Now I will begin. Once upon a time, there were three little pigs. The first little pig was very lazy. So he built a house out of straw. The second little pig worked a little bit harder, and he built a house out of sticks. The third little pig worked very hard, and he built a house out of stone. One day, a big, bad wolf came along and knocked on the first little pig's door. "Little pig, little pig, let me in," he said. "Not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin," the little pig answered, to which the wolf replied, "Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in."
Mother telling the children a cautionary tale

Virtual Faith is the third episode of the first season of HBO Max's science fiction drama television series, Raised by Wolves. It premiered on September 3, 2020.

Synopsis Edit

After the Mithraic kids fall sick, Campion believes Mother is poisoning them and plans an escape. As Mother and Father attempt to prove otherwise, Marcus and Sue work to convince the other surviving Mithraic to mount a rescue of the children, desperate to get their son Paul back.[1]

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Father walks by a puddle of blood left by the creature killed by Mother. In the barracks, Hunter questions Tempest what they were - she doesn't know. All they says is it was animals of some kind. Hunter asks if perhaps they were humans, survivors of the Ark but Tempest says no. Vita cries to Holly she wants to go back. Mother comes to help the girl but Vita tearfully tells her to go away. Mother tells her there is no need to be upset as Vita sobs, and declares that with preparation, one can defend themselves against any threat. Hunter rejects the idea, adding it's better at times to just leave and go somewhere safe. Mother agrees, saying they will once Tempest gives birth. The group stares at the girl, her secret out in the open. Mother hears the wood creaking, and asks the children if they want to hear the story of the three title pigs. Holly says in that they were only allowed to hear from the scriptures. Mother says they no longer need to follow those rules - for stories are greta fun, and can simplify complicated matters. Campion interjects, saying it won't make them feel better. Mother dismisses it, remarking that he loved the story. Campion declared he lied and it felt stupid. She screams him at him that's enough, scolding him for dishonesty and disrespectful and setting a bad example. Undeterred, Mother tells the story of the three little pigs.

Ten years earlier, a thousand Mithraic passengers make the thirteen-year journey to Kepler-22b aboard the Ark of Heaven. Their bodies remain in a physical state of hibernation, though their minds are able to interact with each other.

In a virtual landscape simulation inside their minds, Marcus and Sue revel in the fact their new bodies kept their appearance, and comment how time works differently. They spot Paul playing inside a Methraic seal on the ground. Marcus says they are his parents, and they should go talk to him. Sue snaps back they're not.

Down with Paul, the pair compliment his holographic drawings. Paul, however, says she or he never talk to him and walks past them. The couple locks eyes, and Paul blames the simulation on people acting differently. Marcus notices Sue almost wretches on the floor, and tells Paul there are some places where kids can go play. When Paul leaves, Sue begins to panic, declaring she can't be his mother, can't be a mother. Marcus asks why, but Sue shoots back he knows why. She announces she'll go talk to Paul, to Marcus' encouragement.

In another section where a group of children, cinlduing Holly and Vita, are playing duck duck goose, they find Paul sitting alone. Marcus tells him to get up and asks why he isn't playing with the other kids. Paul despondently responds they think he's weird. Marcus jokes he gets that from his mother, and Sue playfully says unless he doesn't think they're cool enough as she spins him. Marcus fools around with the other kids much to their amusement as they play their own game of duck duck goose. Paul chases after Marcus and in a series of heartening moments, stumble into a cleric, who rhetorically asks if they're enjoying themselves. Conducting into a more serious manner, the cleric says she's pleased a man of war is bring back joy in his life. She adds their new Eden will never know war, and that it's best now to master happiness. They praise Sol, and the small family count back into their game.

Suddenly, Marcus wakes to a light in his eye and finds Sue checking on him, asking if he's alright. Marcus questions where's Paul, and relunctantly Sue confesses the necromancer took him and other kids captive before the Ark crashed, and they have to get him back. The view pans to the remains on the ship, revealing a number of survivors among the wreckage.

At the settlement, Hunter tells Campion they're lying - there's nothing out beyond out there. Campion admits they were once told there were serpents in the pits to keep them from playing too near. Hunter is convinced the reenforcements they're carrying are not to keep things out - but them in. Father announces dinnertime, and while the five Mithraic leave, Campion stays put. Father apologizes if he hurt him, saying it was accidental. Campion rejects the apology as its not genuine, adding he's not his real father and he's just a generic service model. Father agrees, as a generic service model can't product this family, hence why he didn't take Mother's eyes. Campion repeats that nothing is out there. Father understands if Campion doesn't people their word, given recent events he might worry if he did. He reiterates he wants to see Campion safe and grow old. The boy still thinks Father's is trying to make himself feel more real, which Father insists. Campion tells him to forget though, but before he heads inside, Father gives him something called a claw, used for catching and killing.

The Mithraic kids cough as Hunter snidely remarks how Tempest hardly did any work today. Mother interjects that her body saw working to nourish the fetus. Holly claps back that Hunter didn't even do most of the work - Campion did anyway. Hunter tells her to shut up, and Tempest adds on he's not in charge anymore. Hunter reminds her who his father was. Tempest says he's dead, so is hers, and their stupid rules. Hunter warns her she'll burn for that and she dramatically asks to be stroked down. Mother scolds them, asking if they acted like that in Church. She asks Campion why he was late, but Father says it's his fault to Mother's no surprise. She declares that dinner will continue with no conflict, only police conversations without Father's jokes. She asks Holly to choose a topic - the girl asks Tempest what she plans to name the baby. Tempest doesn't know the sex yet - Hunter says she should name the baby Otho if it's a boy. She tells him to shut up as Hunter elaborates that it's the most respectful thing to do, name it after the Heliodromus. Tempest snaps when Hunter accuses her of being glad he picked her, and slaps him. She gets up and attacks before being restrained by Mother. In her arms, Tempest begins to cough up blood, and is taken away by her.

At the Methraic camp, Marcus explains to an elder how the necromancer must have been reprogrammed by the atheists to be a caregiver. The elder refuses the idea that an theists reprogrammed one of their necromancers. Marcus says she's reverting - she's killed all the children in her charged but one, and will kill theirs next. The elder is doubtful they're still alive as their locators can't tell them that. Marcus, however, is determined that the kids n is still live, and begs to take the soldiers for a rescue mission. The elder, as the highest ranking survivor, still won't give him the order. He says the remains group must scavenge for food and water, and they must cremate the dead. Despite resistance given the children may not have the time, they'll be no use for the children weakened as they are. Another soldier approaches, informing the elder they found his wife.

As a body burns with the priests chanting along, Marcus tells an emotional Sue if there's one true line in their big book of bullshit, it's that you reap what you sow and walks away.

As the sick children prepare for bed, Campion warns Father to stop Mother. He tells his son Mother isn't doing this, but the boy interjects that he isn't sick. Father replies that he's special in a way the android cannot comprehend, but Campion isn't moved and joins the group.

Outside, Mother stares at the graves of her five dead children. As Father approaches, Mother wonders if she killed the Gen-1s without knowing it and if she's doing it again. Father assures her she isn't, but she isn't sure. Mother notes his strange mimicry in human love makes them less safe. She says if they confirm it's her doing, she wishes his assistance in destroying herself. Father resists, but Mother makes it clear it's for the sake of the children. She walks off and launches into the air.

At the Mithraic camp, Marcus surprises Sue and he asks how she was able to fake her medical skills. She responds she studied to be a doctor while in the Sim. She despairingly declares she should have been there to protect him, and is consoled that Paul is a smart kid. Sue retorts that praying won't save him. He promises her he'll get him back, and the couple make up.

Marcus reminisces back in the Sim, where Paul explains the Pentagonal Prophecy - where an orphan boy in an empty land will rise as the prophet Peter Valerius and lead the Mithraic to where the city of peace will be built. Sue takes Paul into her arms, and he asks his father if he would have been a good soldier. Marcus says he would have, reliving a flashback as a child training furiously for the war, which included being pinned to fight against an adult while armed and running through a battlefield.

In the present, Marcus watches on as the Mithraic survivors open a pipe of fresh milk. A soldier named Lucius hands him a cup and introduces himself as the son of a man Marcus fought with. Marcus states he was a good man, much to Lucius' confusion whom question if he forgave his father yet. Marcus replies rhetorically that's what Sol teaches them, and gestures to the surface cracks from the impact, where a soldier confirms something lives down there.

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Mother: "Now, let's continue our dinner without any further conflict. We will engage in polite conversation."
Father: "Perhaps you'd all like to hear..."
Mother: "Not jokes! Polite conversation. Holly, please choose a topic."
Holly: "Oh, okay. Uh, Tempest, I was wondering what you're going to name the baby."

Mother: "What if I killed the Gens-1s without knowing it, and now I'm doing it again?"
Father: "Mother, you would never do that"
Mother: "Perhaps you're only saying that because you have some misplaced belief"

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  • The first three episodes of the series were all released at the same date and time.

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