Every good video game needs characters (except for Tetris and several other examples).
The world of Nelly Cootalot is populated with cut-throat buccaneers, greedy aristocrats and cute but endangered birds. Here are a few of them:
“What’s the Treasure of the Seventh Sea?”
Nelly is a fearsome pirate, and saviour of creatures tiny and adorable. Nelly solves problems with wit, cunning and theft. She could definitely beat you in a fight, but her cutlass is at the dry cleaners right now.
Listen to Nelly Cootalot (as herself) meeting Dr Periwig played by Andrew Secombe (Star Wars Episode I & II, Broken Sword 3 & 4).
“Sebastian J. Coot at your service, miss Cootalot.”
This dapper and debonair coot used to be the feathered familiar of William Bloodbeard, but now he assists Nelly Cootalot in her perilous adventures. (Mainly in an advisory role, he doesn’t actually carry any of the stuff.)
Listen to Sebastian J. Coot, played by Tom Baker (Doctor Who, Little Britain, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair).
“I haven’t got long, I’m supposed to be haunting a family in New England.”
Nelly’s ghostly mentor, Bloodbeard returns from Davey Jones’s Locker to send her on quests. In his day, he was a fearsome buccanneer and the protector of all creatures small and adorable. His lifelong rivalry with Baron Widebeard ended when his ship was lost in the Seventh Sea.
Listen to William Bloodbeard, played by Timothy Block (Viking: Battle for Asgard).
“I’ll have you know this is an award-winning beard!”
Handsome, charming, talented. These are just some of the words used to describe Baron Widebeard, by Baron Widebeard. Other people will tell you he’s a ruthless, bitter, serial bird-knapper. The Baroness is the driving force behind her husband’s wicked schemes. Vain and ambitious, she’s like Lady Macbeth if Lady Macbeth liked leopard print swimwear.
Listen to Baron Widbeard and the Baroness, played by Toby Longworth (Broken Sword: Director’s Cut, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs) and Samantha Béart (Age of Wonders III, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase and Doctor Who, Vienna & Blake’s 7 for Big Finish Productions).
“I don’t allow loose cannons in my harbour.”
The pitiless Groat Island Harbour Master strikes fear into the hearts of honest pirates. Van Zandt runs a ring of brutish privateers (licensed pirates) and he doesn’t allow competition from enthusiastic amateurs like Nelly.
Listen to Harbour Master Van Zandt, played by Roger Davenport (Dr Who, The Double Life of Saki, My Parents are Aliens).
“I’m the senior lecturer in Piratical Studies at West Ham University.”
Mary Jane Morgan is compiling the Encyclopaedia Piratannica. One of the South Seas’s leading intellectuals, she is an expert in pirate history and nautical lore. She knows so much about pirates, you might think she was hiding something…
Listen to Professor Morgan, played by Shellia Kennedy.
Nelly’s world boasts dozens of supporting characters voiced by a remarkably talented cast. Including Susan Sheridan (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Black Cauldron, Moomin), Thomas Ward, Nicola Redman & more!
And an equally talented German cast saying all the same things, except in German.
Listen to Enid Frome, Anders Mayormaker & Commodore LXIV, played by Susan Sheridan.