Chesa Younghusband Moriarty
“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.”Appearance:
At 5’1”, Chesa is of average height for an asian woman. Like her father, she is lean, with a head that seems a bit large for the body and a high forehead. Her eyes are also large and dark, and her facial control is such that they can be hypnotically deep or frightfully piercing. Few would call her beautiful, but everyone remarks at how striking her features are and how compelling her face is.
Of course, as a mistress of disguise, Chesa’s appearance can also be completely different. Her small stature allows her to pass as a teenager or even younger. Her lean frame makes it possible to appear as either gender. Her shoulder-length black hair can be quickly folded up under a cap or extended with false tresses and pins. Her pale skin takes easily to makeup. With Chesa, what you see is what she wants you to see.Character Concept:
Chesa is pure pulp. She’s an example of the ‘competent (wo)man’ trope; good at everything she does. She sits alongside Nick Carter, Doctor Clark Savage Jr., and Kent “The Shadow” Allard. She’s also Tibetan and a woman, because f.u. Sax Rohmer. She's a spy and an investigator first, and she's not particularly violent. Abilities:
Chesa is an elite secret agent, raised on the Great Game and fed a steady diet of espionage and deceit. She is phenomenally competent at nearly every aspect of her trade. In particular, she is usually able to deduce whatever secrets her target is attempting to hide from minor clues, a skill no doubt inherited from her mastermind father.
Chesa is an acknowledged master of Bartitsu
, and was gifted a Vigny cane by Edward William Barton-Wright himself. She is a mistress of disguise and usually travels with a kit of makeup and accessories. Background:
Tibet, 1890s, the waning days of the British opium trade but the beginnings of the Tibetan phase of the Great Game. One British adventurer sells off the last of the boatload of opium and takes a local concubine. Chesa - "greatness" - was the result.
The adventurer did not remain long. Chesa grew up largely alone on the streets of Gangtok in the state of Sikkim, half-British and half-Tibetan. By chance, she was spotted by Francis Younghusband during the British invasion of Tibet. She already spoke basic English and - although she was no older than ten - hired as an interpreter and guide. She proved to have a prodigious intellect and a lightning-fast mind and was instrumental in guiding the British through the leech-infested swamps of Sikkim into the plateau of Tibet.
Chesa became a valued agent in the Great Game, foiling several Russian attempts to gain influence in Tibet. She was still just a teenager when the Great Game wound to a close. She was sponsored by Younghusband himself to come to England. For convenience, she was allowed to use the Younghusband surname. There she was quietly educated and went on to become an agent on several missions throughout the far east.
Things changed after the Great War. Returning from a mission, Chesa passed through a station west of London and happened to meet the station master. The man recognized a pendant that Chesa was wearing as once belonging to his older brother. The pendant was the only object that Chesa had from her father. The station master's name was Robert Moriarty, and his older brother was Professor James Moriarty.
Robert knew almost nothing about his brother, but Chesa quickly learned about the "Napolean of crime" through her contacts in British intelligence. Prof. Moriarty had fled to China after surviving the Reichenbach Falls, and there made a small fortune off the opium trade to finance his next criminal enterprise. He left shortly before the Boxers Rebellion - likely no coincidence - and returned to Europe. He now controlled a vast criminal empire that spanned Europe and was swiftly growing in the fertile ashes of the Great War.
Chesa now has a new mission. If her father is aware of her existence, he is already pulling the strings to bring her into his criminal web. So her own sake, and the sake of the world, he must be found and stopped. She left Britain and traveled to America to be farther from her father’s reach. There she hopes to grow and develop the connections she needs to fight an underworld war.
Hearing of the disappearance on the Knox Expedition, Chesa could not shake the feeling that her father was somehow involved. She’s signed on with Opportunity Knox, hoping to gain experience, resources, and torrid lesbian romance
adventure as she foils the labyrinthian plots of Professor Moriarty.