Exactly. But we would be looking for someone who's voice sounds right. Something like a deep southern voice. But thats just a thought.
A Southern Baptist remnant, akin to the Mormon remnant in Zion? If that's the case you may want to add a back story/quest that explains his travels to the west (perhaps a wrong that must be righted) and would earn his loyalty as a companion (ie his companion quest, they all seem to have them).
And like ya said Bad ass priests are in a lot of westerns and games. Furthermore I think that it would add some reasons to question your actions in the game. Like i have a few ideas for dialogue for him. E.g:
You may want to make that more of dual character. So that most of the time he is like that, but if he sees innocents killed, tortured etc. he brings the riotous fury. You'v probably heard the term in re: to baptist being "hellfire and brimstone preachers"?
A practical way to demonstrate that would be combat barks that are more old testament/aggressive. Smiting with gods hand, back to the hellfires from whence you came etc etc.
It might also be good to have a secondary, unspoken story line dynamic, where the preacher sees himself as the players shepherd, guiding a man (or woman if the courier is female) of greatness on a riotous path so that he doesn't fall under the sway of darkness and become a scourge of the land. After all hero's stand much taller and fall much harder when they topple.
Another personality/story line hook could regard technology. The world was brought low by the hand of man, specifically technology, so he may preach against the advanced tech (especially advance weapons like nukes, FEV virus, etc. Anything that to him would seem like playing god.
There's another sub plot that ties into the above, and that would regard mutants. Are they woebegone victims of man's folly or does he see them as tied into the end times prophecy. If the latter he may interpret them as Satan's fallen angels (revelations after the war in Heaven), which would fit something like supermutants to some degree as well as Elohim (the offspring of angels and mankind) An aspect that could be used to soften this approach is that some believe (can't recall who at the moment) that even fallen angels can eventually be saved.
To have the above work, you'd have to have him believe he is in the end times timeline, well after the rapture, but before the return of the messiah on earth. As such he'd see it as his mission to redeem the souls still left that were not raptured a sort of last chance.
Priest: What will you do when you find the man who shot you? Killing him wont solve anything. It will only give you a moment of satisfaction. Vengence is not the way My boy.
Sure that's a good one, another might be "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, and we already tread a land of darkness"
God forgive me.
God have mercy on your soul.
The lord will judge you.
it might be possible to do a simple condition with a (albeit large) form list so that he can have the fire and brimstone combat barks reserved for those he deems the worst and the combat barks you list above for when he must kill and regrets having to take the life of.
Mind if I wait outside? This place makes me uncomfortable.
Sounds good, another might be "Gomorrha like it's namesake, is truly the belly of the beast"
What ya think?
Well I'v done full companion's (dialog quests the whole shebang), it's a pain, but if it's a good character it would be worth the work.
Still need to work on the nun though.