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Dedan is the Guardian of Zone 1. He is notable for his nasty temperament, and seems to be constantly enraged. He interacts with cruelty towards various beings, including his own working staff.

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Appearance

Most noticeable characteristic Dedan possesses is his teeth, which take up the majority of his face. He seems to be a relatively humanoid-looking monster with grotesque features added onto him. A gaping hole is formed between his upper and lower jaw, and his head appears more like that of an inanimate animal skeleton than a human. His hands are another noticeable difference from humans given the elongated, frail appearance of his fingers. There is a small white dot in this hole on his battle sprite's head as well. Though possibly a singular eye, this dot does not appear to be present on his talk sprite (this may be, however, simply because Dedan keeps his eye closed much of the time).

Tall and with long arms, his body looks inherently imposing. In terms of his outfit, Dedan wears a trench-coat, pants, and boots, although he does not wear a shirt. All of this bears a strong superficial resemblance to a military uniform, as befitting a leader of a large and important area, but is worn in a very shabby manner. This may be related to his disinterest in many aspects of his position, as he does not appear to particularly even enjoy his work even though he rules with an "iron fist".

Personality

The First Guardian, Dedan, was filled with anger. Thanks to his strong determination and his body made out of steel, he ruled his Zone with an iron fist.

- Page in Zone 2's massive library, Bismark

Dedan has no patience for ineptitude and has a terrible demeanor. He is not only disdainful, but vicious towards the Elsen in his Zone for their inability to handle spectres on their own. Dedan acts similarly towards The Batter, even after The Batter helped Elsen by purifying the spectres, and he remains in a foul mood until his death.

Plot

Dedan is the Queen's inspector. His task consists of eliminating the phantoms that haunt zone 1 (the land to which he is linked). His constant bad mood makes him a predictable, but not necessarily pleasant fellow. You have got to understand him, though, his zone would be perfect if it wasn't for all these accursed "apathetic idiots" that pollute the landscapes.

- Dedan's section in the "others 02" image (translated), located in the "Sketches" folder on the official OFF website.

Dedan is introduced early in the game as a supervisor and administrative figure associated with The Queen. Even the Elsen in his own land, Zone 1, greatly fear him, despite the importance of what he and them do in producing goods for other Zones. He allows the spectres to run rampant and terrorize the vulnerable Elsen in their workplaces, having little interest in making efforts to help them.

Dedan is a supervisor working with the Queen. As Guardian of Zone 1, he is the first boss that the Batter must face. He is first met in the barns of Pentel, where he is angrily shouting at an Elsen for getting in his way. He is then met personally in the office of Shachihata, where he is fighting the spectres that are infiltrating his building. He believes that the Batter is the "chief of spectres" and warns him to leave, saying "If I see you again... you're dead". He then teleports away to Alma (possibly through the use of his Zodiac Card). After encountering him again in his secret office, where he is even more aggressive, he will call the Batter "insane" and engage him in combat. After he is defeated, he is in denial that he has lost and is then purified by the Batter; thus purifying the Zone. Later, in Zone 2, a short description of how Dedan became a Guardian is found in a page in the massive library of Bismark.

Once the Batter gains access to The Room, he is able to visit beings that are altered versions of previous bosses. One of them, titled "The Tall Mister", is a counterpart of Dedan. Other beings in the area include "The Bird" and "The Big Mister", which bear resemblance to Japhet and Enoch respectively. The Tall Mister is an entity which appears to be a time-skipped version of Dedan before he became a Guardian. The Tall Mister's personality traits are the opposite of Dedan's, as he is observed to have a compassionate and sedate manner. The alternate Dedan has a particular interest in dates and times, commenting about this to the Batter, which could point to the Tall Mister having been an organized and prompt leader before his personality deteriorated.

Dedan sees the Batter as a particularly aggressive specter, calling him a "sick spirit". It is unclear if Dedan has any awareness of The Player or of the overall nature of the Batter's purification mission.

In Battle

Early in the game, Dedan is a force to be reckoned with. He has more health and defense than any other specter/Burnt encountered beforehand. The damage he deals alone is dangerously high and his "Hour Hand" competence can cripple your party if left alone. It is important to heal up regularly when fighting Dedan, as well as to make sure you have items to counter the status effects that Dedan can inflict upon a member. Dedan also passively summons speech bubbles that only attack manually, and with little force.

Competences

Dedan's competences are named after clockwork. This may be referring to his house where a broken clock can be found. The song that plays in the Mail Office of Shachihata is also called "Clockwork".

Name Description CP Rate
Minute Hand Attack of mediocre impact 5 100%
Hour Hand Inflicts Sleep status effect on targeted member. 10 75%
Sweep Hand Inflicts Furious status on targeted member, low impact. 5 75%

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Trivia

  • As with most other characters, Dedan's name is biblical and means "low ground". This can be a reference to his ultimate personality, as terms such as "low" and "lowdown" often are applied to people who behave in angry and cruel ways.
  • The word "Dedan" is additionally similar to the French words "des dents", which mean "the teeth". This coincides with his physical depiction.
    • Dedan's name in English shares a close similarity with the term "deaden" as well.
  • The speech bubbles that Dedan spawns has the Chinese symbol "笑" (Xiào) on it, which means laugh.
  • When encountering Dedan in his house hidden in Alma, he says he'll wipe The Batter's smile from his face, although we see him as a stoic, and non-emotional character.
    • Something interesting is that Dedan looks rather similar to The Batter's monstrous form that he takes on during The Judge ending. Both have elongated teeth and and have their eye-socket(s) connected to their jaw. Considering that this "form" the Batter takes is merely due to the fact that we now view him as a monster and nothing more, it is possible that Dedan says these words because he views The Batter as the malicious "chief of specters" and as a menace. Due to their visual similarities, it may even be possible that the terrifying form we see Dedan in may only be because we view him as a villain.
    • Dedan's competence "Sweep Hand" seems to fit the clockwork motif much better in the French version. There, the attack is referred to as "troteuse", a slight modification to the word "trotteuse". A word that commonly refers to the second hand in clocks. "trot" is also a word that refers to galloping of a horse in French so it could also be referred to as "running hand" or "charging hand". Which would explain why the English translation refers to it as "Sweep Hand".
  • When seen in the Room, Dedan takes an interest in pedalos found all across OFF's world, and also adopts a more calm, level-headed demeanor.
  • According to Mortis Ghost, Dedan might be a mutant[1].
  • The design of Papyrus from the game Undertale was based off on Dedan.[2]

References

  1. http://comments.deviantart.com/4/3470838/3082657465
  2. (apparently) the genesis of papyrus - Toby Fox, Twitter

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