|Lady A. Comstock|
|Family||Father Comstock (husband)|
|Appears in||BioShock Infinite|
|Voice Actor||Laura Bailey|
- "Love the Prophet, because he loves the sinner. Love the sinner, because he is you. Without the sinner, what need is there for a redeemer? Without sin, what grace has forgiveness?"
- ―Lady Comstock
Lady A. Comstock was the First Lady of Columbia and the wife of Zachary Hale Comstock. She was allegedly murdered by Daisy Fitzroy, leader of the anarchist faction, the Vox Populi. She is remembered and revered by the citizens of Columbia, featured on her airship, and memorialized in the Hall of Heroes. Even Daisy Fitzroy, who opposes the Founders, commends Lady Comstock's kind disposition.
Before becoming Lady Comstock, she was simply a devotee of Comstock. In her life before Columbia, she selfishly took advantage of the numerous suitors who admired her. Comstock offered her redemption for her sins and his hand in marriage. She took on the elevated position of First Lady of Columbia and spread Comstock's teachings to its citizenry, who deeply respected her. Her audio logs affirm Lady Comstock's deep admiration and love for Zachary Comstock for forgiving her sins and giving her another chance. However, she began to question her faith in her husband after seeing how cruel and unforgiving he could be to those who opposed him.
Comstock, believing that he must father a child for Columbia to prosper after his death, had Robert and Rosalind Lutece seek out his blood heir from an alternate universe, as their Tear-creating machine had rendered him sterile. Lady Comstock quickly became suspicious of this child, Elizabeth, and accused Rosalind Lutece of being the mother. Rosalind denied the claim and explained the child's true origins, which Lady Comstock refused to believe.
Lady Comstock, confused and angered, decided she would need to break her silence about the child after two years of compliance. Comstock had her killed before she was able to reveal the true nature of Elizabeth's birth and framed Daisy Fitzroy for her murder.
The populace was devastated by the news of her assassination and sought to glorify her memory. Like a Catholic saint, her body was preserved in a memorial shrine while her belongings, such as her trademark blue dress, were treated like holy relics. Comstock, meanwhile, used this frame-up to galvanize his persecution of the Vox Populi.
Booker DeWitt occasionally encounters Zealots of the Lady, upper-class former devotees of Lady Comstock, as enemies. They express their remorse over her untimely death through dialogue, as well as the coffins they chain to their backs.
Elizabeth first discovers Lady Comstock's connection to her at the memorial at the Hall of Heroes while she and Booker pursue Cornelius Slate. The notion that Lady Comstock and Zachary Hale Comstock are her parents confuses and distresses her. Later, in Fink Manufacturing, Elizabeth finds Lady Comstock's personal diary in Slate's locker--at some point, Slate had gotten close enough to steal it, and hid the diary in his locker when he worked for the company. Within, Elizabeth finds an entry from shortly after her birth; it reveals that, believing Elizabeth to be Comstock's bastard child, Lady Comstock had the infant sealed in Monument Island, unwilling to raise the child in her home. This marks the beginning of Elizabeth's hatred toward Lady Comstock.
During the events of BioShock Infinite, after arriving in Emporia, Booker and Elizabeth travel to Comstock House and find that the gate is locked. Because Elizabeth is wearing Lady Comstock's dress, the gate's automatic security mistakes her for Lady Comstock. Elizabeth attempts to gain entrance using her fingerprints, but is rejected and decides that they will need to use Lady Comstock's own. The two set out to visit the tomb of Lady Comstock to "pay their respects" and take her hand. However, Comstock uses a miniature siphon to hijack Elizabeth's powers and forcefully bring Lady Comstock back as the Siren: a cloaked, feral version of the woman that is neither dead nor alive, influenced by Elizabeth's resentment and fear of her. She immediately attacks, motivated by an intense hatred of Elizabeth and a rejection of the reality she has been thrust into. Over the course of a lengthy battle she resurrects the dead through Tears, bringing in alternate versions of nearby fallen enemies to attack Booker. Following her initial defeat, her ghostly footsteps lead Booker and Elizabeth through the streets of Emporia.
The Luteces tell the pair that they will need to seek out three Tears that contain truths that Comstock has destroyed. Seeking out the Tears reveals that Comstock, sterile due to exposure to the Lutece's contraption, had Elizabeth brought in through a Tear to serve his purposes. Incensed by this fraud, and further aggravated by her realization of the Prophet's atrocities, Lady Comstock suspected her husband of having an affair with Rosalind Lutece. As revealed in the other two Tears, in order to maintain the myth of the Miracle Child, Comstock had Jeremiah Fink murder both her and the Luteces. Over the course of this discovery Booker and Elizabeth are once more beset by the Siren.
Once the truths of all three Tears are discovered, Elizabeth initially attempts to make amends with Lady Comstock. The latter, however, rejects her apology, and attacks Booker once more. Once she is subdued Elizabeth manages to make peace with her, showing her the truth behind her death and resurrection. Freed of her bitterness, Lady Comstock blasts open the gate to Comstock House as an act of kindness.
Fighting the SirenEdit
The Siren is encountered three times: once in the Memorial Gardens, upon Lady Comstock's resurrection, once in the Bank of the Prophet after discovering the Tear there, and a final time in front of Comstock Gate.
The Siren is possessed of immense resilience along with many otherworldly powers:
- Resurrection: The Siren's most spectacular skill is her ability to resurrect the dead via Tears: if there are any corpses around she will levitate them and let out a piercing scream, bringing them back to life.
- Deadly Voice: The Siren will frequently try to approach Booker before letting out a deafening shout, dealing heavy damage in an area around her. Moreover, the scream will push Booker back and disrupt his aim.
- Intangibility: The Siren can momentarily disappear in a puff of smoke before reappearing at another location, rendering her immune to damage. Additionally, she moves by levitating through the air and can easily reach elevated terrain.
- Self-Healing: While resurrecting minions the Siren heals herself for 15% of her maximum health, and increases her maximum health by 2%.
- It is important to note that the Siren will only be able to raise the dead if there is a corpse left to resurrect. Disintegrating an enemy through combustion or electricity will prevent them from being brought back. Decapitated enemies, however, can still be resurrected.
- Killing the Siren's minions without disposing of them as per the above is a waste of resources, as she can bring them back almost instantly. Instead, it is better to focus on the Siren herself, and whittle down her health as fast as possible. Defeating her will also kill all of her minions.
- The Siren will go out of her way to get close to Booker. Use this to isolate her from her personal army.
- The Siren's area of effect attack has a small charge-up time, which will allow a quick player to run out of its damaging range. An even quicker player can also take advantage of this by shooting her while she's still floating. She is equally vulnerable when resurrecting the dead, though the corpses she levitates can protect her.
- As the Siren tends to move around frequently, use weapons that don't require much accuracy to deal damage.
- Both the Pig and the Hail Fire can severely damage the Siren in a short amount of time. The Pig works slightly better than the Hail Fire, as the added damage and clip size are more advantageous than the Hail Fire's bouncing grenades.
- Both the China Broom and the Heater are good choices against the Siren. Though the Heater's incendiary effect is completely ineffective against the Siren herself, it has the potential to incinerate her minions, preventing her from resurrecting them.
- The RPG is effective at tearing a large chunk out of the Siren's health, and can clear out entire groups of her minions at a time, but its limited clip size and projectile travel time means the player will run out of ammunition before defeating the Siren.
- The Triple R and Repeater, due to their large magazine size, are effective against the Siren. The Repeater's greater damage per shot and stability makes it significantly better than the former in this situation.
- The Siren is completely immune to most Vigors. Charge is the only Vigor capable of damaging her, and when upgraded can help by recharging the player's Shields and damaging any surrounding minions.
- Combining Undertow with Shock Jockey is significantly recommended when fighting the Siren, as the combo will disintegrate any affected minions. If both Vigors are upgraded to affect multiple enemies at a time, this method becomes the most efficient way to clear the battlefield of resurrected enemies.
- Devil's Kiss is also an excellent Vigor against her, and has the added benefit of being able to burn enemies to ash. Though the Siren herself only takes moderate damage from it, throwing down a fire bomb or laying a fire trap can decimate crowds of tightly-grouped minions. Recommended to throw it constantly on the siren meanwhile firing at her as soon as she starts raising the dead and is stationary. This will drain a lot of her health and incinerate the others as soon as they are revived.
- Bucking Bronco can be used to keep minions at bay while taking on the Siren.
- Any Gear with an electrical or fire effect is particularly useful when fighting the Siren, as it will help permanently dispose of the dead she resurrects.
- Overkill is effective when fighting groups of minions, as it will shock every nearby enemy and disintegrate the primary target. Furthermore, the effect chains, and so can work as a Vigor-free alternative to Shock Jockey.
- Storm, combined with the above Gear and Vigors, can reduce the Salts cost of attacking the enemies the Siren raises while simultaneously clearing groups of undead more easily.
- Blood to Salt, when combined with the above strategies, can actually let the player top up on Salts when casting Vigors, as the Salts gain will surpass the cost of casting Undertow and Shock Jockey.
- If the player focuses on using one or both of the Shotgun variants, Quick Handed is recommended, as it will drastically reduce reload times.
- Hill Runner's Hat comes in handy when fighting the Siren, as her scream attack will break Booker's Shields and the added mobility will allow him to retreat to cover more easily.
- For the same reason, Urgent Care can save the player's life, as the combination of the Siren and her minions' attacks will frequently down Booker's Shields.
- Using Spectral Sidekick to turn an explosive weapon into an ally will decimate the Siren's minions and heavily damage her at no cost in ammunition. The splash damage is capable of affecting the player, however, so keep some distance from the combat area while the weapon ally is still active.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Her appearance is based on Alice Roosevelt Longworth.
- Her first name starts with an A (evident from a poster in Battleship Bay which says: "See the very dress worn by A. Comstock herself!").
- Originally, the Siren started off as the Resurrector, an old man in a cape described as a "Jonathan Edwards, sinners in the hands of an angry god" character. Irrational found the logic lacking in such a straightforward power of resurrecting the dead. It was too fantastical, and the team wanted something new, different, and sensical for the time period, and they felt that the Siren's 20th century influences would be a fresh improvement.
- In The Art of BioShock Infinite, two failed enemy concepts show further evolution into creating the Siren: the Resurrector and the Magician. The Resurrector was revisited, but further revised from its "Old man in a cape" concept, both in its physical appearance, either as a Catholic Cardinal or as a masked Monk, with further reinterpretation in his resurrection abilities as being Stigmata-like. However, the Resurrector idea was eventually dropped. The other exploration was the Magician, whose powers were similar in respawning enemies, only with the addition of telekinetically manipulating the environment. Like the Resurrector, the Magician was also conceptually revised; as a male (either with Art Nouvau-styled mechanized gauntlets and a Splicer-like facade, or a dapper Sander Cohen-like character with a Phrenology-Like painted headpiece), and as a female (mainly in silent-era theatrical makeup, but in different theatrical costumes). Although the Magician would also be dropped from not fitting in the game, a later concept of the female Magician using her abilities would eventually be the link to finally becoming the Siren.
- Ken Levine explains one of the inspirations for the Siren: “Siren is a nod to a major social movement at the turn of the century. There was a sense of the spiritual world, and I don’t mean like when you ask people, ‘Oh, are you religious?’ and they say, ‘No. I’m spiritual.’ No, I mean, people were actually talking about contacting the dead and speaking to the dead.”
- Another inspiration for the Siren's ability was of "The Ether", a serious scientific belief of ectoplasm that scientists of the 1900s theorized could be studied for cosmological feats.
- Sirens in Greek mythology are evil bird-like creatures who would use their mesmerizing voice to coax passing sailors into wrecking their ships. In a similar vein, the Siren in BioShock Infinite is a female enemy whose voice is powerful enough to resurrect the dead.
- The Siren's song is a distorted version of Mozart's Lacrimosa, the third portion of his Requiem. Additionally the song is played in the Lady Comstock exhibit in the Hall of Heroes, as well as her crypt in Memorial Gardens.
- As the Siren, Lady Comstock's personality and fighting style are reminiscent of the Banshee, an Irish mythical figure that took the form of a woman and screamed at her victims to warn them of the impending death of a loved one, or even their own.
- ↑ Columbia Historical Timeline
- ↑ An Irrational Fear of Monsters on Joystiq
- ↑ BioShock Infinite’s Siren Raises the Dead on G4
|Enemies in BioShock Infinite|
|Basic||Citizen • Police • Soldier|
|Support||Gun Automaton • Rocket Automaton • Mosquito • Security Zeppelin|
|Heavy Hitters||Beast • Boy of Silence • Fireman • Handyman • Motorized Patriot • Siren • Zealot of the Lady|