Name Erol Wehby Birthdate/age 25 at the time of Janus'first voyage Ethnic/racial background Father is Cypriot Turk (US legal resident; came to US for education and stayed); mother is US-born of Lebanese parents Height/weight/build 6 ft, 175 lbs, rangy with medium muscling Hair/eyes/skin tone Black hair, loose curls if not kept short; dark brown eyes; olive skin Face Expressive, youthful for age – “overgrown choirboy” Identifying marks Has dark birthmark on back of right shoulder Mannerisms None Basic personality Intelligent, highly observant, loyal; something of a romantic and idealist; strong protective instincts towards children and women but admires confidence and strong character in a woman. Active sense of humor; strong streak of curiosity.
Family background: Originally from Detroit, Michigan. Parents met while in college and were married despite strong opposition by mother's parents due to differences in religious/cultural background (mother was raised Greek Orthodox, father nominally Muslim); mother was disowned by her parents. Father became a successful businessman but began having affairs and eventually abandoned his family (possible religious conflicts between mom and dad – mom increasingly wanting children raised in her own faith?) when Erol was about 12 and his sister, Nisa, was 7; he has not been in the picture since. Mother was forced to move the family to a small apartment in a rough neighborhood and had periods of difficulty in providing even basic subsistence but began attending church regularly and involving her children in church activities to keep them away from local gangs. Parents eventually learned of her situation (perhaps through the church?) and a sometimes difficult reconciliation ensued. Erol is close to both his mother and sister and has developed an affectionate if somewhat formal relationship with his maternal grandparents. On entering military service, he chose to officially use his mother's maiden name as his surname, effectively repudiating his father.
Education: High school graduate; has been working towards bachelor's degree on-line and has about a year's worth of work to go.
Work history: Part-time employment at a local grocery store while in high school. Entered military service following graduation from high school.
Military service: Entered Navy at age 18 and has risen to the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Currently a radioman for SEAL Team Ten Delta Two and the partner of Lt. Isaac “Zach” Bacon, having joined Bacon's stick two years ago after the death of Bacon's previous radioman and partner. Erol has developed a younger brother/older brother type of bond with his superior.
Religious background and beliefs: Greek Orthodox, but generally fairly quiet about it although genuinely committed (perhaps through influence of priest or other church leader who assumed substitute father/uncle role?). Usually attends services when not deployed.
Hobbies and leisure activities: Enjoys tinkering with radios and other electronics on or off the job
Medical history: No significant medical issues
Mental health history: No formal history, but has some issues related to his father's abandonment of the family. While he has generally resolved his feelings of loss and betrayal in a healthy way, his emotions can get very involved when he encounters situations that remind him of the circumstances of his youth; in particular, he reacts badly to evidence of a man's disloyalty to his family.
Traumatic experiences: Abandonment by father and subsequent poverty; exposure to gang violence and crime although not directly victimized
Other significant information: Earned the rank of Star Scout as a Boy Scout; has amateur interest in astronomy. Has a pleasant tenor singing voice