Who Are The Ladies Of Mischief?

As I learn more about each of the Ladies of Mischief, I will summarize that information here.  This will be updated as new information, letters, photos, etc are found.  It will also include a brief summary of their adventures thus far.

Name: Miss Coraline Hackworth
Occupation/Titles:
Captain of the dirigible Lilith Ascending
Head (?) of Hackworth Airships, London
Innovations:
Scented handkerchief in the ship’s helium tank to help identify leaks (and add a dash of English Garden charm)
Express Mail Airship, “the fastest in the fleet” and a Cross-Atlantic airship line with contracts to deliver tea to New York
Adventures:
Heading from London to a “gathering of great minds and inventors” in Seattle.  Has stopped in New York to resupply and make some tea-trading connections.  Discovered a freelance mechanic stowaway onboard – Mr. Peter Thistleby.
Observations:
Miss Hackworth has a straightforward, but still highly pleasant demeanor.  Often charmed by the little things – a good pot of tea, the scent of roses in her airships, the bustle of New York.  Strikes me as a real leader, capably running the family airship company, incorporating new innovations, and making business connections around the world.
Artifacts:
Aha!, Tea Time, Popular Mechanics, Modern Marvels, circa 1885

Name: Miss Anna Roisin O’ Hare
Occupation/Titles:
Tinkerer, adventurer
Quite proudly holds no titles
Innovations:
Ambulatory sheep-sheering automaton
A Most Useful Cozy
Adventures:
Crashed a society party with her sheep-shearer, “abducted” the charming Kristoff Von Boltenstein and took off to Mongolia to escape his family and buy some goats.  Pit stop in Constantinople.  Budding romance/fights about honor ensue.
Observations:
Miss O’Hare is one feisty, independent Victorian gal!  Seems to be a Jill-of-all-trades – helping run the family estate, flying her own dirigible, inventing clockwork mechanisms, knitting, cursing, and saving gentlemen from the oppression of Society (whether they had originally intended to be saved or not).  Not afraid to tell it like it is, stand up for her beliefs, and fly off virtually alone to remote locations.  Loves to spin a good tale for the Ladies back home.
Artifacts:
Clockwork and Cliffhangers, Party Crasher, A Dirigible Built For Two, Lace Gear (Photos), The True Gentleman Pt 1, Pt 2, She’ll Be Waiting in Istanbul, Unexpected Turbulence Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3

Name:  Miss Theodosia La Duke
Occupation/Titles:
Captain of the Coriolis (ship)
Owns a mine in the Sierra
Old money
Innovations:
Discovery of Ovis pluvia, the South American Jungle Sheep
Adventures:
Originally from San Francisco, sailed from Boston to Brazil to escape her husband Mr. Beechworth (a distant relative who she married to get back the family estate) and explore the amazon on behalf of “the institute”.
Observations:
Miss La Duke is a very no-nonsense gal – another one of our Ladies who just wants to make her own way in the world, but the conventions of the time are getting in her way. Though she seems to have worked around that with little fuss on her part.  I can almost see her thinking “can I just get back to exploring the amazon already?”  Bet she runs a pretty tight ship (full of Jungle Sheep and who knows what else).
Artifacts:
Run For The Border, Welcome To The Jungle, What’s Sheepy And Lives In The Jungle?

Name:  Miss Caldonia Kitty Dexterhaven
Occupation/Titles:
Ecologist/naturalist
Involved with Dexterhaven Locomotives
Innovations:
First explorations of Northwest Territories
Improvements to locomotives
Adventures:
Left Chicago via rail to Great Bear Lake, NW Territories.  More TBD
Observations:
Little is known yet of Miss Dexterhaven, other than what is outlined above.  She, of course, shares the Ladies’ common plight of being underestimated by the men around her.  Though as she clearly puts it “their misperceptions have been corrected”.  Has a large ecological collection in her family estate, and a male secretary.
Artifacts:
Polar Express

Name: Dr. Erma Melanogaster
Occupation/Titles:
Scientific researcher studying a plant compound that can be used as an energy source.
Innovations:
Experimentation with plant compounds and clockwork greenhouse controls, various experimentation on herself.
Adventures:
Accidentally exploded a clockwork mechanism into her brain, lived or was staying with Julia Sett at one point.
Observations:
Dr. Melanogaster seems like the classic “absentminded professor”-type, with an added Jeyll and Hyde twist.  Not too serious in demeanor, judging by her doodles and notes, but quite a capable mind.  Tends to be rather reckless with her own safety for the sake of science, though the other Ladies try to intervene.
Artifacts:
Weird Science, Science Fiction Double Feature

Name: Miss Julia Sett
Occupation/Titles:
Mathematician, knitter
Innovations:
Working on an automated lace knitting machine
Codes/Mathematical patterns
Adventures:
Doesn’t appear to be traveling.  Working at home on her lace knitting device, codes, patterns, numbers, etc.  Collaborating with Dr. Melanogaster?
Observations:
Miss Sett comes across as very bright, and often caught up in many ideas at once.  She mostly seems to be writing, crafting and pondering away at home, enjoying the letters of her friends’ adventures.  The way she incorporates mathematical principles into creative endeavors is quite fascinating.
Artifacts:
Knitting By Numbers, Lace-O-Mation

Others Mentioned:
Miss Alyssa Rynne – pen-pal with Julia Sett.  Has distracting exploits involving coded messages.  Referenced by Miss O’ Hare as having knowledge of gentlemen, and how to keep their interest.
Miss Miriam Tingley – referenced by Miss La Duke, works with sheep/wool.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ThugKnittah
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 00:07:37

    Oh, I do so adore each of you!

    Reply

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