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Biological father of Jason Scott-Harris.

Desmond apparently died before Jason was born, but His spirit is actually trapped in a dream plane which only exists when certain people are on the station together and dreaming.

While in a temporary dream plane created plane by Alexandreil Teppin while ALexandreil was possessed by Thearon., Desmond was seperated from his physical body, becoming Dreambound. In penance for this, Alexandreil agrees to replace Desmond as the Center of Paragangia until Jason is old enough. Not understanding the restorable nature of the temporary dream plane, they do not realize Desmond is Dream-bound but not Dead.

Jonathan held himself accountable because the powers used to "kill" Desmond were something Jonathan taught Alexandreil he was the reason Alexandereil was in the right place at the right time to allow Thearon to use Alexandreil to do this. Jonathan goes into exile, confessing his involvement in Desmonds apparent death to protect Alexandreil from exile. Jonathan knows he can survive exile and knows Alexandreil cannot.

Desmond Harris Grew up in the HomeWorld LDS colony with Rae. his parents died when he was very young[I still need to explain exactly what happened to them]. He Left behind His LDS beliefs when he became Paragangian, but returned to those beliefs near the end of his [first] life when he met Gloria Scott [and her father Jamie Scott ] and conceived Jason. Because He remembered that the Gospel is all about families.

He was instramental in the rebuilding of the Paragangian empire and the building of the HomeStation to replace the imploded planet Paragangia.

After Harris and Jason become Center of Paragangia, they discover that Desmond Harris is not really dead but trapped in the minimal dream plane of the station, and he can only appear in the dream plan when all the people who were there when he was trapped there are sleeping on the station at the same time.[ALexandreil, Jonathan and maybe Sen'tran?] only when Jonathan comes to the station is he able to re-emerge. but I think when Alexandreil becomes dreambound with Chathalen, Desmond is awakened and they share the minimal dreamplane in a concious state. 

Alexandreil Teppin is trapped in the same way when Thearon again takes control of him and sends him to kill Harris and Jason, but Chathalen intervenes and both Alex and Chathalen are dreambound. Jonathan decides to trade places with Desmond, So that he can be with Alexandreil [Jonathan and Alexandreil were very close, and had been separated for 20 years due to Jonathan's having been exiled for his confessed involvement in the death of Desmond ]

Jonathan convinces Desmond to take over Jonathan's body temporarily so that he can talk to his wife Gloria, who is unable to enter the dream plane. Then Jonathan refuses to trade back. Inhabited by Desmond's spirit the body which was Jonathan transforms into the body of Desmond. Thus, Desmond is resurrected, and Jonathan choses to remain dreambound with Alexandreil

In the beggining of Destiny of Dreams, his significance is that both Jason and Harris are named after him, and are both in some way his Heir as Paragan. Harris has spent his life looking for the true Heir because although he was also born to replace Desmond, he feels the biological descendent should be Paragan. Everyone believes a biological descendant exists because Paragan [Desmond, acting as Paragan] left him a message embedded in the wall Gloria painted. The message can only be opened by Jason, it is coded to his genetics, [in a later version, the message can only be opened by Jason and Harris together. The key is a two handprints, one of Harris and one of Desmond, at the unfinished "end" of the history mural, which represents the future.

When they open the wall, it also contains a package that can only be opened by Harris Jenzar: a set of LDS Scriptures, which Harris takes to heart instantly in a way which horrifies retro-technologist Jason.

In the History of Paragangia book, which is the story of Jason's parents, Desmond is still a Negotiator for Earth to Paragan , but is also serving as Center of HomeStation, and secretly also Paragan [Center of the empire] 

His excommunication from theLDS church was because he was angry that Paragangian people were not allowed to be baptized, and spoke out publically against the prophet on this point. As a result he was called to a disciplinary hearing which he very publically refused to attend. Thus he was excommunicated. The truth is Sen'tran refused to give permission to the church for Paragangians to be baptized, so the church would not baptize them. Sen'tran supported Desmond's excommunication. Thus Desmond was not on very good terms with Sen'tran.

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