Masks of Nyarlathotep
Miss Hypatia Celestine Masters
She has no police record or record of public service. She is heiress to the Masters armaments fortune, the dark antecedents of which have been chronicled in the muckraking Masters of Corruption by Nikolai Steinburg. Miss Masters’ grandfather, Aldington Masters, held onto and increased the holdings by leaving most decisions to a series of chief executives who uniformly made intelligent, far-ranging, and profitable moves. George, her father, also adopted this relaxing way of life, spending his time doting on his daughter. Hypatia attended Swiss and French academies, showing facility for languages. Her great interest proved to be photography. Several of her shows earned good reviews and enthusiastic attendance. A daring streak in her led to an incautious affair with a Catholic Marxist, one Raoul Luis María Piñera, at City College of New York.
Miss Masters dated Roger Carlyle several times, but only as a friend. Her presence on the expedition might have been Carlyle’s gallant whim. No one actually knows why she was invited or why she accepted.