Collector of magical artifacts
Henrietta, Virginia (short while)
Colin Greenmantle was a wealthy collector of supernatural artifacts. He was married to Piper Greenmantle.
Originally from Boston, Colin had been searching for supernatural artifacts to impress his wife for years. He frequently hired the Gray Man as a bounty hunter and hit man to track down specific people and objects for him. He also had many other hired men, but these were usually of the thuggish and rather incompetent sort. For several years he coveted an object called the Greywaren, which allowed a person to take things out of their dreams into reality, though his search was stymied by the fact that he didn't know what the object looked like.
In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Colin visits 300 Fox Way for a reading and puts everyone there on edge. He is there to find Maura to try and use her against the Gray Man as punishment for his insubordination. Calla and Persephone agree that he is "not to be touched."
He is hired as the new Latin teacher at Aglionby Academy, which he uses as a means to get closer to finding the Greywaren. On his first day, he instantly recognizes Ronan Lynch as the son of Niall Lynch, whom he had ordered the Gray Man to kill.
Piper lovingly tries to stab him in the kitchen several times while eating grapes and cutting cheese, but decides against it because cleaning is not one of her talents.
Colin had a double PhD and could be clever and cunning, but he was also self-absorbed, snarky, and vain. He is described by Blue Sargent as giving off the air of someone who "gets stuff done," though in fact he usually relied on others to do his dirty work. His apparent self-assurance masked his weakness in the face of any actual challenge or danger.
Physical description Edit
Colin is frequently described as being very handsome, with boyish good looks. He had bright aquamarine eyes, a snub nose, lots of tousled dark hair, flawless skin, and white teeth. His typical wardrobe was so similar to that of a stereotypical Aglionby boy (boat shoes, salmon colored pants, etc.) that upon first meeting him, Blue Sargent mistook him for a student.
Adam Parrish associates Colin's appearance with a picture of a man in an ad that he keeps in his glove box for inspiration.
Piper Greenmantle Edit
|“||Piper's lust was like a single bear trap in the wilderness. It was nearly impossible to find if you were looking for it, but it was something you wanted to be prepared for if you stepped into it by accident.||”|
—Colin on Piper
Colin was married to Piper Greenmantle. They had a complicated relationship, but Colin did appear to have genuine affection for her, as he went to great lengths to obtain supernatural artifacts to impress her. Still, he wasn't a very attentive husband and objected to a lot of the things that Piper did (for example, buying a small dog) but usually ended up going along with whatever Piper threw at him. Colin was interested in doing things cleanly, in secret, and carried out by others so that misdeeds couldn't be traced back to him. Piper on the other hand, was willing to go out and do things herself, including killing. This was a personality difference that caused strain between the two while they were in Henrietta, with Piper wanting to jump into things head first and Colin wanting to stay behind the scenes. By the end of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Colin had second thoughts about being married to Piper after she shot a man in front of him.