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Vidonia Orkalina, was known for a long time as just the nameless Assistant, even in the Girl Genius Complete List of Absolutely Everybody! (Mechanicsburg section), where it is reported she will be Agatha's secretary, as well as the Official Volume VII cast list. Her normal costume appears to be a white cloak and large trilobite earrings, and she is seen in almost all appearances carrying a large bound book.

Vidonia is first seen in the coffee shop, helping Agatha by coordinating workers ("I've had word from the power station, the waterwights' guild, and the best three smiths in town!" ). She then shows up to introduce Wilhelm Diamant to Agatha during the events in the crypt and is near Agatha on the wall while watching the battle clanks versus Gil (and aftermath ). After Agatha heads into Castle Heterodyne, she minds the town (note the fourth wall humor) and Vanamonde von Mekkhan (who isn't yet clear on her identity).

Undoubtedly she will greet the triumphant Agatha (once the Castle is fixed) with her mail sorted and a list of tomorrow's meetings. Sadly that joke has been put on hold due to the one-man invasion of Klaus and the take five device. She is currently trapped in time along with the rest of the town.

In the Novels[]

New information from the Prose Novel Agatha H. and the Siege of Mechanicsburg, gave both her name and backstory. Vidonia Orkalina is a native daughter of Mechanicsburg. Her father, Opa Orkalina, was an early investor in culinary snails. Vidonia served as foreign agent for the family business until the passing of her father. She then turned the business over to her brother, Opa Junior. She found retirement in Mechanicsburg boring and was at the coffee shop when our heroine was introduced to Vanamond von Mekkhan. Stepping up to assist the Heterodyne in rebuilding the coffee engine Vidonia found new purpose in life helping the Seneschal administer the city. An able manager and experienced leader, she has been quite helpful in both defending and rebuilding the community.

A Possible Sighting[]

A woman strongly resembling her (though lacking all her more memorable accessories) appears as some form of assistant or minder for Vanamonde in the Ivo Sharktooth PJ side-story, which is set in the future of the main narrative, in a Mechanicsburg freed from the time-bubble and under the rule of Agatha.

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