I've told you. You and I, we have the same religion; Gold!
~ Reverend Leland Drury to Henry Casey.
Sad, isn't it?
~ Reverend Leland to Henry about the starving villagers, also foreshadowing his true nature.
Reverend Leland Drury (simply known as Leland Drury) is the main antagonist of Disney's 1994 live action film White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf. He is a malicious and greedy con man in preacher's garb who wants to force Lily Joseph's tribe to move by starving them so he can mine for gold. He is the boss of Mr. Heath.
(Henry: Who are you? I sure as hell know you're not a preacher.) No, I'm just another greedy American, just like yourself.
~ Reverend Leland Drury revealing his true nature to Henry Casey.
At first, Reverend Leland seems to be a caring and helpful individual who wants to help the Haida tribe out with their problem of the caribou's disappearance by giving Moses advice to move his people out before they all starve to death. However, this is all a facade to his true nature, as a greedy, egotistical, malevolent, hypocritical, and ruthless man who was responsible for the caribou's disappearance by blocking their migrating path, so he could force the tribe off their land and mine for gold. Whenever the Haida hunters would go out in search for the caribou to bring them back, his miners would capture them and enslave them to mine for gold.
When Henry wanted to help the Haida tribe bring back the caribou, he didn't want him to discover their illegal mining operation and their plans to force the Haida off their land, so he orders Heath to assassinate Henry to prevent him from finding out, only for him to fail. He then tries to con Henry by offering to bring him gold, but his plan failed, he ordered Heath to get the other miners ready to stop Henry and the other hunters from going to Devil's Thumb.
After Henry and Lily discovered the blockage and their mining operation, Reverend Leland offers Henry to mine with them, so they could make money, but Henry refuses and Leland threatens to shoot him until Henry shoots him instead. When he realizes Henry's plan to blow up the blockage, he kidnaps Lily and tries to distract him by leaving with her, to no avail. After his plan backfired, he tried to get his gold that fell off the wagon, only to discover the caribou chasing him and ends up getting trampled.
When Leland Drury discovered a secret goldmine near a mountain called Devil's Thumb, he came up with a plan to force the Haida off their land by blocking the caribou's migrating path with the help of Heath and a group of miners, which they depended on for food. When the Indian hunters left the village in search for the caribou, he would capture them and work them under oppressive conditions to mine for gold.
Reverend Leland is first seen at Moses Joseph's village, where he preaches in a hut during a dance. Leland leaves and Lily offers him a totem pole. Leland talks to Moses about moving his starving villagers and Moses tells him a prophecy about how a wolf would restore the balance of nature, but Leland insists on him moving his people before they all starve to death. Moses thanks him for his concern and Leland stares at him as he leaves on his horse.
When Henry Casey was rescued by Lily after getting knocked off into a river and being separated from White Fang, Moses convinced him to help him save his tribe by finding the caribou, as Lily witnesses White Fang seemingly transform into Henry. However, Henry refuses and heads off to Dawson. On his way, he comes across Leland talking to his men and taking them to his place. Henry comes by Heath's store and tells him about the Haida's prophecy. He mentions the soldiers he saw earlier, but Heath brushes it off.
The following night, Henry exits the store and sees the starving villagers. He then notices Leland walking out of his house and saying "Sad, isn't it?" to Henry as he walks back in. When Henry falls asleep, he has the same dream Moses had and informs Adam John Hale the next morning that he's heading back to help the tribe.
Later, when Leland walks into Heath's store, he receives a letter from Hale to give to Reverend Michael and Henry asks Heath if he has any food to give to the villagers. Leland overhears this and Heath refuses at first, but Leland orders him to give it to Henry and introduces himself to Henry. Leland tells him that he has some mules that know the way as he leaves the store. Later that night, he orders Heath to assassinate Henry to prevent him from helping the tribe and Heath arrives at Henry's camp the next morning. He prepares to shoot Henry until his mule blocks his way and is forced to flee. He heads back to Leland's place and Leland asks him if he's finished the job. Heath tells him that Henry is just a boy, but Leland tells him that he could ruin their plans and asks if he has to do everything himself.
Later, Leland breaks into Heath's store to retrieve some bullets and orders Heath to get dressed as they head to the village. Leland arrives at the village and meets Moses and Henry. Leland informs Henry about some gold being shipped to Fort Tongass to get him back home, but Henry refuses and tells him that he gave Moses his word. Moses informs Leland that the White Wolf (Henry) will lead them to Devil's Thumb to retrieve the caribou and Leland confronts Henry. Leland warns him to not go up to the mountain and Henry tries to leave until he gets held back by Leland as White Fang snarls at him. Leland threatens Henry that he will come back for him, but Henry pushes him away. Leland pulls out his bible and offers to pray for him, but Henry leaves. Leland heads to the forest and orders Heath to get the other miners ready to prevent Henry from going.
When the time of the hunting came, Henry, White Fang and Peter go to the forest with Lily following them. Henry and Peter then see the corpses of the hunters that didn't return, while dodging traps set up by the miners. Peter tries to cut down the corpse of the hunter, but White Fang comes back to warn them as a miner shoots at Peter. Peter distracts the miner and a chase is ensued until the miner fatally shoots Peter in his back. Henry falls into a trap and the miner tries to shoot at him, but Lily shoots a fire arrow at him and the miner flees as the cannon explodes.
When they arrive at their destination, Henry pointed out the path that blocks the animals. They went back and they accidentally fall into a hole, which led them to the mining area. They knock the miner guarding the dynamite unconscious and get the dynamite that will open the path blocking the animals. They discover the hunters enslaved by the miners and that Leland is running the operation. Just as Reverend Leland is about to finish off one of the slaves, Henry stops him and threatens to kill him. Henry confronts him for his actions and Reverend Leland explains his motives to drive the Haida away. Henry is disgusted by his actions and Reverend Leland offers him to mine with him, but Henry refuses. Reverend Leland pulls out his gun until Henry shoots him in his arm. Reverend Leland then orders his miners to catch him and a chase is ensued. Henry followed the sound of White Fang's barks and noticed an exit, but Lily sacrificed herself to the miners to give him time to escape. Henry sets the dynamite into the blockway, while White Fang defends him from the miners shooting at him. As Reverend Leland flees with Lily, Henry and White Fang flee as the explosion clears the path, freeing the caribou.
While Henry and White Fang are trying to follow Reverend Leland, Peter's spirit guides them and they arrive at a cliff, where they spot Leland on his wagon. White Fang jumps onto Leland and both of them fall off the wagon, while Henry manages to jump onto the wagon and untie Lily. The two of them manage to jump off in time as the wagon falls off a cliff, causing the gold to fall off. Reverend Leland gets back up the cliff and realizes that his gold fell off. Just as he heads out to get it, he notices the caribou following him and tries to flee. However, he falls over and the animals trample over him, killing him and ending his reign of terror for good.
There is something of yours I want: Your soul, Moses. Your soul. (Moses: Safe trip back.) Do you wonder why God is punishing you? (Moses: We've done nothing to anger your god.) And yet, your people are starving. There must be a reason for that. (Moses: My grandfather spoke often of the time when the caribou would disappear; a time when the thunder in the earth would be followed by the coming of the wolf. If we are patient, we will be instructed to restore the balance.) These are stories, Moses. You cannot live your life by that. (Moses: In your book, there are stories.) If you care for your people, you'll take them to live with your relatives on the island. (Moses: You wear the same collar as the one before you, but your words are hollow.) Reverend Michael underestimated the situation. Why let this suffering continue? Move your people before it's too late.
~ Reverend Leland conning Moses to move his tribe out.
Do you understand the problem? I want him out of the way. Here's the problem now! Do it now!
~ Reverend Leland ordering Mr. Heath to assassinate Henry.
(Mr. Heath: He's just a boy, Leland.) That boy could ruin everything! Do I have to do everything myself?
~ Reverend Leland to Mr. Heath.
A friend of mine is shipping a lot of gold to Fort Tongass. We need someone to help we can trust. It pays $1,000. That's enough to get you home and safe, but you have to leave today. (Henry: I can't do that. I gave Moses my word.) (Moses: Tomorrow, White Wolf leads a hunt to Devil's Thumb.) White Wolf? (Moses: Henry Casey.)
~ Reverend Leland conning Henry by trying to sell him gold.
I'm losing my patience with you Henry! These people might think you're something special, but I know you're not! Now, I'm warning you! Don't go back up that mountain! (Henry: Warning me? What kind of religion are you?) Same as you, boy. (Henry: I don't know who you are, or what you want with these people, but I know it ain't right. So, why don't you pack up your things and get out of here?) [Reverend Leland grabs Henry as White Fang snarls at him] Don't show off on my expense. I'll come back and haunt you. (Henry: I said get outta here!)
~ Reverend Leland trying to forbid Henry from coming to Devil's Thumb.
(Henry: Stop, or I'll put a bullet between your eyes!) Is that you, Henry? Congratulations. You're the first one to get through. (Henry: Get back!) You sound very sinister, Henry. I've told you, you and I, we have the same religion. Gold. (Henry: Who are you? I sure as hell know you're not a preacher.) No. I'm just another greedy American, just like yourself. (Henry: I'm not like you!) Oh, come on now, Henry. You, if anyone, should understand. All this gold. They aren't miners? They never came up here. Who would it hurt? (Henry: Who? You starved these people. You stole from them at the same time!) That's not the way I planned it. I thought they'd move. (Henry: You're sick, mister. And you'll burn in Hell.) Harsh words, Henry. Very harsh words. But I'm not gonna let you turn on your own people. I'm prepared to offer a piece of everything we take out of this mine from here on in. What do you say? (Henry: It's not yours to give.) Oh, sure it is, Henry. (Henry: Get back!) Do we have a deal!?!
~ Reverend Leland explaining his motives to Henry before getting shot.
That's my gold. That's my gold...!
~ Reverend Leland's last words.
Reverend Leland trying to convince Moses to move before his people starve to death.
"Sad, isn't it?"
Reverend Leland overhearing Henry's plan to help the Haida tribe.
Reverend Leland ordering Heath to assassinate Henry.
Reverend Leland offering Henry gold to keep him from foiling his plan.
Reverend Leland discovering that Henry is gonna find the caribou.
Reverend Leland warning Henry not to go up Devil's Thumb.
There was originally supposed to be a supporting antagonist named Adam John Hale, but the character ended up with a minor role. This is evidenced as the trailer briefly shows Henry pushing Hale against a wall.
There are a few hints that foreshadow Reverend Leland is behind the caribou's disappearance:
When Moses leaves after telling Leland about how the wolf would save his tribe, Leland gives out a suspicious stare as he leaves.
When Henry comes out of Heath's store and sees the starving people, Reverend Leland comes out and looks at Henry while saying "Sad, isn't it?" as eerie music starts to play.
After learning that Henry wants to help the Haida tribe, he orders Heath to assassinate Henry. This indicates that he doesn't want him to ruin his plan.
When he tries to offer Henry gold, he warns him not to go up to Devil's Thumb, where the location of the caribou resides. This slowly reveals that he's hiding something from him and that he's the one who has been keeping the caribou away. He also orders Heath to get the other miners ready to prevent Henry from going up the mountain.
Reverend Leland's death slightly resembles that of Mufasa's death in The Lion King, which was released the same year as White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.
Although Reverend Leland is the main antagonist, he has only around 18 minutes of screen-time.