|Real-world Counterpart||Macon, Georgia|
- "This is the middle of nowhere, we left all those people behind for this?! Are you kidding me?"
- "City of Rayford, they use to have Boiled Peanuts Festival here... oh man good memories."
Rayford is a suburban town in Georgia and is located between Savannah and Griffin County (Near Whispering Oaks Amusement Park). It is the main setting for all of the Survivors in both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 as the town serves as a meeting point.
Rayford has some historic significance and likes to encourage both its residents and tourists to stop by and take interest in learning about its history, culture and heritage. Along with the town's history, it also displays a vibrant nightlife. Several shops used neon signs and lights and played music everywhere that you went.
Most of the town's residents liked the Midnight Riders as they advertised the band in local bars and pool halls with posters and signs. The band was also seen preparing for a concert. Rayford's main source of income comes from Rayford Port and shipping where they sent and received goods by boat and train. There was also a Boiled Peanut festival that brought the seasonal income in.
The town was trying to expand to the other sources of income such as tourism, encouraging the people to purchase souvenirs from shops as well as take the scenic "Under the River" tour (Which also provided work at the Brick Factory) and with music where the Midnight Riders were scheduled to play a concert here.
After the initial Green Flu outbreak across the Eastern United States and hearing how CEDA and the military failed to maintain the quarantine, the citizens of Rayford preferred to survive the Infection on their own. The well-equipped Survivors were prepared to fight the Infected off and the homemade weapons such as molotovs and pipe bombs were stockpiled in huge numbers by the citizens. However, the sheer numbers of the Infected finally overran the city piece by piece and many of the Survivors turned into Infected themselves (The appearance of several Fallen Survivors in the east part of the city). Although the citizens preferred to hold out by themselves, they most likely had no choice, but to allow CEDA to intervene.
It seems that CEDA tried to help the city due to the presence of several infected CEDA agents roaming the blocked streets (In the Left 4 Dead 2 version of The Sacrifice) as well as the presence of several CEDA evacuation buses parked at various areas. CEDA tried to evacuate as much of the population as possible while establishing a defensive perimeter around Rayford Port. However, they failed and eventually, neither the CEDA or the town's citizens' plans worked and the whole population was destroyed by the Infection.
At one point, a live Tank specimen was brought through the city. This specific Tank has a unique model compared to any others in the entire game, being that of a former United States Marine due to the Marine Corps tattoo on his arm. However, the train was stopped due to a destroyed bridge up ahead and the Infected derailed the train. Given how a Tank could easily break free of the leather binds, it is likely that this Tank mutated on the journey before killing everyone inside upon mutation. This Tank was released and killed by the original Survivors as they passed upon the train wreck as they had to get across.
Both groups of Survivors came through this city, making it the only location that had been featured in both games. Bill, Francis, Louis and Zoey entered from the north by a military train that they took all the way from Millhaven (Assumed to be in Pennsylvania) which they stole from the base and were forced to stop because the tracks don't go on anymore. Bill sacrificed himself to protect the others after several Tanks emerged when the bridge stalled, leaving Francis, Louis and Zoey to fend for themselves. The original Survivors made their way to the bridge from Rayford's industrial area.
Coach, Ellis, Nick and Rochelle entered by Jimmy Gibbs Jr.'s stock car from the east after stealing it from Liberty Mall to escape. Due to the raised bridge from the original Survivors, the Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors had to look for an alternate route after they were informed that they had to lower the bridge themselves which was on the other side of town. The Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors managed to get to the other side through the Under the River tour, filled the generator to lower the bridge, allowing the original Survivors to make their way to the Florida Keys while the Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors continued their journey to New Orleans.
Landmarks in Rayford
- Armed Forces Reserve Center
- Rayford Bridge
- Souvenir Shops and Internet café
- Rayford Docks
- Yacht Club
- Rayford Park
- Brick Factory
- Renovating apartment building
- Pool Hall
- Tattoo Parlor
- Jazz Club
- Rayford Historic Underground Tour
- Rayford Port and Shipping
- Rayford is home to a motorcycle gang ironically known as "The Zombies." The gang members are Infected during the initial outbreak.
- While the city draws inspiration from the city of Atlanta, a sign from The Highway confirms they are not the same city. Rayford appears to be located somewhere along Interstate 16, likely on either the Ogechee or Oconee rivers in east Georgia.
- This is the only town where a Witch (Dressed as a bride) and a Tank (More under dressed than normal) will always be encountered at one of the same spots, though in different campaigns.
- Rayford is also the most Tank-infested city in the Left 4 Dead universe yet due to the immense amount of tanks spawned in Port Finale. This, however, may also be attributed to gameplay balance.
- Rayford is the only town that both Survivor groups canonically pass through.
- On the main highway between the Army Reserve Center and the demolished bridge is a wrecked single engine airplane.
|Locations in Left 4 Dead