Season: 5-6, Episodes: 8, Faction: Ajira/Jacob
Burnette was a survivor of Ajira Flight 316, and a member of a team that worked for or with Jacob. He was killed by MIB during the Taweret massacre along with Wolfe, Salinger and Bram.
2004 (Kidnapping Miles)
5×13 – Some Like It Hoth
Shortly before the departure of the Kahana, Bram and other members of the group abducted Miles, and tried to convince him to avoid taking part in Charles Widmore’s expedition. Bram asks Miles, “what lies in the shadow of the statue?” to which Miles replies that he hadn’t the slightest idea. Bram tells him he is not ready to go to the Island. Miles said that if they want him to pass on going to the Island, Bram must pay him double the $1.6 million he was contracted for, $3.2 million. Bram refused, stating that he wouldn’t pay him anything, and tossed Miles out of the van. He claimed that in this upcoming war, they are going to be the “winning side.” Bram’s knowledge of Widmore and the fact he thought of him as “The wrong side” suggests they view him as an enemy, possibly as an agent of Jacob’s Nemesis. (“Some Like It Hoth”)
On the Island (Takeover of the Ajira Camp – 2007)
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
Shortly after the crash of Flight 316, Ilana and her group found a metal crate in the cargo hold of the plane. The group attempted to open it, causing suspicions to rise from the other survivors. After successfully opening the crate, the group took over the campsite, causing one of the survivors to warn Frank of the uprising.
When Frank faced Ilana and Bram, Ilana asked him “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” When Frank appeared clueless as to what the answer might be, Ilana knocked him unconscious with the butt of her gun, and ordered Bram to tie him up. (“Dead Is Dead”)
The Burning of Jacob’s Cabin
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
Using one of the outrigger canoes to travel from the Hydra Island to the main Island, Ilana, Bram, an unconscious Frank and the rest of the group made their way to Jacob’s cabin. On the way, Bram and Ilana discussed Frank’s importance as a possible “candidate”, only to discover Frank was awake the entire time. Ilana eventually agreed to show Frank the contents of the crate, implying their need to show to the Others what they are up against. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
Upon reaching the cabin, Ilana and Bram found the circle of ash to be broken. Ilana entered the cabin alone, finding it deserted and ruined. She noticed a piece of cloth, nailed to the wall by a knife. The cloth embedded the image of the statue. Considering the cabin to be empty, Ilana ordered her group to burn it down; they then started making their way towards Jacob’s place of residence. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
5×17 – The Incident, Part 2
Shortly after “Locke” and Ben entered the statue in order to face and kill Jacob, Ilana arrived with her group, showing no intention to pose a threat. Ilana asked to speak to Ricardus, whom she asked the same question she asked Frank. Richard responded “Ille qui nos omnes servabit” (“He who will protect us all”), which appeared to be the correct response. Ilana introduced herself, and presented the contents of the crate to Richard, Sun and the rest of the Others – the dead corpse of the real John Locke. This prompted Sun to wonder who the person that entered Jacob’s residency was. (“The Incident, Part 2”)
Facing the Man in Black
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
Following the revelation of John Locke’s deceased body, Bram and Ilana argued with Richard, who stopped them from entering the statue, stating the only Jacob may summon his visitors. Ilana, in protest, claimed that Jacob did invite them, thus their arrival to the Island. After Ben descended from the statue, claiming Jacob was alright and telling Richard that Locke wanted to speak to him, Bram dragged Ben into the statue, with the other three members following him. Once inside the statue, the Man in Black welcomed Bram and his followers, commenting that Jacob was murdered and burned to ashes. Referring to them as “Jacob’s bodyguards”, the Man in Black dismissed them. An enraged Bram shot the Man in Black, in the form of Locke, however the bullet was deflected and bent off of him. The Man in Black then mysteriously and suddenly disappeared.
After a few moments, the Monster entered the chamber, attacking and killing the three members. Bram created a circle of ash around him, which seemed to protect him from the Monster. The Monster instead threw debris at Bram, knocking him out of the circle; and was then tossed into Jacob’s loom. Now vulnerable, Bram was impaled by a wooden board. (“LA X, Part 1”)
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The hippocamp or hippocampus (plural: hippocamps or hippocampi; Greek: “horse” and “monster”), often called a sea-horse in English, is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician and Greek mythology, though the name by which it is recognised is purely Greek; it became part of Etruscan mythology. It has typically been depicted as a horse in its forepart with a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.
Homer describes Poseidon, who was god of horses (Poseidon Hippios), earthquakes, and the sea, drawn by “brazen-hoofed” horses over the sea’s surface, and Apollonius of Rhodes, being consciously archaic in Argonautica (iv.1353ff), describes the horse of Poseidon emerging from the sea and galloping away across the Libyan sands. In Hellenistic and Roman imagery, however, Poseidon (or Roman Neptune) often drives a sea-chariot drawn by hippocampi. Thus hippocamps sport with this god in both ancient depictions and much more modern ones, such as in the waters of the 18th-century Trevi Fountain in Rome surveyed by Neptune from his niche above.
The appearance of hippocamps in both freshwater and saltwater is counter-intuitive to a modern audience, though not to an ancient one. The Greek picture of the natural hydrological cycle did not take account of the condensation of atmospheric water as rain to replenish the water table, but imagined the refreshening of the waters of the sea oozing back landwards through vast underground caverns and aquifers, rising replenished and freshened in springs.
Thus it was natural for a temple at Helike in the coastal plain of Achaea to be dedicated to Poseidon Helikonios, (the Poseidon of Helicon), the sacred spring of Boeotian Helikon. When an earthquake suddenly submerged the city, the temple’s bronze Poseidon accompanied by hippocamps continued to snag fishermens’ nets. Likewise, the hippocamp was considered an appropriate decoration for mosaics in Roman thermae or public baths, as at Aquae Sulis modern day Bath in Britannia.
Poseidon’s horses, which were included in the elaborate sculptural program of gilt-bronze and ivory, added by a Roman client to the temple of Poseidon at Corinth, are likely to have been hippocamps; the Romanised Greek Pausanias described the rich ensemble in the later 2nd century CE (Geography of Greece ii.1.7-.8):
Within the sanctuary of the god stand on the one side portrait statues of athletes who have won victories at the Isthmian games, on the other side pine trees growing in a row, the greater number of them rising up straight. On the temple, which is not very large, stand bronze Tritons. In the fore-temple are images, two of Poseidon, a third of Amphitrite, and a Sea, which also is of bronze. The offerings inside were dedicated in our time by Herodes Atticus, four horses, gilded except for the hoofs, which are of ivory, and two gold Tritons beside the horses, with the parts below the waist of ivory. On the car stand Amphitrite and Poseidon, and there is the boy Palaemon upright upon a dolphin. These too are made of ivory and gold. On the middle of the base on which the car is has been wrought a Sea holding up the young Aphrodite, and on either side are the nymphs called Nereids.
Hippocamps appear with the first Orientalising phase of Etruscan civilization: they remain a theme in Etruscan tomb wall-paintings and reliefs, where they are sometimes provided with wings, as they are in the Trevi fountain. Katharine Shepard found in the theme an Etruscan belief in a sea-voyage to the other world.
Aside from aigikampoi, the fish-tailed goats representing Capricorn or Aegeus (“goat-man”) other fish-tailed animals rarely appearing in Greek art but more characteristic of the Etruscans included leokampoi (fish-tailed lions), taurokampoi (fish-tailed bulls) or pardalokampoi (fish-tailed leopards).
The mythic hippocamp has been used as a heraldic charge, particularly since the Renaissance, most often in the armorial bearings of people and places with maritime associations. However, in a blazon, the terms hippocamp and hippocampus now refer to the real animal called a seahorse, and the terms seahorse and sea-horse refer to the mythological creature. The above-mentioned fish hybrids are seen less frequently.