals that shaped the world foxhole is set in, perhaps because so much of the information and technology of the past has been destroyed or lost to time.
We can discover small snippets of information in the game world, maps and item/artwork description. On the region maps we can see possessive qualities of place names that indicate it was named after someone. I've listed some below but can exclude "Sun" here for now - although Sun's Hollow hints at ownership there is a "Path to the Sun" that it is most likely related to. Other interesting place names have no evidence at being named after anyone.
Easily the most prominent character in the Foxhole, he lends his name to many places and even entire regions (Callahan's Boot/Belt, Callahan's Passage). He is mentioned (sarcastically) in Vol.8 of Inner Haven as the Warden's "great" leader and two mounted statues in his likeness can be found flanking the Abandon Ward's southern bridge. The plaques describe how Callahan led the Wardens to economic prosperity, and suggests diplomatic and militaristic prowess. Callahan is depicted on a horse wearing a general’s uniform with a full beard and wears a sword on his belt (which possible gives its name to "The Blade" and "Pommel Annex" to the west of "Callahan's Belt").
A descendent of Silas Maro (great-granddaughter), Thea is raised to be an expert soldier and tactician, who later leads with swift and decisive leadership to take the capital of the Warden's empire. It is refererenced again as Sun's Haven, what we know now as the Abandoned Ward in Deadlands. While Christos expresses doubts some colonials may have about her advisors and intentions as a leader (Letter to Junos) the publication Inner haven describes her as a visionary who may have surpassed Silas Maro's legacy. She is later awarded a seat on the high council representing Veli, but declines to remain in military service (Inner Haven Vol 2).
An enterprising individual who collects books and trades wartime commodities out of an old fort. In addition to barrels of old wine they brought a sample of southern tobacco (from a farming complex in a location called Therízo) to trade with Wardens for honey jerky from Fisherman's Row. From the perspective of the note and the familiarity of the good it seems likely that the smuggler is a colonial. The "Tin case" (although titled "In Case") filled with tobacco can be picked up and stored in the player’s backpack. The "freshness" of the tobacco suggests the trader may still be alive and active, there is a large red stain on the ground, but it is unclear whether this is blood or red wine (Abandoned Fort - Upper Heartlands).
A Legatus of the Colonial Legion (equivalent to a General although possible a diplomatic legatus) is credited as being to first to walk on the ruins of the Bulwark following the Breaching (Inner Haven vol.1). His great-granddaughter is Thea Maro.
A Warden stowaway, she killed two colonial guards with their own knife to make her escape to Westgate, planning to steal a truck and escape north via the Heartlands she plans on returning to Fisherman's Row with reinforcements to save the other captives. Left a note for colonials next to a burnt out logistics truck under the alias "M".
The author of the volumes of Inner Haven, with presumably at least 12 volumes having been written, only four have been recovered so far (Inner Haven - References)
Young, Talented Engineer
A Colonial who developed the H-Class Hatchet "H5" Light Tank during the Boreal Wars (H5 desc). They came from an "industrialised western city-state" called Dimiourg.
- Parts of this article are based on Africandave's Steam guide, which is regularly updated.
- To see individual lore pieces, see Lore References
- For some old lore pieces, Foxhole Lore holds some information.
Specific lore pieces:
- Post on the Foxhole Official Discord
- Reference to Matt, announcing that lore old lore is outdated.
- foxholegame.com/faq, accessed on 4th June 2020.
- Inner Haven Volumes#Contents