Phyllis Jeanne-Louis Colombe Trudeau, of the House of Trudeau, 3rd Marchioness d’Ile Ste. Helene, is the chief librarian of the Royal Archives and a minor member of Quebec’s royal family. Her friendship with Marcus Quimby dates back to their time in graduate school at U Montreal; he hand-picked her for this mission. Recently widowed (with her son Phillipe standing to inheirt her title and fortune) and in need of a change of pace, she accepted his offer with little deliberation.
Though a skilled linguist in her own right, Phyllis’ real passions lie in documentation, textual history, and lexicorgraphy. Another strength: ettiquete. She deftly coordinates the activities of the various culural teams, and most of their members view her as a kind of mother figure. Her official title is “Documentarian,” but she is effictively Quimby’s second-in-command. She alone seems not to mind his blustering, and she has a long history of fixing his mistakes when he isn’t looking.
Phyllis is also an accomplished marksman and fencer, these being hobbies of her youth. For a sixty-three year-old, she’s still remarkably agile.