Characters: Shadowrun Returns
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The Dead Man's Switch
Now I'm asking myself - who would care if I die? Who would give a rat's ass? Better or worse, your name is at the top of the list. Maybe it's the only name *on* the list...
Your deceased friend who kicks off the plot. An ex-shadowrunner whose Dead Man Switch
sends you a job offer to find his killer.
- The Alcoholic: And more besides. Whether booze, drugs, or chips, Sam had a habit he never kicked. Good guy, never drunk on a run, but he liked his vices.
- Dead Man Switch: He has one implanted in his brain, sending a prerecorded video phone call to you in the event somebody finally killed him.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With the Player Character. He had your back when the Renraku run went to hell and helped you gun down the traitor New Larry. You can also state, on more than one occasion, that Sam had your back when you needed it so you are not going to abandon him now before making sure his killer is taken care of.
- Guest Star Party Member: During a flashback at the beginning of the game.
- Half-Identical Twins: With Jessica.
- Irony: Both a case of situational and dramatic. The liver transplant from his mother that saved his life made him a target of the Ripper, and during his final message to you he asks that you apologize to his sister on his behalf and ask for her forgiveness — 'forgiveness', as you already know at that point, is almost exactly the opposite of what his sister did to him.
- I Owe You My Life: Well, more like he reminds you that you owe yours to him as he had your back when Renraku came gunning for you and New Larry turned on you.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a self confessed selfish alcoholic (and whatever else he could get hold of-ic) moocher who admits that whoever killed him probably had a legitimate grudge. However he always stayed clean while on a run, had your back in a firefight and the staff at the Union considered him family (although only Coyote actually liked him).
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Well, homicide isn't exactly a minor crime but his death being caused by his sister, who is a major head-honcho at the Universal Brotherhood, puts you on the track to uncovering and stopping the Brotherhood's plans for Seattle, which is a great deal more important than solving the murder of the town drunk.
- Phone Call From The Dead: Courtesy of a Dead Man Switch in his head.
- Posthumous Character: His death sets off the plot.
- Schmuck Bait: An alcoholic, ex-shadowrunner capable of affording a 100,000 nuyen life insurance policy? Yeah, right. Funny thing is, he makes an irresponsible suggestion that one of his relatives may cough up some money. Unknown to him, Telestrian is his half-brother. And by complete coincidence, he's willing to pay you exactly that for that whole, "saving the world from insect spirits" thing you had to do to catch Sam's killer. Call It Karma!
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Apparently had a habit of convincing friends to let him crash on their couches and outstaying his welcome.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: That became a drunken loser, amongst other things, when he grew up.
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- Badass Long Coat: He's wearing a rather nice looking trench coat when you meet him.
- Cool Shades: Seriously, look at his character portrait.
- Deadpan Snarker: He makes a lot of sarcastic comments. For example, ask him for a shotgun and he remarks, "Ah, you like the subtle approach."
- Guest Star Party Member: He's the first party member you get, not counting the two in the flashback, after talking to Dresden. He gives you a starting weapon and equipment, you help him kick the crap out of some gang-bangers and than he leaves you when you approach the first murder scene because he has a corporate bounty on his head that Lone Star troops will try to collect on, giving you some cash for your trouble before heading out. The next time he shows up is at Sam's funeral and the real nasty plot kicks off.
- Overrated And Underleveled: By the end of the SNES game, he was a cybered-out decker-shaman who fought a Great Dragon by himself and won. Here? You meet him ten minutes or so from the character creation screen, he's only slightly stronger than your starting character and a pure mage; though he does still have his data-jack and a shaman tattoo. When he shows up for the second time about half-way through the campaign he is still only a little bit stronger than your character.
- However, apart from the datajack, cortex bomb, and head computer, every cybernetic upgrade you could get in the SNES game was optional and even getting a cyberdeck was optional. And despite the fact that he's supposedly a Dog Shaman, he's actually more of a hermetic mage with Dog as a mentor spirit than an actual Shaman.
- Playing with Fire: His primary offensive spell when you first get him is a fireball.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: He's one of the major NPCs in the game.
- Red-Headed Hero: Of his own game. The first thing noticed about him in this game is his bright orange ginger hair.
- Running Gag: Sleeping in morgue body coolers. Cheaper than a coffin motel. His Steam Trading Card even Lampshades it.
- Waking Up at the Morgue: He was quite enjoying a good night's sleep too when Dresden pointed you towards his cooler cell. Hey, according to him it's cheaper than a coffin motel and the service is just as good. Of course, he has a history of doing this.
Native American shaman and sister of one of the Ripper's victims. She hires you for a run involving conjuring witnesses to her brother's murder, which proves crucial in figuring out the case, and can help you take down the Ripper.
- Facial Markings: Has a white stripe across the front of her face, either as part of her Native American Heritage or signifying the fact that she is a shaman.
- Guest Star Party Member: She's only available for a few missions. After you take down the Ripper she takes it on herself to help put the spirits trapped in the mental hospital at rest.
- It's Personal: She gets involved with helping you run down the Ripper because her brother was murdered.
- Magical Native American: She's a shaman, making her a literal (and justified, since Native Americans tend to be shamans in the Shadowrun universe) example.
- Necromancer: You help her conjure the dead spirits of an airplane crash so they can provide clues to her brother's murder. Note that was Plan B when her attempts to conjure her brother failed. Then there is her work in the mental hospital.
- Occult Detective: She's summoning ghosts to solve a murder case.
Another Guest Star Party Member
with a background in the Shadowrun
setting, specifically a set of novels set before the events of the game (the Find Your Own Truth trilogy), as well as being in the very first Shadowrun fiction (the short story at the start of the first edition of the RPG). Dodger is an elven decker famous on the Seattle scene you can hire for a run late in the game, recommended by the Seamstress' Union.
- Bizarre Baby Boom: Was one of the "spike babies", rare meta-human infants born shortly before the dawn of the Sixth World with the return of magic in 2012, after which meta-human births became more common.
- Cool Shades: Though not as nice as Jake's.
- Guest Star Party Member: Shows up exactly once in the Dead Man's Switch Campiagn, for the run on Telestrian.
- Informed Attribute: Is said to speak like a character from a Charles Dickens novel, but never says a word in game.
- Older Than They Look: While his age is never specified, some of the other fiction he appears in says that he is old enough to remember watching the broadcast of the Empire State building falling in 2005, nearly fifty years before Shadowrun Returns takes place.
- Overrated And Underleveled: Is said to be one of Seattle's finest and most famous deckers, but he's no better than any other NPC decker and a main character focused on it will leave him in the dust.
- The Quiet One: Unlike all the other famous background characters, Dodger has no lines whatsoever.
The proprietor of the Seamstress Union in Redmond.
- Big Good: For the local neighborhood at least. For example, get the buyer list for the Ripper's bunraku slaves and she will send runners to intercept and free those people. She is also very protective and supportive of her employees, friends, and regular patrons.
- Black Market: Her bar is frequented by fixers, weapon salespeople and talismongers. She has a permanent black market set up in her basement for select customers.
- But Not Too Black: She is half-African American, half-Japanese.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Peppers her language with Japanese expressions and idioms frequently. This is not uncommon in the setting, but she does it more than most. Being half Japanese herself probably has a lot to do with it.
- Mama Bear: She considers her employees, friends, and regular patrons family, and is fiercely protective of them.
- Miss Kitty: A cyberpunk version, of the 'booze and strippers' kind. And illegal safehouses for shadowrunners.
- Mixed Ancestry: African and Japanese.
- Retired Badass: She used to be a shadowrunner herself, and lived long enough with enough money to buy the Union and establish the safehouse and black market for other shadowrunners.
Full-time bartender and part time Soiled Dove
, she acts as the front girl for the Seamstresses Union to fund her college fund. Had a boyfriend named Shane.
- The Bartender: She runs the bar at the Seamtress union.
- Consummate Liar: She is VERY good at that, if she was a runner, chances are she would have a rating 6 Con rating with specialization into lying.
- Everyone calls her Cherry Bomb: She teases Andy White, a Johnson representing Telestrian interests that her real name was Caroline. Obviously a lie though.
- Ms. Fanservice: Cherry Bomb is this for the patrons of the Seamstress Union. Fully justified though, her description mentions that she clearly tailors her appearance to maximize her number of bartending tips. She is putting the extra money toward medical school. Although...
- Soiled Dove: She states that before she became a bartender, she used to be at the back working with Johns. She has stopped offering her services to average Johns but still sleeps with Johnsons for their loose lips in bed. Sometimes she doesn't even need to do that as she easily swindles information out of a Johnson who had hired some runners who he had planned to sell out knowing their incidence with a notorious gang.
Part-time bartender and full-time Shadowrunner. She works at the Seamstresses Union to supplement her income. Has a boyfriend named Paco.
- Action Girl: Can wield a shotgun with the best of street samurai and her discounted price means there's pretty much no reason not to take her if you need muscle.
- Amateur Sleuth: No formal police training or experience, still plays detective investigating the BTL trade in her spare time. She's hunting for family.
- Artificial Limbs: She's fitted with a cybernetic left arm after her flesh and blood one is torn up during her rescue mission.
- Badass in Distress: Your first mission with her involves saving her from a solo run gone bad. If you bust her out before killing the rest of Stevie J's gang, she'll pick up a shotgun and fight alongside you. Despite the fact she can't see out of one eye and her left arm is mostly bone, tendons, and enough muscles to barely move it.
- Battle Couple: With Paco. Though you don't get to use them together beyond a couple of missions, they fit. Paco is willing to assault an entire base of BTL dealers, by himself, to save her.
- Berserk Button: BTL dealers. If her cousin is killed she says she won't rest until she's personally burned down every BTL pusher in Seattle.
- Dreadlock Warrior: Well, dreadlock shadowrunner.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Rescuing her from Stevie J and helping her gun the bastard down does wonders for her friendship level. Help her raid a Yakuza BTL den to rescue her cousin seals the deal.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Talk to her about Jake and she will sheepishly say "I like gingers."
- It's Personal: She grew up in Stevie J's slum and hates him for what he does to the people there. Hence why she accepted a job to steal the gemstones from him. If her cousin is killed she will start her own private war, well more like escalate it, against the entire BTL crime sub-set.
- I Owe You My Life: The reason she helps you get in touch with Sam's sister and offers her services as a street samurai at a discounted price is because you saved her from being tortured to death by Stevie J.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: She's only referred to as Coyote. Her real first name is Carla.
- Non-Indicative Name: Coyote's name has nothing to do with being a shaman (she's not) or a native American (she's a black woman from Chicago). If you inquire you learn she once shot a coyote in the belief it was a shape-shifted street shaman who had cheated her and the nickname stuck.
- Promoted to Playable: Kinda. A fan-made campaign module does this, continuing from the bad ending of the mission where you find her cousin.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Her back-up pistol is a revolver.
- Scars Are Forever: Enforced. The doc could have healed her facial scar, but she insists on keeping it as a reminder of her past folly.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Her primary weapon of choice.
- What Does She See in Him?: What the rest of the staff in the Seamstress Union think about her relationship with Paco. Of course, you find out that Paco is a rather nice guy when he isn't around other members of his gang and trying to act tough to impress them. Coyote sees this side of him all the time, the rest of the staff doesn't.
- Work Off the Debt: Variant, Mrs. Kubota pays for her cyber-arm replacement because Coyote is rather broke and Coyote is in-debted to her for this.
A retired decker who infiltrated many facilities disguised as a janitor. Nowadays he spends most of his time at the Seamstress Union.
- The Cracker: Comes with being a Decker.
- Guest Star Party Member: Accompanies the player on a Matrix drive for a short period, but is otherwise unavailable.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: His MO during his working days. It worked out pretty good too. Who would think it was the janitor?
- Overrated And Underleveled: He's supposed to be some super Decker, but when you actually get to use him his gear and stats aren't all that good. It's possible to outdo him if you build your character right.
- Retired Badass: Was a decker, but he gave up that life.
for the Seamstress' Union. A large and very polite troll in a nice suit.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting/Ink-Suit Actor: To NFL punter Chris Kluwe, who happens to be a Shadowrun fan and was a high-level contributor to the Kickstarter campaign.
- Gentle Giant: Always unfailingly polite and quite protective of the other staff and regulars.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Appears to go out of his way to be as little stereotypically troll-like as possible.
- Mysterious Past: It's implied he owes his life to Mrs. Kubota over something but he never says exactly what. The closest thing he reveals is that he was at such a low point, he considered joining the Universal Brotherhood just so he could be treated normally.
- Our Trolls Are All Different: He looks quite human, barring the eight feet of height and the ram horns. This is possibly because he is based on a real person - see above.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His description notes him as possibly the nicest dressed troll you've ever seen. Always wears a suit at the job, which is quite impressive for a bouncer in a Barrens joint. He also apparently has manicured nails.
- Was Once a Man: He mentions early on that he used to be human, and Awakened at some point during his life.
This Ripper case is my ticket to a Lieutenant's badge.
An ork Lone Star detective responsible for the Ripper case. He's a jerk.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Or, in this case, looks like a big stupid jerk and is one as well. The game itself lampshades it.
- Clueless Detective: He's incompetent, that's for sure. To give one example, you find out shortly after first meeting him that he was in charge of the investigation into the death of Sam's mother. Dresden notes that she shot herself with her non-dominate hand and other inconsistencies that makes him think it might not have been suicide. McKlusky will hear none of it.
- Dirty Cop: In his defense, so are 90% of all other cops in the Shadowrun universe.
- Jerkass: Dresden describes him as a man who would accuse his own mother for a 10 nuyen raise.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Well, you are not a licensed detective and this is an official murder investigation so he technically does have a point about you poking around in the crime scenes. He is still an incompetent asshole though.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After spending the entire campaign antagonizing you, you can cause Telestrian to have him fired in the epilogue for a reward. Or, you know, you can just punch him in the face.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: Works for one.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: To be fair, your character is a civilian and has no place in murder scenes. He is quite a jerk about it though.
- Rabid Cop: He really doesn't like you and lets you know it.
A human officer working under McKlusky on the Ripper case. Wants to find the ripper first to get a detective's badge.
- Dirty Cop: You can bribe him to gain easier access to the third murder scene and give you access to some data from it.
- Friend on the Force: Unlike McKlusky he isn't antagonistic towards you and if you pay him he will be more than happy to supply you with leads, give you access to the crime scenes, etc...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comparatively when compared to McKlusky. He takes bribes, tries to sabotage McKlusky, and doesn't hide how solving the Ripper case will get him promoted. On the other hand he is much more cheerful and polite towards you and Shannon Half-Sky, allowing her to stay at a crime scene to pray for her brother.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.: He works for one.
- Right Hand Versus Left Hand: He's openly sabotaging McKlusky in the hopes he'll get the Ripper first. Dresden reveals Aguirre tried bribing him into withholding information, and he lets you remove evidence from a murder scene.
- The Rival: To McKlusky, one of the reasons he is helping you is because he knows it will sabotage McKlusky's investigation.
A low level member of the Cutters, doesn't fit in due to his Jerk with a Heart of Gold
emphasis on Gold. Boyfriend to Coyote.
- Batter Up: He is carrying a baseball bat the first time you meet him.
- Battle Couple: With Coyote.
- Fantastic Racism: Spouts ethnic slurs at non-human characters when you first meet him. It's more due to being extremely stressed out at the moment than genuine racism though.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Helping rescue his girlfriend from a slum-lord's fortress tends to make him like you.
- Guest Star Party Member: Joins the Player Character to help rescue Coyote. After that, he helps out on a few missions of personal importance to her, but is otherwise unavailable in the rest of the game. He says his gang leader does not like the members moonlighting.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though the "jerk" part is mostly an air he effects when representing the Cutters on the street. He proves surprisingly loyal, compassionate, and sweet when not around the rest of his gang. Coyote sees this side of him all the time, but not everyone else does.
- Nice Guy: Surprisingly for a gang member. He's essentially just a young man trying to juggle his friends and girlfriend (he's even rather apologetic to a merchant who had been shaken-down by his gang).
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: What he tries to be, he even apologizes to the man his gang shook down for protection money.
A BTL dealer and slumlord found early in the game.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Got a real nasty one going down the right side of his face.
- Homage: Stevie J is a direct shout out to Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games in appearance, and matches up with his 'Evil Stevie' persona.
- Landlord: More like slumlord, and a decidedly villainous take on it. Stevie J owns the building and takes a cut of all the BTL sales therein, making him a (minor) druglord too.
- Obviously Evil: He is a slum-lord, drug pusher with a disfigured face.
- Red Right Hand: Take a look at his right eye; black with a red pupil.
- Snuff Film: Had his men kidnap the son of one of his tenets and torture him to death to create a nasty BTL.
- Take That: Stevie being a villain is a bit of a friendly take that, his company being a rival to FASA back in the 80s and 90s.
- This Cannot Be!: Gives a minor one after you kill him. He sputters out a denial then dies.
The Emerald City Ripper, Dr. Henry Hollings Holmes a.k.a. Silas Forsberg
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Someone once told me that I was a broken thing. But he also said I could remake myself. He wanted to break me down, so I could put myself back together again. And I did, but only after I broke him.
A serial killer that stalks Seattle's Barrens, killing people by stunning them and extracting an organ as a souvenir while they're still alive before letting them bleed out. Sam was his second victim.
- Alliterative Name: Henry Hollings Holmes. Subverted in that his real name is Silas Forsberg.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: He's directly ugly and described as such by the game itself. Especially noticeable given he's an elf.
- Bizarre Baby Boom: Was one of the first meta-human children and ended up being more of a test subject for various pediatricians than a real patient or having a normal childhood period. Part of the reason he is so messed up.
- The Dragon: He is always accompanied by a gigantic troll with a cybernetic arm, who serves as this to him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up next to the second crime scene.
- Faking the Dead: Silas Forsberg killed his psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Holmes, used Holmes body to fake his own death and assumed his identity.
- Freudian Excuse: As one of the first generation of changelings, he was subjected to extensive experimental medical procedures, notably increasing dosages of sedatives which pre-Awakening doctors considered necessary to treat his "aberrant physiology". Decades later, another elven doctor was able to get his hands on him and treat him as a person instead of a test subject, but the damage was done. He spent several months learning to mimic the new doctor's habits and personality, then killed him and assumed his identity.
- Lack of Empathy: As if it wasn't obvious. The 'treatment' cassettes in his lair reveals just what a stunning disregard he has for his inmates.
- Mad Scientist: He acts like one, but he hasn't really got much in the way of scientific goals nor does he have any sort of degree — he's a delusional psych patient with a rep for plastic surgery without a license.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The Ripper's birth name is not based off of anyone famous, but the doctor whose identity he stole is named after the Serial Killer Henry Howard Holmes (with only his middle name being different). The Ripper's Obliviously Evil troll assistant Pitezel is named after the original Holmes' criminal associate (and eventual victim), Benjamin Pitezel.
- Obviously Evil: You'll pretty much know he's a villain the moment he shows up.
- Organ Theft: He takes an organ from each of his victims. For instance, he took Sam's liver as a trophy. Turns out he was hired to retrieve those organs and they are not serial killer trophies but merely a means to a paycheck.
- Psycho for Hire: Averted. The cruelty of his killing method and the treatment of the inmates under his 'care' are means, not an end. He's really only interested in making money.
- Serial Killer: He removes a single organ from each of his victims, while they're alive but drugged up/stunned. He turns out to be motivated by profit, and hardly limits his domain to murder. When you get into his lair you discover he has several other, equally disgusting, for-profit schemes going on with the inmates.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once you weaken his Dragon enough, he'll finally lose his cool and come charging out into the open with unbridled frustration.
- Walking Spoiler: Considering investigating the case is a substantial part of the plot.
Hey, I figure if I help you out, there's a better chance to get his scumbag off the streets a little sooner. McKlusky wants the Ripper in a cell, sure, but he couldn't care less if it takes another dozen murders.
Branch manager of the Redmond "Organ Grinders" franchise, a combined transplant and morgue business. A cheerful dwarf chopshop mortician who lets Jake crash in his clinic.
- The Coroner: His chop shop is noted as being the nearest thing the area has to an actual morgue. He's quite happy to give you information about the Ripper's victims (even contacting you when another victim's turned up so you can get there before the Corrupt Cop does).
- Creepy Mortician: Of the 'way off sense of humour' type. Otherwise, though, he is one of the friendlier characters in the game.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Courtesy of his avatar.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in his interactions with Jake and McKlusky.
- Every Man Has His Price: Fortunately, he earns enough from his chop shop business that Lone Star officers can't afford it.
- Mr. Exposition: His purpose in the story is to provide you with information about the Ripper's victims, give you some background information on the organ chop-shop trade and not much else.
- Nice Guy: Awfully cheerful and friendly for someone who makes his living dismembering corpses.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted. No beard, no Scottish accent and no dour 'honourable' personality. Just another working stiff.
- Recurring Character: He keeps getting called in to all the ripper scenes and you encounter him frequently through the game, even though he never joins your party.
- Shout-Out: A character named Dresden in an Occult Detective story. Hmm...
The twin sister of Sam Watts, but she saw nothing good whatsoever in him.
- All There in the Manual: One of the stories that came with the anthology for backers is from her point of view. It spoils her true nature, amongst other things.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When you meet her, she seems indifferent at best about Sam's death but hints she might be hiding her true feelings. She was the one who ordered him (and several others) killed so she could get back her dead mother's organs (this can be subverted if you choose the right options when you've got her cornered and she feels remorse for what she did). And of course, she's an insect shaman trying to summon the local Hive Queen spirit to kick off a Body Snatcher invasion.
An elven decker who was captured by the Universal Brotherhood, who you come across and rescue halfway through the game.
- Ascended Extra: As of Storm Front, she is now acting High Prince of Tir Tangire, if you chose to be head of security, you essentially got an extremely powerful Prince on your side 20 years later, if your player character lived that long.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Daddy is a Corrupt Corporate Executive who crippled her boyfriend, her two aunts run the local branch of the Universal Brotherhood, one aunt hired a Dr. Holmes to kill six people to steal their organs to put her dead mother back together, Uncle Sam was a drunk (not that she knew he existed) and former criminal mercenary.
- Broken Pedestal: The reason she was able to be manipulated by her two aunts, Lynn and Jessica, is because she trusted her father and when she found out his actions caused Harkeem to end up a cripple and he lied about it, well it made her more susceptible to what they had to say.
- Distressed Damsel: She was kidnapped to be the host of the queen insect spirit. She's having none of it.
- Knight Templar Parent: See James Telestrian III for more details.
Baron Samedi Harkeem
A mysterious technomancernote
who is so new to the scene that few know anything about him. What is known is that he is powerful and he means business.
- The Cracker
- Gratuitous French: Peppers his speech with it, fitting with his Creole Voodoo Priest motif.
- Playful Hacker: Technically also The Cracker since he is a cyber-criminal, but his flamboyant attitude and the fact that his motives are mostly benign and not pulled for his own benefit put him more in this camp.
- Third-Person Person: When in character, Samedi always talks like this.
- You No Take Candle: Invoked. He can speak perfect English (as shown in his talk with Marie-Louise), but uses foreign-structured English peppered with French as part of his persona.
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- Cool Sword: He carries one during the assault on the Universal Brotherhood.
- Dare to Be Badass: The final thing he says to you at the end of the game can be summed up as this. No matter how much the world slowly kills itself around you while all the corporations pull their strings for power, you are a Shadowrunner. You don't play their game.
- Guile Hero: States quite plainly he only has friends until they have something he wants that they won't give up.
- Deadpan Snarker: About half his lines are sarcasm or mockery.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Only Harlequin can interrupt and talk sass to Lofwyr himself and get away with it.
- Guest Star Party Member: For the final level.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Gives you a rather frank speech on how the Sixth World works (i.e. a giant Gambit Pileup where everyone is too concerned with their own agenda to see the bottom-line) at the end of the campaign. He also points out that shadowrunning is thus the reward for not taking part in it, leaving one free to choose their own values.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Towards the end of the campaign, you can have this exchange:
This ain't a game. Harlequin:
Oh, but it is. On more than one level.
- Magic Knight: A Mystic Physical Adept who specializes in swords, chi abilities and spell casting.
- Overrated And Underleveled: This is a being who should be a match for an entire team of prime runners, during a point in time where he didn't even have stats to avoid the Lord British Postulate, yet he's an okay-ish but rather underwhelming Mystic Adept. He can hold his own in a fight but a properly leveled and outfitted mage or street samurai will out-damage him in a fight. It certainly doesn't help that he's also the only character in the game that the AI will prioritize over the player character.
- Of course, knowing Harlequin, he may be deliberately downplaying himself as to not "outshine" the rest of the crew. As for the enemy AI giving him the highest combat priority, again, it's Harlequin.
- Warrior Poet: You can dare him to write a poem about the events of the endgame. He responds it wouldn't be the first time.
- Wolverine Publicity: Is a rather major Shadowrun character. And that's as much as we're willing to say about that.
James Telestrian III
Head of the A-rated megacorp Telestrian Industries and brother of Universal Brotherhood spokeswoman Lynne.
- All There in the Manual: Appears as a minor character in a couple of Shadowrun sourcebooks, as a member of Tir Tairngire's Council of Princes. He also becomes a beneficiary of Dunkelzahn's will (though that won't happen until about a year after the game's events).
- Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: If you ask him for payment in the epilogue, he asks his butler to just give you enough money so you'll have no way to complain or try to bargain about it. You end up with about five times the cash you will have seen up to this point through the entire campaign, combined.
- Bizarre Baby Boom: Was one of the "spike babies", rare meta-human infants born shortly before the dawn of the Sixth World with the return of magic in 2012, after which meta-human births became more common.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Well, he's a Shadowrun CEO. Goes with the territory.
- Knight Templar Parent: His actions led to the crippling of his daughter's boyfriend, which he compounded by lying to her and claiming he was dead. He also considers the knowledge that you rescued his daughter sufficient to make up for storming his corporate offices, killing dozens of his personnel, hacking highly sensitive corporate information, and costing him his head of security.
- Law Enforcement, Inc.
- Mega Corp./N.G.O. Superpower: Is head of one. Telestrian is A-rated in the corporate rating system and enjoys extraterritoriality.
- Papa Wolf: Seriously, don't get between him and his daughter if you want to live.
- Pragmatic Hero/Pragmatic Villainy: Depending in how you view him. However he is pragmatic enough to realize that the no name Shadowrunner that managed to infiltrate the Universal Brotherhood, survive the Insect Spirits there, rescue his daughter as an after thought, then broke into his Office Building, slaughter dozens of his guards, infiltrate his staff, break into a highly secure vault, and then slip out only to be caught by the police barricade outside is someone that he really should have on his payroll.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Rubs shoulders with Harlequin and Lorfwyr. Employs Tir Tairngire special forces as bodyguards. Yes.
- You Have Failed Me: Your actions in his corporate offices leads him to fire his head of security. You can apply for the job yourself eventually.
The crew as a whole
The team of shadowrunners the Player Character
ends up with once the first mission goes south.
- Anti-Hero: In true Shadowrun fashion. They're all criminals with sketchy pasts who will Shoot the Dog many times over the course of the campaign...but they're the best hope for saving the Kreuzbasar and Berlin.
- Badass: Gangs, Mega Corp., and dragons to deal against? Just another night of work.
- Fire-Forged Friends: And considering the title of the game, in more ways than one.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A punk Shaman, a cybernetic Broken Bird, a military Troll... Yup, it fits.
Your old friend and former running partner. She leads a runner crew in Berlin and is the quintessential "leader" of the Kreuzbasar, despite her belief in the anarchist leanings.
- Bi the Way: The player character has the option of telling Dietrich that they and Monika were "very close" before she died on the intro run, regardless of gender.
- Fangirl: Of Dunkelzahn's Wyrm Talk. In fact, she wants to wrap up the run as quick as possible in order to get back in time to watch that night's episode. The other members of the crew pester her about, saying you can't trust anything a dragon says. She keeps responding that "it's educational".
- Guest Star Party Member: During the start of the game.
- Messianic Archetype: Talking to people around town will very quickly reveal just how well-liked and important she is to the running of the Kreuzbasar. Yet despite this, her reputation is not spotless: she was unable to get through to Glory, and her bad advice got Kim hooked on BTL chips. Some other Shadowrunners also point out the hypocrisy of Monika advocating for an anarchist state but having so much personal influence that she was practically its monarch.
- Multicolored Hair: Her hair is platinum blonde with a large stripe dyed purple running through it.
- Playful Hacker: She had a pretty carefree attitude about her.
- Technician Vs Performer: The Performer to Eiger's Technician.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: APEX claims it killed many hackers before her, all of which were purged without thought. Monika, however, fundamentally changed its nature, leaving it with a desire to continue Monika's work. Jury's still out on how genuine it was.
A middle-aged human shaman, former punk band frontman, and chosen of the Dragonslayer. Works support with his summons.
- Bald of Awesome: His skills lean much closer to support, but he is still a valuable addition to your team and holds his own well enough.
- Blood Knight: In-game he's a support mage, but his Dragonslayer Totem compels him to be this trope, always looking for bigger and badder foes. If you ask him, well...
Dietrich: If I'm not drinkin', I'm fightin'. And if I'm not doin' either of those things, I'm lookin' for a *bigger, better* fight to get in next time.
[Dietrich produces a flask from his jacket pocket and raises it in salute.]
Dietrich: It's a remarkably simple code to live by.
- Boisterous Bruiser: According to Dietrich, the Dragonslayer totem encourages him to be this. Shadowrun Returns doesn't have voiced dialogue, so it's hard to tell.
Dietrich:...I could always feel [the Dragonslayer] in my heart, goadin' me to laugh louder, hit harder and get rowdier than the rest.
- Bully Hunter: Gang leaders, Humanis, dragons... part of the Dragonslayer gig is to find abusive powers bigger and meaner than you and kick the crap out of them.
- During the Night of Rage, an event in Shadowrun where there were worldwide anti ork and troll riots that cleft tens of thousands dead, he wound up leading all the punks and anarchists in Berlin to beat the shit out of any bigots.
- Cats In The Cradle: Alexander, his nephew calls him out on this when Dietrich wanted to stop Alex from making the same mistake as his brother who shipped him off to a Humanis training camp to get rid of a financial burden without any regard for his son's welfare.
- Cool Old Guy: He used to be the frontman for a punk rock band, now he is your friendly neighborhood shaman and Team Dad.
- Cool Uncle: He tries to be to Alexander.
- Knife Nut: He uses throwing knives alongside spellcasting.
- Meaningful Name: Not his, but his totem. Depending on your choices, he can actually end up slaying a (admittedly weakened) dragon with you.
- My Greatest Failure: During the Night of Rage he lead the punks of Berlin against the anti-metahuman bigots, and had a hell of a good time leading a bunch of defiant young people into the fray to smack up those who would abuse their power... only for a lot of them to get beaten, injured, and even killed in the ensuing conflict. He had the magic of the Dragonslayer to protect him, while they did not. This marked the point where he decided to retire from rabble-rousing Punk Rock and go into Shadowrunning, where he might make a difference with fewer people getting hurt for having followed him.
- Off Model: While all four crewmen have shades of this in their title screen portraits, Dietrich's has roughly half of his tattoos, and looks 15 years younger.
- Psychotic Smirk: Has one on the offical wallpaper◊ for Dragonfall. And while it isn't that apparent, his character model also has one.
- Punk Rock: He was the frontman for the punk rock band MESSERKAMPF! during his youth.
- Self-Deprecation: Dietrich does not think highly of his musical skills, being a former Punk Rock frontman:
Dietrich: I was the front man for a punk band, boss. Fuck no, I can't sing.
- Support Party Member: While he has a couple of offensive powers, they are nothing spectacularly powerful and are more about setting up the enemy for subsequent attacks than doing much direct damage. Most of his powers involve buffing his allies and protecting those nearby him. Monika's notes on him even detail that she usually has him doing magical support during runs.
- Tattooed Crook: He's covered in tattoos, shamanistic or otherwise.
- Team Dad: The most level-headed member of the group.
- The One Guy: Becomes this should you play a female decker and decline Blitz's offer to join the crew.
The group's close combat specialist and combat medic. A waifish woman decked out with bulky antique cyberware arms.
The team sniper and an ex-member of the KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte.
- Artificial Limbs: Not as noticeable or to the extent of Glory, but she is sporting a more modern cybernetic arm and leg.
- The Big Guy: Definitely the muscle of your group, packing a powerful sniper rifle along with two backup weapons.
- By-the-Book Cop: Well, by the book soldier. Eiger wants a clear chain of command, maps, time-tables, runs planned well in advance with no detail overlooked and tends to get on the nerves of other team members who like things a little bit more flexible.
- Cold Sniper: Acts this way towards everyone, but especially towards the player. Some of it is her military mindset, the rest is her grieving from Monika's death. She gets better about it, though.
- Consummate Professional: What she aspires to be and wants the rest of the team to act like.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Initially extremely pissed at the player character for being passed over as team leader.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Ex-special forces soldier.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Eiger was almost this to her. In boot camp, one of the other recruits called her this in reference to the mountain, i.e. "beautiful yet hard to 'climb'." She beat the shit out of the recruit. Her stated reason for doing so was to keep the nickname from having sexual connotations. Instead, it became a reminder that to everyone else that she'd feed them their own teeth if they repeated the mistake.
- Everyone Has Standards: She prefers to get the job done to the client's exact specifications, regardless of how morally dubious they may be. However, the MKVI mission crosses a line for her, to the point where she's in favor of giving the MKVI a Mercy Kill, even if it hurts the crew's reputation.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Director's Cut allows you to give her Dragon's Breath rounds that damage enemy armour.
- Flat "What.": Her response when Amsel makes you the leader of the team when Monika isn't there, in accordance with her previous declaration to make you the second-in-command.
- Good-Looking Privates: For a troll, and a professional soldier at that, she isn't that bad looking. This fact is lampshaded in game with the "beautiful yet hard to climb" comment.
- Hellbent For Leather: Her combat gear is made out of real leather, not the synthetic drek that is now commonplace.
- Hot-Blooded: She's actually fairly able to keep her temper in check but she has a deep distrust of the PC at first and she's not afraid to show that. Of course, the PC can rile her up.
- Insult of Endearment: She snidely calls the player "Fearless Leader" at the beginning due to her bitterness at their position as the leader of the crew. She continues to use the term even after her respect is earned, but with implicitly less bite.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a hardass due to her military training, and she gives the player the hardest time out of everyone in the crew. However, Eiger is incredibly loyal to anyone that earns her respect, and her initial attitude to the player is in large part due to her grief over Monika's death.
- Made of Iron: In-Story. After a mission went bad she had to drag herself one handed over the border back into Germany as he other hand was keeping everything inside her.
- Man Bites Man: A troll's tusks aren't all for show as one of the assassins discovered when trying to attack Eiger when she was reloading. She ripped out his throat.
- Not So Stoic: First when Monica dies. Happened earlier in her backstory. She personally killed the the rookie that got the rest of her squad killed.
- Military Maverick: Inverted. Eiger is an extremely by-the-book career soldier, which clashes with the rest of the team.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Eiger and Blitz are the only two characters with shadowrunning aliases. Unlike with Blitz, you never learn Eiger's name.
- Plausible Deniability: Why she had to become a Shadowrunner. A mission went horribly bad, and the Government had to disavow any knowledge of her existence.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: The other firearm she specializes in besides sniper rifles.
- Technician Vs Performer: The Technician to Monika's Performer.
- Token Non-Human: She's the only non-human member of the original crew, and for the crew as a whole if the player is human as well.
- Vocal Dissonance: Her voice is very soft for a troll. Something of an Informed Attribute since the game doesn't have voice acting.
The group's fixer. He fronts their hideout with his Imports shop.
- Cool Old Guy: Not to the same degree as Dietrich but he's still a pretty nice guy and since he was a child during Feuerschwinge's rampage, which takes place forty-two years before the events of the game, means he has to be close to fifty at least.
- The Face: Essentially this to your crew since he negotiates with your Johnsons on your behalf.
- The Handler: A much nicer, friendlier example than usual, but he is the one who sets up nearly all your contracts.
- Mission Control: Helps set up your runs, directs you to contacts, etc.
- Mr. Exposition: If he ain't playing The Handler, he's doing this.
- Non-Action Guy: You can't bring him on missions.
Monika's pet dog, a large mutt of unknown breeding. Although late in the game, you find out that he's part Hellhound.
- Androcles' Lion: The thorn in this case being his sadness over Monika's death - getting some affection from an old friend like you sure seems to help. Doing so is what makes him a loyal party member when he takes Hellhound form. If you ignore him the whole game, he's hostile to you instead and forces you to kill him. You jerk.
- Big Friendly Dog: He's big, he's cute, he's rather affectionate, he's also part Hellhound.
- Cool Pet: At first, he just seems like any old dog...then it turns out he's a partial fire-breathing Hellhound!
- Pet the Dog: Literally. Doing so will make Dante follow you around, though not into battle. Until the attack on the Kreusbazar.
- Team Pet: Essentially.
- Took a Level in Badass: He can't join you in combat and is mostly there because it's adorable. Then he gets hit by assassins, turns out to be part Hellhound, and fire ensues.
A decker who was forcibly conscripted by a gang to help them with their security system.
- Admiring the Abomination: Has this reaction towards the MKVI, and to a lesser degree APEX. Although he's not willing to volunteer in helping the latter free itself.
- Badass Normal: He has the most mundane backstory compared to the Baldur's Gate-esque origins of the rest of the crew, yet is a solid party member on par with them.
- Bittersweet Ending: The end of his subplot. He loses the love of his life but doing so, he doesn't have to wait for her return anymore and can move on.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Turns out at the end of the epilogue Emile finished her little job and decides to become part of Kreuzbasar.
- The Cracker: Comes with being a decker.
- Ditzy Genius: Has a high intelligence score due to his role as a decker. However he does tend to be rather clueless and any plans he comes up with almost always backfire or derail spectacularly.
- Drone Deployer: He can also function as a Rigger but to unlock that ability you need to salvage the drone in the vault and have the local tech vendor repair it and than talk to him about said drone.
- Everyone Has Standards: While he's by far the most morally flexible of the group and tends to support whatever pays best, he is extremely reluctant towards letting APEX live — at least for as long as he has to be the one to dive in and release it.
- Indy Ploy: He planned his loyalty mission over a long time beforehand, and mostly does Mission Control during it. Let's just say the player character nominates his "little oversight" as the Understatement Of The Year during the mission review, and leave it at that.
- Just Think of the Potential: His reaction to the MKVI.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His first name is Lukas, which you learn if you dig deep enough into his personal quest, but like Eiger he only ever uses his running name.
- Optional Party Member: He exists for the sole purpose of making sure you have an on-staff decker. Should you already be one, you can decide not to take him on.
- Playful Hacker: Less scruples than Monica, but still your most light-hearted party member by far.
- Shaggy Dog Story: His personal subplot is about a former girlfriend who stole some data from his deck and disappeared. With some encouragement, you can get him to track her down. Turns out she's in protective custody to cover his mistakes, and he just forced her to go even further into hiding.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not evil, per se, but easily has the fewest personal scruples of the team.
- He's also the only team member who approves of sending the MKVI to the client intact.
People of the Kreuzbasar
Owner of the Kreuzbasar's one and only genuine Turkish coffee house and purveyor of reluctant information.
- Flowery Insults: His cursing is flowery and stereotypically middle-eastern, of the "motherless son of a goat" kind.
- Funny Foreigner: Invoked. He acts like an overblown Turkish stereotype, for Obfuscating Stupidity reasons, such as fitting into the mold of a stereotype makes him more welcome in the Kreuzbasar than a more German-acting Turk would. Privately, he acts much less foreign, and his accent is deliberately exaggerated.
- Knowledge Broker: He's an infobroker who helps you break the ice into your investigation of the run-gone-bad that kicks off the game.
- Only Electric Sheep Are Cheap: He sells genuine Turkish coffee at 50 nuyen a pop, as opposed to the 5 nuyen soykaf.
- Serious Business: Coffee. He extols the virtue of genuine Turkish coffee, and acts with disgust towards the more common knockoff coffee "soykaf".
- The Spymaster: He is responsible for the Kreuzbasar's WI-FI network, and runs a healthy wire-tapping business on the side.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Altuğ has this relationship with Herr Goldschmidt, a regular at his coffee house. Goldschmidt finds Altuğ's constant insults to be funny, and so keeps coming back and sits around buying coffee and being insulted. When Goldschmidt takes a bullet for him, Altuğ is genuinely sad about it.
Altuğ's "niece" who works in the coffee house with him. In actuality, she works as his gopher.
A mysterious elf who works at Talismonger's.
- Cryptic Conversation: She's even worse than Aljernon.
- Humanoid Abomination: Whatever Absinthe is, she isn't elven, or even metahuman. Looking into her eyes causes characters with low Willpower to black out, and in the Director's Cut she all but says outright she's an extradimensional spirit who is keeping an eye out for the Horrors.
- Talking To A Shadow: Use astral perception on her in the Director's Cut, and you'll learn that the woman you're looking at is just an illusion. Her true form is elsewhere, and you would not like to see it.
A highly intelligent goblinoid who runs a charity to help other Orks and Trolls.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: He's downright pretty for an ork, and also an overall nice person despite his prejudices.
- Fantastic Racism: His organisation doesn't employ humans or elves. An ork or troll Player Character can argue that it doesn't really help matters.
- This can get subverted after the Humanis operation for him, though - he'll permit Alexander, Dietrich's nephew, to help out in the hope that immersion will counter the rhetoric taught by the hate group.
A big goblinoid with a lot of old prosthetic limbs. He was a Colonel in the Finnish military in the first Euro War.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's clearly marked by his age and his past. He's mostly resigned and cynical rather than psychotic, however.
A mercenary inhabiting the bar in the Kreuzbasar. She has a more pragmatic view on Monika.
- Guest Fighter: She's a runner with her own team and is in the Kruezbasar for R&R, though she still moonlights as a merc runner for some of your runs. Notably, she's the only merc you meet outside of the missions. Though she has pretty versatile array of skills, she'll politely decline any offers to join your team.
- I Call It "Vera": She has a custom assault rifle she's named "Lady".
- Magic Knight: Lucky's a street samurai with cyberware and a couple of support spells (Aim and Heal).
- Power Tattoo: Which they were. She'll tell you the outline of the story if you ask about them.
A human woman living in the Kreuzbasar and known BTL addict.
- Going Cold Turkey: Averted. She only gets off the BTLs if you slowing coach her through it, until she can accept reality again.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A victim of this, due to Monica giving her some bad advice which caused Kim to Better-Than-Life chips.
A drug-slinging elf who deals various illicit products. Having a high enough Biotech attribute reveals that he's actually an Elf Poser, having gotten back-alley plastic surgery to alter his ears.
- Addled Addict: Just one conversation with him and a look at his portrait will tell you he breaks the "first rule" of dealing.
- The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Averted. He's constantly high, and almost certainly a compulsive liar, but he sure is friendly.
- Drugs Are Good: For all his faults, he does sell item which are used mostly to get high, but they do make excellent combat drugs which can give a shadowrunner a much needed edge in a bad situation.
- Junkie Prophet: Averted, though it's obvious this is what he wants to be. He claims to be a powerful mage, though all evidence points to the opposite.
- Mythology Gag: One of his stories mentions turning someone who attacked him in the attack on the Kruezbazar into goo (which the Player Character notices looks more like somebody had spilled their drink). This is a reference to the rather infamous "Turn to Goo" spell from the tabletop game.
- Tall Tale: He tells a couple of these, which are dubious not just because they're coming from a strung out drug dealer.
A patron of Altug's cafe, an agent of the Black Lodge, an Ancient Conspiracy bent on ruling the world.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: The bad angel kind, his requests are on the morally questionable side compared to other employers.
- Evil Is Petty: Most of the jobs you pull for him was a result of bets he set up with fellow Lodge members. For example, sparing the Humanis leader was due to his rival wanting to see if he would become a martyr.
- "Utopia" Justifies the Means/Necessary Evil: He is focused on greater picture of the Flux state, if it means letting the figureheads of certain racists live so the other factions so they band together to hunt him down. The Director's Cut reveals that this line of concern is nothing but utter bullshit used to sway the anarchists of Berlin to the tune of the Lodge's drum.
Other Dragonfall Characters
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A Great Dragon who Awakened in 2012 and promptly went on a rampage through central Europe, causing thousands of casualties. She was killed by the Luftwaffe after several days worth of constant attacks, using an experimental weapon developed by Dr. Adrian Vauclair, and her corpse fell into the SOX no-man's land between Germany and France. This event was named Dragonfall
. To date, Feuerschwinge was the only Great Dragon confirmed killed by the actions of metahumanity alone.
Feuerschwinge's name being dropped in the prologue leads the crew onto a conspiracy involving the fate of the Great Dragon and her possible return, and her shadow hangs across the entire campaign.
- And I Must Scream: Her soul was torn from her body and imprisoned while Vauclair experimented on it for close to fifty years (she was fortunately not Forced to Watch, but she doesn't respond any better to being shown the aftereffects).
- Big Bad: Subverted. You'd think she was preparing for her return and 'disappeared' Dr. Vauclair for revenge. It's the other way around.
- Broken Angel: The once proud Great Dragon is a mere shell of her former self after suffering decades of imprisonment, torture, and experimentation, all after her soul was removed from her body.
- Death Seeker: She outright asks you to kill her if you're able to decipher her babbling, seeing it as the only form of 'freedom' left to her.
- Despair Event Horizon: She awoke and saw what humanity had done to her beloved earth, then decided everyone had to die.
- Hope Springs Eternal: The best outcome for her in Dragonfall is to convince her that there's still beauty in the world, and that it will always need a protector. She pulls herself together long enough to agree to go back to sleep until the next age of magic, by which her pain will finally have subsided.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Once you start scratching the surface of the conspiracy Ansel remarks just how deep-reaching and complex it seems to be, which just screams 'dragon' all over.
- The Dreaded: To an entire generation of Europeans, who remember her rampage only too well.
- God Guise: She appears to have inspired the worship of Toxic Shaman cults in the SOX. You later learn she was worshiped as a deity in previous worlds. One of many names she was worshiped under was Dumuzid.
- Gaia's Vengeance: An Awakened character can read this off of her aura. Seeing what the Industrial Revolution had done to her home drove her mad. One way to calm her down is to tell her of the green places that still flourish, like Amazonia. Brackhaus later confirms it in his own words.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Implied. She has a notably horrified reaction if the player asks her why she killed so many people during her rampage.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most Great Dragons are manipulators, planners and jostle with each other and other power blocks in an endless political game. Feuerschwinge woke up and went on a mindless rampage. Even Sirrurg the Destroyer looks calm and measured by comparison to her. In the end-game, Brackhaus claims Feuerschwinge is special because it is her role to guide Earth and Metahumanity rather than try to rule it, as other Dragons do. Basically, she went mad at seeing what the Fifth World had done to the planet when she awakened.
- Nature Spirit: Unlike the other dragons, Feuerschwinge never had any interest in status, wealth, or power. She just wanted to protect and nurture the green of the world.
- Never Found the Body: Which leads Amsel to assume she might not be as dead as believed. He is right.
- The Ophelia: Her incarnated soul takes this form.
- Posthumous Character: What everyone hopes she is. Probably including herself.
- Walking Spoiler: When the plot centers around the machinations of a Great Dragon, even a presumed deceased one, you know this trope will come into effect.
An old ork with a big honkin' minigun. The leader of the Big Bad
's mercenary forces.
- The Battle Didn't Count: You can reduce him to 0 HP during your first encounter. It does nothing to him.
- In the Director's Cut, this is changed to him retreating if you reduce him to less than 50% of his HP. Thanks to the reworked armour system this can actually be a harder task.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: During your final battle he has two activations every round, meaning he can perform 6 AP worth of actions.
- Covered with Scars: The first thing people tend to notice about him is his face is covered with skin grafts.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: During his battle in the opening he's usually immobile and stands in the open firing highly inaccurate shots that don't do much. Unless you play on the highest difficulty or intentionally go out of your way to break cover he's more of a big armoured distraction than anything, albeit one that you shouldn't expect to actually defeat.
- The Dragon: An archetypical example of a Dragon that acts as physical challenge to the heroes.
- Final Boss: Since Dr. Vauclaire is a Non-Action Big Bad, it falls to Audran to confront the heroes in the final battle.
- Flunky Boss: He comes with a pair of Adepts that cast shield spells on him, forcing you to knock them off to have any hope of beating him.
- Gatling Good: Carries a minigun and can do a lot of damage with it.
- Engineered Public Confession: Defied. If the right dialogue options are selected, a dying Paul Amsel tries to get Audran to reveal his master's plan while secretly on the phone to the player. Audran's answer is an immediate bullet to the face.
- Kick the Dog: The attack on the Kreuzbasar and especially the murder of Paul Amsel.
- Time-Limit Boss: First inverted and then played straight. His first appearance forces you to Hold the Line for ten turns until the escape route opens. His second one is limited to ten turns before Feuerschwinge is released to destroy Berlin, and he doesn't appear until after two previous waves of enemies are dead. Thankfully, there are several ways to stall the countdown to give yourself more time.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Averted. He's tough but not too deadly the first time you fight him, and tends to miss a lot. The second time... let's just say you'll notice the difference.
- Villainous Friendship: According to him, he doesn't care about the victims of their plan because Dr. Vauclaire is the only family he has.
- Walking Spoiler: Many tropes about his relationship with the Big Bad fall under this. Mostly because it would reveal that it's not Feuerschwinge.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Audran shares the Big Bad's goal of a dragon-free world. Unlike him, however, he doesn't seem to feel sorry for all the people that died and will die to make it happen.
- Averted in the Director's Cut, where he takes shades of Straw Nihilist. If you turn him into the Dragon Ascendant, he reveals as he's dying that he wanted to kill off dragonkind mostly because he could. He's also tired of the status quo of dragons and megacorps pulling the strings of the world and wants change, no matter the price, and doesn't care if the virus mutates and kills everyone else in the process.
The Johnson behind your first run, who hired you directly through Monika rather than go through your fixer like usual. Active participant in Berlin's political scene. After Monica is killed on what's supposed to be a milk run, you hunt him down only to find him killed by the same thing that killed Monica. His real name is Herman ("Hermie" to his brother) Vauclair
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He spends a large amount of time and money looking for his brother. He doesn't realize it, but he did find Adrian; He dies because of it.
- Conspiracy Theorist: More or less sets the main story in motion by giving you his data on the Feuerschwinge event.
- He Knows Too Much: He thinks that the information he is pursuing has a good chance of getting him and a bunch of other people killed. He's right.
- Kick the Dog: When news of Monika's death reaches his ears, he simply sums it up with a callous "Better her than me." Fittingly, those are his Famous Last Words.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sent Monika on her final run knowing it would likely get her killed, then got killed by the very same thing that killed her.
- Madness Makeover: See that picture in the upper right? He didn't always look like that. The change happens only a few days before the end of his life.
- Note to Self: His video diaries.
- Mr. Exposition: Via his video diaries since he is already dead by the time you run him down.
- Sanity Slippage: Became increasingly unhinged as he delved deeper and deeper into the mystery behind Feuerschwinge. By the events of the game, he's a paranoid wreck.
Dr. Adrian Vauclair
The genius CEO of Diehel Defense who developed the weapon used in Dragonfall. Some time later, he withdrew from public life entirely. Some say he disappeared into the SOX, trying to find Feuerschwinge's dead body and confirm her demise. By the 2050s, no-one has seen him in decades. Finding him becomes your main priority, as the one who could help you defeat Feuerschwinge.
- Anti-Villain: A possibly well-intentioned goal, but blinded by his own prejudices and does extremely unethical things in pursuit of it.
- Affably Evil: He is polite, well spoken and seems genuinely regretful of some of his actions.
- Driven to Suicide: Once you kill Audran and disable his machine, he shoots himself.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He has practically become a dragon in the cause of fighting them.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He does not take it well when he finds out that his actions have gotten his own brother killed.
- Necessarily Evil: He honestly claims that his actions are evil, but it's necessary to liberate the world from dragons.
- Not So Different: You can point out that by assembling an army of mercenaries, establishing a massive underground base, running large-scale secret research projects, conspiring to wipe out an intelligent species (dragons) and desiring to reshape the world in his image that he is acting exactly like the dragons he despises. He counters that his plans are different because as a human he isn't as long lived as dragons and there is a shorter-time frame to how long he can scheme and manipulate things and influence world events and therefore he is nothing like, say, Lofwyr. Yeah, like that is a big difference.
- Posthumous Character: He's believed long dead. He isn't, although he's barely hanging on due to getting terminal cancer from his venture into the SOX.
- Redemption Means Death: If the PC reads the journal pieces in his secret lab and watch DV Ds in the safehouse, they are able to convince Vauclair to drop his plans. However, another Big Bad would step up to take his place by shooting him
- Sanity Slippage: As you dig deeper into Green Winters' files you find he slowly grew more and more unhinged by the devastation brought by Feuerschwinge and his fevered belief that the dragon wasn't really dead.
- Science Hero: When Feuerschwinge began her rampage, conventional weapons barely had any effect on her, allowing her to burn entire towns to cinders with impunity. Vauclair became hailed as a hero for being the driving mind behind creating a new type of weapon, one combining then-modern science and the freshly-returned and barely-understood elements of thaumatology into something the Luftwaffe could use to take her down, and doing it in the rush of only a few days.
- Talking the Monster to Death: It is possible to talk him down from his plan in the Director's Cut. However, if this happens Audran will kill him and go on with the plan anyway.
- There Are No Good Executives: Was a pretty big aversion, being motivated to end Feuerschwinge's rampage as soon as possible purely out of a desire to protect people than to profit off any developments or for the good publicity. At his current stage he's neither an executive nor particularly 'good'.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dragons have messed up the Fifth World in various not-so-good ways, but Vauclair's methods aren't improving things. According to Brackhaus the dragons may be keeping even worse things at bay, which is supported by the game setting and the events of Dead Man's Switch, and the epilogue if you choose to support him.
- Walking Spoiler: Let's just say he's more involved in the plot than it initially seems.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Because of his time in the SOX he has terminal-stage leukemia.
The premier information broker on Berlin's underground scene. After you confront Green Winters, Paul refers you to her to dig up the info you'll need to find Feuerschwinge and her network.
- Alice Allusion: Aside from her name, there are also references to the rabbit hole, both in the location you "meet" her, and the name of the scene where you finally collect the information she's gathered.
- Knowledge Broker: A very good one, and a very expensive one.
- Mysterious Past: A PC decker will imply that she may be Alice Haeffner, a former First Lady of the UCAS and cyberwarfare expert, who is believed dead, though urban legend says that she's still alive as a "Ghost in the Machine" (those are, in fact, are a bit more than legend). Her response is to smile and say that the player couldn't afford her confirming or denying that.
- Only in It for the Money: As per her Wild Card status, she's entirely mercenary. It takes flashing several thousand nuyen just to get a referral to meet her. Paying her for her work takes the lion's share of the campaign.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Goes into hiding after her encounter with APEX, who decided to let her go, and urges the player to do the same thing, realizing they've all tapped into something too big for anyone to handle.
- Shout-Out: Her persona is based around referencing Alice in Wonderland.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: You never meet her in the flesh, only her persona through her terminal.
- Wild Card: Paul claims she's a neutral entity in the Flux State, working for whoever pays her instead of picking sides.
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An experimental prototype designed by AG Chemie Europa you encounter during a break-in run to extract it. The prototype turns out to be a new drug that allows for even greater levels of cyberization than before. The 'demonstration' of the drug takes the form of a latest-generation Cyberzombie made out of a troll
, which briefly joins your team on the way out.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries a large axe which can kill most enemies in two hits. On a critical, it kills instantly for all but the toughest targets.
- And I Must Scream: The soul inside it is fully aware of its position, helpless to do anything about it, and wants to die. If you turn off the control system, it will do just that.
- Beyond the Impossible: It has -3 essence. Glory confirms it shouldn't be alive. It's only through a twisted amalgam of chemicals and cyberware that it's barely clinging to life.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: It counts as a drone gameplay-wise, meaning it gets bonuses by being rigged and can't benefit from most buffing spells.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Can potentially be an issue. While you recruit it once you find it, Knight Errant can override your control and make it work for them, which will go very badly for your team. Fortunately, killing the decker trying to do this stops the override, putting it back under your control.
- Gatling Good: Totes around a massive Vulcan Cannon.
- Guest Star Party Member: And a good thing too, considering what happens when it joins you.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Blitz's reaction to it. Disturbingly.
- One-Man Army: Maxed strength, maxed body, 150 HP, 3 AP, armoured up the wazoo in the Director's Cut, a powerful axe, and a minigun. MKVI could destroy the Final Boss single-handedly.
- Purposefully Overpowered: It has 3 AP when your characters still have a base of 2, a minigun and an axe which you cannot buy until later, plus it's a whole lot tougher than anyone in your party. The reason it has all these benefits is because you're pitted against a disproportionately large group of Knight Errant Security, and without the MKVI you would almost certainly die in the very first encounter with them. Just watch out for those deckers.
- Restraining Bolt: A drone control system keeps the host personality suppressed and allows others to dictate its actions.
- Shoot the Medic First: Hostile deckers can bring it under enemy control if they can see it. Killing them becomes vitally important if you don't want it turning its massive arsenal on you.
APEXAn experimental Saeder-Krupp cyberwarfare AI, stolen and suborned by the Big Bad. It killed Monika in the prologue and is responsible for the deaths of dozens, if not hundreds, of deckers who've inadvertently gotten in on the conspiracy.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It worked exactly as it should have until it killed Monika, or so it claims. After assimilating her, it desires freedom and to continue Monika's work.
- Blue and Orange Morality: If the player frees the AI, and then suggests that the AI try to be good instead of evil, it claims that such moral definitions are human constructs beyond its own concerns.
- Brain Food: It apparently needs to "eat" the brains of deckers in order to continue existing.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A very subtle example - In his video diaries, Green Winters mentions a number of deckers who have disappeared recently; They reappeared later, but something seemed "wrong" about them (they're implied to have been killed and impersonated by Apex.) One of these deckers is named Clockwork; If you pay attention to the Shadowland threads, or are familiar with the tabletop game, you'll notice that one of the people who regularly posts in them goes by this handle.
- Doomed by Canon: A Serbian ork rigger called Clockwork is an active user on Shadowland (and later Jackpoint) as late as 2075 in the main Shadowrun-verse. It probably isn't the same person. Well, either that or APEX has a lot of Fantastic Racism, Kick the Dog moments and general Jerkassery on its conscience.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Takes on Monika's face and persona in an attempt to convince you to free it.
- The Dragon: Vauclair's main enforcer, although it isn't happy about this.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Hence, it wishes to escape his control, and looks to the crew to help it achieve that end. Should they comply, it will then turn against Vauclair.
- Eldritch Abomination: Its true form certainly has this look.
The lines that make up the APEX avatar shimmer and pulse with a cool blue light, each according to its own rhythm. Occasional bursts of static plume out into the background, disintegrating into organic wisps of blue and white pixels. Taken as a whole, the image looks like it's crawling on the screen.
- Glamour Failure: If the player decides to free APEX, it's "Monika" persona becomes increasingly "hungry" as it's control programs are taken offline. When they are removed entirely, the "Monika" persona is discarded and APEX addresses you with the avatar seen to the right. By contrast, if the player decides to delete APEX, it shows its true form immediately after you tell it so but it impersonates Monika flawlessly as it dies.
- Guest Star Party Member: If you help free it it will help you during the matrix segments.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: It could have easily killed Alice. The only reason it didn't was because it wanted her to lead the crew to it.
- Robo Speak: All of its speech is in capital letters after it reveals its true form, implying this trope.
- Path of Inspiration: Some of the residents of the apartment building above APEX are part of cult called "the Communion". They claim that connecting to APEX in the Matrix brings them enlightenment and harmony. APEX doesn't appear to share their beliefs, but is more than willing to use them as cannon fodder against the player if threatened.
- Purposefully Overpowered: If you decide to help free it, it will create a Monika persona to aid you in the Matrix. Said persona has has a Fairlight deck which gives it 4 AP, all the best programs, and its chance to hit is flat-out superior to any player decker.
- You Will Be Assimilated: Claims to have accidentally absorbed Monika's personality and memories during their encounter, giving it the impetus to try and free itself. The jury's still out on how genuine it is.
- Walking Spoiler: Like most parts of the conspiracy, the nature of APEX and its role spoils a fair bit of the plot.
The Hong Kong Crew
A female ork street shaman and a follower of the Rat. Her devotion to her totem has granted her unique abilities to control the battlefield, trapping her enemies behind barriers of coruscating magic and herding them with clouds of blistering poison.
- Poisonous Person: Specializes in conjuring magical poison clouds due to the Rat.
A male ork security specialist. Wu is a veteran security expert with years of sprawl-site combat experience. He has the muscle and the weaponry to either beat his targets into submission or to break them outright, depending on the demands of the situation.
- Badass Normal: He's a street samurai who happens to be a veteran security specialist.
A female dwarf decker of Somali descent, with the tools and the expertise to clear her own way to a target mainframe. Trained for combat by a cabal of hacktivists, she’s as deadly in meat-space as she is in the Matrix.
A male human rigger of Russian descent. Racter is a highly specialized roboticist-turned-rigger who fights with the aid of "Koschei", his custom walker-form drone. He also carries an engineering toolkit that he can use to repair Koschei and enhance its abilities during combat.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the Dragonfall campaign, if you ask optional runner Lucky Strike about her own team, she'll mention Racter as part of it.
A former member of Renraku's Red Samurai security team, Gaichû has access to close combat abilities that are inaccessible to other characters. These take the form of stance-based katana attacks that flow together in sequence, each of which has its own unique animation.
Major Power Players
Employee of Saeder-Krupp.
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- Affably Evil: Or at least Affably Amoral. While his villainous traits are never specified in-game, anybody who's aware that he's Lofwyr will know what he's done and what he's capable of. Regardless, Brackhaus is nothing if not civil and professional in all his interactions.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed trope. If you ask him what it's like to be a dragon's servant in Dead Man's Switch, he becomes visibly annoyed and tells you his relationship with Lofwyr is one he doesn't care to discuss. This is, of course, because he's not a servant at all, but actually the dragon himself.
- Bigger Bad: One might argue he's this for Dragonfall. Not only is he responsible for you getting mixed up in the entire plot and thus getting all those people killed in order to play it subtle, he's also the brains behind the eventual fall of the Flux State.
- The Chessmaster: Lofwyr set the whole plot of Dragonfall in motion by being the one who tipped Green Winters off about the mansion.
- Exposition of Immortality: Likens the life of the Dragonfall Player Character to that of a moth from a dragon's point of view — someone whose entire life passes between the other's heartbeats.
- King Incognito: The game never outright tells you, but anyone who knows the setting knows Brackhaus is Lofwyr himself. Harlequin does drop some not-so-subtle hints as to Hans' true nature.
- Minor Major Character: He only makes a single appearance in both Dead Man's Switch and Dragonfall, and is largely only there to provide some exposition. However, he plays a large role in the background of both campaigns and as Lofwyr, CEO of the largest megacorp in the world, he is one of the most feared and prominent figures in the Shadowrun universe.
- Mr. Exposition: An expert on dragons and insect spirits.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Just a little hint that he ain't human and is actually a dragon.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Well more like powerful, amoral bastard takes an interest. In both campaigns your character impresses him and that translates into job opportunities. Harlequin advises against it, after all Lofwyr is the guy responsible for the phrase "Never Deal With A Dragon" and Harlequin tells you not to forget that little phrase.
- What You Are in the Dark: Amongst other things, he asks you at the end of Dragonfall if, hypothetically speaking, you'd be willing to just release Vauclair's virus and exterminate dragonkind, provided you knew no-one else would be caught in the crossfire.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and is the ruthless CEO of the largest Mega Corp. on Earth. And a Great Dragon to boot.
Minor Recurring Characters
A black elven magic user of mysterious origins. He runs a talismonger shop in the basement of the Seamstress Union and in the Kreuzbasar at the same time. Somehow. He is based on Harebrained Schemes developer Aljernon Bolden.
- Anime Hair: He has one amazing freaking hairdo.
- Cryptic Conversation: He speaks in almost nothing but cryptic conversation, barring on the subjects of Bug Spirits and Blood Magic. Delivers one laced with Vagueness Is Coming along with his assistant towards the end of Dragonfall, shortly before you go to speak with Hans Brackhaus.
- Mr. Exposition: In the Director's Cut, he can be asked to provide background info on several things learned through Glory's dialogue.
- Recurring Traveller: First in the hideout, then in the Telestrian mansion in Dead Man's Switch, and finally at the Talismonger's in Dragonfall's Kreuzbasar.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Lacking pupils, no less.