Archaeolinguist in his late 40s.
Moved to the Cities from West Germany as a child. His parents instilled a strong sense of curiosity and academics in him, and he carried it through his school years. He became obsessed with the study of ancient languages, hieroglyphics and runes, and his obsession took him all around the world. He is a professor of archaeology at the University of Minnesota, and up until recently he had a blooming relationship with one of his colleagues.
Bael is 47, his dark hair showing signs of grey. He has always applied a rigid methodology to every aspect of his life, but his recent discovery threatens to throw his small and austere life into chaos.