Deborah Silberstein (aka the Sensuous Sophia)
presently employed at Archibald's theater in London
Deborah Silberstein (aka the Sensuous Sophia)
Charismatic Ordinary 2: CR 1;
Medium human; HD 2d6; hp 8; Mas 10;
Init 2 Dex, +1 class); BAB +1; Grap +0;
Atk +0 melee (1d3-1 nonlethal, unarmed strike);
Full Atk +0 melee (1d3-1 nonlethal, unarmed strike) or +3 ranged (by weapon);
FS 5ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft; AL Getting ahead;
Fort +2, Ref +4, Will +1; AP 0; Rep 0;
Str 8, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 15.
Occupation: Celebrity (bonus class skill: Perform (Act)).
Skills: Bluff +7, Concentration +2, Diplomacy +6, Disguise +5, Escape Artist +3, Gather Information +5, Knowledge (Behavioral Sciences) +3, Listen +3, Move Silently +4, Perform (Act) +8, Perform (Dance) +4, Perform (Sing) +4, Sense Motive +2, Spot +2.
Feats: Creative, Deceptive, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Trustworthy.
Possessions: Sophia generally doesnʼt carry anything atypical of what one might find in a womanʼs purse of the period. She may be armed with a knife or pistol while under Dr. Hypnosʼ influence.
Deborah Silberstein is a raven-haired Jewish girl, from St. Louis. She was an aspiring actress who used to wait tables at a nightclub while waiting for her big break. One night, the Amazing Anthony performed at the club and asked her to be a part of his act. The Amazing Anthony “discovered” her but was actually smitten with her.
Although Deborah didn’t feel the same, she did accept his offer to join him as a full time assistant, hoping it would win her greater exposure. A cunning showman, the Amazing Anthony hired the beautiful city girl and gave her the stage name of the Sensuous Sophia. He transformed her into the exotic Sensuous Sophia and taught her how to fake a Middle European (Italian) accent.
She enjoyed her time with the Amazing Anthony, but was bothered by his jealous nature whenever she got “a little attention.” Her main impediment to acting success was her natural shyness. While Anthonyʼs intentions were obvious, Deborah accepted his offer to join him in the hopes of winning more exposure. Within a few weeks, the shy, unconfident Debbie Silbertein was replaced by the Sensuous Sophia.
Sophia was a smiling, charming, confident, raven-haired vixen. She also learned to use Anthonyʼs affections to her advantage; a tiny sob story here and there won her small but increasing shares of the profits. She had also picked up a few of his “magic tricks.”
She really enjoyed her time and exposure with Anthony and wouldn’t have minded if it continued for a good long run. But, she was savvy enough to understand that it was only a matter of time before his jealousy tore them apart for good. When asked about Sophia, the Amazing Anthony insisted that their relationship was purely professional. He was bluffing and they could tell that he had designs on Sophia, if only she would see it. Still, she was a perfect complement to his act, and he wouldn’t want to waste the effort to replace her.
Once, when Anthony realized that the same person, Fred Martin, sent Sophia a bouquet of flowers three days in a row pleading with her for a dinner date, he flew into a jealous rage. Partly out of spite, Sophia did accept the invitation, but Fred Martin turned out to be a boring conversationalist and not all that interesting. Sophia decided not to see him again, much to the Amazing Anthonyʼs delight. Although Sophia said the date went badly, her body language told the opposite story. Regardless, Fred Martin never called on her again.
Sophia was attired in a skimpy, colorful costume that showed off her curves and legs. The Amazing Anthony had an incredible stage presence, entertaining the crowds with feats of illusion. His biggest routine was the hypnotism routine. When he was ready to perform it, he sent “the Sensuous Sophia” out to get an audience participant.
Unbeknownst to her, after the Sensuous Sophia escorted the volunteer back to his seat, she whispered an invitation to meet her after the show in his ear before returning to the stage. Sophia had no recollection of whispering the contact information to audience participants. In her mind, all she did was thank them.
When the mind murders were solved, Debbie left the Amazing Anthony and accepted Archibald’s offer to work for him in his theater. She had been helping out at the theater since parting ways with the Amazing Anthony (see The Mind Murders) in June of 1888. Deborahʼs main impediment to acting success, her natural shyness, returned to her in the employ of Archibald. She’d dropped the “Sensuous Sophia” persona but some of the boldness that role had given her was gradually reappearing.
Archibald presumed that Deborah accepted his offer to join him at the theater in the hopes of winning more exposure. After some time, he got the impression that Debbie was hanging around for more than just theatrical production roles. But, as with the Sensuous Sophia, Debbie was not one to initiate advances. She seemed to hope that Archibald would fawn over her before she consented to a date. So far she was disappointed in that.
Sophia took an interest in any suitably attractive male PCs. Used to being pursued, she never initiated advances and allowed the man to fawn over her a bit before she consented to a date. Debbie continued that and hoped that Archibald would have pursued her after hiring her. But, it was not working so she’s started to let some of the Sensuous Sophia’s boldness emerge to try to get Archibald’s attention.
Debbie didn’t know where Archibald went except that he sometimes went on business trips overseas. She figured that it was scouting new acts to bring to his theater. Although the Sensuous Sophia would never pursue a man, Debbie felt it appropriate to pursue Archibald.
As part of her attempt to catch his eye, she decided to show up to greet him when he returned from his latest trip to the USA. Talking to Priscilla, Debbie learned that other women regularly meet Archibald and his associates when they return from travel afar. So, Debbie contacted one of the other women, a Miss Adoline Clemenceau, and arranged to travel with them to Liverpool.