Cordelia Glask

Cordelia Glask
Player character
Official art of Cordelia Glask, by Kent Davis.[art 1]
Basic information
RoleFace (Magician)
Biographical information
ProfessionCasino owner and madame
AffiliationsCircle of Tide & Bone
Cause of deathExchanged her life for Mina's wellbeing in a deal with Iomene.[1]
First seen"The Antiquarian" (CO3x01)
Last seen"The Gilded Graveyard" (CO4x02)
StreamCandela Obscura (4 episodes)

Cordelia Glask, typically referred to as Madam Glask, is the owner of the Glass Cat Casino in Newfaire and a member of the Circle of Tide & Bone. She is played by Gina Darling.

Description[edit | edit source]

Cordelia Glask is a young woman who is impeccably dressed in furs and jewels, usually wearing evening wear even in daytime, but her clothing is not quite as fine up close as it appears from a distance. She is 5'7".[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Madam Glask is very charismatic and friendly,[3] but is quick to mistrust those who harm those she is close to and is very protective of the people who work for her.[4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before the events of Candela Obscura: Circle of Tide & Bone[edit | edit source]

When she was young, Madam Glask and her parents immigrated to Newfaire from the KeGa Islands[5] across the Glass Sea in search of a better life. Her parents did not make the crossing, so she asked the sea gods for what her parents had wished for, and was rewarded with wealth and success in Newfaire.[6]

Madam Glask had previously worked with Candela Obscura and with Cosmo Grimm.[7] She had also employed Dr. Elsie Roberts as a physician to treat the workers at her brothel,[8] and is Oscar Grimm's employer.[9] She also, at an unspecified date prior to 1919, employed Malcolm Trills as security and was on good terms with him, offering him advice.[10]

Candela Obscura: Chapter 3[edit | edit source]

Madam Glask was invited to join the Circle of Tide and Bone, which she accepted. She was able to get Silva Sarkis to open up somewhat,[3] though she was concerned about letting him stay at the Glass Cat due to the potential danger.[11] When the circle infiltrated Grayslate Sanatorium, she, along with Elsie and Cosmo, created a distraction, and her fainting in particular allowed Elsie to sneak into Director Greenvale's office.[12] She was particularly upset and angry when Elsie, in her beast form, killed Oscar,[13] and during the fight with The Great Maw stayed back and tended to Cosmo after he was badly injured.[14]

While The Serious Man was being treated at The Antiquarian, Cosmo and Elsie stayed with Madam Glask at the Glass Cat Casino. When the circle met to discuss the events of "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01), she revealed that she had made a deal with the sea gods in her youth.[15] The Serious Man, now named as Toren Gevni, did not recognize her when the circle interrogated him.[16]

Due to her similar experience, Madam Glask took the lead on speaking to Mina, a young woman who had made her own deal with entities from the sea. She was able to connect with and reassure Mina, willingly taking harm from Mina's protector Arterax.[17]

The Glass Cat was set on fire not long after by several agents of Candela Obscura, who were going after Mina. Cordelia pressed a panic button to let Mina and her staff escape, and attempted to stop the agents who entered the casino, but while she was able to distract them with flash powder, her arm was badly injured.[18] She then escaped out the back door, where Mina had summoned Arterax. When Cordelia reached out to her benefactor in an attempt to strengthen the sentry, she succeeded and was told to find this entity, and that "The only way through is down." The sentry was strengthed, and destroyed all but one of the remaining agents.[19] She and Mina escaped with the rest of the circle, and she then continued with the others of her circle down the well in Calinus Market, leaving Mina above ground.[20] As they rested, Cosmo apologized to Cordelia for the loss of the Glass Cat, but she reassured him that he was like family and was more important.[21]

The circle traveled westward through Oldfaire, guided by Raj,[22] until they reached the Anatithenai. When Cordelia attempted to step forward, she was overtaken by bleed, but came to inside the structure, aided by the others of the circle.[23] As her deal with Iomene, she gave her life to ensure Mina would have good friends in her life, and was reunited with the waters of her birthplace.[24] She learned in her final moments that Iomene had been the one who granted her original boon, rather than the sea gods of her home.[25]

Character information[edit | edit source]

Notable items[edit | edit source]

Face abilities[edit | edit source]

Actions[edit | edit source]

Action Rating Ref.
Sway (Gilded)
Sense 1

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Cordelia's name (C. Glask) refers to the sea glass she carries.[29]

Appearances and mentions[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cordelia is the first, and so far only, Candela Obscura player character to appear in a chapter other than her own.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 4:09:53.
  2. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 31:10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 45:58.
  4. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 3:31:22.
  5. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 1:20:22.
  6. "The Guardian of Groundswell" (CO3x02) at 2:40:06.
  7. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 35:47.
  8. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 1:36:37.
  9. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 3:17:22.
  10. "The Gilded Graveyard" (CO4x02) at 43:01.
  11. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 1:16:14.
  12. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 2:17:51.
  13. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 3:07:14.
  14. "The Antiquarian" (CO3x01) at 3:55:33.
  15. "The Guardian of Groundswell" (CO3x02) at 29:23.
  16. "The Guardian of Groundswell" (CO3x02) at 49:51.
  17. "The Guardian of Groundswell" (CO3x02) at 2:45:26.
  18. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 46:42.
  19. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 1:21:48.
  20. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 2:14:09.
  21. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 2:26:41.
  22. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 2:34:19.
  23. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 3:34:26.
  24. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 4:09:17.
  25. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 4:06:19.
  26. "The Guardian of Groundswell" (CO3x02) at 2:37:34.
  27. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 25:44.
  28. "Candles in the Dark" (CO3x03) at 38:23.
  29. Gina Darling (@MissGinaDarling) on Twitter: "I don't know if anyone's put it together yet in Candela Obscura but Cordelia Glask's name is C. Glask. "Sea glass" like the one she held in her hands the whole time 🥰❤️🌊🦴 #CandelaObscura" (January 26, 2024).


  1. Official art of Cordelia Glask, by Kent Davis (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.