Pulp Cthulhu character: Varsha Ghosh
The Good Friends of Jackson Elias are doing a contest for 1930s Pulp Cthulhu characters that could fit into their world-spanning Two-Headed Serpent campaign for Call of Cthulhu, using the Pulp Cthulhu rules. This is my entry.
The world was not kind to Varsha Ghosh. Back in Kolkata, India, Varsha was beautiful. Patient. Kind. She was fifteen and he was twenty-four when he offered to marry her. She refused. The next day Varsha was beaten in an alley by his friends. Her bruises healed, with time. She was seventeen and he was twenty-six when he drunkenly kicked her door down, demanding sex. She told him to go home. He refused. Varsha had to break his nose with a rolling pin to get him off her. She never felt safe in her home again. She was eighteen and he was twenty-seven as she smiled for her wedding with another man. He threw acid from a battery into Varsha’s face, to “show the world just how ugly she really is”. Her wedding was called off. It took months for the burns on her hands, chest and face to heal. The Indian Imperial Police never investigated. Kolkata is a cold place to someone no longer beautiful. So she left. She travelled the world, seeing its vices and learning its ways. Today, Varsha is aiding refugees at a humanitarian camp in Bolivia. Fluent in Hindi, Spanish, and English, she has seen the worst of humanity; she is tired of being afraid. The Bolivian army has been getting closer to the camp. Today they shot the throat out of an aid worker, and she can hear them approaching. She reaches her scarred hand into the tent for her British rifle, checking that it is loaded. The world hasn’t been kind to Varsha Ghosh; today she is going to show the world just how ugly she really is. And there will be hell to pay.
Thanks to the Good Friends of Jackson Elias for doing this contest, and for their incredible podcast! If you like Call of Cthulhu and horror films, do yourself a favor and check it out.
Also, acid attacks are very real, even today. You can help acid survivors by donating to the Acid Survivors Trust International.