|“||I find your wager most amusing. I will convey you to Calcutta.||”|
Aodha is a character in 80 Days. She is the leader of a band of Indian mercenaries.
Aodha is revealed to be fighting the British within India after the death of her rajah husband.
Aodha is remarkably strong-willed despite the death of her husband, leading her mercenaries with great skill and leadership and taking control of situations with ease.
Fogg and Passepartout encounter her while traveling from Benares to Calcutta aboard the Mechanical Elephant. At first they mistake her for a virgin to be sacrificed by a Kali cult, leading Fogg to decide to rescue her. After the attempted rescue, however, she captured the pair after revealing her true origin.
While she keeps Passepartout and Fogg prisoner, she is not a cruel captor and allows Passepartout the use of his journal. She displays interest in and flirts with Fogg, and Passepartout can even observe that Fogg is remarkably disheveled and flushed after a nighttime sojourn with Aodha.
Aodha releases the pair and takes them to Calcutta after learning about Fogg's wager and finding it amusing.
- Aodha also loosely based from Aouda from Jules Verne's original story, which was an Indian princess who later joined Phileas Fogg after he saved her from being sacrificed by Hindu monks at her husband's funeral pyre, who also later married Fogg in London. Meg Jayanth explained in an interview that she rewrote the character after disapproving of the colonialist nature of her story.
- In the Black Rose Mystery, Stelle disguises herself as Aodha, making use of her notoriety.