Colette Voltaire is one of the numerous offspring of the Master of Paris and serves in his intelligence division. While her father has used cybernetics to radically extend his lifespan (200 years at a minimum), Colette has given every indication of being her apparent age of thirty or so.
She first appears in the "canon" on page 079 of Act 02 Volume 02, wherein she gives her father a brief report on Agatha's arrival in Paris. Following Agatha's audience with the Master, Colette is to be Agatha's
designated guide and research assistant minder while the latter woman is in Paris.
Colette's first name is used in-strip for the first time by one of her siblings asbut it had been long known from her appearance in The Works (see below.)
She has an unwanted horde of romantic admirers, including for a time Jiminez Hoffmann.
It has been revealed that the Master is training Colette to be able to take over his position as leader of Paris (and human interface with the city). For this purpose, she has had a data-port placed into her neck that allows her to connect to the city mainframe, granting her control over some of the systems. She is not yet very good at controlling the systems and states that the Master has much greater capabilities than she does. (Although at the time she says this, the city's systems have been infiltrated and disrupted by Drusus Beausoleil.) Additionally, she has managed to learn things about the city that her father did not teach her.
Colette is not a Spark, though Tarvek has theorized that she is a strong potential candidate for becoming one, and her attitude as she is shown with the city's systems lends some support to this position.
The Master’s motivations for training her as his heir have not be specifically stated, but he hasthat he is perhaps nearing the end of his extended lifespan and/or ability to maintain control of the city. Whether he sees his daughter's current lack of Sparkiness as an asset or disadvantage are also unknown.
The WorksEditLong before her arrival in the comic, Colette was included in The Works card game, looking almost identical to her first official appearance. Her epithets in the game are Hero and Spy.
Possibly Relevant Outside InformationEdit
Colette was the surname of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.
Voltaire was the pen name of the famous French author François-Marie Arouet.
Although one might suspect a shoutout to the webcomic Athena Voltaire which was nominated for an Eisner Award, as The Works was published in 2001, and Athena Voltaire made its debut in 2002, this appears unlikely.