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For the Lighthouse of Rapture, see The Lighthouse.
"DeWitt- Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt. This is your last chance!"
―Note on the Lighthouse's door[src]

Located near Portland and off the coast of Maine, the Lighthouse is one of the ten stations serving as a relay for departures to and returns from the floating city of Columbia. It is also the first level of BioShock Infinite.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

Main article: BioShock Infinite
BSI Lighthouse Map

Columbia's traveling path across the country.

Dead Body in Lighthouse

The corpse in the lighthouse.

Shrine to the Founding Fathers

The bells with the Scroll, Key, and Sword.

The Lighthouse is first seen in the opening scene of the game during a stormy and dark day. Booker DeWitt travels by rowboat with a man and a woman cloaked in yellow raincoats, who leave him on the dock before rowing back to the coast. The structure has three floors, each of them decorated with a needlepoint quote from Comstock as well as several crates and pieces of furniture. The second floor features a desk and a phone with no tonality, as well as a map of Columbia's path around the United States, a list of schedules for departures and returns related to each relay station across the country. Pinned on the map is a written note signed with Comstock's initial, warning of someone's arrival, and ordering the man in post to stop him. Several bloodstains and an overthrown library lead to the third floor, where the lighthouse keeper is found tied to a chair, with a sack drawn over his head, and dead by a gunshot wound to the head. Various tools around suggest the man had been tortured before the arrival of DeWitt.

The Lens Room at the top of the Lighthouse is locked by gate with a three-bell security system. The three bells are inscribed with the Scroll, the Key, and the Sword. To open the gate, Booker needs to ring the Scroll bell once, and the other two bells twice each, as indicated on the card which was given to him upon his arrival. The Lighthouse then sends out a series of lights and tones, and receives tones back from the city above the clouds. This indicates to Columbia (when the city has reached the station) the coming of a relay vessel. The gate unlocks and a red chair is exposed to Booker which, after he sits himself down, straps him in and flips upside down to reveal concealed rocket booster nozzles in the last floor of the tower. The chair turns back around and the now-assembled pod launches into to the sky to Columbia.

Infinite Spoilers

Lighthouse in the Sea of DoorsEdit

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There's always a lighthouse…

Main article: Sea of Doors

In the last chapter of the game, after Elizabeth acquires her full powers and takes herself and Booker to the hub of the Sea of Doors, she explains to Booker that lighthouses serve as doors to other realities. She then proceeds to further explain the significance of "A Lighthouse" as one of the three Constants of the multiverse (the other two being "A Man" and "A City").

VideoEdit

Bioshock Infinite - Lighthouse Horns00:50

Bioshock Infinite - Lighthouse Horns

Horns from Columbia which start after hitting the bells.

GalleryEdit

Concept Art and ModelsEdit

In-Game ImagesEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

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The distant buildings up close.

  • Upon closer inspection, the distant buildings seem to be small cardboard cutouts of Soldier's Field, with yellow saturation to simulate far-off lights.
  • After the Luteces drop you off, they continue rowing on for a good while until they eventually hit an invisible wall on the edge of the map and stop.
  • The boosters that propel the "Pilgrim Rocket" to Columbia can be seen on the roof of the top floor of the lighthouse. In theory, whenever the rocket is used, the contents and occupants of the room below would be promptly incinerated by the boosters.
  • Once Booker has rung the bells in their proper order, the door to the "Pilgrim Rocket" will swing inwards; out of the rain. However, even when sheltered by the roof, rain continues to pour down the door. This is likely an oversight by the developers.
Robot crab

The wind-up crab.

  • On the left side of the lighthouse a small robotic crab can be found amongst the rocks. It cannot normally be reached without the use of cheats and it is easier to see with the brightness turned all the way up.
  • The light from the lighthouse in the beginning of the game rotates counter-clockwise when outside at the base, but clockwise when outside at the top. This is likely an oversight by the developers.
  • A note found in the Lutece Labs, which highlights the lighthouse and says "the only obstacle", further suggests that it was they who killed the lighthouse keeper, in order for Booker to pass through unnoticed. Why they executed him in such a manner is unknown, although the torture may have been a way for them to get Booker the ringing order for the bells.
  • The lighthouse features a telephone that can be interacted with by Booker. However, it has no effect when used, similar to the pay-phones found in BioShock and BioShock 2.
  • The numbers on the card (1,2,2) are likely a reference to the number of attempts Booker tried beforehand.
    • The number also matches how many marks the blackboard has on it that the Luteces carry the second time the player meets them.[1]
  • The Columbia lighthouse appears to be within eyeshot of land. Therefore, it is most likely perceived as a more common place and uninteresting towards land dwellers, unlike Rapture's "Phantom Lighthouse" which was turned into a legend among the populace.
  • The note warning about the arrival hints that the Founders are preparing to stop Booker from reaching Columbia. The note is also signed with a C, suggesting that the order came directly from Comstock himself.
  • According to the travel map for Columbia, the city does not overfly some of the cities on the schedule that it is supposed to stop at. They are Colorado Springs, CO, Saint Louis, MO, New York City, NY, Savannah GA. In the case of Savannah, GA Columbia does not come within 50 miles of the city. This could be a result of Columbia changing it's route over the years.
  • The concept art for the Lens Room and its bells were made by Chris Chaproniere.[2]
  • The chair in the Pilgrim Rocket was designed by Mauricio Tejerina.[3]
  • In Burial at Sea - Episode 2, Elizabeth comes across a broken lighthouse snow globe in the Bathysphere Sales Office of Bathyspheres DeLuxe. The globe causes the future events of an airplane crash site by the Rapture Lighthouse to flash before her eyes. The lighthouse in the snow globe uses the model of this lighthouse.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nerdiest Podcast with Ken Levine at about 00:25
  2. Chris Chaproniere's ArtStation Profile
  3. Mauricio Tejerina Portfolio

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