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The list of characters in the Blackwell Series.

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     Rosangela "Rosa" Blackwell 

Rosangela "Rosa" Blackwell

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"Better than writing book reviews."
Voiced by: Rebecca Whittaker, Sande Chennote 
Appears in: Legacy | Convergence | Deception | Epiphany
"No need to thank us. It's what we do."

The series protagonist and player character. Rosa discovers she's the 3rd and latest spirit medium in the Blackwell family to be bound to the "Blackwell legacy" and spirit guide, Joey Mallone.


  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Gavin. She gets better.
  • The Cameo: She appears in Paddy O'Hare's Bar in Dave Gilbert's The Shivah: Kosher Edition, having an animated conversation with Joey. Of course, as the game is played from the perspective of rabbi Stone, she just appears to be talking to herself.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: A possible option during the art gallery opening in Convergence. Even in further titles she admits to being a lightweight and avoid drinks any alcohol should the player examine them.
  • Character Development: In the first game, Rosa suffers from intense social anxiety to the point where she hasn't spoken to any of her neighbors in five years at the same building, something Joey. teases her about constantly. She also finds it difficult to make small talk or be in front of crowds, and she has a tendency to be defensive or snappish in conversation. It's likely a combination of childhood trauma and her foster home upbringing, plus whatever hereditary components might be involved. Over the course of the series she begins to push past this, not letting it stop her from interrogating dozens of complete strangers on the most bizarre topics, doing a thankless job that no living person is even aware she's doing.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Rosa's black overcoat and pants in Epiphany not only gives her darkest ensemble in the series, but it marks her growth as accepting and confident of her calling as a medium.
  • Famous Last Words: "No, Joey. You won't." This is said after Joey promises to never end up like Madeline.
  • The Heart: While Joey is more prone to strong-arm tactics, she tends to rely on her natural empathy in dealing with ghosts.
    • This additionally sets her apart from her predecessors; Patricia outright rejected her powers and Lauren was so embittered to hers she became numb.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Joey who could be her grandpa if he wasn't dead.
  • I See Dead People: Rosa comes from a long line of mediums and is able to communicate and interact with ghosts.
  • The Hero Dies: Rosa, the main character through most of the series, dies at the end of Epiphany.
  • Justice Will Prevail: Rosa always expresses some degree of sympathy for every ghost she and Joey meet, due to the often quite sad circumstances of their deaths, and is driven to right or, seeing as she is dealing with the death after all, at least try to mend the wrongs they have suffered and bring them some sort of justice and comfort. Madeline notices that her attitude makes her quite different from Lauren, who approached the life as a medium as more of a reluctant Punch-Clock Hero.
  • Legacy Character: Of a sort. She's the 3rd Blackwell to be a spirit medium.
  • Must Have Caffeine: By Epiphany, Rosa is never not seen without a cup of coffee, as a means to keep herself awake during her nightly runs on the job. She even admits drinking four cups a night, at least.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Post-possession, the universe flows into her head and drives her insane.
  • Occult Detective: Rosa officially becomes a "spiritual consultant" at the end of Convergence.
  • Parental Abandonment: Lost both parents at a young age and was raised by her aunt before she fell victim to mental illness. Before adulthood, she bounced from one foster home to the next.
  • Pungeon Master: Sometimes Rosa likes to drop some simple puns. Too bad Joey doesn't enjoy them.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Joey.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: In the beginning of the series, Rosa was the definition of introversion. She gets better through each installment, but it's clear she's still timid and can get mentally exhausted through many social excursions.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Educated and bookish, natch.
  • Technically a Smile: Has a habit of flashing a sheepish grin whenever she says something silly. This does nothing to reassure the person she's talking to.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Joey might snark at eachother all the time, but they are as close as family.
  • Voice of the Legion: When she channels the Universe post-possession.
     Joseph "Joey" Mallone 

Joseph "Joey" Mallone

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"Hello, bright eyes."
Voiced by: Abe Goldfarb
Appears in: Legacy | Unbound | Convergence | Deception | Epiphany
Rosa: "This is Joey. He's kind of my... assistant.
Joey: An assistant? Really?
A ghost who serves as the spirit guide to mediums in the Blackwell family, having been bound to both Patricia and Lauren before moving on to Rosa.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: He somehow turned his tie into a mental projection of his link to his host without realizing it.
  • Almighty Janitor: In life, he was a simple tailor. In death, he ends up saving the world.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Even though he is pretty obvious about his interests when it comes to women, it seems like he was in love with Danny Marconi. His reaction to meeting him in Deception and reluctance about sharing any information is very telling. He also laments Danny's family life, saying that they could have had so much more. The game doubles down on this in Epiphany, where it is revealed he died taking the bullet for him. Madeline's dialogue choices to make him remember this all sound as though she was trying to make him admit to his true feelings with lines like "we will understand" and "you will feel better after saying it". It makes a lot of sense that he would hide it considering the decade he was born in.
  • And I Must Scream: Let's just say there's more fun things that could've happened to a ghost than being bound to a sedated host for 25 years.
  • Back from the Dead / Become a Real Boy: Rosa's final act in Epiphany gives him a new body and a second chance at life.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After being brought back to life, he can no longer see ghosts.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Joey is always willing to put on the charm, flirts with nearly every female ghost, constantly calls Rosangela "sweetheart", and is supremely annoyed that when he goes into a women's locker room it's currently empty. But he's always respectful when it really matters, and the one time he's propositioned he turns her down because she's unsure if she really wants to.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on dead.
  • Fish out of Water: He's a '30's New Yorker and spent several decades stuck in a hospital with Patricia and Lauren, so he's obviously a bit out of touch with the modern world.
  • Grin of Audacity: Quite fond of them. Just look at his portrait.
  • Handsome Lech: He has his moments. Like with Monique, whom he quickly takes a shine to, to the point where he tells Rosa that she is clearly highly suspicious and they should pay more visits to her office so he can have time to study her closely.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Died saving Danny Marconi.
  • Hopeless with Tech: He has no idea about technology created after his death, which makes for many amusing moments.
    Joey: A modern gizmo. Probably some kind of phone. It usually is.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: It apparently took him a while to figure out the whole ghost business, having nobody to tell him the how's and why's.
  • Intangible Man: Duh. This helps out a lot during investigations as he can go anywhere his partner can't.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Rosa who could be his granddaughter.
  • Invisible to Normals / Invisible to Adults: Like any ghost, he can only be seen by mediums, animals, and small children. Several times he uses this to his advantage.
  • Iron Woobie: Despite having suffered no small amount of hardships, he rarely ever seems bothered by it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may talk big, but he genuinely cares for the people around him.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: How did he become a guide? It was a total coincidence. It all started back in 1931, when Joselyn banished her guide into the void, in attempt to abandon her duty as a medium. As someone must continue the ghost sending, it's decided that Joey, the latest spirit they saved, is to be their replacement, and so he was involuntarily brought back to the world and stuck to Blackwell family since. Joey learns this revelation from Madeline, Joselyn's guide, told with a dose of sarcasm, which he doesn't take too well.
  • Monochrome Apparition: He shows up in a subdued color scheme.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Joey struggles to put up with Rosangela's lame jokes, alternating between this and Sarcasm Failure.
    Joey: "Ryan + June". I wonder who June could be.
    Rosa: Maybe Ryan really likes summer?
    Joey: No. Just... no.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • "Spooks" for ghosts in general.
    • "Red" for Rosa.
    • "Pattycake" for Patricia.
  • Nice Hat: The hat he died in and wears until the series finale.
  • Posthumous Character: Goes with being introduced as a ghost.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Rosa.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Only natural when you're a successful tailor.
  • Spirit Advisor: He's the Blackwell spirit guide.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Rosa and him might snark at eachother all the time, but they are as close as family.
  • Walking Techbane: His presence disrupts wireless signals.

     Lauren Blackwell 

Lauren Blackwell

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I don't feel much of anything these days."
Voiced by: Dani Marco
Appears in: Unbound | Epiphany
"Infinity. I've been told it's beautiful, but I don't think it's anything special."

Rosangela's aunt and Patricia's daughter. The protagonist of Unbound, she was Rosa's predecessor as spirit medium. Went insane after ignoring her duty.


  • Aloof Big Sister: She is idolized by her brother, but after she becomes a medium she becomes cold and distanced herself from him.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: It's easy to count on one hand for a scene she doesn't smoking for. It's even her idle animation.
  • The Cynic: Lauren's time as a medium left her with a bleak, world-weary outlook on life, and rarely showed happiness until she reconnected with her family.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lauren was definitely this, especially if her patience is wearing thin.
  • Emotionless Girl: During her times as a medium, she definitely had this demeanor, particularly her monotone voice and deadpan disposition.
  • Fiery Redhead: A downplayed example; she's a redhead yet very terse and only gets emotional whenever she's on her last nerves.
  • I See Dead People: Like her niece, she's a medium.
  • Oblivious to Love: Lauren does not at all recognize that Joey is in love with her (a fact which is confirmed by Word of God).
  • Oral Fixation: Lauren is a hardcore chain-smoker to the point where she does not only have an ashtray in every room, but also for all of her everyday activities that require two hands. She's also often in denial about her habit, claiming that the cigarette she's currently on is her "last one of the night". There's an achievement for smoking less than twenty cigarettes in a playthrough, which is much harder than it sounds, and conversely an achievement for smoking 100 cigarettes.
  • Posthumous Character: The spreading of her ashes in the very beginning of Legacy kickoffs the series, after all.
  • The Stoic: Lauren was an unflappable woman during her youth, with very little events able to truly shock her.

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The Blackwell Family

     Patricia "Pattycake" Blackwell 

Patricia "Pattycake" Blackwell

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"Everything is F-I-N-E."
"You know me. Just being a mom. Somebody has to."
Grandmother to Rosa and mother to Lauren. She was the first Blackwell medium, but shirked her duty and went insane because of it.


     Jack "Jacko" Blackwell 

Jack "Jacko" Blackwell

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"Let me be there for you now."
Voiced by: Dave Gilbert
Appears in: Unbound (voice only)
"I'm not 14 years old anymore. But we are still FAMILY and that's important."
Rosa's father and Lauren's younger brother. He died in a car accident.


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Ghosts

     In General 
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"What would Blackwell be without a few ghosts?"
"Their death was too traumatic, or too violent, or too emotional, that their little spirit minds snapped. So we need to do whatever we can to bring them back to themselves."
The ghosts in Blackwell are the souls of the people who weren't able to peacefully move on. They need the help of a medium to do so.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Most ghosts don't remember how they died and what lead up to it.
  • Monochrome Apparition: Most ghosts have a single color they appear in. The only exception are the ghosts introduced in Convergence.
    • Joey Mallone - blue
    • Alli Montego - pink
    • The Deacon - dark green
    • Isaac Brown - yellow
    • Mavis Wilcox - navy
    • Ryan Jacobs - purple
    • Jeremy Sams - orange
    • Jamie Graham - light green
    • Tiffany Walters - pink
    • Lisa Tenzin - lavender
    • Gavin - blue
  • Posthumous Character: Most of the ghosts are introduced as already dead and the plot involves uncovering the details of their lives.
  • Unfinished Business: A few ghosts need to finish something they were doing when they were still alive to move on.
     Alli Montego 

Alli Montego

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"The Future Miss America"
Voiced by: Chen-Young Hsu
Appears in: Legacy
"Alli Montego of story and song she kisses the boys, but not for long."

A ghost haunting the Washington Square Dog Park. She used to be a college student, until she and her friends summoned a spirit with a Ouija board and it drove them all to attempting suicide.


     The Deacon 

The Deacon

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Voiced by: John Swist
Appears in: Legacy
"I spent most of my life as a drunk, and most of my death as a murderer."

A ghost who refuses to move on because of his crippling fear of going to hell. He was summoned by JoAnne, Susan and Allie.


  • The Alcoholic: He continues to mime drinking even after he died.
     Isaac Brown 

Isaac Brown

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"Get off the stage!"
Voiced by: Daryl Lathon
Appears in: Unbound
"THAT's how we treat your kind at Johnny Ivory's!"

     Mavis Wilcox 

Mavis Wilcox

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Appears in: Unbound

     Madeline 

Madeline

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Appears in: Convergence | Deception | Epiphany

An ancient spirit who appears to Rosa in her dreams.


     Allen Reiken 

Allen Reiken

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Appears in: Unbound

     Frank Lyons 

Frank Lyons

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Appears in: Unbound
"I knew you'd come."

     Joe Gould 

Joe Gould

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     Ryan Jacobs 

Ryan

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Appears in: Deception

     Jeremy Sams 

Jeremy Sams

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"I'm a little ill."
Voiced by:
Appears in: Deception

     Jamie Graham 

Jamie Graham

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Appears in: Deception

     Tiffany Walters 

Tiffany Walters

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Appears in: Deception

Humans

     Jocelyn "The Countess" Contis 

Jocelyn "The Countess" Contis

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     Nishanthi Sharma 

Nishanthi Sharma

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"Strange lady."
Voiced by: Ruth Weber
Appears in: Legacy | Convergence
"I know we New Yorkers don't usually talk to our neighbors, but who cares?"

Rosa's kind next-door neighbor, an older woman of Indian descent who lives together with her pet Boston Terrier, Moti.


  • Nice Guy: Easily one of the kindest and most understanding people in Rosa's life.
  • Put on a Bus: She doesn't appear after Convergence, because the developer couldn't fit her into the plot. She sends Rosa an email explaining she's on vacation.

     Susan Lee 

Susan Lee

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"The Future Mrs Davenport"
Voiced by: Jennifer Estaris
Appears in: Legacy | Deception
"Little Lady Lee, always neat and fair
Won't say much, but you'll know she is there"
— Alli Montego

One of Alli's friends who summoned the Deacon. She attempted suicide by throwing herself under a taxi. Susan is the only one of her friend group who survived.


  • Bungled Suicide: She attempted to kill herself by throwing herself onto the road.
  • Driven to Suicide: She couldn't stand The Deacon showing up in her dreams and attempted suicide.
  • Mrs. Hypothetical: "The Future Mrs Davenport" is written on her photo. It refers to her boyfriend - Alexander Davenport. He abandons her after she attempts suicide.

     JoAnn 

JoAnn

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"The Future Mayor of NYC"
"Beware JoAnn when her plan's unfurled. For she intends to take over the world."
— Alli Montego

One of Alli's friends who summoned the Deacon. She commited suicide by jumping off the roof. Rosangela wrote her last article in the Village Eye on this event.


  • Driven to Suicide: She couldn't stand The Deacon showing up in her dreams and attempted suicide.

     Cecil "C" Sharpe 

Cecil "C" Sharpe

Voiced by: Daryl Lathon
Appears in: Unbound
"You got it, sister."

One of Alli's friends who summoned the Deacon. She commited suicide by jumping off the roof. Rosangela wrote her last article in the Village Eye on this event.


     Sam Durkin 

Detective Sam Durkin

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Voiced by: Francisco Gonzalez
Appears in: Unbound | Deception
"Some people are animals. They'd choke someone's mother to death for no good reason."

The son of Mavis Wilcox, the ghost haunting the construction site in the 70's. He attended Columbia University and went on to become a detective in the 00's.


  • Canon Immigrant: First introduced in The Shivah and then brought to Blackwell.
  • Hates Their Parent: He thought his mother was crazy and after moving out with his father he visited only once.

     Joseph Mitchell 

Joseph Mitchell

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     Charles Mentzel 

Charles Mentzel

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