At the very beginning of first episode of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is in his birth body on Harlan's World. There is a woman with him and I've never figured out who she is. The things I've noticed to try to identify her are:
- She is familiar/comfortable with weapons and fighting (although apparently not as proficient as Tak)
- (IIRC) she appears to be inspecting a pile of stacks (which I think are the stacks of Tak's fellow Envoys), so presumably she's familiar with Tak's history
- She isn't Tak's sister or Quell.
- When asked about her by Jaeger, Tak says she's just a local prostitute. This is presumably a lie as Tak is angered when Jaeger slags her stack.
She's never mentioned again and these details don't seem to match with any other characters introduced in the show (at least not that I remember). As a result she seems to be dismissed as quickly as she is introduced, which confused me. Given Checkov's Gun, I expected an explanation for her to surface eventually. I kept thinking that she would turn out to be Quell, but it isn't until the very end of the show that we find out that both options are impossible.
So do we know who she is, or is she just one more of Tak's "Soon-to-be-dead" love interests?