Daniel (Honest Hearts)
What is Joshua going to tell them about being a warrior? What are you going to tell them about how to live with themselves after they got lost in the moment, killed someone who didn't deserve to die? Or does that not matter? Is that just an acceptable consequence if it means holding on to this valley? Maybe there is no place left in this world for mercy. But even if it tramples me into the dust, I will never accept it. And I will never condone it.”
Originally hailing from New Canaan, Daniel used to help the Sorrows with various medical problems and general difficulties, but was sent to Zion as a missionary by Bishop Mordecai to convert those who were willing to the path of God. After witnessing the destruction of New Canaan, caring for the tribals became the focus of Daniel's attention.
He is haunted by the death of his bishop, Mordecai, and focuses this energy on making sure the White Legs, or anyone else for that matter, does not bring harm to anyone else. He especially feels that the Sorrows would not have been subject to the wrath of the White Legs in the first place were it not for the interference of the Mormons. To this effect, he has taught them of God, because without His love they would have nothing. However, Daniel's preaching mixed with the Sorrow's spiritual heritage and the Sorrow's Father in the Cave and the Mormon God became one in the same.
Having witnessed tribes like the Crazy Horns and Tar Walkers suffer and be completely wiped out at the hands of slavers, raiders and exploitative prospectors, he has dedicated himself to protecting them and tending to their needs. He intends to accomplish this by helping the Sorrows evacuate Zion to safety of the Grand Staircase out of a desire to both remove them from harm's way and prevent them from falling into militancy to defeat the White Legs. Nevertheless, if the White Legs force his hand, Daniel will spill blood to prevent the Sorrows blood from being spilled. He fears war with the White Legs would change the Sorrows from what he views as a life of simple innocence into a more warlike culture - the same way of thinking that led the world to ruin, led Joshua Graham to become the Malpais Legate and created men like Salt-Upon-Wounds.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is a merchant.||Sells: consumables|
|This character starts quests.|
|This character is involved in quests.|
- Chaos in Zion: Killing Daniel (or another storyline-essential character) will start this quest.
- Gathering Storms: The player must tell Daniel if they should fight the White Legs or evacuate Zion.
- River Monsters: Some yao guai are endangering the Sorrows. Daniel sends you to get rid of them.
- The Advance Scouts: Daniel wants the White Legs near Bighorn Bluff to be ousted.
- The Grand Staircase: If the Sorrows are going to evacuate Zion, they'll need a map to navigate through safely.
- The Treacherous Road: White Legs have occupied the Old Rockville Bridge and trapped it. Daniel wants you to take care of it.
- A Family Affair: Daniel knows the truth about what happened to Waking Cloud's husband.
- Deliverer of Sorrows: The Sorrows were in need of supplies and Daniel graciously accepts the supplies you found from Joshua's instruction.
- With a Speech check of 40, you can convince Daniel to trade medical supplies with you.
- Daniel is always looking for more medicine to tend to the Sorrows. You can give him healing powder in return for good karma.
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|1||In the shadow of Daniel's death, those Sorrows who survived the assault on Zion Valley mourned his loss, as was their custom. Word of Daniel's passing reached the New Canaanites several weeks later. They prayed that their brother would be well received by their Lord.||Kill Daniel.|
|2||After leading the Sorrows from their home in Zion to safety in Grand Staircase, Daniel continued to wonder if he'd made the right choice. He spent his life evangelizing the beliefs of his people to a new generation of young men and women, as his ancestors had for centuries before him. He was happy with his family, but for the rest of his life there were nights when he awoke with sadness to find he had been dreaming of Zion.||Lead the Sorrows out of Zion.|
|3||For years after the defeat of the White Legs, Daniel did his best to minister to the Sorrows' spiritual needs. Try as he might, he could not hold back the tribe's increasing militancy and reverence of Joshua Graham. Demoralized, he returned to his family at Dead Horse Point. His failures haunted him for the rest of his days.||Exterminate the White Legs With Joshua Graham.|
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Drops on death
- "I've already explained to them that we're leaving! They've accepted it! What is Joshua going to tell them about being a warrior? What are you going to tell them about how to live with themselves after they got lost in the moment, killed someone who didn't deserve to die? Or does that not matter? Is that just an acceptable consequence if it means holding on to this valley? Maybe there is no place left in this world for mercy. But even if it tramples me into the dust, I will never accept it. And I will never condone it."
- "Good news is an amazing thing in this world we've unmade. We're so used to going to sleep with nightmares that we can't imagine waking up to a dream. But that's what we believe, every word of it. It's the cornerstone of our faith and how we choose to live. With every step you take, you put one foot in front of the other and know that you'll be pulled back down to this Earth. We know that God is watching over us, waiting for us to come back home. To us, there's no difference. Walking and living. It's all belief, all faith."
- "There is an important difference between killing in defense and waging war. Even a Gentile like you should know that."
- "We lost it. Our community, everything. But the past is gone. We have to look forward." (Daniel on the loss of New Canaan)
- "Joshua is a living bible of all mankind's miseries of war! The debt he has levied through his actions, he repays every day! He is a monument both to God's unending forgiveness and to humanity's unfathomable capacity for cruelty. It's written on every inch of his body! When you look at him, do you only see a man of God? Beneath those bandages, he is burned flesh. As he burns, so does he consume everyone around him. Joshua wants to fight because the White Legs have stoked the naked flame inside of him. You, you see the light, but do not yet feel the heat. I can pray that you never will, but it isn't up to me and it isn't up to God. It's up to Joshua."
- "They're hateful savages who live only to plunder and destroy. Their leader is a devil called Salt-Upon-Wounds. War is what all he knows. Everything he has, everything that tribe has, was taken by force, raiding and scavenging. It's said there's no man deadlier at close range, that that powerfist of his has smashed a hundred skulls. Maybe that's true, but so what? It's a low form of leadership. A tribe that knows only war has no future. And so he'll lead them to Caesar." (Daniel describing Salt-Upon-Wounds and the White Legs)
- "But not just White Legs. Raiders too. Prospectors. Slavers. Anyone who thinks they can exploit the ignorant and the innocent. We lost the Tar Walkers. And the Crazy Horns. We did our best, but we made mistakes. We paid for them, but they paid more. I'd like to get out from under that debt someday. Until then, it's enough to stop ourselves from getting deeper in the hole." (Daniel on the exploitation of tribals)
- "Listen, I understand that you want to go home. But we didn't ask you to come to Zion. As far as I'm concerned, you're an uninvited guest. In better times, I'd drop everything to help you out, but I have to ensure the safety of the Sorrows first. And don't think you're alone in this. One of the Sorrows, Waking Cloud, has volunteered to help you in the valley. She's an experienced hunter and has a special gift for staying out of sight when she needs to. Should make things easier for you. After that, all that's left is to evacuate the Sorrows safe and sound. I'll give you a map and supplies, everything you need to get back home."
Behind the scenes
Daniel was meant to be Asian in the final release of Honest Hearts, but for an unknown reason, Daniel's race was changed before shipping to caucasian.