SEE!NG YOU FOLLOW !N MY FOOTSTEPS !S SOMETH!NG OF A REL!EF.
Because of his romantic involvement with Rick, Datyel’s fondness of Dave was never paternal. It also wasn’t one of siblinghood. Datyel developed a very specific relationship with him, one that was supportive and healthy, but they were neither lovers nor conventional friends.
Datyel knew Dave from a young age and was often present in his life. Where he felt Rick wasn’t excelling in Dave’s education and devlopment, Datyel would help enrich him in whatever way he felt appropriate doing so, and soon felt partially responsible for talking care of Dave overall. He focused as a mentor, a source of support, a source of grief, and a present adult figure, and over the years they got close.
Datyel may see himself and Dave as kindred spirits, but not as Striders or brothers.
Whenever he sees some of himself in Dave, he gets emotional.
He could have been an engineer if he didn’t also seem so remarkable at communicating with others. He had no trouble understanding “how things work” with machines like motorcycles and cars, and got into customs for a brief period of time. His “how to” talent was exclusive to shop work, however, because he felt people were too subjective to be given single solutions or responses.
Similarly, Datyel didn’t like taking chances and getting creative with his vehicle modification.
His favorite personal work was done on his own motorcycle, which became representative of him and his cause as he gained support.
It wasn’t a strange name by Alternian standards, but on Earth people had trouble pronouncing and spelling it.