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|Location(s)||Banoi High-security Prison|
On the Edge
|Voice Actor||Joe Hanna|
|Dead Island Survivors|
Ryder White is a survivor in Dead Island. He is a colonel with the Banoi Island Defense Force who communicates with the hero in Chaos Overture, providing directions for escape. Ryder has also been in contact with the survivors at the Golden Beach Bungalow, advising they evacuate to the Lifeguard Tower. When the hero is able to communicate with Ryder once more at the hotel with Dominic, it is revealed that he is on the prison island and is dealing with his injured wife, Emily White.
Ryder was with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), the Australian version of the British SAS. Ryder fought in Iraq, East Timor, and Afghanistan.
 Dead Island: Ryder White's Campaign
In a classified location two weeks before the outbreak, on July 18, 2006, Ryder White, a colonel in the Australian Defense Force is being interviewed. The commanding officer asks Ryder if he is willing to follow any and all orders, including killing the enemy without hesitation. This orders could include killing civilians for the greater good. Ryder answers yes. The commanding officer slides across a photos of a young girl and fellow officer, asking if Ryder would kill them. Ryder answers yes. When the third photo of Ryder's wife is slid across the table, Ryder hesitates then answers yes sir. Behind a one way mirror, two observers discuss Ryder's answer. The woman asks if the man if Ryder won't pull "push the button" for his wife. The man answers that Ryder hesitated in answering so that is why Ryder has been reassigned to Banoi, whose wife has already been their for six months. The man thinks his wife is the best chance of slowing Ryder from bombing the island after the outbreak occurs.
Present day and Ryder is flying in a helicopter towards the Moresby slums, with the helicopter pilot, another solider behind the pilot, and Lewington, who coughs and appears to be sick. As the helicopter flies over a bridge (possibly the overpass), the helicopter pilot is concerned that their are still people below. Ryder says this is irrelevant and commands the helicopter pilot to bomb the bridge. As the helicopter is flying over Moresby, Lewington turns into a zombie and lunges for the helicopter pilot. The helicopter crashes into the Moresby slums, in the Queenscliffe neighborhood. Ryder is the only survivor and climbs out of the helicopter.
In the beginning quest The Eagle Has Landed, the base calls Ryder as he walks through Moresby at night. Ryder explains that the helicopter, code name "Super 64", has crashed and there are no survivors. Ryder asks for unit 4 to pick him up after destroying the bridge. The base says that they had lost contact with unit 4. Ryder said he will reconnoiter (make a military observation) of the area and see if he can find unit 4. Ryder must now find Unit 4 in sector 1.
Ultimately, Ryder finds that the Banoi Island Defense Force units dispatched to Moresby have been killed, both by zombies and punks. He ambushes and kills a crowd of punks at the Moresby Police Station in order to secure explosives for the Oldtown Bridge. After making his way through the sewers, he reaches the surface at the bridge. He finds a group of armed citizens at the bridge and is ordered to take them out. Afterwards, the bridge is armed with explosives and destroyed as a result. Ryder then makes his way to the Moresby Gas Station and is extracted by Super 25 after defending himself from the zombies.
Instead of heading to the military ship for evacuation, he tells the Super 25 Pilot to head for the Banoi High-security Prison to get his wife, who had refused to evacuate earlier. Unfortunately, Emily was already bitten and is infected with the virus amidst the prison chaos. He is forced to work with Charon to get the supposed antidote from the heroes (Purna, Xian Mei, Sam B, and Logan). With Charon's help, he is able to gas the survivors in the elevator and steal the antidote. Once the medicine has been secured, he heads to the rooftop with Emily and is ready to evacuate.
 Dead Island
 Chaos Overture
When the elevator crashes to a stop, Ryder talks to the hero, stating that they need a weapon. The hero walks towards the storage room but level 50 infected charge after the hero, causing them to flee down another corridor.
 On the Edge
While the survivors ride the elevator up to White, he releases a knock out gas, making the heroes fall unconscious. While the heroes are unconscious White steals the antidote and takes the long way to the helicopter, Kevin shows up and wakes the heroes up and tells them to take the short way and he and the other two will take the long way. The survivors run the dangerous way there, encountering many Rams, Suiciders and Thugs. the survivors make it to the roof, but White deploys his BIDF Soldiers to kill them. The heroes go into a long fight with them.The survivors get to the helipad where White has them all at gunpoint. Jin looks at his zombified wife (who has been strapped down) and walks over to her. Jin pulls the straps off and his wife runs up and bites White. Ryder then shoots Jin twice and she plummets to her death. Ryder injects the cure into himself but it causes him to mutate. Infected, White charges at the survivors and knocks them down with the force of a Ram. The heroes kill the abomination that used to be Ryder White, and Kevin hastens them to get in the helicopter. As they leave the radio tunes into a news report outside the island. Logan says he would be glad to have his old problems back as long as things were the way they used to be. Kevin says things will never be the same again.
- Before his name and identity were revealed, Ryder was referred to as The Voice, though it was actually Charon speaking.
- Ryder's control station, while meant to be at the prison, is found on the Resort map. Like many games, Dead Island has all cutscenes in the game area they take place.
- In the official game guide, it incorrectly states that Sinamoi was the voice on the hotel PA system when the hero was trying to escape. It was actually Charon, impersonating Ryder White.
- In Ryder White's campaign his helicopter is called "Super 64" This was also the name of one of the helicopters that was shot down in the movie Black Hawk Down.
 Survivor Dialogue
- Dialogue of the survivor in the game files. Often portions of this text has changed or is not used in the final version of the game.
Don't you dare say that!
Drop your weapons! Or I'll destroy the bloody helicopter!
It's okay now, Em. Everything's going to be okay.
You're too late. Emily and I are flying out of here and you'll stay behind with no bloody chance of escape!
You think you can stop me?!
I was always one step ahead of you!
You can't beat me!
I have one last card to play!
This is Colonel Ryder White. Execute protocol 66. I repeat! Execute protocol 66.
Soon all life on this island will end!
Every living thing will cease to exist!
It's survival of the fittest and you are not fit to live!
You know what they say! Fight fire with fire.
Once you find the village ask around for Mowen. The villagers should know him.
Alright then. Now you just need to find someone from Ope's clan who hasn't had contact with the infected. And they don't even have to be bloody alive. See, they have a practice here where they embalm the dead, turn 'em into mummies, right? You just need to find one of these mummies and take a sample.
Listen to me! Emily is still alive. We still have a chance to save her.
From what I understand they worship these bloody things. They ate the infected to become resurrected. So I'm afraid you might have some problems with this shaman. Keep an eye on him, right?
How long can this take? Emily's hanging in, but she's sick. Very, very sick. You need to talk to Mowen. Despite what he said, he knows the way to the prison here. He's the only one who can get you in. So you do whatever you have to, otherwise nobody's gonna make it.
Hey, can you hear me? I heard screams in the lab. Something bad's happening. You gotta drop what you're doing and find out what's going on.
Goddamnit, go! GO!
Can you hear me? The power went down and I had to switch to another source. I've been watching you for some time but I couldn't contact you.
Listen carefully: I know what you're planning to do. Don't! You can't give those prisoners weapons. Titus is a murderer and a terrorist. I locked the bloody bastard up myself, you understand?
This is a prison for international terrorists! Governments send them here from all over the world. You heard of extraordinary rendition, right? Well, where do you think they end up? That's why there's a minefield out there. If Titus and his men end up with weapons, there'll be no stopping them.
Listen, leave the prisoners, there's no time. Don't worry about your friends. I'll take care of them. You need to get back to Block C as fast as you can. The only way is through the sewers. Move!
Yeah! You made it. Quick! Get into the elevator.
Okay now take a second to catch your breath.
Looks like we have a live one.
I can see you through the camera. You feeling alright, mate? No shakes? Fever? Chills?
Good. I'll introduce myself later. Right now we gotta get you the hell out of there.
Do exactly as I say, okay. You're gonna have to trust me.
First you need to get a hold of a weapon. Search in the maintenance storage room by the end of the corridor. I would move if I were you. Now!
It's the infected! Run! Run for the storage room!
Jesus Christ that was close. If you don't have a weapon it's better to run for it. These things are like rabid dogs.
Alright, now there's a staff elevator directly behind you. Try to get to the lowest floor you possibly can.
I've unlocked the doors… try to open it manually.
That's it. Keep moving now.
There's one inside!
Search for something you can use as a weapon. Look inside that toolbox.
That'll do just fine. Alright now listen up. These are no longer people They are bloody predators. If you want to survive, you cannot hesitate. You need to aim for the head and hit 'em with every ounce of strength you have.
The elevators in this wing appear to be on the blink. You need to get to the stairway on the other side!
Get out of there! There's too many! Run for Christ's sake!
Just a bit further!
Go! Before they rip you to shreds! Get back to the corridor!
Don't bloody risk it!
Get back to the corridor!
There's a dead guard by the elevators. Get his security card off him. You can use it to open the elevator shaft and get outside.
Jesus Christ. These freaks are tearing this place apart. A section of the corridor in front of you has collapsed. You're gonna have to get around it somehow.
I see no other way. You're gonna have to get outside! See if you can kick down the door to the adjacent room.
Good. Now get to the window!
Okay, steel yourself now. You're gonna have to traverse the ledge to the room next door! Whatever you do, don't look down.
What took you so bloody long? I thought you fell off, for Christ's sake.
Alright, now, let's keep moving. I managed to reactivate the elevators but they can only be run from inside and only in emergency mode. The guard is still by the elevators but to take his card you'll have to kill him… again.
You're probably gonna need a weapon better than this wrench. A pipe from the ceiling might do more damage.
Jesus Christ, what a monster. Search his pockets. He's gotta have a security card on him somewhere.
Got it? Good. Use it on the security card reader. This should activate the emergency door release.
You have it? Thank God! Now take it and don't bloody lose it. I'm waiting for you on the prison island. Hurry!
West is dead? How can that be? He almost had the bloody vaccine! He said he knew everything. That he knew how to make it…
Wait. What if he did? Maybe if he did make it? Do you hear me? Search the bloody lab! It's gotta be there somewhere!
The vaccine. Find it! Otherwise my Emily…isn't gonna make it.