Paul des Hommes
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|Paul des Hommes
- "Times are tight."
- — Paul sums up the state of he and Greta's business dealings to Dahlia.
By at least January of 2558, both Paul des Hommes and Greta had established themselves as accomplished traders who made journeys between Suraka, Rak, and Masov Oasis. They regularly did business with both human and Sangheili patrons. They were a focal point of commerce in Masov Oasis, and for this reason, the higher-ups in the Surakan government would often speak with them about how things were going there. The government officials in Suraka tended to see the Sangheili-human cooperation at the oasis as a sign of progress being made between the two species. During this time, Greta and Paul also fed information to the Carrow militia specifically. By around April of 2558, things started to change. Greta was counseled by Sangheili to stay away from Rak, as a change in governance had come to the city and it was no longer safe for humans. Business in Masov also began to die down.
Capture and rescue
- "No one dead until yesterday. Until then, I thought it was just Sangheili getting hot under the collar."
- — Paul remarks on the killing of Stanley.
On one night in July of 2558, Sangheili at Masov Oasis loyal to Thars burst into the humans' trading depot there to round up Paul, Greta, and Stanley, who tried to fight back and was killed for it. Paul and Greta were taken to a smooth, dome-shaped house toward the center of the oasis being used as a detention building. They were thrown into a cell and left there. The next day, a teenage girl named Dahlia from Sandholm was also taken in the oasis and place in the cell with them. She had come to the settlement with the intent of seeking help for people in her village stricken with a hemorrhagic viral infection. Soon after introductions and some talk about their current predicament, explosions and gunfire was heard from the street. Outside, Thars' followers were killing fellow Sangheili with human ordnance to make it look as if humans had done the work. Two Sangheili came to the cell to collect the prisoners and were escorting them outside when suddenly, Jat, another Sangheili, attacked and freed the three of them. With Jat's help, the three made it away from the building without incident. Paul and Greta offered for Dahlia to come with them, as they had transportation. However, Dahlia chose to stay with Jat. Paul and Greta wished her luck and made their way to the trading depot, where they made contact with the Carrow militia. The militia arranged to pick them up out in the desert in a Pelican. At some point after climbing aboard, smoke was sighted from a fight between Thars' followers and the odd pairing of Jat and Dahlia. The Pelican moved in to engage the Sangheili and successfully saved Dahlia. Jat, however, was killed by a militiaman. Paul and Greta both tried to talk to Dahlia, stricken with grief, as she was taken aboard the dropship.
Personality and traits
- "Hell of a new pet, kid. Good luck."
- — Paul to Dahlia upon their departure after being rescued by Jat.
Paul has deeply wrinkled and sunburnt skin. His face is crinkled and weathered with a wispy, reddish beard. He is very close to Greta.
Paul's full name translates in French to "Paul of men" or "Paul from men".