"There is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the chain pulls society in the right direction..." - Andrew Ryan
- "The Little Sister's Orphanage: In troubled times, give your little girl the life that she deserves. Boarding and education free of charge! After all, children ARE the future of Rapture."
- ―Public address advertisement[src]
During Brigid Tenenbaum's research work on ADAM, it was discovered that implanting the Sea Slug in the stomach lining of a host subject would enable the mass production of the genetic substance. The only problem was that, for various reasons, the host needed to be a child, specifically a young girl. Ethical dilemmas aside, the main complication became where to find the needed hosts.
Ever the problem solver, Fontaine saw potential in the orphaned children of Rapture, and so he set up the Little Sister's Orphanage. A self-supporting city like Rapture had no government-sponsored charities or welfare networks set in place, so a child who lost his or her guardian was in a dire situation. No one was permitted to leave Rapture, so it's not as though they could reach out to other relatives. Other times, a parent simply could not afford (or had no desire) to care of their child. Public address announcements advertised that the poorer citizens of Rapture should put their children in the Orphanage with the promise of their safety, education, and a bright future.
In reality, this was all a lie. The facilities served as a front to gather little girls for the transformation into biological ADAM-producing factories. Once the girls' parents were out of the picture, scientists would select a child to be taken to a seperate facility for the mental conditioning and slug-implantation process. It is more than likely that the term "Little Sisters" originally came from the orphanage's name.
Eventually, Fontaine's criminal dealings were exposed and he was killed in a fiery shootout. Andrew Ryan took control of Fontaine Futuristics and ordered the shut down of the orphanages. The children went from a hard life in the orphanages to a miserable one on the streets where they were easy prey for kidnappers.
- Main article: BioShock
During the events of BioShock, Jack often hears old ads for the facilities left playing over the PA system. The Hestia district of Apollo Square is completely optional, but it does lead to the Little Sister Orpahange within Fontaine's Home for the Poor. Once there, he witnesses the crampt squalor the girls lived in before being taken away to Little Wonders Educational Facility.
- Main article: BioShock 2
the orphanage in Siren Alley's Plaza Hedone was more substantive, but no less depressing. Like in BioShock, the orphanage is completely optional. Still, it's highly recommended that Subject Delta visit the building so as to see the place where Eleanor Lamb spent her days before becoming a Little Sister and to get her audio diary My Name is Eleanor. Just beware of the Spider Splicers that still roam the rooms and Brute Splicer ambush awaiting.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- The marquee for The Little Sister's Orphanage was designed by Laura Zimmermann.