The Mercies of Knowledge is a Stranger Mission Strand (Side Questline) in Red Dead Redemption 2. This Walkthrough shows how to complete these Stranger Missions in RDR2.
Quest Giver: Prof. Andrew Bell III
Region: Northern Saint Denis
Requirements: having finished The Joys of Civilization (early Chapter 4)
The Mercies of Knowledge Starting Location
In the northern outskirts of Saint Denis, Arthur can find a stranger in early Chapter 4. He introduces himself as a professor and asks us if we could get him a whole lot of moonshine. Not for personal consumption, but for scientific purposes, rest assured.
A good contact for all things concerning transportation would be Alden, the Train Station Clerk in Rhodes, who we met a while ago. Travel to him and ask him for a clue for a big moonshine delivery. Of course, he has a hot tip.
A transport of moonshine will head into Saint Denis from the North – time to intercept it, before it reaches the city. Once you pass the wooden bridge, the cart will arrive a few seconds later. There are two people on it and two more riders guarding it. Nothing a good Dead-Eye-Sequence can’t handle. Once you’ve taken out all the guards (there shouldn’t be any potential witnesses around), board the wagon and drive it south to the Professor’s residence.
After having revealed that he is building an electric chair, he is looking for an eligible victim. Bell wants us to go to the local Police Station and get a permit from the chief to perform one of the next executions. Standard price is $ 100; haggling is possible.
With the Polices permit, it is time to head back to Bell again to bring him the good news. He already has a potential candidate in mind. Wilson McDaniels is sought after and Bell has a Wanted-Poster at hand for us. Time to look for him at his last known spot.
Our target is located quite a bit to the North and hangs around in a camp with other outlaws. While dealing with all the enemies, he is likely to flee on horseback. Nothing a good lasso couldn’t fix. Chase after and hogtie him. On the way back into town, Arthur tells him what he has planned with him. Our victim is not too happy about it. Once delivered, Bell tells us that we should see the execution for ourselves.
The spectacle will take place in northern Saint Denis, conveniently not far away from the graveyard. Bell turns on the machine, but its functionality is, well, underwhelming. Instead of quickly killing our delinquent, he slowly suffers.
This concludes the “The Mercies of Knowledge” Stranger Mission in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). For all other Stranger Missions check out the full Red Dead Redemption 2 Stranger Missions Walkthrough.