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John is a dead boy that Roland saw on his way back to Gilead in The Journey Begins.

After The Battle of Jericho Hill, Roland and Aileen Ritter travel back to the now-destroyed Gilead. On the way they come upon many dead bodies. Among them is a Billy-Bumbler that is looking over his dead master, a young boy. Roland appraches the Bumbler and says "Your master is-" and the Bumbler cuts him off by saying "Ohn!". Roland first thinks then Bumbler means gone, but then deduces that the Bumbler meant the boys name, John. Roland flees to Gilead and John's Billy-Bumbler follows.

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