John Wolf

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John Wolf
John Wolf.jpg
Location
Region: Solomon Island
Zone: Savage Coast
Coords: 453, 676
Relations
Faction: [[Category:The Eight Characters]][[:Category:The Eight Characters|The Eight]]
Background Information
Species: Human
Nationality: Native American
Religion: quotes multiple Zen Buddhist poets
NPC Information
NPC Type: [[Category:{{{type}}} Characters]][[:Category:{{{type}}} Characters|{{{type}}}]]
Voiced by: [[Brian Bloom]]

John Wolf is a partner of Jack Boone, stationed in Savage Coast and looking out for the player. He gives out quests at a playground between Atlantic Island Park and The Black House. According to lead writer Scrivnomancer he is a member of the Sixty-Four, working for the Eight. [1]. Wolf insists he is completely mortal and does not have the natural resistances bees do to the filth, and it took him over 30 years to learn a basic spell. His name and dress suggest he is Native American, while he peppers his dialogue with quotations from multiple Zen Buddhist monks from several nations writing over eleven centuries. Wolf believes he once traveled to a mystical place called Miracle, but is unsure of when he will be able to find it again. He is introduced to the player in Dawning of an Endless Night, where at Boone's instigation he rescues the player from a filth hound Guardian. Later he appears silently alongside Boone at the player's meeting with a reunited Wabanaki tribe. [2]

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Dialogue

Dawning of an Endless Night

God damn.
Oh, you're lucky Boone's been keeping tabs on you, and that I got here when I did.
Don't go hunting lions with pea shooters. Know your prey.
I've been waiting for something to happen out here.
It's been in the earth, in the air.
It's why Boone and me came out here even before the fog.
There's power on Solomon Island, the kind that spreads... Filth.
And it's waking up.
My friend Jack is fond of saying he's seen the worst of what this world has to offer.
But he's dead wrong. That was just the beginning.
I always knew worse things were heading our way, and now they've arrived.
The man you're chasing carries something powerful, and potentially dangerous.
I'll do what I can to help, though I lack your particular talents.
Hell, it took me 30 years of looking to learn how to cast a simple spell.
Nope, I get too close to that artifact, it's a bad deal all around.
I hear the whispers even now, I and I don't have your natural defences.
I'm afraid of what it might do to me, of what it might make me do to all of you.
I've been doing some digging.
As far as I can tell, this relic is what brought the fog here,
or at least what controls it.
Whoever wields it holds the fate of Solomon Island in their hands.
I can't tell you where that tunnel leads but the Illuminati dug and dug deep when they ruled this island.
It's a network that stretches from Kingsmouth in the east
to the Academy in the west.
I don't know where this tunnel leads, but it's somewhere west of here.

Yourself

Boone and I, we go way back.
We may disagree on many things - often and vehemently -
but we do agree on what's important. We share a common goal.
As long as there's darkness, we will carry the torch.
Here, everywhere.
Nothing will grow, if the seed be not sown.*
I see us as gardeners of the mind.
We instill hope where we can, the will to fight where possible,
the spirit to persevere where necessary.
How did we end up here?
This is where it all begins.
There are places worse off, more dangerous, darker -
but it begins here. It begins now.
Where it all leads, I don't know, neither does Boone.
We're going to see it through, wherever it takes us.
Human life is like the dew of morning.
The body of man is like a flicker of lighting, existing only to return to nothingness. **
But that doesn't mean that we won't take up arms when that infinite darkness comes to claim us.
It's not the sun that threatens the dew of mankind, or electricity coursing through clouds. Hm.
It's something unnatural, something old and angry,
and bitter.
And it has no place here.


(* John gives a common English translation of Buddhist proverb 蒔かぬ種は生えぬ Makanu tané wa haënu)

(** Here John quotes Nguyen Ngoc Bich's translation (with W. S. Merwyn) of the poem "The Body of Man" by Ly Dynasty Vietnamese Buddhist monk Vạn Hạnh (938-1025).

The body of man is like a flicker of lightning
existing only to return to Nothingness.
Like the spring growth that shrivels in autumn.
Waste no thought on the process for it has no purpose,
coming and going like the dew.)

The Secret World

Before I learned the mysteries of this world, I saw mountains as mountains, oceans as oceans, and earth as earth.
When I began to gain knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains,
oceans are not oceans, and earth is not earth.
But now that I have got its very substance,
I'm at rest.
Once again I see mountains as mountains, oceans as oceans, earth as earth.***
The secret world is truly not.
It's the world in front of us, above and beneath us, no more secret than the sun and moon in the sky.
Of course there are places and things concealed to most.
I lived once in a place I cannot return to.
Can't find again.
I've searched everywhere, but it's lost to me.
Many Masters have told me that I'll only find it once I stop searching for it, but how can I?
That's like asking a man blinded to stop looking for the sun. It's impossible.
I believe it has nothing to do with me searching for it or not.
When Miracle wants me back, it will have me back,
not before then.
So I keep searching, and one day, maybe,
that place will reveal itself to me once again.
(*** Here John extensively paraphrases 9th Cent. Chinese Zen master Qingyuan Weixin's statement popularly summarized as "first there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is". In Alan Watts' translation, 老僧三十年前未參 禪時、見山是山、見水是水、及至後 夾 親見知識、有箇入處、見山不是山、見水不是水、而今得箇體歇處、依然見山 秪 是 山、見水 秪 是水 reads: “Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters. ” (The time Weixin professes having spent to learn Zen deeply is the same duration of thirty years that Wolf tells the player he spent to learn his first spell.))

Idle Dialogue

Note: The following are not part of John Wolf's regular dialogue. Instead, these are are a collection of random but significant phrases he may sometimes say when the player is idle around him or running past.
John Wolf: I've been keeping my eye on you. Good work out there.
John Wolf: I've been keeping my eye on you. And I'm a bit concerned.
John Wolf: The Eight are watching.
John Wolf: Keep fighting the good fight.
John Wolf: Don't mind the dog, he's old and he never hurt anyone...pure of heart.
John Wolf: Remember: you stand united against darkness.
John Wolf: We've kept our eyes on you, and we'll be keeping our eyes on you.
John Wolf: One day, I might let you in on our secrets.
John Wolf: You have a long way to go, little one.
John Wolf: You have much to learn, young one.
John Wolf: The sun rises, the sun sets, I'm still here.

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