It was old time-y England and I was the guy who traveled around the world in 80 days, except the moment my hot air balloon was in the air, England flooded and princess Diana shot down my balloon from a balcony with a sniper rifle.
Ann Bates was born most likely in 1748 in Philadelphia where she before the war was a school teacher [x].
She was a “bee-keeper”, at her home she owned and raised her own bees.
Her husband, Joseph Bates, was a soldier in the British Army during the American Revolution.
It was around 1778 when she began spying for the Royal Army and her sex allowed her to be low-profile and undetected.
After America signed an alliance with France, Ann left Philadelphia and was still working small missions under the command and direction of John Craig.
When the army moved to New York, she followed her husband there and receive further instruction. It was there she met Duncan Drummond, a Clinton spy, who convinced her to join his spy ring.
In June, 1778, she began to disguise herself as a peddler and travelled with the camp women of the American Continental Army [x] in White Plains, New York. She called herself Ann Barnes [x].
Her main mission was to find a disloyal soldier in Washington’s camp who could give the British intelligence, however, she was unsuccessful in that mission. She then changed her mission and began listening in on conversations and counted artillery pieces. She mainly relayed valuable information about the American strategies and weapons. Ann also recorded valuable intelligence on American movements about Rhode Island.
On her way back to New York City after this first mission, she was stopped at an American patrol stop and arrested due to suspicion. Ann remained in confined overnight, but was released the next morning.
The total trips she made into that camp was three.
During her third mission, she noted boats that were being prepared to attack Long Island.
September 1778, when she was on another mission in Washington’s camp, a deserter from the British Twenty-Seventh Regiment recognized her, but she eluded capture by traveling through a series of safe houses.
During her final mission in White Plains, Ann Bates came across a British soldier who she suspected would report her after seeing her. She had recognized him from an earlier mission, and immediately fled to New York, cutting through New Jersey. While traveling in that state, Bates stayed in more safe houses.
Saturday, September 26, 1778, she was discovered at an American headquarter commanded by General Charles Scott (Chief of Intelligence before Benjamin Tallmadge). Bates was detained and taken to Scott and questioned but eventually was let go.
After she returned to New York City Drummond asked her to meet with a friend of Benedict Arnold near Philadelphia.
Major John Andre soon took over for Drummond and Bates was quiet between October 1778 and August 1779.
April 1780, Joseph Bates, was sent to Charleston, South Carolina and Bates traveled with him there.
British Colonel Nisbet Balfour called for assistance from her in operating a spy ring out of Charleston but these never went through.
March 6, 1781, Ann Bates and her husband sailed for England where she would spend the rest of her life.
After the war, Bates took pride in her role in spying and wrote a petition for a pension in 1785.
It is unknown her date of death, but she died sometime in England.
Hello! I'm not sure what category this falls under, but what kind of insurance rate increases and housing price/property value decreases could you expect to see in an area with regular or increasing superhero/villain/fighting occurances? Especially fighting where property damage is the norm.
SUPERHEROES ARE MY JAM! You’ve come to the right place, my friend.
You’re definitely going to get both insurance rate increases and property value decreases if supers are trashing the area on a regular basis. If your house gets knocked down every other year, your insurance company isn’t going to keep charging you a nice low rate, because they hate forking out to rebuild your house. They need to cover the cost of continuously rebuilding your house, which means charging your characters a lot more money. They might even refuse to provide insurance at all if they deem the area too high risk: after flooding in England some families couldn’t get house insurance for love nor money, just because of where their houses were situated. Likewise, if the Joker is running around torturing kids every third weekend, you aren’t going to want to buy a house there for your young family, are you? A lack of demand will drive house prices down until property values (could) hit close to the value of the bricks and mortar, and nothing else.
Unfortunately, the exact numbers are impossible for me to quantify, because everything comes down to a matter of extremes. You have villains running around that aren’t particularly harmful to the general populace, like Catwoman? House prices won’t be so badly affected, though your contents insurance might hit as yet unseen heights. But Juggernaut busting down walls every third month? That’s gonna have a much bigger effect on property prices and insurance rates.
In summary, the extent of these problems is entirely up to you. Are your villains pretty cuddly, or brutal mass murderers? And what about your heroes? Do they care about property damage? Do they even care about keeping your civilians alive? xx