The Last Hurrah
Angeline Elizabeth Williams-Jones
Owner of an industrial empire
A member of the Cambridge Classical Society, Angeline Elizabeth Jones has had an extraordinary life. Her father an industrialist, new money and growing fast, she had an early introduction to the world of machinery, and it served her well when, barely ten years old, she found herself on the wrong side of a cave-in. Her father spent hours, urging on the miners and the machines, wringing hands fearfully, expecting to turn over a rock at the last, and find something streaked black and folded upon itself. All that stood between that grim thought, and the slender threads of life, were a snapped support, and the ingenuity of Angeline. Her pocket of air was hazy with the fumes of coal, but still, it was enough that when the last rock was rolled away, she could stroll out with all the dignity becoming of a well-moneyed young woman.
In that inverse globe of earth, streaked with precious minerals that are normally so inhospitable to life, two things grew within Angeline. First, an intense passion for the science of engineering, and something else, something without name, some ineffable quality that drew the eye of the lord of cold places beneath the earth.
One of the few privileged ladies of Girton College Cambridge, Miss Jones was never going to have a normal university experience, but her extraordinary intelligence, and that strange nexus of fates at which everybody finds themselves at some point in their lives, pulled her into a world beyond her mortal understanding. As the champion of Hades, she joined the Cambridge Classical Society, and was instrumental in many victories, including acting as co-architect of the Blackpool Tower, and helping to adapt the Old Sea Dog for it’s journey across Europe and into space. It was through the Society that she also came into contact with both the Witchfinders and the Oxford Round Table, with whom she maintained the best relations of any member of the Society. Eventually, she would even marry Samuel Williams, champion of Robin Hood and son of Witchfinder General Harold Williams. Ever since, the joint Williams-Jones family has been a powerful one. The WIlliams’ good name and the Jones’ new money, formed a powerful entity, with the goal of ensuring the continued maintenance of Britain’s supernatural defences. Both the Classical Society and the Round Table had gone through highs and lows, but with this new backer, they would both be able to keep an effective presence at all times.
This business empire grew, to ensure that it could feed those family interests should they be in need, and Angeline was at the forefront the entire time. By 1914, WIlliams-Jones Industries has become a stable and prosperous company, but the news of the war is threatening the stability of the entire world. For now, Angeline is staying home, letting the younger generations take up the standard. But always on her mind is the proximity of the front lines to her mother’s family in France. Hopefully what everyone says is correct, and it’ll all be over by Christmas. But if not, the family may break under the strain of conflicting duties.