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    Madison "Maddie" Raines 

Voiced by: Allie Goodell

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"I'm just the girl behind the camera."

A part-time manager, part-time video editor, and full-time babysitter, Maddie has the thankless job of handling the absolute whirlwind that is her best friend Tara.

She's professional, meticulous and intellectual; the first person to turn to when a problem needs solving. But when their investigation entangles her in an ancient curse, she's forced to confront phenomena beyond her comprehension, and more importantly, her own self-doubt.


  • Affectionate Nickname: In addition to Madison often going by "Maddie," Tara often calls her "Mads." Only Evelyn and Abigail regularly call her "Madison."
  • Agent Scully: Despite being a part of "Taranormal," Maddie doesn't believe in the paranormal at all. Of course, with all that happens to her over the course of the game, she comes to change her tune.
  • Best Friend: She considers Tara her best friend, and the feeling is mutual. In fact, when Madison sees Tara for the first time since her death, she says that Tara is the one she'd miss most, even more than her own family.
  • Character Development:
    • Over the course of the game, she goes from not believing in the paranormal to willingly becoming Fairy Queen and using her magical powers to help defeat the Big Bad.
    • On a more mundane level, Madison starts off as having lost her passion for Taranormal, and wanting to leave in a desperate attempt to regain control of her own life. By the good ending, she still chooses to leave Taranormal, albeit coming back to help out, but because her experiences have taught her to live life to the fullest.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Her job as Tara's manager involves her keeping the rather eccentric and often irresponsible Tara in line. She's grown a bit tired of this, which is why she announced that she's quitting after the Eysenfeld trip.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In a sense. While Madison is important to the story, the role of protagonist ends up being divided between her, Tara, Morgan and Abigail, and Morgan is the one who actually makes the decisions that determine the ending.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The removed prologue from the demo shows how much Madison has had to put up with while being Tara's manager, but also that she genuinely cares about Tara and is reluctant to have to announce her resignation.
    • The actual game begins with Madison cynically talking about their trip to Eysenfeld, establishing that she'd rather not be there. Madison also shows her more temperamental side when waking Tara up by nagging her about missing their stop.
  • First-Person Smartass: Her first person narration has many snarky remarks, often aimed at Tara.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a blonde and a kindhearted individual.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • From time to time, she can be Not So Above It All, such as when she notices the lack of wi-fi in the cabin.
    • While she wants to quit Taranormal, in the past, she was significantly more invested in and passionate about the show. She was the one who came up with many of the ideas, from the name to having Tara wear moon shirts. Morgan's rather surprised to hear this from Tara.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Downplayed, but while Madison is uneasy around Evelyn, she seems to trust her more than Morgan. This only changes after Madison learns that Evelyn was the one who caused her death by using an illusion to lure her out into a blizzard. That said, she isn't surprised when she finds out that Evelyn tricked her, realizing it makes sense in hindsight and that it confirms her suspicions about her.
  • Hypocrite: She gets upset when Tara freezes her out of the investigation, but refuses to tell Tara about the existence of Abigail, partly out of spite. She eventually apologizes for this.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Trick or Truth," she insists on calling the movies she watches "films."
  • Jerkass Realization: Early on, Madison realizes that she hasn't been completely fair to either Tara or Morgan, and resolves to try to be less "bitchy" toward them.
  • Jerkass to One: Madison's generally a nice person, even if she's going through a rough patch with Tara at the start of the game, but she's unusually distrustful toward Morgan for much of the early game due to not believing Morgan's stories.
  • The Movie Buff: As a former film student, Madison has a passion for cinema, and often spends her free time watching movies.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, her character profile mentions that she's "Still tortured by her teenage goth phase."
  • One Last Job: She plans on quitting Taranormal after the end of the Eysenfeld trip and dies in the snowstorm at the end of Chapter 2. In one of the bad endings, she never returns home.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Gains one (complete with real, living flowers) when she is temporarily crowned the Fairy Queen.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • In the demo, she's shocked to realize that Tara hasn't started packing for the trip to Eysenfeld yet, and is planning to wait until the day of their departure.
    Madison: PACK. NOW.
    • What she says about Morgan's story about her cat, as well as her claims of supernatural phenomena in Eysenfeld.
    Maddie: She. Made. It. Up.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Just after realizing that "Tara" is a fake and just before dying in the snowstorm.
    Madison: No. No no no no.
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: She repeatedly watches 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    Tara: How many times can you watch 2001 without getting sick of it?
    Maddie:(cheerfully) I dunno, but I intend to find out.
  • Second Love: Before meeting Abigail, Madison had an ill-fated experiment with dating Tara, and had at least one romantic relationship with another woman, the latest of which ended badly.
  • Shipper on Deck: Despite starting out as indifferent to/annoyed by Morgan and Tara's relationship, she realizes that the two really are in love, especially after Morgan offers Tara her support after Madison's death.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the climax.
    Evelyn: So it's you. I see that even death didn't want you. And now here you are. Stinking of snow and pine. Stinking of them. You wear their clothes. You bear their crown. But you are not one of them.
    Madison: You're right. I'm not. Just like you'll never be a human.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Moon. This references Madison uncovering the secrets of Eysenfeld despite not believing in the supernatural.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tara. While things are a bit tense between them at the start of the game, Madison still gently snarks at Tara when they're on good terms.

    Abigail Dalsing 

Voiced by: Heidi Tabing

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"That's simply what the world had become for me. A small world of knowns, and nothing more."

For the last two centuries, the ghost of a young woman has haunted the forests of Eysenfeld. That ghost is Abigail, a kind and playful soul forcibly bound to the forest as part of an ancient curse.

Two hundred years of wishing for a life cruelly denied to her have led to a feeling of crushing loneliness and one overwhelming desire: to finally have someone to talk to.


  • Animal Lover: Due to her connection to the forest, Abigail has a strong attachment to all of the creatures that inhabit it, and as such she's distraught when any harm comes to them, such as when she discovers the fate of the young fawn Alma. She's also immediately smitten with Geladura when they meet, and instantly gets along with Tara and Madison's cat BT in the "Sacrifice" ending.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: In the true ending.
    Abigail: I said before that I had come to love the forest as much as I possibly could. But now, when we're about to leave, I realize that I was wrong. Because I love it more now than I ever have before.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: It turns out Abigail is a beautiful singer, and the sound of her voice is enough to attract the animals of the woods to listen.
  • Covert Pervert: Yes, really. In Abigail and Maddie's optional 18+ scenes, she's always the one to initiate sex. She also admits that she had been thinking of intimacy since the moment she was able to touch Maddie, seeing as how she hadn't been able to even touch another human being for two centuries.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Very cute, and very much a ghost. Sort of.
  • Cute Mute: Abigail can't talk to living people so she just talks through hand motions and pointing at things. This changes once Maddie dies and she's able to hear Abigail's voice.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: In the optional 18+ scenes, she remarks that you can only touch yourself a few thousand times before it gets old, implying she did this on a regular basis due to being unable to touch other human beings.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has green eyes, same as Morgan.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Animals are strangely drawn to Abigail, even approaching to listen while she's singing. She's even able to befriend the skittish deer that live in the forest.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite being the most prim and proper of the main characters, she's rather eager when it comes to having sex with Madison, even dropping the f-bomb when she orgasms.
    • A part of Abigail hates herself for being happy that Madison is around despite the fact that she's dead and can't return to her home or friends.
  • Innocently Insensitive: As a 200-year-old ghost, she's forgotten what time means for humans, such as when she casually mentions that it took her decades to learn how to make herself visible to living humans. This ends up being more than a little painful to hear for Madison, who's only died days ago and desperately wants to contact Tara in some way.
  • Ironic Fear: Her bio on the Heart of the Woods character page reveals her to be "absolutely terrified of ghost stories."
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: According to the art book, Abigail wears a simple period-appropriate gown, since she didn't have time to get dressed up before her death. After Madison and Abigail return to life, Madison has to quickly get Abigail back to the cabin so she can get dressed in warmer clothing.
  • Literal-Minded: During "I Told You So," she takes the "X is my middle name" rather literally.
  • Nice Girl: Quite possibly the kindest and gentlest of the main characters, who almost never has anything bad to say about others.
  • Only One Name: Her surname isn't initially revealed, although she mentions late in the game that she was part of the Dalsing family, an ancestor of the Fischer family.
  • Precision F-Strike: In the 18+ content, screams "FUCK!" when she orgasms for the first time.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has the longest hair in the cast, which goes midway down her back. Madison likens her to Rapunzel.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Of the "sweet and romantic" variety.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: Averted. In the true ending, Tara has to forge documents for her.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Sun. Despite having spent two centuries as a ghost, Abigail finds companionship in the animals of the forest, and falls in love with Madison, signifying her ability to persevere despite her loneliness.
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    Morgan Fischer 

Voiced by: Kira Buckland

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"You don't have to spare my feelings. I've been called much worse."

A loyal Taranormal viewer and the daughter of Eysenfeld's mayor, Morgan is...different. When not running her small and mostly empty antique shop, she's known to disappear into the woods for days at a time. That, combined with her resistance to traditional social standards, has caused her to develop a bit of a notorious reputation in the village.

However, this resistance is not just an act of rebellion: Morgan knows that there's something sinister deep within Eysenfeld, and she's not going to stop until she tears it out at the roots.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: The rest of the town is rather suspicious of her, and doesn't think much of her for investigating Eysenfeld's secrets.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In "The lady of the lake," in response to Madison becoming the Fairy Queen, Morgan asks, "Are you saying you want to stay, Maddie?" when Madison protests Morgan taking her place. Madison then goes silent and reluctantly accepts Morgan's decision to take her place.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: She gives one to Tara when she starts ranting about Madison's departure, calling her out on freezing Maddie out despite not wanting Maddie to leave or stop being friends with her.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the good ending, Madison considers having Morgan replace her as Tara's assistant. In "I Told You So," she officially takes over as Tara's assistant after Madison quits to go back to school.
  • The Atoner: A part of her feels guilty about inviting Madison and Tara out to Eysenfeld, especially after Madison dies in the snowstorm. Near the climax, she can say that she'll make it up to Madison and Tara, which will result in her Heroic Sacrifice. In "The lady of the lake," this desire results in her taking Madison's place as Fairy Queen.
  • Blunt "Yes": She does this from time to time, as a display of her Brutal Honesty.
    • After Morgan gets the drop on Maddie and Tara at their meeting near the forest, and reveals that she'd been waiting for them.
    Maddie: You were just standing in the dark? In a forest? Wearing headphones?
    Morgan: Yes, why?
    • A more serious example happens during the discussion over whether Evelyn killed Madison. Morgan regrets how harsh her answer comes across and wishes she could take it back.
    Tara: Do you seriously think she'd do that to Mads just for looking around in the woods?
    Morgan: Yes. I do.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Adopts this hairstyle in the good ending.
  • Bridal Carry: Does this with Tara after their wedding in the "Freedom" ending.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of her defining characteristics, from her tendency to give Blunt "Yes" answers to questions to telling Tara that she and Madison would be a terrible couple.
  • Butch Lesbian: In the good ending, she's cut her hair short, and wears a flannel shirt and jeans on "I Told You So." In the "Freedom" ending, she wears a suit to her wedding.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: She refers to her mother, Evelyn, by name when talking to Tara, and later, when addressing her directly. Evelyn is not actually her mother.
  • Character Development: According to the art book, the choices you make determine how much Morgan forces herself to be strong or allows herself to be weak. The good ending requires balancing those choices, with Morgan allowing herself to feel fear but being determined to stop Evelyn.
  • Empty Shell: She describes herself like this. This is actually for two separate reasons. The first, obvious one is because of how Evelyn has been grooming her to become her new vessel since she was a child. The second reason, that she only reveals to Tara later in the game, is because of the way she allowed herself to be used for loveless sex by closeted girls in the village after talk of her orientation became commonplace.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: After the cabin's heaters fail in every room besides Madison's, and the footage gets corrupted, Morgan concludes that Madison is being controlled by Evelyn in order to get Tara to leave Eysenfeld, citing how Madison makes trips into the forest without telling anyone where she's going. The latter is true, but Morgan doesn't know that Madison is going to see Abigail and keeping it secret from the others.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Her cutting her hair short in the good ending symbolizes her being free of Evelyn's control of her life.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has green eyes, same as Abigail.
  • Foil: Comes off as one to Abigail's sister Helena. While Helena was willing to let her beloved sister die in her place, Morgan refuses to leave Eysenfeld and let someone else take her place as Evelyn's next body, even though there's no one she particularly cares about in the town.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Wears her hair like this. In the Golden Ending, she's cut her hair to a short bob.
  • Hated Hometown: Morgan hates living in Eysenfeld. The only reason she doesn't leave is because if she did, Evelyn would choose another victim to possess.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In one of the endings, she sacrifices herself to defeat Evelyn by tackling Evelyn into the lake.
    • In "The lady of the lake," a story included in the art book, Morgan takes Madison's place as Fairy Queen in the bad ending in which Geladura dies.
  • Insecure Love Interest: She has a great deal of self-loathing as a result of her past traumas and Evelyn's emotional abuse, and wonders if she deserves to be with Tara.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for all the suffering Madison and Tara endure after coming to Eysenfeld, especially Madison's death in the snowstorm, because she was the one who invited them.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "The lady of the lake," Morgan says that while Madison promised the fairies a queen, she didn't say that she would become their queen, and won't be breaking her promise if Morgan takes her place.
  • Must Have Caffeine: According to her character page, drinks five cups a day.
  • Nice Girl: For all her eccentricities, including waking Maddie up in the middle of the night by rapping on the window, she's a good person at heart. She realizes that she and Maddie didn't get off on the right foot, and talks things through with her in their second night in town. She later tries to play peacemaker between Tara and Maddie, and makes an effort to get Tara to understand Maddie's perspective.
  • Only Friend: For many years, Geladura was her only friend.
  • Precision F-Strike: Morgan doesn't often swear, save for remarking that Madison probably thinks she's "full of shit," but the drops one at the climax after Evelyn abducts Tara.
    Morgan: I'm going to fucking kill her if she hurts Tara.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Does this to Tara in the good ending when the latter complains about Abigail and Madison's Sickeningly Sweethearts act, then proposes that they outdo them.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Ginger, but still.
  • The Stoic: She's become emotionally repressed in order to protect herself from harm.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Hanged Man. This can be a reference to how Morgan hopes to eventually cut ties with her past and leave Eysenfeld behind, or her sacrificing herself to defeat Evelyn in the "Sacrifice" ending.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In the "Freedom" ending, she realizes almost immediately that without Geladura around, Madison is stuck being the Fairy Queen forever.
  • You Monster!: Says this to Evelyn, after the latter uses her to destroy the forest.
  • You're Not My Father: She says this to Evelyn, who gets rather upset upon hearing this.

    Tara Bryck 

Voiced by: Stephanie Arata

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"This feels like it could be the place where we find something, you know? Something's gotta be out there. I can feel it."

One of the world's most popular paranormal vloggers (according to her), Tara is unfailingly charismatic and bursting with limitless energy.

She's brash, intrepid, and always seeking something new. That often makes her a magnet for trouble: whether it's from relentless flirting, minor criminal activities or just plain pig-headedness, things around Tara have a tendency to end in chaos.


  • Accidental Misnaming: She can't seem to get Geladura's name right, often calling her "Gelato" or some other variant.
  • Agent Mulder: A firm believer in the paranormal who runs a vlog dedicated to it.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Zig-zagged. When recording the video talking about Madison's disappearance, Tara goes from threatening Evelyn, the one responsible, to begging for Madison's safe return, even though the person in question can't hear her. However, at the climax, Tara instead opts to taunt and snark at Evelyn when Evelyn tries taking her body, even if it's partly bluster.
  • Benevolent Boss: While Madison finds looking after Tara exhausting, she acknowledges that Tara treats her well. Tara pays for all of Taranormal's expenses, including the thousands of dollars that the trip to Eysenfeld costs, and splits the royalties with Madison. As unhappy as Madison is about coming to Eysenfeld, she realizes that Tara is paying her for her time.
  • Blatant Lies: In the "Sacrifice" ending, in which Morgan sacrifices herself to defeat Evelyn Tara insists she's fine when she's clearly not.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: According to Madison, it only takes two drinks for Tara to pass out or fall off the barstool.
  • Character Tics: Flashing finger guns.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Tara is drawn with a noticeable fang.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the "Sacrifice" ending, Tara dislikes how Madison and Abigail are walking on eggshells for her sake since she lost Morgan, but doesn't say it outright, which makes things more awkward between them.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The removed prologue from the demo shows Tara recording an episode of Taranormal, and talking with Madison about some of her misadventures. After the broadcast ends, she reveals that she not only hasn't packed yet, but was planning on waiting until the day of their departure to do so. It shows that she's passionate about what she does, even if she doesn't have the best judgment.
    • In the game itself, she responds to Madison waking her up with annoyance and passive-aggressively reminds her about her decision to quit, revealing that things are tense between the two friends. They then start some more playful banter, showing how they interact when they get along.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Downplayed, but it's mentioned that she's dressed rather lightly for a winter visit to Eysenfeld.
  • Five Stages of Grief:
    • After Madison dies in the snowstorm, Tara initially is in denial, with a mix of anger toward Evelyn, whom she blames for it, and briefly goes into Bargaining when she begs for Madison's safe return on the video she records. She then settles into Depression for much of Chapter 4, and in the "Freedom" ending finally reaches Acceptance.
    • In the "Sacrifice" ending, in which Morgan sacrifices herself, Tara is in anguished Denial after Morgan plunges into the lake with Evelyn. By the time they leave Eysenfeld, she's in Depression,
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the "Sacrifice" ending, she gets jealous that Madison has Abigail while she lost Morgan. She feels awful about feeling this way, but can't help herself.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite seeming like the most outgoing and confident of the main characters, Tara can be rather insecure and self-deprecating.
  • Hypocrite: Despite not wanting to lose Madison as a partner or as a friend, Tara gives Madison the cold shoulder after the encounter with the Forest Spirit, despite the fact that Madison is willing to help out. While Morgan realizes that both Madison and Tara are to blame for their feud, she calls Tara out on her hypocrisy, and Tara realizes she's been unfair.
  • Jerkass Realization: She gets this after Morgan calls her out on her actions, realizing she's been unfair to Madison.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Tara has hooked up with many girls in the past (many of them fans of hers) and ends up doing the same with Morgan, but over the course of the game it becomes increasingly clear that she's in denial of the fact that she's genuinely falling for her.
  • Lethal Chef: She's a rather terrible cook who has a tendency to burn whatever she makes.
  • Meaningful Echo: In Morgan's first POV scene, Madison says to Tara that the cabin's heaters suddenly shutting down is "a pretty weird coincidence." After they learn that only the heater in Madison's room works, Tara replies, "That's a pretty weird coincidence," imitating Madison's voice as she says that.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: In the demo, her enthusiasm over her work for Taranormal, as well as calling Madison "the best manager ever," make Madison feel guilty about wanting to quit.
  • Only Friend: She had friends besides Maddie in the past, but no one besides Maddie stuck around after Tara transitioned.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • After the encounter with the Forest Spirit, Tara is shaken enough that rather than tell Madison, "I told you so," she barely says anything before going off to bed.
    • While Tara has had more than a few one-night stands, the fact that she actually shows her vulnerability around Morgan helps Madison realize that the two of them are in love.
  • Precision F-Strike: In "The lady of the lake," she tells the fairies swarming around Madison, intent on making her their queen for good, to "Fuck off!"
  • Sad Clown: It's noted several times in the game, both in segments from her perspective and the perspective of others, that she deals with sadness by trying to make jokes. This comes to a head when Maddie disappears and she collapses in tears while trying to film her explanation of it.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Tara mentions that she always puts on a smile for the camera when she does Taranormal, even if she's sick or tired.
    • After Madison dies in the snowstorm, Tara tries to keep her cheerful face despite how much pain she's in, albeit partly because she's in denial.
    • In both the bad endings, she tries to put on a cheerful face despite losing her best friend in one of them and her girlfriend in the other, but the strain is evident to those closest to her.
  • Tarot Motifs: The Fool. She's a highly spontaneous free spirit, representing the upright Fool, but also is the least mature of the main characters, representing the reversed Fool.
  • Transgender: Tara came out and transitioned in high school.
  • Trash of the Titans: According to "Home Sweet Home," Tara's apartment room is a giant mess.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While her friendship with Madison is on the rocks at the start of the game, and they tend to snipe at each other, Tara is grateful for Madison sticking around.
    Tara: I give you a lot of shit, but I really do love you. And I'm so sorry all this happened because I was too much of a screwup to remember that.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tara, who is obsessed with ghosts and cryptids and all things supernatural, is secretly terrified of horses. This poses a problem when it turns out Morgan's ride for her and Maddie is a horse-drawn carriage.

    Geladura 

Morgan's cat.


  • Baleful Polymorph: According to Morgan, Geladura used to be a fairy before Evelyn turned her into a cat. She's slowly forgetting that she's anything other than a cat.
  • Blatant Lies: When Tara asks her if she just talked, she says, "No."
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. Geladura is cool, unemotional and does as she pleases, qualities commonly associated with cats, and even suggests letting an injured Tara lie on the floor instead of giving her the bed. That said, she does care for Morgan, and as the Big Good, is willing to do whatever is necessary to stop Evelyn, even if it means giving her life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the "Freedom" ending, she sacrifices herself to defeat Evelyn.
  • Talking Animal: Morgan claims her to be this, but she seems to be nothing but a normal cat.
  • You Never Asked: Says this verbatim when asked why she never mentioned being Fairy Queen.

    Evelyn Fischer 

Voiced by: Tara Langella

Morgan's mother, and the mayor of Eysenfeld. With a frigid personality that borders on terrifying, she commands respect from those she encounters. Not that her daughter ever offers it.

It's clear from the beginning that she's not happy about Maddie and Tara's visit to her town. But Morgan claims that Evelyn is worse than she seems. Much worse.


  • Abusive Parents: She's emotionally abusive to her daughter Morgan, treating her coldly as part of a long campaign to break her spirit and make her Evelyn's vessel. She controls every aspect of Morgan's life, from how she dresses to how she wears her hair.
  • Animals Hate Her: During Evelyn's first appearance Maddie notices that the horses pulling their carriage seem nervous around her. It's a hint at her true nature, both as a terrible person and of her supernatural origins.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the story.
  • Blunt "Yes": She gives one when Tara accuses her of not caring for Morgan. Evelyn says she's right, and she only considers Morgan a vessel, one she no longer needs now that she has Tara.
  • Body Surf: She has prolonged her life by transferring her soul to new hosts for centuries.
  • Death Glare: She often has a terrifying scowl on her face.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She waits for Morgan, Madison and Tara at the cabin, demands to know which one is Tara, and intimidatingly promises to speak with them later.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: She has a cold aura around her, and seems to make the temperature in the room plummet with her presence, both figuratively and literally. In the good ending, Madison notices that Eysenfeld seems to have become a bit warmer the day after Evelyn's death.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Evelyn has a noticeable snaggletooth when she opens her mouth.
  • Glamour: She uses this ability to sway the townspeople to be unquestioningly loyal to her. In the good ending, the ability fades after her death, and the townspeople gradually come to their senses.
  • Grand Theft Me: Is planning on stealing Morgan's body on the winter solstice, and possibly choosing another person if Morgan is unavailable
  • Handshake Refusal: Refuses to shake Tara's hand when meeting her.
  • Hate Sink: Evelyn has absolutely no redeeming qualities and the characters view her with the same terror and disgust that Morgan does once they learn about who she really is.
  • Hey, You!: She seems somewhat averse to referring to people by name. It's partly because she's cold and impersonal, and possibly because she's a fairy who thinks names are for humans.
  • Ice Queen: A rather cold person who can sometimes be polite, but is never friendly.
  • I Have Your Wife: When Evelyn insists that Morgan accompany her to the grove, she suggests that she could have Tara come with her instead. Morgan immediately understands that this is a threat and reluctantly complies.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: According to the art book, she's jealous of the freedom humans have, which is why she tries to steal Tara's body in the climax.
  • It's All About Me: She's motivated by two things- extending her life and one day leaving Eysenfeld behind.
  • Jerkass: She's rather hostile toward others and treats her own daughter poorly.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Madison finds Evelyn rather intimidating, she realizes that Evelyn isn't wrong to be angry with her daughter for telling Evelyn about their guests at the last minute, especially when said guests are staying in a cabin the Fischer family owns. That said, it's subverted once the cast becomes aware of how evil Evelyn is.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After tricking Madison into running off into the woods and causing her to freeze to death, Evelyn complains that the person in question "selfishly" brought an end to ten years of no one dying in the woods.
    • After forcing Morgan to destroy the ancestral tree, Evelyn engages in some Evil Gloating about how Morgan's real mother was just like her before the Moonsick One took her body, and Morgan will share her fate in the near future before leaving a devastated Morgan to find her own way back home.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Regardless of which ending the player reaches, Evelyn meets her end, whether at the hand of her abused daughter, the queen she usurped, or the young woman she killed.
  • Master of Illusion: She uses illusion magic to trick Madison into following a fake Tara out into a blizzard, and in the climax, uses magic to make Madison think her friends are dead.
  • Mayor Pain: Evelyn is The Evil Mayor. She uses a Glamour to make all the citizens loyal to her, and has been stealing people's bodies for centuries. She even intends to one day leave Eysenfeld to see the rest of the world.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Killing Madison and destroying the ancestral tree in the forest turn out to be this in conjunction with each other. The former puts Madison in contact with the fairies, who see her as a potential temporary replacement for their queen, and the latter gives Madison the reason to accept the fairies' offer. Madison becoming queen, and being able to return Geldura's powers to her, is essential to Evelyn's downfall in the good ending.
  • Obviously Evil: She has an unfriendly and threatening demeanor, and Madison has a bad feeling every time she interacts with Evelyn.
  • Offing the Offspring: After abducting Tara, she says she'll let Morgan go if she doesn't interfere (likely more due to Pragmatic Villainy than mercy), but threatens to kill her if she tries to save Tara. She tries to make good on that threat when Morgan interferes, but fails; the only ending in which Morgan dies has her pull a Taking You with Me on Evelyn.
  • Parental Neglect: In addition to her emotional abuse of Morgan, she's also neglectful. Among other things, she refuses to do any cooking for Morgan.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: She refrains from harming the protagonists directly when it's possible to get them to leave through other means. Even her tricking Madison into a blizzard is a way of disposing of a potential threat without getting her hands dirty. She only resorts to trying to kill Morgan and her friends once they interfere during the climax.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Evelyn looks enough like Morgan that Madison immediately guesses that she is Morgan's mother.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: All of the townspeople respect her as mayor, due to the effects of the Glamour on them.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's difficult to talk about her without spoiling much of the plot.
  • White Hair Blackheart: In the climax, as she's preparing to take Tara's body, her hair turns from orange like Morgan's to white.

    The Forest Spirit 

A mysterious creature that lives in the woods.


  • Creepy Good: The mere sight of the forest spirit is enough to put Maddie and Tara into a Heroic BSoD, and Abigail was led to believe that it was a demon that demanded human sacrifices, but it's actually a completely benevolent creature that Abigail considers her dear friend. In fact, the forest spirit is actually the reason why Abigail (and later Maddie) were able to stay "in between" life and death.
  • Nature Spirit: Despite seeming like a monster during its first appearance, the true nature of the forest spirit is this, serving as a sort of guardian to the woods.
  • Your Size May Vary: The first time it's seen the forest spirit is absolutely massive, towering over the forest easily. It turns out to be able to change its size. After Evelyn destroys one of the ancestral trees at the heart of the forest, it's barely able to maintain a size slightly bigger than a human.
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    The Fairies 

Voiced by: Lisa Reimold, Tina Kim, Anairis Quinones

Fluttering and skittering about the trees, fairies are content to keep to themselves for the most part. However, their queen has been missing for a very, very long time. So they wait, in hopes that she will return someday, or that a suitable replacement may present herself...


  • Hey, You!: They generally don't address the human cast by name, resulting in a bit of confusion as to who they're talking about.
  • Hive Mind: This is how Maddie assumes them to be like, as they seem to function more like insects than anything.
  • No Name Given: None of the fairies have names, which they claim are "for humans." Maddie mentally assigns the main three she speaks to with the names of Hae, Anan, and Frio.
  • Pointy Ears: "Anan," the blonde one, has pointy ears, which leads one to assume it's a trait of their race.

    The Fairy Queen 

Voiced by: Emaline Tuck

Queen of the fairies, and an important part of the forest. However, it's been decades since she was last seen.


  • Exotic Eye Designs: She has blue, diamond-shaped pupils.
  • The High Queen: A benevolent ruler of the fairies. Once she returns to power in the good ending, she sets about repairing the damage Evelyn caused.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: She wears a massive snowflake-themed cape with a collar that's taller than her head.
  • Pointy Ears: It's a bit difficult to see with her hair in the way, but her ears are indeed pointed like the rest of the fairies.

    Helena 

Abigail's sister.


  • Broken Pedestal: Abigail and Helena had a close relationship when they were alive, but all that changed when Helena callously accepted Abigail being sacrificed in her place without a word of protest or thanks.
  • Only One Name: Like her sister, her surname isn't revealed, but she's presumably a Dalsing.
  • Posthumous Character: She lived about 200 years ago, so she died long before Madison, Tara and Morgan were born.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: When Abigail agrees to be sacrificed in her place, Helena doesn't thank or even try to stop her.
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