Trail of Nyarlathotep
Natalia ("Natasha") Petrovna Levin
White Russian Émigré "keeping the faith" in NYC
10 9 (darn those Mythos tomes!)
Occupational abilities: Credit Rating, Flattery, Art History, Library Use, Theology, Craft (sewing/needlework), Preparedness, and Riding
Pillars of Sanity:
Mother Russia – The strength and cohesion of the Russian emigre community helps her maintain her equilibrium in an uncertain world.
“That Don’t Feed The Bulldog” – Natasha is firmly grounded in the rational. In the face of crisis, emotional reactions and helpless flailing accomplish nothing. She very much a “get ’er done” kind of gal.
Belief in Scientific Progress — Value of the Intellect
Symbol: A small silver cross on a silver chain (which she wears constantly). It was a First Communion gift from her older sister.
Solace: [In progress] Third cousin, Anton, who also lives in NYC. Natasha reconnected with him when they both emigrated to the United States. University student, potential love interest.
Safety: The “Bell, Book and Candle,” a used-book store in Greenwich Village. Creatively organized, dusty, and, as one can tell by the name, a specialist in books with a more theological (or anti-theological) bent. It carries all types of books, though. There are several strata of reading materials on the shelves. In the same family for generations, its current proprietor is Mr. Theophilus Carter. Mr. Carter appears to be 80 to 90 years of age. There is an ancient black cat, Menes, who tolerates only a select few patrons. Natasha is one. Children (and the more superstitious adults) in the neighborhood say that the place is haunted, and all sorts of silly rumors abound — including one that Mr. Carter and Menes have never been seen outside the shop or in broad daylight. Another ridiculous assertion is that old Mr. Carter and Menes opened the store themselves in 1849, and they were ancient then.
(Natasha has 1 point in reserve for addl. investigative abilities)
- Credit Rating – 4
- Flattery – 3
- Anthropology – 1
- Art History – 4
- Cthulhu Mythos – 1
- Languauges – 2 (Russian, French, English and academic Latin)
- Library Use – 4
- Occult – 2
- Theology – 4
- Craft (sewing, needlework) – 4
- Athletics – 4
- Conceal – 4
- Disguise – 2
- Firearms – 1
- Fleeing – 6
- Preparedness – 14
- Riding – 8
- Sense Trouble – 4
- Stealth – 4
- Weapons (archery) – 2
- Grand Theft Equine (She can start and drive any horse)
- Cache (retroactively plan ahead)
- In The Nick of Time (use Preparedness spends for perfect timing)
Edited 3/26 – 1 point in Anthro, 1 in Languages, plus the 1 in Cthulhu Mythos from Goody Fowler’s book. Revised bio to make it NYC friendly.
Edited 4/24 – Added more details about the bookstore, Natasha’s Safety.
Edited 5/3 – 1 point in Firearms and 1 point in Occult. Added 3rd Pillar of Sanity. Identified cousin Anton as Solace, but it needs developing
Prior to the Bolshevik Revolution, Natasha (b. 1895) was a governess to the daughters of a Russian aristocratic family. She schooled the young ladies of the family in the French language, drawing, needlework, art and religion, as well as the “proper” and gentile outdoor exercises of riding and archery. Natasha was always one to push the boundaries of what was considered “proper” behavior for a young lady, and excelled in her horsemanship over the years (no side-saddles for her!)
Natasha resided in the “Little Russia” area of Paris for several years, and emigrated to New York City in later 1920. During the Russian Revolution, thousands of Russian emigres established themselves in Paris and other major cities. While in gently-distressed circumstances, the Russians maintained their heritage by the founding of literary magazines, publishing houses, dance and theater companies, and schools. Even while they no longer enjoy their former wealth, they form a tightly-knit community.
Natasha gets by to some extent acting as a translator and interpreter, she reads and writes both French and Russian fluently. Her French, from her position as an educated “servant” to the Russian upper class, served her well in Paris. She augments her income to some extent as a dressmaker/seamstress. Some of the stylish women in New York seek her out for her needlework when they are looking for items with a more exotic, Eastern flavor.
She lives, though, for the Life of the Mind. She enjoys the city’s museums and libraries as much as possible, and has been known to spend her hard-earned wages on books before attending to her own more prosaic needs.