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"It's not that I don't believe you, Zoë. It's just that I know how powerful the Dreamer is. It can make anything seem real."
―Damien Cavanaugh[src]

A programmer at WATI who, along with Rio Kuroki, was trying to expose Project Alchera. Damien was working on DreamNet when he discovered there was a glitch in the system, and was ordered to fix it by WATI officials. However, when he started tracing the origin of the system error, Damien discovered the dark secret behind Alchera - that the Dreamer Consoles would be used to read the minds of users and implant thoughts in return, effectively brainwashing whomever used one.

Dreamfall Edit

Damien and Rio contacted 'Jericho' - the codename of investigative journalist Reza Temiz - in an effort to get the story out. Rio travelled to Casablanca to meet him, while Damien stayed behind to continue work on the problem. Zoë Castillo infiltrated WATI in her search for Reza and met Damien, who was shocked and saddened to hear of Rio's death. He agreed to help Zoë, and came up with a plan to trace the interference affecting Eingana by implanting a Data Worm into the computer. Damien helped from his computer with security overrides while Zoë did the legwork.

When Zoë finally escaped the WATI headquarters, Damien offered to let her stay at his apartment while the information from the Data Worm downloaded and decrypted. Zoë recounted her entire journey to him including her stay in Arcadia, which explains how Helena Chang, who had bugged Zoë, knew most of what had happened to her. While there was a degree of romantic tension between him and Zoë, they set it aside to concentrate on the situation at hand. Damien was initially against Zoë's decision to use the Dreamer console again, but finally agreed to help her. He promised - a promise once exchanged between Zoë and Reza - that he would be there when she woke up, but he was forced to leave while Zoë was unconscious. However, he left a message telling her that he had traced the interference to Saint Petersburg, and asking her not to worry. His whereabouts at the end of the game are unknown.

Like most WATI employees, Damien lives in WATI City, Hokkaido, and has a comfortable Japanese-style apartment - like the Castillos, he appears to live on take-out rather than clean his kitchen. He has an Irish accent, and so he is likely a native of that country. Damien is a moral person who is prepared to take risks to expose WATI. There is a suggestion that he and Rio were close friends, if not actually dating, but his attraction to Zoë is obvious. However, he is just one man - if he made any further attempts to stop WATI from releasing the Dreamer console without Zoë, they were unsuccessful.

Dreamfall Chapters Edit

Damien's betrayal of WATIcorp is discovered and he becomes the target of a conspiracy, accused of injecting the virus to use DreamNet for mind control, and though he is listed as death from suicide, it is implied that he was tracked and killed by WATIcorp for his treachery. It is said that he wrote a letter of confession before his death, but this was likely fabricated.

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