|Simon the Harrowed|
|Affiliation||The Healing Church|
|English Voice||Grant Gillespie|
Simon is a grizzled Healing Church Hunter, having seemingly been dragged into the Hunter's Nightmare, and can be found across multiple locations, explaining many things to the players as they reach him.
He appears to be quite an old veteran, one who seeks to end the nightmare he resides in, not for his sake only, but for all of those who have been taken there.
His eyes are always blindfolded, and he has his hand positioned in a way that makes it seem like Simon is trying to cover his sight further, perhaps a testament that he has seen far too many horrors in this hunter’s purgatory.
Simon is found in the Hunter's Nightmare and serves a purpose of giving insight to the player as to what it is and what happens within it.
Simon informs the player how the Nightmare is much like a place of damnation, where Blood-drunk Hunters wander aimlessly like slavering beasts. He quickly tells players to go back whence they came, unless the Hunter shows interest in Nightmares.
Upon showing interest in the Nightmare, Simon displays some contention with the player. He warns them that although secrets lie in wait, they are guarded by those who do not wish them to be unearthed. This serves as an allusion for when players finally contact Brador.
Upon defeating Ludwig, Simon will stand by his severed head, expressing his respect for him. Simon tells how Ludwig’s tragic outcome was not beffiting of one with such dedication and courage- truly showing how much Ludwig meant to him, and likely his peers. If the Hunter chooses not to slay his head, Simon will shoot his eye with an arrow from his weapon and gift the player "Ludwig's guiding moonlight", the Holy Moonlight Sword. He then explain that the Nightmare "sprouted from the Hunters' misdeeds" and reveals that he is tired of all the secrecy that surrounds it, wanting to expose it once and for all.
Later on, once players find and activate the lever at the center top of the Research Hall that lowers many of the staircases, Simon will appear near the Lamp. Here he merely comments on how terrible the true face of the Healing Church really is, in light of their abominable experiments on humans. He tells the player that the real secret is hidden away behind Maria, atop the Astral Clocktower.
Upon Maria’s defeat, players can find Simon one final time, lying on the floor inside the Lighthouse Hut. He will explain how he hears the bell and will reveal he was wounded by Brador, who had been pursuing him relentlessly. He says that the Fishing Hamlet is the true secret, and with his last words makes a final request to the player, begging him to put a stop to the Nightmare.
He dies with his last words of contempt on the unfair fate of him and his fellow hunters. His passing leaves behind the Underground Cell Inner Chamber Key, the means to unlock Brador's Cell.
Simon's questline is very straightforward and its only possible means of failure is if players decide to attack him at any given point.
Players will not lose anything should they decide to kill Simon, except for some insight on the lore of the Hunter's Nightmare, and the NPC's that inhabit it, as well as the overall story of The Healing Church. Conversely, the only advantage to killing Simon is to acquire Simon's Bowblade early on.
To complete his questline merely speak to him and answer his questions at two locations, near the shortcut within Hunter's Nightmare that leads back to the Lamp, and at the Research Hall Lamp.
If players choose to kill Simon for his weapon, then they should take care as he can be a formidable opponent, taking into consideration the player is likely at a lower level.
The best strategy to deal with him is quickly close in and use a fast weapon to stunlock him with two to three fast attacks then shoot him when he switches to sword mode for a visceral attack. Use the pillars in the area to block his arrows when needed to recover health. Since he's a quick opponent, it's best to use Hunter Blunderbuss or Ludwig's Rifle on him.
Alternatively, as with other AI-controlled hunters, he can be dealt with very easily if the players had Augur of Ebrietas. Simply close in, knock him down with it and repeat.
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- There is no reason to kill Simon, except to acquire Simon's Bowblade as early as possible, which can be useful for players that focus on Bloodtinge and Skill as an early, yet powerful weapon.
- His attire, the Harrowed Set, can be found in the area of the first Lamp within the Fishing Hamlet. Near the shortcut ladder that leads back to the lamp, there is a hidden opening on the left side, into a hut. Inside will be the full set.
- Simon's Harrowed Hood is an interesting item. It is worn by the Afflicted Beggar, perhaps symbolizing that he too was once a Church Hunter.
- His signature weapon, Simon's Bowblade, apparently earned him some scoff by his peers since the idea of hunting beasts with bows seemed ridiculous. However, due to the nature of his role as a church hunter, as per the description of any attire piece of his Harrowed Set, we know that being quiet was a most valuable quality.