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HEIC Chief Inspector

Voiced by: Adam Beauchesnesp (male), Debbie McReadie (female)
An insurance adjuster sent to investigate the Obra Dinn using only the Memento Mortem and the catalogue.
  • Featureless Protagonist: The only parts of the Inspector that are ever seen are gloved hands and the coat sleeves. While the Inspector does have a few voiced sentences at the beginning of the game, the gender of the voice is chosen randomly.
  • Got Volunteered: Didn't ask for the job, and got sent to Falmouth anyway. The tone of voice used when talking to the boatman suggests the Inspector weren't too keen on it either.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Gives one of these in the intro.
    Boatman: What's in the box?
    Inspector: I don't know. Hoist it up in a few minutes.
    Boatman: Eh? How?
    Inspector: Carefully.
  • Neutral No Longer: Potentially. Should you fill out every possible entry before leaving the Obra Dinn, Evans' letter has him declare that the Inspector must be as invested in seeing the ship's catalogue completed as him, and mails the means to do so. While never verbally agreeing with this, the Inspector chooses to give the finished book a place on the bookshelf, implying that Evans was right.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The Inspector's voice at the beginning of the game is randomly chosen per save to be either male or female.
  • Spot of Tea: Enjoys one of these just prior to the epilogue.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Shows no discernible reaction to the magical properties of the Memento Mortem, any of the events on board, or being mailed a monkey's mummified paw in the Golden Ending.


Crew and Passengers of the Obra Dinn


    1. Robert Witterel 

Captain Robert Witterel

Origin: England
Voiced by: Rob Townsend
Fate: Commits suicide by gunshot in Chapter X.
"You bastards may take exactly what I give you!"
The Captain of the Obra Dinn and leader of its ill-fated journey, assisted by his steward Filip Dahl. He was the husband of Abigail Hoscut Witterel. His friend and brother-in-law, William Hoscut, served as first mate.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The man is pushing at least 40, likely 50 (evidenced by him telling his steward "Twenty years my steward!" in one scene,) and he still fights off, and kills, two other sailors who are presumably much younger than him; shrugging off strikes to the chest from a sharpened wooden stick and a literal stab to the back with a knife. He also kills two mermaids by himself. Granted, they were encaged, but they had already killed a lot of people near-effortlessly.
  • Badass Normal: His self-defense killings of multiple men in close combat are the first set of deaths the player uncovers. The captain killed the three men when he had knives sticking out of him. He also absolutely doesn't mess around when bargaining with mermaids, as revealed in the Bargain chapter; while the mermaids were being held captive, he ordered them to call off the Kraken by stabbing and shooting them until the last one complied.
  • The Captain: Obviously.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Of a sort. It's mentioned that he's below deck during the Kraken attack, but he is never seen with the gunners in any of their flashbacks. We finally see what he was up to during the epilogue, as he tries to get the mermaids to call off the Kraken.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The combination of his entire crew being brutally wiped out, including his beloved wife, and the killing of several crewmen at his own hands including his own brother-in-law and First Mate, was too much for him to bear, leading to his fate.
  • Driven to Suicide: He takes his own life via shooting himself, being the last living member of the crew still on the ship. This led to the forfeiture of his estate, as suicide was illegal in England during the 1800s.
  • Going Down with the Ship: He seemingly accepts the fact that he will not be leaving the ship alive, and authorizes the surviving female passengers, stewards, and Dr. Evans to leave the Obra Dinn in the last remaining lifeboat. He also intervenes on their behalf when topman Volkov attempts to prevent them from doing so, demanding that Volkov "let them go".
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Captain Witterel's kills were all in self-defense. Sadly, he went down in history as a murderer. His estate is also forfeited to the Crown as a result of his suicide.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: He only kills First Mate Hoscut, Seaman Brennan, and Topman Walker after the three openly carry out a mutiny and attempt to murder him.
  • Large and in Charge: One of the taller crewmembers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Implied in his Last Words to be his response towards the death of Hoscut at his own hands, and possibly the events of the entire game in general (trusting Second Mate Nichols and executing Hok-Seng Lau, and bringing the Formosan treasure and the mermaids on board the ship in the first place).
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: "Good deed" might be a bit of a stretch, but Captain Witterel's kills were all in self-defense. Unfortunately, he goes down in history as a murderer. In addition, his estate is forfeited to the Crown because of his suicide.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He threatened to shoot Leonid Volkov if he did not let an escaping party leave peacefully. It further implies that the captain authorized the group to escape.
  • Together in Death: Shortly before shooting himself, he vowed to be with his beloved wife in death.

    2. William Hoscut 

First Mate William Hoscut

Origin: Scotland
Voiced by: James McCreadie
Fate: Shot by Captain Witterel in Chapter X.
"Captain! Open the door!"
The first mate of the Obra Dinn. He was assisted by his steward, Paul Moss, with whom he never appears. He was the captain's friend and brother-in-law. His sister was the Captain's wife.
  • A Father to His Men: He immediately tends to Midshipman Lanke after he is stabbed, reassuring him and staying with him until his death.
  • Despair Event Horizon: It can be reasonably inferred that he must have been very stirred-up indeed to turn on his own captain and best friend; he'd already put down at least one mutiny himself hours earlier. Probably after seeing the whole crew reduced to four men, including himself, he broke and decided to get at the shells by any means.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: It seems that he and the captain were close friends, as Hoscut was referred to as such while the captain was lamenting his death.
  • Face–Heel Turn/Fallen Hero: To see Hoscut, a close friend of Captain Witterel and a man who is quick to tend to the dying Lanke, turn on him after some indeterminate time is quite jarring... and devastating.
  • Posthumous Character: While nearly everyone aboard the Obra Dinn is a posthumous character, Hoscut is a special case - his death is literally the first one you see, so you see all his appearances in other memories knowing exactly how his story ends.

    3. Edward Nichols 

Second Mate Edward Nichols

Origin: England
Voiced by: Chris Sharpes
Fate: Shot by Chioh Tan in Chapter IV.
"Watch your step. Here, let me help you..."
The morally bankrupt second mate. He was assisted by Samuel Galligan, his steward.
  • Big Bad: Chronologically the first murderer on the Obra Dinn and the head conspirator of the deserters. The chain of events that result from his actions leads to the deaths of almost every person on board the Obra Dinn, including himself.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite having a gun, he uselessly cowers in fear within his rowboat while his fellow deserters and Formosan hostages are left to fend for themselves against the mermaids. His steward calls him out for this.
  • Greed: His desire for the Formosan chest and treasures are what spark his kidnapping of the Formosans and desertion of the ship, and what spark the events leading to the deaths of everyone on the Obra Dinn.
  • Hate Sink: Completely devoid of any redeeming qualities. He is notably the crew member with the dubious honor of the highest amount of fines charged to his estate due to his manifold crimes committed on the Obra Dinn.
  • Instant Death Bullet: When Nichols returns to the Obra Dinn with his two lifeboats, he is immediately shot dead by Chioh Tan (presumably for directly or indirectly killing the other Formosans and stealing their treasure).
  • Jerkass: He is revealed to be the most abhorrent member of the crew by an order of magnitude. His Evil Plan seems to have been to hold the Formosan royalty and their magic chest for ransom, killing an innocent man and framing one of the Formosans for his murder, resulting in his conviction and execution. Nichols then kidnaps the royalty and sets out with some other people in on his conspiracy, and ends up getting them all killed as he cowers in his rowboat. When Nichols tries to bargain with the Obra Dinn as they catch up, he is dealt a very deserved Karmic Death by the last remaining Formosan.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Nichols's personal greed sets off the chain reaction of events that end up getting almost everyone killed.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Having knocked out Hok-Seng Lau to get to the shell from the Formosan chest, an unexpected witness appears in the form of Nunzio Pasqua. He quickly kills Pasqua and frames Lau to get him even further out of the way.

    4. Martin Perrott 

Third Mate Martin Perrott

Origin: England
Voiced by: Kamran Nikhad
Fate: Spiked by a mermaid in Chapter VIII.
"Have you lost your mind? Get back inside!"
The third mate. He was assisted by Roderick Andersen, his steward.
  • Benevolent Boss: One of the most active and virtuous crewmen onboard the ship. He is praised for extraordinary valor and exceptional performance of his duties, is the one officer who's most frequently shown attempting to deal with the various crises that crop up throughout the journey, and has the honor of being the most handsomely rewarded of all crewmen because of it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He got spiked before he got to assure the last mermaid that he intends to set it free.
  • Never Found the Body: Lays dead in the inaccessible lazarette for the duration of the Inspector's investigation and was only found through use of Evans' monkey.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: Despite being spiked by the mermaid he tried to free, he seems at peace with his death as long as his actions can see the ship to safety. He might have been less complacent if he knew that, well, see Senseless Sacrifice.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Has the sense to free the last mermaid and reunite it with the last shell. Unfortunately, he gets spiked before he could assure the mermaid of his plans.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Tragically, the aformentioned price he payed to release the mermaid in exchange for them "seeing the ship home" ends up wasted by the survivors. A few crewmen escape in a life boat, the rest kill each other in short order.


    5. John Davies 

Fourth Mate John Davies

Origin: England
Voiced by: Ryan Laughton
Fate: Clubbed by Seaman Brennan in Chapter IX.
"Easy now, you're in a bad way."
The fourth mate. He was assisted by his steward, Davey James, with whom he seems very close.
  • A Father to His Men: Seems to be the case with him and his young steward, Davey James. The two were rarely seen apart and Davies protected James while the crab riders attacked.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He intervened just as Wiater was about to shoot Lanke (after already stabbing him in the back) and blows Wiater's face off in the resulting dust-up, but Brennan, thinking he killed Wiater with malicious intent, clubs him to death. He also gets fined £15 for murder.

    6. Alfred Klestil 

Bosun Alfred Klestil

Origin: Austria
Voiced by: Tim Simmons
Fate: Loses his arm to the Kraken in chapter VII, passes away in Chapter IX.
"A curse like that... does not lift for nothing."
The bosun. He was assisted by his "Frenchman", Charles Miner, in overseeing the crew's day-to-day activities.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His arm got torn off by a kraken trying to fight it off, as evidenced by one of the kraken's tentacles grabbing his arm in Part 8 of Chapter VII, and the fatal aftermath that follows at the beginning of Chapter IX.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Managed to lean out of the way of a mermaid's spike attack during when the mermaids were first brought onboard. Unfortunately, the last Formosian aboard and another crewman were not so quick on their feet.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares his unusual surname with former President of Austria Thomas Klestil.
  • Superstitious Sailors: Appears to be one of these.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His final words, "A curse like this will not lift for nothing" are in regards to how the captain mysteriously got the kraken to back off. This may have put the notion into the nearby officers' heads to mutiny since the next conversation we hear is them discussing how the captain can't be trusted, and said attempted mutiny just kills more crew, including themselves.

    7. Charles Miner 

Bosun's Mate Charles Miner

Origin: France
Voiced by: Brian Stivale
Fate: Torn apart or drowned by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
"Heave! Heave together! Heave!"
The bosun's mate, or his "Frenchman" as Klestil calls him. He assisted Klestil in overseeing the crew's day-to-day activities.
  • Accidental Murder: During the fight with the giant crab monsters, he fires at one crab and unknowingly kills the ship's steward who was hiding behind the wall just beyond said crab. The insurance company still considers it murder and fines his estate accordingly.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's one of the more frequently appearing crew members and present in every fight against the creatures.
  • Never Found the Body: He's last seen stabbing into the Kraken's tentacle, but is never seen on the ship post-mortem. However, he's described as having been torn apart, which is also implied by how it seems to have twisted around him.

    8. Henry Evans 

Surgeon Henry Evans

Origin: England
Voiced by: Jeffrey Pillars
Fate: Escapes to Africa in Chapter IX, Passes away after the case is officially closed.
"I checked all hands just now, and everyone is healthy."
The ship's surgeon. He was responsible for providing medical care to the crewmen. Evans is the party responsible for mailing to the Inspector the catalogue and pocketwatch for the investigation.
  • Action Survivor: One of four survivors that escaped to Morocco, Africa.
  • Foregone Conclusion: His fate. Since he is the one who sent you the catalogue and pocketwatch (as read in the preface), it can be assumed that he managed to survive the incident. The fact the Evans who send you the items and the Surgeon Evans are the same are confirmed by the box containing the items being on the lifeboat he escapes on.
  • Interface Spoiler: Downplayed Trope. Since Henry Evans is the one who sends the player character the journal and the Memento Mortem pocketwatch in the first place, it can be reasonably assumed that the Henry Evans listed in the ship's log made it off the ship alive. That said, his name is among the daunting sixty names found on the crew muster roll sheet, and Evans' preface does not elaborate on his connection to the Obra Dinn beyond his interest in seeing its story documented and the "return address" in Morocco (in Africa). Both nudge the player along in commencing the investigation first, which would bring the Inspector to find Evans' role and fate later on.
  • Shoot the Dog: Not above shooting his own pet monkey if it meant guaranteeing passage into the lazarette via the Memento Mortem.

    9. James Wallace 

Surgeon's Mate James Wallace

Origin: England
Fate: Decapitated by one of the Giant Crabs in chapter VI.
The surgeon's mate. He assisted the surgeon in providing medical needs to the crewmen.

    10. Winston Smith 

Carpenter Winston Smith

Origin: America
Voiced by: Chris McCann
Fate: Speared by a Crab Rider in Chapter VI.
"Is that all?!"
An American carpenter responsible for woodwork aboard the ship. He was assisted by fellow American Marcus Gibbs.
  • Badass Normal: He's simply a carpenter, yet manages to pull off one of the most incredible kills of the crew, at the cost of his life. The catalogue even uniquely describes him as a "brave but unfortunate soul" before he is named.
  • Handicapped Badass: He takes a spike from one of the crab creatures in the shoulder. Not to be deterred, he goes down the aft stairs, grabs a hand mortar from the bosun, and proceeds to blast the last crab rider to pieces while he's in the process of dying from a spear through the abdomen.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: See his image quote.
  • Taking You with Me: He kills the last crab rider with his hand mortar as it was spearing him to death. Notably, you use the crab rider's body to witness this death.

    11. Marcus Gibbs 

Carpenter's Mate Marcus Gibbs

Origin: America
Voiced by: Luke Marty
Fate: Spiked by a Crab Rider in Chapter VI.
"C'mon, boss! Hey! Catch!"
An American carpenter and the foolhardy assistant of fellow American Winston Smith.
  • An Axe to Grind: He attempts to fight one of the crab-riders by throwing his axe at it. It does not work.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Decides to throw an axe at an approaching beast despite being warned not to by both another crewmember and his immediate superior.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Compared to his more competent, heroic, and sensible boss.
  • Fearless Fool: To his credit, he was willing to face danger head-on. However, he attempted to take on a clearly more dangerous threat without backing down. It cost him his life.
  • Pinned to the Wall: After receiving a number of spikes in the upper torso.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There was no reason to confront the beast the way he did, and his own boss and other crewmen tried to ward him off. He still did so, and got spiked to death for his trouble.

    12. Thomas Sefton 

Cook Thomas Sefton

Origin: England
Voiced by: Ryan Laughton
Fate: Smacked by a Mermaid's tail in Chapter V.
"Give em' to me and I can fry us a solid meal, boys."
The ship's cook.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: He catches sight of a shell a mermaid is holding attempts to examine it... and he gets a tail to the face.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Cracks jokes about cooking a mermaid while it is both alive and within earshot.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After cracking a joke about cooking a mermaid, he continues to approach it to examine a shell it's holding, despite being warned off repeatedly by everybody else.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His death is directly responsible for the subsequent death of William Wasim.

    13. Emil O'Farrell 

Butcher Emil O'Farrell

Origin: Ireland
Voiced by: Joshua Nicholson
Fate: Spiked by a Giant Crab in Chapter VI.
"Hit 'er here. One swing. Get through the skull and stun 'er brain. I'll cut 'er throat when you've done it."
The ship's butcher.

    14. Christian Wolff 

Gunner Christian Wolff

Origin: Austria
Voiced by: Seumus Maley
Fate: Obliterated by a Cannon Blast In Chapter VII. Whether the Kraken or Seaman Ackbar is responsible is up to the Inspector.
"Right sir. Ready men. Aim. Fire!"
The Austrian gunner, assisted by his mate, Olus Wiater. He was responsible for the ship's weaponry and could be seen handing out weapons to the crewmen. He also took charge of the firing line and the gunnery crew.
  • Nice Hat: His stovepipe hat, which he's almost always seen wearing.
  • Your Head A-Splode: And half of his torso, courtesy of a point-blank cannon blast.

    15. Olus Wiater 

Gunner's Mate Olus Wiater

Origin: Poland
Voiced by: Piotr Adamczyk
Fate: Shot during a struggle over a gun with Fourth Mate Davies in Chapter IX.
"We take ship and sail east. Trade wretched fish and shells for gold."
The Polish gunner's mate. He assisted the gunner in looking after the ship's weaponry and handing out weapons to the crewmen.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Stabs Thomas Lanke repeatedly as he tries to warn the other officers about the impending mutiny, and then gets his face blown off by his own gun.
  • Nice Hat: His mariner's cap. He's never seen with it off. Potentially also serves as a Red Herring, it's easy to mistakenly believe Wiater is one of the higher ranking officers because his hat is rather similar to the officer's hats they wear.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: It is implied that he is about to finish off Lanke with a gunshot after stabbing him In the Back with a knife, but Davies stops him in time... and you can tell where this is going...
  • Your Head A-Splode: Thanks to a pistol shot that goes in through the bottom of his jaw and splatters his face all over the ceiling.

    16. Duncan McKay 

Purser Duncan McKay

Origin: Scotland
Fate: Launched out of a lifeboat and presumably drowned by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
The purser, responsible for cargo value and trade transactions. He also managed a small store for the crew.
  • Dirty Coward: Was quite likely this, as during the crab-rider attack, he hides in his office. He also attempts to flee with a small chest, presumably containing the ship's funds.
  • Never Found the Body: He was tipped out of a boat by the Kraken as he tried to escape and is never seen post-mortem.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He bands with Alexander Booth and Nathan Peters in leaving the ship after surviving the crab rider invasion... It did not end well for him.

    17. Finley Dalton 

Helmsman Finley Dalton

Origin: England
Fate: Yanked off the ship by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
The helmsman. He's usually seen by the ship's wheel.
  • All There in the Manual: Of an In-Universe sense. He's never seen actually doing his main job in any of the death scenes, so the way to identify him is purely through his appearance in the Justice at Sea sketch with a hand resting on the ship's wheel.
  • Butt-Monkey: Appears in two scenes, writhing in pain from a pole through his leg in one and getting pulled overboard by the Kraken in the other. He is portrayed with some dignity in the "Justice at Sea" sketch, but the death memory of the moment that that sketch was based on (Hok-Seng Lau's execution) doesn't even show Dalton's physical presence, as the boundary of the memory excludes his position outside the captain's quarters.
  • Never Found the Body: As mentioned above, he was in the process of being pulled off the ship in his last appearance, so he is never seen post-mortem.


    18. Edward Spratt 

Artist Edward Spratt

Origin: England
Fate: Crushed by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
The artist responsible for drawing the sketches available to the Inspector during the investigation. Only identified in his own artwork by his signature "E.S.".
  • Camping a Crapper: Edward Spratt was using the head (toilet) at the ship's bow. The Kraken promptly crushes his chest.
  • Never Found the Body: Died at the very start of the Kraken attack, and by the end of it there really wasn't enough crew left to check the rest of the ship. Only his skull and a few other bones remained by the time the Inspector got there.
  • Undignified Death: The Kraken crushes his chest as he was using the ship's head at the bow. And his pants were down.


    19. Abigail Hoscut Witterel 

Abigail Hoscut Witterel

Origin: Scotland
Voiced by: Debbie McCreadie
Fate: Crushed by falling rigging or crushed/clubbed by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
"I want my husband! Where is he?"
The captain's wife and the first mate's sister.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The face of her corpse looks in rather good shape considering she was killed by the Kraken slamming a piece of rigging into her jaw.
  • Together in Death: Her husband, overcome with grief, vows to be with her shortly before killing himself.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The ship's being attacked by a Kraken, so naturally this is the best time to go out on deck to ask for the location of your husband.

    20. Nunzio Pasqua 

Nunzio Pasqua

Origin: Italy
Voiced by: Luis Alberto Acevedo
Fate: Stabbed by Second Mate Nichols in Chapter III.
"Signor Nichols, is that you? What are you doing down here?"
An Italian passenger on board the ship. He can play the fiddle.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He is one of the easiest victims to identify, as he uses the Italian word Signor while being the only Italian on the ship.
  • Innocent Bystander: Had the unfortunate timing to come down into the cargo hold while Second Mate Nichols was in the process of attempting to steal the shell in the Formosan chest.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The only scene in which he appears is the one in which he dies.

    21. Emily Jackson 

Emily Jackson

Origin: England
Voiced by: Michelle Krusiec
Fate: Escapes to Africa in Chapter IX.
A passenger aboard the ship.
  • Action Survivor: One of four survivors that managed to escape to Morocco, Africa.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being merely a passenger, she shoots Topman Leonid Volkov dead with a musket after the latter had just murdered Steward Paul Moss and sought to keep her and the others from taking the last lifeboat.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She shot down Leonid Volkov after he killed Moss and proceeded to attack her. This cost her £35.

    22. Miss Jane Bird 

Miss Jane Bird

Origin: England
Fate: Escapes to Africa in Chapter IX.
A passenger aboard the ship.
  • Action Survivor: One of four survivors that managed to escape to Morocco, Africa.
  • Exact Words: Her name is Miss Jane Bird, implying she's not married. This is how the player can tell her apart from Emily Jackson, who wears a wedding ring and appears a good deal older.

    23. Bun-Lan Lim 

Bun-Lan Lim

Origin: Formosa
Voiced by: Yi-Chun Hsieh
Fate: Clawed by a Mermaid in Chapter IV.
"No! He has done nothing wrong!"
One of the Formosan royals aboard the ship.
  • Damsel in Distress: Second Mate Nichols is using her as a human shield when he shoots Timothy Butement.
  • Slashed Throat: She ends up getting clawed in the throat by one of the mermaids while waiting for her "Uncle Beng" to save her from them and the kidnappers. There's even blood from her neck and all over her shirt when she succumbs to her neck wound.

    24. It-Beng Sia 

It-Beng Sia

Origin: Formosa
Voiced by: Ta-Lun Shao
Fate: Immolated in chapter IV.
"If the monsters come, you must stay down!"
One of the Formosan royals aboard the ship.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Unleashes the power of the shell/Formosan treasure to incapacitate the mermaids and save Miss Lim, at the cost of burning himself to death.
  • Honorary Uncle: His ward, Miss Lim, even goes so far as to call him "Beng-suk" ("Uncle Beng"), making it possible to deduce his identity.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He knifed a mutineer and used the shell, at the cost of his life, in an attempt to save Miss Lim... yet he was found guilty of murder and it cost him £25.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Breaks himself free of his bindings and kills Steward Galligan, then opens and activate the Formosan treasure to stun the attacking mermaids, sacrificing himself in the process.
  • Self-Immolation: How he dies. The power of the shell/Formosan treasure burns his arm down to the bone. He likely was aware of the consequences of his actions, and did it out of necessity...
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Unfortunately, by the time he activates the shell, Miss Lim has already been clawed to death by the mermaids. Even worse, the only person he actually saves is Second Mate Nichols, who ends up bringing the incapacitated mermaids back to the Obra Dinn, thus sealing its fate.

    25. Chioh Tan 

Chioh Tan

Origin: Formosa
Voiced by: Yu-Fu Lin
Fate: Spiked by a Mermaid in Chapter V.
"This is your fault! The shell must be protected; we will all die!"
A guard for the Formosan royals.

    26. Hok-Seng Lau 

Hok-Seng Lau

Origin: Formosa
Fate: Executed by Firing Squad in Chapter III, Fatal shot fired by Seaman Brennan.
A guard for the Formosan royals. He was responsible for guarding the chest, stored in the cargo hold.
  • A-Team Firing: On the receiving end of this. Despite being shot at by 4 seamen during his execution, only one of them (Brennan) actually manages to hit him.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As good as he can get; Nichols, the one who frames him for murdering Pasqua resulting in his execution, ends up getting shot by Chioh Tan and having his estate fined £100.
  • Frame-Up: Was guarding the Formosan chest before being knocked out by Second Mate Nichols, who was attempting to steal the shell inside the chest. Upon being caught by Pasqua, Nichols knifes him to death and frames Lau for the murder.
  • Instant Death Bullet: During his execution, Brennan is the only seaman that actually manages to hit him. Apparently though, a single shot in the back was all it took to kill him.
  • Shot at Dawn: For the murder of Pasqua, Captain Witterel has him hung and executed by firing squad. His execution is actually what is depicted in the Justice at Sea sketch.


    27. Zungi Sathi 

Ship's Steward Zungi Sathi

Origin: India
Fate: Accidentally shot By Bosun's Mate Miner in Chapter VI.
The ship's steward. He does general duties for the comfort of the crew aboard the ship.
  • Determinator: After getting speared, he managed to drag himself almost all the way to the armory, presumably to get a gun and help fighting the crab riders.
  • Guide Dang It!: He's one of the handful of crew that have to be identified by process of elimination alone, as there are no other real clues to his identity. On top of this, his cause of death is also tricky to figure out, with the most obvious cause being a Red Herring.
  • Hope Spot: In-Universe only. Managed to survive getting speared by the crab riders and crawl to safety, only to be killed by a stray shot.
  • In the Back: He takes a spike to the back, though it doesn't kill him and he's able to pull it out while he crawls to safety.
  • Never Found the Body: After getting spiked by one of the crab riders, he crawled past several other crewmembers to the portwalk, where he was killed by a stray bullet, and the rapidly declining number of crewmembers never went back there to check.
  • Red Herring: It's easy to mark him down as getting spiked by crabs, just like most of the other crew in the chapter in which he dies. He was actually shot by friendly fire, a detail that can be easily missed, especially since you can barely see the other side of the wall through a peep hole.

    28. Fillip Dahl 

Captain's Steward Fillip Dahl

Origin: Sweden
Voiced by: Martin Halland
Fate: Immolated in Chapter VIII.
"Those ungodly beasts carry a curse! Throw them back or doom us all!"
The Captain's steward.
  • Cassandra Truth: He was convinced that the mermaids are cursed after watching a mermaid fatally strike Sefton and Wasim falling a flight of stairs to his death. He tries to warn the Captain, but he gets locked into the lazarette along with the mermaids.
  • Never Found the Body: Lay dead in the inaccessible lazarette for the duration of the Inspector's investigation and was only found through use of Evans' monkey.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Including his death scene, he is only present during four scenes - in one of which he just cut off John Naples' leg, which will give the inspector (and player) access to the 10 parts of chapters IV and V, revealing a) the fate of 13 (as in, a fifth of the) crewmembers and passengers and b) why apparently every single Sea Monster in the area suddenly decided to attack the Obra Dinn. And after he's locked up in the lazarette he takes the shell out of the Formosan chest; this kills him, but also enables Paul Moss later to hand it over to the last remaining mermaid, finalizing the deal it made with Third Mate Martin Perrott: to return the Obra Dinn back home, where the inspector would investigate it years later. Basically, none of the events in present day - read: the entire game - would have happened if not for his last action.
  • You Fool!: He screams the Swedish version of "You fools!" ("Ere dårar!") as he dragged away for attacking John Naples.

    29. Paul Moss 

First Mate's Steward Paul Moss

Origin: Wales
Voiced by: Michael Drew
Fate: Stabbed by Topman Volkov in Chapter IX.
"A third shell! Captain didn't toss them all!"
William Hoscut's steward. Interestingly, he never appears alongside him.

    30. Samuel Galligan 

Second Mate's Steward Samuel Galligan

Origin: Ireland
Voiced by: Joshua Nicholson
Fate: Stabbed by It-Beng Sia in Chapter IV.
"Nichols, sir! Shoot them, for God's sake!"
Edward Nichols' steward.
  • The Dragon: To Nichols, being his steward and co-conspirator in his desertion/mutiny.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He asks O'Hagan if he's okay, despite the fact that O'Hagan got a spear through his neck.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Keeps his cool when fighting back against the mermaids when they attack the deserters and Formosan hostages, commanding the other crewmen and yelling at his boss to actually use his gun and shoot them (while Nichols is cowering uselessly in his lifeboat, despite having a gun in hand).
  • Never Found the Body: To the crew of the Obra Dinn at the time, as (presumably) Nichols dumped his body into the sea prior to hauling in the mermaids.
  • Slashed Throat: Worth noting that it isn't the mermaids that kill him; it's It-Beng Sia, who manages to break free of his bindings using a mermaid's spear, grab a knife from the bottom of the boat, and use the knife to give Galligan an Impromptu Tracheotomy.

    31. Roderick Andersen 

Third Mate's Steward Roderick Andersen

Origin: England
Voiced by: Callan McAuliffe
Fate: Crushed by a Loose Cannon in Chapter VII.
"Sir! Loose cannon!"
Martin Perrott's steward.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His last words are warning Perrott of the loose cannon that kills him, so presumably he gave his life to protect his master.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The player barely knows anything about Roderick Andersen other than he was Perrott's steward. He then gets crushed by a loose cannon.

    32. Davey James 

Fourth Mate's Steward Davey James

Origin: England
Fate: Escapes to Africa in Chapter IX.
John Davies's steward. He seems to be very close to his master.
  • Action Survivor: One of four survivors that managed to escape to Morocco, Africa.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: It seems that he is the youngest steward, if not the youngest sailor, onboard the ship, as Moss addresses him as boy. He is also seen covering his ears and looking away from the execution of Hok-Seng Lau.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and his master, John Davies, seem to be very close. The two are rarely seen apart and Davies protected him when the crab riders attacked.
  • Unfortunate Names: Davey James' name sounds uncomfortably close to Davy Jones, a name you would not want to hear on a doomed ship. May also count as a Red Herring.


    33. Peter Milroy 

Peter Milroy

Origin: England
Voiced by: Callan McAuliffe
Fate: Caught in an explosion of black powder in Chapter VII
"Never been on a farm, Charlie?"
One of the midshipmen aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Is on the receiving end of being the Gwen Stacy when he tried to throw the gunpowder at the kraken on Thomas' orders while holding onto a rope, but the storm wind caused the powder to blow up in his face, killing him instantly.
  • True Companions: Frequently seen alongside his fellow midshipmen, Hershtik and Lanke. Especially Lanke.

    34. Thomas Lanke 

Thomas Lanke

Origin: England
Voiced by: Callan McAuliffe
Fate: Stabbed by Gunner's Mate Wiater in Chapter IX.
"Tell Pete's mother, I... I tried my best... to pull him back... to save him."
A midshipman aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Tried to save Peter from being strangled by the Kraken by tossing a rope at him to grab onto and ordering him to throw the gunpowder at the beast. Unfortunately, the strong storm wind caused the powder to blow up in Peter's face, killing him instantly. You can tell by the look on Thomas' face that he was feeling the guilt for Peter's death from which he might never recover.
  • In the Back: Dies from multiple backstab wounds by Gunner's Mate Wiater, in retaliation for attempting to report his mutiny.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: He begs Hoscut to not leave him to die.
  • True Companions: Frequently seen alongside his fellow midshipmen, Hershtik and Milroy. Especially Milroy.

    35. Charles Hershtik 

Charles Hershtik

Origin: England
Fate: Immolated in Chapter VI.
One of the midshipmen aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • Man on Fire: Sets a crab rider on fire with a lantern, but he burns to death along with it.
  • Taking You with Me: Burns to death along with the crab rider.
  • True Companions: Frequently seen alongside his fellow midshipmen, Lanke and Milroy.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: He was assisting O'Farrell slaughter a cow. Shortly after O'Farrell slits the cow's throat, he throws up. The Inspector hears him vomiting and can see the aftermath.


    36. Omid Gul 

Omid Gul

Origin: Persia
Fate: Falls overboard in Chapter VII.
A Persian topman.
  • Cool Hat: Wears a turban. While not as much of a give-away as Maba's tattoos, as the only Persian onboard, it's as much of a hint as his scimitar.
  • Cool Sword: He owns a scimitar and can be seen wielding it.
  • Never Found the Body: He's seen falling overboard in one scene and is never seen post-mortem.

    37. Timothy Butement 

Timothy Butement

Origin: Scotland
Voiced by: James McCreadie
Fate: Shot by Second Mate Nichols in Chapter III.
"Give it up!"
A Scottish topman who faced the mutineers as they attempted to escape.
  • Distinguishing Mark: Has a large tattoo of a woman on his right forearm.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Averted. In the first part of The Escape, First Mate Hoscut storms out of his cabin with a serious "there-is-a-dead-man-hanging-by-my-window" expression on his face. In the next part, Walker can be seen climbing over the side of the ship with Captain Witterel standing near him. It shows that they were about to salvage Butement's body... at least until Volkov attacked Dr. Evans and his party.
  • Foreshadowing: The rope tying his leg to the rigging can be seen from the moment the ship is boarded.

    38. Huang Li 

Huang Li

Origin: China
Voiced by: Jhe-Jia Lin
Fate: Struck by Lightning in Chapter VI.
"He talk about a shell. Very dangerous."
A Chinese topman.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: He talks in this way when he voices confusion about some shell but leaves out the blame on the captain.
  • High-Voltage Death: Has the dubious honor of being struck by lightning, thus meaning he is the only one that is a vaild choice for the death by electrocution fate.
  • Tactful Translation: He leaves out the part when Chioh Tan blames the captain while the mermaids are taken onboard.

    39. Jie Zhang 

Jie Zhang

Origin: China
Fate: Decapitated by a Giant Crab in Chapter VI.
A Chinese topman.

    40. Li Hong 

Li Hong

Origin: China
Voiced by: Stephen Fu
Fate: Speared by a Mermaid in Chapter IV.
"They say strange things! About monsters!"
A Chinese topman. He was one of Edward Nichols's mutineers.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: He talks like this when he voices confusion about the coming mermaids before one of them gores him to death.
  • Never Found the Body: To the crew of the Obra Dinn at the time, as (presumably) Nichols dumped his body into the sea prior to hauling in the mermaids.
  • Translation with an Agenda: As one of the Second Mate's mutineers, it's likely that Hok-Seng Lau's 'confession' was an intentional mistranslation by this crewman.

    41. Wei Lee 

Wei Lee

Origin: China
Fate: Yanked off the ship (and presumably drowned) in Chapter VII.
A Chinese topman.
  • Never Found the Body: In his last appearance he's seen scaling the rigging with a Kraken tentacle beginning to wrap around him, but he's never seen post-mortem.

    42. Nicholas Botterill 

Nicholas Botterill

Origin: England
Fate: Speared by a Crab Rider in Chapter VI.
One of the ship's topmen.

    43. Maba 


Origin: New Guinea
Fate: Torn in half by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
A New Guinean topman notable for his body tattoos.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The Kraken rips him in half.
  • Only One Name: His name is just Maba.
  • Red Herring: The Bosun is told his French mate was torn to pieces by the Kraken just a couple scenes after the one in which you witness Maba being torn to pieces by the Kraken. It's thus extremely easy to mistake Maba for the French Bosun's mate.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: Cultural, and in a gameplay sense too. His face in the sketch is unblurred after his first appearance in a memory, meaning his identity can be deduced from the presence of his body tattoos alone (given the time period and how there is only one New Guinean on board the ship).

    44. Lewis Walker 

Lewis Walker

Origin: England
Fate: Clubbed in the head by Captain Witterel in Chapter X.
A topman aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • In the Back: He drops down from the upper deck into the Captain's quarters to get the jump on him and stabs him in the back.
  • Mauve Shirt: He survives all the way up to being the last crewman aboard the ship besides the Captain.

    45. Leonid Volkov 

Leonid Volkov

Origin: Russia
Voiced by: Brent Mukai (English), Vadim Proskryakov (Russian)
Fate: Shot by Emily Jackson in Chapter IX.
"Oy! You'll not take the last boat!"
A Russian topman aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • Early-Bird Cameo/Foreshadowing: In Part 4 of Chapter IX, you can hear his battle scream from outside followed by a faint gunshot even before you knew who he was, at the same time that Thomas was spotted by Olus Wiater. This indicates what happens in the previous part.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kills Paul Moss in a rage and then gets shot dead when he attempts to do the same to the passengers of the last boat.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name, Volkov, is derived from "volk", which is the Russian word for "wolf". And you can tell that this wolf is going wild. Similarly, his first name, Leonid, is a Russian term for "lion-like", meaning that he has pride and is on the prowl, like a lion. Also falls under Animal Theme Naming.


    46. Alarcus Nikishin 

Alarcus Nikishin

Origin: Russia
Fate: Dragged overboard by a Mermaid in Chapter IV.
A Russian seaman. He was one of Nichols's mutineers.
  • Never Found the Body: He's seen being pulled overboard by the mermaids but doesn't appear post-mortem.

    47. Aleksei Toporov 

Aleksei Toporov

Origin: Russia
Voiced by: Nikita Ordynskiy
Fate: Dragged overboard by a Mermaid in Chapter IV.
"Stop your cheating."
A Russian seaman. He was one of the gunmen in the firing line and one of Nichols's mutineers.
  • A-Team Firing: He missed his shot on Hok-Seng Lau. Although he was posthumously fined for other crimes along with O'Hagan, at the very least he was not labeled as a murderer like Brennan.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Often carries his trademark tobacco pipe, which he smokes on one rare occasion (see Smoking Is Cool below).
  • Smoking Is Cool: In fact, the only way he can be IDed is by the leather tobacco sack hanging by the hammock behind him that matches his ID number on the crew manifest, and when he does smoke with his trademark Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe on one rare occasion.
  • Never Found the Body: He's seen being pulled overboard by the mermaids but doesn't appear post-mortem.

    48. Nathan Peters 

Nathan Peters

Origin: England
Voiced by: Finnigan Morris
Fate: Launched out of a lifeboat by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
"Thought I'd forget? You killed my brother."
A seaman and brother of Samuel Peters.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Attacks the second crab rider from between the stairs in the cargo hold.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kills Lars Linde for something that was not really his fault, then gets drowned by the Kraken as he attempts to escape.
  • Never Found the Body: He was tipped out of a boat by the Kraken as he tried to escape and is never seen post-mortem.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Judging from Linde's confused reaction, Nathan never let it on that he blamed him for his brother's death. Only when he's faced with Linde in the middle of the night and they're attempting to flee the ship — after bunking next to each other for the entire journey — does he snap and kill him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Murders Linde in revenge for allegedly causing his brother's death, despite both Linde and Alexander Booth claiming it was an accident.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bands with Alexander Booth and Duncan McKay in leaving the ship after surviving the crab rider invasion... it does not end well for him.
  • You Killed My Father: Accuses Linde of killing his brother, Samuel Peters, before clubbing him in the head.

    49. Lars Linde 

Lars Linde

Origin: Denmark
Voiced by: Michel Van Steenwijk
Fate: Clubbed in the head by Seaman Nathan Peters in Chapter VII.
"What? That was an accident! The ropes!"
A Danish seaman.
  • Accidental Murder: Accused of this by Nathan Peters, who doesn't seem to buy into the "accidental" part. The insurance company, for their part, doesn't consider Samuel Peters' death to be a murder.
  • Innocent Bystander: And, in fact, unsuccessfully attempted to warn either the bosun's mate or Samuel Peters about the imminently falling cargo in the first chapter.
  • Poirot Speak: When the crab riders attack the ship, a panicked Linde briefly slips into his native Danish and screams "En dæmon!" ("A demon!") at the sight.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted to flee the ship with Alexander Booth, Duncan McKay and Nathan Peters, but Peters took exception.

    50. John Naples 

John Naples

Origin: Wales
Voiced by: Ian Russell
Fate: Loses his foot to a Sword slash courtesy of Steward Dahl in Chapter V, passing away shortly afterward.
"Careful now, take it slow."
A Welsh seaman. He was one of the gunmen in the firing line.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses his leg when Fillip Dahl attacks him—given that his leg gets lopped off near the lazarette, it can be presumed he was guarding the area at the time.
  • A-Team Firing: Missed his shot on Hok-Seng Lau. And for good reason: since he was not labelled as a murderer, he is the only one who is posthumously rewarded for his valiant efforts.

    51. Renfred Rajub 

Renfred Rajub

Origin: India
Fate: Succumbs to an illness in Chapter II.
An Indian seaman.

    52. Abraham Akbar 

Abraham Akbar

Origin: India
Fate: Crushed between a cannon and one of the Kraken's tentacles in Chapter VII
An Indian seaman.
  • Alliterative Name: As with all of the Indian seamen.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: He was the one who lit the cannon that would kill Wolff and Shirley. If the Inspector states that the Kraken was responsible for their deaths, the insurance assessment will praise him for exceptional performance of duties and reward his estate...
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: ...however, should the Inspector conclude that Akbar is to blame, his estate will be fined instead. Both choices allow you to reach the Golden Ending.

    53. William Wasim 

William Wasim

Origin: India
Voiced by: Kiran Patil
Fate: Breaks his Neck in an accident in Chapter V.
"Syed? Syed, get up! Drink something!"
An Indian seaman.
  • Alliterative Name: As with all of the Indian seamen.
  • Death by Falling Over: He fell down a flight of stairs and hit a barrel head-first.
  • Please Wake Up: Tried getting his dying partner Syed to wake up, to no avail.
  • Staircase Tumble: He was one of the crewmen carrying the mermaid that struck Sefton. The attack caused him to lose balance and fall down a flight of stairs to his death.

    54. Soloman Syed 

Soloman Syed

Origin: India
Fate: Succumbs to an illness in Chapter II.
An Indian seaman.

    55. Hamadou Diom 

Hamadou Diom

Origin: Sierra Leona
Fate: Spiked by a Mermaid in Chapter V.
A Sierra Leonean seaman.
  • The Big Guy: Noticeably larger than most other crewmembers... not that it saves him from a spike in the heart.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He takes a mermaid-fired spike to the chest after it passes straight through Chioh Tan.

    56. Henry Brennan 

Henry Brennan

Origin: England
Voiced by: Nick Smith
Fate: Knifed across the throat by Captain Witterel in Chapter X.
"What's all this, you damn fool?"
A seaman who served as a gunman in the firing line.
  • A-Team Firing: Averted. Unlike the other gunmen, Brennan was the only one who hit Hok-Seng Lau.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being a lowly seaman, Brennan is very active throughout the entire voyage, racks up an impressive body count of humans and monsters alike, and is one of the last members to die.
  • Mauve Shirt: He is a seaman who managed to be one of the last crewmen to die.
  • Slashed Throat: He gets his throat cut after attacking the Captain.

    57. Alexander Booth 

Alexander Booth

Origin: England
Voiced by: Duncan Lawrence
Fate: Launched out of a Lifeboat by the Kraken in Chapter VII.
"There's no cause for trouble, boys. Get in the boat."
A seaman aboard the Obra Dinn.
  • Never Found the Body: He was tipped out of a boat by the Kraken as he tried to escape and is never seen post-mortem.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He bands together with Duncan McKay and Nathan Peters in leaving the Obra Dinn after surviving the crab rider invasion... it does not end well for him.

    58. Patrick O'Hagan 

Patrick O'Hagan

Origin: Ireland
Voiced by: Ian Russell
Fate: Speared by a Mermaid in Chapter IV.
"Load 'er up! We best push off!"
An Irish seaman and one of the gunmen in the firing line. He was also one of Nichols's mutineers.
  • A-Team Firing: Missed his shot on Hok-Seng Lau. Although he was posthumously fined for other crimes along with Toporov, at the very least he was not labelled as a murderer like Brennan.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: A mermaid throws a spear at him and hits him in the neck.
  • Never Found the Body: To the crew of the Obra Dinn at the time, as Nichols dumped his body into the sea prior to hauling in the mermaids.

    59. George Shirley 

George Shirley

Origin: England
Fate: Disintegrated by a Cannon Blast in Chapter VII. Whether the Kraken or Seaman Akbar is responsible is up to the Inspector.
A seaman who spent most of his time with the Chinese topmen.
  • No Body Left Behind: He and Gunner Christian Wolff are both killed in the same cannon blast (as the game automatically includes both their deaths in the same memory). However, while part of Wolff's body was still left behind and detected by the Memento Mortem, Shirley's body is nowhere in sight. However, there was a scream that fades out followed by the cannon blast. Given that Wolff's head was blown out by the cannon, it is probable that Shirley might have been pulled out of the porthole, as indicated by the Kraken's tentacle reaching out for him in the previous diorama where Akbar was crushed trying to put out the fuse and save him and Wolff from the gruesome fate.

    60. Samuel Peters 

Samuel Peters

Origin: England
Fate: Crushed by Falling Cargo in Chapter I.
A seaman and brother of Nathan Peters.
  • Accidental Murder: On the receiving end of this from fellow seaman Linde. Not that his brother Nathan cares enough to forgive Linde for.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's the very first death in the game and actually died before the ship left English waters.


    Boat Puller 

Boat Puller

Voiced by: James McCreadie
An unidentified man under the direction of a 'company man' from the East India Company to ferry the Inspector to and from the Obra Dinn.
  • Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: Sort of. Once the Inspector has unlocked and viewed all accessible memories on the ship, the boatman will warn of an impending storm and urge the Inspector to finish quickly so they may depart. This is merely a progress indicator; there is no real-time limit and the player is free to take as much time as needed to complete the catalogue before leaving.

    Terrible Beasts 

Terrible Beasts

The Obra Dinn encountered a number of strange beasts on its ill-fated voyage, counting three mermaids, two demon crab-riders and a Kraken.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: In one scene a crab-rider is looking backwards despite its feet still pointing forwards. We don't get a good look at what it is under its seaweed cloak but the effect is eerie.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The mermaids have one regular hand, another with spike-like claws, which they use to kill some of the crew, including Miss Lim.
  • Anti-Villain: Ultimately, all the creatures are trying to do are save their comrades (the imprisoned mermaids) and get their shell back. Once they have the shell they don't appear to do anything nefarious with it, and even follow their word in bringing the Obra Dinn to her destination.
  • Blade on a Stick: The mermaids and crab-riders all wield long, sharp, and serrated sticks that essentially function as spears, which they use to inflict a number of casualties upon the crew.
  • Enemy Summoner: At least one of the mermaids has the power to command the Kraken, as she makes the Kraken leave on the captain's orders once he has killed the other two and is ready to kill her. It's possible they summoned the crab riders as well.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The mermaids, most evident in the scene where they emerge from the chest up to attack the lifeboats Nichols stole.
  • Giant Squid: The Kraken, obviously.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Two of them, being ridden by seaweed-covered creatures with glowing eyes.
  • Javelin Thrower: The mermaids also throw their spears to inflict many initial casualties upon Nichols's deserters.
  • No Name Given:
    • The catalogue generalizes all the creatures as "terrible beasts", and never states exactly what any of them are.
    • The mermaids and crab-riders are never actually named as such in-game or even In-Universe; those are simply names given by the playerbase based on their appearance. Played With in regards to the Kraken; it is referred to as a "squid" and "Kraken" by the crew, but only its tentacles are ever shown. What it is exactly is never confirmed in-game.
  • Original Generation: The crab-riders are the only beasts not based on pre-existing creatures of oceanic folklore.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Carrying large, serrated spears, endowed with a clawed hand, spikes, and four breasts.
  • Power Pincers: The crabs use these to great effect, brutally decapitating some of the crewmen.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: It is heavily implied the crab-riders and Kraken are assaulting the Obra Dinn in order to save the captive mermaids, held in the lazarette.
  • Sea Monster: Obviously.
  • Spike Shooter: Both the mermaids and the crabs are capable of shooting spikes, which inflict Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a number of crewmen.
  • Weather Manipulation: Implied, if not directly confirmed. The crab-riders appear when a lightning bolt suddenly kills one of the topmen, and the storm immediately disappears when the Kraken leaves.



An unknown stowaway who snuck onto the ship while hiding inside a barrel, only to die inside a barrel when it falls over.
  • Death by Falling Over: Dies inside a barrel when it falls over.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Is never actually seen. The body is sealed inside a barrel that is never opened.
  • Never Found the Body: Went completely unnoticed during the entire voyage.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Even moreso than Samuel Peters; the stowaway dies in the chronologically first flashback of the game without uttering a single line and without anyone except, eventually, the player character ever knowing.



Voiced by: Jo Ashe
A housemaid who works for the Inspector, as in the epilogue.


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