Adam Three, herbalist Membergroup:
Gabriel is one of the lucky ones. Brilliant to the point of eccentricity, he saw too much. He knows too much. And he escaped before they could kill him for the horrific knowledge he possessed. Once a praised epidemiologist with a second specialization in pharmacology, Gabe was on the top research team for the HealthWyzer Compound. He loved his job. He could save humanity from the devastation of diseases that had once laid waste to societies. Small pox, AIDS, H1N1; these things could never touch society again thanks to the kind of work the folks at HealthWyzer did. Wife, dog, 2 kids and a lavish villa; Gabriel had it all. He lived in happy ignorance.
Until he realized they were making people sick just to treat them and rake in the profits. What was worse, they were trying these manmade diseases on Pleeb children. Never one with much faith in a higher power, Gabe struggled with the knowledge he had seen in full, grotesque horror in the reports until the point of mental duress. He was losing his mind. The faces of phantom children haunted him in his sleep. He could no longer connect to his wife, his friends. He couldn’t un-know. And he couldn’t hide that something was devastatingly wrong with him either. As his performance wavered at work, he was put into psychiatric evaluation and required to attend regular therapy until the situation ‘resolved’ itself. It could never resolve itself though. He knew what happened to the researchers who knew ‘classified’ information. They disappeared. For good.
Gabe became very aware he had to disappear himself before someone else did him the courtesy in the more permanent sense of the word. He used his vast wealth to reach outside the Compounds. Money found the right hands and he was to be 'kidnapped' by a 'competitive Compound' while heading to the trains in Pleebland. He would be on the way to a convention and the attack was entirely plausible. No one would suspect anything for a few days. He kissed his kids good bye, gave his wife who he couldn't trust any longer a fond hug, and disappeared from his normal life at age 34.
To keep Gabriel safe, he was inserted into a 'gang' called God's Gardeners. It was t he last place someone would look for him and he tried to remember this daily. It was miserable at first. Their 'God' had nothing to do with Gabriel. He was positively horrified by their hygiene and wardrobe. The droning hymns were irritating and the notion of some all-powerful being listening to them and protecting them was even more laughable.
Laughable or not, he was a refugee and he was grateful for the safe haven even if it wasn't what he had hoped for. They understood his eccentric nervous tics and the stutter he developed when nervous and that the horrific research he had seen had left him unstable.
Over time, he became friends with the Gardeners' 'leader', a man who called himself Adam One. He helped Gabriel understand the Gardeners better and thanks to Adam One's unwavering faith and beliefs, Gabriel began to share the Gardener's ways. He became well versed in holistic care and herbalism thanks to his background in pharmacology and his friendship with Adam One. Over time, he began to treat the Gardeners with his knowledge. He officially became a believer at age 36.
Gabriel served faithfully. Sometimes he was embarrassed by his behavior during the first years with the Gardeners but no one else seemed to comment and he had put that behind him. Intelligence reports from the man he had paid to get him out revealed that his wife had remarried. She wasn't terribly broken up. Ah well. Gabriel threw out his wedding band. He started over officially that day. Adam One saw this and he was voted in as Adam Three.
As Adam One's health began to decline in later years, Gabriel treated him and sat by his side daily. He talked to Adam One about his life before the Gardener's. It seemed trivial now. He confessed his greatest demons--the diseases they had created--and he broke down in tears. He should have done something! But he couldn't have. They would have killed him! What could he do to atone?
Adam One assured Gabriel that God knew his heart and mind. God forgave Gabriel even if Gabriel couldn't forgive himself. The revelation rocked the former researcher. He wished others knew about life outside the shackles of technology. He wanted to do more.
Now 41, Gabriel has fully immersed himself in the Gardener life. He wants a family again though--to raise beautiful children who would be forever free of the poisons of the Compounds. No one ever found him, he believes he's safely out of that world. 41 isn't too late to start over and have the life he's been destined to live.