Let me tell you a story. When I was a boy, a man came through the valley with one of the caravans. The man explained that he went from place to place and sang for people, who gave him food and shelter and care in return. I couldn't believe there was a place where on this world where a man could do that. I promised myself then that one day I'd explore that world myself.”— Follows-Chalk
|Side quest: Civilized Man's Burden|
|Talk to Follows-Chalk about his desire to see civilization.|
|Tell Follows-Chalk to explore civilization.||Tell Follows-Chalk to stay with his tribe.|
|Reward: Variable Experience Points|
After beginning the quest Deliverer of Sorrows, a new dialogue option opens up with Follows-Chalk regarding his interest in seeing civilization. If asked, Follows-Chalk says that one day a "man with a big mustache and guitar" came to the Dead Horses camp. If the quest Talent Pool has been completed, the Courier can remark that they know that man, the Lonesome Drifter, and that they got him a job, thus confirming his identity. Follows-Chalk goes on to say that he was intrigued by the man's professed occupation; traveling the wasteland as a wandering entertainer, being paid simply to make music.
Follows-Chalk then confesses that he is afraid to ask Joshua Graham for advice about whether or not he should see civilization for himself, and asks the Courier to speak with Joshua on his behalf. When asked, Joshua states that he does not wish to interfere further in Follows-Chalk's decisions, leaving it to the Courier to provide guidance one way or the other. The Courier can then either lie to Follows-Chalk about what Joshua said, or tell the truth and provide their own opinion of whether Follows-Chalk should stay in Zion for his family's sake, or see more of the world. Regardless of using the lie or truth Speech options, the outcomes are the same for Follows-Chalk based on the implied "go" or "stay" option given.
If Follows-Chalk is advised to explore civilization, his ending involves returning to Dead Horse Point, and then quarreling with his family and other tribe members about his ambitions. "One morning, they awoke to discover that Follows-Chalk had set off alone, westward, into the wilderness. He was never seen again."
If Follows-Chalk stays with his tribe, his ending involves his life after remaining in Zion. "Though he sometimes dreamed of distant lands, he continued to support his family at Dead Horse Point, and eventually his wanderlust faded."
- The quest can be completed any time before the Gathering Storms quest is completed, whether or not Follows-Chalk is in the party. If he is not, simply speak to him at Dead Horses camp to initiate the quest.
- If this quest is not completed, Follows-Chalk will not be mentioned in the end scenes.
- No matter what choice is made, Chalk's headdress is always rewarded upon completion of the add-on.
Behind the scenesEdit
The name of this quest references Rudyard Kipling's poem "The White Man's Burden", which has been interpreted in different ways: one is that the poem laments the slippery slope of imperial colonialism and was critical of British colonization; another suggests that the citizens of these colonies were not sufficiently grateful for the benefits of British imperialism.