I really wanna talk about this screenshot courtesy of this blog:
For some background for anyone who hasn’t found this location, this is the Ranger Cabin located just south of Vault 111. In this cabin you find the remains of a young girl, a suitcase, and a holotape. Here’s the transcript of this holotape:
October 22, 2077. I finally told them tonight, and it was bad. Real bad. Dad was shouting, telling me I should be ashamed, that I had to get out of the house. Mom just cried, and somehow that hurt worse than anything else. She didn’t say a word, not even when I packed my things. I can’t go to John– he doesn’t even know yet. Maybe he’ll never know. If it weren’t for the cabin I wouldn’t have a place to sleep. Just need some time to think. Last time I was here, I was just a little girl playing clubhouse in this old cabin. Now I’m really scared. Will anything ever be right again?
What I took from this was that this girl got pregnant and was shunned by her family for it. They kicked her out and made it clear that she wasn’t welcome home anymore. She comes to this abandoned cabin for someplace to sleep and gather thoughts. The very next day, on October 23, 2077, the bombs fell and she died, probably asleep from how she’s curled up on the mattress.
Now, Danses comment. “Rest well, little one.” That hit me hard. There are two reasons why I love this comment and for me it added so much more depth to Danse as a character. Here is a man that has either just been booted from the only home he’s ever known (or will be very soon, depending on when you stumble upon the cabin) for being something that wasn’t considered human. The Brotherhood was willing to kill Danse, their prized paladin that everyone on the Prydwen loved, because he was a synth. That hurts. And do you see where I’m going with that? This girl’s parents kicked her out of the house (while the country was in the middle of total war) because she got pregnant too young/with someone they didn’t approve of. She’s scared, she’s alone, and everything she’s ever known has been ripped from her. She no longer has a sure home, or people to go to that will help her and love her unconditionally. Just. Like. Danse.
I also want to point out how gently he refers to her, as a little one. She was just a little girl. She made a mistake and paid the ultimate price. She was probably feeling confused and angry, and essentially all the feelings Danse felt when he retreated to the bunker to hide from the Brotherhood. Danse saw this girl and not only saw himself, but saw someone who was barely a foot into adulthood with the world on their shoulders. Not only was there herself to look after, but her baby too.
In conclusion I am so glad this little sentence made it into the game. It’s one of those tiny, tiny details that adds so much to Danse. I really love him and I believe anyone that gives him a chance will love him too. He’s a really gorgeously crafted character.