Inside the cliff dwellings, buried 6ft beneath the surface, is the resting body of Reverend Wilderness.
Reverend Wilderness was born Dmitri Mendeleeva in Verhnie Aremzyani village, near Tobolsk, to Ivan Pavlovich Mendeleev and Maria Dmitrievna Mendeleeva (née Kornilieva) in 1834 E.A.D. His grandfather was Pavel Maximovich Sokolov, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church from the Tver region. Ivan, along with his brothers and sisters, obtained new family names while attending the theological seminary.
Wilderness is thought to be the youngest of 14 siblings, but the exact number differs among sources. At the age of 13, after the passing of his father and the destruction of his mother's factory by fire, Wilderness attended the Gymnasium in Tobolsk.
In 1849, the now poor Mendeleev family relocated to Saint Petersburg, where he entered the Main Pedagogical Institute in 1850. After graduation, tuberculosis caused him to move to the Crimean Peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea in 1855. At the age of 21, Wilderness boarded The PCA Due Return after discovering the beached vessel and its crew struggling to get back to sea. It was after T.D. +22 that Dmitri Mendeleeva became Reverend Wilderness, bearing the name granted to him by Captain Glasikis III.
Between T.D. +22 and T.D. +29 Wilderness tirelessly worked on diagraming the human eye and modifying it to efficiently output photons, called the Beaming Nutrition Project. Wilderness experimented on local citizens as The PCA Due Return found residence in various times/spaces. The majority of Wilderness’ work centered around modifying nasolacrimal ducts to produce Photonic Epepheral that could be translated into transmittable light beams from the optic nerve. It is estimated that Wilderness modified over 26,000 nasolacrimal ducts between T.D. +22 and T.D. +29.
Near the end of T.D. +29, Reverend Wilderness met Richard O’Shea in Blarney Co., Ireland at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, a secondary school near the Celtic Sea. Wilderness met O’Shea soon after the 18-year old had won an International Award naming him Top Young Scientist of E.A.D. 2010. Wilderness and O’Shea conversed inside the school’s coffee shop, a conversation famously revisited by Thomas J. Renke in “Madness at Sea”. It was during this conversation where Wilderness explained the nature of The PCA Due Return and eventually convinced O’Shea to join him as his protege on the dimensional voyage. O’Shea’s extensive knowledge of low-emission cooking devices complimented Wilderness’ expertise with photon production, and together their experiments with the human eye made great strides.
On board of The Due Return, Captain Reingold gave Richard O’Shea the name Wilderness Banks, as a symbolic display of his mentorship.
The research Reverend Wilderness and Wilderness Banks dedicated themselves to would not be fully realized until T.D. +30, an era known amongst Due Return crew as The Belly of The Machine, where only mechanical lubricants and converting fuels combined with an absolute darkness to create a seemingly impossible ecological environment. 13 of the 18 crew members at the time had undergone modified nasolacrimal duct surgery conducted by Wilderness and Banks, and those 13 crew members produced nearly 75,000 GeV over the course of 7 years (Earth Time) inside The Belly. The light output first acted as a source of sight, giving Captain ________ the opportunity to dissect ship’s surroundings. But more importantly, within one week (E.T.), the photonic production was able to coexist with The Belly’s vegetable oils and hydrogen fuels to create an ecological system capable of growing edible sources of energy known as Flog. Flog was The Due Return’s only source of food for 7 years (E.T.), a notoriously grotesque substance that was later capable of taste injection via Wilderness Banks’ quirky flavour-dash application.
Reverend Wilderness passed away within days (E.T.) of landing inside T.D. +31. His death occurred in what is now known as the cliffs. The research Reverend Wilderness conducted as part of Beaming Nutrition, and the field of Human Eye Modification that he invented, remains one of the most integral parts of PCA Due Return’s continued survival.