Dear Mighty Swashbuckler -- you haven't missed anything, don't worry.
In the Armada puppet show, Kane is shown with members of his 'court', and one of them is an elegantly dressed female clockwork. We have absolutely no data about her... this is intentional, to ratchet up the suspense! Because of the courtly theme of Kane's inner circle, and the chessboard motives also, some players are calling her 'Queen'. Easier to say than calling her 'what's-er-name' all the time! However, none of us players -- outside KI-- really know what her name is, or what she does, as it is all speculation. But speculation is fun too, don't you agree?