The world of 1895 is a breathtaking and fascinating time of adventure
and discovery. Though the London papers have been dominated with the
recent headlines involving the daring adventures of Sherlock Holmes,
Alan Quartermain and Colonel Dugald Campbell, VC, DSO, etc. An age of scientific advancement, mechanical wonders, and mysterious Mystical powers - but there has also been
distress as master criminals, evil doers and the rise of other regional
powers threaten the peace and stability of the British Empire and its
Entering on the world stage at this time is an unlikely adventuress: Gertrude Bell.
The eldest daughter of a British steel magnate, Gertrude Bell was
born in 1869 at the height
of stodgy, Victorian England. Possessing a keen mind and a determined
disposition, she rejected the narrow life of a stayed and dignified
to excel at Oxford University at the age of 17. History was one of the
few subjects women were allowed to study so she specialized in
modern history receiving a first class honors degree in two years.
Upon graduation and supported by her family's wealth she was free to indulge her passion for adventure, be it climbing the Swiss alps or traipsing through Arabian deserts. before ambitiously embarking upon a series of grueling travels through the Middle East.
Here are some suggested rules for using Gertrude Bell, CBE as a character for In Her Majesty's Name (Paid Link):
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +2
Cost: 69 points
Talents: Leadership +2, Erudite Wit, Fearless, Inspirational, Stealthy, Impervious, Meticulous Planning, Master of Disguise
Basic Equipment: Brigandine, pistol and machete
"No woman in recent time has combined her qualities – her taste for arduous and dangerous adventure with her scientific interest and knowledge, her competence in archaeology and art, her distinguished literary gift, her sympathy for all sorts and condition of men, her political insight and appreciation of human values, her masculine vigour, hard common sense and practical efficiency – all tempered by feminine charm and a most romantic spirit." - From her obituary.