The various denizens, wretches, and supernatural beings of Vampyr are a varied lot, backgrounds plenty diverse, and the threads that connect them even more complicated. Currently, Needs Wiki Magic Love to fill in every last entry.
The Main Character
Jonathan Emmet Reid
A physician who served on the front lines in France during World War I, he returns home to his family only to be attacked by an unidentified vampire and turned into one himself. Now cursed with a thirst for blood, he tries to come to terms with his supernatural condition as well as help London defy the epidemic of Spanish Flu.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Jonathan can fight using his fingers — which he can transform into claws by investing experience into the eponymous skill.
- Adorkable: Most of the time, he avoids this trope due to being a cool and collected gentleman, except for one part when asked about vampires' sex life, since that clearly never crossed his mind before.Louise: Can vampires even fuck, doctor?Jonathan: ...What? Well... I... Erm. I really can't... Answer that. Well, since vampires are creatures of blood. Huh, physically speaking I suppose, an erection is possible. But, I... (awkward silence)
- Affably Evil: A completely-inhuman Jonathan will eventually stop tempering his temper, becoming cold-hearted and curt even to those he cherishes. Despite that, he's just as polite in his manner and is willing to look askance at the nastier aspects of society.
- Affectionate Nickname: His best friend's and his sister's "Johnny."
- Backstory: A great deal of Jonathan's is uncovered during A Journey to the Past investigation. At first, he wished to follow in his mother's footsteps and become a poet/artist, but ended up pursuing medical studies since he wanted to improve life for all. He tried to intern at the Pembroke Hospital, but his application was rejected. In 1908 he went to France to study under Dr. Carrel and derived his own means of blood transfusion. In 1915, he was drafted and served as a field surgeon/officer.
- Badass Beard: A full one and he's fully capable of standing up for his cause.
- Badass Longcoat: He is dressed in a grey trenchcoat with a brown liner and brown padding on the elbows after being accepted into Pembroke Hospital. The pre-order DLC lets him switch it for a black trenchcoat with a different styled collar and a detachable cape.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: If Johnathan turns evil, he develops red irises, vertically-slitted pupils, and jet-black sclerae to signify his villainous nature.
- Bloody Murder: One of his aggressive skill branches is dedicated to weaponizing blood. Several defensive abilities (e.g. coagulation, blood barrier) also revolve around blood.
- Blue Blood: Comes from a well-off family, despite some parental issues. People like Dorothy Crane, Cristina Popa and Giselle Paxton will chew him out on this if he tries to sympathize with them, citing he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
- Bungled Suicide: Jonathan tries to kill himself early on by shooting himself in the chest whilst under the impression that everything is an illusion. Being a vampire, this doesn't work.
- Cain and Abel: A tragic example, since the first victim he kills is his own sister, Mary, who he stumbles on shortly after being turned, and is wracked with immense shame and guilt because of it. Then his sister, now a vampire herself, returns, craving revenge against him for having turned her and causing him to put her out of her misery.
- Casting a Shadow: The second of his aggressive skill tree is dedicated to manipulating shadows.
- Charm Person: He can Mesmerize people in order to take them into a secluded location to drain them. His in-conversation blue-prompted dialogue choices are also based upon this skill.
- The Chosen One: Downplayed. Jonathan was sired by a vampiric entity known as Myrddin in order to stop the Red Queen's rampage. He isn't special; he is just the newest one in a line of champions created for this very purpose.
- Combat Medic: He used to be one during the Great War. One flashback early in the game shows him trying to save a patient in the middle of a battle and after succeeding he grabs a gun and prepares to fight off the approaching enemies.
- The Confidant: Can become this to Thoreau Strickland (unethical experimentation in the past), Corcoran Tippets (an incorrect diagnosis that led to a patient's death), and Pippa Hawkins/Milton Hooks (fraternizing) among others in their citizen investigations.
- Dark Messiah: If played as an evil vampire, he will have become this trope by the endgame. He saved London from the Disaster just like he was anointed to, but left a trail of bodies whose blood he used to fuel his powers and become strong enough.
- Deadly Doctor: Can become one if he equips medical utensils like surgical knives and bonesaws as melee weapons.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has quite a wry (and medical) sense of humor.Jonathan: (upon inspecting drug bottles in the morgue) Balls of Mars. Fortifiers, pfft! As popular as they are ineffective.Jonathan: (upon inspecting Clay Cox's knife) There is a name engraved on the metal. 'Clay'. What kind of man puts his name on a knife?
- Disappeared Dad: His father, Aubrey Reid, was compelled to leave England and his family ten years prior to the in-game events due to being diagnosed with an incurable disease. Jonathan explicitly admits to having forgiven the man.
- The Dutiful Son: Subverted. The young Jonathan got so caught up in his dream of becoming a doctor that he started to callously disregard his family. When interrogated, the butler Avery admits that Emelyne Jonathan's mother wanted for him to be a better son, despite loving him dearly.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even as an evil vampire, he'll still grow rather fond of his friends Dr. Swansea and Lady Ashbury, grieve for Mary's death and care for his mother. The player can subvert this trope at their own discretion by having Jonathan kill all of them. Or in Lady Ashbury's case, drive her to suicide.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even when played as a ravenous predator, he will still express disgust towards unpleasant individuals like Clay Cox, Cadogan Bates and Aloysius Dawnson. He will also be just as appalled as a good vampire at Dr. Swansea, when learning he'd caused the epidemic, stating that while they are both deceivers, Jonathan at least admits he is a monster.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Should Jonathan embrace his thuggish, bloodthirsty side, his appearance will eventually change, and he'll gain Red Eyes, Take Warning, complete with Hellish Pupils, and scarred vein-streaked skin. Surprisingly enough, the surviving NPCs will never comment on these obvious disfigurements, though it's implied Jonathan can hide them from the oblivious mortals.
- Flash Step: One of his abilities is to dodge attacks and teleport to close distances.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: One side of the coin. He can be played this way by refusing to feed on civilian NPCs, though this makes him weaker and vulnerable.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Implied to have been the Responsible Sibling to Mary's Foolish before the War.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: The other side of the same coin. Should he opt to kill civilians, he will grow stronger at the cost of becoming more detached from humanity and giving into his darker impulses.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He is a scientist who's unfailingly polite to mortals and immortals alike (with some rare exceptions) and if played as an bad guy, he will be very Affably Evil.
- Good Is Not Soft: Even if played like a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire that abstains from targeting and feeding on innocents, there is nothing preventing him from biting his opponents mid-combat to heal aggravated wounds without penalty.
- Healing Factor: Being a vampire, he can regenerate his injuries up to a certain point. Aggravated wounds (fire, sunlight, pinning attacks from other vampires) reduce his maximum health and he must feed on his opponents mid-combat or use handmade serums to fully recover.
- The Hero: While attitude and collateral damage are up to the player, Jonathan will save London from the epidemic though, naturally, he will fit this trope better if he is played as a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire interested in saving and protecting innocents. Turns out this intended to be this all along, as he was made a vampire specifically to save Britain from the Disaster.
- Hypocrite: Dabbles in this at times if he has fed on innocents.
- He will be appalled at Sean Hampton becoming a Skal and can opt to kill him so he doesn't become a threat to others. This comes off as hollow as Jonathan represents a proportionally bigger threat than Sean, since he can send London to Hell while the latter will be contained to his district.
- A similar case with Father Whitaker who claims London must be cleansed due to the evil plaguing it. Jonathan will call him a monster while blatantly ignoring the fact many innocents lay dead by his hand.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Downplayed. His relationship with Myrddin leaves plenty to be desired, but Jonathan will never deliberately antagonize his Maker.
- Irony: He pioneered the revolutionary blood transfusion technique, but ended up being transformed into a blood-sucking vampire. This gets lampshaded by Swansea early on in the game.
- Karma Meter: His eyes are an unusual variation of this trope: it can only drop. If Jonathan never takes a life in the course of the story, his eyes will remain normal and he will unlock the Golden Ending. If he goes on a killing spree, the sclera will blacken, irises will change to red, and pupils will become slitted. If this happens, his choice of an ending is limited.
- Leitmotif: "The Struggle."
- Manly Tears: An off-screen instance where Mary observes tears in his eyes, following their mother's death. The chapter-concluding cinematic afterward presents this as a Single Tear.Mary: Are those tears, brother dear? Your heart still bleeds with emotion. (sneers) My dead heart has dried!
- Martial Pacifist: As mentioned above, he can abstain from feeding on innocents and killing in general. This doesn't stop him from stunning enemies and non-lethally thrashing them.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction upon realizing that he just killed his sister Mary shortly after being turned.
- Nay-Theist: Openly admits he's "not a religious man" and is especially dismissive of Father Tobias's self-righteous preachings. Nonetheless, Lady Ashbury coaxes him into atoning for Mary's murder before vicar Larrabee. The player chooses how it'll go.Jonathan: (if sincere) There! I confessed to that vicar. Do I feel better? Only time will tell.Jonathan: (if insincere) Whatever happened on this dock is between my sister and I. It does not concern God at all!
- Nice Guy: Jonathan is extremely polite and compassionate by default, but he will only really mean it if played as an heroic vampire.
- Nice Hat: His pre-order bonus costume gives him a very dapper bowler hat.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes serve as this after feeding on civilians.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Not surprising, considering he's a brilliant surgeon.Jonathan: (to Dr. Swansea) Do you not think epidemiology could helpful in the matter? To retrace the origin of the infection through time and topology?
- Science Hero: In the spare time between missions, the player can have Jonathan search for materials to craft medicine (so he can heal civilians and raise a district's health) or serums (to boost his own abilities).
- The Spock: Even when played as a vampire who doesn't harm the innocent, Jonathan's still a vastly cynical and cold-blooded individual — though he does let his emotion bleed when he grieves. Being a logic-driven man of science also contributes to this.
- Sword and Gun: He can arm himself with knives, machetes, and swords in one hand and firearms in the other to fight.
- Zen Survivor: War had changed him for the better as mentioned by several people who have known him before he departed for France.
Guards of Priwen
A vampire hunter and the leader of the Guard of Priwen.
- BFS: He wields an large sword almost as big as him in combat.
- Cruel Mercy: After defeating him, Jonathan can opt to either spare him and prove to be his moral superior... Or turn him into a vampire to spite him. The latter option is considered a Fate Worse than Death for McCullum.
- Death Glare: Upon meeting Jonathan for the first time, he gives a long, hateful look into his face.
- Empowered Badass Normal: During his boss fight, he ingests a drop of King Arthur's blood to boost his strength and fortitude to fight on the same level as Jonathan. And if he is turned into a vampire, he will continue being a Guardian of Priwen.
- The Extremist Was Right: McCullum assaults the Pembroke Hospital and abducts Dr. Swansea under the belief he was responsible for the Skal epidemic, and subjects the doctor to torture. Turns out he was correct about Swansea.
- Fantastic Racism: He really, really hates vampires and expresses Hate at First Sight towards Jonathan from just meeting him.
- Fighting Irish: As indicated by his accent, he is native from Dublin and a experienced vampire hunter.
- Freudian Excuse: His father was turned into a vampire and he killed his mother in front of McCullum, who only survived due to a Guard of Priwen arriving just in time to save him. No wonder he hates leeches so much.
- Hero Antagonist: He wants to save London from the plague, but is a total dick to Jonathan. Having said that, he is justified should Jonathan kill humans indiscriminately.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Should you choose to turn him into a vampire, he will continue on doing his old job and somehow manages to hide his true condition from the rest of the Guard.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Well, his mother was killed by his own father after he became a vampire, so he really hates them. Ironically subverted if Jonathan turns him into a vampire. He still doesn't like the man, but is still way more tolerant of him than when he was as a human, agrees to hand over King Arthur's blood so he can create an antidote for the Skal epidemic and is willing to share a bit about his past to him. That is really an improvement over their previous relationship.
- Irony: In order to fight on a equal level with Jonathan, he drinks a drop of King Arthur's blood gaining superior strength and durability for a limited time. Later on, Myrddin tells Jonathan that King Arthur was a vampire champion before him. McCullum drank vampire blood to fight against his enemy who also happened to be Arthur's successor.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As rude and hostile he can be towards vampires and anyone that sides with them, he is ultimately right since barring Jonathan and Elisabeth, most vampires are arrogant and corrupt beings that consider themselves superior to men at best, or feral and mindless beasts at worst. And even then, Jonathan can potentially drain several innocent NPCs (which validates McCullum's claims), while Elisabeth still preys on the sick patients at Pembroke's.Jonathan: I was only reborn for a few minutes before you and your men hunted me down like a beast!
McCullum: You were only reborn for a few minutes and you'd already taken the life of an innocent woman!
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Retrospectively speaking, he kidnaps Swansea and has him beaten up so harshly that he would eventually die of his injuries unless if given an Emergency Transformation by Jonathan. That could have been very cruel of McCullum if it wasn't for the fact Swansea unleashed the plague.
- Knight Templar: He is described as a fanatic by Dr. Swansea.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He assumes Swansea and Reid are responsible for the Skal infestation and planning to unleash another disaster like William Marshal did centuries ago. While he is right about Swansea at least, he was the sole culprit, Reid had no idea what was going and William Marshal was trying to avert the disaster rather than cause it.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After he is defeated, he becomes a lot more personable to Jonathan even if he is turned into a vampire.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: The player can make him a vampire out of spite, and despite the exceedingly cruel nature of this choice (giving someone else A Fate Worse Than Death), this will technically not constitute as a evil-aligned choice, meaning even a pacifist run player could do this provided they have the necessary XP amount required to turn him.
- Would Not Shoot a Civilian: When discussing Dr. Swansea, McCullum states that the Guards of Priwen never kill humans and thus won't kill Swansea, but he's still happy to kick the man's ass for starting the Skal epidemic.
- You Will Be Spared: After defeating him, Jonathan can opt to spare his life to prove himself the superior man to McCullum.
A sailor that has been recently turned into a Skal and the first vampire that Jonathan meets after his transformation.
- The Alcoholic: He used to be a frequent visitor of Tom's bar before being turned.|
- Foreshadowing: William's behavior indicates Skals aren't all mindless beasts since he stops by the pub for a drink before going after his friend.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Lady Ashbury stabs him In the Back with a wooden beam.
- Horror Hunger: Has succumbed to the hunger and has fed on a number of civilians. By the time Jonathan confronts him, he is feeding on Sean Hampton's arm and is about to kill him.
- Red Herring: At the start of the game, Jonathan pursues him after finding a trail of dead bodies left by Bishop since he is under the impression that he could have been his maker. Turns out he isn't.
- Starter Villain: Jonathan is under the impression that he is the only vampire around and the one responsible for his condition. Bishop is just the first of the many threats he has to face.
- Warm-Up Boss: As the very first vampire boss in the game, he isn't particularly difficult or challenging (not even compared to enemies that come after him), but he prepares the player how to fight against vampires that can deal aggravated damage and more importantly, they can feed on Jonathan, just like he can feed on them after stunning them.
Lady Elisabeth Ashbury
Mesmerize Level: 20
A centuries-old female vampire that befriends the recently-turned Jonathan and helps him comes to terms with his condition.
- Action Girl: Downplayed. She saves Jonathan's life from William Bishop in her introductory scene, but that being said, it is the only time we see her in action. Justified, as she, in her good friend Dr. Swansea's words, abhors violence.
- Been There, Shaped History: According to a signed edition of Dracula, the author Bram Stoker seemed to have feelings for her, and perhaps even based his novel on her abilities. She also appears to have met Vincent van Gogh, as he made a painting of her in 1885.
- Despair Event Horizon: Finding out that her blood infected Harriet Jones, who, in turn, was revealed to be none other than a Disaster, breaks her hard that she tries to end her life in shame. She can only be rescued depending on how Jonathan was played during the game if he reined in his thirst, he will be able to talk her out of it. If he became a ferocious beast, she will jump into the flames she had set to destroy her estate.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in all black, but is the most upstanding person in the entire game.
- Driven to Suicide: In the finale, she tries to take her own life to atone for her part in the epidemic.
- Good Samaritan: She's friendly, courteous and is a good Parental Substitute to her adoptive daughter Charlotte. She even lampshades the Samaritan part.Lady Ashbury: (smiles) And besides, who would ever suspect the kind Samaritan, Lady Ashbury?
- Leitmotif: "The Lady."
- Love at First Sight: When Jonathan asks how she feels about him, she admits having falling in love with him since she first saw him when he saved Sean Hampton in the abandoned canning factory.
- Love Interest: Becomes one to Jonathan.
- The McCoy: She's extremely unimpressed if Jonathan decides to kill her blackmailer, Dorothy Crane and later tries to justify his actions. She equally disapproves of Lord Redgrave's decision to turn Aloysious Dawson, given the man is an exceedingly corrupt individual and giving him immortality would make his evil everlasting. She will still lecture him for Embracing Aloysious, however, if he goes down that path.
- Really 700 Years Old: Though she refuses to reveal how old she truly is, she says she is physically 27 years-old. She reveals later that she was born in 1551, meaning she is 367 years by the time the game takes place.
- Reluctant Monster: She feeds on dying Pembroke patients, but takes no pleasure in taking lives.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Has red hair and green eyes and is one of the two people responsible for The Plague.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: See the entry below. She founded Pembroke Hospital and in 1909 appointed Dr. Edgar Swansea as its administrator. A conversation on vampire folklore between the two quickly blossomed into Edgar trying to appease her hunger by transfusing her with human blood.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Dr. Swansea when he kept samples of her blood after a routine transfusion procedure.
- Vampires Are Rich: She owns at least two mansions one in London, one in Scotland and had founded and financed Pembroke Hospital. As it is explained in the finale, she did so to honor her own adoptive father, William Marshal, the first Earl of Pembroke.
- You Know I'm Black, Right?: Has a couple of these moments with Reid as she doesn't see vampirism as a curse. Until the discovery she caused the plague.
The founder and chairman of the Ascalon Club.
- Affably Evil: He is very courteous towards Jonathan upon meeting him and wishes him his sincere condolences for his sister's death.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He is also Earl of Bristol in addition to being a vampire lord.
- Bad Boss: Despite being presenting himself in a kind and welcoming way to Jonathan, he sheds no tears over Fergal's death despite him being his strongest lieutenant and makes it clear that he is ready to get rid of any enforcer that is no longer useful. Elisabeth also warns Jonathan that he should never question his orders or Redgrave would have him killed on the spot. Accordingly, if you do decide to defy him by refusing to turn Dawson or straight up killing him, Redgrave will banish Johnathan from the Club forever, and later send some of its high ranking members to kill him.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: Redgrave founded the Ascalon Club by fancying himself as William Marshal's progeny. While he keeps Marshal's blood as a sacred relic and its very much real, whoever Redgrave's maker was, he was of such low lineage that he can only sire Skals instead of more Ekons.
- Boomerang Bigot: He's a weak bloodline that is unable to create anything but Skals. He treats Skals like vermin and founded a club based on blood purity.
- Dark Secret: While he fancies himself as being sired by William Marshal, Elisabeth finds out this is a complete lie; Redgrave is actually of a lesser vampiric bloodline and can only create Skals himself.
- Dirty Coward: He has traces of this trope. If Jonathan confronts him for William's blood after choosing to defy his will, Redgrave quickly folds and does what he says despite being reasonably powerful as an Ekon elder. Turns out there is a reason for this: he isn't as powerful as present himself due to being a lesser vampire only capable of siring Skals.
- Fantastic Racism: Looks down on Skals, but all other non-Ekon vampires are beneath him if his lack of reaction over his Vulkod servant's death is any indication.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Being a strong believer in tradition and custom, he refuses to allow women membership into the Ascalon Club since he considers them "fickle beings" especially if they are immortal. While this wasn't an unheard of attitude (especially amongst the English aristocracy, who have men-only clubs, even now) it puts him at odds with a Britain that had just seen a surge in gender equality after the first world war.
- Uncertain Doom: After the crisis is averted, Jonathan asks Myrddin what will happen to the Ascalon Club now and the latter replies that he will pay Redgrave a visit to retrieve Marshals' blood before he goes to sleep. That cannot hold positive implications for a pretender like Redgrave holding a true vampire's blood, but then again who will feel bad about him?
- Villainous Breakdown: Should Reid not turn Dawson, Redgrave angrily exiles him from the Ascalon Club and sends its members after him, dispensing with any remaining civility.
- Vampire Monarch: As the leader of the Ascalon Club, he is effectively the ruler of vampire society in Britain.
- Visionary Villain: Supposedly, according to Lady Ashbury, he may have been responsible for directing the British Empire from behind the shadows and shaping up its actions. Redgrave to his credit denies this stating that the crown does it's own thing while the Club does theirs.
Fergal the Beast is a Vulkod member of the Ascalon Club.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: As the result of being a Vulkod, has unnaturally pitch-black skin.
- The Brute: Fergal serves as Lord Redgrave's executioner and muscle. And appropriately, he is a very tall and imposing vampire and doesn't even need weapons like Jonathan to fight off his enemies. He is strong enough to fight barehanded against several Skals at once, and while being human he went on a killing spree with nothing but his bare hands. He also ends up being fully expendable to Redgrave.
- Casting a Shadow: Despite his brute strength, he exhibits the power to summon a Living Shadow in combat.
- Delinquent Hair: Has a white mohawk, which makes it very unusual considering his style of clothing.
- The Dragon: Serves as this to Lord Redgrave.
- Fantastic Racism: Considers Skals to be subvampires who deserve to be destroyed.
- Flat Character: Gets almost no interaction before he's killed.
- Fighting Irish: Sports an Irish name and accent, and is quite the bruiser.
- Red Baron: "The Hand that Crushes All". "The Butcher of Galway" when he was human.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He has a very large torso and upper limbs which stand in a large contrast to his relatively-normal lower base.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Ascalon Club. It's not returned.
- Waistcoat of Style: His choice of clothing, though it makes him look like a high-class thug from that time period.
- We Have Reserves: How Lord Redgrave feels about his death.
A brutish Vulkod encountered in the sewers in the way to Aloysius Dawson's manor.
- Bald of Evil: Unlike Fergal, he has no hair whatsoever which fits a savage vampire like him.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: A Vulkod scientist who attacks you for no reason just to provide a boss fight.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He dons one, but it is not clear if he is actually a scientist himself.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Fergal. Basically, he's a rehash of the earlier boss fight.
Leader and elder of the Sewer Skals. Unlike the rest of her race, she wasn't created by the current Spanish flu since she is much older than the others.
- Bald Woman: Her veil is made to look like black hair.
- Cute Monster Girl: Aside from some marks on her face and the fact she's a Bald Woman, she's not that unattractive.
- Facial Horror: While nowhere near as disfigured as other Skals, her face is marred by large skin rashes and pimples.
- In the Hood: She covers her head with a scarf, probably to hide her most severe disfigurement.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She mentions she used to be very beautiful before her husband Redgrave turned her into a vampire. Unfortunately, she became a Skal, and he rejected her.
- Not So Above It All: You can tell she enjoys telling Lady Ashbury Lord Redgrave is a lesser lineage.
- Ugly Cute: Significantly less disgusting looking than most Skals.
- Wasteland Elder: A non-post-apocalyptic version at any rate. She still looks over and protects the Skals in the sewers under London and provides assistance to The Hero much like in the spirit of this trope.
- Woman Scorned: A Downplayed Trope as she has moved on from Lord Redgrave's treatment of her. She does, however, take a good deal of pride in the fact she can pierce his social airs.
Pembroke Hospital NPCs
Dr. Edgar G. Swansea
The Administrator of Pembroke Hospital and a member of the Brotherhood of St. Paul Stole. He crosses paths with Jonathan early on and offers him a place to stay in his hospital. He also serves as Pembroke's district Pillar.
- 100% Adoration Rating: He's beloved and respected by all Pembroke employees for all the right reasons, too. Downplayed, if he comes back as a vampire, however. Some of the hopeless, long-term patients will comment that they do not appreciate his presence anymore.
- Admiring the Abomination: Playing with. Vampirism, as an affliction, fascinates him and a vampire is even Pembroke's biggest donor. In exchange, he lets both Lady Ashbury and Jonathan feed on the terminally ill patients though he doesn't advocate this. Later, he even urges Jonathan to introduce him to the vampires the latter has met on his journeys. Ultimately subverted when it's revealed he installed an orichalcum-powered ultraviolet trap in Pembroke's loft in case vampires attack it or him. McCullum ends up abusing it.Dr. Swansea: And you, [Jonathan], have a foot in both countries! The view must be vertiginous!
- Adorkable: Very much so. The thought of going on a shopping spree with Jonathan makes him almost giddy with excitement.
- Almost Dead Guy: By the time Jonathan finds him after the Guard kidnapped him, he has been savagely beaten up to the point he doesn't have much time left to live. Unless if he is turned into a vampire, he will succumb to his injuries.
- Benevolent Boss: Is a withdrawn and peculiar man, but that doesn't stop him from ensuring that Pembroke continues to aid the people despite the sanitary crisis. It is also implied that he's aware of all the ne'er-do-wells amongst his staff, but decides to look the other way so the needs of many are met.
- Black Comedy:
- When Jonathan discovers him in the cellar of Dorris Fletcher's theater, Swansea will greet him by nonchalantly diagnosing himself with a punctured lung, broken ribs, and internal bleeding i.e. a few minutes to live at most.
- Minutes later and should Jonathan decide to feed on him, Edgar will crack an unamused joke about how he has always wanted to be bitten and drained.
- Black Sheep: Unsurprisingly, his fervent interest in all things vampire has led him to become a maverick in the eyes of his Brotherhood's compatriots.
- Crazy-Prepared: Subverted. He might have secured his hospital from a vampire attack, but he didn't anticipate a group of armed human militia barging into Pembroke.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Finds himself on the receiving end of this trope after the Guard of Priwen abduct him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was a child, he witnessed a vampire Embrace his nanny. In a curious subversion of this trope, the horror neither scarred him nor haunted him. Quite the opposite that was the spark that ignited his interest in vampires.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Can potentially become the Farmer to Jonathan's Viper. Edgar will never stop supporting all actions Jonathan makes even if they lead to Pembroke's shutdown, and the resultant death of all patients and personnel, or his own demise.
- Talking to Nurse Gwyneth after being accepted as Pembroke's surgeon reveals that Edgar has always been a fan of Jonathan's work and holds his blood transfusion technique in great esteem.
- When discussing Priwen with him, Edgar will mention that the Guard might spare no wrath towards him for sheltering Jonathan. Regardless, he'll ease Jonathan's worries by saying that McCullum would never dare to invade the hospital while he's in charge.
- Right before informing him of Mary's funeral, Edgar will try to persuade Jonathan to let him further study the regenerative properties of vampire blood his blood.
- Considering he near-worships Jonathan, the final reveal that he's actually a Vampire Vannabe should not be all that surprising.
- For Science!: This is revealed to be his motivation as well as the cardinal flaw. His thirst for knowledge caused the biggest outbreak of vampirism in history that almost wiped out London. And should Jonathan turn him into a vampire, he will continue on with his experiments, however, this time wisely promising to perform them only on himself from now on.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He's one of the most amiable characters Jonathan is going to meet and will assist him by providing him with specific information on all sorts of matters.
- Gentleman Snarker: Just like Jonathan, he's full of subtle wit, but can be particularly caustic if the former starts culling Pembroke patients and staff.Jonathan: [if Pembroke has fallen] You're nothing but the prince of a fallen kingdom. Pembroke is a graveyard, littered with corpses and Skals.Dr. Swansea: (nonchalant) Indeed. But is it not your own doing, Jonathan? How could it end, truly, when you have plunged your fangs into so many throats hereabouts?Jonathan: [from the same conversation] [The Brotherhood] won't banish you?Dr. Swansea: (smiles slightly) Not so long as I behave.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Playing with. He's a genuinely compassionate and cheerful man, but as Jonathan may point out, even torture and a (potential) near-death experience couldn't teach him that what he did to Harriet Jones was wrong. To his credit, he doesn't seem to do this out of spite, but out of pure childish naiveté even if he adopts a Never My Fault stance when facing the harsh truth. Subverted if Jonathan did not Embrace a single citizen; upon being told what he's done, Edgar will admit his mistake.
- Gratuitous Latin: Should Jonathan change him into his Progeny, the next night a newspaper clipping will become available where it is said Swansea cried out a pedantic Timor mortis conturbat me! (Fear of death confounds me!) to the journalists at Pembroke before showing them out.
- Hypocrite: Claims that he wouldn't betray Lady Ashbury's trust, but decides to keep samples of her blood without her consent. To his credit, he couldn't have known that the good lady had been infected. Plus, he admits he's terrified of what she might do to him directly after The Reveal.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: Will chew Jonathan out should he accuse him of betraying not one but two of his patients at the same time by administering vampire blood to Harriet Jones but only if Jonathan has been feeding.Dr. Swansea: How dare you judge me? Must I name the alarming list of your victims?Jonathan: (snarls) We are both deceivers, but at least I know I'm a monster.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Invoked. He's easily the most the most optimistic person in London that Jonathan will meet and Edgar is well aware of that.
- Karma Houdini: Only if he is turned into a vampire, that is.
- Klingon Promotion: During their last meeting, Myrddin tells Jonathan that this is what Dr. Swansea if he survived might commit in relation to the current Brotherhood Primate Usher Talltree if he survived as well.Jonathan: (baffled) But I am certain the current Primate has no wish to resign.Myrddin: Exactly. And I am not fully convinced [Dr. Swansea] truly understands what dreadful power he's about to defy.
- Leitmotif: A Friend.
- Loon with a Heart of Gold: Edgar may have... an odd habit or two as mentioned by Lady Ashbury, Lord Redgrave and Usher Talltree but he is still Pembroke's top surgeon and selflessly helps Londoners cope with the epidemic. Further reiterated when he, expecting nothing in return, gives Jonathan a roof over his head and a job.
- Morton's Fork: There is no truly good outcome regarding what should be done with him at the end. If you kill him or let him die, the district will lose its Pillar and become unstable not to mention that Edgar is worth more in terms of Health Status than any other citizen. If you turn him into a vampire, not only will he become a Karma Houdini due to being completely fine with his new condition, he will eventually prey on his patients and staff. Fortunately, this doesn't happen in the game itself the only way to keep the district sanitized is to turn him.
- Muggle with a Degree in Magic: For vampirism, specifically the Ekon strain. Swansea's understanding of Ekons is such that the document he gives you as a basic tutorial on your capabilities is an excerpt of his own research. His scientific knowledge about (and fascination with) vampires is impressive, but he is nonetheless mortal. Until you turn him, that is.
- Mysterious Backer: Edgar may be a Reasonable Authority Figure, but it's never really made clear whose side he is on or what is his agenda. And he stays an enigma even if Jonathan Embraces him.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Lord Redgrave describes him as having a some sort of immortal fetish.
- No-Sell: Edgar is the only human character in the game who doesn't leave his final thoughts behind if Jonathan drains him.
- Non-Action Guy: To quote, he's a man of peace and would rather flee than fight in contrast to Jonathan.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Lady Ashbury. By the time Jonathan makes his appearance, he's been friends with her for nine years.
- Secret Keeper: He provides shelter to Jonathan and Lady Ashbury in his hospital and keeps their true identities a secret from his staff and patients.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Is shorter than Jonathan and wears glasses, but knows a lot about what's truly happening in London.
- Shout-Out: Edgar Swansea's entire appearance seems to be modeled after Jim Sturgess's character Dr. Edward Newgate from 2014's Stonehearst Asylum, down to the polka-dotted tie.
- Unishment: Should Jonathan turn him into a vampire something he clearly intended to be a Cruel Mercy Swansea will be overjoyed about becoming immortal.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the past, he unwisely used vampire blood in an effort to cure the Spanish Influenza only for the patient, Harriet Jones, to mutate into a depraved Ichor and then Disaster.
- Vampire Vannabe: What he really is deep down. He expresses joy at being turned into a vampire should Jonathan take the Cruel Mercy route, and if he chooses to kill him, Swansea will comment he always wanted to be bitten before finding out the hard way that Vampire Bites Suck.
- Verbal Tic:Dr. Swansea: By the Stole!
- We Used to Be Friends: With Geoffrey McCullum, it seems, judging from their quite familiar behavior towards each other and flavor text.
- Zombie Advocate: As a member of the Brotherhood of St. Paul, he is a scholar interested in studying vampires and provides assistance to those that are willing to cooperate with him.
A nurse with the longest tenure at Pembroke and Doctor Tippets' protégé.
- Cool Old Lady: She's witnessed horrors that she's loath to discuss, but she's still one of the more positive persons among the Pembroke staff.
- Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Appropriate for the time period. She low-key administers treatment without the overseeing eye of a male doctor, but, at best, nobody takes her seriously and, at worst, criticize and report her. Subverted if you kill Dr. Tippets' however it causes Dr. Swansea to give Gwyneth a promotion to the position of a head surgeon, just without an official title.Gwyneth: (on the verge of crying, with heavy sarcasm) It took an epidemic and the death of my mentor to show what I'm capable of. How could I be anything but happy!
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She had covered up Dr. Tippets' under the influence of drugs error that caused a patient's death. Despite her heart's best intentions, it could've easily backfired, as Jonathan can point out.
- Secret Keeper: She's very much aware of her colleague Dr. Tippets's drug addiction, but opted not to report him due to the on-going epidemic.
- Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: She's unfailingly polite, refuses to speak ill of her colleagues, and in nurse Hawkins's words, loves to give pep talks. During the Missing Ingredients investigation you can find an incriminatory letter in Dr. Strickland and Dr. Ackroyd's office where Ackroyd expresses his concern about Branagan neglecting her professional responsibilities. Interrogating her will reveal that she's merely trying to become a full-time doctor, but her gender isn't letting her. Jonathan can either support her or rebuke her.
Dr. Corcoran Tippets
The head surgeon of Pembroke Hospital.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Downplayed. Dr. Reid can express this either literally or figuratively: the only reason Tippets shouldn't be pink-slipped is because the Spanish Flu needs all hands on deck, however shaky they might be.
- Harmful Healing: Misdiagnosed a patient, o.d.ed him, and operated on him twice, causing the latter's death.
- Functional Addict: Subverted. Tippets is addicted to stimulants he needs them to weather the exhaustion and promises to stop once the epidemic is defeated. Jonathan can look into it and confirm that Corcoran's already murdered a patient via anaesthetic overdose.
- Karma Houdini: Thanks to Gwyneth's cover-up, he's escaped justice following the medical error. If you keep quiet as well, then he'll retire after the Spanish Flu has ended, move to Cyprus, and take up fishing.
- Precision F-Strike: His reaction to Jonathan telling him that people are slandering Gwyneth.Corcoran: This kind of protest is nothing but elitist bullshit. I trust Nurse Branagan with my life. She has what it takes to be a great doctor.
- The Obi-Wannabe: Though by no fault of his own. It's just that Gwyneth is just as competent as him, if not more.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the past, he was just another man who thought that women shouldn't be permitted to become physicians, but Gwyneth Branagan's heartfelt support eventually made him change his mind.
One of the nurses who works at the hospital. She and Milton Hooks are in a secret romance.
- Action Girl: If Milton is killed either by your own hand or by collapsing the entire Pembroke area she'll join the Guard of Priwen. She can be encountered as a rookie in Whitechapel.
- Battleaxe Nurse: She's not reputed to be the nicest nurse in Pembroke and openly wishes for Harriet Jones to just die already and go to Hell.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. She's an unexceptional woman working during a monstrous flu epidemic for no other reason than her faith and her dream. However, she is fully prepared to extort a payment from Pembroke's patients in return for a bed.
- Crisis of Faith: Averted. She holds on to her faith despite all the horrors around her.
- Foreshadowing: Reading her sister's letter will mention how Pippa has been considering quitting Pembroke and taking up arms against the infection in a more straightforward fashion for a while now. Talking to Usher in the Temple Church will also yield you this hint.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: Not as much as Milton, but it's there. She once was quite idealistic, but the Spanish Flu epidemic has hit her hard. She even doesn't believe in the Happily Ever After to her story with her lover.
- Hospital Hottie: One of the more attractive women in the hospital.
- White Collar Crime: Is the mastermind behind a racketeering con: she informs Milton who's the porter of which beds are free, and he in turn, persuades the victims that they've to pay an admission fee.
The ambulance driver for the hospital. He and Pippa Hawkins are in a secret romance.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His entire life has been this, according to him, which contributed to his misanthropic outlook.
- Establishing Character Moment: The very first line he utters is enough throw Jonathan into a stupor and really hammer in what kind of person Milton is.Milton: <...> I'm Milton Hooks, the ambulance driver for this shithole of a hospital.Jonathan: (smoothly, but with astonishment in his voice) That's quite a blunt introduction, Mr. Hooks.
- Friend in the Black Market: Justified. In addition to his job as a driver, he also sells guns to civilians and is a potential merchant. His explanation's that he's already been attacked by gang members and demented patients alike while performing his duty. Subverted if Pippa is killed, however; he'll close down his shop and will halt the racket.
- Mistaken for Racist: Assumes Dr. Reid is one when he brings up the picture which proves he's fraternizing with Pippa, a white woman. Jonathan clarifies that he's concerned because it's against regulations for staff members to see one another. This actually causes Milton to give Jonathan a pile of cash as a not-so-subtle bribe to keep it a secret.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Cares exceedingly little for his co-workers save for Pippa and patients alike.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Downplayed. While guns aren't misused onscreen, Jonathan can point out how reckless it is to smuggle guns inside a hospital.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Sells the best double-barreled shotgun in the game which he had received as payment from a soldier.
Dr. Thoreau Strickland
An oddball experimental surgeon who is a great admirer of Dr. Reid.
- Ascended Fanboy: Of Dr. Reid's and, on a smaller scale, of Dr. Swansea's. He also wants to be a brilliant medical expert who'd endorse and conduct cutting edge experiments. But he's also terrible.
- Broken Pedestal: Jonathan will become this to him if he continually devalues Thoreau's means and experiments.
- Damned by Faint Praise: After Jonathan learns what kind of substances Thoreau had ordered for his research, he'll subtly lecture Dr. Strickland by saying his formula would best be used as a placebo after much dilution.
- Ditzy Genius: Uses highly dangerous-to-administer drugs (e.g. opium) in his experiments on the terminally ill. Jonathan will very rightfully call him out on that.
- Foreshadowing: If you ask Thoreau to tell you about himself, he'll offhandedly remark on how he has always respected and looked up to Dr. Swansea. Thoreau, more or less, is a miniature version of Swansea.
- Glory Hound: Is a prideful man who doesn't live down failure easily. He's also not above stooping to underhanded means of attaining success and promotion.
- Harmful Healing: Should Jonathan dispose of Dr. Ackroyd, Dr. Strickland will lead the operation on Harvey Fiddick... and readily amputate his arm completely after it becomes infected.
- The Rival: His foil, Dr. Ackroyd, and he can't stand one another.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Killing Dr. Ackroyd and then Harvey Fiddick will cause Dr. Strickland to become borderline crude and vile to everyone, including Jonathan. This is further exaggerated if Jonathan had not spoken to him prior Embracing the other two men.
Dr. Waverley Ackroyd
An overly conservative doctor and surgeon with a bad attitude.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Downplayed. No one particularly likes him, and he frequently files letters of complaint against other staff members, but he's a splendid surgeon nonetheless. He's also one of the few characters who knows that Jonathan and Dr. Swansea cannot be trusted. And then it becomes clear that Dr. Ackroyd is absolutely right about all the other staff members deserving to be fired.
- Good Old Ways: He believes in these regarding medicine so most players will assume he's unqualified as a doctor. In fact, he's absolutely right since Dr. Strickland has let his pride blind him and Dr. Swansea is a different bag of worms entirely.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite his undisguised rivalry with Strickland, Ackroyd admits that he'd never resort to crooked methods in order to compromise his colleague.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Puts down medical advances, acts snide to Dr. Reid, and treats his fellow doctors with contempt. Then you realize Dr. Swansea had awakened a primordial vampire deity, Dr. Strickland is a wannabe who hungers for glory and acknowledgment, Dr. Tippets does drugs and had killed a man, Pippa as well as Milton are in a illicit relationship and extort patients, Rakesh is robbing the dead, and Reid is a vampire with free reign to do as he wills. He may not have all the facts but he's right to be suspicious.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Dr. Ackroyd may be unpleasant and old-fashioned, but should Strickland die, he will begrudgingly admit that he's going to miss his onetime rival's youthful vigor even if he still cannot forgive Thoreau's gambling with patients' lives. He also says that the promotion he got because of Thoreau's passing doesn't sit well with him.
- The Rival: His foil, Dr. Strickland, and he can't stand one another.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. He grows melancholic following Strickland's death and more tolerant of Jonathan on the whole, but he remains as curt as ever.
A former doctor from India who is now Pembroke's undertaker. He runs a small pawnshop where anyone can barter and exchange.
- Affably Evil: He's a grave robber, unrepentant, and quite cheerful about it. Even if Jonathan straight-out threatens him, Rakesh won't stop being neighborly.
- Back-Alley Doctor: Justified. He had meant to join infantry for the WW1, but an administrative error guaranteed that he'd be deployed as a field surgeon instead. Dr. Reid is suitably horrified by this but Rakesh reassured him that he actually did about as good statistically as any other trained doctor would in the situation.
- Gallows Humor: Chooses to joke about death during a decimating epidemic.
- Not Afraid to Die: He's made peace with his mortality a long time ago and has a few pearls of wisdom to share.Rakesh: <...> I don't fear death for I won't see it. What troubles me is the pain my death will inflict to those I know.Jonathan: You're a wise man, Mr. Chadana.Rakesh: No, Dr. Reid. I am a foolish man. But I like to think otherwise.
- Pet the Dog: His idle chatter points how he's planning for the corpse of the man he just robbed to be buried in the same mass grave as his wife.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Dr. Swansea shops at his "pawnshop" for goods.
- Robbing the Dead: He steals money and valuables off the cadavers in the morgue, reasoning that these people don't need them anymore.
- We Are as Mayflies: Has the belief that all life is short and must be cherished because of it.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Discussed. Should Jonathan talk about immortality with him, Rakesh will express how he finds the concept of true immortality horrifying rather than enticing.
A man that Jonathan encounters as the first potential victim he can feed on. Hes the leader of the Wet Boot Boys.
- Asshole Victim: He's presented to the player as a scumbag who murders an innocent in cold blood right in front of Jonathan. Other than making Pembroke Hospital district slightly more unhealthy, nobody will miss him even his wife, when you meet her in the Docks, will concede that she has saved herself the headache.
- Awful Wedded Life: His relationship with his wife is this she's already left him for another man despite not divorcing him.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's a violent scoundrel that profiteers off of others and doesn't regret his decisions. Even his own minions back in the East End Docks abhor him.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dr. Reid's gift of free medicine and him returning his good luck charm genuinely unnerves him.
- Knife Nut: Has one of these as a cherished possession. It was a gift from his wife and Jonathan can retrieve it.
A patient at Pembroke Hospital who suffered a mental breakdown and now believes herself to be a vampire.
- Dramatic Irony: Like many others, Thelma cannot make out the vampire in Jonathan, but she comes quite close if you kill Thomas.
- Drama Queen: Thelma definitely has a flair for melodrama noticeable immediately.Thelma: <...> To me, you are all nothing but dust blown by the winds of eternity.Jonathan: (dumbfounded) I beg your pardon?Thelma: What are you begging for, mortal? My clemency? Well, tonight, maybe, I'm inclined to mercy. You'll never forget the night you met Thelma Howcroft!
- Fall Guy: She's this to the Guard of Priwen and Lady Ashbury. Priwen are right about a vampire making the hospital its playground, but erroneously pin it upon Thelma. They're so overtaken by this harsh zeal that should Jonathan kill Thomas without wiping out a nearby Priwen outpost, they'll abduct Thelma and butcher her if you don't step in.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: And shes this to Thomas Elwood. Her bizarre behavior and raw sexuality make him feel much better about wretched, purposeless life.
- The Mentally Disturbed: According to the hospital file, she has Cotard's delusion, a mental syndrome that makes her believe she is rotting from the inside. Nevertheless, she herself thinks she's merely a little on the cloudcuckoolander side.
- The Patient Has Left the Building: Happens against her will if the Guard of Priwen kidnap her.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has messy black hair, a pallid complexion, and is regarded as drop dead gorgeous by Thomas.
- Vampire Vannabe: Sort of. She believes herself to be a vampire and even nibbles on Thomas once in a while Thomas doesn't mind as she's just supping a few drops of his blood.
A veteran with horrible facial scars and one of the more despondent patients of Pembroke.
- Achey Scars: According to his hospital file, not even the strongest drugs can lessen the phantom pain he frequently endures.
- Disappeared Dad: He's too ashamed to see his children and chooses to stay at Pembroke, leaving his sister Agatha to take care of them.
- Facial Horror: Just look at him however, the war is not to blame here. During his leave, he went to a brothel in Rouen, had some fun, and fell asleep without realizing a fire had started. The girl got out without waking him up. Now, Thomas bears the scars of that meeting and cannot get rid of the Survivor Guilt.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Of the unrequited flavor. Despite having children, Thomas isn't willing to part with Thelma's company loving her for her madness.
- Tragic Monster: If Thelma is killed, he will be reported missing the next night and can be found in the Old Morgue, now a hulking, savage Vulp.
- Voluntary Vampire Victim: Sort of. Not like Thelma is an actual vampire or anything, but Thomas plays along with her delusion and lets her taste his blood. This gets either Played For Drama or Played For Laughs (depends) if Jonathan Turns Swansea talking to Thomas the next night will make him divulge that he could feel Edgar sniffing his neck in the same manner as Thelma. He also mentions just how utterly terrified he was when Edgar left without a word.
Mesmerize Level: 1
A carpenter who broke his arm and just wants to get it fixed.
Mesmerize Level: 2
A traumatized young man with severe throat injury.
- Bungled Suicide: The reason he's in the hospital.
- Death Seeker: He's at a point where life is meaningless and wants to die. If John feeds off of him, his last thoughts show dying is not all it's cracked up to be.
- My Beloved Smother: Is annoyed by his mother's concern more than anything else.
- Slashed Throat: If the bandages around his neck is any indication, its likely the way he tried to kill himself.
Mesmerize Level: 4
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is a devoted mother and teacher in addition to being rude as well as demanding. Justified as she was extorted by Pippa and Milton on her way in.
- My Beloved Smother: She's overly controlling and dominating to her adult son. Played with as the reason is she's worried he'll kill himself.
- Rich Bitch: A mild case of it but she spends her time teaching women to be ambitious as well as career minded while also dotes on her son.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Got herself a private room by bribing Pippa and Milton. Except, it wasn't so much bribery but extortion. She did want one, though.
Mesmerize Level: 3
A veteran from the war, he is searching for his friend Oswald who mysteriously went missing.
- Armored Closet Gay: Downplayed. If you figure out that he is in love with his friend Oswald, he will admit it but he says he is ashamed of saying it in public.
- Shellshocked Veteran: He and Oswald suffered severe trauma during their time in the war. Newton brought Oswald to the Pembroke in hopes of getting help for their respective psychological problems.
- Tragic Monster: If Oswald dies, Newton will go missing and the next time you find him, you'll discover he became a Sewer Beast.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He developed musophobia (fear of rats) after he became trapped in a hole for two days and rats begin chewing on his face while he was unable to do anything.
Mesmerize Level: 1
A veteran in the war with severe claustrophobia.
One of the longest patients in Pembroke Hospital.
- Abusive Parents: Implied to have been one to Doris Fletcher. Apparently she was as bitter and hateful before her hospitalization as she is now and frequently took out her anger on her daughter.
- Body Horror: She undergoes severe mutation as her transformation advances, with her left arm swelling in size. By the time she is fought, it has grown into a abhorrent appendage almost as large as her.
- The Dragon: As a Disaster, she is a willing vessel of the Red Queen's anger at humanity and is the second to last boss fought before the final battle.
- Evil Counterpart: To Jonathan, since they are both champions of two opposing vampire entities with different agendas: Harriet wants to punish mankind by spreading the plague on the Red Queen's orders, while Jonathan was sired specifically to guard Britain from her.
- Faking the Dead: She is believed to have been killed by Sean Hampton after he became a Skal, but in fact, it's revealed she broke out of the hospital and faked her death to see if anyone would have cared.
- Fan Disservice: As Disaster Harriet, her breasts began to tear out from her outfit... Unfortunately they are horribly mutated by the plague like the rest of her body.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Originally just a normal woman that grew resentful of her hardships in life, she is introduced as just an unassuming NPC to the player and who seemingly dies early into the storyline. Turns out she was chosen by the Big Bad to serve as her vessel and is the living embodiment of the plague.
- Gossipy Hens: Because she had been hospitalized for so long, she knows the going-ons of the hospital better than any patient and even some nurses and doctors.
- Jerkass: She is so grouchy and unpleasant that not even the nurses like her very much.
- Hearing Voices: At one point, she mentions listening to "the shadows" which may be delusions from her mind. It's actually the Red Queen speaking to her.
- The Heavy: She is ultimately only The Dragon to the Red Queen, but it is her plan and willing actions that began to awaken the ancient blood goddess to begin with.
- Humanoid Abomination: As Disaster Harriet, she becomes horribly mutated by the plague in no small part due to serving as a host to an Eldritch Abomination.
- Never Mess with Granny: An evil example of this trope, since she is old enough to have an adult daughter of her own and happens to be the living embodiment of the apocalypse.
- Patient Zero: For the Skal infection, even though she doesn't look like at first. Swansea experimented on her using Lady Ashbury's blood to cure the Spanish influenza. Harriet later passed the infection to her daughter Doris, who has been secretly visiting her and she later passed it to others.
- Walking Spoiler: She is actually the source of the Skal epidemic due to Dr. Swansea's experiments and being possessed by the Red Queen.
- Walking Wasteland: She becomes a Disaster, a living embodiment of calamity and plague that spreads diseases wherever she walks.
The Docks NPCs
A pious clergyman that manages a night asylum in the Docks, and serves as the district's Pillar. Jonathan and Dr. Swansea save him from the ravenous William Bishop in the tutorial.
Mesmerize Level: 6
- And Then John Was a Zombie: He contracted vampirism from donating his blood to William Bishop and Jonathan tracks him down to see he had become a Skal. Choosing to leave him alone will make the district fall into chaos and being overrun with Skals.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Is said to have been abandoned at birth and was molested by a priest as a child.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Ultimately subverted. He manages to hold some control over himself after becoming a Skal and is still devoted to protecting the district's sick and needy. However, choosing to spare him is the worst option, since he will eventually succumb to his condition, and the entire borough's population will be wiped out completely.
- Played straight if turned into an Ekon. He then carries on more or less as before. It's implied he feeds off rats and is entirely comfortable with such.
- God Before Dogma: First and foremost, he is a religious leader that wants to help and provide comfort instead of judging them like Father Withaker.
- Good Shepherd: He is very protective of his flock, to the point he is willing to sacrifice himself for them.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Jonathan finds him eating human flesh with a knife and fork.
- Next Tier Power-Up: Reid's blood turns him into an Ekon. As such, he only hungers for blood rather than flesh now. It also increases his self-control.
- Real Men Love Jesus: He's a pretty courageous guy who gladly deals with vampires as well as humans among his flock. He was even willing to risk his life to ease friend William's hunger. Can remain as this example when he becomes a Skal, and depending on your choices, a proper Ekon.
- Sinister Minister: After becoming a Skal, he still retains his priest habits and pious demeanor, but is a now a twisted vampire that eats human flesh. Played with as he fully intends to eat only the dead, even if he blasphems by justifying it with a comparison to communion..
- Take a Third Option: You can either kill him to stop him from becoming a threat, or leave him to his own devices if he appears trustworthy enough for you... Only for the district to later fall into chaos and being consumed with Skals everywhere. Offering him your own blood to heal him is the only way to spare him and leave the district stable.
- Voluntary Vampire Victim: He willingly offers his own blood for William Bishop to feed on. This turns out to be a bad idea, since Sean becomes infected himself and turns into a Skal.
- The Bartender: Runs one of the only places that's still open, and it serves as neutral ground amidst the gangs and militia.
- Morality Pet: For no less than two vampires. William Bishop. Also, Hampton.
- Secret Keeper: Knows Hampton was abandoned as a child as well as molested by a priest.
- We Used to Be Friends: With William Bishop before he became an alcoholic, then a Skal.
Mesmerize Level: 3
A waitress at one of the local taverns.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has this reputation in-universe. She's actually biracial Indian and Caucasian.
- Mistaken for Racist: Assumes this is why Jonathan is asking questions about her. He's actually just naturally curious or eyeing her up for a meal.
- Properly Paranoid: In the past, she was assaulted by Clay Cox and no longer feels safe in the area. Which is, of course, full of vampires and criminals.
Mesmerize Level: 1
The town drunk who spends morning til night drunk in the Turquoise Turtle.
- The Alcoholic: Numbs himself with drink over the state of the world and his guilt.
- The Atoner: Subverted as there's nothing he feels he can do to make up for what he's done.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Literally. He was a terrorist who became a drunk after killing two innocents.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He killed an innocent couple with one of his bombs by accident.
A thuggish man who wanders the docks and lives with his mother.
- Ax-Crazy: Is a mass murderer and barely registers that what he's doing I s wrong.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's a burden on his mother but still loves her.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Desconstructed as Stella loves her son unconditionally, and him being a monster greatly troubles her conscience.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Is prone to killing people who annoy him.
- Hate Sink: There is nothing redeemable about him and if he's killed, almost everyone he knows has their life improve.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't seem to care about the fact he's a homicidal lunatic.
- Serial Killer: Turns out to murder anyone who pisses him off and dumps them in a sewer outlet.
- The Sociopath: Seymore gets mad at people and kills them.
The mother of Seymour Fisburn.
- Good Parents: Deconstructed as she can't inform on her son despite knowing of his crimes.
- Played straight with her relationship to Rufus Kingsberry.
- Hope Spot: Has one when she assumes Doctor Reid might be able to get her son institutionalized. Reid, sadly, informs her that her son might be deranged but he's not criminally insane.
- Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Averted. She's aware her son is a monster but can't bring herself to turn him in.
- Replacement Goldfish: Has begun treating Rufus Kingsberry as one for her son despite him still being alive. Seymour is not happy about this.
A young orphan with a pet rat.
An elderly dock resident who lost her son during the war.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her son's watch can be returned to her.
A shopkeeper in the West Docks.
A gangster who works for Edwina Cox.
- Affably Evil: Claims to be protecting the docks and the people from the chaos in the streets. Actually believes it even if there's not much he can do about influenza.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted. Edwina and he have a great sex life they're very open about.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is deeply in love with Edwina Cox.
- Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: Fancies himself one of these. Reid is having none of it.
- Pet the Dog: Shrugs off Reid's insults due to the fact he's a veteran.
- Your Cheating Heart: Booth says Edwina would kill him if he cheated on her. He's being literal and very accurate. This despite the fact she's still married to her husband.
Clay Cox's estranged wife. She took his place as leader of his gang following his absence.
- Affably Evil: Uses her position to try to protect the area during the flu and vampire epidemic.
- Friendly Neighborhood Gangster: Played with. She's a ruthless criminal but still a (tiny, tiny) bit friendlier than her husband.
- Friend in the Black Market: She is a gang leader that can sell weapons and ammo to Jonathan, so she is this trope by default.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted. She talks a lot about how Booth is a much more satisfying lover than her husband.
- Hypocrite: Downplayed. Its hinted that she'd kill Booth if she cheated on her, despite the fact she is still married to Clay, though to be fair they are stranged and its not like he is someone deserving of any sympathy.
- Your Cheating Heart: Has taken up with her lieutenant, Booth Digby.
A self-styled vampire hunter unaffiliated with the Priwen Guard or Brotherhood of Saint Paul's Stole.
- Cowardly Lion: Is assumed to be a fraud by Jonathan Reid but almost did kill a vampire once. He let it go.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He believes vampires are threatening the city and claims to be a vampire hunter dealing with them. He's half-right.
- Dramatic Irony: He completely fails to recognize Reid is a vampire.
- Large Ham: One of the biggest in the game.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Averted. He spared the only vampire he's ever met because it was one of Old Brigit's Skals.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Believes he's the heroic star of a vampire hunter story.
A man hiding in the sewers from the Wetboot boys.
A woman living at Sean Hampton's shelter and sister of Lottie Paxton.
- The Alcoholic: Is drinking heavily due to losing her position.
- Asshole Victim: How the Guard of Priwen viewed robbing her.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She has a serious issue with her sister despite the fact they're both dedicated to helping others,
- Horrible Judge of Character: Picks a fight with Jonathan Reid due to the fact she assumes he's an Upper-Class Twit and misses he was, at least while alive, a saintly doctor who helped others for free.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is a dedicated class warrior and bitter but that's because she's been kicked out of the trade union which provided her livelihood.
- Pet the Dog: If you recover the trade union's money stolen from her, she uses it to help the poor rather than give it back.
- Soap Box Sadie: Is a trade unionist during the height of the early 20th century's class struggles. Or she was until she was kicked out.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Becomes a Guard Of Priwen if Sean Hampton is spared.
A woman living at Sean Hampton's shelter and sister of Giselle Paxton.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Hates her sister for being a bitter drunk and constantly harassing her for her charitable deeds.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Becomes a Skal if Sean Hampton is spared.
- White Sheep: She is following Sean Hampton's example and helping the poor as her primary goal in life.
The retired former leader of the Wet Boot Boys, currently searching for his missing son.
A nurse at Pembroke Hospital, running an illegal dispensary buying and selling medical products. As the only one providing medical care to the impoverished around Whitechapel, she is the district's Pillar.
- Blackmail: Of the Not What It Looks Like variety — she knows Lady Ashbury is connected with the deaths of patients at Pembroke, but thinks that she's killing them as some sick upper-class game, rather than sustenance. To her credit, she is not doing it for personal gain, but to help the people of Whitechapel.
- Defiant to the End: Jonathan will point this out should he Embrace her, thus absorbing her memories.Jonathan: Dorothea Craciunescu never surrendered, even in death.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Jonathan finds her in her dispensary, she's desperately trying to save one of her doomed patients.
- Friend in the Black Market: She buys, sells and sometimes steals medicine to distribute it among Whitechapel citizens, and in turn, they protect her from any snitches and spies. If Jonathan decides to spare her, he will tell her to drop the blackmail against Lady Ashbury and resign from Pembroke, thus forming a mutually beneficially partnership with Dorothy — becoming this trope to him.
- Foreshadowing: Dorothy will curtly cut Jonathan off should he inquire about the blackmail rumor before paying Harriet Jones a visit.
- He Knows Too Much: One option to silence her that is always available is to kill her on the spot so Lady Ashbury's secret isn't revealed.
- Hero Antagonist: Serves as this to Jonathan in Chapter Two.
- La Résistance: She belonged to a communist partisan movement before fleeing her homeland.
- Mind Rape: Using your suggestion powers to make her forget everything regarding Lady Ashbury will leave Dorothy catatonic, and therefore vulnerable to a Skal attack.
- Not Bad: Choosing correct responses while carrying out surgery will result in Dorothy admitting that nothing more could have been and praise Jonathan's skills even if the patient still dies.
- Pragmatic Hero: Dorothy's rough around the edges, but she engages in unsavory activities to fund her dispensary and provide medicine to the sick and the poor within Whitechapel.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: She is correct about Lady Ashbury culling patients at Pembroke. She is wrong about the why: Dorothy thinks she's doing it for fun, when in reality, she does it to sustain herself and hates having to kill.
- Sue Donym: Dorothea Craciunescu is her birth Romanian name, but she changed it to better blend in after she migrated to England in 1911.
- Tragic Monster: If Jonathan wipes out her memory of Lady Ashbury instead of killing her or telling her to resign, Dorothy's dispensary will be attacked and she will be turned into a high-level Skal foe Jonathan will only clash against in the West End district. Obviously, this forces him to kill her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her activities are illegal and she isn't above using underhanded methods like blackmail, but she is working as hard as she can to help Whitechapel's citizens and treat the plague. Should you decide to kill her or wipe out her memory which will lead to her eventual death, the whole district will be affected with people falling ill more often.
An old Communist activist from Romania that runs a print shop and helps chase off anyone investigating Nurse Crane's illegal dispensary.
- Chummy Commies: Played With. He works to help the Whitechapel's district and is a staunch Communist. He is also something of a Grumpy Old Man towards Jonathan, but considering the circumstances and others doing what they must to survive, he can't be blamed.
- Dirty Old Man: Subverted. He is obviously attracted to Camellia, but when Jonathan asks if he is in love with her, he denies it stating the age difference between them is too great. Maybe if he was younger, who knows...
- Odd Friendship: Potentially develops one with Jonathan Reid despite he's a Romanian communist and Jonathan Reid is a rich upper class British doctor. He's especially confused if he finds Jonathan wandering around giving people like him medicine.
A mute florist who is a complete mystery to Whitechapel's citizens.
- Cute Mute: She's quite beautiful, and doesn't speak a word.
- Hello, Nurse!: Richard Nithercott is completely smitten with her, and Darius Petrescu likely would have proposed to her if he was younger.
- Innocent Flower Girl: A lovely young woman that sells flowers. She can also die tragically if Jonathan decides to feed on her.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: No one knows her real name, so they call her "Camellia" after her favourite flower.
- Mysterious Waif: Nobody really knows where she came from and she most certainly isn't native from Whitechapel. Even if Jonathan drains her, he is unable to figure out where she came from her memories.
- The Voiceless: She can't speak at all due to being born a mute. You can hear her voice when you kill her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Though she is unable to vocalize, her dying thoughts express this if Jonathan kills her:Camellia: Oh, cruel thief. I had so many things to give to this world. You stole all my tears and all my joys to come.
A Romanian immigrant that works as a prostitute in Whitechapel.
- Broken Bird: Life in England has been very hard for her, enduring cold and hunger and being forced to sell her body on the streets. When Jonathan tells her that she is at risk of catching the plague or spreading it for others, she states that she doesn't care so long as she still has enough money for a meal.
- Chastity Dagger: While she is not chaste nor is ever seen using it, she drops a knife after being killed. Considering her line of work, it makes sense she would be armed for self-defense (unfortunately it doesn't do her any good).
- Disposable Sex Worker: If Jonathan decides to feast on her blood.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Though very cynical and jaded by her job, uses her money to support herself and her brother. She also praises Nurse Crane's effort to help the population of Whitechapel.
A snake-oil saleswoman who sells her tonic to the people of Whitechapel during the plague.
- Everyone Has Standards: Loretta might be a phoney hack, but she warns Jonathan to stay away from Cadogan Bates for preying on the migrants.
- Hypocrite: She accuses Nurse Crane's dispensary of being a scam even though Loretta herself sells a fake miracle cure to the people of Whitechapel.
- Pet the Dog: For all of the fact she's a charlatan, her money is used to provide for her blind brother.
- Snake Oil Salesman: She sells a tonic that supposedly cures the Spanish flu effortlessly. Jonathan can snark about its effectiveness.
Loretta's younger brother. He was a skilled chemist before an accident blinded him.
Father Tobias Whitaker
Mesmerize Level: 5
A priest who constantly preaches about the impending end of the world in front of Whitechapel's main church.
- Ambiguous Situation: He seems to know a lot more about what's really going on than he lets on but comes off as psychotic to Jonathan because of his allusions (and may actually be Ax-Crazy).
- Anti-Intellectualism: He looks down on scientists and when Jonathan introduces himself as one, he states he "must be more lost than he expected".
- Apocalypse Cult: Outright believes that London must be cleansed with fire so it can be saved from the plague, and it's implied he is crazy enough to kill himself along with the others because "God will know His own".
- Cassandra Truth: Amidst his apocalyptic ramblings he mentions that the Red Queen has arisen and is causing the plague. Jonathan dismisses this as him being insane, but guess who turns out to be the Big Bad.
- The Extremist Was Right: For all his insane ramblings, he is the first character to foreshadow the Red Queen's existence before she is revealed, and he is correct about the plague being engineered by her to punish mankind.
- Hiding Behind Religion: Jonathan accuses him of using religion and the threat of the infection to justify his murderous tendencies.
- Kill It with Fire: His M.O., as well as what he thinks should be done to the city in response to the infection.
- Pet the Dog: Legitimately mourns his partner Samuel, should Jonathan bring him news of his death, and pays Jonathan for his trouble, stating that Samuel would have done the same had their positions been reversed.
- Serial Killer: Seeks out people that he deems "sinful" in infected areas, douses them in kerosene, and immolates them.
Vicar Joseph Larabee
Mesmerize Level: Unknown
The vicar of Whitechapel's St. Mary's church.
- Morton's Fork: He is the only civilian whose death is completely scripted and there is nothing you can do about it. During Mary's boss fight, she will feed on him to regain some of her health, or you can prevent it... By feeding on the Vicar himself, which pragmatically is the more benefitial option since it prevents Mary's boss fight from dragging out even longer.
- The Rival: To Father Whitaker, though Larabee decides to pay no attention to his antics.
Cadogan BatesA slumlord that preys on the district's immigrants by renting them squalid flats.
- Asshole Victim: One of the people which no one will miss and everyone will be glad of being dead.
- Evil Debt Collector: He personally collects his tenants' rents which is how he finds himself in need of rescuing when one of his flats is overrun by Skals.
- Hate Sink: He was seemingly created to seriously test the patience of any player aiming for a "Not Even Once" run.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Bates is the kind of guy who admits extorting his tenants to Jonathan's face, yet admires Nurse Crane doing the best she can to help Whitechapel's district. Except it's not out of respect for her good work and sacrifice, but because the more people she can save, means more money to line his pockets.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: While he is technically not a villain (i.e., he is a civilian NPC and killing him will have negative consequences), Bates rants about immigrants all the time and is a misogynist that sexually exploits female tenants.
- Sexual Extortion: He offers female tenants another way to pay their bills than money.
- Abusive Parents: The first thing Jonathan sees upon entering Whitechapel is Benjamin attempting to shoot Albert in the face for stealing its drugs. Benjamin misses, but even he doesn't know if he actually meant to fire.
- The Alcoholic: Is constantly drunk. He sobers up if Albert dies to embark on a crusade against the Wet Boot Boys, whom he thinks killed him.
- Shellshocked Veteran: He has PTSD from World War I.
- Freudian Excuse: Growing up on the streets with an abusive drunk of a father made Albert into a rather nasty person.
- Jerkass: He's abrasive to Jonathan for no reason. He's also stealing his father's medicine to sell so he can prove himself to the Wet Boot Boys.
- Self-Made Orphan: Invoked. If Jonathan kills Benjamin, Albert takes credit for the deed to impress the Wet Boot Boys.
- Jerkass: Constantly rails against immigrants. Despite knowing that Harry might be his son and telling Jonathan that he thinks that he might have been a good father, he abandons Harry if Joe is killed.
A retired boxer known as "Colossus Joe". He is now running a racketeering operation for the Wet Boot Boys.
- Abusive Parents: Jonathan can eevesdrop on him threatening to hit Harry for criticizing his criminal actions.
- It's Personal: He focuses his racketeering scheme on Barrett because Barrett slept with his wife.
- The Lost Lenore: The death of his wife set him on a downward spiral that ended his boxing career.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Can happen if Jonathan embraces Harry. This leads to Joe joining the Priwens to avenge him.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's only working for the Wet Boot Boys so he can provide for Harry.
- Reformed, but Rejected: He tried to leave his criminal job for legitimate work, but no one will hire him now that he has a criminal reputation.
- Driven to Suicide: He'll attempt suicide if Jonathan kills Joe.
- Emo Teen: Is constantly complaining about how meaningless life is. He'll attempt suicide if Joe is killed.
- Ill Boy: Has a sickly constitution.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Barrett was having an affair with Joe's wife around the time she got pregnant with Harry. Since paternity tests haven't been invented yet, there's no way to know for certain who the father is. It's implied that Joe knows that Harry isn't his biological son, but loves him anyway.
A reporter investigating the conditions in White Chapel.
A poet trying to get Darius Petrescu to publish his work.
- Despair Event Horizon: His dying thoughts show him lamenting this just before dying, as he would not live to publish any of his works.
- Loving a Shadow: He's in love with Camellia despite not knowing anything about her. He even admits to this in his dialouge, saying that the enigma he's built of her is most likely more interesting than boring reality.
West End NPCs
The richest businessman in London and also a human member of the Ascalon Club. Serves as West End's district pillar.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: He developed thanatophobia after seeing his own twin brother die, as he saw nothing but emptiness in his eyes.
- Collector of the Strange: Dawson is an avid collector of vampire lore and mystical artifacts. He claims to have read the Blood Bible, a document that proves vampires were present during the Last Supper.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is a souless blaggard and Lady Ashbury warns Jonathan that turning him into a vampire will only make him worse than before. She is proven right when Jonathan questions him about what will he do with vampirism and pretty much says "whatever I want and I will destroy any who stand in my way".
- Evil Old Folks: He is very old, and every bit the asshat Lady Ashbury describes once you meet him in person. And he becomes so much worse if he is turned.
- Face Death with Dignity: Instead of turning or outright killing him, Jonathan can convince him to let go of his fear of dying and live out the rest of his days in peace. He passes away on the next night, but the district will remain healthy due to his rediscovered philanthropy.
- Karma Houdini: If he is turned into a vampire, he becomes pretty much untouchable and ready to act like a monster.
- Jerkass: While he comes across as a pathetic and fearful old man when you meet him, if he is turned into a vampire he shows how much of a dick he truly is.
- Rich Jerk: He tells Jonathan that if he turns him into a vampire, he has no interest in referring to him as "master" or any drivel like that. And indeed if he is turned, he will scold Jonathan when the latter refers to him by his first name despite Aloysius being his progeny.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He thinks he can get away with anything because of his wealth. If he is turned into a vampire, it later evolves to Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!.
- Uncle Pennybags: If you sniff around his past, he used to be this kind of millionaire before his twin brother's death. If convinced to accept death, West End will remain healthy after he passes away due to him redistributing his wealth to keep his district's stable.
- Vampire Vannabe: He is extremely afraid of death, believing it to be Cessation of Existence so he had worked all his life with the Ascalon Club to be rewarded with vampirism.
- Visionary Villain: Should he be turned into a vampire, he tells Jonathan that he plans on having England conquering Europe in WW1's aftermath and later the West Colonies (i.e. the United States) and then turn the Royal Family's heir into a vampire so he can control them from behind the throne.
- You See, I'm Dying: He doesn't have much time left to live, so Lord Redgrave charges Jonathan with turning him into a vampire and welcoming him into the Ascalon Club as a proper immortal.
Jonathan and Mary's elderly mother.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's implied she may have developed schizophrenia following her husband's exile and Mary losing her baby to the flu. Jonathan describes her as sickly too.
- It's also possible she had her brain fried by Mary's mesmerism.
- Adult Fear: Her husband disappeared without a trace. Her son survived the war but went missing when returning home, and then her daughter dies under mysterious circumstances while searching for him. On top of her fragile health and age, she can barely hold it together during Mary's funeral.
- I Want Grandkids: She used to be like this towards her children in the past, which is made even sadder when Mary mentions that her own child died out of the flu during Jonathan's absence.
- Matricide: She can potentially be on the receiving end of this trope from both of her children. Mary can kill her prior to her boss fight if Jonathan made too many victims, and if she survives, he can kill her later on if the player decides it.
- Mercy Kill: If Jonathan opts to kill her, her social circle entry notes he couldn't bear to see his mother slowly deteriorate and so he "gave her rest".
- Scatterbrained Senior: Due to her advanced age and the horrible trauma her family endured, she can no longer tell the living from the dead and talks to herself a lot. Though being mesmerized by Mary probably didn't help.
- Brutal Honesty: Believes that Jonathan could've done much more for Emelyne, and that it could've helped her sanity.
- Family of Choice: Reid offers him his freedom but Avery says the Reids are his only family.
- The Jeeves: Always polite and formal, and is unfailingly loyal to the Reid family.
- Undying Loyalty: Should Jonathan ask if he's ever considered leaving, Avery insists that he would never so long as he continues to live.
Elisabeth's adopted daughter. She is a suffragette that campaigns for equal rights between genders.
- Dramatic Irony: Her mother is a carrier of the Blood of Hate. If Charlotte was changed, she'd be a mindless killer.
- Emergency Transformation: Discussed when Charlotte admits being willing to invoke this trope to become a vampire by either catching the plague or throwing herself under a carriage so her mother can save her life by turning her. It would have horrifying consequences.
- Happily Adopted: She grew up in an orphanage and was adopted by Lady Ashbury when she was 10 and raised like her own daughter. She only found out the truth about her mother's nature when she was 16.
- Kick the Dog: Charlotte being the potential victim of this trope if Jonathan feeds on her, considering she is the beloved daughter of his best friend.
- Secret Keeper: To her mother, obviously and to Jonathan, since she can pretty much tell he is a vampire by just looking at him.
- The Tease: Towards Jonathan for a bit when she tries to seduce him so maybe he can turn her. Jonathan can either call her out, say he is interested but that would be an bad idea, or state he could simply have his way with her, drain her and leave her body in a dark alley. The last option freaks her out until he says he is joking.
- Vampire Vannabe: It's revealed she expresses the interest of becoming a vampire herself in order to better fight for her political causes. Understandably, her mother has forbidden her from pursuing this wish, but she still secretly hopes for it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Her final thoughts should Jonathan feed on her:Charlotte: Pray my mother never find my killer, betrayer!
- Abusive Parents: Is one of them.
- Mrs. Robinson: While Carolyn isn't that old compared to Jonathan, she is old enough to have an adult daughter and blatantly hits on the good Doctor Reid.
- My Beloved Smother: Deeply loves her daughter, but laments having spoiled her too much and making her unable to stand for herself. The trope takes a much, much darker turn when it's revealed she is abusing her.
- Abusive Parents: Is abused by her mother.
- The Klutz: She is apparently very clumsy, and is often injured through frequent accidents. Then it's revealed she's actually being abused by her mother, averting this trope.
- Naïve Everygirl: Is sweet, innocent, and acts like a preteen rather than an adult woman.
Jonathan's old friend from before the war. He somehow learned about vampire existence and is trying to do something about it.
- Butt-Monkey: Clarence is treated as the West End's joke because of his ranting about vampires, his wife doesn't respect him and is revealed to be planning to get rid of him and even Jonathan can call him an idiot (though to be fair, not without case since Clarence figured out vampires do exist, but can't even identify the person he is asking help to is an vampire himself).
- Cassandra Truth: He is aware of the vampire presence in London and tries to warn people to do something about it, but is dismissed as an lunatic.
- Love Martyr: Blames himself for his wife planning to murder him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's fond of Jonathan and offers her sincere condolences to him, but eavesdropping on her will reveal that she's had enough of Clarence's tomfoolery and plans to poison him. If Clarence dies, she straight up admits wanting to kill him, but someone had beaten her to the punch.
- Rich Bitch: Turns out to be more interested in her family's reputation than her husband's life.
A waitress that went missing and her father died searching for her.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Her Ekon admirer in question. Though she admits not being necessarily opposed to being gifted with immortality, she'd never accept becoming a vampire's Sex Slave.
- Armor-Piercing Question: A light-hearted variant when she curiously asks Jonathan if "vampires can even fuck", leaving him completely stumped.
- Broken Bird: Was almost turned into a vampire bride and grieves for her father's death as seen with her sobbing a few times in West End, specially considering the circumstances of their last time together.
- Distressed Damsel: She is being held captive by some Ekon, requiring Jonathan to save her.
- Heroic Wannabe: Louise expresses interest in joining the Guard of Priwen after her father was murdered by an Ekon that kidnapped her.
- I Have Your Wife: Being the "proverbial" wife of this trope, since her father was an Guardsman himself and an vampire kidnapped her to lure him out.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Her Ekon captor plans on keeping her as a Sex Slave.
- Parting Words Regret: In a way, yes. They had a violent fight where he slapped her and she kicked him in the groin, and she fled the house as a result leading to her attracting the wrong sort of attention. She laments by the manner they interacted for the last time.
The Primate of the Brotherhood of St. Paul Stole and Edgar Swansea's superior who lives discreetly in the West End.
- Ambiguously Human: Usher looks and ages like a normal mortal, but knows an uncomfortable great deal about Jonathan, can flawlessly divine his fate, uncover other Londoners' most intimate secrets and shrugs off Jonathan's Mesmerize attempts. Jonathan himself harbors a suspicion that he might belong to some rare and exotic vampire subspecies. And so do the Guard of Priwen.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's of clear Indian descent he states so in his notes but the unconventional name and the ties to England are there.
- Fortune Teller: His more or less occupation-slash-cover.
- Heroic Neutral: Observes and assists the vampires who are willing to cooperate with him, but should a frenzied one threaten London he will not be as mild-mannered or patient. The only reason Usher doesn't oppose Jonathan if he's become a murderer is that he knows what will happen should the Red Queen wake up.
- Impartial Purpose-Driven Faction: The leader of one, however the impartial bit is a subject that warrants wider debate the organization is ancient, has its own ceremonies and secret traditions, and its members know how to harness faith. Myrddin will straight-out tell Jonathan that if he indeed regards the Brothers of the Stole as a cluster of laid-back scholars, then he's a fool.
- Parting Words Regret: Inverted. If Jonathan drains him, his dying thoughts would echo the regret of not putting a Ban on him sooner.
- Tarot Troubles: Reads the Tarot in his spare time and can do the same for Jonathan for the modest price of one-hundred-fifty shillings.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know:Usher: I do ask one thing, though. Do not read [my notebook], Jonathan. Some secrets are not meant to be revealed, even to immortals.
A landlord and amateur astronomer that has been kidnapped by an Ekon.
- The Atoner: After Jonathan rescues him, Kimura resolves to be a better landlord and father. He also decides to join the Guard of Priwen to help other victims of vampires. Fortunately, he doesn't join during the game.
- Distressed Dude: Jonathan first meets him being held captive by an Ekon seeking to sacrifice him to the Red Queen.
A rich hedonist known as the "Lone Gormet of London"
A strange woman lurking in the alleyway behind the Ascalon Club.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Lady Ashbury's ex-lover mesmerized her to eat rats for his own amusement. There's nothing Jonathan can do to free her beyond killing her.
- Immortality Seeker: She eats live rats because she thinks doing so will make her immortal. She knows that this is a lie, but she has no choice because of her brainwashing.
- Mercy Kill: Once Jonathan figures out what is really going on with Carina, she'll ask him to kill her. She's one of the few characters who is happy to be embraced.
Charles Jerome Albright
A detective investigating murderers who are using the Spanish Flu to cover up their crimes.
- My Greatest Failure: He once sent an innocent man to the gallows and has been trying to atone ever since.
Pericles and Agammemnon Baker
Two eccentric twins who are seeking to leave London.
A renowned actress from West End who runs an acting school from her theater. Posters for her various productions can be seen throughout the game. She is also an Ikor and the person primarily responsible for transmitting the Skal plague to West End and its surrounding burroughs.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She kills herself rather than let Jonathan do it after he defeats her, by setting her body on fire.
- Body Horror: The entire left half of her body has mutated grotesquely, leaving her face hideously scarred and her arm swollen to massive proportions with no apparent skin attached.
- Fan Disservice: Doris wears a revealing dress while being horribly mutated by the plague. It's also in this form that she hits on Jonathan.
- Flunky Boss: Summons a bunch of low-level Skal to attack Jonathan and keep him distracted.
- Large Ham: Tends to speak in loud, exaggerated dialogue, even during what's supposed to be a more subdued moment. Which makes sense, considering she's a stage actress and is thus used to projecting her voice across massive spaces. And being completely bonkers by the time you meet her certainly doesn't hurt.
- Man on Fire: Doris burns herself to death using a lamp.
- Plague Master: Like all Ikors, she spreads disease simply by existing and is compelled to spread it to as many people as possible.
- Red Herring: We are led to believe that she is the Skal epidemic's Patient Zero and with her death, the disease can be contained. Except Doris isn't the patient zero, her mother Harriet is.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Red Queen. While Harriet willingly became a vessel for the Red Queen's wrath and was quite happy to spread plague and destruction of her own accord, Doris was apparently a genuinely kind and caring individual — with the exception of her hatred of her mother — prior to her infection and was simply compelled to spread the plague by the disease itself.
- Walking Spoiler: In case you couldn't tell, there's more to her than just being a background character who shows up on posters.
- Walking Wasteland: Like all Ikors and Disasters, her sole purpose is to spread pestilence and destruction wherever she goes.
- Zerg Rush: Her minions are all level 1, but they can still cause minor damage and show up in large enough numbers to still make them a decent threat.
Yes, that William Marshal, who turns out to be an ancient vampire and one of the oldest in Britain. His memory is still honored by the Ascalon Club, specially by its founder Lord Redgrave, who claims to have been sired by Sir William himself. Following a Great Purge half a century ago perpetrated by the Guard, Marshal has disappeared without a trace and nobody knows where he is. After the final boss, Jonathan searches for Elisabeth in her secret hideout and finds out he has taken exile in it, now a broken shadow of his former self. It's possible to have an conversation with him one last time before Elisabeth puts him out of his misery.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted. He was an vampire, held the noble title of "Earl" and his followers went on to found the Ascalon Club, but he was more of an Hero with Bad Publicity.
- Badass Grandpa: Was the strongest vampire in all of Britain. And while he looks very decrepit by the time Jonathan encounters him, Elisabeth warns him that he is still very deadly.
- Been There, Shaped History: The Great Fire of London was caused by him when he fought the previous Disaster that caused the Black Plague. He fought against her for several hours and in the end, he locked her up inside St. Paul's Cathedral and burned it down to make sure she was dead.
- Elderly Immortal: By the time Jonathan meets him, he looks like an fragile old man that can barely stand up despite being a vampire himself. This is a combination of having been an old man when first visited by "Michael", and having abstained from drinking blood for centuries by the time Jonathan meets him.
- Face Death with Dignity: Very composed when he is beheaded, noting he was never defeated, and only dies because he chooses.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: To the Ascalon Club and vampires in general at least, while the Guard of Priwen considers him the Greater-Scope Villain due to being the oldest vampire in Britain that managed to evade their Purge and disappear completely, but his progeny still linger and preying on mankind. He still applies as a Paragon all the same, since he was Jonathan's predecessor as the chosen vampire warrior that fought against the Red Queen's Disaster long before the events of the game.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Supposedly was one while acting as Myrddin's champion, remembering that he only drank from the "throats of the unworthy".
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He is reviled by the Guard of Priwen for being a vampire and evading their great hunt. Little did they knew he was the last thing standing between Britain and the Morrigan from ravishing the land.
- Historical-Domain Character: William Marshal was the 1st Earl of Pembroke that served under five different kings and considered the "greatest knight to have ever lived".
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Elisabeth refers to him as "father" due to having sired her and he treats her as his own daughter.
- Monster Knight: Both a famous knight and an extremely powerful vampire.
- Off with His Head!: Elisabeth beheads him to put him out of his misery at the end of the game.
- The Older Immortal: He is considered the oldest vampire in Britain, but is by no means the very first, sinceKing Arthur at least precedes him.
- Posthumous Character: He is presumed to have died a long time ago, but his memory is still honored by the Ascalon Club. Subverted, since the ending reveals he is still alive.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: Despite having fought on the side of good, Elisabeth can warn Jonathan that William is very much a ravenous vampire who only superficially appears to be the noble knight he once was; and William attempts to trick Jonathan into getting into striking distance despite Elisabeth telling him that Jonathan is her friend.
- Religious Vampire: When asked about his maker Myrddin, William says that "God is his maker" and that he was given immortality by the archangel Michael, meaning that he must have kept his faith after all these centuries. Most tellingly, he also wears a cross around his neck which is impressive considering the vampire aversion to holy artifacts.
- Retired Badass: Originally the greatest knight that ever lived and also sired by Myrddin (which would make him Jonathan's predecessor), he laid down his arms to live alone in a castle.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Of the self-imposed variant. After succumbing to the blood of hate when he fought the Disaster in 1666, he chose to live in his castle partly to hold back his dark thirst and also to atone for having hurt Elisabeth. And it's by Heroic Willpower alone he remains in his place.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Priwen's perspective, since you can come across one of their documents telling their members to forget the image of the noble Knight in Shining Armor that Marshal supposedly was and in reality, he was an terrible vampire master. It's revealed to be the opposite.
- Walking Spoiler: The ending reveals he is still alive and living in solitude on a fortress.
Jonathan's sister, she is killed by him during the first minute of the story when he awakens following his transformation. She returns halfway during the game as a vampire seeking revenge against Jonathan for unintentionally siring her.
- Adult Fear: Her husband died fighting in France during the War and her only child was taken by the plague.
- Boss Banter: Will reference all the choices Jonathan has made concerning the pillars of the community up to that point.
- Cain and Abel: A completely tragic example due to her newly-transformed brother accidentally killing her due to succumbing to his bloodlust. When she later rises as a vampire herself, she seeks revenge against Jonathan for turning her into a monster and tries to kill him... Or gain peace from her condition.
- Dark Action Girl: For a newborn vampire, Mary is a surprisingly deadly boss fight sharing much of the vampire powers that Jonathan wields. She also looks the part very appropriately.
- Death Seeker: At the end, what she really wants is to be put out of her misery after becoming a vampire.
- Famous Last Words:Mary: Then — at last — I can forgive you.
- Flower Motifs: Roses. She leaves one — the same her mother had set on her coffin — in the mouth of her most recent victim, and can even summon patches of bloody flowers that detonate some seconds later.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Implied. She fondly admits that Jonathan has always been the only one to "sway her to reason", regardless of circumstances.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Or in her case, Vampire Brother.
- Hypocrite: She will call her brother out on being a vampire who feeds on others, but at the same time isn't against feeding on the Vicar during her battle, or killing her own mother to spite Jonathan.
- Improvised Weapon: She uses a makeshift wooden cross that marked her grave as her weapon during her boss fight.
- Matricide: Potentially. If Jonathan has killed civilians before confronting her, she will drain Emelyne right before his eyes.Mary: Time to go, mother. Give my regards to my son.
- Mercy Kill: While reconciling with Jonathan, she asks him to run the stake of the cross through her heart so she can die. He obliges.
- Outliving One's Offspring: During her Motive Rant against her brother, she says that her child succumbed to the flu.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She dies in the first minutes of the game. Subverted when it's revealed she rose as a vampire and had to claw her way out of her grave.
- Serial Killer: Mary starts a string of vicious murders in order to attract Jonathan's attention.
- Shout-Out: Mary's appearance seems to modeled after Eva Green's character Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful, to a point where Mary's dress becomes nigh-identical to the one Vanessa wears in Season 1.
- Tragic Monster: After being unintentionally sired by Jonathan, Mary became so horrified by her new condition that she goads him into fighting her, either in an attempt to get revenge or release.
- Trauma Conga Line: She lost her husband in the war, then her son passed away due to the plague. She and her mother both anxiously waited for her brother to return home, only for him to have gone missing. She finds him in a mass grave and wants to give him a proper burial, only for him to come back to life and unintentionally turn her into a vampire. Finally, she gets driven mad and tries to either hunt down her brother or kill him, potentially killing her own mother to make a point.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: During the flight, she will sometimes throw up blood which changes into the previously mentioned explosive flowers.
Jonathan's illusive sire. He is no normal vampire, but a being far older and so powerful that he isn't even corporeal.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: He is heavily implied to have been Merlin, since one of his names (Myrddin Wilt) was an alternate Welsh mythology figure associated with Merlin.
- Since the in-universe King Arthur was in fact a vampire sired by Myrddin, and Arthurian legends describe Merlin as a friend and adviser of Arthur, it certainly makes sense that he is in fact Merlin.
- Big Good: For better or for worse, he sired Jonathan with the purpose of stopping the Red Queen and saving London. He also states that Britain is under his protection.
- Blue and Orange Morality:
- While he has Britain's well-being in mind, he doesn't understand humans very well and has a problem communicating with Jonathan due to speaking in riddles, even though his words "could not have been more clearer" in his opinion.
- He's also the one to introduce Jonathan to feeding, stating it's "a river [he] has to dry," but will be disconcerted if his champion goes on a killing spree, nonetheless.
- The Chooser of The One: He chose Jonathan to be his champion to stop the Disaster, just like he had done it with King Arthur and William Marshal.
- Enigmatic Empowering Entity: For the better part of the game, we don't even know his name (the subtitles only refer to him as "Mysterious Entity"). All we know is that he is that he is an ethereal being that might not even be from this world. It's not until the endgame when his identity is revealed.
- I Have Many Names: He has been referred to by so many different names its all meaningless to him. Myrddin Wilt is just the one he randomly chooses for Jonathan, and William Marshal refers to him as the Archangel Michael.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: It doesn't matter how hostile Jonathan is towards him, Myrddin is unfailingly polite and kind towards his progeny and champion.
- Invisible to Normals: Implied to be the case for him. Every time he appears before Jonathan, only he can see and talk to Myrddin even though is physically manifesting himself in public and nobody else can see him. One document from the Brotherhood of St. Paul also states that he only appears to vampires, and mortals have only been able to record his existence by second hand.
- Horned Humanoid: Has antler-like horns in his head, giving him a vaguely druidic appearance.
- Humanoid Abomination: He is a humanoid figure made of blood. Jonathan expresses shock when he discovers that is not a way he manifests himself, but actually how he really looks like.
- He is quick to correct Jonathan that he is not made of blood, he is blood.
- It's All My Fault: He admits that what happened to the Reid family from pain, suffering, and tragedy is his fault. However, he doesn't seem to regret it and maintains he did what he had to in order to stop the Red Queen.
- Trickster Mentor: Whenever he appears before Jonathan, he gives advice in the form of riddles, which annoys him to no end.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While Myrddin's goals are ultimately benevolent, he is practically detached from humanity that he has no concerns over the consequences of his actions.
The Red Queen
The Red Goddess, the Queen of Blood, mother of all vampires and the source of the blood of hate that unleashed for the Skal plague. Once worshiped as the Morrigan, she is a malevolent being that in every few centuries, unleashes her wrath in form of calamities and plagues upon Britain, and every time her son Myrddin sires an vampire hero to stop her.
- Been There, Shaped History: She unleashed the 1918 Spanish flu, and the Black Death was also her doing.
- Big Bad: The true malevolent force behind all things happening in the story. Dr. Swansea might have started the Skal plague, but she is the blood of hate that flows within the vampires and London can only be saved with her defeat.
- Bloody Murder: With her avatar being composed of blood, naturally her attacks will qualify as this trope.
- Blood Knight: Pun not intended, she delights in spreading pain and misery among the humans to punish them for their arrogance.
- Dark Action Girl: She is an female Eldritch Abomination and according to Myrddin, she specifically picks up only bitter and resentful women that have been wronged to make them into Disasters, since they represent her wrathful scorn she inflicts upon the world.
- Eldritch Abomination: She is a non-corporeal being from another world beyond comprehension, even to Myrddin. Hell, the moment she comes out of Harriet Jones' body, the entire room is flooded with blood signaling her arrival. Furthermore, Myrddin says that the Red Queen was only partially awakened, and if she were truly woke from her sleep, the destruction she unleashed would have been immeasurable.
- Evil Matriarch: Even though she is Myrddin's mother, he is completely devoted to foiling her plans. Downplayed, in that they don't seem to have any real dislike towards each other, and in fact she regards the battle of champions between them as a fun diversion.
- Fighting a Shadow: Explicitly so; her health bar says that you are merely fighting her avatar and when defeated, she isn't even destroyed permanently.
- Flunky Boss: Summons bloody minions that fight similarly to Skal to aid her in combat and explode after a few seconds.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Being the queen of all vampirekind and an evil entity that lays waste to mankind on regular basis.
- Horned Humanoid: Just like her son Myrddin, though hers make her look more demonic; which is very appropriate.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Is this to Jonathan. If you've refrained from feeding on anyone the whole game, she'll only be a Level 30 foe, making her actually weaker than her host Harriet Jones. But the more people you've fed on, the more you've given into the Blood of Hate, the stronger she will be. At worst, she will hit a staggering Level 51, higher even than your own level cap of 50, and give you the fight of your life even with all the power you've gained.
- Plague Master: A sign of her awakening is deadly epidemics.
- The Scourge of God: She desires to punish mankind for its inequities using calamities.
- Turns Red: At a little over half health, she pulls out two oversized sickles, gains a faster, more aggressive moveset, and summons even more minions.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is sleeping, and her son goes out of his way to make sure she remains sleeping. He even admits that the Disasters she's caused are the equivalent to her dreaming, and that Jonathan should "Pray that she never fully wake."
- Vampire Monarch: Though she barely qualifies as a vampire due to being a non-corporeal being, she is the source of vampirism and all vampires own their existence to her.
- Worthy Opponent: She is one to Myrddin, admitting defeat gracefully when his champion overcomes her again and bearing him little spite for his defense of humanity.