The Altruists are a cannibalistic cult living in a fortified compound in Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, Blaine County appearing in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The word Altruists means to have an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. In Zoology the word is applied to instinctive behavior that is detrimental to the individual but favors the survival or spread of that individual's genes, as by benefiting its relatives. The authorities within San Andreas know little about the cult, although their existence is known to certain individuals, including Trevor Philips and Ron Jakowski.
The in-game website Cultstoppers.com reports rumours of 'a remote rural hideout, daylight curfews, anti-technology vitriol and human sacrifice' as part of their description of the cult. The group, consisting primarily of elder men and women, are supposedly involved in a war against the under-40s at the request of Lord Zapho, an alien who is coming to reclaim the Earth. The website reports that no former members have come forward, which is almost certainly due to them being eaten. Cult members can be seen inside the compound walking around either half naked or fully naked with certain members standing guard at watch towers. Entering their compound will result in members shooting at the player. Despite their apparent disliking of technology, the cult has a website. The website, altruistsunite.com, features a number of segments filled with Morse code consisting of '.', '-' and '/' symbols, which can be read below.
After the mission Nervous Ron, Ron Jakowski will send Trevor Philips a text message regarding the cult requesting "lost souls" in exchange for money. Trevor, however, appears to know of the cult already describing them as his "friends in the mountains" and can later take certain random characters to their compound. After four "lost souls" have been delivered, a random event beigns with Trevor being led into the camp at gunpoint and, after managing to get free, must fight his way out of their compound by killing the cult members present. The event also allows Trevor to obtain $125,000, which is located in five briefcases worth $25,000 each around the camp. An event elsewhere in Blaine County sees two cult members attempting to attack and kidnap a woman.
Random encounters which can be used as potential victims
- Drunk Driver 1
- Drunk Driver 2 (Drunk couple)
- Escape the Paparazzi (Lacey Jonas)
- Hitch Lift 3 (Hitchhiking girl)
- Hitch Lift 4 (Runaway bride)
- Snatched (Lost girl)
- The following random characters should not be taken to the cult as their rewards provide a greater benefit
- Antonia Bottino (Burial) (her father gives the protagonist who recused her $60,000)
- Castro Lagano (Domestic) (the player can play golf with him)
- Packie McReary (Getaway Driver) (he can be hired as a gunman for heists)
- Ursula (Hitch Lift 2) (she can be called for a booty call)
The cult's website, accessible with the in-game web browser, is "www.altruistsunite.com". One can find the logo of the cult there, along with a string of Morse code. The Morse code translates to:
[1st Cyan Block]
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION HAS BEEN A DISASTER TO THE STABILITY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
ALMOST ALL WOULD AGREE THAT CONTINUED FOCUS ON THE SUPERIORITY OF THE SUB 40 YOUNGER GENERATION WILL RESULT IN THE CATASTROPHIC AND TRAGIC END TO OUR CIVILIZATION.
MAN IS A NOCTURNAL ANIMAL BY NATURE.
THOSE WHO EXIST IN THE INDUSTRIAL-TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY, BATHING IN SUNLIGHT AND ELECTRONICS, SUFFER FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS.
HYPERVITAMINOSIS D CAUSES ABNORMALLY HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF CALCIUM, WHICH CAN CAUSE HARM TO THE HEART, KIDNEYS AND BONES. TOXIC CONCENTRATIONS ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF EXPOSURE TO THE SUN.
CROWDING CAUSES STRESS AND AGGRESSION.
PRIMITIVE SOCIETIES, ONES WHERE CLOTHES AND TOOLS OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION WERE NOT NEEDED, PROVIDED A STABLE FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUNCTION OF SOCIETY.
ONE CANNOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DECAY OF TRADITIONAL VALUES YET EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY.
A MAN AS AN INDIVIDUAL, WORKING WITH AN AUTONOMOUS GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS, ALL OF WHOM ARE NAKED IN SPIRIT AND IN THE CLOTH, REMAINS HEALTHY TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS.
SUB 40S ONLY EXIST AS SUBSISTENCE TO THE ALTRUISTIC MAN AND GAINS LIFE FROM CONSUMING THEM.
BAN CLOTHES. BAN LIES. BAN DECEIT. EAT OF THE FLESH. DRINK OF THE BLOOD. WE SHALL BE FREE ONCE MORE. BECAUSE WE KNOW. ALTRUISM. THE GREATEST GOOD, FOR THE GREATEST GENERATION. WE SHALL BOOM AGAIN.
- In Grand Theft Auto Online, most, but not all, of the Altruists are wearing some form of clothing to cover private parts; whether this was due to censorship for online only is unknown.