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Like those in “Character Inspirations Part I: The Bandit”, the following lists are meant to aid Players and Presenters in creating True Innocent characters for the Ghastly Affair RPG. Since the class is intended to portray the typical heroine of a classic Gothic novel, True Innocents tend to become central to any game of Ghastly Affair. Remember that a True Innocent can be as active and strong as any other character. They need not be just damsels (or lads) to be rescued. Here then are some examples from history, literature, and the media to help inspire your portrayals of True Innocents.

If you have any additions you’d like to share, just indicate them in the comments.

Some Historical True Innocents:
Lady Anne Isabella Byron (wife of Lord Byron)
Saint Joan of Arc
Virginie de Lafayette (daughter of the Marquis de Lafayette)
Juliette Récamier

Some Literary Inspirations:
Pamela Andrews (Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded – Samuel Richardson)
Antonia (The Monk: A Romance – Matthew Lewis)
Justine de Bertole (Justine; or, The Misfortunes of Virtue – de Sade)
Candide (Candide – Voltaire)
Gulchenrouz (Vathek – William Beckford)
Mina Harker (née Murray) (Dracula – Bram Stoker)
Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady – Samuel Richardson)
Immalee / Isidore de Aliaga (Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Maturin)
Agnes de Medina (The Monk: A Romance – Matthew Lewis)
Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen)
Laura (Carmilla – Sheridan Le Fanu)
Matilda of Otranto (The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole)
Emily St. Aubert (The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe)
Charlotte Sophia (The Hapless Child – Edward Gorey)
Virginia de Villa-Franca (The Monk: A Romance – Matthew Lewis)
Isabella of Vicenza (The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole)
Cécile de Volanges (The Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)

Some True Innocents from Movies and Television:
Edith Cushing (Crimson Peak)
Emma (The Vampire Lovers)
Letha Godfrey (Hemlock Grove)
Marianne de Morangias (Brotherhood of the Wolf)
Rosaleen (The Company of Wolves)
Katia Vajda (Black Sunday)

A Few Inspirational Songs:
Edge of the World – Faith No More
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Goody Two Shoes – Adam and the Ants
Little Sister – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Lullaby – The Cure
Rainbow in the Dark – Dio
Sister Christian – Night Ranger
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Tales of Innocence – Christian Death
You’re Lost, Little Girl – The Doors, covered by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Gallery of Images
Greuze-La prière du Matin

Radcliffe Chastenay - Les Mysteres d Udolphe frontispice T2

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Museo del Prado - Goya - Caprichos - No. 14 - Que sacrificio!

Fragonard, The Reader

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