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Frank Carlson

The player character. A former Bureau of Secret Service agent under King George V of Britain. After being bombed in the London Blitz, it somehow sends him back in time to the fateful day when he failed his mission, to try and Set Right What Once Went Wrong.

  • Chick Magnet: Georgia is fascinated with him, Deena adores him, Daisy likes him, and even Penny stood up for him when the Bureau canned him.
  • Doom Magnet: In addition to the Titanic, he traveled on the doomed Hindenburg.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Escaping the ship with all the objects will avert World War I, the communist revolution, and World War II, allowing Carlson to retire after a successful career to a world of peace.
  • Failure Hero: The original Carlson, since he failed his mission. You can still fail it again.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He'll beat the ever-loving crap out of Vlad when he tries to stop Carlson.
  • Killed Off for Real: Carlson can drown when the Titanic goes down. If he doesn't get the best ending, he'll die 30 years later, either by the Blitz, German soldiers, Soviet soldiers, German Communists, or in a nuclear explosion.
  • Mr. Fixit: His job after getting canned from the service was to fix broken watches or clocks. He also can repair complicated engineering when he goes to the lower decks. Both his friends Deena and Jack are mystified by this.
  • Overt Operative: At the very least, Daisy and Conkling know Carlson's a spy. And since Daisy knows, the rest of the world probably does too.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: He's British, elegant, and quite intelligent.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: He was the Poor Suitor with Georgia. It wasn't necessarily a lack of money, but the lack of a title, that ended the relationship. According to Georgia, Carlson took it really poorly.
  • The Scapegoat: After his failure on the mission leads to World War I, Carlson is made to take the blame and is canned from the service.
  • Set Right What Once Was Wrong: The plot of the story.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Beatrix mentions he's wearing a fetching French-cut tuxedo. We only see Carlson in shadow, but he is quite dapper.


Colonel Zeitel

A German Colonel, Zeitel is inspecting German embassies in the United States and Latin America, but he's been rumored to have stolen a priceless artifact and smuggled it on the ship.

  • Badass Mustache: A thin wiry one.
  • Cultural Posturing: Is quite dismissive of the British, a Truth in Television rivalry at the time. He praises Americans as sharp businessmen, but later on, he will drop all pretense and proclaim the superiority of Germany.
  • Dirty Coward: Will abandon his plan to save his own life.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's incredibly polite, and refuses to talk without being introduced by friends. It just makes him feel sinister. His warning not to wander the ship, and a later conversation on the D-Deck reception during the search for the painting only underscore his malice.
  • Idiot Ball: Grabs it if you hand him the knockout pen. He stupidly sets it off.
  • I Gave My Word: He's honest about his dealings. Despite the fact that he could just shoot Carlson and take what he wants, he'll make deals, and honor his end of the bargain. If you trade him the painting for the antidote to save Georgia, he will not only give the antidote, but truthfully tell you where Georgia is. Later, if you trade the boat pass to get the painting back, he honors it to the letter.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: If he shoots Carlson after getting the notebook, he'll shoot a glancing blow despite being less than ten feet away. If Carlson refuses to give the painting for the antidote, the bullet is more accurate.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you don't give him the boat pass, regardless of whether or not you give him the painting, Zeitel goes down with the ship.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Sets a bomb in his room that Carlson must disarm.

Willie von Haderlitz

Zeitel's protege, Haderlitz is a young associate professor from Vienna studying the unconscious mind and indigenous mythologies.

  • Affably Evil: Unlike Zeitel, Willie comes off as completely friendly. It helps that he's actually not working for Germany.
  • All Psychology Is Freudian: Freud was quite the hot topic during the time, and Willie wanted to bring his own theories to impress the man.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a professor, but he is an avid fencer.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: According to Claris, his jokes are bad, but they make her laugh.
  • Foreshadowing: If you look at his ring, a sharp eye (or Trask) can tell you it has Cyrillic (Russian) text. Willie's a Tsarist sympathizer.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: As a professor, he is quite learned on ancient history, and incredibly polite.
  • Harmless Electrocution: A rather painful-looking aversion.
  • Killed Off for Real: Electrocuted in the Turkish Bath.
  • The Mole: He worked with Zeitel on encouraging Bolsheviks in exile within Germany and Austria. While a German spy, Willie is also a Tsarist sympathizer, and intends to get the conspirator's names to the Russian secret police.
  • Nice Guy: Claris is fond of him because he is so genuine.
  • Number Two: He's Zeitel's right-hand man. A traitorous one.
  • Spanner in the Works: He's this for Zeitel. Even if Willie obtains the painting, he gives it to Jack rather then getting it for the Colonel.
  • Wicked Cultured: Versed in Freud, poetry, and other scholarly topics, and is the protege of the evil Colonel Zeitel. Or not, so the trope is subverted.

Sasha Barbicon

An Anglo-Serbian owner of an art gallery, Sasha is Zeitel's contact on the ship, and the intended recipient of Zeitel's stolen artifact, and was to give him a smuggled painting, containing secret troop deployments on the back, to German High Command. He also had an affair with Georgia Lambeth.

  • Affably Evil: Unlike Zeitel, he comes off as charming, despite being so oily.
  • Greed: Charles outright says Sasha is a greedy bastard. And he is, willing to betray his cause for money. Vlad will kill him as a result.
  • Hypocrite: He invokes this when Georgia questions him about his terrorist friends, claiming that she, who married for money and title, has no right to lecture him on morality.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot by Vlad when Sasha tries to cheat him. He'll also kill Carlson if he catches Carlson stealing Georgia's necklace.
  • Spanner in the Works: He's this for Georgia's plans, since he's hiding her real necklace at Charles's behest.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: He helps organize Bosnian and Serbian nationalists, people Georgia points out are looking for guns and bombs. It's the Black Hand terror group, which famously assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, starting World War I.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Georgia cheated on Charles with him. She ended it later after learning the truth behind Sasha's "Balkan Aid Society"

Vlad Demonic

A Serbian nationalist who lost his wife and children to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stows away on the Titanic, and was intended to be the middleman between Zeitel and Sasha.

  • Berserk Button: He hates Austrians.
  • Crusading Widower: His wife and children were murdered by Austrians. All he has left is revolution.
  • Disguised in Drag: He'll dress as a woman to get on a lifeboat, since it's women and children first.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's actually very polite to Carlson at their first meeting. But his overly malicious tone and outright glee at the thought of killing Austrians just makes him creepy.
  • Game-Over Man: If you try to climb the stairs in the boiler room with the Rubaiyat while Vlad is there, he will catch you, take it, and shoot you dead.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He'll engage in a fistfight with Carlson in the turbine room. Later, he'll bring a giant wrench.
  • Killed Off for Real: Averted. No matter what you do, Vlad escapes the sinking ship. The clincher is whether or not he does so with something that he can sell to finance the Black Hand.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His surname.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: If you try to leave the boiler room with the Rubaiyat while Vlad is there, he'll kill you.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Much more militant than Sasha.

    First-Class Passengers 

Lady Georgia Lambeth

A former lover of Carlson's, Lady Georgia asked him to meet her when she discovered he was on board, causing him to fail his mission. With his Time Travel, he can now do his mission and meet her at the same time.

  • Blue Blood: Georgia's father was the Duke of Norwick.
  • Distressed Damsel: Zeitel poisons her to get Carlson to turn over the painting.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: With only the barest of pretense.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She believed Sasha when he told her members of the Black Hand were just from a Balkan aid society. Although she did wise up.
  • Killed Off for Real: Georgia is stated not to have survived the original timeline. Carlson can change this by saving her. If she gets the antidote, she leaves on the last lifeboat.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Georgia did not inherit her father's title. This could be the reason why she decided to marry Charles.
  • Nice Girl: She's friendly and harmless, and always thinks the best of Carlson.
  • Old Flame: She and Carlson were lovers about five years before the game starts.
  • Out-Gambitted: She thinks she outplays Charles by hiding her diamond necklace, worth a fortune, with Carlson. Charles tricked her by switching it with a fake, and she's completely oblivious.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She views Carlson and herself as this, since they could share anything with each other.
  • Pretty in Mink: A number of men mention her beauty, and her fur coats.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Carlson fancied her, but he had no title, so Georgia left him for Charles. Carlson wasn't all that pleased, and Georgia's not blind to the irony of her situation in asking for his help.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She's pretty ditzy, and never figures out her husband deceived her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She had an affair with Sasha. Charles is getting revenge by stealing her necklace.

Lord Charles Lambeth

Georgia's husband, Lord Lambeth is a titled British gentleman in dire financial straits.

  • The Alcoholic: The game takes place over about roughly six hours, and Charles spends it plastered. His facial sprite has bleary eyes and flushed skin, too. Georgia doubts he can even see straight.
  • All According to Plan: He's quite pleased with the scheme he's cooked up to get out of his debts to Andrew Conkling and be rid of Georgia. If it wasn't for the ship sinking, it might have even succeeded.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Charles and Georgia barely even try to act married.
  • Impoverished Patrician: He owes Conkling thousands of pounds. Charles lost his money due to poor decision making. But don't tell him that.
  • In Vino Veritas: Drunk enough to tell Carlson, his wife's former lover, that he switched her diamond necklace for a fake.
  • Killed Off for Real: Almost cheerfully, stating he'll "go to the devil full of gin" when the ship goes down.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's not nearly as bad as Zeitel, Sasha, or Vlad. But he is an antagonist to Georgia, and bemoans that if women's suffrage comes about, women will no longer know their proper place.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: The trope taken to its logical conclusion. Bad investments makes the formerly wealthy Lord Lambeth utterly broke and in debt to Conkling.
  • Riches to Rags: He was the toast of London five years ago. According to Daisy, they have scarcely enough money for appearances.
  • Smug Snake: He's pretty pleased with himself in screwing over Georgia. But his plan never succeeds.
    Charles: Poverty should remain the domain of the virtuous. I have no taste for it.

Daisy Cashmore

A friend of Carlson's and acquaintance of many others, Daisy is an elegant young lady always keen to name-drop and make acquaintances of the rich and powerful.

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She's blabbers almost unintelligibly and is obsessed with status seeking.
  • The Ditz: Georgia may have been dense, but she could at least wise up and learn Sasha was up to no good, even catching that Sasha stole the painting. Daisy couldn't even muster that.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Carlson isn't all that pleasant to her, Andrew Conkling considers her preposterous, and even when the ship is sinking, no one wants to be around her.
  • Gold Digger: When she discovers a man making eyes at her, the first thing she wants to know is if he's filthy, or merely stinking, rich.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is so obsessed with being next to the rich and powerful, she doesn't go in the lifeboats of commoners. She will only go on the boats of J.J Astor or Benjamin Guggenheim (both of whom died on the Titanic). She's seen wandering in a daze on the boat deck after all the lifeboats are gone.
  • Motor Mouth: Like she's eaten an entire bag of sugar.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Probably one of the best examples in a game.

Eric Burns

A friendly photographer on his honeymoon, feuding with his wife because he can't stop taking pictures.

  • Camera Fiend: Quite the shutterbug.
  • Dummied Out: Looking through the quest logs reveals he's supposed to have a sidequest helping his wife get on the boat. It implies he would die on the ship, but he's never seen in the game proper after the ship strikes the iceberg.
  • Happily Married: Mostly. His honeymoon is strained because he keeps taking photos, but he loves his wife, and she loves him.
  • Nice Hat: Not him, but his wife Stephanie wears a blue hat.
  • Player Nudge: If you give him the prayer card, he'll hint at where Willie hid his notebook on top of the inactive smokestack.

Max Seidlemann

Buyer and Salesman for Haymaker's department store, and a proud Philadelphian.

  • All Men Are Perverts: He's really looking to hit it off with Claris Limehouse.
    Max: She's got a cabin on D-Deck, near reception. And boy, could I receive her!
  • Eagleland: Combines traits of both. He's fast talking, slick, and has a serious gambling addiction. But he's nothing but helpful to Carlson.
  • Face Death with Dignity: If talked to when all the lifeboats are gone, Max simply sighs, tells Carlson he'd have made a mint on Spruce Street, and braces for the end.
  • The Gambling Addict: He lost a lot of money to Riviera.
  • Gut Feeling: Seidlemann is the only character in the game who guesses Zeitel is up to no good, as Carlson and Penny already have knowledge of his activities.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Idolizes Isidor Strauss, and meets him. Unfortunately, it's as the ship is going down.
  • Killed Off for Real: Tragically does not survive the sinking. He can be found on the starboard deck after the boats are gone.
  • New Money: Earned his fortune as a buyer for Haymaker's.
  • Odd Friendship: He gets along really well with Zeitel. He'll introduce Carlson to him. However, Seidlemann doesn't trust Zeitel at all.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He smokes Old Reds with a flourish. This is a clue: A poem from Haderlitz reads "But still the Vine her ancient ruby yields, And still a Garden by the Water blows", a piece of the Rubaiyat. This is almost a literal metaphor, referring to the box of his cigarettes found in a cafe with lots of greenery. Taking them to Max reveals he knows Haderlitz hid his notebook on the smokestack.

Henry and Ribeena Gorse-Jones

A chatty elderly British couple who enjoy teasing each other.

  • The Alcoholic: Henry loves his gin.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Variant. They enjoy Carlson's company so much, they'll get him into a lifeboat with them.
  • Cool Crown: Ribeena's hat looks very much like a crown.
  • Cool Old Lady/Cool Old Guy: Both of them are very nice and very helpful.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Henry. So very, very much.
    Henry: Quick as a cow, she is.
  • The Ditz: Ribeena more than Henry, but they're both prone to attention-deficit distractions, and change the subject frequently whenever they talk.
  • Motor Mouth: Ribeena. Henry's just full of snark instead.
  • Old Soldier: Henry fought in the British rebellion in India in 1857. Ribeena is just as vicious to social climbers.
  • Permanently Missable Content: If you run into them after the ship sinks, you can refuse their offer to get on a lifeboat with them. They'll disappear at this point, and Carlson will need another way to get off the ship. They'll also leave just before the last two lifeboats are launched, if Carlson hasn't reached them yet.
  • Player Nudge: Ribeena will send Carlson to Trask after he gets Haderlitz's ring. She'll also twice refer him to Eric Burns to get his pictures.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Henry's not afraid to swear and make lewd innuendos.

Claris Limehouse

Rich young debutante traveling with her mother, an acquaintance of Haderlitz.

  • Arranged Marriage: Her mother is trying to get her to make one with a poor European nobleman. Truth in Television for a number of rich American heiresses at the time.
  • Iconic Item: Recognizes Willie's gold ring on sight.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: A variant. Claris gives Carlson (her only other friend on the ship) her shawl, telling him to keep it to remember her and the late Willie. Carlson can't use it, but it has another use.
  • Killed Off for Real: She refuses to leave the ship, staying beside her beloved Willie.
  • Love at First Sight: She fell for the genuine Haderlitz after he told her jokes and took her for a walk as they talked about the stars.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Her side-swept hair. Her large earrings, which are similar in color to her hair, also give off this vibe.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She hates the men her mother sets her up with, because they just want her family's money, and much prefers the kind Willie.
  • Spanner in the Works: For Zeitel, since she's the one who steers Carlson towards the notebook. She can also stop World War I or the Russian Revolution with her shawl.

Andrew Conkling

Steel baron and owner of Conkling Steel. Rich and desperate to get a stolen letter back from his former servant.

  • Baby Factory: Wanted to use his maid to get a baby, since his wife is barren. While all parties agree the sex was consensual, the fact that the Conklings would steal the baby and fire the mother puts them in a negative light.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Makes bad steel, and is only really concerned that the knowledge getting out will ruin him.
  • Killed Off for Real: Will get shot by Third Officer Morrow when panicking and trying to force his way onto a lifeboat if you speak to him. If not, he's left on the ship as it goes down.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He thinks ignoring someone with a gun is a good idea because he can bribe them. Money isn't a very good bulletproof vest.
  • This Cannot Be!: Freaks out when the ship is going down.

Beatrix Conkling

Andrew's wife and an interior designer

Leland Trask

An American psychic who can peer into the spirit world.

  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He's got premonitions about the Titanic, and tells Beatrix she will meet destiny on the Lusitania.
  • Hint System: He'll give hints on items you might find.
  • Killed Off for Real: Declares himself too old and too fat for a lifeboat.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: A lot of Trask's psychic readings are more about common sense and minor details than anything else, but he just might have mystic powers.

    Second-Class Passengers 

Penny Pringle

Carlson's contact. His failure to meet her in the original timeline kicked off a cavalcade of terrible events.

  • Chekhov's Gun: Gives Carlson a knockout pen that can incapacitate Zeitel when Carlson finds the notebook.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of Henry Gorse-Jones. But she has her moments.
    Penny: That steward was looking for you. Find him, and kick him smart in the shins.
  • Dummied Out: Conversations with Carlson are supposed to allow her to take the evidence off the ship, since the sailors give priority to women and children. But this doesn't actually happen in game.
  • Hint System: Knocking on her door will have her tell the player where to go next — at least until the ship starts to sink.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be a real bitch, but she is dedicated to the mission and helps a wounded Carlson whether it was Zeitel or Vlad who did it.
  • Mission Control: Present on the ship rather then off-camera. Justified, given the time period.
  • Nice Hat: A wide-brimmed one.

Rev. Edgar Trout

An American priest recently returning from Nyasaland, where his wife contracted parasites.

  • Eagleland: Has some hints, with his distaste of communism.
  • Happily Married: Formerly, as his wife Emily died in Nyasaland due to some form of parasite.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Pretty pushy trying to get his donations. Possibly because he's covering up that he embezzled money to pay for his ticket home.
  • Killed Off for Real: Second-class men didn't fare so well on the Titanic, and neither does he.
  • Laughing Mad: Laughs uncontrollably when the ship goes down, thinking God is punishing him for stealing from his mission to buy his ticket home.
  • Noble Bigot: He's not a bad person per se, but he's definitely intolerant of communism, and considers Haderlitz visiting an "unchaperoned young woman" to be scandalous. As a Reverend, it's not unusual.
  • Player Nudge: If Carlson answers correctly how long the biblical Great Flood lasted while the ship is going down, he'll point you to Claris Limehouse. If you answer what city Paul was traveling to when the ship sank, Rome, he'll point you to the Hackers.

    Third-Class Passengers 

Shailagh Hacker

A young Irish mother and former maid of the Conklings. She was the one who stole Andrew Conkling's letter.

  • Adult Fear: She panics when Mrs. Conkling steals her baby from her.
  • Baby Factory: She was supposed to give the Conklings a baby, since Beatrix is barren. Shailagh agreed, but when she learned the Conklings were going to steal the baby from her and fire her, she fought back.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Invokes this, telling her Cluster F-Bomb-happy brother there is no need for foul language.
  • Mama Bear: You do not screw with her son. Shailagh will ruin you if you do.
  • Shrinking Violet: Without her brother around, Shailagh's a lot less aggressive.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She never realized the letter she stole was so dangerous, she just thought there might be a pound or two in the envelope.

Jack Hacker

Shailagh's firm and thuggish brother.

  • Blackmail: Wants Conkling to give him $5,000 for the letter, enough to get Shailagh started in America. He considers it chump change to what Conkling actually makes.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The game has a few "damns" here and there, but Jack swears more than everyone else put together, and he's only seen three times.
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike most third-class men, averted. He's given a seat in the lifeboat by Captain Smith himself.
  • Nice Hat: Really sets him to look like an Irish thug.
  • Spanner in the Works: He's this for Zeitel, potentially. If Haderlitz claims the painting before Carlson, he'll give the painting to Jack, while Jack will give it to Carlson if he gets Eddie back from Mrs. Conkling.

    Titanic Crew 

John Smethells

The assigned steward for both Carlson and Haderlitz.

Third Officer Thomas Murrow

A reasonable veteran of the Boer War who assists in various shipboard duties.

  • Badass Beard: A full beard, and he is tough enough to kill Conkling when he starts freaking out.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Variant. It's not that Carlson is nice, it's that Carlson stays calm and helps others. Naturally, if the player has Carlson choose an option to freak out, Murrow doesn't help.
  • Berserk Button: Don't offer to buy him a drink. Just don't.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He stays on the ship, trying to launch as many life boats as he can, before potentially securing the last spot for Carlson, asking only that he tells the world of the crew's actions during the ship's final moments.
  • Killed Off for Real: Remains on the ship after the boats are gone.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He is the one who shoots Conkling when the latter tries to bribe his way onto a life boat.

Buick Riviera

The suave French blackjack dealer.

Other Crew

Three other men who work on the ship handling electrical, mechanical, and other security duties.

  • Those Three Guys: Keep showing up as a group, and serve as a bit of comic relief.

    Other Characters 

Deena and Jack

Friends of both Carlson and Georgia, Deena is a young heiress who likes to travel, and Jack is an American and Carlson's confidante.

  • Cool Car: Jack has a sweet set of wheels in a picture in Carlson's memories album.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Both Deena and Jack are trying to get Carlson to move on with his life.
  • Nice Girl: In a postcard she sends Carlson, Deena offers to get him a job with her father's firm after Frank is canned.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Jack travels and works, but he's wealthy enough to go everywhere across the world, including New York, Tunis, and Bombay.

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