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Player-Character-Related Non-Player Characters

N.P.C.s related either by blood or figuratively to the Player Characters, they represent the aspects of their lives outside of and before Cardians.

     Bloodmoon 

The mercenary group that kidnapped Tomoe as a child and raised him into an operative. It was functionally wiped out approximately nine years prior, but its impact on Tomoe remains.

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     Tomoe's Father (Spoiler Character) 

See Matthew Hellings, Sr.

    Hawthorn Henderson 

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"You wont disappear too...Will you?"

Richard Henderson's youngest son. After a camping trip went wrong,

  • After-Action Healing Drama: Was on the receiving end of this after escaping the mimics. He was rushed to the hospital by his father.
  • Cheerful Child: Prior to the campsite incident, he was very much this. How of this has been retained is unknown, as of yet.
  • Missing Mom: His mother never came back from trying to find his older brother in the woods.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to his injuries, Henderson took him to a nearby hospital, where he is currently in intensive care. He has remained there ever since, it seems.
  • The Cutie: He's sweet and happy, most of the time. How he is after his mother and brother's disappearances, relocation to Wisconsin, and a fair few injuries along the way, remains to be seen.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Pre-Cardians, both Hawthorn and Rowan experienced this a little with their father's dedication to his work. Now however, Henderson's the only parent Hawthorn has, and Henderson's time to spend with Hawthorn is very limited due to Cardians-imposed restrictions.

    Julia Henderson 

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Richard Henderson's wife, and the mother of Rowan and Hawthorn. On a family camping trip, Rowan went missing, and the Hendersons went looking for him. She hasn't been since going to find a park ranger in the Carlsville campsite.

On a Clubs solo suit mission, Sal found her driver's licence in the mimic den, meaning that she is somewhere near there.

Eventually, Chaney led a mission against Hellings' orders to find her, and she was discovered, alive and (mostly) well.

  • Becoming the Mask: Because of her arrangements with Finnegan, she now cannot survive on anything but human flesh, and has begun to think of all of the mimics as her children. To compound this further, as of Season 3, she has begun physically transforming into a mimic-like creatue herself: her hair has begun falling out, and she cannot speak in her regular voice without difficult, as her default speaking voice is now that of the last person she has killed and eaten.
  • Happily Married: To Richard Henderson. Although her new circumstances are definitely straining on things, to where Henderson isn't sure she can even be saved any more.
  • Heel Realization: Played with. [[spolier:Due to her state at Finnegan's hands, it's unclear exactly how much humanity is left in her, but what little there is knows what she's doing is wrong, but can't bring herself to stop it. To what extent this feeling has spread or diminished within her is unknown, as well as if the feeling still remains or not.]]
  • I'm a Humanitarian: As a result of her desperation to survive in the mimic caves, and further manipulations by Finnegan. It is unclear how many people she has not only eaten, but killed in order to eat.
  • Mama Bear: More than prepared to trek through unfamiliar woods to find her missing son. Eventually, this drove her to stay in the mimic caves, according to her, because she kept hearing Rowan calling for his dad. This is in spite of the fact that the cave is filled with monsters, and she was separated completely from her family. Little did she know that mimics were in the cave, and they make the last sound made by their victims...
  • Not Brainwashed: This very much becomes the case once she returns, in terms of her situation with Finnegan, the mimic, and the mimic she believes is her son.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen since Henderson's tutorial. It is unclear what happened to her if anything happened at all. She is more than likely somewhere in the Carlsville woods, due to the anomaly that moved the Hendersons from their campsite to the one in Carlsville.
    • The Bus Came Back: After Sal found her driver's licence in the mimic cave, Chaney led an expedition to find her. Eventually, after trawling through the cave, they found her alive.
      • She was then inducted into the Cardians, as the Player Characters and Jason had been, as a 2 of Spades.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left the Cardians house in the middle of the house being seemingly surrounded by whisps, as part of the steadily increasing artificial night. And then, the others found a dead body...
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: Deconstructed by the efforts made to find her.

    Meredith Lemons 

Guy Lemons' mother; a former addict. She is currently making attempts to get back in contact with her son, who wants none of it.

  • Abusive Parents: She put all the money into her addiction, leaving Lemons to find food for himself.
  • Addled Addict: Before she got clean.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Her addiction was the main instigator behind her neglect of Lemons, and why he hates her. She is currently clean, however.
  • Parental Neglect: Her crippling drug addiction ultimately caused this, meaning that many a day, a young Guy Lemons would have nothing to eat, driving him to extremes to fend for himself, and being the impetus of his eventual cannibalism.
  • The Atoner: Wants to get back on good terms with her son despite what she's done, having gone through rehab and gotten clean of any previous habits.
  • The Voice: She has only ever appeared through voicemails left on Lemons' phone. And as afar as he's concerned, it's going to stay that way.

    Bradley & Jennifer Cole 

Natalie's parents in Chicago. Bradley, her father, is introduced in Natalie's Tutorial, while Jennifer, her mother, remains unheard of. Until Season 2, when Natalie gets her phone back from the mandrake grove.

  • Good Parents: Have very much been these to Natalie. Even after her malpractice incident and the aftermath, which would put a strain on any parent-child relationship, they try to be helpful if she asks advice. Best shown when Nat asks her dad how to look after the baby she ends up with in her Tutorial.
  • The Voice: Both have thus far never actually physically appeared during sessions, and have instead only been interacted with by either phonecall or voicemail.

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    Dragoonslayer 505 / Jason Colt 

"I'm glad to hear that than nothing at all..."

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A supernatural blogger and online friend of Salvator, he accompanied Sal into a suspected haunted house, along with a ghost hunting crew. Then people started dying. He was to be another victim of the creature that stalked the Carlsville house he and Sal inexplicably ended up in, until Sal and Chaney's intervention. His name, after some snooping in Hellings' files by Natalie and Sal, has been revealed to be Jason Colt.After waking up, it has been discovered that, because of how long Jason was exposed to the whisps, he has been rendered blind and paraplegic.

After events, Jason has become a 2 of Hearts in the Cardians Division, as well as a useful database for occult knowledge.

  • Ambiguously Brown: until he told Sal, no one knew what race or ethnicity he was.
    • He's Mixed Race part African-American, part Native-American.
  • Blind Black Guy
  • Blind Mistake: Jason keeps bumping into things when he tries to crawl around on his own.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seemingly fitting into this with Sal after finally waking up and talking with one another.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: He was known only by his username, as Sal didn't actually ask him his name, for a good while.
  • No Name Given: Sal completely failed to ask him his actual name while they were together. Eventually subverted.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Sal's introductory session, he was found to be unconscious in a critical condition. He has remained this way since.
    • The Bus Came Back: As of the suit-based missions, he has finally woken up, and has also been inducted into the Cardians as a 2 of Hearts.
  • Wheelchair Woobie: Initially when the Player Characters found out, but downplayed more and more over time. While everyone does feel sorry for Jason and his new physical state, he's largely seemed to brush it off, and brings quite a few smiles to the group, as well as some casual friendship.

    Able Makani 

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Theo's best friend, and one of his roommates, Able is a student studying Computer Science, and has a reputation for being an asshole.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Very sarcastic, to the point where its one of the first things one notices about him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Theo, from Able's side. Theo, of course, is gay, but that doesn't stop him considering Able his best friend, to the point where they live together in Boston.
  • Jerkass: And HOW. Most people can't stand him, to the opoint where many wonder how he can be friends with Theo.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is ultimately a case of this, however (with an extreme emphasis on the "Jerk" part). He helped find support for Theo in the L.G.B.T.Q.A.+. community, as Theo was coming to terms with his sexuality.
      • In addition, when Theo was trapped in the mirror world, he enlisted Able's help, who responded immediately, eager to help his friend.
  • Killed Offscreen: He was last seen being attacked by Theo's doppelganger... until the attack moved out of view. The doppelganger was victorious in its attack, but still, his body has yet to be found.
  • Never Found the Body: See above.

    Spoiler Character: Romulus 

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River's pet husky, he has followed his owner into the life of Cardians.

    Spoiler Character: Lester Hathaway 

River's father and primary benefactor, and owner of the extensive Hathaway estate, Lester is a shrewd businessman with exacting standards on those who work for and around him, as well as his family.

  • Incoming Ham: He's largely heard before he's seen.
  • Jerkass: He's uncompromisingly acerbic and insensitive, moreso than his daughter.
  • Meddling Parents: He comes all the way from England to Carlsville (in Wisconsin) because River didn't call him at a scheduled time.
  • The Dreaded: River is afraid of him. Best seen towards the end of Season 2, where [[spoiler:the team get back the voice messages and texts and missed call alerts that got absorbed by the Hedge portal before they rached them. One message was from Lester, instructing River to call him at a specific time and date, which had long since passed. was noticeably scared.

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Citizens of Carlsville

The generic everyday people of the town of Carlsville, Wisconsin. They all largely live normal lives, unaware of the dangerous nature of the town they live in.

    In General 

  • Close-Knit Community: Everyone in Carlsville knows everyone else, due to its small size and population.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: The Cardians are very much against the people of Carlsville stumbling upon the horrors that plague the town, and seek to protect them.
  • Muggles: They're all basically normal people, with normal jobs and lives.

    Noteworthy Citizens 

Elizibeth "Liz" St. Bellings

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Arthur's younger sister, Elizibeth knows nothing of her brother's dealings with the Cardians, simply knowing him as the town's coroner and mortician, and works as a waitress/barmaid at Carlsville's local bar.

  • Even the Girls Want Her: Natalie forms a major crush on her, because, among many reasons, of how genuinely kind she is, as well as her smile.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: Arthur in particular, alongside the Player Characters, seeks to keep her ignorant of and separate from the Cardians' activities. Her safety is one of his driving motives. Revealed to be the only thing stopping him from ritually separating himself from Infinity, lest Liz be made to forcibly inherit Infinity's essence and the bloodsoil that comes with it.
  • Killed Off for Real: By a Finnegan-influenced Lemons early on in Season 3.
  • Nice Girl: A genuinely amiable and bubbly young lady. Serves as a huge contrast to Arthur, to the point where you would wonder how they were so different despite their relationship, if you weren't aware of Arthur's Cardians dealings.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Zig-zagged, as she lives in her family mansion, but still works at the local bar as a waitress. It is unknown exactly how much money she has, but she is nevertheless good company, and very accommodating and friendly.

Rhys Albrekt

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The town's dentist, with a distinct glass eye that moves independently of the other.

  • Creepy Good: Despite being a dentist with a strange smile and noticeable glass eye, Rhys is a generally friendly and accommodating person.
  • Uncanny Valley: His smile and his eyes make sure everyone he meets experiences this even a little.

Nighttime Creatures of Carlsville

The various forms of (usually) hostile life that surfaces in Carlsville when the sun goes down. They are the reason the town has a curfew, and the reason for the Cardians Rural division being based in the town.

    In General 

  • Dark Is Evil: In a variety of ways, with almost any of these.

    Categories 1 - 3 

  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: They tend to be active during the night, and the darkness. The wisps, in particular, actually cannot move about without darkness and shadow.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: They usually have these, as a characteristic of being lower in Category.

Category 1: Whisps

Small shadow creatures. They inflict damage on people without them exhibiting any external signs of injury.

Category 2: Mimics

Of the same shadow creature family to Whisps, but much larger and more insidious. They mimic the last words of their victims, and use this to draw others closer, so they may be preyed upon also.

  • Face Stealer: Sort of: mimics only steal the voices of their victims.
  • The Darkness Gazes Back: During Henderson's tutorial a short stop off the marked trail resulted in him gathering the attention of many mimics' eyes in the darkness.

Category 3: Gargoyles

These creatures of darkness latch onto "hosts" caught outside in the night, and give them a sort of "protection". They should never be seen, however, as if they are, they kill the witness, including their "host".

    Category 4: Hedge Monsters 

These beings are not native to Carlsville, due to being from the Hedge, but can cross over into human territory from time to time.

The Mandrakes

First encountered by Natalie, this variant of the mythological creature feed on humans by partially crossing over into the human world from the Hedge in order to find suitable prey.

  • Creepy Child: A resulting example for those who experience them firsthand, as they seem to initially take the form of a human baby.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They feed on humans, alive or dead.

    Category 5: Anomalies 

Any other supernatural entity or threat encountered in Carlsville that does not fit into the previous categories.

Natalie the Vampire

A vampire targeted by the Cardians for preying on drifters around Carlsville, Natalie selected Tomoe as her latest victim when he wandered into her territory. She was found and killed by Matthew Hellings, Sr. later that night, after she'd bitten and drank from an unwitting Tomoe.

The "Matriarch"/"Mommy"/The "Mistress"

A creature that lurks within the abandoned orphanage in Carlsville. In the past, she was Jessica Hauler, the previous Ace of Spades and the head of the town orphanage, which subsequently made her a mother figure to Aubry and Chaney, along with their brother.

  • Eldritch Location: According to Chaney, the orphanage in which the Matriarch resides is very easy to enter, but very difficult to leave.
  • [[spoiler:Evil Orphanage Lady: The evil part is debatable, however, as she doesn't have much of a mind left to classify into any part of traditional morality.
  • The Faceless: "Her" face has yet to actually be seen, if she even has one.
  • The Un-Reveal: "She" is never actually properly seen, even when Sal and Chaney directly encounter "her".
    • Later, Natalie presented the theory to Aubry that she was the previous Ace of Spades and the head of the town orphanage, Jessica Hauler. Aubry neither confirmed nor denied it. [[This turned out to be correct, as revealed by Chaney during the Season 1 Finale.]]

The Unknown Clock Creature / Omega / "Ω" / Omega Brittle

A mysterious creature with a clock for a face, and with seemingly clockwork parts, new to the awareness of even the senior Cardians, that causes those close to it to "jump ahead" in time.

Significant Antagonists

The creatures that hold the most sway over the events and circumstances surrounding Carlsville. Not only have their actions helped set much of the plot of Cardians: Rural in motion, they also pose the biggest threats to normal life in Carlsville through their plans, and provide the more significant enemies and confrontations for the Carlsville division.

    The Wendigo / Finnegan / Samuel T. Finnegan 

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First encountered when he suddenly attacked Lemons in the early hours of A.M., and Lemons was forced to flee from his house, this wendigo apparently followed him to Carlsville... until it became clear that the town was his home.As more of the town's history and mysteries became uncovered, it grew apparent that the wendigo, going by "Finnegan", and a figure named "S.T.F." or "Samuel T. Finnegan" were related. Between Seasons 1 and 2, it was revealed that they were one and the same.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Revealed by Vayne, of all people, to be this towards Natalie, who isn't happy about it.
  • Batman Gambit: Pulls one on Natalie in Season 2 to get her to sway the team away from helping Liz when the gargoyles and Hedge-beasts start to become more active. It succeeds at first, until tensions boil over and Nat is persuaded otherwise.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he first gains influence over you, should you be chosen. He targets desperate, lost people, and presents them with an out by eating somebody, usually a person they're accompanied by, in exchange for loyalty and servitude.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Starts off as this for Lemons, before becoming this for the rest of the division by the end of Season 1.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Disturbingly enough, Lemons finds him attractive. In large part because of his voice, but still.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is something of a gravelly bass. Heard best when he hums.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Wendigos are monsters twisted and deformed from cannibals, and they don't just attack anyone. In all likelihood, it was after Lemons due to his own cannibalistic nature.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • More Than Mind Control: How he gains and exerts influence over those who could be useful in his plans.
  • Power-Upgrading Deformation: Like all wendigos, Finnegan has great strength, speed, stamina, and a healing factor, among other abilities, but all at the cost of not only being bound to consume human flesh, but also looking like a starved, upright, unkempt deer-man.
  • The Charmer: A villainous example, especially when dealing with those he wants to control. Or finds attractive. Or both.
  • The Chessmaster: Not only does he have plans, but he also has multiple components to them.
  • The Corrupter: Highly adept in this, as he nurtures cannibals and cannibalism, and the desires to perform the act. Also serves as a physical example as well as a mental one, as his wendigo curse spreads to those he targets and who eat from him, transforming them into either another wendigo, or something else predatory.
  • The Unfettered: Will stop at nothing to finally destroy Infinity and bloodsoil. His proxy war with her, involving the corruption of countless people and the ruination of their lives, as well as the murders and torturings at his hands to either deal with opposition or to further analyse the disease, doesn't really faze him as being something evil or immoral.
  • Wendigo: Well, duh.

    Vayne Lafleur 

The ancestor of the Lafleur twins, as well as their late brother Rodrick, and a powerful mage.

  • Casting a Shadow: She is the one behind the wisps and the dangerous night time that brings them, alongside the increasing darkness once November hits.
  • Domestic Abuse: Though they started off happy, Finnegan would get violent when angry.
  • Happily Married: To her husband Samuel T. Finnegan. For a while, at least.
  • Mama Bear: She fiercely loved her children [[whom she had adopted, the Brittles]]. So much so that she desperately invoked Abyssal power in order to save Infinity's life from bloodsoil, fusing her daughter's soul and consciousness with the disease, and giving her new powers alongside this.
    • In Season 3, she was revealed to be so protective of them that she is quite happy to see countless innocent people beyond Carlsville get infected and die from bloodsoil if it meant Infinity would live.
  • Mind Manipulation: Gains this ability once she possesses Aubry's body and combines their powers. Uses it well in the Season 1 Finale, when she mind-controls Sal, who severely injures Theo and almost kills Tomoe.
  • Moral Myopia:
  • My Greatest Failure: Although she may not have many regrets, she does have one: she strongly regrets not being able to care for Omega due to how obsessive she became over Infinity.
  • The Chessmaster: Vayne is very clever, shown in how thoroughly Aubry had planned to deal with her. And even then, Vayne tried to subvert Aubry's plans by exiting Aubry's body to possess Chaney, causing the Ace of Hearts to lose some of her memories in the process.
  • The Unfettered: Discovered to have been this all along early in Season 3, regarding protecting and nurturing the spread of Infinity in her new bloodsoil-bound existence.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Her entire plans were revealed as this early in Season 3. Either Carlsville is connected on a damaging level to higher planes or she is killed before this can be completed. Either way, and more importantly to Vayne, her daughter Infinity continues to live and spread through bloodsoil. Alongside this, should opposition to the plan survive, they run the risk of either being killed by Finnegan or Infinity, once they're confronted. It's even implied that the whole "eternal night and connection with higher planes" endgoal she was pushing for in Season 1 isn't even really her goal, but more so for Infinity to survive.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Revealed to be quite good at this too, when she tries to transfer her mind in Chaney's body mid-Season 1 Finale. And again, in Season 3, when she realises that Natalie knows enough about Infinity to potentially stand a chance against her, she pulls Theo into their dream connection by taking advantage of his changeling nature with her mage powers, turning Theo into both a living shield and a psychological weapon against Natalie to oppose her plans and torment her.

    Spoiler Character / Infinity Brittle 

Unmarked spoilers ahead.

The adopted daughter of Vayne Lafleur and the brother of Omega, Infinity was a good, sweet girl, until she played too long in the Carlsville mines and contracted the bloodsoil disease. In a desperate bid to save her, Vayne cast a powerful spell deep within the mines. She believed she had failed, and in so doing had allowed her daughter to die... until it was discovered that she'd survived, having had her soul and life-force bound to bloodsoil.

External Antagonists and Creatures

The monsters, creatures and other threats encountered by the Player Characters outside of Carlsville, that don't fall into the category system.

    Theo's Doppelganger 

A doppelganger from a supernatural mirror world, this creature took the physical form of Theo, with the plans of taking over his life. As a result of Theo trying to thwart him/it, he/it trapped Theo in the mirror world, and attacked Theo's friend Able to silence him. Able's fate at the hands of the doppelganger remains unknown, as does the ultimate fate of this creature.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: For the moment, the real Theo is more or less stranded in Carlsville, with the doppelganger having taken his place and taken over his life, exactly as he/it planned.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: Of Theo, since he/it seems to have taken over Theo's life, with his/its plan involving trapping Theo outside of his own reality, and presumably killing anyone who threatens to spoil this.
  • Mirror Universe: Where he/it comes from.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: It remains unknown why exactly he/it wanted to replace Theo, and/or what is gained by doing so. And, after she snooped through the Cardians' confidential files, Natalie relayed to Theo that his home situation was marked "URGENT" in large, bold letters. Whatever this means for the doppelganger, Able and Theo's family cannot be good.

    Dagmar Andromalius 

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An incubus/succubus of unknown gender, Dagmar was encountered by the Player Characters in a bar they were visiting for a celebration, after a string of mission successes and discovering that they weren't infected with the deadly bloodsoil disease. They weren't aware of Dagmar's true nature at first, but Sal seemed to catch on sooner than the others after interacting with them, and he would return again throughout the night. He was eventually fought, at the orders of Hellings, after discovering the truth about Dagmar, and ultimately killed by Sal, separately and after the fight.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Dagmar's most distinctive feature.
  • Back from the Dead: In Season 2, because part of his body wasn't burned; the part that Bastet, Sal's cat had eaten. He then used this to possess Bastet and reform his body.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Sal basically had some arts and crafts fun frolicking in the body parts he created after killing Dagmar creating a display of his victory. His teammates were less amused and more horrified.
  • Decapitation Required: Various occult checks confirmed this and/or burning were the only sure-fire ways to kill a succubus/incubus.
    • Eventually died a Rasputinian Death. Despite having been chopped with an axe, nearly decapitated, a noose on FIRE tightened into their neck wound, bashed, and nearly having a leg cut off, Dagmar managed to survive and get away, only to be finally tracked down and killed by a tenacious Sal.
  • Healing Factor: A attribute supposedly shared with most demons and only tempered by fire, requiring the convoluted killing techniques.
    • From a Single Cell: The extent of this healing factor, provided the cells aren't then burned. As Sal found out in Season 2.
  • Hermaphrodite: Could be this, but it remains unknown.
  • Not Even Human: Despite not actually being a threat to the characters or having killed anyone the fact that Dagmar revealed themselves to be a soul eating succubus/incubus, eventually pushed the characters to kill them anyways.
  • One-Winged Angel: After allowing the Player Characters three chances to not harm them, Dagmar ultimately transformed into his true demonic form to fight the group.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: See above for the list of reasons why Dagmar could possibly be a Trope Codifier for this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Initially pulled this after the detectives looking for him made their presence known. They would try this again, when they began to truly lose their fight with the Player Characters, and escaped from the fight, crawling their way back to a possible gateway back to his own realm. Sal finally stopped them by killing them.

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