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"What the fuck, Crane! I'm no leader! I'm a goddamn parkour instructor!"
Harris Brecken

Harris Brecken is a major character that appears in Dying Light and the deuteragonist in the full game.


Brecken is an ex-Parkour instructor who came to Harran with nothing but "Business Cards" in his pocket. But as told by Rahim, he set up the Tower with a group of runners as a Safe Haven during the outbreak. Prior to the mission Airdrop, he went after a night drop with his runners, lost all to Biters and then got beaten savagely by Rais's men. A side quest called Mother's Day is Crane finding anti-seizure drugs for Brecken.

He is the Tower's leader, the Courtyard's Spike and Dr. Zere both affiliated with him. He has strong beliefs and strength which people look up to. He was last seen on The Pit of the main storyline. From then, you cannot find him in the tower or on any side missions, only sound emissions on side missions can you hear Brecken.

In the "Run Boy Run" trailer, you can see Brecken running for an airdrop, and when he finally gets to it, he gets hit in the back of the head by an unknown person with a bat. That later on tells us how he got his head injuries during the main storyline.


Brecken wears a yellow t-shirt with slightly tiny rips in the chest and shoulder area along with brown cargo pants and light brown boots.

In the "Run Boy Run" trailer, Brecken wears the same t-shirt but with what appears to be white bandages around his arm and hand, brown cargo pants, and black running sneakers.


Show: Airdrop

Lena: "For God's sake, you can't even walk straight! We need you alive, you idiot!"
Jade: "(To crane) Okay, we're going in. Act confident. Brecken. Lena."
Lena: "Maybe you can get through to him!"
Brecken: "Jade. Who's your friend?"
Crane: "Kyle Crane."
Jade: "Look, Brecken, the last thing we need is for you to go back out there. We can figure out another way. Without jeopardizing you. Right, Crane?"
Crane: "I'll go. I'll do it."
Jade: "Right! Yes! Crane will go. He'll be happy to."
Brecken: "Jesus. No offense, friend, but you're as green as grass. You can't just-"
Jade: "Crane will manage. He'll start in the right spot. And Lena's right: you need to be here, taking care of the Tower. Convincing them the world's not over yet."
Brecken: "Ah, hell. Maybe... one more try before we go to Rais. Yeah... okay. Fine. Good luck... Crane. Jade. A moment?"
Jade: "(To Crane) Head for the Cauldron. I'll be in touch shortly."

Upon returning from the aidrop run:

Runner: "Brecken, come on... I mean, we need Antizin, I know, but buying from Rais? You can't be serious..."
Jade: "For God's sake, I'll go. I'm not scared."
Brecken: "Absolutely not. We've discussed that already."
Jade: "We didn't discuss it. You just decided that I-"
Crane: "I'll go."
Jade: "Are you serious?"
Crane: "Well... this Rais guy has never seen my face before. Clean slate. Right?"
Brecken: "Could you guys give Crane and me the room, please? (Once the room is empty) You're sure you're up for this?"
Crane: "Has to be done, doesn't it?"
Brecken: "Well, I'm not gonna argue. Rais's place is over here. Just... find out what this'll cost us, and come back in one piece."

Show: Pact with Rais

Brecken: "Crane. How you doing, mate?"
Crane: "I'm running errands for Rais. He wields a lot of power. Scares a lot of people."
Brecken: "Damn right, he does. Listen, mate, time's getting short. We're almost out of Antizin, and much as I hate to admit it, I'm getting worried."
Crane: "I'm doing the best I can out here, Brecken."
Brecken: "I know. I know. I understand. I just want you to be aware of the stakes."
Crane: "I'm infected too, remember? Believe me, I'm motivated."
Brecken: "All right... all right. Here's hoping you can make it back to the Tower soon."

After extorting the ferry station:

Brecken: "Crane! Crane, do you copy?"
Crane: "I copy. What's wrong?"
Brecken: "Someone's turned on the 18th floor! We're doing our best to containt the situation, but... I can't sugar-coat this, Crane. We need Antizin right FUCKING now."
Crane: "Rais has promised me two crates, Brecken. Two crates. I'm doing this as fast as I can, I swear."
Brecken: "Just... God. Just hurry. Please."

Upon returning at the Tower and delivering the Antizin:

Brecken: "(Watches a static TV) This is where we get the announcements about the Antizin drops. And they've just... stopped. There were KIDS in there. I... I froze. Lena had to step up... Maybe she should be in charge. What the fuck, Crane, I'm no leader! I'm a goddamn parkour instructor!"
Crane: "So-all the free running. That was you? Brecken, you showed these people how to survive."
Brecken: "You know what my pockets were full of when I showed up in Harran? Fucking business cards. I was hoping to drum up some more students. Maybe get enough so I could save up and buy a house, instead of that poxy little flat I've been renting. Listen... I'm going to go talk to Rais myself."
Crane: "Whoa, whoa, whoa, hang on a minute. Brecken, these people still need you. Just give me some time, all right? There's got to be another way. A better way."
Brecken: "... Fine. I'll wait. But no (Do NOT change this to "not", this misspelled word is how it appears ingame) for long."
Crane: "(Upon leaving) Finally, I get to do some actual good!"

Show: Siblings

Crane: "Brecken! Brecken, do you copy?"
Brecken: "Yeah, I copy. What is it?"
Crane: "I'm on my way to get Rahim."
Brecken: "Rahim? He's here in the Tower."
Crane: "No, he's not. He and Omar went to blow that nest, and now they're in trouble."
Brecken: "THEY WHAT?! Fuck! Where'd they get the explosives?"
Crane: "I... look, I stole them from Rais."
Brecken: "Oh, Jesus H. CHRIST."
Crane: "I'm close. I'll get him to safety, Brecken."
Brecken: "You damn well better. You save him, you hear me? You save him, so I can kick his fucking ass... Does Jade know about this?"
Crane: "No, she doesn't."
Brecken: "Well for God's sake, don't tell her. She'll go out looking for him and I don't need her getting herself killed too. GODDAMN IT! -"

After checking the overpass:

Crane: "Brecken! It's me. I found Omar's body on the overpass. No trace of Rahim."
Brecken: "Shit... Any idea where he'd go?"
Crane: "I told him to hide in the train yard."
Brecken: "You find him! You hear me? That little bastard better be alive..."

After Rahim is killed:

Brecken: "Crane! Do you copy? What's going on?"
Crane: "Brecken... Rahim... Rahim's dead."
Brecken: "Fuck!... Get back here. And don't say a word to Jade. Not yet."

Back in the Tower:

Crane: "Brecken?"
Brecken: "How did he die?"
Crane: "I... I had to kill him. It was to late. He turned. I had no choice, I swear. Look, he was my friend too. He was the best one I had here."
Brecken: "I know. I know... He frustrated the shit out of me sometimes, but I loved him like he was my own kin. Another dead friend. Another dead brother..."
Crane: "I trusted him. I trusted him with those explosives... God, maybe if I didn't leave him there... he would still be alive. (Jade walks in) Oh, no... Jade-"
Brecken: "Jade. Wait!"
Crane: "Jade - God DAMN it!"
Brecken: "Just - just give her time. She needs to grieve. (Explosion) Zere! SHIT! Get down there! We can't let them take him!"

Show: The Pit

Crane: "Brecken, Zere's been kidnapped. His trailer's on fire."
Brecken: "God damn it! You see what happens when you fuck with Rais? You should never have hit that school! Some of our people spotted a big knot of bandits heading back to Rais's Garrison. That's got to be where they took Zere. You go there and you find him and you bring him back alive. You hear me?"

Upon arriving at Rais's Garrison:

Crane: "Brecken? The Garrison's shut down... The doors are sealed off... I don't think I can get in."
Brecken: "Find another way in, then. Check the back. But don't take any stupid chances. Those bastards'll rip you apart if they get the opportunity."

Upon climbing the building:

Crane: "Okay - found an entrance. Can't say it was easy, though. I'm going in."
Brecken: "Just keep your eyes open. Good luck in there."

After checking the Garrison:

Crane: "Brecken, I couldn't find Zere inside. The building looks empty, though."
Brecken: "There's an underground level... Maybe he's down there."

At the Ferry Station:

Crane: "(Checks his watch) Shit!"
Brecken: "You alright?"
Crane: "Where am I?"
Brecken: "I had to hide you at the pier. Jalf of Rais's men are after you. Whatever you've done, it's really put them on the warpath."
Crane: "I have to talk to Jade. Zere gave her his research..."
Brecken: "She took it to Camden-or she tried to. Camden radioed that Rais's thugs had found his lab, so he flooded it with biters and barricaded himself in the middle. Now, he's trapped. Then the connection failed. We haven't been able to raise him since."
Crane: "I'm going after her. How was she getting in? That part of town is sealed off."
Brecken: "There's a group called "The Saviors" that smuggles people through. They have a den at Nico's Bar in the cauldron, near the highway. The contact's name is Cenk."
Crane: "Do you have enough runners to cover air drops?"
Brecken: "The air drops stopped 36 hours ago. There won't be any more. We're out of time, Crane."
Crane: "Shit... all right. I don't know if I can fix this, but I'm sure as hell going to try."
Brecken: "You know, most men in your situation would crawl in a hole and hide. Hatts off to you, mate. And good luck."

Show: The Saviors

Brecken: "Crane? One more thing, mate. Do you remember that girl from Sector 0? Troy..."
Crane: "Yeah... she called to thank me after I get the antenna towers working."
Brecken: "You should contact her when you get there."
Crane: "Yes, that's a good idea. Thanks, Brecken."
Brecken: "Right... you take care!"

Upon escaping the sewers:

Crane: "Brecken, do you copy? Crane here."
Brecken: "What's going on, mate?"
Crane: "Tell everyone to stay away from the Saviors. They sold me out to Rais. I barely made it out alive."
Brecken: "Shit. I hope you're okay. Be sure to contact Troy, when you get to Sector 0. She's the only friendly face you have over there."
Crane: "Got it! Will do! Keep your fingers crossed for me."


  • "Attention everyone. This is Brecken. If anyone sees Dawud, get him back to the Tower ASAP! He's got a gun, I repeat: he's got a GUN. He winged a guard on his way out." – During Gunslinger, after going to Dawud's workshop.



  • Brecken appears in the Dying Light "Run Boy Run" trailer and shows exactly how he received his head injuries.[1]
  • He was originally supposed to be a playable character (along side Kyle Crane and Rahim Aldemir), but it was changed last minute.