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"Faction Before Blood" was the first principle of the Factions. It told the transfers and original Faction members to be loyal to their chosen Faction before thinking about loved ones they may have left behind.


Before Divergent[]

When the founders of Chicago first divided society into 5 factions, they developed the principle that one's faction meant more than one's family. According to it, new initiates—on Visiting Day—were not allowed to become so saturated with their family members as it would have been regarded as betrayal of their new faction.


On Visiting Day, Eric told all initiates not to show that much affection to their relatives. In the Erudite compound, because of their hatred of Abnegation, Erudite hadn't allowed Caleb's mother to enter the compound. Jeanine Matthews also showed that she believed in this system of thinking.

Faction before blood

Chicago citizens chanting the motto