Sunday, 24 July 2016

Vulcana - Weird War 1 strongwoman

Kate Williams was born to a popular local preacher, and worked at a tannery in Abergavenny. She met William Roberts at the local women's gymnasium he ran in 1890, when she was fifteen. They fell in love; in spite of Roberts already having a wife and family, they left town together and were never parted for the rest of their lives.

Williams's first professional appearance was as a replacement act at a fete hosted by Roberts in Pontypool, Wales. They began to bill together as Atlas and Vulcana after they began to appear in London in 1892. In 1903, Vulcana and Atlas were engaged by Harry Rickards and toured Australia.

Atlas, a true showman of his times, greatly exaggerated the lifting capacities of himself and Vulcana, and so most of his published boasts have been dismissed. On more than one occasion, he was challenged to his face, and shown to use weights lighter than he claimed. At these times, Vulcana's reputation suffered alongside his, though her authenticated accomplishments were genuinely remarkable for a woman of her era.

Vulcana reached the height of her popularity in France, impressing the l'Halterophile Club de France with her feats of strength, earning her a medal from the "Father of French Bodybuilding", Professor Edmond Desbonnet, and the cover of La Santé par les Sports. She was honored with over one hundred medals throughout her career.

Her best-authenticated feats were bent press with her right hand of at least 124½ lb (56.5 kg), with some authorities accepting a press of 145 lb (66 kg), and an overhead lift with a 56 lb (25 kg) weight in each hand.
She freed a wagon stuck in Maiden Lane, London in October 1901 by lifting it before astonished witnesses.

Authorities believe Vulcana reached the peak of her strength in about 1910. On 29 May 1913 at Haggar's Theatre in Llanelly, she lifted a challenge bell that rival strongwoman Athelda failed to raise after twenty-five minutes of trying.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d12, Vigor d12

Skills: Fighting d6, Knowledge (Bodybuilding) d6, Notice d6, Shooting d4

Charisma: +2 Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: Sanity: 5

Edges & Hindrances:  Code of honour, Attractive, Brawny,

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