Characters / Nan Quest

The Guests

Our protagonist, Nan is an electronics technician and repairman. She liked to play arcade games as a kid. She is lazy and lets quite a few work orders stack up before she gets to them. She has the ability to hum showtunes. She has no particular strengths or weaknesses.

Henry is a Gazelle or something. He claimed to have gotten into the hotel quite recently when Nan showed up. He was a travelling on business when he had to stop for the night.

Pablo is a more experienced resident of the hotel, he is first seen in possession of a fire axe. He came to the hotel when he was called in to be it's janitor, about ten days before Nan got there. He has been surviving in the hotel since. He is probably a bat.

  • Action Survivor: Manages to survive for at least three days without help, and shows enough bravery to attempt to fight dark creatures and survive it.
  • The Atoner: Some sort of variation in Nan's MIND SCREW Nightmare Sequence.
    • He feels deeply responsible for the death of his girlfriend and wants to atone for leaving her, eventually leading to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He kills Lorenzo with a knife to become the new link in the chain, and gladly allows Nan to shoot him dead.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for his girlfriend's death.
  • Mad Artist: A paint splattered canvas is found in his room, and many similar canvases are seen in Nan's Nightmare Sequence. The recurring totem item is a carving of his design.
  • The McCoy
  • Must Make Amends: His justification during the final scene of the quest.
  • Optional Party Member: The audience elicts to exclude him from the final flashback of the quest. According to Word of God, this helped contribute to his decision to sacrifice himself.
  • Red Herring Mole
  • The Sixth Ranger
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Non-humorous example. He was in a relationship with an ill woman whom he often fought with, and after a particularly heated argument he stormed out to cool off. Now, as both of them were poor artists, they couldn't afford her medicines...and when Pablo returns he finds her on the floor, dead from a seizure.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Weapon of Choice: Fire axe.


  • Cartoon Creature:
    Nan:"What animal is this" *Shows Pablo a picture of himself*
    Pablo: "..."


Another guest Pablo found trapped in the hotel, whom had been there far longer. He taught Pablo much about the Hell Hotel and how to survive it. He was eventually carved apart by the Pilgrim. He's Anderson's son, who turned his back on the law.


Anna is an elevator operator, who came to the hotel in response to a job advert.

  • Action Girl
  • The Atoner: She sees the Hotel as some form of punishment, and definitely believes she deserves to be there, but for what is not known.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Her tendency to stare into space thinking of her past misdeeds proves to be quite troublesome.
  • Killed Off for Real: ...Or was she? Most likely; she was killed by Henry, a mortal.
  • My Greatest Failure: She feels she deserves to be punished because a family of three died due to her negligence repairing an elevator.
  • Nice Hat
  • Red Shirt
  • Screw Destiny: Even if she thinks she deserves to be punished, she's still going to try to escape.
  • Weapon of Choice: A kitchen knife.

An ex-US Marshall who stopped by to see the recently-constructed hotel. He might be a dog.

A college student who stopped at the hotel overnight on her way home.

  • Body Horror: The left side of her face and left shoulder is either burned or turned into blasted flakes by the Padre. She can't feel her shoulder or left face anymore, indicating the damage is nerve deep. She gets better, though.
  • Conspiracy Theorist
  • Jerkass: Sometimes.
  • Meganekko
  • Non Action Rabbit Thing: She's shown the least amount of physical ability so far.
  • The Smart Guy: Through her words. As party members dwindle, she settles into The Heart through her actions instead.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Her plan to stop the Padre is the kneel before him and ask for forgiveness for her sins. She isn't, but she manages to escape with her life and Body Horror.
  • Weapon of Choice: A taser. Henry later steals it from her and uses it to knock out Nan.

A loony, darkness-dwelling fox who honestly believes that the hotel is a free world and a heaven of man's design.

  • Above Good and Evil: As he sees it, the Hotel allows everyone to be this.
  • Affably Evil: Well, just as long as you don't piss him off.
  • Attempted Rape: Tried to rape Nan in the church. It is hinted at by the author, however, that he is physically incapable of doing that, and the whole attack was orchestrated by Henry, so it was suppoused to fail anyway.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's an eerie version of this.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Subverted, since every time he is seen he's in some sort of light. Except when he isn't.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: regardless of whether or not he's a good person, he pays his debts.
  • Fearless Fool: According to him, it's how he's survived.
  • Fountain of Youth: He gets rewarded for his survival by becoming a child in the year 2009.
  • Groin Attack: When he attacks Nan, she kicks him down there, only for him to be unaffected. It's implied he was castrated by his father.
  • Hit by the Corruption: This is strongly hinted towards.
  • The Idealist: At least a very twisted version.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a switchblade.
  • Lean and Mean: His ribs are starting to show due to malnutrition
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Once defined it as "lovely".
  • Mad Artist: As a contrast with Pablo, he is a mad pianist instead of a mad artist. His arrangement, instead of causing tragedy, is inspired by it.
  • Revenge: His justification for his actions for the final scene of the quest.
  • Optional Party Member: The audience is given the chance to leave him behind for the final scene of the quest and take Pablo instead, which they don't take.
  • Slasher Smile: Constantly.
  • Take Me Instead: Pablo and Santiago get into an argument concerning who will allow themselves to be killed to seal off the Anasazi Deity. Pablo ends up taking charge.
  • Terrifying Rescuer
  • Think Nothing of It: Actually, more of a Berserk Button, really:
    "He didn't do it for HER. He did it because HE wanted to.
    He tells Nan not to EVER thank him.

The "Uninvited Things"

The name given to the dark creatures that inhabit the hotel and threaten to kill the guests. Despite the fact that they seem like a similar malevolent presence, they are indeed, not on the same side.


The Padre/Father Velasco (Former, now possessed by the deity of the Anasazi)
Unlike the other creatures in the building, he doesn't seem very afraid of the light, and he seems to be nearly invincible.

  • The Atoner: A possible explanation for his annotation of the Bible, and his specific interest in Nan. Turns out his actions were entirely for the greater good, and he and his congregation willingly sacrificed themselves to prevent catastrophe.
  • Death Seeker: When the evil is finally expelled from his body, leaving him vulnerable, Velasco tells Nan to end the nightmare once and for all. She obliges.
  • Demonic Possession: How Father Velasco paid for his sins. Lorenzo claims that Velasco is no longer inhabiting his own body. This is not entirely true, but he wasn't in control.
  • Evil Is Burning Hot: He catches fire in his first appearance, it doesn't bother him at all. There's also the bit where he burned his entire congregation alive.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Not that he had a choice.
  • Humanoid Abomination
  • Nightmare Face
  • Painting the Medium: Speaks in an unusual, spaced-out font; see The Voiceless below to see it in action.
  • Sanity Slippage: Caused by prolonged exposure to the cold, storms, and vermin, apparently. Worse, those "vermin" were the indigenous people back in the 19th century. And he burned them. Turns out he had an entirely valid reason for for this, and his congregation let themselves be scarified willingly.
  • Sinister Minister
  • The Voiceless: For most of the story he appears to be this, but he does speak towards the end.
    N o.You wont be remembered.

The Pilgrim (Henry)
A skeletal equine with a cloak and and severed noose hanging around his neck. He is one of the monsters named by Alan. For more tropes on him, see Henry's section.

  • Black Cloak
  • Dark Messiah: The Pilgrim wants others to embrace death as if it were a service to God. Or maybe he just wants his family back.
  • Dem Bones: Exploited. He's actually just a squishy gazelle, but uses the costume to make people assume he's an invincible skeleton. It works, too — players occasionally made suggestions that would have actually worked, such as strangling him with his own noose, only to be shot down by other players saying something to the effect of "He's a skeleton, are you crazy?"
  • The Dragon: It is implied he has this sort of connection to the Padre. He is eventually revealed to instead be an Outside-Context Problem.
  • Evil Laugh: The generic dark and hollow "HA HA HA".
  • Expy: It looks like the animal version of Death.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare
  • Humanoid Abomination: Actually just a human.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Is unfazed when Nan's rebar sword pierces his skull. It's later revealed that the skull's a mask, so the rebar missed his actual face.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Doesn't have anything to do with the Padre or the events that caused the whole mess. He's just another victim of the hotel who decided to take matters into his own hands.
  • Painting the Medium: His speech doesn't ever have quotes or speech tags, making it much more striking and intimidating.
  • Weapon of Choice: A twisty-bladed knife.

The Beast
A huge animal, as black as night, feral and vicious. Cold and unthinking. It lives in the hotel's courtyard, which lies just beyond the windows.


A friendly Pilgrim who is on his journey to receive his blessing from the Father. and has been at the hotel for centuries since.

  • The Atoner: Or maybe just serving the ancient native scary deity. Either way, he's trying to make up for his failure.
  • Black Cloak
  • Death Seeker: He tells Nan in no uncertain terms that she needs to kill the Padre, then himself, to properly seal away the evil god that inhabits the hotel. He ultimately reveals that one of Nan's friends has to kill him first, and then Nan has to kill the killer. Pablo takes it upon himself to do the deed.
  • My Greatest Failure: His role in Father Velasco's ritual was to kill the Father before spirits could overtake his body. Lorenzo, uncomfortable with the act, hesitated until he saw the dark forces seeping out from the Father's burlap mask, making the Father near invincible, leading to the nightmare of the hotel today.
  • Just Following Orders: Is fine with facilitating the deaths of hundreds because the Father said so. To be fair, the ritual almost worked, and the sacrifices were entirely willing, to prevent something from entering the world that could end it if left unchecked.
  • Red Herring: For a long time, was thought to be the Pilgrim. It's actually Henry.
  • Watching The Church Burn: He was 'the stranger' in the ritual, not someone to be sacrificed, not Anasazi.
    And he watched as they burned. He wishes he could say God took mercy on them. That he eased their pain. But they suffered. And he watched.
  • Wham Line: A couple.
    "On that day, the Father called in his entire congregation, even from nearby towns. And he burnt them alive. But when the doors closed, they knew what was going to happen. Because he told them. They welcomed it."
    "John 6:53. Truly I say unto you unless you eat the flesh of the son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you".
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?

The Rats

The small group of vermin that play minor, yet important assistance to the protagonists. The author confirmed later on that they are the souls of the native Hopi people who perished during the fire.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Easily the friendliest creatures so far. Although The Padre detests vermin(what he called the native Americans on his congregation), actual vermin are rather nice.
  • Due to the Dead: One rat fetches Nan and Pablo food, as thanks for properly disposing of one of their dead members.

Sister Maggie:

A nun in Father Velasco's Parish.
  • As You Know: In part due her Crazy Memory, Nan already knows her name when the first meet, because they've been quartering together to whole year, although this is the first time the player and Nan has seen her.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Jokes about this.
    She ought to be careful, Mag says. She is sworn to chastity and devotion to the Lord. She shouldn't be looking after that young man like she were some schoolgirl. Even if he IS awfully cute.
  • For Want of a Nail: Nan is implied to change the natural course of events by convincing Maggie to visit her mother. This may mean she wasn't there when the Father burnt the parish to death.
  • Married to the Job: Like all nuns. However, she has a certain infatuation with Father Velasco, and her frustration is taken a step further when she feels unable to go home for her mother's passing, since the church needs her.
  • Secret Keeper: of Nan's "lusty interests."

The Lightbringer

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A mysterious hooded man, encountered by Nan in one of her "travels".

  • Badass Boast:
    I am the not the first. I am not the last. I face the darkness. I walk in death. I welcome it. And in death I will find salvation. I am he who wears the crown. I am he who sparks the cleansing flame. I am the herald of the dawn. I am the lightbringer.
  • Death Seeker: He basically tells Nan that she's meant to kill him, and advises her to be thorough.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: he has what seems a triple scar on his face.
  • In the Hood
  • Light Is Not Good: In the words of a commenter, "We should keep in mind that even Lucifer was once an angel." That being said, according to the information from Lorenzo about the sealing ritual, the Lightbringer is a willing sacrifice to seal away the evil god of the Anasazi, so it's quite possible that he's actually a good guy.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Well, well, doesn't his title sound familiar?
  • Painting the Medium: the scenes with him are entirely colored.
  • The Chooser of The One: In the past, he chose Lorenzo to kill him in order to fulfil the ritual of redemption. And probably Nan, as well.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: he is a goat too. It's not sure what that means for now.
  • Walking Spoiler