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Due to a plot twist regarding the nature of Refrain roughly half way through the game every single character can be considered a massive Walking Spoiler, as such there will be unmarked spoilers ahead.

     Dronya's Caravan 

Dronya / Velnya

Voiced by: Eri Sendai (Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)

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  • All the Other Reindeer: Originally, she was rather popular with the witches but because she attacked Funa, everyone except Isara and Mary turned on her.
  • Break the Haughty: The game loves making her life miserable and knocking her ego down a peg. The first dead end comes from Dronya overestimating the situation and then getting killed as a result.
  • Broken Bird: She's very distant and mean-spirited to everyone around her including Luca. Her past was very painful. Crippled at a young age, taken in by Baba Yaga, isolated and bullied by her peers except Isara. Raped by Klaus when he believed she took Isara away from him and eventually losing Isara herself. Hell, she she dies herself and is still miserable.
  • Came Back Wrong: Transferring souls does not leave memories properly intact, leading to Dronya being a slightly different person from Velnya. In the end Dronya rejects Luca's attempts to truly revive her, as she fears she will suffer this again and forget the love she holds for the young girl.
  • The Chew Toy: Childhood was miserable. Current life is just as bad.
  • Creepy Child: Was seen as one in her youth.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Multiple times throughout the game. Stabbed multiple times to death, stabbed in the eyes, raped and died by blood loss and being ripped apart limb per limb. It's more toned down when you realize Dronya is a puppet like the soldiers you've been controlling.
  • Dead All Along: Velnya died long before the story began, saving Luca from falling to her death but dying herself in the process. Luca bound her soul to one of Isara's dolls and has been being kept alive in that state by nightly mana infusions. Baba Yaga gave her doll form the name Dronya.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Though she takes the role for a while, the story slowly drifts to focus on Luca and her goals in life.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes a combination of Luca getting injured and being pushed into a corner by Funa for her to open up to Neldo and Marietta in particular. In a similar vein, she starts to warm up to Luca when she realizes how much she misses her.
  • Does Not Like Men: She is much harsher toward men, especially in regards to the use of her glamours. She regularly accuses Neldo of being a pedophile for being protective of Luca, and forced a pair of guards to attempt to work themselves to death. Klaus is quite likely to blame for this, and the guards were subjected to that for their threats of essentially reenacting her childhood trauma. However, many characters point out that Dronya does make an exception to Neldo who she starts entrusting Luca to.
  • Dying as Yourself: In the Viewing Room, As Velnya's memories begin to return, she realizes both that Luca will use the keys to revive her, wiping out "Dronya" in lieu of Velnya, and that something (implied to be Velkuvrana) isn't going to allow her to leave. She refuses both and forces the issue.
    • Much later, In the postgame, as the alternate Velkuvrana is about to win, Dronya Poppet #1 — i.e., the Dronya last seen in the Viewing Chamber — comes to her senses just long enough to help screw over Velkuvrana.
  • Evil Cripple: Dronya is not the nicest person around, regularly Mind Raping people into doing what she needs them do, and she's missing a leg.
  • Expy: The friend of parents to a young girl who can manipulate souls who is left to care for her following their deaths, despite her own death. Dronya is essentially a female Ash.
  • Eye Scream: In the second dead end, Juliet orders the guards to blind Dronya thus preventing her from being able to fight back.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She fails to identify some key people from her past in Refrain. Notably Klaus, a man who had raped her when she was a young girl. That he has supposedly been killed, and cleaned himself up rather well going from thuggish to a handsome butler, somewhat excuses the failure to identify him.
    • Also Funa brings up that because Dronya is a puppet of what Velnya is supposed to be, she lost most of her memories of her past thus preventing her from realizing that both Klaus and Marietta are both people from her past.
  • I Know Your True Name: She threatens to use Luca's true name against her to make her behave early on in the game. In the end she uses Mezzaluca's name to force the girl to abandon her, knowing that without using this to force her the child would do anything to revive her even at the cost of losing the current Dronya to Velnya.
  • Ill Girl: As the game goes on, Dronya starts losing her powers thus making it harder to help Tractie and protect herself. As it turns out, Luca is the one giving her her magic essence and when she doesn't, Dronya falls gravely ill due to not functioning correctly as a puppet.
  • Irony: Dronya views everyone around her as her puppets, yet she herself happens to be one.
  • Jerkass: She is extremely unpleasant in general, but particularly to Luca.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: On multiple occasions, she has hurt Luca's feelings that goes from being played for comedy to being downright depressing.
  • No Sense of Direction: She gets lost very easily, relying on Luca and others to keep her on the right track to where ever it is she's going.
  • One-Woman Army: She is this in the Bad Future. Velkuvrana created several copies of Dronya, each of which required a small army of Great Witches to take out even a single one and resulted in numerous deaths. By the time Tractie returns to the future Mezzaluca, Spina, and Zorok are the only Great Witches left, and Dronya #4 arrives to toss the Spina's head around to taunt Mezzaluca before disintegrating it over the lack of a reaction. This copy serves as this first boss of the future timeline.
  • Pet the Dog: Even before her character development hits her, Dronya is rather nice to Tractie although this might be because a.) the book can't speak and b.) the book actually gets stuff done for her.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Neldo. When the two aren't prioritizing Luca, they are busy insulting each other.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Baba Yaga's threats of murder, Isara being forcibly married off to a noble, dying of illness, and her failed resurrection, on top of Velnya's own death and Dronya's decision to make it final all serve to ensure that the two women would never have the chance to be together.
    • However, the last scene in the postgame is Isara and Velnya embracing Luca. No explanation is given although it could be that they earned their happy ending in another timeline.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Multiple times in this game resulting in a dead game that the game suggests that you save. Luca is the one restarting everything to keep her alive.
  • Tsundere: What she is ultimately revealed to be. "Dronya will say the exact opposite of what she really feels."

Tractatus de Monstrum

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  • Heroic Mime: As a book, Tractie is not capable of speech though it is capable of otherwise expressing itself slightly.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Many of Tractie's options in the dungeon can result in harming the citizens of the labyrinth instead of doing good. Sometimes, Tractie can ignore negotiation altogether and murder the person to get the item needed. Other times, Tractie will wait until the person dies before obtaining said item.
  • Karma Meter: Tractie is given one at the very beginning of the game but all it does is either power up pacts that are catered to bad karma or make it easier for the enemy to get a critical hit/gore shot on your puppet. Karma goes up from fighting certain enemies (often the ones that can't fight back or the ones that are considered "good") and doing certain options in the dungeon (often killing instead of negotiating). A Witch Petition is the only way to decrease karma back to 0.
  • Messianic Archetype: Tractie bears the sins of the citizens of Refrain in order to allow them to properly pass on. Mechanically this is shown by maxing out its karma with each soul saved.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone just uses the nickname Luca gave it and call it "Tractie".
  • Servile Snarker: While Tractie can't talk, it can react to situations when given the chance. It is very easy for Tractie to mock Dronya without having to say anything to her (such as taking Neldo's side of the argument).
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Ultimately, its true mission is to prevent Velkuvrana from awakening.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Tractatus de Monstrum played in the tutorial, while sentient, did not possess much in the way of a will leaving its progress severely lacking. Once it was given a soul Tractie easily tears through the labyrinth. The soulless Tractatus de Monstrum took fifteen years to do what Tractie did in a couple of months.

Luca / Mezzaluca

Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese), Ryan Bartley (English)

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  • The Apprentice: To Madam Dronya. Or rather this is the role she forces herself to assume to stabilize Dronya after her creation at Baba Yaga's urging.
  • Big Good: Luca is the one providing Tractie with the Witch Brigade and undoing each of Dronya's deaths in order to achieve their goals. Mezzaluca is the leader of Tanis's last stand against Velkuvrana.
  • Break the Cutie: The death of her parents and Velnya resulted in her becoming a powerful witch. The third dead end went out of its way to have her watch as Dronya and Neldo are killed in front of her.
  • Cheerful Child: She's extremely pleasant and cheerful, nice to everyone.
  • The Cutie: She's a cheerful and friendly little girl without an ounce of malice to her.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father died at some point before the start of the game. It's implied that Velnya transferred his soul into Baltini III.
  • Expy: A cheerful young orphan with the power to place the souls of the dead within inanimate objects to temporarily give them life once more, being cared for by the soul of her mother's friend. Luca is essentially Marona. As the last hope for the world in a Bad Future who sends some of her closest allies, one of which she was in love with, back in time to defend herself and ensure things play out for the better, Mezzaluca is a composite of Sarah and John Connor.
  • Hot Witch: In the future.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: By the end of the game Mezzaluca is the only living thing left on Tanis. She just wanders the world looking for life that doesn't exist, never ceasing to smile because the very ability to feel negative emotions has been lost to her.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Mezzaluca serves this role for the timeline of the first part of the game, sending Tractie, Neldo, and Newton back in time to give that version of the world a chance at survival. Luca serves this role to the future timeline, getting Newton's help to return Tractie to Mezzaluca so that it put an end to Velkuvrana before it can move on to destroy more worlds.
  • The Nicknamer: Quite adept at coming up with names on the spot, such as Bah-bah the lamb and Tractie. The dolls used in the tutorial were also named by her.
  • Messianic Archetype: Mezzaluca takes in the souls of every formerly living thing on Tanis, and is forced to bear their sins and every emotion. Zorok claims that the burden has very likely driven her mad, something confirmed when Mezzaluca is the last living thing left in the world and only begins to recover after coming to the realization that she's going to be giving birth to repopulate the world.
  • Missing Mom: Luca's mother, Isara, passed away shortly after her birth.
  • Morality Pet: Serves as one to Dronya and Neldo but moreso Neldo who has sworn to protect her.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: A trait of Soul Witches is that they can, if necessary, just spontaneously become pregnant. After months of wandering the world alone she finds Tractie once again and informs them that she'll be giving birth soon and repopulate the world.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: To the extreme as she is the one resetting the world whenever Dronya dies.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has no idea that Fritz has a crush on her despite handing her a ring he made and giving her discounts. She also seems to miss the cue that Neldo might be interested in her despite the huge age gap...
  • Out-of-Character Moment: For much of the game, Luca is incredibly sweet, never showing anger or hatred towards anyone. But when Funa threatens to have Fritz or Juliet taken by an Unclean One if she doesn't dismiss Dronya, Luca becomes uncharacteristically angry (complete with a unique portrait) and starts threatening Funa that she'll dismiss her instead if she doesn't back off. Funa, scared for her life, complies.
  • Puppet Master: Her magic seems to revolve around producing the puppet soldiers that Tractie uses to explore the well. Dronya herself is also one of Luca's puppets.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: After the third Dead End it's revealed that Luca has been rewinding time after each of Dronya's deaths and subtly adjusting things to save her. She took the dagger Maylee used to kill Dronya, and set up the broom that gave away Juliet and the soldier's attempts to attack her as well. The third Dead End required more direct intervention, as she needed to be on hand to stop Dronya's leg from being shattered and to prevent Fritz from being taken by an Unclean One.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives a nice one to Funa when Funa taunts her and Dronya, as well as threatening to have Fritz and Juliet taken by the Unclean Ones. This causes Luca to uncharacteristically snap at Funa, threatening to release her contract if she doesn't stop. Funa complies.
  • Time Master: Luca is capable of ever so slightly rewinding time. Her older self, Mezzaluca, has developed this power to such a level that she is able to send Neldo, Newton, and Tractie's souls back into the past to try to stop Furia from claiming Velkuvrana's body.

Baltini III / Medinilla

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A magical spider that works for Dronya. Has the soul of Lucas' father Mednilla.

  • Double Agent: Was leaking information to Baba Yaga of Dronya's progress but also helping Dronya out on spying on Petrone.
  • Killed Off for Real: Because Luca set time back right after Baltini was shown to be killed by Petrone, he remains dead.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Baltini's soul is implied to be Luca's father.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called Baltini the Third, not just Baltini.
  • Papa Wolf: Not trusting Baba Yaga, he asks Velnya to transfer his soul into something that could allow him to watch over his daughter even if he has no memories of his past life.

Neldo

Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (Japanese)

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A mysterious young man who is also an owl. Originally opposes Dronya in her exploration of the labyrinth but after some mishaps, Neldo becomes an unofficial member of Dronya's place to her annoyance.


  • Accidental Pervert: Often walks in on Dronya with no concern about how she feels. He doesn't have a reaction to her in less clothing. However, when he sees Luca in her pajamas, he gets extremely flustered. Dronya is quick to call him a pedophile as a result which he quickly denies.
  • Animal Motif: The owl given that is his true form.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Because Dronya accuses Neldo of being a pedophile, a lot of his interactions with Luca can be viewed as this. However, he works with Luca in the future and is in love with her.
  • Dead All Along: One of the conditions for time travel is that the person must be dead. His current form is that of a possessed common owl projecting is former humanoid form when able.
  • Declaration of Protection: To Luca.
  • Devoted to You: He swears on protecting Luca the moment he's given the opportunity. In the future, he's in love with her so his protection just extends to her younger self.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Initially threatens Tractie in the first few dungeons of the game. After he works with Dronya, he starts viewing Tractie as a comrade in arms and becomes as protective of Tractie as he is Luca.
  • Last of His Kind: Neldo's true form is early on revealed to be an owl. Much later it's clarified that he is the last of the owls of Yggdrasil, who Furia had destroyed seeing their potential to hinder her plans.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Though she was probably just saying it to get a rise out of him, Dronya accuses him of being attracted to Luca because he's so nice to her. However...it's complicated.
  • Neck Snap: In the third bad end, he gets his neck snapped by Nemto for trying to save Dronya. Only reason he got put into this situation was because Luca distracted him.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: No matter what happens, Neldo is never flustered whenever he sees Dronya in her nightgown or less.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Neldo's main reason for going back in time is a combination of protecting Luca's past self and ensuring that Velkurana never awakens.
  • Snarkto Snark Combat: With Dronya. When he's not insulting her, he's paying attention to Luca.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Dronya and makes it clear that he doesn't like her and is only helping her to keep an eye on Luca.
  • Troll: Messes with Dronya on minor things and hides information from her just to get a rise out of her.
  • The Worf Effect: Happens at least twice. Neldo speaks that he can take Baba Yaga down when things get tough but only gets flicked across the room when he does try to attack her. Same thing happens when Nemto attacks him.

     Citizens of Refrain 

Marietta / Mary

Voiced by: Yuuki Kuwahara (Japanese), Brianna Knickerbocker (English)

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A nun that lives at Refrain's abbey.


  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Before the ritual, Marietta confesses her feelings to Dronya who politely declines.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Dronya especially when she realizes Dronya still loves Isara even after her death.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Marietta is exceptionally attracted to Dronya and regularly flirts with her. For the most part this behavior is treated as merely annoying, up until gets more physically assertive about it after Luca goes to sleep. Dronya proceeds to panic and vomit, putting an end to things for a time. From that point on she becomes exceptionally hostile with Marietta, only ever restraining herself out of respect for Luca.
  • Nice Girl: One of the few people in the town that is helpful to Dronya and Luca. However, even she has her limits when she made an attempt at burning Tractie.
  • No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Having half her face burnt away and having pure red hair does wonders to hide from Dronya that she's Mary, one of the only students under Baba Yaga to not have treated her horribly.

Newt

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A shepherd that lives in Refrain.

  • Butt-Monkey: Every scene he's in always has him being abused by Dronya or Marietta in some shape or form. Usually, it's a misunderstanding or he says something that deserves the abuse. Even his sheep turn on him!
  • Dead All Along: Like Neldo, Newton had to die to travel back in time. Noted to be a strange case in that the body he ended up in was his own, effectively allowing him to have survived the process in a roundabout way.
  • God Was My Copilot: Newt, or rather Newton, was the Great Sage and one of three souls sent back to the past by Luca to save the world. Though he sealed his memory away to hide from Furia his purpose was to allow the soul who would inhabit the Tractatus de Monstrum to purify the trapped souls of Refrain.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: At some point he regains his original memories, though hides it until the end-game.

Petrone

Voiced by: Kenta Sasa (Japanese), Brad Venable (English)

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The acting governor of the town of Refrain and owner of the local item shop.


  • Ax-Crazy: He's actually a serial killer who murdered twelve of his wives.
  • Berserk Button: Lying to him is the quickest way to piss him off. He brings a group of soldiers to Dronya's caravan when he finds out she's been lying about being Baba Yaga. He also murdered every single wife he ever had in life for lying about loving him, which is why he's trapped in Refrain.
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, he's actually someone who died. The sin that trapped Petrone in Refrain was murdering his twelve wives. He knew they'd never love him, only his money, and that he'd never love them. The realization that the only person he ever loved was another man allows him to pass on.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: He's the only one that remembers the deaths of those around him. He's forced to maintain a record of everyone who dies and refuses to stop.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He pretends to know nothing, but secretly records details about everyone who dies.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Every death in Refrain is quickly forgotten and warps the personalities of any who knew them. Petrone, though also affected by this, figured this out at some point and began keeping extensive records of every person in town and started the death crier tradition to try to force himself, and others, to remember. The records work for him, though the death criers don't really accomplish anything but annoying Dronya.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C. He shows his true colors when he learns he was lied to.

Klaus

Voiced by: Shuta Morishima (Japanese), Chris Hackney (English)

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Petrone's butler.


  • Asshole Victim: He raped Dronya when she was a child, so you can't say that he didn't have some karma waiting for him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He was madly devoted to Isara to the point he is willing to hurt and rape Dronya for catching Isara's eye.
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, he's actually someone who died. His sin was raping Dronya when she was a child. Unlike some other residents of Refrain he eventually allows himself to be taken by the Unclean Ones to pass on, an off screen event revealed by Petrone. Despite this his soul can be found in the Refrain Labyrinth, speaking of his love of money, women, and violence. His soul truly passes on begging for someone to save him from himself and to show him love.
  • Entitled to Have You: He felt he deserved Isara's being that when Isara broke up with him for Dronya, he takes Dronya away from the school, beats her up and rapes her because she had the nerve to take Isara from him.
  • Killed Offscreen: Twice. The first in the flashback by Isara's hand. The second when he allowed the Unclean One to take him.
  • Morality Chain: Klaus is this for Petrone. Losing him causes Petrone to become far more aggressive and murderous over any deception.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: When looking through Dronya's memories you find one of him forcing himself on her in retaliation for having "stolen Isara from him". Isara attacks him for this, and assures Dronya that he's probably dead. Given that he's around in the present, he apparently survived. As it turns out however, he did not, this is the reason he's in Refrain as it is actually a Purgatory for the souls of dead sinners.
  • Tall Dark and Handsome: He's quite attractive, and well-dressed and -mannered.
  • Yandere: For Isara.

Maylee

Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (Japanese)

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The local baker's daughter.


  • Ambiguous Situation: It's all but directly stated that she and Juliet were the sisters each other spoke of, as Maylee being taken by Unclean Ones caused Juliet's soul to change from a proper lady into a treacherous hedonist proving a connection between the two.
  • Asshole Victim: She murdered her own sister for being adopted by nobles when she wasn't. Definitely had some karma waiting for her/
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, she's actually a person who died. Her sin was her self loathing, fear of happiness, and envy of those who get to be happy leading her to murder her sister, who unlike her, was adopted by nobles. Though originally stated to have been taken by the Unclean Ones Funa sent after her, her soul can be found in the Refrain Labyrinth and truly passes on when realizing she did find happiness in being praised for her baking skills.
  • Karmic Death: After being the cause of a dead end and in the new time forcing Dronya to take her appearance, Dronya uses Maylee's appearance to kill Baba Yaga and then frame her for the crime. Even if she was innocent, Maylee freaks out and ends up being taken by the unclean.
  • Morality Chain: Serves as this to Juliet. After she is taken by the Unclean Ones Juliet reverts to being willing to associate with the worst of society and even pay them to ruin anyone who she views as more adored than herself.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The moment she thinks Dronya is using her charms to woo Nemto, she immediately lashes out at her, Fritz and Luca. In one timeline, she even kills Dronya for trying to make amends with her. In the new timeline, she has no qualms beating up Dronya.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She beat up Fritz and Luca when she realized that Dronya has tricked her.

Juliet

Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki (Japanese)

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A noblewoman who lives in Refrain.


  • Ambiguous Situation: It's all but directly stated that she and Maylee were the sisters each other spoke of, as Maylee being taken by Unclean Ones caused Juliet's soul to change from a proper lady into a treacherous hedonist proving a connection between the two.
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, she's actually a person who died. Juliet's sins were a hedonistic lifestyle, flaunting her wealth to make people do whatever she wished, and when disowned for this behavior instead blamed it on simply having been adopted and gave up on life. Thinking on what reasons there were to live, such as her sister who worked hard despite hardships, realized simply having family was a blessing and that she could have honestly loved other people and herself finally allows her to pass on.
  • Nice Hat: She's rarely seen without a hat to go along with her outfit.
  • Southern Belle: She speaks with a Southern accent in the English version.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The moment Maylee is taken, she reverts back to her hedonist ways and is the cause of the second dead end for Dronya.
  • The Vamp: With Maylee gone, she becomes this.

Fritz

Voiced by: Makoto Koichi (Japanese)

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A young boy who works for Nemto.


  • Crush Blush: Has an obvious crush on Luca. Unfortunately, she's oblivious to his crush on her.
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, he's actually a person that died. Fritz's sin trapping him in Refrain was hiding his grandfather's heart medicine as a prank in retaliation for him not making time to play together, leading to his death by a heart attack. The realization that his grandfather wanted him to take over their store and that all Fritz really wanted was for his grandfather to teach him allows him to pass on.
  • Deadly Prank: The reason Fritz is in Refrain. Compared to many other people, Fritz just wanted his grandfather to play with him and didn't realize that taking the medicine would result in his father dying.
  • Morality Chain: He serves as this to Nemto. Being taken by the Unclean Ones causes his balancing effect on Nemto to be lost, reverting him to a man who would murder for silence and treats the corpses of women as his personal dolls.

Nemto

Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)

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The local craftsman who fills in for the town's tinker.


  • Ax-Crazy: Easily the worst resident in Refrain, he's a serial killer who is obsessed with treating pretty women like actual dolls, which entails killing them first.
  • Crush Blush: Has a crush on Dronya to Maylee's anger. This is actually bad as without Fritz by his side, he reverts to his crazy self that obsesses over pretty women and kills them to play with them.
  • Dead All Along: Like everyone else in Refrain, Nemto is a person who died. Nemto, in his own words, desires silence and prefers the company of "dollies" to people, dead women counting as "dollies" as well. He also fears that nobody would ever love him. He passes on after realizing living with a child could help him to change and that there was somebody who loved him.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Except he does and has no problem killing people to become his dolls.
  • Hero Killer: He is the cause of the third dead end killing both Dronya and Neldo.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much, relying on Fritz to communicate for him.

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     Witches 

Baba Yaga / Calamity Witch Furia / Velkuvrana

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An ancient witch who runs Ruler Magic Academy, the school Dronya attended in her youth.


  • Asshole Victim: With how she abused all the witches that isn't Funa, her death comes off as very satisfying. This ends up subverted when it turns out that Baba Yaga simply jumped into the body of her granddaughter in order to survive.
  • Big Bad: She's the source of most of the game's problems.
  • Body Surf: She ends up inhabiting a number of bodies over the course of the story, including her granddaughter Mary and Isara. Even Baba Yaga herself is just another vessel in a long line of vessels that Furia has possessed. She eventually claims the body of Velkuvrana.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's extremely old, and a very cruel teacher.
  • Expy:Velkuvrana is, in just about every way but its name, the Hundred Knight Niike. An ancient eldritch horror that travels between worlds to devour them, fully capable of spawning smaller pieces of itself to wreak havoc on every world in its path. It even ends up with an adorable vaguely humanoid fragment of itself known as Porte who faithfully runs about in a fancy helmet in service to her master. Unlike Niike, however, Velkuvrana never falls in love to spare a world and Porte does not play a major role in the story.
  • Eye Scream: Velnya subjected Baba Yaga to the same blind hell that Isara suffered. Velnya wanted her dead too but that didn't work out.
  • I Have Many Names: Aside from "Baba Yaga" she is also known as Furia, the Calamity Witch. Her history of taking over other witches' bodies provides a long, if unstated, list of other aliases as well. By the end of the game she has claimed another, Velkuvrana.
  • Immortality Immorality: While she uses Body Surf tactics to expand her lifespan, her ultimate goal was to steal the body of Velkuvrana, a truly immortal multi-dimensional Spacetime Eater that she witnessed destroying several worlds early in her lifespans.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Luca says that there might've been a time when her motivations were not so sinister. Based on the entries in Tractie and messages left throughout the other worlds, there may have been some truth to that as she was originally trying to escape Velkuvrana. Her attempts at survival and the fragility of the many worlds she encountered might have led to her adopting her indifference, sadism, and desire for immortality.
  • Public-Domain Character: She is based on the character of the same name from Slavic folklore and matches many of the conventions associated with her including her haggardly appearance, powerful magic, chicken-legged hut, immortality, and cruelty towards children.

Funa

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A witch who serves Baba Yaga.


  • Alternate Self: In the post-game, the Funa poppets are all directly under Mezzaluca instead of serving Baba Yaga. As such, they lack the nastiness of their present-day counterparts, loyally and bravely giving themselves up to protect an antechamber for Mezzaluca.
  • Dead All Along: Funa, like Dronya, is one of Luca's dolls. Unlike Dronya she is under Baba Yaga's command. Luca keeps Funa from tormenting Dronya too much by threatening to release the contract binding her to the doll. Marietta, after destroying Funa, reveals that there are actually dozens of her around Refrain that are choosing to keep their distance out of self preservation.
  • Dub Name Change: Her Japanese name is Furunera.
  • Humble Pie: Velnya delivers a rather satisfying one upon her introduction, using her glamour to force Funa to act like a dog after tossing dog food Velnya's face. Alas, this causes Velnya to be brutlaly punished by Baba Yaga for attacking her favorite student.
  • It's All About Me: Most of her motivation does stem from thinking she's better than everyone else.
  • Jerkass: Every scene she is in shows she is not a pleasant person.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all of her tormenting of Dronya and high and mighty attitude toward Luca, she really has no authority over Luca and is easily talked down. Add to the fact she can be killed like any other person despite looking down on humanity makes her death all the more satisfying.
  • Nice Hat: A pointed witch's hat.
  • Oh, Crap!: She spends much of the game acting high and mighty, but once Luca threatens her with a dismissal, she starts fearing for her life. It's so effective that despite the fact that there are Funa poppets everywhere, all of them keep their distance out of fear of Luca.
  • Smug Snake: She enjoys acting like she has the upper hand against Dronya. Her ego does prevent her from realizing that Baba Yaga is already dead.
  • Teacher's Pet: Funa loves flaunting around that she is Baba Yaga's favorite student and doing anything to her will resort in Baba Yaga harming said person. Dronya learned this the hard way.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is purple.

Isara

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A witch that Dronya knew when they were young.


  • Came Back Wrong: Due to one of the Keys being false, Dronya's attempts to revive Isara result in the woman being turned into a blacked nightmarish monstrosity that is promptly killed off once more.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Her default expression.
  • Chew Toy: Because of her illness, she hasn't been able to do anything she wanted. It gets worse when she fails to escape the academy with Velnya. She ends up blind, engaged to someone she doesn't love, separated from the woman she loved without knowing why the communication stopped and had a child that she didn't want to raise. She ends up dying of her illness and revived with nothing but anger and resentment.
  • Eye Scream: She exerts so much of her power in trying to get Velnya to escape that she ends up going blind as a result.
  • Ill Girl: Using her powers too much takes a toll on her body.
  • The Lost Lenore: Serves as this for Dronya.
  • Love at First Punch: Given that the first scene of them together involves Velnya throwing a vase at her head and them being close after that, it's obvious that Isara fell for Velnya who wasn't afraid to put her foot down despite her status.
  • The Pollyanna: She's always smiling no matter what the situation calls for. Over time, she starts losing that optimism due to how hopeless the situation starts becoming.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead before the start of the game.
  • The Resenter: Once revived, all the negative emotions she felt about her situation comes out in full force. Isara reveals how she blamed herself for failing to escape with Velnya before blaming her for not helping her do the dirty work. She got stuck with the arranged marriage, was forced to have a child and died from her illness. Velnya in contrast while crippled was free to do what she wanted ignoring the fact she was miserable without her.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Isara's original plan to run away with Velnya failed when she failed to get rid of Baba Yaga by burning the house down and distracting the guards. This just causes her to become blind and both end up being dragged back anyway.
  • Slasher Smile: When she's feeling sinister, her cat smile warps into this.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Baba Yaga's threats of murder, Isara being forcibly married off to a noble, dying of illness, and her failed resurrection, on top of Velnya's own death and Dronya's decision to make it final all serve to ensure that the two women would never have the chance to be together.
    • However, the final scene of the postgame shows Isara and Velnya embracing Luca, hinting that somewhere, Isara and Velnya earned their happy ending.
  • Trophy Wife: For all of her troubles, she ends up as one as punishment. However, her husband treats her like an actual person which subverts the trope somewhat.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She doesn't take well to others bullying Velnya. She murders Klaus when she learns that he raped Velnya due to her breaking up with him.

Zorok

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  • Body Horror: Her transformed state ends up looking like a massive version of her own head, her hair transforming into blue sludge as it flows down, constantly convulsing, covered in massive black holes, and vomiting bugs and black slime.
  • The Resenter: Zorok comes off as exceptionally shy, retreating into her own shadows to just observe others. She was in love with Neldo, but because of her behavior he spent all of his time with Mezzaluca instead and fell in love with her. Zorok uses her anger at Mezzaluca over this to fuel a spell that transforms herself into a monster capable of destroying Velkuvrana's wards, at the cost of her mind.

Black Wanderer / Metallia

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  • Bonus Boss: After completing the true end she can be found in Azu-Campanula and challenges Tractie to a fight. She is Metallia in everything but name, donning her late-game black-haired appearance from her own game, along with a cloak. Beating her grants you the Blackened Pact and the 100 Demon Blade.

    The Witch Brigade 

General

  • Living Toys: Being Puppet Soldiers, they are little more than dolls in the absence of mana.
  • Weapon of Choice: While any puppet can use any weapon, each facet has one weapon type associated with it, though they may have S+ proficiency in more than one.

Aster Knight

  • Expy: The first design of the male Aster Knight is a reference to Ash.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: They sit comfortably middling in terms of physicality, being strong, bulky, and quick. They are even mediocre at donum.
  • Weapon of Choice: Lances

Shinobushi

Theatrical Star

  • Belly Dancer: Both the male and female versions appears based on the classic belly dancer aesthetic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The second voice for the male theatrical star.
  • Expy: The default male portrait draws a similarity to Emizel while the default female portrait is similar to Flonne.
  • Quirky Bard: Particularly noteworthy, having high charisma, and doubling rapport gain and loss.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Especially the male portraits, though one female portrait in particular is exempt.
  • Tsundere: The second voice sample for the male theatrical star gives the impression given how snappy he is but in battle, making a quick compliment to whomever he has a high rapport with.
  • Weapon of Choice: Bells

Peer Fortress

Marginal Maze

Mad Raptor

Gothic Coppelia

Demon Reaper

  • Expy: The extra portrait is none other than Plenair.
  • Little Miss Badass: Every design of the demon reaper is that of a little girl that will mutilate you.
  • Weapon of Choice: Scythes. Scythes that replace the puppet's hands and feet.
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