Comic 189 - Anna Potemkin

8th Apr 2022, 12:00 AM in Microraptor
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Anna Potemkin
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Microraptor 8th Apr 2022, 12:00 AM edit delete
One of the major successes in Heike Hagenbeck's career (back when she was still at the BKA, the German federal police) was that she was that she was crucial in exposing the German con artist Anna Potemkin, also known as Anna Eltzberg.
Pretending to be the daughter of business tycoon Ansgar Eltzberg, Anna lived large in chic places like Monaco and Autumn Bay, scamming the upper crust and spending money that she didn't have.

After weeks of research, Heike eventually concluded that this Ansgar Eltzberg didn't even actually exist! Anna turned out to be a low tier witch, who knew a spell that made everyone "vaguely remember" to have read about Eltzberg in the newspaper...

This one is based on the real life con artist Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey. (I added a little magical twist though.)
I was watching Inventing Anna (a fictionalized retelling of Anna Sorokin's schemes) and realized that a while ago I coincidentally created a character who was somewhat similar... even right down to her having the same first name and fashionable glasses!


Jeremy7 8th Apr 2022, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
...but where did she get the credit card
Microraptor 8th Apr 2022, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
That's... a really good question...

Perhaps I should have wrote that she put a spell on the actually existing Ansgar Eltzberg so that he thought she is his daughter...
Jay042 9th Apr 2022, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
Or maybe the card was enchanted so the staff thought it was valid.
Microraptor 9th Apr 2022, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Hmm yes, that would work...
Okay, I'll take that as the canonical explanation!
WynautWarrior 8th Apr 2022, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
It shocking what you can do with memory spells, even low tier ones.
Microraptor 8th Apr 2022, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Basically the magic equivalent of a leading question:

"So, what hair color did the mugger have?"
"Sorry, Inspector, I can't remember."
"Could it have been... blonde?"
"Hmmm, now that you say it..."