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* ActionSurvivor: As a result of their first interactions with Cardians and the supernatural. As they spend longer in Cardians, and their abilities and physical fitness grow, to any they happen to meet that doesn't know otherwise, they simply appear to be Cardians operatives.


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** Tomoe is a [[NoSocialSkills socially-distant]] former child soldier who's spent the last few years of his life drifting, so lacks [[BookDumb basic general knowledge]] and social skills, and not only has serious self-esteem and confidence as a result of his former life, he is also dangerously lacking in intelligence and common sense while suffering from undiagnosed P.T.S.D. Taken UpToEleven in later episodes when [[spoiler:he develops schizophrenia after killing the mimic babies]].
** Henderson is a wallflower with self-esteem issues suffering in silence from a mid-life crisis who, despite his maturity, bottles up all of his feelings until they explode and become unreasonable. And that's saying nothing of his DarkSecret... whatever it may be.
** Lemons is a sociopathic cannibal as a result of childhood neglect and trauma, who [[ManipulativeBastard readily manipulates anyone and everyone around him to get what he wants.]]
** Natalie has [[ForgetfulJones dangerously inconsistent forgetfulness]] that has gone so far as to cost someone their life in the past, and despite how [[TeamMom sensible, perceptive and responsible she is]] (or tries to be), her [[HairTriggerTemper impulsiveness and fiery temperament]] (particularly in the face of something she believes to be wrong) can needlessly escalate the most minor of conflicts.
** Sal is a [[HairTriggerTemper recklessly impulsive]] [[AgentMulder conspiracy theorist]] with [[UnstoppableRage unchecked anger issues.]] Until Season 2, when [[spoiler:his memories are altered by the deal he makes in the Hedge to get himself some armour and punch-knives and subsequently loses his more eccentric tendencies and rage, gaining a new prideful cynicism. He becomes ready to believe the worst in anyone and loses faith in his team's (and Cardians' as a whole) ability to do any sort of good for a while.]]
** Theo is [[ThePollyanna idealistic to a fault,]] and [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter sees the good in anyone he likes or cares about, even if they have done terrible things and are actively taking part in those terrible things.]]
** River is a haughty InsufferableGenius who [[TheMisanthrope isolates herself out of a mix of misanthropy]] and a severe drive [[ForScience to pursue scientific knowledge]] [[TooCleverByHalf (the latter of which she will do to the detriment of herself and others)]], with [[NoSocialSkills limited social skills]] and [[LackOfEmpathy even less empathy]] as a result, alongside [[TRiggerHappy being reckless with the usage of her sniper rifle.]]


* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Her snark and sass being a key component of her personality, Natalie isn't one to be afraid of figures with any kind of power that's greater than hers. Dagmar, Finnegan, Vayne, and even [[spoiler:Fustrarime]] have received unashamed tongue-lashings.



** [[[spoiler:Revealed to have been invoked by the mandrakes and Vokil, as part of their gathering/hunting methods.]]

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** [[[spoiler:Revealed [[spoiler:Revealed to have been invoked by the mandrakes and Vokil, as part of their gathering/hunting methods.]]


* AntiHeroTeam: Some are less flawed, or at least more morally idealistic and grounded than others, and some of their flaws range from troubling to horrifying, but they are nonetheless a cohesive unit when a crisis hits. See ClassicalAntiHero below.



* FireForgedFriends: Zig-zagged. While their respective dire circumstances and the crises they've dealt with have brought them together as a team, whether or not they are friends depends on the individual character.




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* TrueCompanions: Zig-zagged, as with FireForgedFriends, depending on which of the Player Characters are being focused on. Natalie and Theo are extremely close and loyal to one another, with Nat even outright saying that Theo is her best friend. Henderson, meanwhile, cannot stand Lemons because of the latter's cannibalism and his disrespect and disregard towards the boundaries the former sets. Lemons is in turn annoyed with Henderson for the choices he makes regarding his son. Nonetheless, there is a sense of loyalty, or least obligation, to one another.



-> "Point is, the good of what we do hereÖ it doesnít, fucking, negate or wipe away or whatever the bad of what we do, when we do it. But the same goes for the other way around; the bad doesnít take away the good. Without the good, we canít rail against the bad. Without the bad, we canít know how good we are."

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-> "Point is, the good of what "You were right: we do hereÖ it doesnít, fucking, negate or wipe away or whatever the bad of what we do, when we do it. ''can't'' save everyone. But the same goes for the other way around; the bad doesnít take away the good. Without the good, that doesn't mean we canít rail against the bad. Without the bad, we canít know how good we are.shouldn't try."



* BiTheWay: In session text-chats, [[WordOfGod Word of God]] confirms that Natalie is bisexual. Confirmed canonically in sessions proper when she first pursued a crush on Tomoe, having spoken about being in relationships with both men and women, and then found herself having another one on Liz. [[spoiler:In Season 3, she ended up in a relationship with Danny.]]

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* BiTheWay: In session text-chats, [[WordOfGod Word of God]] confirms that Natalie is bisexual. Confirmed explicitly canonically in sessions proper when she first pursued a crush on Tomoe, having spoken about being in relationships with both men and women, and then found herself having another one on Liz. [[spoiler:In Season 3, she ended up in a relationship with Danny.]]



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Desperately wants to help as many people as she can, and always makes an effort to try, even if it isn't possible.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Desperately wants to help as many people as she can, and always makes an effort to try, even if it isn't possible. [[ReconstructedTrope Even if it isn't necessarily deserved or practical. But she still believes her efforts to be worth it, so long as there's a chance if it means that someone can be saved; to not attempt to guarantees condemning them.]] See her above character quote.



* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Makes a deal with Fustrarime at the climax of Season 2 to spend the rest of his life in the Fae's realm in exchange for the safety and return of his fellow division members and Carlsville.]]

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* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Makes a deal with Fustrarime at the climax of Season 2 to spend the rest of his life in the Fae's realm in exchange for the safety and return of his fellow division members and Carlsville.the kidnapped people to Carlsville, along with the Fae vowing never to interfere with the town again.]]



* [[spoiler:OlderThanTheyLook: He is now chronologically in his late eighties or early nineties, but because of his new changeling biology, he has his young body back. This means that the others have trouble grappling with the fact that Theo has lived for between 80 and 90 years, because not only does he look no different outwardly from when they last met, he also returned to Carlsville roughly two weeks after saying goodbye.]]

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* [[spoiler:OlderThanTheyLook: He is now chronologically in his late eighties or early nineties, but because of his new changeling biology, he has his young body back. This means that the others have trouble grappling with the fact that Theo has lived for between 80 and 90 years, because not only does he look no different outwardly from when they last met, he also returned to Carlsville roughly two weeks after saying goodbye. Theo himself has undergone a minor attitude change because of this: older and more authoritative characters no longer intimidate him, as he knows that he is not only older than them but that he has areas of experience and expertise that they lack.]]



* WideEyedIdealist: Sees the best in everyone, and tries his best to bring it out and befriend them. [[spoiler:This doesn't mean that it doesn't come crashing down at a few key points.]]

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* WideEyedIdealist: Sees the best in everyone, and tries his best to bring it out and befriend them. [[spoiler:This This doesn't mean that it doesn't come crashing down back to bite him at a few key points.]]



* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, but she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle, and combines it well with bear-traps.

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* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, but she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle, rifle and combines it well with bear-traps.



* Pride: Her Vice, and a key ruling aspect of her attitude and decision-making. As a specific example, after the incident in her Tutorial, she refused to apologise for [[spoiler:shooting the other Player Characters while under the influence of the pixies]]. She would eventually apologise, but not even directly to [[spoiler:the characters she shot.]]

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* Pride: {{Pride:}} Her Vice, and a key ruling aspect of her attitude and decision-making. As a specific example, after the incident in her Tutorial, she refused to apologise for [[spoiler:shooting the other Player Characters while under the influence of the pixies]]. She would eventually apologise, but not even directly to [[spoiler:the characters she shot.]]


* DualWielding: Has both a machete and a cold-iron knife, which she can wield at the same time thanks to



* KnifeNut: She usually carries around her trusty pocket knife in her bag. [[spoiler:She now also has a machete.]]

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* KnifeNut: She usually carries around her trusty pocket knife in her bag. [[spoiler:She now She also has picks up a machete.]]machete in Season 1. [[spoiler:And in Season 2, she gets a cold-iron knife.]]
* MacheteMayhem: Partway through Season 1, she picks one up.



* OhCrap: Voiced several exclamations to to this effect during her escapade prior to arriving in Carlsville.

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* OhCrap: Voiced several exclamations to to this effect during her escapade prior to arriving in Carlsville.Carlsville. [[SirSwearsALot And has made plenty since.]]



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Because of her hairstyle and good looks, Nat has the 1-dot variant of the Striking Looks feat, meaning she's both ''very'' attractive and physically memorable. The downsides of this are that potential witnesses to Cardian activity and monsters/threats that escape are more likely to remember her, and, as shown in her tutorial, she's prone to harassment and stalking from creeps that find her attractive. At the time, she brushes it off, as her concern was on the safety of the baby she was looking after and the potential threat the guy following her posed to the infant. She remarks later in the campaign about the regularity of the harassment she suffered beforehand, and how for that one time she was able to temporarily forget that the creep was after her.



* TechnicalPacifist: Despite not being too physically capable, especially not in combat, and being more inclined to be merciful or talk things out with more sentient or reasonable supernaturals, she has made it known that the mimics [[spoiler:despite possibly being either mutated humans or created from humans]] deserve, if not need, to die. She would happily burn their den to the ground on the outskirts of town to the ground if it meant people were made safer.

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* TechnicalPacifist: Despite starting off not being too physically capable, especially not in combat, and being more inclined to be merciful or talk things out with more sentient or reasonable supernaturals, she has made it known that the mimics [[spoiler:despite possibly being either mutated humans or created from humans]] deserve, if not need, to die. She would happily burn their den to the ground on the outskirts of town to the ground if it meant people were made safer. Furthermore, her [[CrazyPrepared current array of weapons]] and her willingness to use them in crisis means that she's willing to engage in combat, but would prefer not to.



* [[spoiler:WalkingArmory: After she gets a cold-iron knife in Season 2, on top of her machete and a homemade flamethrower. [[spoiler:Especially so when she adds a handgun later, bringing her array of carried weapons to four, and five if you count her original pocket knife.]]



* BigDamnHeroes: Seems to be fond of pulling this on others. The first was when he selflessly provided a distraction for the Matriarch so that it would leave his friend Dragoon alone. The second was in the first mission, when the group he was with came under attack, and he jumped straight into the fight.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Seems to be fond of pulling this on others. The first was when he selflessly provided a distraction for the Matriarch so that it would leave his friend Dragoon alone. The second was in the first mission, mission when the group he was with came under attack, and he jumped straight into the fight.


A young med student currently on compassionate leave from her studies, after a botched close-up of a surgery resulted in the death of the patient, Natalie worked in a bar six nights a week to sustain herself, and to save money to get a good lawyer after the now-dead patient's family decided to sue her. An encounter with a seemingly abandoned baby in her university library and her subsequent rescue by the Cardians, however, has meant that for the moment, all that must be put on hold.

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A young med student currently on compassionate leave from her studies, after a botched surgical close-up of a surgery resulted in the death of the patient, Natalie worked in a bar six nights a week to sustain herself, and to save money to get a good lawyer after the now-dead patient's family decided to sue her. An encounter with a seemingly abandoned baby in her university library and her subsequent rescue by the Cardians, however, has meant that for the moment, all that must be put on hold.



* MyGreatestFailure: Considers her causing the death of a surgery patient to be this. [[spoiler:Gains a second in Season 2 after her actions on the "longest night".]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Her backstory holds an example of this, and has several throughout the campaign.



** [[spoiler:When Natalie (after some manipulation by Finnegan) tries to persuade the team not to check in on Liz at the mansion, because she believes that the ghost of her mother will be enough to keep her safe, and that closing the Hedge portal will ensure her safety more effectively. Arguments ensue, Natalie is called out multiple times on not only her decision making, but also her temper during the operation, and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone recognises that she's screwed up royally in a way that almost cost her someone she cared deeply for.]] She finishes the night having torn up her 5 of Diamonds card, believing she is no longer fit for the position and the trust and responsibility that comes with it, and going to Aisha to request a demotion. She turns Nat down, because she knows [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre how capable and smart Nat is and has proven to be,]] and wants to see her succeed and rise through ranks organically, citing the fact that Nat could summarily recognise and analyse her failings as additional evidence. Spurred on by this, Nat resolves to continue, and do better.]]

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** [[spoiler:When Natalie [[spoiler:Natalie (after some manipulation by Finnegan) tries to persuade the team not to check in on Liz at the mansion, because she believes that the ghost of her mother will be enough to keep her safe, and that closing the Hedge portal will ensure her safety more effectively. Arguments ensue, Natalie is called out multiple times on not only her decision making, but also her temper during the operation, and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone recognises that she's screwed up royally in a way that almost cost her someone she cared deeply for.]] She finishes the night having torn up her 5 of Diamonds card, believing she is no longer fit for the position and the trust and responsibility that comes with it, and going to Aisha to request a demotion. She turns Nat down, because she knows [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre how capable and smart Nat is and has proven to be,]] and wants to see her succeed and rise through ranks organically, citing the fact that Nat could summarily recognise and analyse her failings as additional evidence. Spurred on by this, Nat resolves to continue, and do better.]]



* [[spoiler:TheAgeless: As a result of becoming a changeling after living out the remainder of his human life in Fustrarime's realm.]]



* [[spoiler:MayflyDecemberRomance: His relationship with Bo, aka Fustrarime, is revealed to be this once it becomes clear who and what Bo really is.]]

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* [[spoiler:MayflyDecemberRomance: His relationship with Bo, aka Fustrarime, is revealed to be this once it becomes clear who and what Bo really is.]]]] [[Zigzagged, however, once Theo comes back as a changeling, beings that are [[TheAgeless technically immortal.]]]]



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* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, but she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle.

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* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, but she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle.rifle, and combines it well with bear-traps.


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* NominalHero: Plays her part so that her research and projects can be furthered, not so that the town of Carlsville can be saved or some wider good can be achieved; all she cares about is how Cardians and the Carlsville situation benefit her.



* {{Pride:}} Her Vice, and a key ruling aspect of her attitude and decision-making. As a specific example, after the incident in her Tutorial, she refused to apologise for [[spoiler:shooting the other Player Characters while under the influence of the pixies]]. She would eventually apologise, but not even directly to [[spoiler:the characters she shot.]]

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* {{Pride:}} Pride: Her Vice, and a key ruling aspect of her attitude and decision-making. As a specific example, after the incident in her Tutorial, she refused to apologise for [[spoiler:shooting the other Player Characters while under the influence of the pixies]]. She would eventually apologise, but not even directly to [[spoiler:the characters she shot.]]


* ClassicalAntiHero: All of them very much have flaws and vices, but are all still very much on the side of trying to do the right thing. Most of the time.



* BiTheWay: In session text-chats, [[WordOfGod Word of God]] confirms that Natalie is bisexual. Confirmed canonically in sessions when she first pursued a crush on Tomoe, having spoken about being in relationshps with both en and women, and then found herself having another one on Liz. [[spoiler:In Season 3, she ended up in a relationship with Danny.]]

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* BiTheWay: In session text-chats, [[WordOfGod Word of God]] confirms that Natalie is bisexual. Confirmed canonically in sessions proper when she first pursued a crush on Tomoe, having spoken about being in relationshps relationships with both en men and women, and then found herself having another one on Liz. [[spoiler:In Season 3, she ended up in a relationship with Danny.]]



* FatalFlaw: Her temper.

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* FatalFlaw: Her temper. As well as her forgetfulness, to a lesser degree.



* GreenEyedMonster: Her Vice is Envy. [[spoiler:Until Season 2, when it changed to Wrath.]]

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* GreenEyedMonster: Her Vice is Envy. [[spoiler:Until [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Until Season 2, when it changed to Wrath.]]]]]]



* SarcasmFailure: A very dark example. [[spoiler:After she, Theo and Aubry discovered Sal and the horrifically butchered remains of Dagmar, she could only sputter in horror and disgust. When she finally asked about it, it was simply an "...um?!"]]

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* SarcasmFailure: A very dark example. [[spoiler:After After she, Theo and Aubry discovered Sal and the [[spoiler:the horrifically butchered remains of Dagmar, Dagmar]], she could only sputter in horror and disgust. When she finally asked about it, it was simply an "...um?!"]]Um?!"



* WomenAreWiser: With 3 out of 5 dots in both Intelligence and Wisdom, and a Virtue of Prudence, Nat can be reliably counted on to make sensible and informed decisions, more so than the other male Player Characters. Except for [[TheSmartGuy Henderson.]] Usually.

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* WomenAreWiser: With 3 or 4 out of 5 dots in both Intelligence and Wisdom, and a [[spoiler:former]] Virtue of Prudence, Nat can be reliably counted on to make sensible and informed decisions, more so than the other male Player Characters. Except for [[TheSmartGuy Henderson.]] Usually.



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* [[spoiler:EmotionEater: As part of his new changeling biology, he can do this do to replenish his Glamour.]]



* [[spoiler:OlderThanTheyLook: He is now chronologically in his late eighties or early nineties, but because of his new changeling biology, he has his young body back.]]

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* [[spoiler:OlderThanTheyLook: He is now chronologically in his late eighties or early nineties, but because of his new changeling biology, he has his young body back. This means that the others have trouble grappling with the fact that Theo has lived for between 80 and 90 years, because not only does he look no different outwardly from when they last met, he also returned to Carlsville roughly two weeks after saying goodbye.]]



* StunnedSilence: Theo found himself at a loss for words after [[spoiler:the fight with Dagmar, and Sal's subsequent dealings

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* StunnedSilence: Theo found himself at a loss for words after [[spoiler:the the fight with Dagmar, and Sal's subsequent dealingsdealings.



* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle.

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* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, but she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle.



* CharacterDevelopment: River's initially cold demeanour gives way over tim to a desire to protect her team, if only because their work allows her unique research to continue. [[spoiler:She does acknowledge that her team are by and large decent enough people, however, and has even resolved to not only give Omega the proper education and stimuli that a young boy deserves, but also to help Lallo get better mentally.]]

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* CharacterDevelopment: River's initially cold demeanour gives way over tim time to a desire to protect her team, if only because their work allows her unique research to continue. [[spoiler:She does She also comes to acknowledge that her [[spoiler:her team are by and large decent enough people, however, and has even resolved to not only give Omega the proper education and stimuli that a young boy deserves, but also to help Lallo get better mentally.]]



* HiddenDepths: Her nature as a cancer survivor is a closely kept secret, and her relationship with Romulus and animals in general is markedly more understanding and compassionate than with humans.

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* HiddenDepths: Her nature as a cancer survivor is a closely kept secret, and her relationship with Romulus and animals animals, in general general, is markedly more understanding and compassionate than with humans.



** DefrostingIceQueen: The longer she spends in Carlsville, the more River interacts with people. She even [[spoiler:takes Omega under her tutelage, and resolves to help Lallo with his mental state, after feeling sorry for them.]]

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** DefrostingIceQueen: The longer she spends in Carlsville, the more River interacts with people. She even [[spoiler:takes Omega under her tutelage, tutelage and resolves to help Lallo with his mental state, after feeling sorry for them.both of them due to their respective poor circumstances.]]



* IWorkAlone: Again, played with. She keeps her own work to herself but does work with others when the situation calls for it.

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* IWorkAlone: Again, played with. She keeps her own work to herself but does work with others when the situation calls for it.it, particularly in gathering resources, information and test samples for her research.



** JerkassWoobie: She is a cancer survivor, is aware of the fact that it could return and kill her, and part of her jerkishness stems from [[FreudianExcuse her fight against her own morality; the incapability of others wastes time in this regard.]]

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** JerkassWoobie: She is a cancer survivor, is aware of the fact that it could return and kill her, and part of her jerkishness jerkiness stems from [[FreudianExcuse her fight against her own morality; mortality; the incapability of others wastes time in this regard.]]


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* StatuesqueStunner: Clocks in at just over 7 feet tall, and has enough physical attractiveness and wiles to make [[spoiler:Matthew Hellings, Sr.]] blush.


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!Player Characters

The primary group of characters, and the protagonists of Cardians: Rural. They are the ones who interact with Carlsville, and whose missions as part of the Cardians Syndicate form the plot.

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* FishOutOfWater: Each one of them previously had fairly normal lives, until a supernatural encounter, after which they mysteriously found themselves in Carlsville, Wisconsin, without warning. Except for Tomoe, who wandered into Carlsville purely by chance while drifting.
* JadeColouredGlasses: They're slowly beginning to don them, if they haven't already, over the course of the campaign.
* {{Muggles}}: Each of them began as one of these, before the true nature of the world they lived in revealed itself to them one fateful day. Even now, however, none of them have any unusual, supernatural or paranormal abilities or qualities; in spite of what they've gone through, they are still relatively normal humans. Except [[ImAHumanitarian Lemons]], whose cannibalism prevents him from ever being ''fully'' normal.
* MugglesDoItBetter: They encounter various seemingly inexplicable phenomena, using only the normal everyday things around them, and if they don't come out on top, they at least survive.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Most of them did their best to ensure that all six made it out of the dangerous woods they found themselves in after dark, safe and sound.
* TheTeam:
** TheStoic: Tomoe.
** TheSmartGuy: Henderson.
** TheFace: Lemons.
** TheChick: Natalie.
** TheBigGuy: Sal.
** TheCutie: Theo.
** [[spoiler:TheSixthRanger: River.]]
* TeamDad: A lot of the six have fairly parental qualities, and oversee one another in different ways. So much so that it's become a joke among their controlling Players to compare and contrast how "Dad" all the main characters are.
** TeamMom: ...save for Natalie Cole, who is female, and is therefore compared on her "Mom-ness". [[RuleOfFunny Though sometimes she's just classed as a dad anyway.]]

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[[folder:Tomoe Yakasuki]]
-> ♣ | 27 | Japanese-American

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-> "Let me tell you a thing or two about revenge..."

Kidnapped by [[PrivateMilitaryContractors the mercenary group Bloodmoon]] at age 6, Tomoe found himself pulled into the world of murder-for-hire, and forced to adapt. Nine years ago, the Bloodmoon camp was destroyed and everyone in the team, including Tomoe's mentor, killed, save for Tomoe himself. Ever since, he has wandered the earth, searching for whoever might be responsible for the massacre of his team. Until he walks into Carlsville, Wisconsin, and encounters another drifter, who turns out to be a vampire. Tomoe is bitten, and some of his blood is drank, later that night, and after a run-in with the Rural division's Ace of Clubs, finds himself pulled into working for the organisation too.

* AnAxeToGrind: Tomoe has great skill with axes and hatchets. Natalie even bought him an ax to use, [[spoiler:until it was broken in the fight with Dagmar.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[AllThereInTheManual Has FOUR points in Intimidation, and his speciality is "Torture/Veiled Threats".]]
* ColdSniper: Back in his Bloodmoon days. Whether or not he is still this remains to be seen.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Just read his above character summary.
* DeathSeeker: Has shades of this, due to his past. Upon finding out he was bitten by a vampire and fed from, he called for Hellings to kill him. In most situations, he'll take the more reckless option, so long as it means neutralising whatever threat faces the group.
** [[spoiler:This has come back to bite Tomoe hard, especially after the most recent mission, where he jumped into a burning room to take down an injured demon trying to escape... while he himself was injured.]]
* FacialMarkings: Has tattoos across his eyes.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: His main weapons are a pair of brass knuckles.
* HesBack: Much of his character arc has resulted in this, over the course of many missions, but cemented in the Season 1 Finale, [[spoiler:when he argued the value of his current morality and standards, and the man he had become in the face of everyone discovering his past as a torturer.]]
* HiredGuns: Worked as part of Bloodmoon, which is a group of these, more or less.
** PrivateMilitaryContractors: The members of Bloodmoon were these, at best.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He is well-trained as a sniper.
** SniperRifle: His previous [[WeaponOfChoice weapon of choice.]] [[spoiler:In Season 2, it becomes no longer "previous" when he takes Vokil's gun.]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: His name is Tomoe, which is Japanese. The original Japanese name is pronounced phonetically as "toe-MOE-ey", but in this singular case, it is simply pronounced "TOE-moe". [[FridgeBrilliance Which makes sense, considering his kidnapping at a young age and raising away from his birth family: those involved likely wouldn't have known the actual Japanese pronunciation, and so went with an anglicized phonetic version.]]
* [[spoiler:LineageComeFromTheFather: His combat skills and emotional instability, as well as proficiency with axes seems innocuous at first, until it's discovered his father is his experienced, emotionally unstable, axe-wielding boss.]]
* LongLostRelative: Both of his parents, who Tomoe doesn't entirely remember. [[spoiler:As of Season 2, Tomoe has learned that his mother is a woman named Seiji Yakasuki, and his father is his direct Ace, Matthew Hellings, Sr.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: How Tomoe informs [[spoiler:his birth father and boss about the true nature of their relationship.]]
* MercyKill: Asked the Ace of Clubs, Matthew Hellings, to kill him after he discovered he'd been bitten by a vampire. [[SubvertedTrope Hellings refused, deciding to recruit Tomoe into Cardians instead.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: See The Stoic.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Subverted, and eventually double-subverted: when investigating the disappearance of Timothy Lanes, Tomoe looked into disembodied humming coming from a lookout point in the fort the team had found and was told to leave by a disembodied voice when the sun was setting, and after the team [[spoiler:had found Timothy's body.]] He did so eventually, but not before [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer he tried to punch the source of the voice,]] and with some additional pleading and convincing from both Henderson and Sal.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Due to his past career as an assassin, he's been through a lot.
* TheAtoner: See These Hands Have Killed below.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; he is the only one of the six Player Characters to enter Carlsville naturally, and the introductory session it happened during was the ''first'' of the group.
* TheStoic: Doesn't really show all that much emotion, outside of scowling. As of Season 3, he's grown increasingly distant.
** NotSoStoic: He does have his moments where the facade not only cracks but breaks. With Natalie, when they're alone, he behaves more or less like a normal person.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: As part of his backstory, Tomoe was more or less forced to kill someone to earn his keep, and seeks redemption for this.
* WalkingTheEarth: Prior to his time in Carlsville, he was doing this.
* WhatAnIdiot: Due to his recklessness and stubbornness, he has gotten both himself and the team into trouble. [[spoiler:First, at the site of Timothy's death, he refused to leave after hearing Timothy's ghost and believing it was a real person, despite no one physically being there. Night time was fast approaching, and as a result, the team were attacked by whisps, and left in varying states of injury. The second time, he jumped in front of Sal's attempts to beat Omega to death, and nearly got knocked unconscious for his efforts. As for the most recent example, see Death Seeker. It borders on [[TooDumbToLive Too Dumb to Live]] levels, [[FridgeHorror except then you realise]] [[DeathSeeker that may not be such a bad thing, in Tomoe's eyes...]]]]
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles:]] It's quite cute, according to Natalie's inner thoughts, anyway.

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[[folder:Richard Henderson]]
-> ♠ | 43 | Caucasian-American

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-> "I can do, uhhh... taxes?"

A salary man and loving father, Richard Henderson found his peaceful life shattered after a camping trip resulted in his eldest son and wife going missing, and he and his youngest son attacked by mimics. With some help from a member of the Cardians, the remaining Hendersons escaped with their lives. Now, he works for the syndicate, while balancing time to look after his son and look into the disappearances of his wife and eldest son.

* AfterActionHealingDrama: After their encounter with the mimics, Henderson had to rush his son Hawthorn to a nearby hospital due to severe injuries.
* [[BelievingTheirOwnLies Believes His Own Lies]]: Mimics only copy the voices of their ''victims'', but that won't stop Henderson from looking for Rowan, whose [[NeverFoundTheBody voice was distinctly heard from the mimics several times.]]
* CarFu: When faced with an assault by mimcs on himself and his son inside an RV, Henderson eventually opts to take the wheel. He backs over several mimics, causing delightful popping noises.
* DarkSecret: The ''only'' flaw listed on Henderson's character sheet.
* GiveHimANormalLife: Henderson is extremely wary of the syndicate's involvement in his son's recovery and life, and is determined not to let his son fall into the supernatural world.
* GoodParents: Henderson and his wife Julia.
* HappilyMarried: Or at least he ''was'', until his wife and son disappeared in a dark and mysterious forest full of murderous mimics. Now the future is unclear, as far as that goes.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Despite fervently pursuing theater for the first part of his life, Henderson has a [[TheGenericGuy single dot in presence]], [[SubvertedTrope no dots in]] [[LargeHam perform]], and a trait that actively makes it harder for him to be noticed.
** However, there are some [[SoBadItsGood fringe benefits]] [[FridgeLogic that may end up being more]] [[TheNondescript helpful in the long run]] [[BeneathSuspicion as a hunter.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Was steadily growing dissatisfied with his normal, boring family life, as part of something of a mid-life crisis.
* KillItWithFire: Ordered Natalie to throw their remaining gasoline into the room [[spoiler:they had just fought Dagmar in as a last-ditch effort to burn the demon alive.]] [[FromBadToWorse It didn't go well...]]
* LastNameBasis: Most people just call him "Henderson".
* NiceGuy: The most morally centred of the group, and one of the nicest, without any ulterior motives.
* NuclearFamily: A wife, two kids, and a nice house were a part of Henderson's life. Not anymore, though!
* PapaWolf: Henderson is fiercely protective of his family, particularly in mortal danger. He channelled this trait well when he and his son Hawthorn encountered some murderous mimics.
* TeamDad: In a literal sense, in that he is an actual father, and in the sense that he is one of the more level-headed and grounded among the group.
* TheGenericGuy: Due to having only one point in his Presence stat, and being a suit-wearing salaryman.
* TheLeader: Seems to be turning into this, due to being the smartest of the team, and the most proactive in terms of planning.
* TheSmartGuy: Has the highest number of points in Mental stats, and before his time with the Cardians, he was an accountant.

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[[folder:Guy Lemons]]
-> ♥ | 35 | Caucasian-American

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-> "[[BitchInSheepsClothing Hey]] [[PsychoticSmirk there.]]"

Having grown up in an unstable home environment, with little food available to him, Guy Lemons was drawn to how dead things worked... and tasted. He became a medical examiner, working with health authorities and the police alike, depending on the nature of the body. One fateful night, however, a wendigo attacked him in his home, but he successfully escaped... by somehow suddenly driving into a state several hundred miles away with no similar way back. He now works under the Cardians in Carlsville, who recruited him after they discovered what had happened.

* AutopsySnackTime: A much more questionable and horrific example, but Lemons will cut off small sections of his "patients" to... [[ImAHumanitarian sample.]]
** Though, as a more realistic example, he does chew gum while working.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lemons, more often than not, doesn't care about those around him all that much, and merely adopts the persona of a friendly man to make interaction easier. Should the time call for it, he'll do anything to save his own skin.
** [[spoiler:BecomingTheMask: After continuous interactions with characters such as [[TheCutie Theo,]] Lemons has begun incorporating features of the facade he puts up of a "good neighbour" that helps him interact with the world, into his personality. See [[CharacterDevelopment Character Development]] below.]]
* CarFu: Lemons floored it when the wendigo chasing him appeared in front of his car, and successfully ran over it. Unfortunately, one of the wendigo's horns made it through to Lemons.
* CharacterDevelopment: Over time, it's becoming more ambiguous as to how much of Lemons' outward friendly persona is fake, at least to lemons' knowledge. [[spoiler:His feelings towards Theo, and his friendship with Chaney, seem to be the biggest influences, as well as invoking actual genuine feelings of compassion and friendship.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Lemons usually wears at least one item clothing containing some shade of purple.
* CreepyMortician: Considering he's a cannibal ''and'' a medical examiner, it's hard not to see him as this. Of course, no one knows he's a cannibal but Lemons himself, but regardless, if you cross him, or he just fails to comfort you, well... see the Lack of Empathy entry below.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He grew up with an addict mother, and would often go without eating. This pushed him to indulge in consuming roadkill and other such things, which would lead to his cannibalism.
* DarkSecret: See below. And above. And most of the material to do with Lemons, really.
* [[spoiler:GlowingEyesOfDoom: Begins to develop these over the course of Season 2 due to him being infected with a wendigo curse.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: [[InvokedTrope Invokes this]] as his public facade, but deep down, this trope is ultimately [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]]
** [[spoiler:Although this may not necessarily be the complete case: see Character Development above.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Lemons is secretly a cannibal, who takes samples of bodies at the morgue where he works.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Liz has a crush on him, and Lemons cannot reciprocate. Doesn't mean he won't initially lead her on with a date, though.
* LackOfEmpathy: Has 0 points in this skill, which meant that [[CriticalFailure when he attempted to comfort a shocked intern, he ended up frightening him so badly with a smile the intern wet himself.]] This also stems from him possibly being a sociopath.
** Since then, a lot of his attempts to show empathy haven't ended well.
* LastNameBasis: Understandable when your first name is ''Guy''.
* ManipulativeBastard: Lemons knows how to get people to do what he wants, through [[AllThereInTheManual as his sheet describes,]] "subtle-yet-malicious manipulation".
--> "High school was a social game, and he was a master player."
* NiceGuy: Seems to project this as his default state. However, it is more than likely [[ManipulativeBastard a means to make social interaction easier.]]
* [[spoiler:PartialTransformation: As a result of the wendigo curse deepening and spreading throughout him, Lemons looks visibly gaunt, has gained height, and [[GlowingEyesOfDoom his eyes can glow in the dark.]]]]
* SmileTropes: Has several smiles he uses for various contexts.
** PsychoticSmirk
** SlasherSmile: See Lack of Empathy.
** StepfordSmiler: Downplayed, and a more occasional example saved for stressful occasions.
* StraightGay: Definitely. He is attracted to Theo, Bo and Hellings, but he possesses no stereotypical outward characteristics of a [[CampGay Camp Gay]], apart from being VERY well-dressed and fashionable. Even that, however, is more neutral in terms of application to sexuality.
* TheCharmer: One of his default methods of dealing with people.
* TheCoroner: Prior to joining the Cardians, Lemons was a medical examiner.
* TheCorruption: [[spoiler:The wendigo curse, from Season 1 onwards.]]
* TheFace: As a Heart, and an experienced social manipulator, Lemons easily fills this role out of the six. When encountering a new person, it's usually Lemons at the front of the group, and the first to engage them in conversation.
* TheGadfly: If the results of you being annoyed are amusing enough to Lemons, chances are [[ItAmusedMe he's going to try and do it again.]]
* TheSocialExpert: Is very quick to zero in on people's strengths and weaknesses. You can be sure he'll be making mental notes about how you work should you cross paths with him, and how to take advantage of this to further his own goals.

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[[folder:Natalie Cole]]
-> ♦ | 23 | Caucasian-American

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-> "Point is, the good of what we do hereÖ it doesnít, fucking, negate or wipe away or whatever the bad of what we do, when we do it. But the same goes for the other way around; the bad doesnít take away the good. Without the good, we canít rail against the bad. Without the bad, we canít know how good we are."

A young med student currently on compassionate leave from her studies, after a botched close-up of a surgery resulted in the death of the patient, Natalie worked in a bar six nights a week to sustain herself, and to save money to get a good lawyer after the now-dead patient's family decided to sue her. An encounter with a seemingly abandoned baby in her university library and her subsequent rescue by the Cardians, however, has meant that for the moment, all that must be put on hold.

* AngerBornOfWorry: Towards Theo in the Season 2 Finale, after he went off on his own to [[spoiler: confront Bo aka Fustrarime, and he was discovered suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite.]]
* BiTheWay: In session text-chats, [[WordOfGod Word of God]] confirms that Natalie is bisexual. Confirmed canonically in sessions when she first pursued a crush on Tomoe, having spoken about being in relationshps with both en and women, and then found herself having another one on Liz. [[spoiler:In Season 3, she ended up in a relationship with Danny.]]
* BuffySpeak: Prone to this, especially when describing supernatural creatures and phenomena that she isn't fully educated on.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Desperately wants to help as many people as she can, and always makes an effort to try, even if it isn't possible.
* DeadpanSnarker: A fair bit, to the point where what she thought would be her ''last words'' were used snarking at the creatures trying to eat her.
* DeathGlare: Gives one on several occasions to those who anger her, both enemy and Cardian alike.
* DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp: Her dealings with the Cardians can be traced back to when she decided to take a baby to Child Services on her only day off in the week, and when she should have been studying.
* ExtraDimensionalShortcut: Seemingly completely by chance, Natalie stumbled out of her apartment while escaping the mandrakes after her, and ended up in a version of her street with twisted branches and thorns overrunning everything. After she was finally caught, she was found and rescued by Bo. [[spoiler:This version of her street was later revealed to be [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness the Hedge,]] and Natalie had stumbled through a moving portal to it that the Cardians had been monitoring.]]
** [[[spoiler:Revealed to have been invoked by the mandrakes and Vokil, as part of their gathering/hunting methods.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: After some bargaining with the mandrakes trying to eat her, after it was clear there was no other way out, Natalie accepted her fate, managing to get out a sad, angry and yet snarky remark at them.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: What she thought would be her last words:
-->'''Mandrake:''' We need... ''life.''
-->'''Natalie:''' And you just ''had'' to take mine, you [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] pricks...
* FatalFlaw: Her temper.
* ForgetfulJones: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but one of her two Flaws is nonetheless her forgetfulness.
* GreenEyedMonster: Her Vice is Envy. [[spoiler:Until Season 2, when it changed to Wrath.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Played with. What hair she has is blonde (be it dyed or undyed), and she's very compassionate and kind. She tries to uphold a moral standard, but there are times, as with any character in Hunter: The Vigil, when she slips.
** {{Foil}}: In this sense, both her and [[BitchInSheepsClothing Lemons.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: Downplayed, but nonetheless a significant problem for her. If she feels something is wrong, she won't back down easily if at all, even against better judgement.
* HeroicBSOD: Underwent something akin to one after making it back to the house from being chased by creatures, while having [[spoiler:the body of a dead child stuffed in the car's trunk]]. As time goes on, and increasingly horrific things occurred, she began having more of these, and has now had them less and less, as she adjusts to the horror she encounters.
* HeroicSafeMode: Manifested fully in the Season 1 Finale [[spoiler:during the fight against Vayne-Possessed!Aubry, where her rage spilled over and she become downright murderous as the mage increasingly hurt the other division members. Once [[spoiler:they won]], her other emotions returned, and she could barely speak, instead pushing medical aid on those who needed it, worrying Sal in particular. [[spoiler:This has increasingly become Natalie's default in extreme crisis or combat: much of her snark and sass stops, and she becomes laser-focused on staying alive and keeping those around her alive too.]]
* HotBlooded: Lively, sharp-tongued, and very expressive emotionally.
* KnifeNut: She usually carries around her trusty pocket knife in her bag. [[spoiler:She now also has a machete.]]
* MamaBear: At one point, when the baby she was taking care of seemed to be under threat from two creepy stalkers, Natalie was more than ready to fight them if it came to it, armed only with a pocket knife.
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: Dislikes conflict, polite, and ready to lend emotional support to those around her. [[DudleyDoRightStopsToHelp It was this niceness that, ironically enough, ended up severely injuring her (to the point of her almost being eaten alive), and her subsequent conscription into the Cardians.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: All Natalie wanted to do was drop off a seemingly abandoned baby at Child Services out of the goodness of her heart. This baby turned out to be the spawner of flesh-eating mandrakes of some kind, that tried to eat her. She survived her encounter with them, but her legs were left injured as a result.
* OhCrap: Voiced several exclamations to to this effect during her escapade prior to arriving in Carlsville.
* PrecisionFStrike: Is prone to making these, especially when angered or stressed.
* RousingSpeech: Gave one to Sal, Tomoe, Lemons, Aubry and Chaney to stop their arguing and finger-pointing after Lemons voiced his anger [[spoiler:over an infection possibly contracted by half the team that they didn't know about until too late.]] [[spoiler:It, combined with her honesty over snooping in the Cardians' personal files, seem to have resulted in her promotion to a 3 of Diamonds.]]
* SarcasmFailure: A very dark example. [[spoiler:After she, Theo and Aubry discovered Sal and the horrifically butchered remains of Dagmar, she could only sputter in horror and disgust. When she finally asked about it, it was simply an "...um?!"]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When her apartment was overrun by [[BuffySpeak "root babies",]] she didn't even make an attempt to fight them, and just ran away as fast as she could. Even before the situation worsened, she made plans to get out of the place.
* SirSwearsALot: When angry or stressed out. Can still curse plenty when neither of these things, however.
* TeamMom: Regularly reins in the more unruly of the Player Characters, should they squabble or make an ass of themselves. She also managed to coax Tomoe out of his shell, at least a little, encouraging him to try talking to the others.
* TechnicalPacifist: Despite not being too physically capable, especially not in combat, and being more inclined to be merciful or talk things out with more sentient or reasonable supernaturals, she has made it known that the mimics [[spoiler:despite possibly being either mutated humans or created from humans]] deserve, if not need, to die. She would happily burn their den to the ground on the outskirts of town to the ground if it meant people were made safer.
* TenMinuteRetirement: In Season 2, during the aftermath of the "longest night". See UnfitForGreatness.
* TheHeart: Assumed this role temporarily after Lemons' public confrontation of Aubry resulted in further arguments and upset in the Cardians.
* TheMedic: She has a degree in Anatomy, was training to become a doctor before she came to Carlsville, and has a great talent for tending to the injuries of others.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Is the only female Player Character out of the current group of six.
* TooCleverByHalf: An increasingly common failing of hers, and she knows it.
* TookALevelInCynic: Seems to have undergone this after all the Player Characters' missions while in Carlsville. [[spoiler:It has gotten to the point where she believes that no mission will be simple or easy, and that in order to succeed or find what they're looking for, the Player Characters will have to go through horrible and harmful surprises.]]
-->'''Natalie:''' We're gonna probably have to go through the trapdoor, because knowing our luck, that's where [[spoiler:Omega]] will be, behind a ''fire'', and, like, clouds of ''anthrax'' or some shit.
-->'''Theo:''' ...Oh my God Nat.
-->'''Natalie:''' You know there ''will'' be, though.
-->'''Theo:''' Uh-- Don't say it! ...Cause then it might happen...
-->'''Natalie:''' ...I don't ''want'' it to happen!
* UnfitForGreatness: Deconstructed and then reconstructed in Season 2 on the "longest night":
** [[spoiler:When Natalie (after some manipulation by Finnegan) tries to persuade the team not to check in on Liz at the mansion, because she believes that the ghost of her mother will be enough to keep her safe, and that closing the Hedge portal will ensure her safety more effectively. Arguments ensue, Natalie is called out multiple times on not only her decision making, but also her temper during the operation, and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone recognises that she's screwed up royally in a way that almost cost her someone she cared deeply for.]] She finishes the night having torn up her 5 of Diamonds card, believing she is no longer fit for the position and the trust and responsibility that comes with it, and going to Aisha to request a demotion. She turns Nat down, because she knows [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre how capable and smart Nat is and has proven to be,]] and wants to see her succeed and rise through ranks organically, citing the fact that Nat could summarily recognise and analyse her failings as additional evidence. Spurred on by this, Nat resolves to continue, and do better.]]
* UnstoppableRage: In the Season 1 Finale, against [[spoiler:Vayne.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Her pocket knife. [[spoiler:As of most recently, she has gained a machete.]]
* WomenAreWiser: With 3 out of 5 dots in both Intelligence and Wisdom, and a Virtue of Prudence, Nat can be reliably counted on to make sensible and informed decisions, more so than the other male Player Characters. Except for [[TheSmartGuy Henderson.]] Usually.

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[[folder:Salvator "Sal" Santos]]
-> ♣ | 26 | Hispanic-American

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-> "It's because I'm brown, isn't it?"

After growing up believing his father to be a heroic soldier against the monsters that lurk in the darkness of the world (despite evidence to suggest he was merely a common criminal), Sal came to subscribe to more or less every supernatural-related belief you could think of. Working as a fry cook at a local fast food outlet, and researching the paranormal in his spare time, he thinks himself ready to face the terrors that lurk in the night, which is put to the test, when he and a friend join up with a ghost hunting crew to investigate a house in their area. Then everything starts going wrong, people start dying, and Sal finds himself in the care of the Cardians.

* AgentMulder: The hard part is finding some sort of conspiracy or paranormal phenomenon that he ''doesn't'' believe in.
* AlliterativeName: "''Sa''lvator ''Sa''ntos".
* BandageMummy: For the moment, he has a full-body cast on after his encounter in the house with whatever creature had been attacking the ghost hunters.
* BigDamnHeroes: Seems to be fond of pulling this on others. The first was when he selflessly provided a distraction for the Matriarch so that it would leave his friend Dragoon alone. The second was in the first mission, when the group he was with came under attack, and he jumped straight into the fight.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In the Season 1 Finale, when [[spoiler:Vayne used Aubry's powers to take over his mind.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Seems to be slowly becoming more serious and grounded, as the team's missions give increasingly dire results. [[spoiler:At least, it started this way. Now, he's growing more ready to take outrageous and outlandish actions. He also seems to be becoming increasingly unhinged, as encounters with supernaturals rack up and he's allowed to kill them. Or is this because these missions are revealing parts of Sal's true nature?]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Somewhat, due to his firm belief in conspiracies and other such things. [[spoiler:He also seems to be displaying more of this as time passes, from as tame as noisily playing his guitar when told to stop, to peeing on the bed of a custodial cell out of spite.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: And HOW. The extent of his affirmation in believing in the supernatural, illogical and absurd means that...
** ConspiracyKitchenSink: ...he believes the world he lives in to be this.
*** [[RuleOfFunny Funny thing is,]] [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight he isn't far off,]] due to [[TheMasquerade the]] [[AllMythsAreTrue true nature]] of [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil the]] [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness world.]]
* CreepySouvenir: Attempted to take one off Dagmar, but was stopped by Aubry, the ace of spades requiring all body parts burned. Was eventually successful in getting a dead mimic head and attaching it to his guitar.
* DrawAggro: The crux of his plan in Season 2's "longest night" against the Hedge Beasts involves him doing this, while the other Cardians target the horde attacking him to more efficiently kill them. [[spoiler:It works, and their population is severely decreased as a result.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: With the girl who seemed to have saved him and his friend.
* FantasticRacism: Believes any supernatural entity he encounters to be either disgusting, a threat, or both, and something that must be destroyed.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Due to his high Strength, and weapon choice of sap gloves, Sal usually engages in combat by punching the antagonist.
* HairTriggerTemper: Natch, with his Vice being Wrath. [[spoiler:Until Season 2, when his Vice became Pride, and [[CharacterDevelopment he mellowed somewhat]] after unintentionally selling a lot of his memories.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Was prepared to undertake one of these to save his friend, Dragoonslayer505. The creature he sacrificed himself to didn't end up killing him, however; it merely severely injured him.
* HiddenDepths: Comforted a shocked Arthur [[spoiler:after a toothed crow mimicked the crying of his missing team-mate]]. This was the first public example of a softer and more considerate side to Sal.
* HotBlooded: Quick to anger, and both loud and eccentric. [[spoiler:Until Season 2.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Usually has a pet cat either with him (kept in his coat pocket) or belonging to him. He had to buy another, though, as his previous cat was [[PutOnABus lost back in the original house he was investigating with the ghost hunting team.]] Regardless, whatever pet he owns, he loves it completely and unconditionally.
* KnightInSourArmour: As time goes on, Sal's eccentricities slowly fall away, and he becomes noticeably more cynical about the division's chances and purpose. That doesn't mean he won't still help people where he can.
* MeaningfulName: Whatever female cat he seems to own, Sal calls the animal "Bastet", after the Egyptian cat-headed goddess of protection. He believes Bastet to be a deterrent against dark forces. In addition, the names "Salvator" and "Santos" mean "savior" and "saints" respectively, and Sal considers himself as a hero for all mankind against the forces of darkness.
** PetsHomageName: Given Sal's [[AllMythsAreTrue bel]][[AgentMulder iefs,]] it's not surprising he names his pets in this way.
* OutOfFocus: In Season 3, due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Sal's Player stepping away from the campaign.]]
* PutOnABus: See above. The in-universe explanation is that he's working more closely with Yao and the yakuza Clubs.
* SupremeChef: Can become this, oddly enough, due to his previous job as a fry cook, especially when teamed with [[TheCutie Theo]].
* TheBigGuy: Is physically the largest of the group, and one of the physically strongest, to boot.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Due to his physical strength and fighting style, if there is some form of obstacle in Sal's way, he'll usually try to punch it out of his way. Sometimes, when he's angry, he'll attempt to punch the source of his anger, too.

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[[folder:Theodore "Theo" Warden]]
-> ♦ | 21 | Caucasian-American

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-> "Neat!"

A young baker with a happy soul and a cheery disposition, Theo previously lived with his best friend, Able Makani, and several others in a large apartment. One night, he had a lucid dream about a strange world of mirrors. Things got weirder from there, culminating in Theo having to escape from a mirror world after a doppelganger somehow swapped places with him. He now works for the syndicate after his life was turned upside down.

* HundredPercentAdorationRating: It's hard not to like Theo. Even someone like [[DeadpanSnarker Able]] [[JerkAss Makani]] enjoys his company. [[spoiler:It's this quality that allows him to get close enough to Fustrarime to warn him of the division's arrival, and to make the deal to save everyone, precisely because the Fae cares about him that much.]]
* AllLovingHero: You'll have to work pretty damn hard to make him even stop liking you, much less dislike you.
* BagOfHolding: His messenger bag. It holds so much excess stuff, [[AllThereInTheManual it's even listed on his equipment list as being called this.]]
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: After dying in Fustrarime's realm, the Fae saves his life by making him a changeling, and allows him to return to Carlsville, with the option of coming back to him at any time.]]
* BreakTheCutie: The result of his introduction session certainly qualifies as this.
** [[spoiler:As if that wasn't bad enough, almost every mission has tested Theo psychologically in some way. The incident with Dagmar, especially the aftermath with Sal, severely shook him. It doesn't seem to be taking its toll, however, for now at least...]]
* FoodPorn: Can make several dishes worthy of his on a good day, due to his talent and skill.
* ForcedToWatch: Theo was powerless to help as he watched his [[MirrorUniverse mirror-world]] [[EvilDoppelganger doppelganger]] attack Able, his best friend. We never see exactly what happened to him, but [[KilledOffscreen it's implied that the doppelganger killed him.]] [[spoiler:Until we find out that Able was kept alive as part of the doppelganger's plan to take over Theo's life.]]
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried: To Bo/Fustrarime, because of their relationship and Theo's lifetime spent in Fustrarime's realm.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Makes a deal with Fustrarime at the climax of Season 2 to spend the rest of his life in the Fae's realm in exchange for the safety and return of his fellow division members and Carlsville.]]
* {{Keet}}: He cooks, he usually has a smile on his face, and he does his best to lighten the spirits of the others.
* MirrorUniverse: Where his doppelganger came from, and also the place Theo may have been dreaming about for those two lucid dreams he had.
* [[spoiler:MayflyDecemberRomance: His relationship with Bo, aka Fustrarime, is revealed to be this once it becomes clear who and what Bo really is.]]
* NiceGuy: Does his damndest to be kind, polite and helpful to whoever he meets.
* [[spoiler:OlderThanTheyLook: He is now chronologically in his late eighties or early nineties, but because of his new changeling biology, he has his young body back.]]
* StraightGay: There isn't all that much stereotypical flamboyance or femininity to Theo, so far as has been seen.
* StunnedSilence: Theo found himself at a loss for words after [[spoiler:the fight with Dagmar, and Sal's subsequent dealings
* SupremeChef: He previously worked as a baker, and would usually have a hand in making meals for his apartment.
* TeamChef: Both at his apartment, and now in the Cardians. The other Player Characters' first encounter with him was with him in the kitchen, making cookies for them all.
* TheBabyOfTheBunch: The youngest of the Player Characters, at 21, and physically the smallest.
** As of the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3, [[spoiler:this is no longer the case, with Theo being somewhere in his eighties or nineties upon his human death and return to Carlsville.]]
* TheCutie: Theo's main traits are that he's short, unshakably optimistic, and incredibly nice and likeable.
* TheEmpath: He has FOUR points in Empathy.
* TheHeart: Of his flatmates and circle of friends.
* ThePollyanna: See above. He has an unflinching optimism and happy disposition.
* [[spoiler:TheyDo: With Bo.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Sees the best in everyone, and tries his best to bring it out and befriend them. [[spoiler:This doesn't mean that it doesn't come crashing down at a few key points.]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: The shadow reflection monster in his dreams that attacked him slashed at Theo twice, causing injury both times, When Theo awoke, he did so injured in the same way as he was in the dream.
* YourWorstNightmare: The second of the dreams Theo had involved a creature within a reflection stalking and attacking him.

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[[folder:Spoiler Character: [[spoiler:River Hathaway]]]]

-> ♠ | 42 | Human | Caucasian-British

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-> "Humans are temporary; results last forever."

Introduced partway through Season 2, River Hathaway is a seven-foot-tall biological scientific researcher with a penchant for self-sufficiency and hunting. In her former life, she was the secluded heiress of the Hathaway fortune, living alone in the Canadian wilderness studying the local wildlife, using her own private laboratory. Her hope was to discover something that would make her famous, or ensure that her name endured in the scientific community, following a few years of suffering from breast cancer in her twenties; she is conscious of her own mortality. A change came in the form of a Hedge portal, which, unknown to River, appeared close to her home, and pixies began to infest trees and wildlife. Add to this a mysterious rich explorer, revealed to be a high-ranking member of the elite Cardians division [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dead Man's Hand]], increase the hallucinogenic influence of the pixies, and you have a recipe for a life that will never be the same again.

* BadassBookworm: Not only is she a highly mentally adept scientist, she is also highly capable with her sniper rifle.
* BlueBlood: Her family is quite notable back in the U.K. as being very rich and somewhat high-society.
* CanineCompanion: In the form of Romulus.
* CharacterDevelopment: River's initially cold demeanour gives way over tim to a desire to protect her team, if only because their work allows her unique research to continue. [[spoiler:She does acknowledge that her team are by and large decent enough people, however, and has even resolved to not only give Omega the proper education and stimuli that a young boy deserves, but also to help Lallo get better mentally.]]
* ColdSniper: Use of her sniper rifle? Check. Cool demeanour? Check. Logical and largely detached mentality? Check.
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: Had she not been so eager to study wildlife alone in the forests of Canada, perhaps much of what happened to draw her into the Cardians life would have been avoided.
* DeadpanSnarker: Regularly, and with much emphasis on deadpan and snark.
* ForScience: One of her driving motivations for doing most things. [[spoiler:Especially the inquiry into, and the study of, Lemons' cannibalism.]]
* HeroesLoveDogs: As evinced by her love and bond with her own dog, Romulus.
* HiddenDepths: Her nature as a cancer survivor is a closely kept secret, and her relationship with Romulus and animals in general is markedly more understanding and compassionate than with humans.
* IceQueen: Lacking in outward emotion, tall, aloof and female.
** DefrostingIceQueen: The longer she spends in Carlsville, the more River interacts with people. She even [[spoiler:takes Omega under her tutelage, and resolves to help Lallo with his mental state, after feeling sorry for them.]]
* InnocentlyInsensitive: One of the many ways River can annoy people through her snarky sense of humour: she makes a joke that, due to lack of information, is more cutting than intended. See Kick The Dog below.
* InsufferableGenius: Played with. River is aware of how smart she is, prioritises intelligence as a quality in people above others, and won't respect you in any real way unless you demonstrate some. Plus, she tends to think of herself as the smartest person in the room. However, she doesn't flaunt how smart she is and rub it in the faces of others.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Her desire to succeed and publish great and influential findings, her natural intelligence, and her distaste for socialising combined to push her to live alone, away from society.
* IWorkAlone: Again, played with. She keeps her own work to herself but does work with others when the situation calls for it.
* Jerkass: Her antisocial tendencies mean that people dislike her more often than not.
** JerkassWoobie: She is a cancer survivor, is aware of the fact that it could return and kill her, and part of her jerkishness stems from [[FreudianExcuse her fight against her own morality; the incapability of others wastes time in this regard.]]
* KickTheDog: Can easily insult or offend others in a significant way due to her demeanour and manner of speaking. Look no further than when [[spoiler:she made a snarky comment about the Player Characters inquiring about the date outside the Hedge, after Henderson had expressed surprise and sadness over realising what the real world date had been:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''River:''' [[DeadpanSnarker What, did someone]] [[InnocentlyInsensitive miss someone's birthday?]]]]
--> ''{{Beat}}''
--> [[spoiler:'''Henderson:''' [[WhenYouComingHomeDad ...Yes.]] *leaves the gathering due to his distress*]]
* LackOfEmpathy: She was never the most empathetic of people, but her time spent alone in the wilderness hasn't exactly improved this.
* NoSocialSkills: River dislikes socialising, preferring to keep contact with others to a minimum, and her time in Canada has further detached her from other people. As a result, she tends to rub people the wrong way very easily.
* PetTheDog: Despite her standoffishness, she can have moments of niceness, usually [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally involving her dog.]]
* {{Pride:}} Her Vice, and a key ruling aspect of her attitude and decision-making. As a specific example, after the incident in her Tutorial, she refused to apologise for [[spoiler:shooting the other Player Characters while under the influence of the pixies]]. She would eventually apologise, but not even directly to [[spoiler:the characters she shot.]]
* ScienceHero: Both on the side of the Cardians, and a bonafide scientist to boot.
* SniperRifle: Her [[WeaponOfChoice weapon of choice,]] to where she is rarely seen without it. She even uses it, or rather the scope, as a makeshift monocular.
* SurroundedByIdiots: A non-evil, and more socially-based example. Frequently believes this, due to her intelligence, and a judgmental streak towards others.
* TheProudElite: A female example, but one that could nonetheless be a codifier for how well this trope is fulfilled.
* TheTeamBenefactor: Looks set to become this due to her wealth. [[spoiler:She's already made a start on it by getting some human meat for Lemons to help keep him alive under the wendigo curse.]]
* WomenAreWiser: Second probably only to Aubry [[spoiler:or Aisha]] in terms of smarts, making her in some respects smarter than [[TheSmartGuy Henderson.]]

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