Characters / Ruby Quest

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The cast of Ruby Quest. Not pictured: Daisy, Jay, Tom Nook, Mr. Water Cooler

Characters of the RPG style story Ruby Quest.

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(Could use some character description improvement)


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Ruby / Subject #7

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To lighten the mood, Ruby does her best pirate impersonation, complete with the voice.

My mother told me once of when
A young hare ventured from her den
And as she danced in field and glen
The world sang joy about her.
But wicked hateful things abound
And that young hare these evils found.

A female rabbit who wakes up in a box, and main character of the story. The players take control of her for the majority of the game. Develops a third eye allowing her to see a darkened view of the world, where certain things stand out. She is rather clever, somewhat agile, and able to figure out how to work computers and puzzles with relative ease. Her figure is admirably girlish and she can perform most feats an ordinary person could be reasonably expected to do.

  • Action Girl / Action Survivor: Ruby has a mean left hook.
  • A-Cup Angst: One player suggests that Ruby should flash Tom to get him to cooperate with her escape, but Weaver replies with "Oh no! Unfortunately for all parties involved, Ruby is flat as a board! That probably won't work."
  • Badass Normal: Unlike Tom, she doesn't even make use of her crazy, new mutations in combat. She just uses her fists of concentrated kick-ass.
  • Berserker Tears: Cries when assaulting Filbert.
  • Bunnygirl in a Box: The quest begins with Ruby waking up in a box.
  • Expressive Ears: They droop when she's shocked or upset.
  • Fanservice: In the April Fool's day gag, the other half of her skirt is missing (and she is apparently not wearing any underwear). And another big one at the end.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this to Filbert.
  • Genre Savvy: "Ruby throws away the FOOTY SOCK PAJAMA FOOT. Her genre instincts tell her she won't need it."
  • Heroic Albino: Perhaps. The Animal Crossing character she's based on is albino, and she is referred to as being white once. Other than that, the black-and-white artwork makes it hard to tell.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.
  • Improvised Weapon: Ruby has used a longshoreman's hook, a scalpel, a crowbar, a combined cane and shovel head, and a glove wrapped in barbed wire as weapons.
  • MacGyvering: Ruby is very good at using what she has to improvise solutions to puzzles, and she has created several improvised weapons like the Bludgeony Caneshovel and the Prickly Fist (heavy-duty gloves wrapped with barbed wire).
    • Parodied in an early post, after an anon suggested that she try to combine the stuff she had on her in a way that wouldn't destroy any of it. Weaver responds thusly:
    Using one COIN, the RUBBER GLOVES, the TINY CHEST, and a piece of the BUTTON DIAGRAM, Ruby fashions together the JUNKOTRON MISSILE LAUNCHER! This baby could break through a steel wall!

    NO WAIT, THEY DON'T.
    Too bad, I thought you were really on to something there.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She accidentally poisons Tom by feeding him arsenic-contaminated fish.
  • Painful Transformation: When her Third Eye first appears, she gets a horrible headache, and her head starts bleeding.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Is a rabbit (or at least has rabbity Unusual Ears) and is The Hero of Ruby Quest.
  • Running Gag: GIRLISH FIGURE
  • The Southpaw: Is likely left-handed, although she might be ambidextrous.
  • Split Personality: Ruby, mostly by being controlled by the Hive Mind known as Anonymous: Hundreds of people telling her to do things.
  • Super Weight: She's Type 0, as she has no particular powers or skills and isn't very strong. With her Third Eye, she's Type 2.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: At one point, to cheer up Tom who was not feeling well at the time.
  • Third Eye: Her mutation. It lets her see a darkened view where certain things are emphasized. This is what led to her finding the Group Picture, but it also nearly led her over a railing and hurt her when she tried to look at Cjopaze's symbols.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: Poor, poor Stitches...
  • Weapon of Choice: The improvised "bludgeony caneshovel," or her scalpel.
  • Weirdness Magnet: She usually experiences more of the bizarre occurrences than Tom, mostly due to her third eye/ psychic powers.
  • You Are Subject Seven

Tom / Subject #5 actually #6

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Tom recieves the CROWBAR!
But the cat stood up and shook his head
And rising from his metal bed
He said "For now, I am not dead,
And I will not die in vain!"...

A male cat who is found in the brig, and Ruby's companion through most of the adventure. The only other character the players take control of. He is not as smart as Ruby, but is significantly stronger. Despite the horror around him, he does not always take his trials as seriously as he ought to.

  • Ascended Extra: According to Weaver, he was not intended to be an important character, and only existed to facilitate a puzzle, before he decided to make him a constant partner.
  • Ax-Crazy: Apparently, his earlier state of being, as stated in one of the medical notes.
  • The Big Guy: The brawn to Ruby's brains.
  • Blood from the Mouth: When suffering arsenic poisoning, he vomited blood.
  • Cat Folk: As close as the Ruby Quest style can get to one, anyway.
  • Character Name Alias: "Rover" in the April Fool's day gag.
  • Covert Pervert: He was very enthused when she asked him for the condom he'd found in his pocket.
  • Crowbar Combatant: He usually wields a crowbar, and often uses it to smash up everything players don't feel like finding the keys for.
  • Cute Little Fangs: It's not usually apparent, but he does have fangs.
  • Damsel out of Distress: In the April Fool's Day gag, he was captured, but engineered his own escape and met up with Ruby.
  • Deuteragonist: To Ruby's protagonist.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Maybe poking the Dummy in its squishy eye was a bad idea?
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed, but Ruby is the one more likely to solve puzzles and Tom's the one more likely to bypass them with his crowbar or the bludgeony caneshovel.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: After losing one of his eyes. He later puts a DO NOT OPEN sticker on it.
  • Facepalm: His frustrated response to /tg/'s "flooding of the thread with pointless comments".
  • The Fool: Probably not considered a true "Fool"; but he is known for thinking more with his crowbar than he does with his head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted.
  • Large Ham: On occasions.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has two small arms on his abdomen. They're usually hidden under his shirt, but he does use them in combat with Filbert.
  • One Steve Limit: Subverted, as both he and Tom Nook are patients. Tom Nook therefore tends to be called Subject #6 (Even though he's really #5) or just Nook.
  • Punny Name: On "tomcat".
  • The Quiet One: Ruby does most of the talking.
  • Rage Breaking Point: A huge one near the end.
  • Running Gag: MANLY PHYSIQUE
  • Super Strength: He's probably the second-strongest being in the Metal Glen, behind Ace. His MANLY PHYSIQUE lets him do a lot of things Ruby can't, like move heavy items, bypass puzzles, rip Filbert's arms and head off...
  • Super Weight: With his MANLY PHYSIQUE, he's Type 1. He's Type 2 with his extra arms, as they do give him an advantage in combat.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Subverted. He thinks that killing Filbert by ripping his head off was pretty cool.
  • Weapon of Choice: His crowbar, or the Bludgeony Caneshovel.
  • You Are Subject Five: ...Or should I say, 'Six'?

Stitches / Subject #1

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Stitches in the Group Portrait, before everything went to hell

The bear cried "this is just our lot",
and surrendered to his pain.

A bear, first discovered as a monstrous and bloody mass in a closet. He chases Ruby and ends up decapitated by the Z-hatch. He gets better, although he's still horribly mutated and barely lucid at the best of times.

  • Beary Friendly: Before the Metal Glen went to hell in a handbasket, he was this.
  • Bears are Bad News: Subverted when he's lucid, as he's actually a pretty nice guy. Played straight most of the time due to his deteriorating mental state.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tackles Ace, preventing Tom from having to stay in the facility to make sure Ace doesn't follow them out.
  • Body Horror: When he's first discovered, he's a head, a spine, a few organs, and a mass of blood. Even when he gets sewn together, it's pretty bad. His head splits open from top to bottom to reveal a mouth.
  • Fan Nickname: The players called him "Stitches" because of how he'd been sewed back together. It then turned out to be his actual name.
    • His original form was called the Bear Zombie.
  • Get It Over With: After he had been left very badly mutated and barely able to think, he shrieked and cried for death.
    • Averted when they simply tranquilize him and stow him in the locker.

Daisy / The Hound / Subject #8

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Daisy in the Group Portrait

The hound was still
Daisy was found in the Dummy Room, and when Ruby smashed the maintenance room's window in desperation, she attacked, becoming the first true 'boss' of Ruby Quest. She was killed by the combined efforts of acid and being thrown into an electrical panel. The last scene in Ruby Quest is Daisy waking up in a coffin, mirroring the opening.

Discontinuity

  • Buffy Speak
  • Deadpan Snarker/ Rage Quit: "Ferget this, I'm going t'eat my spaghetti..."
  • Identity Confused: At first, Daisy goes by "Maddie" and later storms away, coming back wearing a pig masknote , calling herself "Ruby" and that everyone should trust her because of that.
  • No Fourth Wall: In "NotWeaver's" mini-installment, Daisy directly converses with /tg/.
  • Space-Time Fucker-uper: As pointed out by Anonymous.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: "Maddie" had mistaken "Yandere" as French in the fore-mentioned interlude.

"Tom Nook" / Subject #6 actually #5

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Tom finds the light switch (spoilers): note 

"LUCY?
LUCY IS THAT YOU?
I KNEW YOU'D COME BACK TO ME."

A shriveled, handless, legless, and eyeless raccoon locked in the Upper Lab B. His fleshy growths have taken over his entire room. He is delusional and rather creepy, and seems to believe that Ruby is his girlfriend Lucy. He is highly afraid of Ace. The second-to-last panel of Ruby Quest reveals that he was actually Subject #5, instead of #6 as the players believed. His blindness came from an accident.

  • Affably Evil: Subject 6 is possibly the creepiest character of them all. He's dangerous, violent and apparently delusional, but is also capable of having a nice friendly chat with Ruby without harming her, as well as providing her with an important key.
    • And fans would think this to be true up till the game ended. But one of the ripped notes thrown into the water proves otherwise — that the character they thought to be '6' turned out to be Subject FIVE.
    • Tom was Subject 6. Back before things went to hell, he began acting violent FIRST, thus the "dangerous" description he was given. This also explains why he busted up so much stuff on the player's whims.
  • Determinator: He's shown to be very much in love with someone named "Lucy" and has been waiting for her probably as long as he's been without her. He has even become so deluded that he believes Ruby is "Lucy".
  • Eldritch Abomination: Tom finds the light switch.
  • Extra Eyes: If you thought Ruby was bad...
  • Eyeless Face: There's two dark pits where his eyes should be. And no, that's not a contradiction of the above�
  • I Want My Mommy!: When he's afraid that Ace is coming for him.
  • Last Request: Scissors. (Although he wasn't exactly dying)
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The fleshy growths.
  • Madness Mantra:
    "LUCY? LUCY, WHERE ARE YOU? IS THAT YOU LUCY? ...I LOVE YOU, LUCY...I WILL WAIT FOR YOU, LUCY..."
  • Mistaken Identity: The players believed that he was the Subject #6 referred to in notes. Turns out that he was actually Subject #5, and the other Tom was Subject #6.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He's not evil so much as insane and delusional.
  • The Pig Pen: Having no arms and no legs and being locked into a room does not make for very good hygiene. Upper Lab B smells so bad that Ruby needs to use an oxygen mask to breathe properly.
  • One Tom Limit: His name is coincidentally also Tom, but most people just call him Subject #6 or by his (presumed) last name "Nook" to avoid confusion.
  • The Reveal: Upper Lab B is covered with fleshy growths, all of which are connected to him.
    • and later, at the very end of the quest- He's not Subject 6, he's Subject 5.
  • Spock Speak: In a way, along with his voice being "strange and hollow".
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Quite literally, as his name is Tom.
  • Yandere
  • You Are Subject 6 ... oops, I mean, Subject Five.
  • Younger Than They Look: He calls Ruby "CHILD" even though they are most likely about the same age.
    • Probably justified in that Ruby has been "reset" recently, something that can't be said for #6.

Jay / Subject #4

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Jay in the Group Portrait

And the birds all cried

A bird stuffed in the water filtration system in cold storage, his blood contaminating all the water. Consequentially, his powers consist of being able to astrally project himself into rooms around the glen. His astral projection is seen twice by Ruby and Tom, and they meet him in person in the water filtration in Cold Storage. He asks for them to Mercy Kill him, but Ruby instead frees him, leading to him escaping the Metal Glen along with them.

  • And I Must Scream: You ever wonder why the faucets in the Metal Glen pour blood? It's because Jay was trapped in the water filtration system and bleeding into the water supply.
  • Ascended Extra: He was never supposed to be a major character. He appeared twice as his astral projection, the white-eyed black bird and his only in-person appearance was supposed to end with a Mercy Kill. And then the players went and decided to make him their Eleventh Hour Ranger.
  • Casting a Shadow: When Ruby speaks to his astral projection, it ends up plunging the room she's in into darkness.
  • Emo: Although it's rather justified, considering what he's been through.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: Shows up in the second-to-last thread and joins the party in the last one..
  • Expy: Jay's other form is comically mistaken by a player for a Witch at one point.
  • Fan Nickname: Emobird
  • Get It Over With: Averted.
  • Mercy Kill: What Weaver intended to happen to him. The players had other ideas, and decided to save him. Weaver went with it, so Jay escapes the facility along with Ruby and Tom.
  • The Quiet One
  • Spared By The Adaption: 'The birds' in The Metal Glen have passed the Despair Event Horizon, do not join in on the cat and hare's escape attempt, and presumably remain trapped. Jay, on the other hand, ends up as Ruby and Tom's Eleventh Hour Ranger and escapes the Metal Glen along with them.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Spent a long time in pain stuck in the water filtration system, but got rescued by Ruby and Tom and escaped the facility with them.
  • You Are Subject 4

Discontinuity

  • Identity Impersonator: It is revealed at the end of the April Fool's day gag that Jay had apparently been impersonating Ace the whole time.

Lucy / Subject #3

A patient who was in love with Tom Nook. Thought to be a pig. Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her.

  • The Ghost: Is mentioned, but never seen. She might be a pig, as that's what her Animal Crossing counterpart is.
  • The Lost Lenore: Tom Nook is very much in love with her, but there's no indication that she's still in the facility.
  • Mistaken Identity: Tom Nook mistakes Ruby for her.
  • Satellite Love Interest: On account of being The Ghost. We only know about her from Tom Nook's ramblings, so the only thing we get of her personality was that she was Tom Nook' lover.
  • You Are Subject 3

Maddie / Subject #2

Presumably a dog. She is only mentioned through notes, although for a while /tg/ mistook Daisy/the Hound Zombie for her. Filbert had her euthanized to test the limits of the Cure. As it turned out, her case went beyond them, and she didn't come back.

  • The Ghost: Is mentioned but never seen, because she died and never came back as a result of Filbert experimenting with the treatment on her. She might be a dog (her Animal Crossing counterpart is one), but we don't know.
  • Killed Off for Real: Filbert killed her to test the limits of the Cure. She didn't come back.
  • Mistaken Identity: After her first mention in a note she was thought to be the Hound Zombie (who was really Daisy), but that changed when another note revealed she had died and never came back.
  • Posthumous Character: The reason she only appears in note is because she died around a year before the game's beginning.
  • You Are Subject 2

     Staff 

Ace

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The birds said naught...

"Ace will get you! He won't listen to his orders anymore — he won't even listen to HER! But he is still obedient. I don't know who, but I know he is still listening to SOMEONE! He will GET you!"
Filbert's warning towards Ruby, paraphrased

A massive, bird-esque creature employed at the facility as an orderly, janitor, and security guard.

Discontinuity

  • Accidental Pervert: In the April Fool's day gag.
  • Dumb Jock/ Dumb Muscle: Portrayed as such in the April Fool's day gag.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Once, to John from John Quest, though not specifically canon to Ruby Quest.
    • More than likely just a Take That! to the players to constantly suggested "READ NOTE".
  • Large Ham: In the April Fools day gag.
  • Nice Guy: In the April Fool's day gag, Ace is apparently accompanying Ruby to help aid her in finding her missing boyfriend, "Rover".

Red

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The fox denied he had been caught...

Chief diagnostician and head of research. He's the second non-horribly mutated person Ruby meets at the facility. He's creepy and doesn't like questions, but he is helpful to Ruby. Before everything in the facility went to hell, he was the one who originally suggested the Cure, as well as the first person to suspect that something was up with it. Red eventually commits suicide by shoving stakes through his head, and then obliterating his remains with a makeshift bomb.

'I WATCH, I TEAR
I DEVOUR, AND BLEED

ALL THESE FALL,
AS LIQUID, TO FEED.'
  • Slasher Smile
  • Thanatos Gambit: He figured out a way to commit suicide so that Ace couldn't possibly bring him back.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Super Weight: Type 0, as he is mostly normal and has no real combat ability.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It was originally his idea to obtain and administer the new "cure" which had unintentionally caused the unfathomably catastrophic meltdown of the facility.
  • Villain by Default: Besides Tom whom ate the tank fish, Red is the only one in the story blatantly established to be a predator, by nature.
    • Though, he most always seems to be in control of this—lampshaded by the cereal—and this is handwaved after he states that he was "just kidding" after threatening to bite Ruby's throat out.
  • Younger Than They Look: Red is occasionally mistaken to be much older than he actually is; often due to the use of his cane, which was sort of implied as an elderly crippling. Word of God states that he is just as old as Ruby and Tom.

Discontinuity

Filbert

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"You're infected. Most everyone here has succumbed to the infection. Except for me."
"I am going to cut the bad out of both of you. Until you are as clean as I am."
Filbert before his first attack on Ruby and Tom, paraphrased.

A male squirrel and the head doctor at the facility. He's more than a little unhinged, and has become obsessed with removing the 'infection'( really the Cure) from the denizens of the Metal Glen. He believes that he is the only one not infected, and will go to drastic measures to keep it that way, such as cutting off his own hand. He persists in this belief even when he's been turned into a incoherent mass of Body Horror.

  • Bad Boss: Even before everything went to hell, he disobeyed Red's wishes to avoid consuming the cure by having Ace slip it into his food. He's now completely insane, making his Bad Boss tendencies even worse.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: It's strongly implied that this is how he can so strongly deny his infection.
  • Berserk Button: Disobeying a direct order is a definite no-no.
  • Body Horror: He keeps mumbling about how he's "clean" even after he turns into a horrific mess of mixed-up body parts.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy
  • Dr. Jerk: He is so paranoid that he believes he is the only one allowed to leave the facility.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His first appearance is in the Dummy Room while Ruby is trying to figure out the things in the Maintenance Room next to it. This is notably the first instance of a character appearing for a single panel, then scurrying off after the audience notices, but before the main characters do.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It seems that Filbert will not resort to violence if it does not involve either medical research, or the "cutting of badness" out of others.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Seems nice at first, but the mask covering his true insanity slips pretty quickly.
  • For Science!: He had Subject 2 killed to test the limits of what the treatment can do.
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • I Reject Your Reality: Believes that he's the only one not infected, despite the fact that he happily took the Cure before its side effects were known. He persists in this belief even after he's been turned into a mass of Body Horror.
  • It's All About Me: "I'M THE ONLY ONE CLEAN! I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ESCAPE!"
  • Knight Templar: He thinks he's the only clean one and that he's doing the others a favor by cutting their bad out.
  • Lack of Empathy: His only reaction to Maddie's death because of one of his experiments is annoyance.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: He cuts off his own hand to prevent himself from becoming infected. Downplayed, as it didn't help and never would have, since there was no infection to begin with, just the Cure.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: After he gets turned into a mass of Body Horror wielding a bonesaw.
  • Mad Doctor: He's the Metal Glen's head doctor and is very unstable.
  • Mad Scientist: has Maddie, and later Daisy, killed to test the limits of the Cure. Daisy comes back. Maddie doesn't.
  • Madness Mantra: Filbert would like you to know he is clean. And he needs to cut the bad out of you.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As seen when Ruby first meets him, he can easily fake sympathy and gain pity without even trying. He can also fool others into thinking he's a competent doctor and most often manipulate them into doing nearly anything he wants.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Filbert is the Metal Glen's head doctor and wasn't the best of persons even before the "infection"/cure spread and he went insane.
  • Note to Self: "Well, this explains a lot."
  • One-Winged Angel: of the Body Horror variety. By the second time Ruby meets Filbert, he's mutated badly.
  • Off with His Head!: Tom kills him by ripping his head off.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He had been assaulted hard by Ruby's barbed-wire glove, but gives almost no recognition to this injury and continues his attempts to make Ruby acknowledge his commands and wild rantings.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Filbert the Mad Doctor.
  • Weapon of Choice: A medical bone-saw, which he uses to cut the bad out of people.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He desires to remove the infection from everyone in the facility and to escape, but his madness twists those goals beyond all recognition.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Filbert constantly defines himself as "clean" and everyone else "infected", while few others recognize such statuses.

Discontinuity

  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: From "Maddie's" (Daisy's) point of view that the "cure" Filbert was giving the patients had apparently just been him having some sick fun.
  • Stock Phrases: Something very close to "Don't worry, I'm a doctor".

Dr. S

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What is assumed to be Dr.S's remains
Click to see what Weaver planned to be Dr. S:note 

"To whatever staff member or patient fancies himself a prankster: you've had your fun. Some of us have work to do."
—From Dr's S's note

Another doctor at the facility, though not apparent through the course of the adventure. His/ her presence was confirmed by a formal notice of complaint seen by Ruby. It has been speculated that the goat head found in the cabinet belonged to him. It turned out that Weaver had something entirely different in mind for Dr. S, but didn't find a good place to put him in.

  • Agent Scully: He's skeptical of the voices he hears (believing them to be the work of a prankster) and is annoyed by Red's suspicion of the new medicine.
  • Eldritch Abomination: What he was planned to be, see the noted picture.
  • Fan Nickname: Fans usually refer to him as Sven, to fit in with the Animal Crossing theme (Sven being a goat villager from that game)
  • The Ghost: The most that's seen of him is a a note written by him and a skull (which may or may not have been his).
  • Hearing Strange Laughter and other Voices
  • More Than Mind Control: Was meant to try and bring Ruby over to his side via this, before he was cut.
  • Mr. Exposition: Was supposed to reveal plenty of important information.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He's the reason why Filbert found out that Red wasn't taking the medicine and hid it in Red's food, foiling Red's first suicide attempt.
  • Only Sane Employee: If his note's any indication, he's this.
    • Averted by his planned appearance, as Weaver has stated that he's possibly more far gone than anyone else, despite being able to act cognizant.
  • Posthumous Character: Possibly.
    • Jossed: Turns out that Weaver just never found a good place to put him into the story, so Dr. S was almost completely cut save for a few references.
  • The Spock
  • What Could Have Been: Never made it into the story proper besides some references. Weaver states that Filbert filled in for most of Dr. S's purposes.

Bella

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"I am not in charge here. I am merely acting on orders my superiors issued before they abandoned the facility. I simply cannot open the surface hatch for you. Those are my orders."
Bella telling Ruby and Tom why she can't let them out, paraphrased.

Bella is a mouse and the receptionist/head systems manager of the Metal Glen. She maintains the facility's lockdown, and surveys the place through monitors.

  • And I Must Scream: She can't move away from her station because of her life support, and for over a year, she's had to watch the facility degenerate and see the outside world just out of her reach. She is the only person in the facility who's completely sane and aware of what's going on, but she can't change anything or escape. No wonder she wants Ruby and Tom to kill her.
  • Big "NO!": When she thinks that Ruby isn't going to Mercy Kill her.
  • Cyborg: Her body is/was so badly damaged that the only way she could stay alive to continue her duty was with immensely heavy life support.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her face appears on a monitor for one panel directly after Red's suicide.
  • Fan Nickname: Monitorface, or Monitorhead. Both of these refer to her first few appearances, wherein all the players saw was monitors showing her face.
  • Foil: To Filbert. Bella really is what Filbert claims to be- the only one in the facility untouched by the Cure.
  • Get It Over With
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate
  • Killed Off for Real: Since she wasn't exposed to the "cure".
  • Ironic Name: 'Bella' means 'Beautiful', which she isn't.
  • Loophole Abuse: How she can help Tom and Ruby get through the facility (So that they can reach her and kill her) without going against her orders, which were to keep them inside. She was ordered to keep them from leaving, not avoid keeping them alive.
  • Mercy Kill: The players kill Bella on her demand.
  • Only Sane Employee: She's probably the only employee of the Metal Glen with no delusions and/or creepy mannerisms. She's also the only one never exposed to the Cure, which is probably the cause of this.
  • Seen It All: Several times over, in fact.
  • Super Weight: She's Type -1, as she is trapped on her life support.
  • Undying Loyalty: Bella has been tasked with maintaining the lock-down of the facility and will continue to do so until her death.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Bella is trapped at her station by her life support. To make matters worse, her room is near the surface and there's a window that she faces, so she's always reminded of what she can't have, since she's stuck in the Metal Glen.

     Inanimate Objects 

The Dummy

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An unnaturally-tightly leather-bound scarecrown/ dummy bolted to a rotating pivot that seems to always be staring toward the players.

  • Artifact of Doom: As stated from the last of Filbert's notes, the Dummy—along with several other malevolent artifacts—were retrieved from the recently excavated, lost chamber at the bottom of the facility.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: As a sort of Memetic Mutation; Red's schizophrenic, graffiti-messages are often attributed to it.
  • Chekhov's Dummy
  • Demonic Dummy: Literally. The dummy (originally in the room named after it, but later found in Cold Storage) is absolutely, positively evil. It turned to look at them when it was tied to the post, and if that's not creepy enough, later its nature was absolutely confirmed when it grew tentacles on the ceiling of Cold Storage, Ace's room. It was excavated from below the station in the first place. Considering the stuff apparently imprisoned down there, that alone comfirms its evil nature.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In part; lampshaded.
    • Dummy in the dark and FUCKING CJOPAZE!!
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It isn't staring at the character, it's staring at you.
  • Irony/Fridge Logic: "The Dummy's skin was made of leather" is technically a contradiction, by the definition of leather.
  • The Dummy Behind the Bird
  • Psychic Powers: It is implied that The Dummy, itself, had a sort of special psychic-control over Ace, influencing his actions and causing him to take it from its original place to Ace's hideaway in cold storage.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only in the dark, though.
  • The Speechless: Well it is just a dummy, or is it?

The Water Cooler

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"Mr. Water will go out like the champion of neutrality he is. Judging ever eternally from under the rubble."

A water cooler found in a room that was likely the Metal Glen's cafeteria. Became memetic among Ruby Quest's players due to the position of its taps, which look an unimpressed expression.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Mr. Water Cooler"
  • Chekhov's Gun: For most of its run, the water cooler was a background object (and meme material). Near the end, it turned out to contain the last piece of a key Ruby needed to enter Cold Storage.
  • Running Gag: He is disappointed in us all.note 
  • The Speechless
  • The Stoic

WARNING: MAJOR, UNMARKED SPOILERS BELOW

    The Barbed Wheel 
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The great, ancient, unseen Eldritch Horror responsible for all the reality-bent chaos within the Metal Glen facility.

  • Arc Symbol: The 'Barbed Wheel' seen pretty much everywhere is thought to be its symbol.
  • Berserk Button: It's probably not a coincidence that when Tom and Ruby gave Bella her Mercy Kill Ace flew into a blind, glowing fury.
  • Big Bad: What ever the hell is going on in facility is this thing's fault.
  • The Corruption: The reason why everyone went crazy.
  • Eldritch Abomination: What ever it looks like, it can't be pretty.
  • Mind Rapist: Drove everyone in the facility violently insane.
  • I Want Them Alive: It is never made clear just why Ace is ordered to resurrect everyone just to have them destroy everyone, but the dark entity seems to need them for some reason other than just For the Evulz.
  • Man Behind the Man: It is very heavily implied to be the one Ace, who serves as the most direct threat Ruby and Tom face, is taking orders from.
  • No Name Given: At least not until the Mushroom Forest special.
    • I Have Many Names: Cjopaze, Perogra, the Bound Watcher, He Who Slumbers in the Buried Dark, and the God of the Green Throne. Cjopaze is the one most commonly used.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: If you consider the filmy, red "cure" and the black void relative to it, then it counts.
  • The Speechless: It may or may not talk, but we never hear.
  • Ultimate Evil: What it is, we do not know. All we know is that it's from beneath the Metal Glen and is very bad news.
  • Walking Spoiler: You do know why this is kept in a separate folder from the other characters.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: In theory, Ruby quite possibly could have in the cold-storage room if her third eye wasn't hurting so bad (of course, trying to use her super-power to view such an other-worldly force directly would probably leave her in a permanent state of insanity)


And what became of cat and hare?
Did they break free to purer air?
To guess their fate we shouldn't dare
Perhaps their tale closed well...
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