Name: Elias Smith
Race: Human, Caucasian
Age: 36 years old
Weight 190 lbs
Main Skills: Guns, Melee Weapons, Speech
Weapons: Trail carbine, .45 auto pistol, combat knife, Dead Horse war club, and .44 magnum revolver with heavy frame modification
Attire: Gecko-backed reinforced leather armor with a faded black cloak over it, and a Stormchaser hat; occasionally, he wears biker goggles and a breathing mask for when they are needed
Equipment: Personal journal, father’s Cross on a necklace, mother’s Bible, ammo, binoculars, canteen, bedroll, stimpaks, RadAway, bandages, lunchbox, and maps given to him by fellow New Canaanites
History: Elias was born in New Canaan, Utah, on December 25, 2270. His parents Atticus and Esther were New Canaanites who had already been peacefully living on the settlement for several years. Elias’ father was a doctor and his mother a merchant. In his early years, the young Elias was raised in a very hospitable and caring environment. He had experienced and known what a good, carefree life was without the fear of raiders, radiation, and other dangers of the world he was born into.
When Elias was still a young boy, a man by the name of Joshua Graham had reappeared in New Canaan in 2277. He knew stories about the man, explained to him by others in the town. He was also told to be cautious and mindful of the Burned Man. Despite what he was told, Elias found himself to be extremely interested and curious about Joshua Graham. Elias would regularly follow his father whenever he went to give treatments for the fellow Canaanite. He would often hide and listen to Mr. Graham speak about his past with the Legion and yearning for forgiveness. Hearing these things caused young Elias’ mind to be influenced in ways that a child was not meant to know.
In 2281, the White Legs, a tribe of savages, were given orders by Caesar to attack New Canaan and put a final end to Joshua Graham. In the aftermath, Graham lived but Atticus had died saving people from a burning building. A formal burial was held for the lives lost at New Canaan. Afterwards, the remaining New Canaanites continued to travel searching for a new place to settle, other than Graham and Daniel who went to Zion Canyon. Elias was changed by that incident. He grew distant, hardened, his childhood innocence faded.
For the years to follow, Elias found someone amongst the travelers who understood his pain and grief. Calvin, a former NCR ranger whose faith had been renewed and was now with the New Canaanites, took Elias under his wing and eventually became his stepfather. Calvin taught him skills in firearms as well as covert and guerilla tactics. Most importantly, Calvin taught Elias how to keep their people safe. The New Canaanites found refuge in Colorado for the most part until the raiders known as the 80s began to spread out taking more territory. The New Canaanites once again became displaced and now sought safety in Zion Canyon with Joshua Graham and his group. During the exodus, Calvin was amongst those who fell to the raiders. In his honor, Elias continued to carry Calvin’s trail carbine. When the New Canaanites reached the canyon, they were welcome with open arms.
Life was calm and peaceful once again for the New Canaanites who had established another settlement in Zion Canyon. However, Elias could not find serenity even though he was with his people. He didn’t like being the person he was and he felt that he was unable to change it. In the first few years there, Elias was alone for the most part, only usually seen in the company of his mother. In time, the young man discovered why his original home was completely decimated in the first place. The other New Canaanites were more forgiving but as for Elias, he blamed Graham for his father’s and stepfather’s deaths, the loss of his home, and the person he was now.
He came to the Burned Man in the middle of the night, planning on taking Graham’s life. Graham was much older now, but with fight still left in him. However, Graham did not attempt to fight back and instead just spoke to Elias. The Burned Man told him a story about what happened during his time in Zion Canyon, specifically how they settled the dispute with the White Legs. Graham’s tragic and merciful tale touched something in Elias, something he didn’t know still existed in him. Elias broke down, angry and disappointed at himself for allowing his humanity to be forgotten. His hatred for Graham immediately dissolved.
However, he wasn’t lost and soon found his path. Over the years, Elias sought to change the person he was, but still serve as a protector. He reflected on the man known as Joshua Graham and wanted to follow the example he was setting, yet at the same time lead a life that represented his people. Daniel, another New Canaanite that was also in Zion Canyon, began educating him in scripture and the way of a clergyman. Elias was happy and proud with his new lifestyle as was his mother. He continued his new line of work, even conducting his mother’s funeral after she passed away peacefully in her sleep. For years, Elias lived and faithfully served in Zion Canyon until he believed his services were needed elsewhere, either be it through his words or his actions. Elias felt something greater calling upon him. Elias left Zion Canyon with good intentions, and set out for the Mojave Wasteland.
Other: If people don’t know him by name, Elias is sometimes referred to as “Blackcoat” an old term meaning a clergyman.
By the way, "Sunset Sarsaparilla" lol.