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Wilhelmina Murray - Mina Harker - League Extraordinary Gentlemen

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Wilhelmina Murray (Miss) v1

By Sébastien Alexandre Andrivet

Source of Character: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ; Dracula

Helper(s): Pufnstuff

Reasons: This is current up to including the end of the first LoEG TPB.

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Quotes

Wilhelmina Murray

“The point is that I’m supposed to be the person organizing this… this menagerie !”

(when surrounded by horde of Cairo lowlives brandishing knives) “I think, sir, it would be expedient for us to make our swift departure.”

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Mina Murray
Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Uphold the Crown
Int: 08 Wil: 08 Min: 07 Occupation: Special agent
Inf: 09 Aur: 07 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 020 HP: 050

Skills: Animal handling (riding): 04, Artist: 05, Charisma (persuasion): 09, Detective (legwork): 07, Weaponry (firearms)*: 03

Advantages: Attractive, Iron nerves, Leadership

Connections: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (High), British intelligence (Low)

Drawbacks: Exile (from respectability), Misc. (will always keep her scarf, presumably to cover vampire bite scars, 5 pts)

Background

Real Name: Wilhelmina “Mina” Harker, née Murray
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: Jonathan Harker (estranged husband)
Group affiliation: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Base Of Operations: London
Height: About 5‘6” Weight: About 120lbs
Eyes: Green Hair: Brown

Powers and Abilities

Miss Murray has an extremely strong personality, nerves of steel and an obvious presence and authority (enough authority, in fact, to impress and gain obeisance from the bestial Edward Hyde).  She’s also highly intelligent, decisive and observant, and handles crisis situations with grace.

Some have theorized that she might have some sort of para-vampiric powers after having drunk Dracula’s blood, most notably of mesmerism, but Moore has clearly state this wasn’t the case.

History

Wilhelmina “Mina” Harker, née Murray, has reverted back to her maiden name ever since her particularly scandalous divorce from Jonathan Harker. She never speaks of this period, and it is unclear how faithful to the novel events where in the LoEG world - but it is obvious she has been greatly impressed by the events revolving around the struggle against Dracula, including the vampire lord’s successful attack on her. She now always wears a blood-red scarf around her neck, and is haunted by horrible nightmares every single night.

Dramatically changed by the ordeal, Murray somehow became known to British intelligence ; when Campion Bond had to assemble a “special team” of adventurers to solve certain problems, he started with her and had her fetch the various members (except Nemo, who had already been contacted). Thus was the League created, apparently as part of a long British tradition.

Description

Mina Murray’s figure is spectacular, with a very slim waist following Victorian conventions ; her eyes seem unusually clear, and of a striking green. In time of stress or when challenged about her past, she tends to nervously touch her neck in an awkward manner.

Personality

Murray is a tough, non-nonsense, hard-nosed take charge lady - which is still quite unusual, although the suffragettes are on the rise. Despite this shocking manliness, she is a lady of proper upbringing. She appreciates when everybody has a behaviour befitting of gentlemen reputed for their adventurous exploits. Her speech is clear and grammatically correct, with the style of her times (and, of course, no contractions).

Murray behaves in a highly unorthodox manner for her times - which is alas easily explained, since she has become an outcast from polite society. Dracula’s attack on her is akin to rape - and a woman raped, until the XXth century, was irredeemably soiled and usually sent to a prison convent to expiate for “her” terrible sins. That the rapist was a terrible demonic creature, and that Mina Harker had drunk its blood, makes things even worse. And her status as a divorcee, in itself, would suffice to put her beyond the pale.

Being an outcast, she has much of the mannerisms and daring of a garconne - and thus about thirty years and several wars of advance on her times. For instance she is often smoking cigarettes (women are not supposed to smoke) in public (even if a woman smokes, she will hide) among males (gentlemen are not supposed to smoke among the fairer sex).

Her attitude is ambiguous - on one hand she behaves like a scandalous outcast and free thinker, and is quite annoyed when a gentleman is being exceedingly gentle with her. Yet she constantly feels that her authority and credibility are undermined due to her being a woman - and some of those fears are in fact mere shadows, as she associates with men that are unusually open-minded. Yet she insists on being treated like a lady, especially when it comes to what our decadent times would consider to be prude - about matters of sexuality.

Due to her nightly torments and inability to position herself in any kind of society, Murray is needlessly bossy, curt and sharp-tongued - in a very British, scalding sort of way. She seems to be starting to mellow out, however.

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