Main Characters of Into the Fifth World series
The main character's name is Proteus. He once had a respectable life in
biophysics and a proud family. Then the universe, so he thinks, lays a
path before him.
To handle the dangers and expectations thrust
upon him, he developed a device which enhances the natural abilities of
Much is discovered in this tale. Science (plasmid
DNA and genetics), medicine (vaccines and placebos), history, mythology
and archaeology, modernization versus tradition, the unceasing strife of
being human, paranoia, and mysterious qualities of the universe
(probabilistic systems) that leave us questioning the difference between
coincidence and fate.
Cyrus - brother to Proteus. His
brother's mirror image, intellectual counterpart and link to reality for
Proteus. When Cyrus goes to search for Proteus, people
often confuse him Proteus, whom they have met before. Cyrus studies
methods to detect cancer, becomes suspicious of dealings by his company,
Aztran, they fire him. He starts charity work for advocacy groups.
- Primary organizer of a network of scientists. Walks with signature
hickory cane. He mentors Proteus and tries to steer him toward certain
studies. Mithras is somewhat of a Machiavellian character, "Changing
people's false perceptions is perhaps the most arduous task of
leadership. So much the easier to use their own existing misconceptions
against them, making a new assertion." Mithras helps Cyrus track down
his lost brother.
Sobek - doctor and worker for Doctors Without Borders. Assists Cyrus in crossing into remote area of Asia.