Me – “Cherokee Paul”
22yo swf, native of the west coast of the US, current location unspecified, assumed identity, forced into anonymity by the bad guys who leveled accusations of me being an international Tibetan relic thief.
My parents – let’s call them Dick and Jane Paul
Both are academicians, specifically feminist epistemology and social science. Mortified that I aspire to own a kitchen garden restaurant. In their minds I am supposed to aspire to break stereotypes by becoming a top biochemist.
My brother – let’s call him John Paul
10 years older than me, famous physicist who went rogue, died last year. He was not crazy or a threat to himself, and his death was no ordinary accident.
John’s widow – Brooklyn Saffire
(that’s not her real name, I hope you get the idea by now)
Brooklyn is a writer who has become one of my travel partners since John died.
My mentor – Chonyi Gharma
He’s so cool I can’t even explain. Tibetan ex-pat, owns a restaurant that I worked at all through high school and some since. I just figured out that he is the leader of the secret society the Gana-dhatu that has guarded the location of the Chenpo Terma.
Dr. Bernie Ghes
Prize-winning author of self-important books such as Knowing the Unknowable. Bad guy physicist. Looter of those less influential than him (i.e. me and the relic given to me and my brother by a Chinese scholar desperate to see it not fall into the wrong hands).
Dr. Roger Dinsch
Australian physician and research into superhuman feats of Tibetan holy men. My hero. Dr. D is always in the right place at the right time, and is a walking encyclopedia of unusual (and super-useful) facts.