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Inhabitants of Harbaburesti
Voiced By: Leigh Allen Baker
The optimistic barmaid of the Owl and Eagle taverna in Harbaburesti.
- Affectionate Nickname: "The Lady Sophie."
- The Bartender
- The Empath: Able to sense pain and death, Sophie experiences piercing headaches every time a villager of Harbaburesti dies; in fact, she recalls the first days of the vampire incursion, when the death toll was so high she was barely capable of walking. She is also particularly sensitive to deaths violent enough to leave ghosts behind, as "Death and Axes" demonstrates.
- The Fair Folk
- Genki Girl
- Half-Human Hybrid: The Forest God says that she is actually descended from a bygone race of fairy that have long since left Transylvania.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Shows signs of romance with the Forest God, if the poetry and hand-holding are any evidence.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: If someone dies in the village, Sophie will know immediately.
- The Pollyanna: Sophie almost never loses sight of her optimism and good cheer; even the influx of death and pain can't ruin her good mood for long.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Chirpy, light-hearted and friendly, she becomes the red when teamed with the Forest God.
- Security Cling: An emotional one with The Forest God. Because they've both lost almost everything else they know, they keep each other from succumbing to despair.
The Forest God
The Lady Sophie calls me Cern in jest, but I do not have a name. I am Cernunnos and Faunus, and the Horned God and the Green Man. I am the Sorcerer, and I am neither of them. I am simply The god of the local forest
of the Forest... and I
am the Forest.
Voiced By: Bertie Carvel
, the recent Vampire incursion and Filth infection have forced him from his domain and into Harbaburesti; he currently resides in the Owl and Eagle, drowning his sorrows and writing poetry about Sophie.
- Affectionate Nickname: "Mr Stag-Head," from Sophie; also "Sweet," and occasionally "Cern."
- Drowning My Sorrows: Apparently, being a god does not make him immune to inebriation, and after a few too many flowery love sonnets, even Sophie has to politely inform him that he's drunk.
- The Eeyore: Suffice to say that being forced out of his own forest by both the Filth and the Vampires have left him decidedly pessimistic.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: With Sophie.
- Horned Humanoid
- I Am the Trope
- I Have Many Names: Notes quite a few of the old names he went by in the past, as the quote demonstrates.
- In the Hood: Though he does allow his antlers to protrude from it.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Likely several millennia old, he is clearly attracted to Sophie, if his poetry is anything to go by.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: As the god and incarnation of the local forest, he feels the effects of the Filth infection upon the land as physical pain.
- Physical God
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The melancholy Forest God is undoubtedly the blue when paired with Sophie.
Voiced By: Tim Watson
A Blajini who has become an avid student of Marxist principles, and is now attempting to apply them to his own situation - the key word being attempting.
He currently lives with others of his kind in a trailer park in Harbarburesti, trying to inspire them to revolution.
Voiced By: Steffan Boje
A visiting doctor trapped in Harbaburesti by the vampire army, he is currently assigned to caring for the wounded defenders of the town, treating them for both typical injuries and supernatural ailments. At first, most of his energies seem entirely focussed on the influx of patients; however, it eventually becomes apparent that Dr Varias didn't end up in Harbaburesti by accident...
- Foil: To Nicholas Winter; both are the sons of famous or notorious fathers, both had to endure Parental Abandonment, both sought out their fathers' work and ended up trapped in their respective areas as a result, and both face the prospect of becoming exactly like their fathers. The main difference lies in the fact that Vasile at least has his work as a doctor to keep himself from sliding into insanity; Winter has nothing to do but stare at the abandoned amusement park, getting more unpleasant with every passing mission. Plus, the fate of the elder Varias remains unknown, but Nathaniel Winter is positively identified as the Bogeyman ruling Atlantic Island Park.
- Frontier Doctor: Unable to find work in the cities, he's been pushed to the smaller communities in the search for people willing to make use of his skills. Granted, he probably wasn't expecting to find himself running a field hospital, using fishing wire for sutures and booze for disinfectant.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: A bad habit picked up from his days at medical school, Vasile tends to smoke like a chimney in times of stress - which tends to be quite a lot of the time.
- Like Father, Like Son: Both the Illuminati and the Dragon after-mission reports worry that Vasile's obsession with learning his father's secrets, ostensibly motivated by his desire to find closure and redeem his family name, might one day drive him to continue the elder Dr Varias' research despite his better judgement.
- Parental Abandonment: Once he was found out as a Soviet collaborator, the elder Dr Varias fled for his life - leaving Vasile and the rest of his family to face the music.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of the many valuable things he's learned in wartime is "Never Abuse Your Orderlies." Quite apart from the danger of someone taking a shit in your locker, there's only so much a doctor can do alone. Given that you serve as his orderlies during his missions, he's understandably polite to you, if a bit morose.
- Renaissance Man: Already an MD, the magical nature of the crisis has forced him to take on a number of additional disciplines: as he puts it, he has to be a medical student (all over again), a veterinarian, a psychiatrist, and an alchemist.
- Sins of Our Fathers: As a Romanian who willingly collaborated with the Soviets during and after the occupation, Vasile's father ended up with a very nasty reputation long before he joined the Red Hand. As a result, the family has ended up tainted with the same reputation, making it almost impossible for Vasile to find work anywhere in the cities, ultimately forcing him to seek out paying work in villages too isolated to turn down his services. As such, one of his major ambitions in life is to find some redemption for his family name.
- Walking the Earth: Most of Vasile's time prior to his arrival in the town was spent wandering Romania in search of work. However, he later reveals that he was also looking for information on the Red Hand, and that the trail eventually led him to Harbaburesti and the abandoned Soviet Bunkers on its outskirts - but the vampire attacks and the sudden surge in patients have prevented him from investigating too closely.
Voiced By: Andrew Kishino
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: The KGB elements in the church are threatening someone he loves.
- Could Say It But: He is under orders to keep the secrets of the Red Hand. However, if someone were to, say, stumble over them totally accidentally while clearing out the ghouls in the graveyard, that's hardly his fault. Right?
- Sinister Minister: Subverted for the most part, despite having a few of the trappings. For starters he is assigned to the chapel by the KGB elements still in the Russian Orothodox Church, with the orders to keep the secrets there at any cost. Problem is that he isn't exactly leaping at the chance to do so.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hasdatean.
Voiced By: Neal Newbon
Voiced By: Susan Brown
A kindly immortal living under tree near Harababuresti, Cucuvea has dedicated to herself to protecting the people of the village in whatever way she can; this includes assisting the player in whittling down the vampire army lurking in the surrounding forest.
- Animal Motifs: The Owl in Dracula's prophecy of the Owl, The Eagle and The Dragon.
- Cain and Abel: As it turns out, she calls Lilith her sister, and has been working against her for many years.
- Cool Old Lady
- Hopeless With Tech: Though she does her best to use what examples of modern technology she's been able to acquire over the years - including a camera and a home computer - it's clear that she's having no luck with any of it. For good measure, she considers most of it primitive compared to some of the Magitek she's seen in the past few millennia.
- Not to mention that the camera and computer are obviously salvaged Soviet tech from the 70's-80's. The fact that she could even boot up the computer is a miracle.
- Last Of Her Kind: The Dragon after-mission report to "The Gathering" states that though they aren't entirely sure of Cucuvea's origins, they know that she is undoubtedly the last of her species - whatever that species may be.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Justified, given that Cucuvea clearly isn't entirely human.
- Time Abyss: The Illuminati speculate that she may actually be one of the oldest beings in the world, but they haven't been able to pinpoint Cucuvea's exact age just yet.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In the event that she decides to venture out, she'll usually do so in the form of an owl. In fact, after being clued into the prophecy of the Owl, the Eagle and the Dragon, you actually first meet Cucuvea by following her owl-form from the outskirts of the village to her tree.
- Walking the Earth: In her pursuit of Lilith. This eventually led her into Transylvania, where she lost track of Lilith, decided she liked Harababuresti, and settled down.
- White Mage: Along with shapeshifting, Cucuvea excells at healing magic; in the one mission you spend working as a team, she acts as The Medic while you go on the offensive.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Played with; Cucuvea remarks that she probably would have been able to really enjoy her immortality had she not spent it in an extremely damp hole in the ground in rural Transylvania.
The Dimir Family
Voiced By: Susan Brown (Olga); Jo Dow (Silviu)
Living out of an isolated homestead deep in the forest, the family currently consists only of Silviu and his mother Olga; despite being cut off from the rest of the human population and unable to raise crops in the polluted soil, the two of them still continue the family business to the best of their mutual ability. Unfortunately, this business involves capturing magical creatures, butchering them and eating them; and though vampires, ghouls and many other hostile creatures have been killed in the Dimirs' hunts, the same purges have resulted in a considerable death toll among more benevolent races like the fauns. Utterly indifferent to the fact that Harababuresti despise them for attacking their allies, Silviu and Olga regard visitors with considerable suspicion - particularly the player.
- Abusive Parents: On top of the poor upbringing she gave Silviu, Olga doesn't seem to have anything nice to say to her son in any of her scenes.
- Ax-Crazy: Silviu.
"...Kill. I like to kill... to feel the soft flesh tearing... the warm blood running."
- Bilingual Bonus: Unlike most languages in the game, the Romanian spoken by the Dimirs remains untranslated - specifically the ominous little chant Silviu mutters during the introduction to "The Cellar Door." A rough translation reveals that he's talking about how his fairy victims cry before he butchers them into sausages.
- Brains and Brawn: Ogla's the brains, Silviu's the brawn.
- Cannibal Clan: Subverted. Though very happy to kill and eat magical creatures of any description, Silviu claims that people "are not for sausages." However, he doesn't sound entirely convinced of this...
- Creepy Basement: Featured in "The Cellar Door." It's actually an abandoned Soviet bunker; once used for the Red Hand Project's experiments, it's now used to imprison the Dimirs' future meals before they're finally slaughtered. Most of the current inhabitants are ghouls, but there's one Faun that you have to rescue. Much more disturbingly, it's revealed that this place is actually the root of Silviu's insanity; as a child he was kept down here, apparently alongside his future victims.
- Dope Slap: Olga often performs these on Silviu.
- Dumb Muscle: Silviu.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Investigating the Dimir farm in Issue #7 reveals a heartfelt note from Olga to her absent husband; though the tone swings wildly from nostalgic longing to psychotic desperation, it's pretty clear that she really did care about him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: One point that Olga has at least tried to drill into Silviu's head is the fact that "people are not for sausages." For good measure, despite her vicious behaviour, Olga seems genuinely offended by accusations of child-killing.
- Evil Duo
- Evil Old Folks: Olga.
- Fantastic Racism: Olga justifies the slaughter of numerous supernatural beings by reminding you that none of them were human, so technically the Dimirs didn't break any laws by slaughtering them. For good measure, Olga actually goes so far as to call the magical beings "the lesser races."
- Hypocrite: Despite their zero-tolerance attitude towards magical creatures, the Dimirs are willing to accept the help of the ghoul "Patches" in herding less-intelligent ghouls into their slaughterhouse.
- Industrialized Evil: Rather than taking on the supernatural one victim at a time, the Dimirs use a number of surprisingly sophisticated techniques in order to capture and kill magical creatures en-mass. For example, ghouls are herded down from the mountains with the help of Silviu's pet ghoul "Patches" and into the pen, kept docile through sedative-laced meals, then fattened up until they're ready for slaughtering. For good measure, the mincer used for making sausage is an industrial model powered by a carefully-maintained generator. In the case of more powerful creatures like Fauns, they're rounded up in a pretty similar way (except with tamed wolves replacing Patches) and imprisoned in the old Soviet holding cells beneath the homestead.
- Jerkass: Olga.
- Large Ham: Silviu.
- Laughing Mad: Silviu often lapses into this, as "The Cellar Door" demonstrates.
- Looks Like Cesare: Silviu.
- Necessarily Evil: Olga claims that the Family is needed in order to curb the magical population, which she claims would have eventually corrupted and destroyed the human settlements long ago without the Dimir's help. She even claims that - despite their vocal disapproval of the family's work - the villagers of Harbaburesti are willing to look the other way and let them continue butchering if it means their safety (though it's much more likely that the villagers are too scared of the Dimirs to oppose them). She even goes on a long diatribe about the necessity of their work in "A Necessary Evil."
You should be thanking us. We are helping, making things easier for all of you. Oh, it is so easy to call us evil, to call us monsters. But you cannot do anything about it: you will not, your leaders will not. You cannot wash your hands of us; you need us! Your world needs us to do what you cannot do! You need us!
- Nice Hat: Silviu might be a deranged butcher that has to constantly remind himself that people are not to be made into sausages, but he does have a very nice Jayne-Cobb-style hat!
- Not So Different: During her rants, Olga claims that the only difference between her Family and the player is the fact that the people of the village "call you hero and call us murderers."
- Psychopathic Manchild: Silviu. Midly retarded, addicted to violence and bloodshed, often found talking to himself and giggling madly, and can only be controlled by his "Mami." Olga claims that this behaviour is due to Silviu's father being infected with syphilis at the time of conception. "The Cellar Door" demonstrates that this is just the tip of a very big iceberg.
One of the few uncorrupted Fey left in the Shadowy Forest. Currently combating the fungal Filth
which is infecting the forest.
Voiced By: David Peart
An unimaginably old spirit in who took the form of man after winning/losing a wager - Mosul is no longer entirely sure which. He's spent the centuries travelling the land, collecting and telling stories; most recently, however, he has settled down at a bridge over a river in the Shadowy forest, where he spends his days fishing and chatting with the player characters.
An elderly immortal living out of a secluded cabin deep in the Shadowy Forest. Two thousand years of life, combined with the fact that he was at least seventy when he gained immortality, have left him world-weary and bitter; as such, until you find some way of getting his attention, he's content to snooze on his couch and ignore you.
Voiced By: David Rintoul
- Ancient Keeper: It's revealed that Octavian is the bearer of the Transylvania arc's MacGuffin, entrusted to him by Dracula himself; once you've convinced him that the world really is worth saving, he'll give the artifact to you.
- Animal Motifs: As a Roman Legionary, he represents the eagle in Dracula's prophecy of the Owl, The Eagle and the Dragon.
- Badass Grandpa: Octavian isn't inclined to show his credentials in this field - until Emilia's life is endangered, whereupon he grabs the nearest battle-axe and charges to the rescue.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Drops one in his introduction.
I've been waiting since he passed. The fate of this world, he said, in my hands. Well... fuck that! Fuck the world! Fuck Dracula and Mara and Lilith! Fuck everyone trying to make the world into their own twisted paradise!
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dirty Old Man: Milosh all but accuses Octavian of being this for hanging around with his teenage daughter. Amusingly, it's Emilia who's offended by this.
- Driven to Suicide: One of the reasons he initially refuses to help you is because the incoming apocalypse might actually be able to kill him.
- Elderly Immortal
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a number of old lacerations running across his lips and forehead.
- Gonk: On top of being bigger than any other human in the game, Octavian sports a scarred face, a deeply furrowed brow, and an extremely wide, unsmiling mouth.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In their one notable scene together, it's pretty obvious that Emilia is absolutely minuscule compared to Octavian.
- Intergenerational Friendship/Mayfly-December Romance: With Emilia. More specifically, they're currently friends, but their big scene together implies that they're edging towards actual romance.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: His long life and many traumatizing experiences have left him deeply cynical.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Perpetual Frowner: It's not certain if Octavian is even capable of smiling.
- Restored My Faith In Humanity: After being rescued by Octavian (from a disaster you orchestrated), Emilia manages to finally convince him that the world is worth saving.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- Sleepy Head/Senior Sleep Cycle: Both world-weary and physically weary, Octavian spends most of his time asleep on his couch until you find some way of getting his attention.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Justified; Octavian's immortality was specifically intended as a curse by Lilith.
- Heir Club for Men: Milosh's regrets this and wishes his daughter could be his successor but is currently unwilling to break tradition.
- Useful Notes/Romani: The Draculesti are a group of Romany.
- Vampire Hunters: This is their thing, although they also hunt other preternatural creatures.
Voiced By: Andre Sogliuzzo
Current leader of the Draculesti.
Voiced By: Tara Lynne Barr
The Amazing Brothers Blaga
Voiced By: Nicholas Boulton (Mihas)
Three brothers who joined the Draculesti.
Voiced By: Miranda Raison
Tibor and Luminita
Voiced By: Haydon Downing (Tibor); Yasmin Garrad (Luminita)
Two children who reside in the Romany Camp in the Shadowy Forest. The two spend their time in a corner of the Romany camp in the shadowy forest. For now, they practice for their role as future draculesti fighters, while still acting very much like little kids.
The Dragon Vlad Dracula
Voiced By: Nicholas Boulton
The Founder of the Draculesti.
Voiced By: Laura Aikman
Queen of the local Vampires, "daughter" of Lilith and Vlad Dracula's beloved.
Voiced By: Bertie Carvel
In life, a dilettante from Venice who resided in the royal court of Transylvania. In undeath, a remorseful vampire living a hermit-like existence. Also an ex-lover of Mara.
Voiced By: Tim Bentick
A vampire noble and a proud Romanian nationalist. Having rejected the Vampire Crusade out of disgust for the current generation of his kind, he is currently hanging out in the local church under a flag of peace.
Aurelie and Celine
Voiced By: Corrine Kempa (Aurelie); Emily Lucienne (Celine)
Two French tourists who are holed up in the giant windmill, fending off werewolves.
- Badass Normal: No magical powers, no special training, just a couple of people on vacation. That doesn't stop them from learning to fend off attacking werewolves.
Voiced By: Dave Fennoy
A highly cynical but very effective hunter of vampires and other creatures found near the Soviet facilities around Harbaburesti.
- Badass Normal: Nothing special about him, just some good hunting skills and a set of concoctions.
- Death by Origin Story: In issue 7, the character learns that the hunter's family was kidnapped by Orochi, leading to his generally cynical view of the Secret World.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Has a very low opinion of members of the secret societies; sadly, this attitude doesn't thaw even after you end up doing half the man's work for him.
- Stab the Scorpion: Does this to a vampire in one of the missions he provides.
The Contact Core
Voiced By: Nathaniel Parker
The supercomputer in charge of the Red Hand facility near Harbaburesti, the Contact Core is still functional and still overseeing experiments, even though the Soviet Union abandoned the facility decades ago. Never properly shut down, the computer has devoted itself to assisting the only surviving test subject, Halina Ilyushin, in her insane attempts to become a Phantom Cosmonaut - and does not take kindly to the intrusions of the players...
Voiced By: Katie Lyons
The only survivor of the "Phantom Cosmonauts", an attempt by the Soviet Union's "Red Hand" program to create individuals capable of exploring other dimensions. Despite the official failure of the project, the dispersal of the Red Hand and the collapse of the USSR, Halina still dwells in the ruined laboratories under the Transylvanian countryside; with the aid of the Contact Core, she carries on in her obsessive attempts to achieve the project's goal - even infusing herself with Anima and Filth (which she calls "anti-anima").
- Arc Villain: Of "The Facility" dungeon.
- Bald Women/Bald of Evil
- Cool Gate: The boss arena where you fight her has two gates, one to Agartha, one to the Dreaming Prison. Energy shields guard the gates, and these connections are used to supply anima and filth to Halina.
- Creepy Child: Not directly, but her transmission at the beginning of the dungeon ("As a child I dreamed of stars") creates this effect.
- Deal with the Devil: A bit less implicit than the kind offered to the player. In Halina's case, the Dreamers offered her the chance to explore the universe.
- Humanoid Abomination: As a result of the Red Hand's experiments and the continuous infusions of cosmic elements, Halina has transformed into a mixture of Anima-composed Energy Being and Filth-infected physical monstrosity.
- I'm Cold... So Cold...: Her last words are, "The Cosmos is cold... and pierced with promises."
- Levitating Lotus Position
- Multi-Stage Battle: In the first part of the battle, players fight a mostly anima-infused Halina. In the second part of the battle, players fight a mostly filth-infused Halina.
- Replacement Goldfish: Has created "anima constructs" to replace the cosmonauts who died during the experiments.
- Soviet Superscience: At once a product and a devotee of it.
- Villainous Breakdown: Halina does not appreciate the player's attempts to stop her from achieving her dreams, especially in the second half of the battle.
Anastasia and The Wagon
The forest is ancient. The wagon is older. It is the home of Anastasia the Seer, though it does not belong to her or any mortal. It is the property of the Vāntoase - the capricious female spirits of air and travel, known to the Romanians. Time and space shivers open to their caress.
Voiced By: Katie Lyons
A werewolf quest giver in the Carpathian Fangs. Disgusted by the feral rage that is consuming the werewolves and their subservience to the vampires, he enlists the players help in thinning their numbers.
Voiced By: Tom Mannion
- Cool Old Guy: Traian is a very old werewolf, and has apparently survived long enough to ultimately transcend the animalistic nature of younger werewolves to become a fairly reasonable quest-giver.
- Defector from Decadence
- Fur Against Fang: Seeks to put the vampires and their werewolf servants at each others' throats.
- Guttural Growler
- The Nose Knows: Having been blinded during World War II, Traian relies on his sense of smell to guide him. It's because of this that he decides to trust you, because you "smell of honey-sweet, of the world tree around you.''
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Despite being Macedonian, he speaks with a very distinctive Scottish accent.
- Token Heroic Orc: The only werewolf in the entire game who a) capable of thinking, b) capable of speaking and c) on your side.
- Warrior Poet
Voiced By: Lauren Mote
A young girl and a victim of both Amity House and Project Virgula Divina; the Orochi Group's prize test subject, she vanished from captivity some time prior to the player's arrival in the Carpathian Fangs, but many traces of her can still be found across the area. In the final quarter of the story mission, she becomes a guide - directly and indirectly - for you character as you investigate the Breach. After a long absence, she returns in Issue #7, where she is revealed to be Anima, Gaia's Daughter.
- Child Mage/Psychic Children
- Creepy Child: At times.
- The Empath: She's very sensitive to the movements of Anima and Filth in the surrounding area, and can be driven into feverish spells by particularly unpleasant wellsprings.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When fully powered up.
- Iconic Item: Her teddy bear and shoulder bag.
- I Know Your True Name: Variant. The only way to awaken Emma and give her the strength to fight off Lilith's influence is to spell out her real name inside her mind.
- Lady Mondegreen: In-universe example; it turns out that her real name is actually Anima, having been misheard as "Emma" by a firefighter rescuing her from a burning building.
- Little Miss Almighty
- Living MacGuffin: For the Orochi Group and Lilith in particular. Late in Issue #7, it's revealed that the Breach in the Carpathian Mountains was only opened through the forced application of her powers.
- Mind over Matter
- Morality Pet: She's apparently become one of these to at least two Orochi employees - the first being her surrogate father, Winston, the second being Dragan.
- OOC Is Serious Business: If Emma no longer seems eerily calm and all-knowing, worry. If she actually seems scared, run. The confrontation with the Filth at the end of Issue #7 is a prime example of this.
- Pajama Clad Hero: Complete with pink slippers and a teddy bear.
- Teddy Bear: One of her signature possessions, only left behind as an indication that things have gone very wrong; apparently, he's also capable of communication - at least as far as Dragan's concerned.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Her preferred method of transportation is to simply disappear from sight and reappear a few metres away.