|For the Leader of the Nod Separatists during the Incursion War, see Gideon.|
He is a cold, silent figure, which stands in contrast with Kane, for whom public appearances and active seeking of faith in his followers are part of his master plan. However, this contrast allowed Raveshaw to gather the most faithful (one might say fanatical) of the brethren of Nod and form the Black Hand on Kane's request, which became Nod's most brutal and effective order of zealots.
His strategic skills and indomitable character allow him to lead the sect with an inhuman precision and efficiency, staying ahead of his enemies at every step.
Originally, Raveshaw was a mercenary strategist in Africa, selling his intelligence gathering services to the highest bidder. Eventually recruited by Kane to lead Nod's espionage and sabotage branch in Tunisia, he masterminded a careful campaign to overthrow the ruling regime, leading to a revolution and establishment of a Nod puppet government, all with very limited resources.
First Tiberium War
Raveshaw's qualities were appreciated by Kane, who eventually became a general and founder of the Black Hand. Raveshaw was thus made responsible for protecting and overseeing "Project ReGenesis", a privilege he held dear.
Eventually, under the persuasion of Dr. Elena Petrova, Gideon was transformed into a cybernetic Tiberium mutant, one of the earliest and most powerful Project ReGenesis successes. Unfortunately, the process destroyed his charisma and intelligence, leaving only an obedient, fast and strong supersoldier behind.
He was eventually killed by Captain "Havoc" Parker in the underground part of a Nod Tiberium research facility somewhere in the Middle East.
Appearing in Renegade, Gideon Raveshaw is the spiritus movens of much of the game's plot. A short man with a stunning charisma, Raveshaw was the founder and first leader of the Black Hand, which was created with Kane's blessing to enforce the ideals of Nod and silence all that oppose them.
He serves as a boss in the end of Evolution of Evil, and a rather tough one at that. Apart from great strength, he is fast, can withstand a lot of punishment and can grab Havoc by the throat and chuck him across the room like a ragdoll.
He has a total of 2000 health (1000 hit points and 1000 shield points), making for a very tough opponent. He uses armor types SkinMutant and ShieldChemWarrior. However, the Personal ion cannon can easily kill him in as little as 5 shots to the head.
Raveshaw is a selectable character in multiplayer. He comes equipped with a railgun and is available in two flavors: regular short and mutated large.
Note: His Tiberium-mutated form does NOT grant him immunity from the radiation. In addition, this form makes him a very vulnerable and inviting target to snipers.
Originally, Raveshaw was supposed to have a much more intimidating model, a scarred, battle-weary Nod general. However, somehow, the design was scrapped and his model was given to Mendoza.
The very first Raveshaw model was recycled and used as a prop - it's Seth's corpse in the Temple of Nod in the final Renegade mission. The head texture was changed to that of Seth, however, a slight texturing error resulted in Seth's bullet wound being on the wrong side of his head.
- The name Gideon is of Hebrew origin, meaning "mighty warrior".
- Raveshaw's pre-ReGenesis model bears a resemblance to the character Arnold Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark.