*Language and Content Warning*
Unlike QE’s normal informational blog, Wasteland Wednesday is potentially full of foul language and post-apocalyptic nonsense.
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had an update from the wasteland. It’s still there, I promise. As for progress, the first stage of rewrites begins next week. I’m pretty excited to dive right back into it. It’s been hard stopping myself from starting early, but I try to practice what I preach (irony…you’ll see).
Today I’ll introduce another character from the book, Daniel. A member of the Lost Word, Daniel has traveled the wastes extensively. He’s not the only Daniel out there. In fact, all members of the Lost Word are named Daniel.
Age: Unknown (old)
Bio: Daniel, or Preacher, as Drake and his group like to call him, offered a helping hand when hundreds of hungry mouths were coming to gorge on their flesh. Not much is known about his background. Of course, being a member of the Lost Word carries a lot of implications. Also, a body covered in scars often tells more about a man than any word could.
Much like all people in the wasteland, Preacher has some secrets. One thing that isn’t a secret is his apparent allegiance to the Lost Word. He carries his faith around his neck, and reveals it with his words. The Lost Word are the keepers of what is left of the religions. They offer it freely to those they encounter, and focus on spreading the “good word” at settlements and outposts.
You would think faith doesn’t play a large role in wasteland. Well the hundreds of Daniels that comprise the Lost Word would disagree. Their sect has been known to purge communities who hurt or harm their members or interfere with their practices. How they are able to do this with just a few men—nobody is really sure. All that is known for certain is communities of crucified men and women stand testament to their abilities and few challenge them outright. The children? No one knows what happens to them.
This particular Daniel, Preacher, is a little different. He wanders alone. This is odd because most Daniels travel in a group of three.
Abilities: Members of the Lost Word have access to unheard of pharmaceuticals and are trained to protect themselves with whatever is available. They rely heavily on stimulants and other meds and tend to wade into combat with a single pistol and knife. While this may sound outlandish, stories tell of a groups of three wiping settlements off the map. A forest of hastily erected crucifixes sprout up when this happens. Daniels must be carpenters too.
Personality: Preacher is quick to smile and quote various religious texts. Drake doesn’t tolerate this being directed at him, but Lex and Jim (you haven’t met Jim yet) are more open to it. Preacher respects Drake’s wishes, which only makes him more suspicious to the one-eyed madman. Preacher is easy-going and will talk with anyone willing to listen. Drake knows the potential for violence hides behind the old mans gray eyes.
Drake, being older himself, understands that to grow old in the wasteland you have to be one tough bastard. Preacher appears to be much older than Drake and this makes Drake wonder how the hell the old fool was able to stay alive at all.
Motivation: Preachers’ motivations are complex (and to remain spoiler free, won’t be talked about much). What I will share is that he is a member of the Lost Word, but has grown disenchanted with the group. There is a time he can remember when the order spread hope. Now, purges are all too common. He feels purging a community, no matter how far they have fallen or what they have done, is barbaric and wrong.
He dreams of restoring the order, but knows this is likely impossible. He seems to content himself by helping strangers he encounters. Self-medication also seems to help him, and he is often seen consuming pills.
Drake doesn’t believe Preacher is actually still a member. In his opinion, which he voices (typical Drake), any fool can dress up like one of those nut-jobs and play pretend. Regardless, after Preachers explosive entrance in the book, Drake doesn’t have a lot of options and requires his help. While Drake will never say it, he respects someone hard enough to grow old despite the wasteland.
Equipment: Preacher carries an engraved black revolver. It’s much larger than seems necessary and Drake wonders how the old man can even wield it effectively. Drake, even with his vast knowledge of firearms, couldn’t put his finger on the make and model. All he could tell for sure is that it would be able to chamber a variety of ammunition. He also noted the metal and engravings on the pistol were unlike anything he had ever seen. This is uncharacteristic of standard wasteland weaponry, which is usually in a state of constant [dis]repair.
Preacher also carries a worn leather messenger bag. Beneath the brass buckled flap fastening the bag closed is a silver dagger. Drake observed Preacher using this dagger to silence the cries of some inbreeders who were trapped under rubble (rubble Preacher created). The contents of the bag are a mystery to Drake. All Drake knows for sure is that the bag contains meds of some kind—meds that can mask pain.
Author’s Note: Preachers character in the book was important because it serves a number of purposes. It reveals the existence of the Lost Word, and it also examines faith in the wasteland, or lack thereof. While Drake is governed by a set of “virtues,” Preacher is guided by something else entirely. The two are an interesting contrast because both of them are lost souls who prescribe to a sort of debatable faith.
That’s it for today’s wasteland news! I hope you all stop by next Wednesday for more information about Wastelander: The Drake Legacy. I’d love to know what you think about Preacher. This is only a brief glimpse, but hopefully it did him justice. Until then, keep hiding, keep hoarding, and as always – stay alive.