|“||Running scams, robbing banks, screwing over the rich and horrible.||„|
|“||A consummate scam artist and trigger woman who can drink pretty much anybody under the table. Bold and full of fun, she loves the outlaw life and wouldn’t have it any other way.||„|
|—Rockstar Games' description.|
A scam artist with a love for the outlaw lifestyle, Karen became a member of the Van der Linde gang at some point prior to 1899.
By the time the gang are at Beaver Hollow, Karen's alcoholism has worsened significantly and she is seen wandering around camp, drunk most of the time.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Horseshoe Overlook Chapter
Karen, along with Tilly and Mary-Beth, accompany Arthur and Uncle to Valentine. Mary-Beth asks if they should have invited Molly too, to which Karen scoffs and replies that Molly is "high-society" now and is too good for the likes of them.
When they reach Valentine, the girls split off to pursue their own ends. Karen enters the hotel with a man, who becomes violent after Karen tries to rob him, punching her in the face. Arthur intervenes and rescues her, and the girls asks if she's okay, to which she replies that she's fine, and that he only punched her.
Back at camp, Molly later confronts her, saying she has heard what Karen said, and Karen is completely nonchalant, admitting she said it. Molly gets furious and wildly screams that the girls are all sluts.
When Sean MacGuire is rescued, the pair get very drunk at the ensuing party back at camp. Sean begins telling Karen he loves her, to which she replies that he only loves her when he's drunk, she can see in his eyes that he hates her, and she hates him too. He insists that he loves her, and the pair retire to a tent where they promptly begin to make love. Midway through, Karen starts crying and Sean asks if she wants to stop, to which Karen says no, she just wants someone to "see her". Sean exclaims "I see you, Karen!" whilst the pair continue to make love. As soon as the act is over, Karen exits the tent and a disappointed Sean asks, "You're going... ? Oh, well... I'll see you in the morning, then".
While at Horseshoe Overlook, Karen begins investigating the possibility of robbing the Valentine bank. This plan never comes to fruition as they are forced to move out right before the planned heist would have begun, frustrating her.
Clemens Point Chapter
Despite moving to a new camp location, Karen still wants to rob the Valentine bank, and convinces Lenny, Bill, and Arthur to help her. In the heist, she can either pretend to be a harlot or a lost girl, and when the people in the bank attempt to help her, she pulls a gun on them. The other three rush in and loot the bank, before fighting their way out of the town.
Beaver Hollow Chapter
After the gang move to Beaver Hollow following Sean's death, Karen becomes an embittered alcoholic. At most times, she is found drunk at the camp and angrily dismisses anyone showing concern for her.
Following the gang's downfall, Karen's fate remained unknown; in a letter to John, Tilly surmised that Karen drank herself to death.
Karen grew to love and enjoy the outlaw life she led. She is described as a bold woman, and takes pleasure in drinking with her fellow outlaws. A consummate actress, Karen often employed her dramatic skills in various robberies and scams with the gang.
Karen is a busty woman with blonde hair that curls at the ends and green eyes. She is somewhat older than Tilly or Mary-Beth, and also has a thicker waist than them.
Red Dead Redemption 2
- "Outlaws from the West"
- "Enter, Pursued by a Memory"
- "Eastward Bound"
- "Polite Society, Valentine Style"
- "Sodom? Back to Gomorrah"
- "Blessed are the Peacemakers"
- "Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern"
- "The Battle of Shady Belle"
- "Angelo Bronte, A Man of Honor"
- "Horsemen, Apocalypses"
- "That's Murfree Country"
- "A Rage Unleashed"
- Karen and Sean appear to be lovers, as they have sex in John's tent during one of the camps parties.
- As Karen’s drinking progresses further in the game, her hairstyle is more and more unkempt, at the latter end often lacking her signature ringlets.