--- a/src/code/cold-init.lisp
+++ b/src/code/cold-init.lisp
@@ -110,6 +110,8 @@
   ;; and there's nothing which needs to be initialized in order for
   ;; this to be initialized, so we initialize it right away.
   (show-and-call !random-cold-init)
+
+  (show-and-call !character-database-cold-init)
 
   (show-and-call !early-package-cold-init)
   (show-and-call !package-cold-init)