- “Everyone has a little secret... you must be one big little secret.”
- ―Antonin Kvasir
Lieutenant Nicholas Raine, also known as the Protagonist, is the silent hero of RAGE. A former marine, official artwork displays him as a man with a military buzz cut. He is of indeterminate age, presumably in his mid 20s to early 30s. During the events of the game, his past is largely unknown, and his actions in the world post-99942 Apophis are only based on how the player chooses to play RAGE.
Before Apophis hit, Raine served as a Recon Marine, operating throughout the world. His father and brother before him were both decorated Marines, and out of a sense of duty, he chose to follow in their footsteps and enlist. His brother was killed in the line of duty, while his father passed away shortly after. After their deaths, Raine became a decorated and respected Marine as a way of honoring them. However, the frequency and nature of his missions in various brutal conflicts worldwide would begin to take a toll on his psyche. His last mission is inferred to have been in Afghanistan, where his brother was killed by an IED during the United States' withdrawal from the country.
Two nights before the asteroid hit, Raine was at a club in Brooklyn. Upon leaving he was approached by a shady individual who told him little other than that he was an agent of the U.S. government and to come with him. Raine, out of a sense of duty, followed. He soon found himself in a private jet, hurtling across the country to an unknown destination. Ark 437a, one of the last to go under, was where he found himself. He was to be the Ark's military adviser when they found that they had to replace the first, his old commander Captain Stephen Hill, after he was found to have had cancer. Injected with experimental Nanotrites, Raine was cryo-frozen before Apophis hit Earth. Over the years, Raine's Ark suffered a cryogenics malfunction as a result of seismic activity. Raine was the only survivor.
The New WorldEdit
- “Straight from the past. He looks tough, but is he ready to compete?”
- ―J.K. Stiles
Raine's Ark emerged in 2135, two years after it was planned to emerge and after it was rendered unusable by seismic activity. This emerging makes him the most recent Ark Survivor known at the time. Around him all the other Ark residents were long dead, and with its vital systems damaged, the Ark was soon to become his tomb lest he escape. He then left the Ark and began exploring the world outside. Raine found ruined cities and barren wastelands, filled with gangs, mutants and a secret government known as the Authority, who are hunting down Raine, along with all other Ark Survivors.
Nicholas Raine makes an appearance in RAGE 2 during the mission 'Cult of The Death God' as an old mysterious man. He asks the player character to deal with the local mutants who are killing in the name of their Death God. During the mission, the player finds Raines armor called "Nicholas Raine Armor" and the Settler Pistol. Upon visiting Raine again in his house, he thanks the player telling them to keep the armor and weapon as "Nicholas Raine won't be needing them" and that the player does and a little RAGE.