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Elpis in Rapture

The story of Elpis the cruel spite, who deceives the human race with her sunny outlook, is now told on a separate page. This page is how she tricked a whole population into its own destruction.

Elpis worked hard to infect all the people who came down here to Rapture.

These people came in the hope of being captains of industry. They never saw that in Rapture there could be only one captain of industry, one Andrew Ryan; and the best anyone else could hope for is to be a lieutenant. Most of these people did not have, as Dr. Steinman put it, the will to greatness.

But Frank Fontaine had what it took: The astuteness to see opportunity when it appeared, and the ruthlessness to pursue it to wherever it led: fishing, smuggling, manufacturing, electronics, gene splicing and enhancements, charity work. Yes, he pursued opportunity to its end, even when it meant the end of everyone else.

And as for everyone else: Well, they never saw, because they were too blind and prideful to see, that all most of them would be doing down here would be to sweep the streets, flip the burgers, scrub the bogs, plug the leaks and maintain the machines that run the city, like ants in a colony. But they weren't ants, were they? They were people: Born as little base-metal gods, with egos that rebelled against anything and anyone that hurt their pride.

And when they rebelled, they were dismissed.

Then where could they go? Trapped in an increasingly leaky bubble with the most arrogant and deluded of men, chased by a ruthless security force, they turned for help to whoever would give them a hand.

It's too bad that hand happened to be attached to Fontaine.

Fontaine saw a most excellent recruiting angle: A warm cot, a bowl of hot soup, and the hope of a better tomorrow. That's all it took. Fontaine seemed to have hired Elpis to gather an army for him: An army willing to fight for him, and for his successor Atlas, in the hope of a better tomorrow.

That Elpis is one nasty bitch, ĉu ne?

Written by Andy West on 7 December 2008; updated 14 March 2011.