Those who came to the Zone on their own accord, for whatever reason. Whether that reason is for money, power, escape, or just to look at cool shit, was their business and theirs alone.
Jacob MillerA near insane one-handed schizophrenic man, he is not the person that you'd expect to lead an expedition into the Zone, yet here he is.
- The Alcoholic: It is a rare sight for him not to be drinking.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Miller is astonishingly apathetic towards Zone phenomena, even when facing his own demise.
- Guilt Complex: He is regularly wracked with guilt over his actions, most notably due to his taking part in the events that accidentally created the Zone
- The Leader: Technically, since nobody else has stepped up.
- Shout-Out: Is based on famous journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Valerie DeckardThe straight man (woman). After her husband and child's disappearance, she feels obliged to follow Miller to find them. To a degree, she can be nihilistic, but is generally quiet and reserved.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning anything about her ex-husband.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Attempted on The Priestess during a Nightmare Sequence. It doesn't go well.
- Meaningful Name: The name "Valerie" is typically interpreted as meaning "Brave". Given the above, it certainly fits.
- Odd Friendship: With Miller.
- Straight Man: To Miller's Wise Guy.
- Token Good Teammate: One of the only members of the group with purely altruistic intentions.
Tobias SalkA sleazy snake oil salesman with a lab coat, Salk practically drips with douchebag. Conflicted? Yes. Still an asshole? Yes.
- The Cynic: Oh, and big time.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: There's really no reason for him to wear one, especially one this filthy, in the middle of nowhere.
- Snake Oil Salesman: Is revealed to have once sold potentially dangerous Zone artifacts to dumb kids, which most likely led to their deaths.
- The Spock: Cold and logical, this complements his cynical viewpoint well.
Walter KeeleA depressed physicist and researcher, who's entire family was killed during the initial Zone outbreak. Is killed by a giant spider outside of Dry Lake, and is subsequently replaced by his doppelgänger Roy.
RoyA mysterious hooded man who befriends Walter in the town of Glendale. Tough, cold, and sociopathic, Roy is shrouded in mystery. After Walter's untimely death, he reveals himself to be his doppelgänger and replaces him.
ThomasAn old black man who frequently hacks into The Institute's and the government's databases and systems. Watches over the Zone group until they reach his base, at an old truck stop in Arrolime.
Katori YukiA supermodel turned scavenger, Katori Yuki is a beautiful Asian woman who is largely glanced over by the rest of the group. After her death at the hands of Giuseppe, she turns into a worm bird human cannabalistic hybrid.
Giuseppe MannA quirky police officer who lived in Nevada before the Zone incident. After his return back, he slowly loses his mind after a black hole sucks him up, and The Yellow Man possesses him.
Winston GarnettA failed writer from Alabama, he came to the Zone in order to save his parents' farm, provide them with medical support, and get rich. A little too trustworthy of others, and a bit naive.
Callum DomhainA one armed teen from Ireland. After his parents death in a tragic car accident, he moved in with his aunt and uncle, and later ran away to the Zone, where he lost his arm. Kind, submissive, and angsty.
Jeremy BrowneA very angry British tour guide. Abrasive, loud, and to some obnoxious, he has a big talk about his fantastic (and deadly) tour guides.
Patrick AusmanAn optimistic college dropout, Patrick, despite being a very friendly Pretty Boy, never had any friends or significant others. He comes to the Zone to get money for his parents own failing financial state.
AmatolA somewhat feminine looking ladies man. A carefree animal lover, his plan after getting rich is to blow it all on crack and hookers, then do it all over again.
Alexander LeeA quiet, middle-aged photographer. His parents Korean immigrants, he lived in Los Angeles for most of his life. The 1992 LA Riots were his claim to fame, where he shot many of the famous pictures used in newspapers and articles since.
Cole BatistaA lanky, survivalist college student who makes the poor decision of heading to the Zone, so he can put it on his resume. Perceptive, selfish, and his father already had business in shady government organizations.
Damion TurnerA former marine and PMC, he's blunt, reckless, and a little dim. Swears like a sailor and considered by most to be an asshole.
Kimberly TallowA malnourished and mentally unwell teenager, she is detached from the world. After her parents death, she stayed in the Zone where she met clones of herself.
Tracy HowlandA fourteen year old girl who was left in the Zone after being orphaned. She was apprenticed by another scavenger, but he was killed by a different scavenger, whom she hunted down callously.
While some came to the Zone on their own, others were unfortunately placed there by spatial anomalies. Whether from a different time entirely, or another dimension, they did not want to be here.