The City of Brass
Alpha appears to be a clockwork automaton in the shape of a buxom young lady and plated in gold.
Alpha is the desk clerk, cook and maid of the Tenement building that Kendra and Kodiac stay in. She appears to be happy enough and is somewhat besotted with Kodiac. She is very sensative about her condition as a wind-up automaton. Mentioning the way she becomes when she winds down stresses her and often drives her to tears.
Alpha is maintained Mr. Omega who winds her every morning. Alpha sometimes comments on how she would like to leave her life, but that she never can, because Mr. Omega has her key.