|Simon the Harrowed|
|Status||Deceased upon reaching the Lighthouse Hut|
|Location||Hunter's Nightmare / Research Hall / Lighthouse Hut|
|Voiced By||Grant Gillespie|
Simon is a grizzled Healing Church Hunter, apparently been taken 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 and one who seeks to end the nightmare he resides, not for his sake only, but for all of those who have been taken.
His eyes are always blindfolded and his hand is as if Simon himself is trying to cover his sight further, perhaps a testament that he has seen far too many horrors in this purgatory land.
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.
He explains the player how the Nightmare is much like a place of damnation, where Blood-drunk Hunters get carried into (perhaps via Amygdala) and 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, but warning them that though secrets lie in wait, they are kept secret by those who do wish them to be unearthed, this serves as an allusion for when players finally contact Brador, Church Assassin.
Upon defeating Ludwig, Simon will express his respect for him, by his severed head, how his 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 did not slay his head, Simon will shoot his eye with an arrow from his weapon and gift the player's "Ludwig's guiding moonlight", the Holy Moonlight Sword. He then explains 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 with their experimentations of 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 the "Beast Hide Assassin" who has been pursuing him unrelentlessly (Brador has been invading him non-stop as he will the player as well). He says that the Fishing Hamlet is "the true secret, Testament to the old sins" which "feeds" the Hunter's Nightmare. Simon's final request to the player is to put a stop to the Nightmare.
He dies with his last words of contempt of his unfair fate, how it is terrible that "we" must "bear their forefathers' sin". Leaving 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. Conversely, the only advantage to killing Simon is to acquire the Simon's Bowblade early on.
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.
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- There is no reason to kill Simon, except to acquire the Simon's Bowblade as early as possible. Which technically 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.
- Healing him with a Choir Bell at the end of his questline will kill him instead.
- Simon's Harrowed Hood is an interesting item in of itself. It is worn by the Afflicted Beggar, perhaps simbolizing how he too was once a Church Hunter. It also, likely, inspired the "Old Sage's Blindfold" in Dark Souls 3.