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Fraternal Order of the Raven sign
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The courtyard and entrance to the Raven Headquarters.

"We dare defend our country."
―Fraternal Order of the Raven's Motto

The Fraternal Order of the Raven is a Founders-affiliated organization in Columbia, concerned with maintaining the city's "racial purity." Worshipers of the deceased Lady Comstock, they honor the symbols of the sword, the raven, and the coffin in her name (as contrasted with the sword, the key and the scroll, the holy symbols of Columbia). Their emblem is that of a stylized eye with five swords crossing behind it, and a banner which reads "Audemus Patria Nostra Defendere", Latin for "We dare defend our homeland".

Ideology and PracticeEdit

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The Union Army, lead by a demonized Abraham Lincoln.

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The Confederate Army, lead by an angelic George Washington.

The group glorifies John Wilkes Booth as a saint for assassinating Abraham Lincoln, "the Emancipator" or "the Apostate" (a term Zachary Hale Comstock often uses in reference to the same), whom they view as wicked for abolishing slavery. Members of the Order cloak themselves in hoods and robes, with lesser members wearing indigo and leaders wearing black. The Order believes that Columbia's racist ideals make it and its citizens superior to the rest of the world, and they seek to enforce a doctrine of racial purity.

The most prominent members of the Order are the Zealots: fearsome, sword-carrying, coffin-bearing enemies whose powers mirror that of the Order's namesake. They count among the elite forces of the Founders, and are occasionally sent to kill Booker DeWitt.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

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A statue of John Wilkes Booth in the foyer.

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The stained glass windows behind the bar.

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Booker discovers the Order's headquarters in Comstock Center on his journey to Monument Island. The courtyard has a statue of Comstock fighting the "Serpent of Nations", depicted as a hydra-like creature with gross caricatures of a Jewish, Black, and Asian man for its three heads. The building's interior is squalid, with debris littering the floor, lights dim and continually flickering, and raven guano scattered throughout. Platters of rotten food are ubiquitous, especially in the dining hall, and attract many flies and ravens. There is also a statue of John Wilkes Booth in the foyer, a lounge and bar which contains a painting of Booth, in golden glow, assassinating a Devil-horned Lincoln at Ford's Theater, a reading room, and a large ceremony hall.

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A prisoner being murdered by ravens.

In the ceremony hall is a mural of George Washington holding the Liberty Bell in one hand and the Ten Commandments in the other, standing above racist caricatures of people of different ethnicities. While traversing the building, Booker clashes with several Order members when he happens upon their meeting.

After taking them out, Booker takes the elevator to the upper level. In the circular room is a projector displaying a phrenological study of Comstock. Behind a bookcase, is hidden a dungeon cell and a Gear.

When Booker opens up the chained door, he witnesses a prisoner getting executed by murderous black birds, and sees the leader, a Crow, walk away and vanish. Breaking the chain, he walks into an indoor garden where victims are kept in golden cages hanging from trees. Suddenly, the black-robed Zealot appears again and starts attacking Booker, sword drawn and all. After the casket-carrying Zealot falls, Booker acquires the Murder of Crows Vigor.[1] Upon exiting the building into the sunshine, the Gondola station to the Monument Island Gateway is just ahead.

New DiscoveriesEdit

New VigorsEdit

New EnemiesEdit

VoxophonesEdit

  1. Zachary Hale Comstock - The Gift of the Emancipator - on the bar counter
  2. Zachary Hale Comstock - The Lie of the Emancipator - in the chapel pew
  3. First Zealot - Symbols of Our Lady - on one of the office desks

New GearEdit

  1. 1 Gear (random)

GalleryEdit

Fraternal Order ImagesEdit

Art and images in the Fraternal OrderEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Several songs play in the Fraternal Order of the Raven.
    • The gramophone in the bar plays "Watermelon Party" by Polk Miller.
    • In the elevator room after the radio announcement about the terror in the raffle, Rudy Vallée's "Makin' Whoopee" will play.
    • The gramophone in the upstairs aviary plays Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on the G String" with solo violin.
  • Due to their appearance and ideology, it is likely that they are based off the real-world Ku Klux Klan.
  • Their aprons and headquarters are also reminiscent of Freemasonry, which is significant, as George Washington was a famous Freemason. This may also be found in The Art of BioShock Infinite, which show aspects of their attire were inspired and combined from the Freemasons, as well as military and religious orders from history. Revisions of their attire were also alternated with their inspirations, such as a Freemason helmet with a satin attire, or a military uniform and cap with the Founder's religious symbols and a order's masked veil. There was even a concept for a leader resembling a Catholic Cardinal, which may or may not be meant as the Resurrector, one of Siren's earlier revised concepts.
  • The Latin motto is intended to mean "We dare defend our country", but contains a grammatical error. This only allows for translations such as "We dare to defend with the help of our country" or "Oh Our country, we dare to defend!".
  • A flask of Unknown Booze can be found in the bar of the Order's headquarters. If the player acts quickly after imbibing it, they should be able to achieve the Achievement/Trophy "Lost Weekend" in a single game.
  • The ambient noise in the Raven headquarters is actually a song slowed down significantly. Speeding up the environmental sound to 1000% or 800% results in a distinct singing voice with guitar. This is also present in one of the houses in the Comstock Center Rooftops.[2]
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The prelaunch mural.

  • The Washington mural was seen in early gameplay demos, but has since been altered. The subtitle "It is Our Duty to Guard Against the Foreign Hordes" has been removed. In addition, the symbols of the Cross (Faith), Dove (Purity), Arrows (Defense), and Wheatsheaf (Prosperity), have been replaced with Scroll (Wisdom), Eye (Faith), Sword (Defense) and Key (Discovery), respectively.

ReferencesEdit

  1. BioShock Infinite Walkthrough on IGN
  2. A video on the subject, on YouTube

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