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                                 BioShock Plot Summary
                             A Complete History of Rapture
    Version: 1.14 (07/22/09)
    Author: XG3
    Contact: bioshockstory@gmail.com
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    - The BioShock story is very complex and richly woven, but it is told through
      many fragmented audio diaries and radio messages. As such, not everything
      that happens in the game is directly stated; many events are implied or
      inferred. Feel free to email me if you have a better take on a certain
      character or event, and I will include it with proper credit if your argument
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    90% of the facts stated in the account of Rapture below are taken from the
    things you hear, see, and experience in BioShock. 5% are taken from reliable
    outside sources. Ryan's backstory was taken from an interview with Ken Levine, 
    creative director of BioShock, on CultofRapture.com. The construction of 
    Rapture was taken from a magazine ad someone had transcribed on some forum 
    (I've never personally seen the ad but the info seems compelling enough to 
    post, and I doubt the poster made it up). Per the disclaimer above, some events 
    (the last 5%) are implied and not directly spelled out for the player.
    BioShock's story is a big puzzle. I merely put together the pieces.
    {c01}  ...  Andrew Ryan
    {c02}  ...  The Construction of Rapture 
    {c03}  ...  The Discovery of Adam
    {c04}  ...  Frank Fontaine
    {c05}  ...  Little Sisters
    {c06}  ...  Rivalry
    {c07}  ...  Jack Ryan
    {c08}  ...  The Beginning of the End
    {c09}  ...  New Years Eve
    {c10}  ...  Big Daddies
    {c11}  ...  Paradise Lost
    {c12}  ...  Welcome to Rapture
    {c13}  ...  Frequently Asked Questions
             "I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question.
              Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?
              'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.'
              'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.'
              'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone.'
              I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something
              different. I chose the impossible. I chose...Rapture,
              a city where the artist would not fear the censor,
              where the scientist would not be bound by petty
              morality, Where the great would not be constrained by
              the small!
              And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your
              city as well."
                                         - Andrew Ryan
    Andrew Ryan                                                               {c01}
    Andrei Ryan was born in early 1900s Russia. The Russian Revolution, which led 
    to the rise of the Soviet Union, destroyed his family when he was a child. 
    Resenting the Communist ideology, Ryan fled to the United States, changed his 
    name to the more American-sounding "Andrew", and eventually became an 
    incredibly successful industrialist, scientist, and inventor. Ryan was 
    initially very happy with America, a place where intelligence and 
    determination was rewarded with prosperity and fame. When the Great Depression 
    came about in the 1930s, however, Ryan got a bit of a rude surprise. The New 
    Deal, a series of programs facilitating the redistribution of wealth to the 
    poor, upset Ryan because it reminded him of the world he thought he had 
    escaped. His belief in, and devotion to, the American Dream was finally 
    shattered with the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    Immediately after World War II, Ryan began plans to build a hidden sanctuary 
    for those who shared his beliefs - a place for those he considered to be 
    humanity's best and brightest, in a location where it could not be taken from 
    him by outside forces. The society was envisioned as the ultimate capitalistic 
    and individualistic paradise, with the elite achieving for themselves rather 
    than for the whole. It would be free from God, government, and the Parasites
    of the world - those who take without giving. The city would be named Rapture, 
    where all of Ryan's chosen people would at once be taken away from earth, 
    leaving everyone else behind. It became obvious to Ryan that there was only 
    one place he could conceivably build Rapture: at the bottom of the ocean. It 
    would have been impossible to build it anywhere else.
    The Construction of Rapture                                               {c02}
               "What would the Russian Bear and the American Eagle do if
                they discovered our paradise? Our secrecy is our shield!"
                                               - Andrew Ryan
    During his time in America, Ryan amassed a fortune worth billions from 
    contracts with the United States and other various world powers on underwater 
    weapons and research, which funded the construction of Rapture. In 1942, Ryan 
    invented an ingenious device that compressed the molecules in water with an 
    electrical charge in the same way that air is compressed with force. Ryan 
    originally intended for the device to be used applications such as cooling 
    mechanisms and for desert countries where water was scarce. The government, 
    however, decided to use it as a military weapon. The device could rapidly 
    increase the water pressure around nautical vehicles such as submarines, 
    crushing them in a matter of moments. Ryan resented the government's use of 
    his invention in such a way, which added to his extreme dislike of government 
    and his own extreme individualistic ideals.
    Ryan began construction of Rapture in early 1946. An oil rig construction site 
    was set up in the mid-Atlantic, in-between Greenland and Iceland (63* 2' N 29* 
    55' W). Rock, granite, and other resources for his buildings were gathered on 
    location using drills, while metal was purchased from outside sources. The 
    materials were processed on the oil rig while the actual buildings were 
    constructed on a platform supported by two other massive oil rigs.
    The base for each building was constructed on the platform and slowly lowered 
    down into the water using flotation devices and very sturdy chains. The 
    foundation for each building was laid first, with the other stories being 
    lowered in succession like building blocks, each placed on top of the other. 
    The sections of each building were then sealed together using the granite and 
    cement harvested on site, and the windows were securely fasted into place. 
    Finally, the buildings were drained using Ryan's water compression device. A 
    "pressure explosion" blasted the water out of the top of the buildings while 
    creating a huge pressure bubble to keep the lower levels dry. Conventional 
    pumping methods would have been costly and unfeasible, making the device 
    absolutely essential to the construction of the city. After most of the water 
    had been blasted out of the buildings, the outlets were sealed permanently.
    Protected by a network of giant sea walls and consisting of a cluster of 
    enormous skyscraper-shaped hive towers, Rapture was designed to be entirely 
    self-supporting, with all of its electricity, food production, water 
    purification and defense systems powered by undersea volcanic openings. To 
    harness the heat from the geothermic vents, Ryan created a massive power 
    production facility called Hephaestus and situated his main office there.
    Ryan also hired a scientist from Berkeley by the name of Julie Langford to 
    build a tree farm at the bottom of the ocean. Arcadia became the living, 
    breathing heart of Rapture, its lush forests and abundant plant-life serving to 
    generate life-sustaining oxygen. Transportation among the different areas of 
    Rapture was by a system of bathyspheres called the Rapture Metro. Smaller scale 
    travel was facilitated through a network of glass tunnels. Mail was delivered 
    through a series of pneumo tubes. The city's architecture featured a grand Art 
    Deco style that had an appearance merging the futuristic and archaic.
    After construction had completed, the oil rig on the surface was cannibalized, 
    with the exception of its foundation. It was used to support Rapture's only 
    entrance, a great stone lighthouse flashing its guiding light to the world's 
    Rapture opened its doors to the world's elite on November 5, 1946. The city's
    population numbered several thousand at its peak during the early 1950s, 
    composed of those people Ryan viewed as the best examples of mankind. A large 
    and tiered economy grew among the people, catering different quality products 
    to different levels of the society. 
    The Discovery of Adam                                                     {c03}
    Bridgette Tenenbaum was only 16 when she found herself a prisoner in a German 
    prison camp. She was able to observe German doctors as they did experiments on 
    the prisoners, and it was here where she discovered her love for science. 
    During these experiments, Tenenbaum would often point out to the doctors their 
    errors. The Germans noticed that this girl was clearly brilliant and decided 
    to employ her talents. They called her "Das Wunderkind", the wonder child. She 
    was very interested in discovering why people were born the way they were, and 
    did genetic experiments on the other prisoners. For some reason, she did not 
    consider her colleagues in the German prison camp as tormentors, but rather 
    kindred spirits. Her scientific talents allowed her to survive World War II, 
    and her desire for scientific growth eventually led her to Rapture.
    One day, Tenenbaum saw a man with a crippled hand from the war playing catch 
    on the docks of Neptune's Bounty - home of Rapture's fisheries. She inquired 
    about this apparent miracle. The man revealed that he had been unloading the 
    barge one day when he was bitten by a sea slug. Waking up the next morning, he 
    discovered he could move his fingers for the first time in years. Luckily, he 
    had the foresight to retain the sea slug, and so he gave it to Tenenbaum for 
    Tenenbaum discovered that the slug secreted pure stem cells, later called 
    Adam, that not only healed damaged cells - it resurrected them completely. 
    Needing money for further research, she approached all of the "respectable 
    labs" for funds, but was turned away. With nobody else to turn to, Tenenbaum 
    was approached Frank Fontaine, a successful businessman who also happened to 
    be Rapture's criminal mastermind.
    Frank Fontaine                                                            {c04}
                    "A gun in every home, peace on every street."
                               - Frank Fontaine at the installation of the
                                 first Power to the People machine, 1/22/57
    Frank Fontaine was a savvy entrepreneur of modest beginnings and engaged in 
    charity and various other enterprises. He built the foundation of his empire 
    on Fontaine Fisheries, a front for his smuggling operations in Port Neptune. 
    Fontaine used his charisma to those in Rapture who were disenchanted with 
    Ryan's Great Chain philosophy. A man of great foresight, Fontaine understood 
    that even in a society of the world's elite, "somebody's gotta scrub the 
    toilets" and so he began his campaign to control Rapture by appealing to the 
    lower class. He set up Fontaine's Home for the Poor and recruited the fish 
    workers in Neptune's Bounty, led by Peach Wilkins, to smuggle items from the 
    outside world into Rapture.
    Bibles and crosses were among the most prolific contraband smuggled into 
    Rapture by Fontaine's operation. The items were in demand from those who found 
    their lives in Rapture to be empty and those who would need something to turn 
    to during imminent war between Fontaine and Ryan. Fontaine supplied these 
    religious articles to make a profit and simultaneously gain an edge over Ryan 
    by appealing to the public's morality.
    Fontaine immediately saw the potential economic viability of Adam, so he 
    decided to invest in Tenenbaum's research in exchange for any future profits 
    resulting from it. Through his smugglers in Neptune's Bounty, Tenenbaum was 
    finally able to get the equipment and money she needed.
    Thus, Fontaine Futuristics was established. Tenenbaum spent her time 
    researching Adam. She discovered that the substance could be used to enhance 
    one's body, improving physical or mental capabilities, cure disease and 
    heal injuries. Her research partner, Dr. Suchong, began developing a series 
    of genetic modifications made from processed Adam called plasmids. These 
    plasmids, code-named "Lots", gave humans special powers and additional innate 
    abilities using a serum called Eve. While Suchong immersed himself in 
    developing different applications using plasmids, Tenenbaum focused on 
    studying the genetic properties of Adam itself.
    As Adam reached the general public, Fontaine Futuristics began reaping the 
    profits. At this point in time, Fontaine had become a major influence in 
    Rapture through his various business ventures. These included the oxygen 
    market, Accu-Vox Personal Voice Recorders (everyone who was anyone had one), 
    and the Power to the People machines. He sunk the profits he made from Adam 
    into bigger and better plasmids. Fontaine, now a player in high technology, had 
    cornered the market on genotypes and nucleotide sequences while Ryan had spent 
    his time purchasing real estate. Initially, Ryan praised Fontaine's plasmid 
    business as an exemplification of the free market ideology, and refused to 
    regulate it despite pressure from his closest advisors.
    Little Sisters                                                            {c05}
    Adam revolutionized Rapture. The world's best and brightest humans were able to 
    better themselves by "splicing" (integrating into the genetic makeup) more and 
    more plasmids and gene tonics. Plastic surgeons were able to sculpt the flesh 
    in ways never thought possible. The long-term effects of Adam soon became 
    apparent as more people used it. Adam acts like a benign cancer, destroying 
    native cells and replacing them with unstable stem versions. This instability 
    is what gave it its amazing properties, but was also what caused the cosmetic 
    and mental damage resulting from it. It became a vicious circle; the more Adam 
    you took, the more Adam you would need to undo the damage. While this was 
    catastrophic from a medical standpoint, it was great from a business 
    Another side effect of splicing was the ability to see ghosts. This occurred 
    from memories being passed on between users of the Adam through genetic 
    sampling. Those who overused plasmids and gene tonics became psychotic and 
    extremely aggressive, and were known as splicers. Fontaine himself was 
    secretly building a spliced up army of lower class citizens in the poorhouses.
    As the demand for Adam grew, Fontaine Futuristics began looking for a way to 
    increase the supply. Tenenbaum discovered that she could produce more Adam by 
    implanting the sea slug within the stomach lining of a host. The initial tests
    using young girls as hosts were a success. The host was induced to regurgitate
    after feeding, yielding 20-30 times the amount of usable Adam as a lone sea
    slug. The host also became indestructible as a side effect. Any wounded flesh
    would be regenerated with stem versions of the dead cells. Since the
    relationship with the implanted slug was symbiotic, harvesting the slug would
    result in a dead host. Tenenbaum discovered that the symbiotic relationship
    only worked on children, and of them, only girls. She did not understand why.
    When she disclosed this fact to Fontaine, he quipped that it was one less
    bathroom to build for the orphanage he was setting up to address the shortage
    of hosts. Before long, Fontaine opened the doors to the Little Sister's
    Orphanage, welcoming his future "Adam factories" with open arms.
    Rivalry                                                                   {c06}
              "We laid the foundations of Rapture at the end of the last war...
               but before the final, terrible war that is to come..."
                                               - Andrew Ryan
    As Fontaine's influence and wealth grew, Ryan became more aware of him both as 
    a political threat and as his ideological antithesis. Ryan began attempts to 
    stomp out all smuggling in order to prevent Fontaine from becoming even more 
    influential. He was sure that Fontaine was behind the rampant smuggling taking 
    place in Neptune's Bounty, and so he put his chief of police, Sullivan, on the 
    case full time.
    Sullivan and his men made it their mission to take down Fontaine by any means 
    necessary, and even resorted to torture. Unfortunately, Fontaine always 
    managed to be where the evidence wasn't. Fontaine displayed his cutthroat 
    personality at this time by taking a bigger cut of the smuggling revenue and 
    threatened to report the workers himself if they had a problem with it. In one 
    case, a worker died from electrocution under interrogation after refusing to 
    reveal anything to Sullivan because he was more afraid of Fontaine than he was 
    of Ryan. In another case, a worker privately revealed that he was going to rat 
    out Fontaine, but was found dead in a sack the next day. Peach Wilkins and his 
    crew were essentially trapped between a rock and a hard place.
    As the smuggling problem grew worse, Ryan enacted the death penalty despite the
    disapproval of the council. Convicted smugglers were publicly hung in Apollo 
    Square for all to witness. As a result, the residents of Rapture rioted in
    the streets. 
    Jack Ryan                                                                 {c07}
    Fontaine began preparations for his Ace in the Hole, a secret weapon he would 
    use as a last resort in the imminent war against Ryan. He knew that his weapon 
    would need to be genetically tied to Ryan to get past his security measures. 
    On behalf of Fontaine, Tenenbaum approached Mary-Catherine "Jasmine" Jolene - 
    a performer at a club called Eve's Garden who was publicly known as Ryan's 
    mistress - to get pregnant with Ryan's child in exchange for some much needed 
    money. Once this was done, they extracted the egg and proceeded to create Jack 
    Ryan, Andrew's illegitimate son. Andrew Ryan eventually found out about this 
    arrangement and killed Jolene in the back room of Eve's Garden.
    Dr. Suchong was assigned to engineer Jack for the purposes of assassinating 
    Andrew Ryan, if that were to ever become necessary. He used an accelerated 
    growth plasmid on Jack to speed up the aging process, and he weighed 58 pounds 
    and had the musculature of a 19 year old at the age of one. Suchong was also 
    responsible for the false memory and mind control imprinting that Fontaine had 
    requested. Jack was made to obey the phrase "would you kindly", a test which 
    was proven successful when Suchong ordered him to break a puppy's neck against 
    his wishes. Fontaine commissioned an antidote to the mind control plasmid 
    in case Jack ever fell into the wrong hands. Fontaine also had a second code 
    phrase, "Code Yellow", imprinted into Jack's brain to slowly stop his 
    heartbeat in the event Jack ever rebelled against him. When Jack's physical 
    and mental conditioning was completed, he was smuggled out of Rapture to the 
    surface as a sleeper agent living a pre-programmed life until the day Frank 
    Fontaine would need him.
    Tenenbaum eventually had a falling out with Fontaine over her increasingly
    afflicted conscience. She was disturbed by the maternal instinct she had
    developed over time working with the Little Sisters. Seeing this, Fontaine
    fired her from Fontaine Futuristics. Tenenbaum went into hiding, building a
    safehouse for the Little Sisters she would attempt to find and cure.
    The Beginning of the End                                                  {c08}
                 "Ryan takes down smuggling operation...Fontaine
                  and thugs killed in fiery shootout!"
                                     - Headline, Rapture Standard, 9/12/58
    On September 12, 1958, Ryan and his men, including security chief Sullivan and 
    general contractor Bill McDonagh, killed (who they thought was) Fontaine and 
    his thugs in a fiery shootout, after overcoming his army of splicers. Fontaine 
    had seen this coming and faked his own death. Instead of handing over the 
    organization to those specified in Fontaine's will, Ryan proceeded to 
    nationalize Fontaine's Futuristics, assimilating it under the Ryan Industries 
    banner despite the protests of McDonagh. Ryan, who once burnt down a forest he 
    owned when the government moved to nationalize it, betrayed his own 
    principles. The event was a turning point in his career, and was the first in 
    a series of poor decisions that would lead to the downfall of Rapture.
    McDonagh resigned from the council in protest and Tenenbaum was nowhere to be
    found, having previously disappeared. With Fontaine and Tenenbaum both gone,
    Suchong took advantage of the situation and eagerly accepted a position from
    Ryan, knowing that he was the only other person in Rapture who knew all about
    the Little Sisters, which had been a Fontaine Futuristics secret up until this
    At this time, Fontaine reemerged as Atlas, a revolutionary war hero that 
    picked up the movement where Fontaine had left off. Adam use was still not 
    ubiquitous in Rapture, and civil order was still maintained relatively well. 
    Ryan was becoming a dictator. He hired Sander Cohen, a musician and artist, to 
    shill for him in Fort Frolic, writing and performing propaganda pieces to 
    clean up Ryan's increasingly corrupt policies. Anna Culpepper, another 
    performer in Fort Frolic, openly condemned Cohen for being Ryan's stable boy 
    and wrote a few songs criticizing Ryan himself. As the feud between Culpepper 
    and Cohen escalated, Cohen sought out Sullivan to do something about 
    Culpepper. Eventually, Ryan got involved and ended up ordering Sullivan to 
    execute Culpepper. Sullivan complied, but not without remorse. He killed her 
    as she was taking a bath in her Mercury Suites apartment, and took with him a 
    red and black, half-knitted blanket to remind himself of what he had done that 
    Ryan's biggest mistake during this period was perhaps his complacency. He 
    assumed he was controlling the situation and failed to disassemble Fontaine's 
    organization, so Fontaine was able to continue his underground activities under
    the identity of Atlas. Atlas had control over certain areas of Rapture, 
    such as the poorhouses in Apollo Square, and he never stopped recruiting and 
    planning for the day he would finally strike.
    New Years Eve                                                             {c09}
               "Do we gouge the suckers a little? Maybe.
                But where else they gonna go?"
                          - Lloyd Webster, President, Circus of Values Vending
    The Kashmir Restaurant served as a staging area for fresh arrivals, welcoming 
    them to their new home in Rapture. It was also a popular destination for the 
    inhabitants of Rapture to both eat and play in style; its New Years Eve 
    celebrations were legendary. The Rapture Masquerade Ball of 1959 would become 
    perhaps the most legendary of all.
    Rapture's wealthiest citizens gathered in The Kashmir, many of whom were 
    sporting bunny masks, to ring in the new year. One of the attendees was Diane 
    McClintock, Ryan's girlfriend. Ryan himself was nowhere to be found, working 
    late in Hephaestus, something that McClintock had come to expect. She was 
    complaining about this fact into her audio diary when shots suddenly rang out 
    and screams erupted from the party.
    Fontaine's splicers came streaming out of the poorhouses, breaking into riots, 
    storming the rich, and razing the rest of the population. It was an open 
    revolt that would initiate a full blown civil war and signal the collapse of 
    society. McClintock's face was horribly disfigured in the attack. A handful of 
    sane individuals, including Ryan and Dr. Tenenbaum, survived but locked 
    themselves away to prevent being attacked, while other, less sane beings found 
    other forms of "entertainment" to keep themselves occupied.
    People quickly joined the call to arms, and soon the city was divided into 
    two. Rapture's capitalist nature rose to the occasion; before long, 
    companies were installing vending machines, such as the new El Ammo Banditos, 
    to provide ammo and weaponry to those who needed it. More combative items were 
    added to the Circus of Value and U-Invent machines. The Power to the People 
    machines were so popular during this period that they would often run out of 
    upgrades after a single use, as many a customer would find out to their dismay.
    Ryan began setting up a harsh regime of security and checkpoints. Security 
    cameras and automated turrets were not an uncommon sight all over Rapture. 
    Ryan instructed Sullivan to lock down all of the bathyspheres in Rapture by 
    installing a genetic device that would only allow him and his inner circle to 
    move around the city freely. Unfortunately, the genetic keys at this time were 
    unreliable, and anyone in the same genetic ballpark (close relatives) could 
    come and go as they pleased.
    As things in Rapture grew worse, and due in part to Ryan's capital punishment
    policy, Sullivan officially resigned as chief of police. He was haunted by what
    he had done to Anna Culpepper, and committed suicide.
    Atlas' popularity soared among the population, with many preferring to support 
    him rather than Ryan, who had become reclusive and increasingly dictatorial. 
    To counter Atlas' growing number of supporters, Suchong proposed a mind 
    control plasmid - in the form of pheromones - through which the actions of 
    Rapture's citizens could be effectively be controlled. Ryan was initially 
    hesitant to go with the plan citing free will as a fundamental cornerstone of 
    Rapture, but he quickly succumbed to the "desperate times call for desperate 
    measures" mentality. He rationalized the decision by saying that if Atlas were 
    to win the war, they would be turned into slaves, which would be just as bad 
    if not worse. By bending his ideals yet again, Ryan was able to amass his own 
    army of splicers.
    Ryan also commissioned Suchong and his team of scientists to create a series 
    of Vita-Chambers, a device that could resurrect specified people, upon death, 
    through the use of plasmid reconstruction and quantum entanglement. Ryan had 
    the device tuned to his genetic frequencies only for the testing phase, which 
    it never left.
    Big Daddies                                                               {c10}
    One of the benefits of the war was the number of corpses strewn about the 
    city, many of which contained recyclable Adam which had skyrocketed in demand 
    since the war began. Suchong, now working for Ryan Industries, solved this 
    problem by adapting the Little Sisters to become scavengers, harvesting Adam 
    from the corpses of people killed in the war. Knowing that the Little Sisters 
    would be at great risk if they were out on the streets gathering ADAM with no 
    protection, Suchong sought to rectify the problem through the use of 
    bodyguards called Big Daddies. These Big Daddies would follow the Little 
    Sisters around and attack anyone who attempted to harm either of them.
    Suchong presented his idea to Andrew Ryan, but with trepidation. Knowing that 
    becoming a Big Daddy would be a "one way street" Suchong was worried about 
    finding candidates. Andrew Ryan assured him that this would be no problem, and 
    began "volunteering" people for the job. The Big Daddy program was initiated, 
    and a Big Daddy/Little Sister production facility was quickly set up at Point 
    Volunteers had their skin and organs grafted into an enormous diving suit. 
    Ryan was cheap and asked an incredulous Suchong to reuse the suits to conserve 
    on materials. This was disgusting and impractical as it was impossible to 
    remove the steam-sealed flesh from the suits of expired Big Daddies.
    The candidates went through a painful voice box modulation process and a 
    pheromone application which the Little Sisters were attracted to. They were 
    then injected with a plasmid that effectively turned them into mindless drones 
    with only one purpose: to protect the Little Sisters from harm. Using various 
    other plasmids developed at Optimized Eugenics, the humans inside the suits 
    were spliced with strength and agility, but with no humanity or sanity to 
    lose. They were able to lift heavy weights with ease, as their steel suits 
    were designed to keep them alive during their duties and to resist pressure 
    six miles beneath the ocean.
    Two models of Big Daddies were produced at the Failsafe Armored Escorts 
    assembly facility: Bouncers were armed with a large drill and Rosies carried a 
    rivet gun and proximity mines. Bouncers were subjected to far more splicing 
    than the Rosies, and as such their heads were deformed to the point of 
    grotesqueness. They wore a helmet with multiple tiny portholed eyes, while 
    Rosies were fitted with a more traditional diving helmet. In addition, elite 
    versions of both models were created, with enhanced size and strength.
    The Big Daddies communicated by haunting sounds similar to that of a whale's 
    call, as their larynxes had been modified. For easier understanding and for 
    the protection of civilians, lights were added to the helmet to display what 
    state the Big Daddy was in. Green meant that the Big Daddy was completely 
    passive and unalarmed, common for civilian situations such as repairing and 
    maintenance. Yellow meant that the Big Daddy was highly aware of his 
    environment and protecting a Little Sister or actively searching for one. Red 
    meant the Big Daddy was threatened or engaged in combat.
    Since they no longer had access to Fontaine's Little Sister's Orphanage, Ryan 
    Industries resorted to kidnapping young girls in Rapture to be converted into 
    Little Sisters. One of these girls happened to be Masha Lutz, daughter of Sam 
    and Mariska Lutz. The couple stayed at the Fighting McDonaghs Tavern in 
    Neptune's Bounty and searched tirelessly for their missing daughter.
    The kidnapped girls were put through mental conditioning exercises, at the 
    Little Wonders Educational Facility, to bond with the Big Daddies. Suchong 
    began work on a protection bond plasmid that would imprint the Big Daddies to 
    the Little Sisters. One day, frustrated with an unsuccessful test batch, 
    Suchong was recording an audio diary in his Artemis Suites lab when he was 
    rudely interrupted by a Little Sister. He slapped her away, and promptly 
    received a Bouncer's drill to the chest. Since the plasmid was apparently 
    quite successful after all, Ryan was able to continue production of Big 
    Daddies without the help of Suchong.
    Ryan set up a network of tunnels throughout Rapture for the Little Sisters to 
    easily traverse, and made it an actionable offense to interfere with them. The 
    Little Sisters affectionately referred to their accompanying Big Daddy as "Mr. 
    Bubbles." They were mentally conditioned to recognize the dead as "angels". 
    Upon seeing an angel, they used a hypodermic syringe to extract the used Adam, 
    take it into themselves, and convert the material within their body back into 
    a usable form. Ryan also set up the first Gatherer's Gardens vending machines 
    to profit off the population's need for plasmids, using much cuter depictions 
    of the Little Sisters as marketing assets.
    One day, the Lutzes saw their barely recognizable daughter drawing what looked 
    like blood out of a corpse near Fontaine Fisheries and then walking off with a 
    Big Daddy. The couple later committed suicide in each other's arms by taking 
    A few weeks after the New Years attack, Diane McClintock recovered after being 
    operated on by Rapture's most famous plastic surgeon, Dr. Steinman. Rapture 
    had changed a lot in the time she had spent in recovery, and she was shocked 
    to see that people were being rounded up and executed in Apollo Square. She 
    confronted Ryan about killing innocent people, to which he replied that there 
    were no innocents, only those with him or against him. From that point on, 
    Ryan showed little interest in McClintock, and she blamed it on the scars the 
    "terrorists" had left her during the raid. Eventually, McClintock decided to 
    seek out Atlas and his men to tell them how they had ruined her life.
    When she arrived in Apollo Square, McClintock witnessed one of Ryan's guards 
    incinerating a woman as she tried to escape. She bribed one of the guards to 
    let her into the Hestia Chambers compound and began to sympathize with their 
    plight and living conditions. Eventually, the people living there grew to 
    trust her, and took her to see Atlas, despite her past as Ryan's mistress. 
    Before long, McClintock was in Atlas' inner circle and began participating in 
    raids for supplies and skirmishes against Ryan's splicers. One day, she was 
    recording an audio diary about how her party had successfully defeated one of 
    Ryan's Big Daddies and harvested the Adam from the Little Sister, when she 
    accidentally entered Atlas' office as he was also recording a speech as 
    Fontaine. Rather than risk having his identity exposed, Atlas/Fontaine killed 
    her right then and there.
    Paradise Lost                                                             {c11}
                         "My city was betrayed by the weak..."
                                              - Andrew Ryan
    As the civil war continued, the need for Adam greatly outpaced the supply for 
    it. Neither side of the conflict had enough Adam built up to help their 
    combatants resist the inevitable damage caused by the substance. As a result, 
    Ryan's followers began suffering physical and mental damage, resulting in 
    widespread depravity and insanity throughout Rapture. Splicers began wearing 
    the left-over bunny masks from the Kashmir Restaurant, which had been 
    abandoned since the new years attack, to hide their facial disfigurement. 
    Atlas' army suffered even worse than Ryan's, having lost control of Fontaine 
    Futuristics and therefore the large supply of Adam the Little Sisters 
    provided. Peach Wilkins and his men sealed themselves within the Fontaine 
    Fisheries freezers to protect themselves from both Ryan and Fontaine, whom 
    Wilkins was convinced was still alive.
    The mechanics of the city were routinely targeted by Atlas' splicers and thus 
    not enough of them were around to keep the city up and running. The city fell 
    into disrepair, with many areas flooding with ocean water from breaches. 
    McDonagh begged Ryan to hand over Fontaine Futuristics to Atlas as a peace 
    offering, but Ryan ignored this and continued splicing up his army with more 
    and tougher plasmids. It had become an arms race, and by all accounts Atlas 
    was losing.
    At this juncture in time, several people attempted to assassinate Ryan. 
    McDonagh vowed to kill Ryan in order to save Rapture from going down the path 
    Ryan was setting for it. He was unsuccessful, and was burnt and staked up in 
    what had become Ryan's morbid trophy room of "doubters."
    Anya Andersdotter, a women's shoe designer who - like Mariska Lutz - also had 
    her daughter taken away by Ryan Industries, decided to try and assassinate 
    Ryan on her own initiative. Having lost her daughter and all faith in Ryan and 
    Rapture, she had nothing else to lose.
    Meanwhile, Kyburz, one of Hephaestus' top engineers, was also plotting to take 
    down Ryan. He did some surveillance but discovered that Ryan had barricaded 
    himself within his office and surrounded it with splicer guards. Kyburz 
    decided that the only way he could get to Ryan would be to trigger the circuit 
    breaker on Ryan's shielded gate using an EMP bomb.
    Andersdotter began her mission by seducing and sleeping with a mechanic for 
    three weeks before he revealed that it would take a "sympathetic overload in 
    Harmonic Core #3" to reach Ryan. She travelled to Lower Heat Loss Monitoring 
    to inquire further about this and ended up sleeping with another mechanic by 
    the name of Pablo Navarro, who finally pointed her towards Kyburz's tool shop. 
    At this point, Kyburz gave into his paranoia, as his bomb was nearly complete. 
    Thinking she was sent by Ryan to spy on him, Kyburz reported her as one of 
    Atlas' sympathizers. Ryan's splicers dragged Andersdotter away and hung her 
    corpse in Ryan's trophy room, across from McDonagh. Unfortunately, Kyburz was 
    also killed before he was able to complete the device.
    None of Ryan's would be assassins were successful up to this point, each 
    foiled by Ryan's many security measures, or by each other. Things looked dire 
    for Atlas' cause. And so he began making arrangements for Jack Ryan's return 
    to Rapture.
    Welcome to Rapture                                                        {c12}
                 "They told me, 'Son, you're special. You were born to
                  do great things'. You know what? They were right."
                                               - Jack Ryan
    For as long as he could remember, Jack Ryan had lived a quiet life with a 
    normal family on a farm in the United States. One night, he found himself on a
    flight over the Atlantic ocean, carrying a wrapped gift with a mysterious note
         To Jack
         with love
         from Mom & Dad
         Would you kindly
         not open
         until: 63* 2' N
         29* 55' W
    When the time came, Jack opened the package revealing a revolver inside. For 
    reasons unknown to him, Jack proceeded to hijack the plane, blacking out amidst 
    the screams of other passengers, as the aircraft plummeted towards the dark
    ocean below.
    When Jack came to conciousness, he was several feet underwater. He quickly 
    scrambled to the surface and swam towards the nearest piece of land, an 
    ominous, towering lighthouse in the distance, carefully avoiding the blazing, 
    floating wreckage that surrounded him.
    Jack went into the structure and instinctively descended down the stairs until 
    he reached an open bathysphere. Stepping inside, Jack pulled the lever and the 
    bathysphere slowly submerged into the water. A prerecorded speech by Andrew 
    Ryan began to play and soon ended to a beautiful view of the underwater 
    metropolis Ryan had referred to as Rapture.
    A voice suddenly emanated from a small handheld radio attached to the wall of 
    the bathysphere. A man by the name of Atlas was communicating with a man named 
    Johnny. Atlas had just seen the burning wreckage above and was sending Johnny 
    to receive the survivor who had apparently taken a bathysphere down into 
    Rapture. Johnny sounded apprehensive about this, and his fears turned out to be 
    justified when a splicer attacked and gutted him live, to the horror of Jack 
    who had just arrived in time to witness it.
                    "Would you kindly pick up a crowbar or something."
                                            - Atlas
    Atlas instructed Jack to to pick up the small radio, introduced himself, and 
    pledged to guide Jack to safety. Jack stepped out of the bathysphere and made 
    his way out of the Rapture Metro station, fighting off a splicer with a wrench, 
    until he found himself drawn to a Gatherer's Garden machine at the top of a 
    flight of stairs. Jack impusively grabbed the red plasmid syringe that rested 
    on top of it and plunged it into one of his tattooed wrists. Jack's body began 
    pulsing with electricity and he immediately lunged himself off of the balcony 
    in distress.
                    "Look Mr. Bubbles. It's an angel. I can see
                     light coming from his belly. Wait a minute...
                     He's still breathing. It's all right, I know
                     he'll be an angel soon."
                                          - Little Sister
    When Jack came to, two splicers hovered over his body and were about to finish 
    him off when he was saved by an approaching Big Daddy and Little Sister. The 
    Little Sister, mistaking Jack's body for a corpse, was about to harvest him 
    when she realized he was still alive. She left, and Jack quickly fled the area 
    and headed towards the abandoned Kashmir Restaurant. At this point, Atlas asked 
    Jack to help him retrieve his family, who was trapped in Neptune's Bounty.
                    "So tell me, friend, which one of the bitches
                     sent you? The KGB wolf? Or the CIA jackal? Here's
                     the news: Rapture isn't some sunken ship for you
                     to plunder, and Andrew Ryan isn't the giddy socialite
                     who can be pushed around by government muscle."
                                          - Andrew Ryan
    As Jack approached the entrance to Neptune's Bounty, one of Ryan's security 
    turrets discovered him and locked the gate. At Atlas' suggestion, Jack began 
    making his way over to Rapture's Medical Pavilion - where there was an 
    emergency access entrance to Neptune - but was stopped when Andrew Ryan decided 
    to confront the stranger through a projection feed. Ryan accused Jack of being 
    a CIA or KGB agent sent to take over Rapture. As a result, Ryan began a 
    campaign to kill Jack by using Rapture's automated systems and his splicer 
    armies, controlled by the pheromones Suchong had created and pumped into 
    Rapture's air supply.
    Atlas was able to hack the gate just in time, and Jack quickly escaped from the 
    incoming splicers into Medical Pavilion.
                    "Darling, you really MUST go see Steinman...
                     everyone goes to Steinman!"
                               - Marianne Delahunt, Resident, Mercury Suites
    At its inception, the Medical Pavilion was the main location to have ailments 
    treated. The quality of care was directly related to how much a patient could 
    pay. As plasmid use became prevalent, self-healing eliminated the need for the 
    Pavilion's services, save for one. The plasmids used to boost physical and 
    mental performance left their user scarred. The only fix came in the form of 
    the Medical Pavilions retooled purpose: cosmetically correcting physical 
    Dr. Steinman was the most famous plastic surgeon in Rapture, operating on many 
    of its citizens in his clinic, Dr. Steinman's Aesthetic Ideals. When Adam was 
    discovered, Dr. Steinman went insane with the endless possibilities of 
    "sculpting" his patients, considering himself more of an artist than a true 
    doctor. The utterly delusional Dr. Steinman often conversed with Aphrodite, his
    imaginary muse. Aphrodite "convinced" him to pursue a new type of beauty: lack
    of symmetry. Thus, the self-proclaimed "Surgery's Picasso" began to operate on
    his patients unethically, including one event where he gave an unconcious
    patient a face lift she never asked for. It became common practice for Steinman
    to butcher his patients' faces and bodies in the name of perfection, killing
    many of them in the process.
    When Jack arrived in Medical Pavilion, Atlas informed him that Dr. Steinman 
    held the key to the Emergency Access to Neptune's Bounty. After overcoming 
    Steinman's obstacles using his newly found Incinerate and Telekinesis plasmids, 
    Jack killed Steinman and retrieved the key.
    As Jack headed towards Neptune's Bounty, he ran into an unguarded Little 
    Sister. Atlas encouraged him to harvest the girl for maximum Adam, which would 
    have the unfortunate consequence of killing her. Tenenbaum then appeared on an 
    overlooking balcony and begged Jack to save the little girl instead, which 
    would result in less Adam. Tenenbaum threw Jack an antidote plasmid that would 
    remove the Little Sister's thirst for Adam, and promised to make it worth his 
    while if he used it.
    After much delibiration, Jack made his decision and headed off to Neptune's 
    Neptune's Bounty was where all of Rapture's critical fisheries were found. In 
    time, it had become the home for some of the city's criminal element. A local 
    bar, the Fighting McDonaghs, offered refreshment after the work day. Rumors of 
    a smugglers ring operating out of Neptune's Bounty had been heard, though no 
    evidence had been found.
    After arriving in Neptune via bathysphere, Jack made his way to Fontaine's 
    Fisheries, where he reached a lock door. Peach Wilkins, who had sealed himself 
    and his crew inside during the war, introduced himself and said that Atlas had 
    radioed him ahead of time to let Jack in. Wilkins, unaware that Atlas was in 
    fact Fontaine, warned Jack that he would kill him at the first sign he was 
    working for Fontaine. He then asked him to retrieve a camera from the wharf 
    master's office and take a few photos of some enemy splicers, in exchange for 
    access to the fishery's freezer, the only path to Atlas' family.
    At this point, Atlas gave Jack a sob story about his wife Moira and son 
    Patrick. Little did Jack know, his family had been completely fabricated and 
    their names were taken from two well known Rapture performers of the same 
    The camera Jack successfully retrieved was able to analyze genetic information 
    and parse biological structures. After the photos were taken and delivered, 
    Wilkins kept his word and Jack in, but not before demanding he put all of his 
    weapons in a pneumo beforehand. Jack complied, and was promptly ambushed by 
    Peach and his men, who were convinced he was working for Fontaine. Jack was 
    able to defeat them using only his plasmids, so he retrieved his weapons and 
    headed down a secret passage into Smuggler's Hideout.
    Smuggler's Hideout was a submarine bay that only smugglers and thieves used. 
    Jack made his way to meet up with Atlas at the submarine in which his family 
    was allegedly held in captive. Once he reached the rendezvous point, Atlas 
    instructed Jack to open the gate by flipping a switch so that he could get 
    inside. The next thing he knew, Ryan had sent in his splicers to attack Atlas 
    and the sub was detonated in a huge explosion. Atlas vowed to get revenge on 
    Ryan, and instructed Jack to head to Arcadia, just a bulkhead door away.
                 "Why not spend your holiday in Arcadia?
                  Fun for the whole family!"
                               - Ad in the Rapture Standard, 9/1/53
    Arcadia was the living, breathing heart of Rapture, its lush forests and 
    abundant plant-life serving to generate life-sustaining oxygen. It was also a 
    tranquil haven for those seeking a respite from the daily rigors of life 
    beneath the surface. Vacationers seeking something more relaxing than the 
    flashing lights of Fort Frolic could find peace and serenity in the lovely 
    Waterfall Grottos, serene Tea Garden, and other havens beneath the canopy.
    Atlas told Jack to get to the Rapture Metro station in Arcadia, just past the 
    Rolling Hills. On his way, Jack encountered the Saturnine, a cult of houdini 
    splicers who had formed a religion around their plasmid powers. Instead of 
    treating the powers as being something created by gene-splicing and genetic 
    manipulation, the demented splicers believed that their powers were granted by 
    ancient gods. The Saturnine were known to drink human blood and chant, "Harness 
    the flame, Harness the mist!"
    When he reached the gate to the metro, Ryan began releasing a gas into Arcadia,
    killing the trees and forcing Arcadia to go into automatic emergency lockdown
    (as to prevent polluting the rest of Rapture with contaminated oxygen). As a
    result, Jack was trapped inside Arcadia. Atlas pointed him towards Julie
    Langford's office, hoping she could help them somehow.
    Julie Langford had spent four years on the surface coming up with ways to 
    defoliate trees in the Pacific to scare out the Japanese at Iwo Jima, and was 
    now at the bottom of the Atlantic doing the same thing in reverse. 
    While working for Ryan, Langford discovered a way to use genetic engineering to 
    revive dead plants. Her so-called "Lazarus Vector" would be able to reverse the 
    effects of Ryan's herbicide. After retrieving a sample of Rosa Gallica for her, 
    Langdon let Jack into her office, but was gassed by Ryan right as Jack got to 
    her. In her dying moments, Langdon scrawled the combination number of her safe 
    on the office window. She had left in her safe the ingredients to the Lazarus 
    Vector as well as a key to Farmer's Market, where several of the components 
    would be.
    The Farmers' Market was Rapture's most lively and popular marketplace. 
    It was the only place folks could go to obtain the freshest produce - melons, 
    tomatoes, delicious cheese and even pumpkins could be found being hawked by the 
    vendors of the Farmers' Market. Citizens could also enjoy the exquisite wines 
    at Worley's Winery, and honey still dripping from the combs at the Silverwing 
    While the Farmers' Market was a bustling and successful area at its peak, its
    level of standards fell towards the end of Rapture's more civilized days.
    Merchants began resorting to using fake or imitation ingredients in their
    various products. By doing this, they were able to increase their profit
    margins by reducing costs and cutting corners and naming their products, for
    example, "'Apple' Pie" and "'Chocolate' Cake". Instead of buying or growing
    legitimate ingredients, merchants would buy the cheaper knock-off ingredients
    that found their way into Rapture through the smugglers. In one instance, the
    owners of Worley Winery were found to have diluted their wines with distilled
    water. With no government agency regulating the standards of food in Rapture,
    there was nothing to prevent the Farmers' Market vendors from engaging in this
    kind of activity.
    After retrieving the materials for the Vector in Farmer's Market, Jack returned 
    to Langdon's office and placed them into the misting device. Ryan took this 
    opportunity to send in splicers while the Vector was cooking. Jack was able to 
    fend off the waves of splicers, and soon the Lazarus Vector was successfully 
    released into the air, reviving the dying trees. Jack went into the Rapture 
    Metro station and continued to the next stop, Fort Frolic.
             "A star, mama! Mr. Ryan said he's going to make me a star!"
                                   - Mary-Catherine (Jasmine) Jolene
    Fort Frolic was the playground for the citizens of Rapture. Whether its high 
    class shopping, gambling, theater or just some "company" for the lonely... 
    anything could be had for a price at Fort Frolic. It featured a main atrium 
    with various entertainment offered around this hub such as "Sir Prize: Games of 
    Chance", "Eve's Apple" exotic dance club and the fantastic "Fleet Hall" where 
    opera and musical theatre would regularly take place.
             "If you can't come in from the	cold, then you gotta grow ice
              over your heart. And the iceman cometh, Sander baby.
              The iceman fucking cometh."
                                            - Martin Finnegan
    When Jack arrived at Fort Frolic, Sander Cohen shut down his radio access to 
    both Ryan and Atlas. He promised to let Jack out of Fort Frolic if he killed 
    each of his four estranged proteges, Patrick, Cobb, Martin Finnegan, and Hector 
    Rodriguez, took a picture of their corpses, and hung the photos in the atrium. 
    Once Jack completed Cohen's "quadtych", Cohen allowed him to leave.
         "Would you kindly get to Ryan's office and kill the son of a bitch?"
                                            - Atlas
    When Jack reached Hephaestus, he headed towards Kyburz's office, where he 
    discovered his nearly completed EMP bomb hidden away. Jack finished the bomb 
    and was able to attach it to the core of Hephaestus, destroying the power 
    supply to the locks barring him from Ryan's office. At this point in time, Ryan 
    literally connected the dots and figured out who Jack really was, having 
    listened in on Atlas' radio communications with Jack the entire time he was 
    there. He taunted over the radio:
         "So far away from your family, from your friends, from everything
          you ever loved. But, for some reason you like it here. You feel
          something you can't quite put your finger on. Think about it for a
          second and maybe the word will come to you: nostalgia."
         "Even in the book of lies, sometimes you find truth. There is indeed a
          season for all things. And now that I see you flesh-to-flesh and
          blood-to-blood, I know I cannot raise my hand against you. But know
          this: you are my greatest disappointment."
         "Come now, my child. There is one final thing to discuss."
                                                - Andrew Ryan
    Although never stating it directly, Ryan revealed to Jack that he was indeed
    his son. This explained why Jack was able to travel freely using the
    genetically locked bathyspheres and Vita-Chambers spread throughout the city.
    This was confirmed once Jack reached Ryan's office, where a series of photos
    were pinned on the wall and connected with string, linking Jack to Andrew
    Ryan and Jasmine Jolene.
               "The assassin has overcome my final defense, and now he's
                come to murder me. In the end what separates a man from a
                slave? Money? Power? No, a man chooses, a slave obeys.
                You think you have memories. The farm, your family, an
                airplane, a crash, and then this place. Was there really
                a family? Did that plane crash or was it hijacked, forced
                down, forced down by something less than a man? Something
                bred to sleepwalk through life, until they're activated
                by a simple phrase spoken by their kindly master? Was a
                man sent to kill? Or a slave? A man chooses, a slave
                obeys. Come here, stop, would you kindly? Would you
                kindly, powerful phrase, a familiar phrase. Sit, would
                you kindly? Stand, would you kindly? Run, stop, turn! A
                man chooses, a slave obeys. Kill! A MAN! CHOOSES!
                A slave, obeys. OBEY!" 
                                                - Andrew Ryan
               "Nice work, boyo. It's time to end this little masquerade.
                There ain't no Atlas kid, never was. In my line of work
                it takes the full variety of aliases. Hell once I was
                even a Chinaman for six months. But you been a sport, so
                I guess I owe you a little honesty. The name's Frank Fontaine.
                I gotta say, I had a lot of business partners in my life,
                but you? Of course the fact that you were genetically
                conditioned to bark like a cocker spaniel when I said 'would
                you kindly,' might've had something to do with it. But still,
                as soon as that machine finishes processing the genetic key
                you just fished off Ryan I'm gonna run Rapture, tits to toes.
                You been a pal, but you know what they say, never mix
                business with friendship. Thanks for everything kid.
                Don't forget to say hi to Ryan for me."
                                                - Frank Fontaine
    Ryan had set Rapture into self-destruct mode moments before Jack confronted him 
    in his office. Ryan revealed to Jack that Atlas had been manipulating him since
    his welcome in Rapture with the words "would you kindly." After a short speech, 
    Ryan used the code phrase to instruct Jack to kill him with a golf club. This 
    was to demonstrate two important things. Ryan wanted to die on his own terms to
    prove that he was in control to the end. He had shut off the Vita-Chamber in
    his office so that he wouldn't be resurrected. He also wanted Jack to realize
    that he was truly a slave and a puppet so that he might get revenge by seeking
    out Atlas.
    Once Ryan was dead, Atlas revealed that his real name was Frank Fontaine.
    Fontaine asked Jack to kindly shut off the self destruction mechanism, an order
    to which he could only comply. Once that was finished, Fontaine left Jack to
    die from Ryan's security system when a Little Sister appeared and led him to an
    escape route through a crawl space. Crawling in the narrow tunnel, Jack
    accidentally fell through a gap and blacked out.
    Jack woke up in a safehouse, located in the sewers of Olympus Heights, to find 
    out that Tenenbaum had sent the Little Sisters to rescue him from Ryan's 
    office. While he was sleeping, Tenenbaum had undone some of the genetic 
    conditioning that kept Jack a slave to Fontaine's will. To finish the 
    job, Tenenbaum suggested he look for "answers" at Suchong's flat in Mercury 
    Suites. Soon after Jack departed the safehouse, Fontaine tried to get him 
    killed by asking "go get stepped on by a Big Daddy, would you kindly?" This 
    attempt was unsuccessful thanks to Tenenbaum's treatment. However, Fontaine had
    a backup plan, and activated Code Yellow, a phrase that would increasingly slow
    Jack's heartbeat until he was dead. Jack quickly made his way to Suchong's
    apartment where he found a diary that revealed the existence of Lot 192, the
    antidote Suchong had made for Fontaine in case Jack ever fell into the wrong
    hands. Luckily for Jack, Tenenbaum had stolen a sample of this plasmid but had
    left it in her old apartment.
    Jack made haste to the apartment to retrieve the sample, but not before
    stopping by Sander Cohen's apartment to kill him. He searched Tenenbaum's
    apartment only to discover that the plasmid had been moved to Fontaine's
    penthouse. Jack was able to enter Fontaine's apartment (due to a paparazzi
    tabloid that revealed his security code) and retrieve the small dosage that
    Tenenbaum had stolen. The dosage was enough to eliminate the effects of Code
    Yellow, but made control over his own plasmids difficult. Tenenbaum told him
    that a second dosage could be retrieved at Suchong's lab at Artemis Suites in
    Apollo Square. Once Jack took the second dosage, he had completely broken free
    from Fontaine's grasp. Tenenbaum then directed Jack towards Point Prometheus,
    where he could finally confront the man that had created him.
    When Jack reached Point Prometheus, he briefly saw and gave chase to Fontaine 
    until he was stopped by a collapsed entryway. Fontaine fled through a door into 
    the museum. Tenenbaum informed Jack that the only way through that door was by 
    getting a Little Sister to open it, and to do that Jack would have to appeal to 
    them by disguising himself as a Big Daddy. Jack traveled to the different 
    wings of Point Prometheus to retrieve the necessary components and undertake 
    the necessary procedures to become a Big Daddy, or at least appear as one. Once 
    this was completed, Jack banged on a hole in the wall, and a Little Sister 
    appeared to guide him the rest of the way to Fontaine.
    The Little Sister that accompanied Jack, while cured of the need for Adam, was 
    still mentally imprinted to collecting it. This made Jack's journey slightly 
    longer than it needed to be, and it forced him to protect her since she no 
    longer had the invulnerability of a slug-infested Little Sister. Eventually, 
    the pair made their way to the end of the museum. The Little Sister offered 
    Jack her syringe, knowing it would be useful in the upcoming fight. Jack loaded 
    his arsenal one last time to prepare for his final task: murdering Frank 
                   "I had you built! I sent you top side, I called
                    you back, showed you what you was, what you was
                    capable of! Even that life you thought you had.
                    That was something I dreamed up and had tattooed
                    inside your head. Now if that's not family,
                    I don't know what is!"
                                            - Frank Fontaine
    When Jack emerged from the elevator, Fontaine was strapped into an Adam 
    injecting device pumping into him all the Adam, plasmids, and gene tonics he 
    could get his hands on. Fontaine revealed that this was to be the very first 
    time he would splice plasmids, having only spliced with gene tonics before as
    evidenced by the chase in Point Prometheus when he was able to lift and throw
    a statue. Fontaine was quickly growing into a monster. Tenenbaum told Jack
    that the only way to defeat him would be to draw Adam out of his body using
    the syringe he had received from the little girl just moments before.
    Eventually Jack was able to extract nearly all of the Adam from Fontaine, and
    Fontaine knocked Jack off his feet. Suddenly, a group of Little Sisters
    appeared, swarming the defeated Fontaine and stabbing him to death with their
    What happened next is uncertain. Some say that the Little Sisters offered Jack 
    the city, which he refused. He decided to return to the surface, bringing the 
    little girls along with him and giving them a normal life in the outside world. 
    Jack finally had a family, and they would love him to his deathbed as the man 
    who had saved their lives.
                  "They offered you the city, and you refused it.
                   And what did you do instead? What I've come to
                   expect from you, you saved them. You gave them
                   the one thing that was stolen from them. A chance.
                   A chance to learn. To find love. To live. And in
                   the end what was your reward? You never said.
                   But I think I know: a family."
                                      - Bridgette Tenenbaum
    But others say that Jack, overcome with his lust for Adam, began his rule over 
    what was left of Rapture. When a rescue party arrived at the Rapture lighthouse 
    surveying the wreck, Jack sent up a contingent of splicers to slaughter the 
    unwelcome visitors, and seized the nuclear weapon aboard their submarine.
                  "They offered you everything, yes? And in return
                   you gave them what I've come to expect of you,
                   brutality. You took what you wanted, all the ADAM,
                   all the power. And Rapture trembled, but in the end
                   even Rapture was not enough for you. Your father
                   was terrified the world would try to steal the
                   secrets of his city. But not you. For now you have
                   stolen the terrible secrets of the world."
                                      - Bridgette Tenenbaum
                                        THE END
    Frequently Asked Questions                                                {c13}
    1. Why did Atlas/Fontaine go through all the trouble of deceiving Jack?
        The first, more obvious answer is that it's easier to get someone to do  
        something if they believe in it and are motivated to achieve that goal.
        Instead of risking an insubordinate Jack fighting him every step of the
        way, Atlas wove a believable story to make Jack personally hate Ryan, and
        thus motivate him to kill him.
        The second reason is that Atlas was simultaneously tricking Andrew Ryan,
        who he knew was listening into all of their radio communications. Ryan did
        not figure out that Atlas was actually Fontaine, and that Jack was
        actually his son, until moments before Jack reached him. If Ryan had known
        these things earlier, things would have played out much differently. Ryan
        could have exposed Atlas as Jack's slave driver, or refrained from
        blowing up the submarine if he knew that there was nobody inside.
    2. Who blew up the submarine in Smuggler's Hideout?
        Ryan did, thinking Atlas' family was really inside.
    3. What do those tattoos on Jack's wrists represent?
        The chain tattoos on Jack's wrists symbolize his role as a slave. Fontaine 
        created Jack for the sole purpose of carrying out his wishes, so it was
        the entire embodiment of his existance.
    4. Is Ryan really dead?
        Yes, Ryan is dead. There is a Vita-Chamber in a hidden corner of his
        office, but it is the only one in the game that is de-activated. Ryan shut
        it off before the confrontation with Jack to prove a point, and leave the
        world on his own terms.
    5. Why did Fontaine have to use Andrew Ryan's son as his assassin?
        The fact that Jack is Ryan's son is the sole reason he is able to travel
        freely throughout Rapture using the Rapture Metro bathysphere system. Ryan
        had Sullivan lock down the bathyspheres during the war, and only those
        closely related to Ryan and his inner circle could come and go as they
        It is also the reason why Jack is invincible in Rapture; he is able to use
        Ryan's Vita-Chambers, which are genetically locked to Ryan himself. This is
        why the splicers in Rapture die permanently while Jack can ressurect. An
        assassin that cannot die is the perfect assassin.
        I'd also like to comment that this is absolute brilliance on the game
        developers' part; that such an integral part of the story explains
        the player death/resurrect mechanic perfectly.
    6. I seem to have thought that the Little Sisters-as-scavengers predated the
       Atlas/Ryan war. Weren't they already being cultivated for this purpose by
       Fontaine for his Adam industry?
        The Little Sisters were adapted to become scavengers only after the war
        began (after Fontaine had become Atlas and Ryan took over Fontaine
        Futuristics), when corpses began filling the streets and they realized
        there was Adam to be had. Something important to note is that Fontaine
        got all of his Little Sisters strictly through the orphanage. These were
        little girls with no families, etc. Ryan, on the other hand, got them all
        through kidnapping, which is ironic considering Ryan is the leader of
        Rapture and Fontaine is a notorious crime boss. All of the kidnappings
        you hear of in the audio diaries are directly linked to Ryan Industries.
        The Little Sisters before Ryan (for example, in all of Tenenbaum's
        recordings) are just "Adam factories"; there's never a mention of them
        physically going out to do any harvesting.
    7. How do you know that Sullivan killed himself?
        It is never directly stated in the game that Sullivan killed himself,
        although it is heavily implied. Sullivan was a good guy at heart who
        followed orders from a corrupt official and ended up doing some very
        horrible things, including killing a guy during interrogation and a singer
        for writing a few songs that upset Ryan. After he killed Anna Culpepper,
        the audio diary talks about how he took from her room a half-knitted
        blanket after killing her as a reminder of what he'd done. It's clear that
        at this point he is very remorseful and on the brink of quitting. When
        Ryan finally enacted the death penalty by hanging, Sullivan handed in his
        badge. We never hear from him again, and there is a dead body in the
        wharfmaster's office next to the interrogation room and the "Have My
        Badge" audio diary. We can therefore reasonably conclude that Sullivan
        committed suicide for the atrocities he committed during the latest parts
        of his career as chief of Andrew Ryan's police.
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    Version History
    1.14 (07/22/08) - Added spoiler alert at the beginning and fixed the reason
      why Jack was locked in Arcadia.
    1.13 (10/07/08) - Fixed an error about Fontaine not having spliced before the
      final boss fight. We assume he was only talking about plasmids, since it's
      obvious he has spliced gene tonics, at the very least, to be able to lift
      and throw the statue at the beginning of Point Prometheus.
    1.12 (10/06/08) - Fixed an error in chronology. Fontaine didn't activate Code
      Yellow until after Jack had left the safehouse. Also, clarified that Ryan
      did not explicitly reveal Jack to be his son, he only heavily implied it.
    1.11 (06/07/08) - Fixed a typo.
    1.10 (05/29/08) - Fixed a few sentences.
    1.09 (12/18/07) - Rearranged a few points regarding the timeline of the death
      penalty and its relation to smugglers and Sullivan's suicide. New paragraph
      explaining that Tenenbaum actually disappeared before Ryan's takeover of
      Fontaine Futuristics and why. Clarified that Fontaine only continued his
      underground activities after becoming Atlas. Clarified that Aphrodite,
      Steinman's muse, was imaginary and a product of his insanity. Elaborated on
      the Farmers' Market's declining standards towards the end of Rapture. Fixed a
      paragraph that said that Ryan revealed to Jack that Atlas was Fontaine. In
      fact, he never said this; Atlas himself revealed this after Ryan had died.
      Various typos. Thanks Ivan!
    1.08 (09/21/07) - Fixed a few typos.
    1.07 (09/19/07) - Reworded the part about why the slug hosting only worked with
      girls and not boys.
    1.06 (09/18/07) - Fixed a typo.
    1.05 (09/14/07) - Fixed a typo.
    1.04 (09/13/07) - Fixed a typo.
    1.03 (09/12/07) - Added a question about Sullivan's suicide.
    1.02 (09/11/07) - Fixed a typo and added a frequently asked question. Added a
      sources section at the top.
    1.01 (09/10/07) - Added more info about the Saturnine and the first FAQ
      questions. Added a quote. A few typos fixed.
    1.00 (09/06/07) - First version of guide completed.
    - Thanks to Irrational Games for creating this amazing game and story.
    - Thanks to the following people and sources for all of their contributions,
      whether it be providing insight or simply reporting a typo:
      Mauricio V, Brett Middleton, Brooks Carmichael, Ivan Trembow,
      Michael Herrling, Michael Fortson, Ivan Tarapov, Jered Gunn, Christopher
      Saunders, Jason Roper, Al_Ka_Pwn, Chris Vig, Kcappa, DSLSublime,
      _SilentGhost_, jungfreud, PrivateJoker, Growshroom, ShadowsDieAway,
      Snowmanatee, perianwyr, Deacon Swain, Sith_Lords, Yann van Uden, Scott
      Matthew, Arca Gunay, http://bioshock.wikia.com, 
    (c) Copyright 2008 Jeff Liu
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