The Father's Story
It was a hot humid day in the summer of 64, the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. The kids were off from school playing in the water trying to cool off, the fathers were at work and the mothers doing house chores. On this day though the mother of Donald Earl McArthur, Clair, was giving birth to Donald. Clair was only 19 years of age at this time and it was not acceptable by her local community to be with child outside of wedlock. Clair had to make the hardest sacrifice of her life on this day, the day she had to give up her beloved new born son Donald.
The Father will constantly attempt to subtly kill the player, giving off silent indications by slowly turning his head and staring at them with an eerie smile. The player can counter this by glancing or looking back at him, making him relent, but doing this raises the sketch meter, and they are unable to look at him any more after the sketch meter is filled. This forces them to either tuck and roll out of the car, or let The Father kill them. His attack animation is lashing out at the player, screaming at them, "YOU HERETIC!". The Father's homicide attempt rate can be kept at bay by giving him obsequious responses to his questions, and he is incapable of attacking when talking.
The Father is a middle-aged Caucasian male, balding with thick glasses, brown eyes, and a black short-sleeved attire. His role as a priest is confirmed by the clerical collar on his neck.
- (Greeting) "Good evening, child. What are you doing out there? Here, take a seat and let me give you a ride."
- (Player agrees to get in) "Yes, yes, please sit."
- (Player refuses to get in) "Very well. Godspeed to you, my child."
- "This is a dangerous place to be hitchhiking. What is a precious young thing such as yourself doing out there?"
A: 1: I can take care of myself."
- "Yes, I presume you can."
A: 2: It's a dangerous place to pick up hitchhikers, too."
- "I have the Lord to protect me."
A: 3: Why is it any of your business? Just shut and drive...Fucking creep."
- "I will pray for you."
A: 4: I am a lost sheep who is going through the burden of life.
- "The Lord has brought you to me for a reason, then, and we shall discover it."
- "Well, we have quite a ways ahead of us. May I ask: where is it that you are traveling to?"
A: 1: I have an important meeting in the morning I can't be late for."
- "Then I shall get you there before you are missed."
A: 2: I'm just running away from home, my life, everyone.
- "How perfect. Err, um, I mean, I would love to offer my home to you, child."
A: 3: I lost a bet, and this was the wager. Crazy, right?
A: 4: Home. Yourself?
- "I just needed to get away."
- "I can tell by the way you are dressed and present yourself, you have ones that love you. I was forsaken at birth by my mother and was raised by fathers who are no longer with us. What would your family say if they knew you were hitchhiking?"
A: 1: They probably would be happy I got picked up by you and not some creep.
- "Hmm, yes. To think someone else could've found you before I did."
A: 2: Don't bring my family into this. Sounds like your family is already fucked up enough.
A: 3: As long as I get home safe!
- "I'm sure they will miss...I mean that they do miss you."
A: 4: This isn't my first time!
- "How precocious. I like that..."
- "Funny how this world is, how God has set this path in front of me. You see, I have this...itch, this itch I can't control. I try to run away from it, but it just brings me to you. It reminds me of the story of the Scorpion and the Frog. Are you familiar with that?"
A; 1: I didn't realize that was from the Bible.
A: 2: Yeah, about the river? Doesn't the scorpion kill the frog at the end?
- "There's more to it than that, but yes."
A; 3: I don't think I know that one.
- "It's a beautiful parable about how it is difficult is it to act against one's nature."
A: 4: Yeah, I know the story. But what the fuck do you mean by "itch"? What are you implying here?
- "Nothing, child. Nothing."
- "I have made a vow with God to purge the heretics of this world. In exchange, he suppresses the itch, so it has come time to ask: are you a God-fearing woman?"
A: 1: I don't think that's any of your business, Father.
A: 2: I am.
A; 3: Yes, Father. I prayeth to the man Jesus! Amen!
- "Blasphemy. How dare you...."
A: 4: Not enough people are today.
- "Yes, how astute. They will be, once my work has finished..."
- "Now, what is the worst thing you have ever done?"
A: 1: What is this, a confessional? Leave me alone.
A: 2: I shoved six grams of coke up my ass and fucked your mother!
- "I never knew my mother but I know she died years ago. This... blasphemy you speak out of your dirty, little whore mouth will not go unnoticed."
A: 3: I've hurt people.
- "We all have, child. Let me take you into my flock..."
A: 4: What about you, Father? What have you done?
- "If you must know...I have killed, raped, and tortured many. Little boys are my passion, but I pray to God to forgive and cleanse me."
- "A person's faith can determine the outcome of their lives, as in the scripture of James 1:3. You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason, or is it just chaos?"
A: 1: I think that's incredibly unlikely, so I'm going with chaos.
- "And yet, I've asked God to give me a weary soul, and here you are."
A: 2: Sure. Some people win the lottery and some people die hungry.
- "He works in mysterious ways."
A: 3: Yes! He told me to get in the car of a creepy priest!
A: 4: My faith is unbreakable.
- "Then you are truly blessed."
- "And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. Will you be ready for his judgement?
A: 1: Yeah, I had a good word put in with him.
- "Really, now? Then you should have nothing to worry about."
A: 2: I'll have my shit together when the time comes, sure.
A: 3: Dude.. What the fuck are you talking about? You are fucked!
A:4: Whatever. As long as he doesn't check my browser history.
- "Oh, dear. It appears we are nearing the end of our journey together, child. I do wish we had more time together...."
- The Father follows the archetype of a child-molesting priest.
- Subtle banging and muffled screams can be heard emitting from The Father's trunk, foreshadowing his life as a kidnapper and serial killer.
- The noise of an unsheathing knife can also be heard, implying that The Father's method of killing is by stabbing his victims.
- It is unknown what he does to the player if they do not manage to survive, most likely raping or murdering them, which he mentions that he has done in the past.
- There is a Bible between the driver and passenger seats, emphasizing The Father's supposed religious faith.
- The Father constantly refers to the player as "child", suggesting that he views most of his victims with pedophilic intentions, based on his statements that he enjoys sexually abusing children.
- He speaks in a very low, light voice and overly predatory manner that puts the player on edge, constantly whispering or muttering throughout the car ride with different meanings and undertones behind his words.
- (contains spoilers for Welcome to the Game): The Father makes two cameo appearances in the 2016 Reflect Studios horror game Welcome to the Game. His website and voice can be read/heard on the website "Father Donald", and he can be seen driving down the highway to pick up Elora in the secret ending.