Characters / Gypsies
Soon-to-be divorced mother of a fifteen year old Michael and sister to Laura and Tim. Karen spends years trying to lead a normal life in Toronto, but sudden return of the Grey Man forces her to finally confront her fears and look for some answers.
- Big Sister Instinct: Invoked by Willis. He always charged Karen with duty of protecting and keeping her younger siblings in line.
- Fatal Flaw: Love for her son. Which is later used to lure her into a trap and imprison her behind powerful binding spells. But itís also this love that helps her overcome her fears and use her powers to protect Michael.
- Flashback Nightmare: Karen often dreams about the first time she met the Gray Men as a young girl.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Karen spends years trying to forget she has powers and represses any memories of her childhood adventures. She later grows out of this attitude, when she understands she canít run away from her heritage much longer.
- Mama Bear: She will do anything to protect her son. Novus Ordo uses this to lure her into a trap. But this love also lets her later overcome her fears and use her abilities to protect Michael.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Like the rest of her family she too can move between worlds, even if she hardly uses her abilities.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Karen finally realizes that places she lived in for many years (her parentís house, her apartment in Toronto) no longer feel like home (or have never been home in the first place). At the end of the story itís also hinted she canít stay in our universe since her ex-husband will try to find her and take Michael back.
Karenís fifteen year old son. For many years he lived with his family in Toronto, but sudden manifestation of his talent and reappearance of the Grey Man forces him to go on the run with his mother and aunt.
- Home Sweet Home: When he discovers that his old house no longer feels like a place where he belongs, he starts wondering if one of many parallel worlds may become his new home. He briefly considers Walkerís home world, as the one his real grandparents come from, but finally decides to try his luck in a strange new world he often dreams about.
- How Do I Shot Web?: He spends a few days in Turquoise Beach experimenting with his powers.
- Mixed Ancestry: In a way. His father is native to our world, but Karen's parents come from a different universe, which technically makes her alien to this world, even if it was where she was born and breed.
- Teen Genius: He is much more powerful than anyone else in his family. Thatís why Novus Ordo wants him so desperately.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He inherited an ability to move between worlds from his mother. Since he lacks fear instilled in Karen and her siblings by Willis he can open more doors than anyone else in his family.
- You Can't Go Home Again: After a few months on the run from the Gray Man he discovers that he no longer thinks about Toronto as his home. At the end of the story itís also hinted that he canít remain in our world, because his father will hire detectives to try to find him and bring him back.
Karenís and Timís free-spirited sister. As a young woman she decided to find her perfect world. She travelled for a while before finally settling in a more peaceful world, in bohemian town called Turquoise Beach, and spending there next twenty years. She takes in Karen and Michael, and finally goes on the run with them, looking for the answers.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She spent her younger years as a hippie looking for a meaning in life and later decided to go on a journey across the multiverse to find her ideal world.
- The Drifter: There is an indication that she traveled for a while around the multiverse until she finally found Turquoise Beach.
- Fatal Flaw: Her vanity. Itís how Novus Ordo manages to lure her into a trap and imprison using powerful binding spells.
- Hippie Aunt
- Middle Child Syndrome: Strangely inverted. Between Karen being the oldest (always charged with responibility for her younger siblings) and Tim being a boy (burdened with his father's expectations) Laura always got off easy.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: She feels like a stranger when she returns to our world after twenty years. Her parentsí house also no longer feels like home (or has never been one in the first place).
- Teleporters and Transporters: Like the rest of her family.
Karenís and Lauraís rebellious brother. He ran away from home when he was seventeen years old and disappeared for twenty years.
- The Alcoholic: Like his adoptive father. He started drinking in the years following his escape from his parentsí house.
- Ambition Is Evil: His hunger for power drives him to betray his family and later gets him killed.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Like his older sister, Laura.
- The Drifter: Tim spent years wandering around the multiverse looking for a ďbetter worldĒ. Sadly all places he ever entered were dark and miserable. Finally he came to the conclusion that our universe is the best there can be.
- Daddy Issues: He hates his abusive father for beating him. Laura suggests that his lust for power may stream from the same source: he wants to be ďbigger than his daddyĒ.
- Fatal Flaw: He has two: his longing for a family and his hunger for power. Both are used by the Gray Man to persuade him to betray his sisters and nephew. And both make him blind to the truth that his life doesnít matter to anyone in the Defense Research Institute, which finally gets him killed.
- Heel Face Turn
- Home Sweet Home: The house he grew up in never felt like home to him, because of his abusive father. He spent years wandering between worlds looking for a place he could call his own. He finally decides that the universe his real grandparents come from is where he belongs.
- In the Blood: At the end it turns out he is just as violent and prone to fear of what he doesn't understand as his father. He also ends up addicted to alcohol. Subverted. Willis is not his real father. Tim still ends up very much like him, probably because he was raised in his household.
- Lust: For power. He betrays his family when he is promised a future empire to rule.
- Not So Different: Ironically, at the end he turns out to be very much like his abusive father. He shows the same tendency to violence, addiction to alcohol and he let his fear control his actions.
- Rebellious Spirit
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He is killed by Walker after his family escapes from the Institute.
- The Runaway: He runs away as a teenager in order to get away from his abusive father.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Like the rest of his family. Most worlds he visits are miserable and dark, possibly reflecting his own soul (since itís world-walkerís imagination that helps open the door).
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: For the Gray Man.
- You Are Not Alone: Walker helps him when he hits rock bottom and believes everyone else has forgotten him. He tries to pull the same thing with Michael and his family. Whether he believes in his own propaganda or only tries to lure them to Novus Ordo is left unclear.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Neumann orders him killed when he is no longer useful.
The Grey Man
A mysterious figure constantly following Karenís family and appearing in their dreams. He seems to posses the same talent as the main characters. We later learn that his real name is Walker.
- The Dreaded: Most members of Fauve family are terrified of him. He hunts their dreams and stalks them when they are awake.
- Emotion Suppression: His emotions were removed by Novus Ordo via operation. He himself admits there is practically nothing left in him but obedience and childlike longing for a thing he lost long time ago.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has ugly scars on his head from the operation that removed his emotions.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Possibly. He admits he may have been jealous of love between Julia and William, but itís hard for him to remember.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He posses the same abilities as the rest of the main cast and spends a good portion of the book hunting them down.
- Not So Different/You Are Not Alone: When he first speaks to Michael he tries to lure the boy away by saying he knows how different he feels from other people and that he and Walker are similar. He pulls the same tick on Tim, this time with more success.
- Parental Substitute: He becomes one for Tim. Too bad itís mostly one-sided.
- Perception Filter: It's strongly suggested that he uses magic to stop people around him from noticing his presence.
- Psychopathic Manchild: What is left of his emotions is very basic and childlike, especially his longing for a thing that was taken from him long time ago. Many of his gestures and expressions are also described as resembling these of a child.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He can move between worlds, but only following the trail left behind by others with the same power.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kills a girl in Turquoise Beach, when she distracts him from Michael for a moment