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The Heart

The Heart knows the secrets.

This page lists quotes from the Heart.

Dishonored

Missions

High Overseer Campbell

Heart, High Overseer Campbell
  • "Somewhere near a man has just taken his last breath. His eyes are still open!"
  • "Misery. Everywhere."
  • "Such corruption! Such hypocrisy. Make me look on it no more!"
  • "Once they are brought here they never leave. The Overseers always find the guilt they seek."
  • "Where have the Overseers gone? They wade through chest high waters with their hounds."

House of Pleasure

Heart, House of Pleasure
  • "The plague swept through here. There are rooms they have yet to clean."
  • "The girls do not like this new Madame. She is not kind. Not at all like the old one."
  • "The Golden Cat entertains important clients tonight. The Madame is worried. She must not disappoint."
  • "They ship them in from farming villages, bastard daughters and extra mouths that can't be fed."
  • "They thought they would be working in a factory. By the time they arrive it's much too late."

The Royal Physician

Heart, The Royal Physician
  • "Many seek the Bridge for solace. Ruined men, abandoned women, and plague victims have all leapt from here."
  • "The crushed minerals, the farm animals, the vials of liquid mysteries - all these and more are necessary for his experiments."
  • "The air is heavy and stale. Some acrid powders still linger in it."
  • "Sokolov sees the Captain at the Helm, and the Tusked Leviathan. What do you see in the stars?"
  • "I smell bones in the pylons, blood beneath the stone blocks. Men died building this structure."

Lady Boyle's Last Party

Heart, Lady Boyle's Last Party
  • "This was once the house of a High Overseer. Lydia Boyle took special care to desecrate each and every room."
  • "Old friends are cut from the guest list at the merest rumor of plague."
  • "Tonight the nobles try to conceal their indiscretions behind masks and costumes."
  • "The other families dare not make a move without first approval from the three Ladies Boyle."
  • "Don't be fooled if you hear laughter, or happen upon a smile. There is no lightness or merriment here."

Return to the Tower

Heart, Return to the Tower
  • "We have both been here before."
  • "If the plague were to take the entire city, or flames consume it, Dunwall Tower would be the last to fall."
  • "The Lord Regent resides here. As do those who await their turn with the executioner. Though their apartments differ."
  • "He walks the floor, careful to touch each stone only once, counting. He cannot purge his mind of the thoughts."
  • "Dunwall Tower is not so tall that it can rise above the stench of death."

The Flooded District

Heart, The Flooded District
  • "They bring the bodies here. With rough hands. Rough hands and cages. Some of them are still breathing. The water is so cold and it is the last thing they feel."
  • "Even the terrible floods were not enough to wash away the sorrows of Dunwall."
  • "They butchered the deep ones here, breathing in the rich stink of their enchanted flesh."
  • "When the sea wall broke, many strange things were drowned and forgotten."
  • "These waters are greedy. They will never give back what they have taken."

The Loyalists

Heart, Loyalists & Light at the end
  • "Emily banged her head in the confusion. They dragged her crying into the waiting boat. She called your name."
  • "You are like the rivermen. They spread their nets wide, and pull up all manner of things. The sweet, the deadly, the poisonous, all together in one catch."
  • "Your usefulness is spent. They long for news of your death!"
  • "Callista tried to protect her, but they pulled the child from her arms. Oh, the curses she spat at them!"
  • "They left in great haste. Scattering like insects, eager to bore into the nests you made for them."

The Light at the End

  • (See The Loyalists lines)

Other Locations

Dunwall Whiskey Distillery

Heart, Dunwall Whiskey Distillery
  • "There is a strong drink made here. I tried it once. Distilled from River Krusts by the taste of it."
  • "The brothels sprang up around the distilleries. They are inseparable."

The Hound Pits Pub

  • "Before the sun rises they toss any casualties into the river. Men or hound - they all go in."
  • "They top off the wine with river water. But eventually someone swoons, then fresh bottles are fetched from the cellars."
  • "Their fate rests on your effort. On the strength of your hands, and of your heart."
  • "They stood in a circle around the candles, and cut their hands to form their alliance. The blood hissed as it touched the flames."
  • "The conspirators have found a safe home here. They take great care that they are not followed."
  • "The ale here is sweetened with honey to hide the taste of river brine."
  • "The sober speak in whispers. The drunk bellow."
  • "Fortunes have been won here, and lives have been lost."
  • "The old man claimed a dark corner and drank himself into oblivion. The hounds were the first to find him."
  • "Somewhere in the basements below, hound kills hound, and money changes hands."
  • "Such laughter! And they are singing the old songs, linking arms. But that was from a happier time."
  • "Deals are made here, sometimes under the influence of wine. And sometimes the influence is the point of a knife."

The Void

The Void
  • "This place is the end of all things. And the beginning."
  • "All of time is meaningless here. Neither seconds nor centuries."
  • "Someday this place will devour all the lights in the sky."
  • "The one who walks here is all things. Cradle songs of comfort and bones gnawed by teeth."
  • "This is the place from which those who dabble in the black arts draw their power. And this place is their doom."

Multiple Environments

Heart, Multiple Environments
  • "I can feel a great age ending."
  • "They are burning the whales."
  • "The doom of Pandyssia has come to the city."
  • "The river rushed in when the barrier broke. A whole district went dark."
  • "I will be glad to rest."
  • "At the Academy they cut the flesh of the dead, and trap the lightning from the sky."
  • "Why am I so cold?"
  • "The great ships have stopped bringing their hauls."
  • "What have they done to me?"
  • "My father had golden hair. My mother hair like ash."
  • "This city is built on the bones of the great ones."
  • "When the last leviathan is gone, darkness will fall."
  • "The Abbey is dark - its doors are locked, and no more the great sermons. The Overseers have taken to the streets."
  • "Can you hear them too? Crying out in the dark?"
  • "The thinkers of the City - they devise new ways to tame the elements."
  • "Not so long ago Dunwall was a proud city."
  • "Is it the Month of Harvest? Time has lost all meaning."
  • "How can it be that I know such things?"
  • "Listen - I can hear their every thought."
  • "I am not alive - nor have I received the gift of death."

Characters

Loyalists

Callista Curnow

Heart, Callista
  • "She is Callista Curnow. She has learned to defend herself in this treacherous city."
  • "She and her uncle – the last of the Curnow Family."
  • "She dreams of freedom, and the decks of whaling ships fast after the beasts of sea! But alas, she is a woman."
  • "Such sadness."

Cecelia

  • (See Female Civilian lines)

Farley Havelock

Heart, Farley Havelock
  • "Look at him. Admiral Havelock grows restless on land."
  • "There was a younger brother. An artist: sensitive, soft. Taken at nine by a fever. Havelock loved him truly."
  • "Admiral Havelock has seen more corpses than all the rest put together."
  • "He has killed whales and men for profit - and pleasure."
  • "He has the bloodlust. He tried to seize control of the military after the Empress... after she? The Empress was murdered."

Lydia Brooklaine

  • (See Servant lines)

Piero Joplin

Heart, Piero
  • "Each and every night the black-eyed Outsider visits upon Piero's dreams."
  • "He is Piero Joplin. Even now he visualizes the next invention - astonishing. I wish you could see it too."
  • "Poor Piero. His elixirs have cured so much for so many. But they cannot cure his brain fevers."
  • "The youngest ever to pass through the Academy of Natural Sciences. Sokolov will never forgive him that!"
  • "He has spied upon Callista as she bathes. More than once."

Samuel Beechworth

Samuel Beechworth
  • "Samuel is a simple man, but he knows the River Wrenhaven and all its tributaries, down to the smallest inlet."
  • "He has many scars. Some from the phlegm of the river krusts, some from the nameless monsters of the deeper ocean."
  • "Samuel was once eager to hear Havelock's stories of the sea. But perhaps the Admiral is not what he expected."
  • "Samuel Beechworth went to sea to forget a hopeless love. He succeeded."
  • "The boatman has a good heart. And respects you."

Teague Martin

Teague Martin
  • "There are few brave enough to laugh in the Outsider's face. But Teague Martin is one."
  • "Do not be deceived by his talk of Strictures. Martin's crimes weigh heavy on his spirit."
  • "He has been a soldier, a highway robber and a man of faith."
  • "He wonders which is more powerful - the knife or the tongue."
  • "He always had his sights set on the Abbey's highest office."

Treavor Pendleton

Heart, Treavor Pendleton
  • "To think, Lord Pendleton is the son of nobility."
  • "For one so steeped in courtly manners, his thoughts do linger long on revenge and murder."
  • "The younger Pendleton. Jealous little Treavor. Always in the shadow."
  • "He is prone to skin infections. His eyes are sensitive to the light."
  • "Pendleton ships come back from the Pandyssian continent crowded with poor frightened captives."

Wallace Higgins

  • (See Male Civilian lines)

Targets

Anton Sokolov

Heart, sokolov
  • "Anton Sokolov. He knew me once. And did much to set me on my path."
  • "Yes, Sokolov's a foreigner - with the looks and manner of a Tyvian Swineherd. But he is also a great genius."
  • "Not all his knowledge was gleaned from Academy books, some is gained from the maid-servants he beds."
  • "What the aristocracy will pay for a portrait painted by Anton Sokolov! If only they knew how much he detests them!"
  • "The city owes much to this great mind. Let him drink and find company where he can."

Custis Pendleton

Heart, Custis
  • "His blood founded this city but now Custis Pendleton lives only to plunder it."
  • "Custis is considered the smartest and the cruelest of the Pendleton brothers."
  • "His attachment to his twin brother Morgan is not wholesome."
  • "He was raised to believe the world is but a toy for him to play with."
  • "He has one of the keenest minds for business in all of Gristol."

Daud

Heart, Daud
  • "In the schoolyard, the other children would marvel at his quick hands. One day, a man came for young Daud, and led him away."
  • "No! There is no turning back from the path he has chosen!"
  • "Paid assassin. Daud. The last thing the... Empress felt was his blade."
  • "His hands do violence. But there is a different dream in his heart."
  • "Why have you brought me here? Am I meant to forgive this man for what he did?"

Esma Boyle

Heart, Esma Boyle
  • "That is Esma Boyle. She drinks to forget herself."
  • "When there are teeth marks on her skin, she is careful to dress away from the servant's prying eyes."
  • "When her family held a dinner for Sokolov, Esma sat with him. They spoke of many mysteries, and the messages that can be read in the stars."
  • "There was trouble when her daughter was born. Then the doctors told her there would be no more children."
  • "In her thoughts now - the tawdry events of last night, and a rival she schemes against."

Hiram Burrows

Heart, Hiram Burrows
  • "This is him, the Lord Regent. Before that the Royal Spymaster. And before that still, Hiram Burrows. What secrets he knows!"
  • "How I misplaced my trust! Now that I see so well, I know how truly blind I was."
  • "He is driven by obsession, like a madness. Order, he must have all things, in order."
  • "It was he who brought the rats, the rats brought the plague. There is no man more accursed."
  • "Disease and death and murder, that is what Hiram Burrows - the Lord Regent - has brought us."

Morgan Pendleton

Heart, morgan
  • "He works men to death. He need only put pen to paper. Lord Morgan Pendleton."
  • "Morgan Pendleton. How greedily he clings to what is left of the family fortune."
  • "Born joined at the hand to his twin during the Month of Darkness. A knife severed their physical bond, but not the bond that runs deeper."
  • "The women of the Golden Cat have become accustomed to Morgan's unusual requests."
  • "He takes cruel pleasure in others' discomfort."

Lydia Boyle

Heart, Lydia Boyle
  • "When she's alone, Lydia plays the harpsichord; she is one of the finest musicians in the city."
  • "Of all the Boyle women, Lydia has the most to keep secret."
  • "Neither a talker nor a great beauty, she has cultivated other qualities to survive nobility."
  • "She worries about rumors. She keeps a close eye on the servants."
  • "Her servants never last long. And no one dares question her about their whereabouts."

Thaddeus Campbell

Heart, Campbell
  • "Campbell breaks all Seven Strictures each day. It's his own little joke."
  • "He angers easily, and takes revenge without mercy."
  • "The High Overseer - Thaddeus Campbell."
  • "Don't let the talk of faith fool you. Campbell is vain, lustful, decadent - and completely corrupt."
  • "He uses his position of power for personal gain and the pursuit of pleasure."

Waverly Boyle

Heart, Waverly Boyle
  • "Waverly Boyle. She acts as if too good for her many suitors, but the servant boys know her well enough."
  • "The youngest of the Boyle women. She suffers from reckless frivolity, followed by long bouts of melancholy."
  • "The society of Dunwall know better than to make an enemy of Waverly Boyle."
  • "A favorite game of hers is to befriend a young socialite, and then see her ruined within a year."
  • "A servant from Morley once stirred her so deeply, she had him killed the next day."

Others

Adelle White

  • (See Upper Class Female lines)

Alec

  • (See Bottle Street Thug lines)

Alfa

  • (See Female Civilian lines)

Betty

  • (See Courtesan lines)

Blake

  • (See Male Civilian lines)

Boo

  • (See Bottle Street Thug lines)

Bunting

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Captain Ren

  • (See City Watch Officer lines)

Emily Kaldwin

Heart, Emily
  • "She sees more than she is telling. Young Lady Emily."
  • "Poor Emily! Her childhood is lost! She has become a pawn in the games of men!"
  • "She was bribed with sweet biscuits and ox milk, calmed with stories of magic and seafaring. All to keep her sane in a time of turmoil."
  • "She hides her fears. She seeks someone to trust."
  • "She clings to her childhood things, but they bring her only brief comfort."

Geoff Curnow

Heart, Geoff Curnow
  • "The Guard Captain is Curnow. There was once a large family. Now it’s only him - and a niece, Callista."
  • "His first lover was a soldier from Tyvia. He killed to keep the secret."
  • "Curnow’s loyalty to the Lord Regent is feigned. It is a dangerous game he plays."
  • "He is swept up in events too large for him to comprehend."
  • "His Grandfather came from Serkonos. They never let him forget it."

General Tobias

  • (See City Watch Officer lines)

Granny Rags

Heart, Granny Rags
  • "Long ago Granny Rags danced at court. Men begged to marry her."
  • "In her mind's eye she is fancy trimmed in velvet, fresh and young, on her way to an evening of romance."
  • "Careful. She treads with purpose. And is not as frail as she seems."
  • "The children sometimes circle Granny Rags, following along and taunting."
  • "She has given herself fully to the Outsider."

Griff

Heart, Griff
  • "He was in prison for five years, then changed his name to Griff. No one suspects."
  • "In troubled times, fortune often favors those such as he."
  • "Griff offers as close to a fair deal as one can find in the Isles."
  • "Yes. He knows who you are. But he will pretend he does not."
  • "An honest man – no. But his heart is not as black as some."

Jack Ramsey

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Mace Brimsley

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Mad Survivor

  • (See Male Civilian lines)

Madame Prudence

Heart, Madame Prudence
  • "She throws the dead girls in the river."
  • "She learned long ago not to grow fond of any of the girls."
  • "The Golden Cat was here long before she came to run it. But the curtains were her idea."
  • "The plague is the least of her worries."
  • "She holds her head high now, but once she worked the streets and wore naught but filth."

Mattie

  • (See Upper Class Female lines)

Montgomery Shaw

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Morris Sullivan

Heart, Morris Sullivan
  • "Morris Sullivan. Executioner and torturer."
  • "Morris has heard the final pleas and guilt-ridden confessions of a hundred condemned men. But he felt nothing."
  • "He was born into wealth on Endoria Street, and grew large and strong. But his brain shrunk and shriveled, like bad fruit."
  • "The family feared diluting their blood with outsiders, so cousin married cousin. For generations."
  • "His temper as a child was vile. They would find the family pets dead."

Pratchett

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Propaganda Officer

  • (See Male Civilian lines)

Sergeant Heyburn

  • (See City Watch Guard lines)

Slackjaw

Heart, Slackjaw
  • "Slackjaw. Whores raised him. He'll never know his father was a prince."
  • "He deals in flesh, weapons, strong drink. They've always called him Slackjaw."
  • "He knows the streets of Dunwall, especially it's dark alleys, as well as any man."
  • "If ever in doubt, which is often, he uses the knife."
  • "He and his thugs started in Treavers Alley. Now his influence is felt over the entire Island of Gristol."

Test Subject 312

  • (See Female Civilian lines)

Timothy Brisby

  • (See Upper Class Male lines)

Character Classes

Bottle Street Thug

Heart, Bottle Street Thug
  • "His father was one of the first to die of the plague."
  • "A street thug. A knife for hire."
  • "This one cooks rats over a trash fire when he can’t find anyone to rob."
  • "He murders for coin."
  • "He is paid in whiskey and sleeps on the floor of the distillery."
  • "He is a cutthroat and thug. He answers to a man named Slackjaw."
  • "His mother still walks the streets of this district."
  • "A predator. He’s part of a gang."
  • "He looked after his brother the best he could. But the boy died of thick lung at the age of six."
  • "A brutal thief."
  • "A mud lark until 12, sifting through the filth until he could use a knife."
  • "He is from the Bottle Street Gang."
  • "He feeds a stray dog every night. He named her Billy."
  • "One of Slackjaw’s men."
  • "His mother’s dying words to him were: Give us a whiskey, darling."
  • "Violence. Desperation. Depravity."

City Watch Guard

Heart, city watch guard
  • "He misses the days he spent at sea."
  • "He wears the uniform of the City Watch."
  • "Unless he dies tonight, he will kill twice more before ending his own life."
  • "He has already spilled much blood today."
  • "He seems fine now. But soon the symptoms will start to show."
  • "Miserable work. But still preferable to prison."
  • "This one has kept a lock of hair from everyone he's ever killed."
  • "If there were work on the ships, there would be fewer men volunteering for the City Watch."
  • "The need for drink outweighs all else for this one."
  • "Beneath that uniform is a brute."
  • "He taught himself how to read."
  • "So vulgar!"
  • "He has a woman friend, as brutish and ugly as he. But they are kind to each other."
  • "He has no more brains than a bluejawed hagfish."
  • "The floods took his home and family."
  • "He's not fast, but his sword has taken many lives."
  • "There are few men who can drink as heartily as this one."
  • "He follows orders."
  • "This one thinks only of whores."
  • "Few live after crossing the City Watch."
  • "He was born in the Month of Earth, and never knew his father."
  • "Strong of body, but not of the mind."
  • "When not at his post, he searches for his sister, missing a week now."
  • "What he lacks under the helmet, he makes up for with that sword."
  • "His mother fed him whiskey to stop his tears."
  • "Only fools and weepers openly confront the Watch."
  • "His father beat him. Now it is his turn to beat his son."
  • "Careful, he is armed."
  • "He was raised in the orphanage. There was only bread and river crab."
  • "What a disgusting brute!"
  • "He eats rat to keep up his strength."
  • "See how thick he is about the neck and shoulders."
  • "The Officers of the Watch made him cut his hair."
  • "Beware that sword!"
  • "He stinks of river mud and beer."
  • "He is a clumsy fool, but still, take care."
  • "Always he has such hunger in his belly."
  • "Best to avoid the City Watch, when possible."
  • "Each time he kills he sees her face. He can never undo what he did."
  • "Few dare a confrontation with the Watch."

City Watch Lower Guard

Heart, city watch lower guard
  • "The pain in his head drives him to do unspeakable things."
  • "Filthy, cowardly. You smell the Lower Guard before you see them."
  • "He once killed a man just for a change of boots."
  • "They sometimes work for coin, but are often paid by the bottle."
  • "He was in prison, but they needed more men for the guard."
  • "Without that torn uniform, he would have nothing."
  • "This one's thoughts are indistinguishable from those of an Overseer's hound."
  • "He is unfit for any vocation. That's why he's in the lower guard."
  • "He's bathed but four times in all his life. The times he's fallen drunk into the Wrenhaven waters."
  • "The Lower Guard find their recruits in prison cells."
  • "The orders confuse him, so he follows what the others do."
  • "He is like a feral dog. Hungry, mean, and mangy."
  • "Once he found a turtle by the Rudshore Waterfront. He fed it lettuce leaves and horse flies."
  • "The Lower Guard: Drunkards and thieves in shoddy uniform."
  • "His mother never cared for him the way she cared for the bottle."
  • "His sword is in poor condition, but it will still cut."

City Watch Officer

Heart, city watch officer
  • "He murdered a nobleman, then framed a friend for the deed."
  • "Arrogant. Corrupt. And fiercely loyal to the Lord Regent."
  • "Madness runs in his family. And he is the worst of them all."
  • "These are the sons of rich and powerful families."
  • "When his cousin refused his advances, he sent a Watch patrol to beat her to death."
  • "Discipline, pride, and courage. A dangerous combination."
  • "He has ambitions well past the City Watch."
  • "They act quickly, harshly. And without mercy."
  • "Not once has he lost a sword fight."
  • "Careful. The Officers of the City Watch are well trained."
  • "He received a letter from his sister. He can never go home, the plague is there."
  • "They've been known to mock their victims before striking."
  • "No one ever mentioned the missing boys. He feels confident he's gotten away with it."
  • "An Officer of the City Watch."
  • "Twice today he has coughed up blood. He's told no one."
  • "He will follow his orders to the end."
  • "He is worried. It's been four days since he's had word from her."
  • "See how proudly the Officers hold themselves."
  • "What he ate last night isn't settling well with his stomach."
  • "They are loyal to the Lord Regent."
  • "He is only two merits away from another medal. He hopes to earn them today."
  • "Careful. This is no dim-witted Sergeant of the Watch!"
  • "He visits his father in the asylum, though the man no longer remembers him."
  • "Few can best their swordsmanship."
  • "He thinks exercise and discipline will keep the plague away."
  • "He has a pistol and has used it on children before!"
  • "If they find out what he's done, he'll be executed."
  • "They are the Lord Regent's most trusted men."
  • "They are chosen for their advanced skills."
  • "His entire family was taken by the plague. It is just him now."

Tallboy

Tallboy
  • "Keep clear of its legs."
  • "Somewhere atop that contraption, there is a man."
  • "It has other surprises in store, not just height."
  • "He believes the machine he walks on makes him invincible."
  • "They walk above the Plague, above the rats, above the flooded streets."
  • "They use their height to advantage."
  • "What kind of leader would use such against their own people?"
  • "Most of the City Watchmen call them Tallboys."

Courtesan

Heart, Courtesan
  • "She has kept a ragdoll from her childhood and hides it under her bed."
  • "The streetwalkers. Only the rats spread the plague faster."
  • "When she was ten her mother traded her for a bottle of wine."
  • "Few enter this line of work by choice."
  • "She is a plague carrier. Infectious, but not ill. And she knows it."
  • "A courtesan knows many secrets, and how to keep them."
  • "On the first day of the Month of Rain, she means to throw herself from the roof."
  • "They know how to dress to capture the attention of men."
  • "It wasn't her fault. There was a struggle for the pistol."

Overseer

Heart, Overseer
  • "Even now he whispers the prayer against witchcraft. Can you hear it?"
  • "The Overseers are devout, but fanatically so."
  • "He punishes himself cruelly if he does not extract at least one confession every month."
  • "They are experts at extracting confessions, even from the innocent."
  • "He has no care if the ones he kills are heretics or innocents."
  • "They never rest - their grim task is fueled by devotion to the Abbey of the Everyman."
  • "They made him watch when they tortured his parents for their worship of the Outsider."
  • "The Overseers employ many mysteries to find those they call Heretics."
  • "He wonders when he will be able to return to the Abbey."
  • "Should Overseers Come to Call, Know your Strictures, One and All."
  • "He recites the Seven Strictures. But he is thinking about blood ox steak."
  • "Some Overseers sleep alongside their hounds in the kennels. Some let the beasts into their bunks."
  • "He was asked to perform a wedding. So few, lately. It lifted his heavy heart."
  • "Overseers. How grimly they set about their tasks, rooting out the influence of the Outsider, whom they hate more than they love men and women."
  • "He doubts his abilities. The curse was not broken. If anything the woman's warts seemed worse than ever."
  • "They are from the Abbey of Everyman. They hunt for heretics."
  • "He fears the influence of the Outsider."
  • "Woe to those found guilty of using witchcraft."
  • "He is confused by recent events. There is no one he can trust."
  • "Few of the Overseers are happy about being joined with the men of the Lord Regent's City Watch."
  • "He feels poorly, and suspects a witch's curse."
  • "They blame the plague on the misdeeds of the people. They hunt for any signs of wrongdoing!"
  • "His wolfhound was injured when they came upon a den of rats. The beast may not recover."
  • "Wherever the Overseers go, common folk tremble, and brother accuses brother."

River Krust

Heart, river krust
  • "Nothing else will grow if there are River Krusts nearby."
  • "In the old days, the rivermen scraped away the Krusts, so gentlemen and ladies could stroll by the river un-accosted by their foulness."
  • "Only the very rich can afford a necklace of river pearls."
  • "Some say they feed on tears. And they have grown so very large of late."
  • "They send orphan boys into the water to find pearls hidden in the Krusts. The pearls last forever, not so the poor boys."
  • "When they grow in great numbers, the fish won't come."
  • "The old rivermen say this of the Krust - the more vile the spit, the more value the pit."
  • "Beware the River Krust."

Servant

Heart, Servant
  • "The other servants don't like her."
  • "Work is never done for the lowly servant."
  • "Her servant wages will not be enough to fix her father's debts."
  • "For all the hard work, there is little reward for her."
  • "If she lives until tomorrow, her day off, she will be mauled by Weepers and left for dead."
  • "Do not pity the servant. There is pride in the job well done."
  • "There is not a day that goes by she does not consider taking her own life."
  • "The house help is treated poorly. But there are worse ways to earn a coin."
  • "The pain in her back is constant. Nothing helps."

Male Civilian

Heart, Male Survivor
  • "He spies on his neighbors and reports to the Overseers."
  • "Only after a long day of work will he return to his home and family."
  • "He always eats very well, even as his wife and child grow thin."
  • "It is in the common man that the Abbey finds its most faithful."
  • "He steals from his business partner. A little every day."
  • "Some men can still find work along the waterfront."
  • "He didn't tend to that cut, and now it festers."
  • "A man is only as common as his dreams."
  • "All that he had was lost in the flood."
  • "He used to admire the Overseers. Now he fears them."
  • "That work was the best he could do. And still they weren't satisfied."
  • "He is tired."

Female Civilian

Heart, female survivor
  • "She hides her hands. They are raw and scarred from the washing."
  • "The common woman. She fears the Abbey and the plague."
  • "She is a seamstress in a shop frequented by the wealthy."
  • "There is nothing common about the work she does every day."
  • "All she wants is to lay herself down in the middle of Framling Street, and await death."
  • "The fabric of the city is made of stuff such as she."
  • "She starves so that her children can have bread."
  • "The common folk, simple minded, selfish, but they can be kind."
  • "She has only one dress, and wears it to tatters."
  • "If only she had a coin for every time she stubbed her toe."
  • "Now the littlest one is sick."
  • "She can hold her drink as well as any man."

Upper Class Male

Upper Class Male
  • "He plots to take the whole inheritance for himself."
  • "He is wealthy and wears fine clothing. But underneath, all men look the same."
  • "He is low born. He has killed more than once to keep it a secret."
  • "He is very rich and powerful."
  • "Soon the money will run out. And when it does, things will not go well for him."
  • "The job of the aristocrat is to stay an aristocrat."
  • "He enjoys tormenting the help."
  • "His family controls a large estate with many servants."
  • "He might wear the blue jacket tomorrow. The grey doesn't bring out his eyes."
  • "They never shine up his shoes as much as he likes."
  • "He really did care for her once."
  • "He first saw her when he was nine. She'd somehow got her foot stuck in the wheel."

Upper Class Female

Upper Class Female
  • "She beats her servants."
  • "The rich still cling to the belief that the plague will only sicken the poor."
  • "Only she knows what really happened the day her invalid mother died."
  • "She does not wield a sword or a pistol. Gossip is her weapon."
  • "She loves counting the money in front of the help."
  • "Aristocrats believe they deserve their wealth and finery."
  • "Her dearest friend died in childbirth in the Month of High Cold."
  • "Her life would be considered decadent by most."
  • "She has no idea what she should wear to the dinner tomorrow."
  • "Her new shoes are of a nice fashion, but they strangle her toes."
  • "She has no intention of returning the necklace she borrowed from Lady Oswald."
  • "She had to dismiss the maid-servant who saw the Mark of the Outsider, branded on her back."

Female Weeper

Heart, Female Weeper
  • "This weeper got the disease from attending to her sick children."
  • "She intends to spread the plague to others, if she gets the opportunity."
  • "Hear her terrible moans! The disease is both painful and disfiguring."
  • "Soon this Weeper will be too ill to eat or drink. She will not suffer much longer."
  • "She does not remember her former life. All she has now is this."
  • "You cannot help her. The finest elixirs in Dunwall cannot help her now."
  • "They sheltered her for a time, but when the blood came from her eyes, they sent her out. Called her a weeper."
  • "She bought the finest elixirs. Perhaps she did not take them in time."
  • "The Overseer told her it was her own misdeeds that brought the plague to her."
  • "She still has some awareness - and strength. Do not provoke her."

Male Weeper

Heart, Male Weeper
  • "He watched his wife and daughter die of it. Now the plague takes him."
  • "There is nothing left of the man he used to be."
  • "He was fond of taking in stray animals. But that was before."
  • "Look at him! Yet he believes this malady will pass and he will soon be well."
  • "Was he a nobleman or a commoner? Whatever he was, that life is over now."
  • "He was a harpooner on a great ship. But then he began to fall ill."
  • "He pleaded with her to leave. Begged her not to help him. But now she is sick too."
  • "He is very ill, but be warned - he still has much strength."
  • "He hopes his wife is suffering somewhere, just as much as him."
  • "There is nothing you can do for him, but keep your distance."

Weeper (Gender-Neutral)

  • "They suffer from the plague."
  • "They are called Weepers. They can languish like this for many weeks."
  • "Whoever they were before, now they are victims of the contagion. Weepers."
  • "Weepers may look helpless, but they are not!"
  • "The sick spread more than disease - they spread panic."
  • "The sickness attacks the breathing, eyes, and ears. And lays waste to the brain."
  • "The Weepers. They live in constant misery, until death finally releases them."
  • "Have pity for those afflicted. But a warning - pity them from afar."

Whaler

Heart, Assassin
  • "He is loyal to Daud, yes, but there is something else. Something - no, I cannot see."
  • "Such power. If only it could be harnessed for something other than death."
  • "One of Daud's assassins. They are everywhere, and nowhere."
  • "Daud's men. Secrets so well kept - even I cannot discern the truth."
  • "There is something about this one. A memory? From before?"
  • "They are sick with treachery. From within - and from without."
  • "Death. I feel only death from this one."
  • "They are like puppets. They do not act of their own will."
  • "It is as if there is a cloak around him, and I cannot see through it."
  • "Some mystery fuels their steps."
  • "I do feel something, but it's distant, like a memory."
  • "A haze surrounds them - I cannot see through it."
  • "It is the same with all of Daud's men. They exist in the place of fog."
  • "They are assassins, that much I know."
  • "He has taken a life - but I can't be sure of anything else."
  • "When Daud commands them, they obey."

Wolfhound

Heart quotes, Wolfhound
  • "This Wolfhound has killed many."
  • "Magnificent beasts. They know only cruelty and hunger."
  • "There is a children's rhyme: Do not weep or make a sound, for that will bring the 'seer's hound."
  • "They have no fear. It has been bred out of them."
  • "This beast is a clever one."
  • "They can sniff out those who are fearful, sick or wounded."
  • "This one has acquired a taste for blood."
  • "They are as cruel as their masters, but with considerably sharper teeth."
  • "He will protect his master."
  • "They have excellent hearing."
  • "At night, it dreams of chasing rats."
  • "The Wolfhounds are not pets. They are one of the Overseer's most lethal weapons."
  • "He is a biter, this one."
  • "Wolfhounds. Massive beasts."
  • "This one is no more than a pup. He'll grow into those paws."
  • "The Overseers bring their hounds to sniff out wrongdoers."

Dishonored 2

Other locations

The Void

  • "There are no stars in the sky here. There is no sky."
  • "We shouldn't be here. No one should."
  • "In thousands of years, few have seen this place. Two were empresses." (as Corvo)
  • "In thousands of years, few have seen this place. Three were empresses." (as Emily)
  • "There is a strange power in this place."

Multiple Environments

  • "So many hands built this place. And it is so grand. Was so grand. It could have been paradise for all."
  • "Why do so many have so little? It was never meant to be this way."
  • "The downtrodden. The poor and forgotten. Mudlarks, beggars, and orphans. Who speaks for them?"
  • "I knew this world, fifteen years ago. Some part of me remains, but the world seems strange."
  • "I hear laughter. Somewhere there is still merriment and song. And the gentle ease of friendship."
  • "Somewhere a miner coughs black from his lungs. He hides it from his wife. Will you kill them too?"
  • "Yes, there is more here than corruption and pain. Don’t despair, there is goodness here too."
  • "I am tired. How long my dearest? How long must I endure in this shadow state?"
  • "Yes, this place is home to cutthroats and villains. Are you not becoming one of them?"
  • "You could've spared so many lives, but you didn’t. Why?" (high chaos)

Characters

Targets

Breanna Ashworth

  • "An artist, of sorts. Bone and skin stretched across canvas, with pigments coaxed from blood and hair."
  • "Breanna Ashworth. She is the curator at the Royal Conservatory. But she is something more."
  • "She moved to Brigmore Manor with Delilah and the original coven in the year 1836."
  • "A curator by day, hosting aristocrats. But she has many secrets."
  • "Sixteen years ago, it was just Breanna Ashworth and Delilah. When they founded the coven together."
  • "There is - something she made from whale bones. More powerful than a simple charm."
  • "They wanted her to wed that wheezing old man. So she ran away. Ran to Delilah."
  • "Loyal to Delilah, after death and across all these years."
  • "Delilah's arcane bond is strong with this one. Many of the powers manifest in Ashworth."
  • "She is a player in a game of power and magic. All the world will change if she does her part."
  • "Ashworth comes from old money. But she hates the aristocracy as much as she hates anyone."
  • "After Delilah's return, women from all over the Empire felt the pull of Delilah's power, coming to join them in Karnaca."
  • "She wants to reach out to them, to the Sister of the Oracular Order. To whisper into their dreams."
  • "Sometimes she remembers being with Delilah at the old Brigmore Manor, outside Dunwall in younger days."
  • "Her family would've forced her to marry that pig. She ran and never looked back."

The Crown Killer

  • "This is the one they call the Crown Killer, but she thinks of herself as Grim Alex."
  • "Oh! Something courses through her veins! Inflaming her brain! Stay away."
  • "A dark place in her mind has been allowed to overgrow, unchecked by society's safeguards."
  • "You see? Wickedness is her master, yet she is driven by purpose, following a perverse plan."
  • "Struggle, confusion, murder. She awaits another message from someone powerful. Instructions."
  • "Like a feral thing, she takes, she kills. But someone else is there too. Sleeping."
  • "It delights her how much she maims and tortures, because she knows how it would hurt her - sister? I'm sorry, it's all mingled together."
  • "She laughed when she killed him. Laughed and growled as she pulled him apart."
  • "There's no voice in her head to tell her when she's gone too far. It's been numbed."
  • "Something has corrupted her blood. It frees her from doubt. She will have her way."
  • "That night in Dunwall, she spread the red everywhere. Feeling triumph. Glee."
  • "She's remembering a night with Duke Luca Abele, Kirin Jindosh, and - others. They did something vile, but astounding."

Delilah Copperspoon

  • "I knew her! As a child. We played together at Dunwall Tower. She was a kitchen girl. And I... I was..."
  • "Delilah. How is it she lives? She wandered in the void. I can see it. But then..."
  • "She watched her mother sicken and die in the debtor's prison. She will never forget. Never forgive."
  • "Adore her. She demands it. It nourishes her."
  • "They were never fair to her. No kindness was ever shown. They whipped her. Sent her in the streets."
  • "Many times, her father told her that she was a princess, and promised that one day she would be a queen."
  • "If I could only speak to her now, my darling playmate from so many years ago."
  • "She disappeared from Dunwall Tower. Something occurred, but so long ago. What was it?"
  • "She schemed of - no! - Of casting out the soul of a little girl and living in her skin. My - my daughter."
  • "She tore it out and hid it away. No - it's not possible. No one would do that."
  • "She dreams of all the world bowing, but more than that. Loving her. Breathing her name."
  • "Forgive me, Delilah. I should have tried to find you."
  • "In her mind, a great painting takes shape. She would paint The World As It Should Be."
  • "She was an apprentice to Sokolov, and more. She admired him for a time. His irreverence. His freedom from restraint."
  • "Her mind turns to the coven. To the old ones, from fifteen years ago, and the new ones who join now."
  • "Wait, something is wrong. She should be older, by twelve years."
  • "Her powers are greater now. She found something in the Void. Something ancient."
  • "The women who feel the tug of her arcane bond, they come from across the Isles."
  • "There is an old spirit here. I remember. Delilah."
  • "From time to time, she thinks of Luca, but only as one thinks fondly of a favored pet."
  • "Some nights, her mood sinks low. The world feels lonely and cold, and - not right. She knows no peace."

Luca Abele

  • "He is nothing like his father."
  • "Another tedious meeting. Endless complaints from the miners about the conditions below."
  • "He signs the papers to hurry things along, barely glancing at them. Oh, how his writing hand cramps!"
  • "His brother died on the dirty streets of Dunwall, struck down in his youth."
  • "Even living in the Grand Palace and taking his food from silver plates, he is unhappy."
  • "Schools, travel, and mentors. His father gave him every opportunity, but it was never enough."
  • "She is more than a lover to him. He counts the moments until he sees her again."
  • "The advisors surrounding him are hand-picked for their ability to run the silver mines beyond capacity. He avoids those who once worked in the mines."
  • "Those who toady on him are only tolerable because they free him from the constant, whining demands that pile up at his feet."

Paolo

  • "He's made the Howlers into something more than just a street gang."
  • "He's clever this one, with aspirations. You'd be surprised how high up he wants to be."
  • "The Howlers are his family. He's done terrible things to protect them."
  • "He believes he could run Serkonos better than the Duke."
  • "He has a secret that will save his life only once each day."
  • "He is well known throughout Karnaca as a man who can get things done. Even the new Duke has employed him."
  • "There is someone he needs to check on. He wonders if the moonstruck man has enough food and water."
  • "Some business with the Duke. An ongoing arrangement. I don't know. It involves one whose mind has been - injured."
  • "I didn't see it at first, but there is magic at work here. He uses charms made of bone... uses them well."
  • "Paolo. He helped a blind woodcarver cross the street the same day he assassinated a barrister."
  • "He gets another star tattooed across his back every time he claims a life. A constellation of woe."
  • "He's thinking these are dangerous times. And how Mindy will take care of the Howlers should anything happen to him."

Liam Byrne

  • "Ambition. That is what I sense in him. The youngest man to reach Vice Overseer in decades."
  • "Liam Byrne. He has moved up quickly in the Abbey's hierarchy. He might be High Overseer someday."
  • "He barely tolerates this new Duke. They must interact on occasion, but he does not like it."
  • "He grew up in the cold mists of Fraeport on the nothernmost tip of Morley. He was nothing then. Now the Overseers look to him for answers and leadership."
  • "When he was a boy, an Overseer stepped out of the mist, wolfhound by his side. Voice was deep and strong as he recited the invocations. Young Liam Byrne was transfixed."
  • "His faith is strong, perhaps overly so. He sees the influence of the Outsider everywhere. In the Duke, in the street gangs, and even the miners."
  • "Something nags at him, beyond the usual worries. He will consult the Sisters of the Oracular Order, and they will set his feet on the right path."
  • "His father taught him to read using letters carved into hand-crafted wooden blocks."
  • "He seeks to weed out the witches and heretics. Those who have succumbed to the lure of the Void and who bring chaos where they tread."
  • "There was a boy, turned in by his mother for his Restless Hands. He extracted a confession as he would from anyone else. It would have jeopardized his ascent to Vice Overseer to do otherwise."
  • "His mother encouraged his musical talent, but his interests lay in the comfort of the Strictures and the rigors of Abbey."
  • "He has seen a troubling increase in superstitious beliefs and the use of charms and spells. He waits for guidance from the Oracular Order."
  • "Once a week, he meets an old friend of his mother's for dinner at a café at the edge of town. He listens to her stories again and again, with great patience."
  • "When his years in Karnaca come to an end, he hopes to move to the capital. In Dunwall, he will have the ear of the High Overseer himself."
  • "Before they took him away for the Trials of Aptitude, the Overseers in Fraeport watched him for months, debating his promise."

Others

Alexandria Hypatia

  • "An alchemist dedicated to the diseased afflicting sailors and mine workers. But her mind is - troubled."
  • "Is she a prisoner? She feels trapped here. Why is she not allowed to leave Addermire?"
  • "When the Duke's voice begins to play on the audiograph, a chill comes over her, and - she sleeps."
  • "She wonders if bergamot might increase the efficacy of her black lung formula. Another part of her is - watching."
  • "The Grand Guard interferes with her work, and she resents them. She could ease so much suffering."
  • "She fashioned a breathing apparatus for the child. Now she wonders if it has made any difference."
  • "This one has a good heart, but there's something else there too. Watching from the inside."
  • "Tomorrow she will ask again if she might see just a few of the most dire cases."
  • "Hypatia regrets her most potent serum. She burned almost all the notes. But a part of her holds onto the formula."
  • "If they'd only let deliver more Oil of Tartar to her patient with calenture. To ease his hallucinations."
  • "Hypatia studied at the Academy of Natural Philosophy under Piero Joplin and Anton Sokolov."
  • "A man brought his dying son by boat, braving the rocks. She watches, helpless, as the soldiers drove him away."
  • "She cares for the patients, treats them with compassion. Often refuses their money."
  • "She has a special interest in the lung and eye conditions prevalent in the dust district."
  • "For years, she studied in Dunwall before returning to the South."
  • "It's as if she's emerged from a long, black dream." (after being cured)
  • "Her spirit has been unburdened, and she is gaining strength each day." (after being cured)
  • "There's a sense within her of what she's done, but only impressions." (after being cured)
  • "Hypatia's mood improves. She looks forward to seeing patients again." (after being cured)
  • "Already, she's thinking about an old patient suffering from boanthropy. She wants to know how the woman is progressing." (after being cured)

Anton Sokolov

  • "Anton Sokolov. Painter, inventor and - philanderer. Famous throughout the Isles. Loyal only to himself."
  • "Sokolov wonders now if it was all worth it. Once put forth, some ideas take on a life of their own."
  • "The years have softened him. He seeks to make up for the wrongs from his past."
  • "He experimented on people during the plague years. Unwilling subjects who suffered needlessly at his hands."
  • "It was brief, but his time at the Hounds Pits Pub - as a prisoner - stays with him. He was strangely happy."
  • There is guilt within him for the things he did. But curing the Rat Plague saved so many."
  • "Not so long ago the nobles vied for his attention. Sent him gifts and flattery. Whose invitation would he accept? Whose portrait would he next paint?"
  • "His past torments him. Can he ever atone for the pain he's caused?"
  • "He is full of regrets, this old man. Sokolov, the once-great alchemist."
  • "Some nights he dreams of a young woman he once painted, decades ago. Her face, the most beautiful thing he'd ever beheld. She died before the painting was complete, and he burned it to ash."
  • "From Esmond Roseburrow, Sokolov learned the power hidden inside whale oil. He harnessed it for devices that kill, and Roseburrow took his own life."
  • "Some nights he wakes for the toilet, thinking he's at his old apartment on Kaldwin's Bridge. He's confused by the layout of the Dreadful Wale."
  • "He retreated from Dunwall, tired of the petty squabbles of the elite."
  • "They still seek him out, for portraits, new elixirs, or bawdy stories. Some just to see the great Sokolov now stooped and humbled."
  • "It's all still there - in his mind. Every formula. Every equation. Harder and harder to recall."
  • "In his dreams, he sees the names and faces of every subject he experimented on in the name of progress."
  • "They would flock to his lectures. When all the seats were full they would line the hallways straining to hear. Hypatia, Jindosh, all the great minds of today owe him a debt."
  • "When Jindosh held him, Sokolov believed he would die, and that changed him. He is so tired."
  • "He's remembering a great voyage he took by sea. So many men lost, reaching Pandyssia. The burning wastes."
  • "Anton. How great you were! Rest now my friend..."

Aramis Stilton

Sane

  • "There was a time when he tried to impress them; to hide his humble beginnings. But he no longer cares."
  • "He laments hosting their silly séance at his home. He indulges the young Duke, because he loved his father."
  • "At the gala they joked loud enough that he could hear. Something about his shoes being the finest Caulkenny has to offer. But he carried on. It was nothing he hadn't heard before."
  • "Stilton devised a mask to help the miners take in less dust as they work. He wants silver. Not sick workers."
  • "Aramis Stilton. Like the ore he mines, there is something of value underneath that gruff exterior."
  • "He could afford finer clothing. But even if he wore the finest suits in all the Isles, they would still turn their noses up at him. He's stopped trying."
  • "The aristocrats barely tolerate him, but he is not without friends. There was the old Duke. And - Meagan Foster.."
  • "He never trusted Luca Abele. He seeks only to tolerate him. He hopes the young Duke will grow into his responsibilities.."
  • "There is a great sadness in him. He misses his friend and confidant; the old Duke, Theodanis."
  • "Aramis Stilton. Born in squalor on the Isle of Morley. Now he runs most of the mines in Karnaca."
  • "He's worried about something Duke Luca Abele has done. The son is nothing like his father."
  • "He has drawn up designs that should prevent collapses in the older tunnels. He hopes to implement them soon."
  • "He sees the beauty in the mines. Rich veins of ore cutting through quartz. Great caverns lit by phosphorescent light within the stone."
  • "Aramis Stilton made a fortune in the Silver Mines, without the usual cruelty associated with such endeavors."

Insane

  • "Something about the Duke and a lake at night. But he recalls the father, not the son."
  • "He hears singing. Wait, not singing. Some vibration, coming from the center of this place."
  • "He would pluck out his own eyes if it would help him forget what he saw."
  • "He is trapped inside himself. Some terrible ceremony echoes through his thoughts."
  • "There was a whisper and a groan, strange as the whales in the deep. He hears it still."
  • "The night this terrible thing happened to him, he wanted to meet with Meagan. To confide in her."
  • "Once, Aramis Stilton knew his name. He worked to improve conditions at the mines. And now this."
  • "Silton looked deeply into the Void. He cannot unsee what he has seen."
  • "He was a doubter! He was afraid! That's why his mind was ruined on that night!"
  • "Before this, he was so worried the old money people would laugh at him. They did."
  • "His eyes see the teetering past and the ruined present. And the moments in between."
  • "Had he not been with the Duke on that night, his life would have been very different."

Meagan Foster

  • "I can see why you like her. She's almost as secretive as you."
  • "Meagan Foster. She wasn't always a ship captain."
  • "It was years ago. The two were inseparable. There was no food, but there was love. Those brief days on the street with her childhood friend- the happiest times she's known.
  • "Meagan? She can be trusted, to a point. But I can not see past the anger. That much rage can hide things."
  • "There was always hunger back then, on the streets of Dunwall. Hunger and fear. She learned to be brutal to survive."
  • "Back in Dunwall, she almost killed the crime boss called Slackjaw. Once while he was getting a shave."
  • "Some nights she wakes choking, hearing the screams of a young girl, watching - her mother die."
  • "I can tell you that for years she was a smuggler, and worse before that."
  • "She has not always chosen her companions wisely. But she truly cares for Sokolov. I can feel it."
  • "I can see why she cares so much for Sokolov, both of them are trying to atone for their past. But maybe there are things beyond forgiveness."
  • "She has secrets I will not reveal. She may tell you in time."
  • "It was not her hand that held the knife."
  • "Things would have been different for her, if her young friend had survived the attack all those years ago."
  • "She is a woman formed of three fathers. A drunkard, a killer, and an artist."
  • "She fell in with the wrong crowd many years ago in Dunwall. The things she did. She can't forgive herself."
  • "She - she was with them...on that day."
  • "A man haunts her dreams. Like a father to her. A man with scar. He hides himself, even from me."
  • "This one has a greater destiny, beyond Dunwall, beyond Karnaca."

Mindy Blanchard

  • "This is Paolo's second in command, Mindy Blanchard. Early in life she was someone else."
  • "It wasn’t enough just to rob them. She yelled and cursed until they cried, just like she knew they would."
  • "She goes after the rich ones who cry and faint at the first sign of trouble. She can’t wait to take their pocket watches, jewels, and pride. Resents them for their easy lives."
  • "She calls them her lovers. Those poor souls."
  • "This one answers to Paolo, who is her closest friend and knows all her secrets."
  • "If she says she’s going to hunt you down and kill you in the street, then that’s what she’ll do."
  • "Mindy Blanchard. Second in command of the Howlers. She once broke a coffin maker’s arm for smiling at her."
  • "Early on, she felt like she’d been born into the wrong life, so she set about making it right."

Character Classes

Beggar

  • "He was cruel to his family. So when he lost his employment, he had nowhere to turn."
  • "He spat on her. The Tyvian woman who stopped yesterday to give him a coin."
  • "He cheated his partners. But they found out. Look where it's got him."

Female Civilian

  • "She told them the medicine was too expensive. And they were too sick to notice her boots."
  • "They are her playthings. And when one inevitably dies, she but sends word and a replacement arrives within a week."
  • "Before the duel she gave him one last kiss, and handed him the pistol - the one she had loaded with ash."
  • "It wasn't true what she told them - that she was soliciting donations to buy cakes for the orphans."
  • "She's convinced herself they deserve all the terrible things she's about to do."
  • "She told the Overseers her brother was a witch. Even showed them some spells she had hastily scratched in his journal. They took him away."

Male Civilian

  • "He tried to kiss her, but she turned her heard and told him to gargle out his putrid breath first. He struck her twice, and she fell."
  • "You are wondering - is this a good man, or a bad man? You tell me. He left them there. Knowing they could not swim."
  • "He took the two in. Gave them the first real home they'd ever known."
  • "He's hid them from her. The letters from home that she waits for so desperately."
  • "He took a finger from the girl as proof of his intentions. And the family paid the ransom quickly."
  • "He's thinking since gifts and flowers didn't work, he'll have to resort to violence."
  • "He told her the view from the roof was something she just had to see. Oh yes. He pushed her."

Elite Guard

  • "He lags behind the others, and hears only the orders that suit him."
  • "He remembers the man had blue eyes. And his voice went very high just before he killed him."
  • "He fooled them into thinking he was a first captain. Got them to buy the drinks all night."
  • "She waited for just the right moment to tell them the mushrooms were poison."
  • "No one questions an officer from a good family. That's how she gets away with it."
  • "He had word sent to his family in Redmoor, saying that he had died in the line of duty. Now he can keep all his wages for himself."
  • "He hates the drunkards. Reeking of death and rhum, just like his mother. He rolls them into the street, and under the wheels of the carriages."
  • "He brings them to where they process the whales. What's a body or two compared to the enormity of those beasts?"
  • "She's thinking she might go back to Gristol. Try life on her uncle's farm again. Or a little fishing vessel of her own."
  • "He targets men, mostly. Their arrogance infuriates him. But he's buried women too."
  • "At the last moment, she switched contracts. That's how she 'lucked' into such a fine apartment."

Grand Guard

  • "The beggars have to pay him 'rent' to sleep in an alley beneath his apartment."
  • "He taunts the prisoners with lies. Tells them they are to be let go, or that they have a visitor."
  • "He found her journal. Reads a new page aloud every night at the dinner hour. She's asked for a transfer."
  • "He's due for a promotion soon he thinks. He may be right. If they base promotions on needless cruelty."
  • "He's seen things he would rather forget. That's why he spends so much of his pay on gin slings."
  • "After looking everywhere, he still can't find the letter, the only thing he had from her."
  • "He once chased a beggar girl across Karnaca for hours, until the child fell from a rooftop and broke her neck. He left the body to rot."
  • "He's worked it out that he'll get paid whether the prisoners live or die. But if they die, there's more food to go around."
  • "Last week a woman started barking her wares too early. And too close to his window. She'll recover. But two of her teeth are gone for good."
  • "The uniform sometimes attracts this kind of man. He wants power over the helpless. To take lives if he can manage it without suspicion."
  • "He brought his own mother to the Overseers and told them she was the Outsider's concubine."
  • "He told the landlord that members of the military don't have to pay rent any more. Said it was a new order straight from the Empress."
  • "He steals from his father's tobacco shop and sells the cigars at the docks for half the price."
  • "He tied the baker and covered him with confectioner's glaze. Then he let the rats do the rest."
  • "They won't let him back in the bathhouse. Not after what he did to a boy there."
  • "A man at the distillery sets some bottles aside for him. And in return he doesn't break the man's nose."
  • "He knew the man worked on the rooftops, on a windmill crew. It was almost too easy to stage the accident."
  • "When he can't sleep he forces his wife and children to stay up too."
  • "He makes sure the guilty ones don't make it back out on the streets. And he always thinks they're guilty."
  • "If he'd been sober he might have saved the boy."
  • "He trades in embarrassing secrets. Everybody thinks guards don't have eyes and ears - but they do."
  • "He crushed her fingers and told her she needed a permit to play the fiddle on street corners."
  • "Each night he struggles to read another page of the only book he's ever owned. The story of a pirate woman who commands the southern seas."
  • "He goes through their personal items. Takes anything that looks valuable."
  • "This man loves wielding power, dominating others. He won't hesitate to use that sword."
  • "He wants to try some new devices during interrogations. They'll find out the truth in half the time."
  • "He and his friends surrounded the lad. Some unlucky youth from the Academy. Took his clothing. Threw his books in the river. Left him crying."
  • "He and his crew pushed the old Barrister into the muck. He protested using all the fancy lawyer talk. They still laugh about it sometimes."
  • "He cuts off an ear from each victim. Right ear for men, left ear for women."
  • "By day he enforces the law, by night he's a thief and ruffian."
  • "There's a dog that sniffs along behind the barracks. He chases it off nearly every day. He treats that dog better than his own two daughters."
  • "He calls it high spirited. When he's in the mood to make trouble for someone."

Howler

  • "It's not money he wants. It's the feel of his hands around their throats, to hear that last plea for mercy."
  • "She's one of the Howlers. She's asked to be paid in bottles. To save her the trouble."
  • "He is thinking: It's their own fault - for being foolish enough to trust him."
  • "He forced the boy to search the sewers for dropped coins until the child sickened and died."
  • "His window overlooks the river. His cruel game is thus - if he sees a mudlark, he waits until the poor waif is underneath to dump the bedpan."
  • "She always cuts the skin from their faces before killing them."
  • "She's worried they'll discover she's been cheating them out of coin. She'll blame it on the deaf boy if it comes to that."
  • "The jacket he wears, he pulled it off a dying man. It was the buttons that caught his eye."
  • "He has so little understanding. He knows only this: Kill or be killed."
  • "When she was only a street urchin, she watched her cousin drown out of curiosity."
  • "Afraid he'd lose the duel, he paid his opponent's second to load the pistol with ash."
  • "She beats those children! As her father once beat her - nothing has been learned."
  • "They were warned, but didn't think her capable of such things. Now they know."

Nest Keeper

  • "His mind is mostly gone. He was a good man, but now he only cares for - for the bloodflies."
  • "He once whipped a dog to death. Now his brain is mush. All his hours he stands near the nests, listening to them."

Overseer

  • "As a child it was his father’s lying tongue that wounded him the most, now he is quick to remove the tongue of any who speak deceit."
  • "Once a week he spends a day with his lover in a field of tall grass. Behind the home she shares with her husband."
  • "The perfume he wears is to cover the stench of a wasting disease. He does not care if he spreads it to others."
  • "He believes that heresy is fleeting and should be forgiven. That it comes and goes like the wind. A gentle heart beats between his chest."
  • "He takes a few coins from the offering bowl every day."
  • "This ones faith in the Abbey is strong."
  • "He suspected the Haberdasher of bonecharm possession, but was willing to dismiss the accusations for a night in her bedchamber."
  • "Sometimes he dresses like a common worker and goes to a nearby gambling hall. He gets drunk and fights, and the next day his mask hides the bruises."
  • "During the year he claimed to be held by cultists, he had in truth lost his faith and traveled with a pirate crew."
  • "The story of his pilgrimage grows with each re-telling. In truth, he fell sick halfway between Dunwall and Whitecliff, and stayed behind."
  • "When they see him coming, they avert their eyes and tremble. In truth, this is why he loves the Abbey."
  • "Snatched up from the beach village where he was born and indoctrinated by the Abbey at the age of thirteen. Now he's done the same to a dozen others."
  • "Family secret has it that his mother dallied before his birth with a corrupt and lecherous High Overseer, whose name was struck from record."
  • "During the six months he claimed to be sick with some strange malady, in truth he traveled with a band of highwaymen, robbing travelers."
  • "Burning with jealousy, he put the hounds on two young musicians who were drinking wine and playing in an empty courtyard."
  • "Twice now they young artist has locked eyes with him during the service. He will have to cure the lad of his Wanton Flesh. It can only lead to misery."
  • "They know he could have them taken away at any time. That the word heretic is always on his tongue. That's why he gets his prosecco and ale for free."
  • "His belt tightens with honeywine and scones, while the people in his congregation are hungry."
  • "He had the woman dragged away. He was sure she was trying to bewitch him with her alluring lips."
  • "They have a game, he and his friend. The one who gains the most confessions by the end of the month is the winner."
  • "A few times a month, he meets the owner of a mill in an abandoned barn. He brings wine, bread, honey, and cheese. The man's wife is none the wiser."
  • "They ply him with trinkets and favors, and he looks the other way when they miss a service or two."
  • "The Overseers came for him when he was just six, beating his beloved father when the man tried to hold onto the boy."
  • "He's not a believer. He tortures them anyway, seeking hollow confessions. It is all meaningless to him."

Witch

  • "She felt her toes in the grass, the morning dew cool and fresh, as she took the Overseer down from behind with but one blow to the neck."
  • "Trillibub and Ambergis, grind once and thrice more stir, Bezoar and Boy's Blood...I - was bewitched by her whisperings, but I'm with you again."
  • "She is vile to those who love her. I will not elaborate."
  • "You are wondering about her? Her word is worth nothing. She'll say whatever she thinks they want to hear."
  • "She's been warned about you. It would please her to lay your head at Delilah's feet."
  • "Before Delilah, she traveled the highways, robbing the naive and turning brother against brother."
  • "When she is not needed, this one travels to Fraeport, to torture the blind father she left behind."
  • "She longs to be Delilah's favorite. She will dance naked on grass slick with the blood of the enemy."
  • "This one lives only for Delilah. She is in ecstasy at the thought of her mistress making the world bow."
  • "She visits her stepfather and bullies him into lying with her."
  • "There is magic here. Strange and potent, coupled with great hostility. You are in danger."
  • "Before she joined the coven, she took delight in bedding men from the town where she lived, and slitting their throats in the night."
  • "She desires to make a gift of your spleen. To deliver it to her beloved mistress with a lock of your hair, and three small stones."
  • "On the first day Delilah's power came into her, she destroyed her parents' home with bloodbriars."
  • "She boxed her tiny daughter's ears so hard the doctor said the girl would never hear again."
  • "The coven has given her life meaning, but she misses the younger brothers she left behind. Misses them fiercely."
  • "Somewhere inside there is still a piece of the woman she was before. Picnics with her cousins. And her daughter's smile."
  • "Beaten and abused, she was barely sane when she heard the coven's call. Now she does the same to others, wielding her power like a barbed whip."

Worker

  • "The woman caught him pulling trumps from his sleeve. So he broke her jaw."
  • "He's hungry. Right now he would like a chicken leg and a Dunwall Whiskey to wash it down."

Delilah's Spirit

  • "Jessamine is gone at last, faded into nothing. Her reward is peace."
  • "You will never gain back what you lost here."
  • "You're alone now. I'm your only family."
  • "I inhabit two impossible places at once."
  • "A prison of dead flesh, after a prison of bones."
  • "You will take me back and die at my hands."
  • "You'll never know if Emily is truly yours." (as Corvo)
  • "Delilah. Breanna was the first to hear our call."
  • "There are cracks in the world, from the Outsider's birth. And we draw from these fractures. Can you feel them?"
  • "Jessamine and I played parlor games in Dunwall Tower. She cheated, every time."
  • "I plotted to steal your face, then your throne. You'll never know how close I came back then." (as Emily)
  • "Oh, so long ago, we ran across the rooftops, made campfires in the graveyard. Slept through the day."
  • "She found the place where he was birthed by knife and ritual, thousands of years past."
  • "It was 1831 he came to her, to me, to us. Said I, we, could change it all, and make the world right."
  • "Eyes black as polished onyx as he marked her flesh. My flesh."
  • "Your father stands in my throne room, a statue of cold stone." (as Emily)
  • "Soon I will dream the dream of a new world, and all will change."
  • "Six came over the walls and dragged you from your mother's corpse. Two are still alive." (as Emily)
  • "Poor little girl. Once an empress."
  • "There are marks on our flesh. Made by the Knife of Dunwall. Cursed Daud, who hides in the world and breathes still."
  • "I see inside you. But you're not as twisted as I thought you'd be." (low chaos)
  • "It hurts to be so near. Take me closer!"
  • "Take me there. Take me home. This separation must end!"
  • "Point me at her!"
  • "You must get near her!"
  • "Oh, Delilah, no one loves you as I do."
  • "This is a great wrongness. I must be one with the flesh."
  • "Closer, closer!"
  • "She feeds on the cracks in the world, this hallow shell with my face."
  • "Without me you cannot kill her. With me, she will tear you to bits."
  • "I, she, we walk and breath, but we are incomplete."
  • "You're off the mark!"
  • "You're too far away!"

Corvo Attano

  • "Are you sure he can be made flesh again? Maybe he'll be like this for all the years you have left."
  • "He loves you. I can feel it even now. It fills me with rage."
  • "The great and mighty Royal Protector. Helpless now, and beaten."
  • "A sorcerer. What other secrets did he and your mother keep, I wonder?"
  • "Corvo Attano. The well-born always whispered behind his back."
  • "Muscled shoulders and thick thighs, but you don't want to hear that, do you, girl?"
  • "Your father was better to you than mine was to me, but he's still a liar at heart."
  • "How many times has his blade fallen? How many times has it been repelled?"

Emily Kaldwin

  • "She loves you. I can feel it even now. It fills me with rage."
  • "The high and mighty Empress. As ineffectual in the throne room now as she was in life."
  • "Emily Kaldwin, never sure who her real friends were. All currying favour."
  • "I wonder if you disappoint her as much as my father disappointed me."
  • "How many times has she lied to you? Maybe her mother whispered to her that you were not her father."
  • "What did she do with her young suitor Wyman while your back was turned? I wonder."
  • "Still so sad for the mother she lost, but maybe that's fair, since her mother's to blame for the death of mine."
  • "Are you sure she can be made flesh again? Maybe she'll be like this for the few daughtering years you have left."

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