…as reported by a real British Lady
Ok, so I got all food comaed and forgot to do Sunday’s post. Here are the posts for Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesday, a new week of posts shall start, perhaps relating to New Years Eve/Day.
365 People, Places & Things #132
Every pulp milieu needs a lost world (or two) and today we have a young woman from one such place.
Pulp Era Women: Ualla of the Tiger Tribe
Ualla is a warrior of the Tiger Tribe, which in turn is part of the Two Mountains Clan. She is a fierce warrior, a skilled hunter and a very good tracker. Although she is of an age where she should be choosing a mate, she does not seem interested in any of her tribes young men. This is because Ualla has met the Outsiders, people from a far off place beyond the great barrier walls, and she is intrigued by one of their young men, a tall handsome male named Jim Halliday.
So far, Ualla has only watched the outsiders from hidden places, but she wants to do more. She has been thinking of approaching them with a peace offering of flowers and fruits. Besides, they are traveling in the direction of the Crocodile People’s village and need to be warned that going there is not good.
Ualla is tall (for her people), standing 5’8″. She weighs 106 ponds and has long black hair and black eyes. Her skin is medium brown and she has many tribal scars and piercings. She typically wears a two piece outfit made of rabbit skin. She always carries her spear and her korgorax bone knife.
In her spare time, Ualla enjoys hunting the giant thagdar, climbing trees to gather dindi eggs and teaching young girls how to knife fight.
365 People, Places & Things #133
Not all pulp adventures feature citizens of the United States or Great Britain. Here’s a masked crimefighter that knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men south of the border.
Pulp Era Women: La Bruja Blanca (The White Witch)
Veronica Robles has two big secrets in her life: she is the masked crimefighter known as the White Witch and she really is a witch. Or a mutant…she’s not sure yet. What she is sure of is that her powers and training make her the scourge of criminals from Tijuana to Buenos Aires. And that makes her very happy
Like another masked crimefighter from up norte, Veronica has many agents working for her. They are located all over Central and South America and owe their lives and the lives of their familias to La Bruja Blanca. All of them funnel bits of information to a central clearinghouse, where the info is pieced together to give La Bruja Blanca a darned good idea what is going on in the criminal underworld
Between the fact that she stops/solves crimes and the fact that having a woman kick their asses screws with the criminals machismo AND the fact that her magic scares the poor superstitious suckers halfway out of their minds, the White Witch has had a dramatic effect on crime wherever she appears. In some areas, crime is down by as much as 50%. Of course, she does have some grande contracts out on her life, but good luck to anybody foolish enough to try and collect on them.
Veronica is 5’9″ tall, weighs 150 pounds, has black hair cut in the page boy style, sexy brown eyes and a muy bueno build. As La Bruja Blanca, she wears a white suit, white cape, white shoes, a white wig, a white hat and a white mask that reveals only her blood red lips. Her voice (as LBB) has an eerie echo to it.
In her spare time, Veronica enjoys traveling, painting landscapes, riding horses and listening to radio dramas.
365 People, Places & Things #134
We’ll close out Pulp Women Week with a 21st Century CyberPulp woman who really got too far into her work.
Pulp Era Women: Professor Jeanmarie Boudin
Jeanmarie was already a Nobel Prize winning cyberneticist when, in 2031, Tempest Industries hired her to head up their Human/Robot Direct Inteface project. Besides being bored with her previous job, she was recently divorced and an empty nester, so she had plenty of time and energy to devote to a project that would link a human mind with a robotic body. She soon set to work on the problem.
After 2 years of hard work, Jeanmarie and her team had built a suit that would allow a human to seamlessly “inhabit” the body of a robot. She decided to do the demonstration herself and things went smoothly…for 20 minutes. You see, none of the previous tests had ever lasted longer than that. As she noted later, it was a hell of a thing to learn that at the 21 minute mark, your human body would just stop working, keel over dead and your consciousness would be trapped in a robot.
In her case, the robot was a 4 armed humanoid shaped EX90…a bot created for exploration in areas too dangerous for humans. After some initial shock (and a few weeks of therapy), Jeanmarie accepted her fate and decided to make the best of it. Before long, she was accompanying Doc Tempest and his crew (including the recently revived Sally Smithfield) on adventures throughout the solar system and cyberspace.
Oh, she did eventually solve the “20 minute problem”, for which she won her second Nobel Prize.
Professor Boudin stands 6’6″ tall, weighs 422 pounds, has no hair, has 5 assorted eyes, copper and silver “skin”, two legs with grasping feet like a parrot and 4 tentacular arms with 6 fingers on each arm.
In her spare time, Jeanmarie enjoys reading cybernetics journals, playing four games of chess at once, trying to improve the efficiency her sensor pack and exploring the Net for lost cyberworlds.