Along with her sister Moxana, she hid her true nature for twenty years by traveling with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, posing as a simple sideshow oddity, until she was recognized for what she truly was by Tarvek and taken to be a model for the clank body he built for his dying sister. The comic does not make it clear exactly how it happened, but Tinka ended up damaged, just barely able to walk and talk.
Once Agatha ends up in Sturmhalten, Tarvek sends Tinka to get her out of the dungeon cell in which our heroine, Lady Vrin and Eotain and Shurdlu have been detained; in the process of this, Tinka is still functional enough to demonstrate that van Rijn really Tinka successfully brings Agatha to Tarvek, where it is revealed she has also gone to the Circus and brought Moxana and Van Rijn's Notebook to Tarvek, both of the Muses accepting him as a worthy candidate to become the new Storm King. Attempting to then lead Agatha out of the castle by the now-escaped Geisterdamen, leaving her in even greater need of repairs.
Her current condition and whereabouts remain a mystery.
Print Novel Version Edit
In Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess, Tarvek claims that the damage on display in Tinka's movements and speech was caused not by his reverse-engineering efforts, but his father's subsequent Sparky probing of Tinka's inner workings.
Possibly Relevant Outside InformationEdit
Among the Nine Muses of Greek mythology, Terpsichore was the Muse associated with dancing.