b. October 24, 2048 (34 y/o)
Declan O'Day is a lead character in Epiphany. A former elementary school teacher, Declan found himself imprisoned shortly before The Plague spread globally. A decade later, he is serving as a leader and pastor for a group of survivors living at an abandoned airport. Typically calm, cool and collected with a wicked sense of humor, he is a strong ally to have in any high-stress situation. Serving as a mentor to a lot of the younger survivors, particularly PJ, Declan finds himself with renewed purpose in the face of the new world. He relates heavily to Gwen, another survivor who believes that in the face of such adversity and danger and horror in the world, quality of life has actually taken a dramatically positive turn. She challenges his strong faith and he welcomes the questions and the doubt that she poses to him because it, in his mind, will make him an even stronger believer. He follows the philosophy of 'the ends justify the means'; he is willing to take drastic measures to protect his people. Many of Declan's past inner demons come back to haunt him, threatening the peace he and Phoebe have crafted at their community.
Declan O’Day was a plain white tee kind of guy. Standing in contrast to PJ’s grubby long and curly sandy brown hair that was kept in a mop atop his head, Declan’s hair was clean cut and dark. He had seen a lot in his thirty-ish years of life. He didn’t let the hard times bring him down, though. He was almost always wearing a beaming grin, which helped support the youthful atmosphere he carried about him. Declan didn’t look like he weighed more than a hundred pounds soaking wet, and often touted around guns much bigger than most expected him to be able to handle. He hadn’t fallen over shooting any of them, at least not recently. He’d trained himself to be used to gripping the heavy weight of the weaponry that has become natural, a given, now. He taught some of the kids, like PJ, how to handle the heavy machinery too, because leaving home without your rifle was like leaving your house without your wallet, or keys. Unheard of, and completely foolish.
- The name 'Declan' is of Irish origin, and means "man of prayer" or "full of goodness".
- Declan is based on Declan O'Day, a main character from Eden Rising, of which Epiphany is a reimagining.
- He also takes elements of planned storylines that never came to fruition for Victor Vanbrooke, another main character from Eden Rising.