Campaign: Hollow Earth Expedition
Ilsa Johansen introduced herself as "Lisa Johnson" when she first met the PCs, pretending to be an innocent (yet capable) young woman with a scientific background. However, it was soon revealed that she had tricked them (without any great difficulty, by the way) - her real name was Ilsa, and she seemed to have connections to the Nazis and the mysterious Thule Society.
Angela commented on Ilsa in a blog post on GamingAsWomen.com:
- "When I planned out our first session, I had no idea whether the game would become a recurring one for the group. So I set up a few antagonist groups and a “big bad” that could be defeated in one session, but was also poised to become the recurring nemesis should the story continue. I very consciously chose to make this nemesis a female character. For one, the femme fatale is a staple of pulp stories – Ilsa Johansen is based explicitly on Elsa Schneider from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – and for another, the rest of my gaming group is male and I was 99% sure they would all elect to play male characters (I was correct). It was my job, more than usual, to inject some estrogen into my campaign."