Phoebe Newman is a 25-year-old neuroscientist from London, England. She followed in her mother's footsteps into the field, and accepted a position alongside her to aid in the research of a treatment to suppress violent tendencies in the most troublesome of citizens and inmates. Using a part-dormant version of the rabies virus and augmented cells from the patient's brain stem, a breakthrough was achieved and what was once an inherently violent dog was now as aggressive as a newborn pup. The investors encouraged them to begin human testing early and, though Phoebe vehemently opposed the idea of testing on her countrymen, where their health service provided base treatment to suppress problems.
Phoebe's anonymous employers soon caught wind of a violent epidemic sweeping a small rural country in the East. It was decided that conducting research on its residents/sufferers could prove useful to the cause that Phoebe was a part of. The healthcare in the area was not as advances at that of the UK, and Phoebe reluctantly agreed that human testing could be an option in the area. It was during her flight to scout the intel, however, that battles broke out, and Phoebe was left stranded at the airport with no firm location on the site of the original epidemic. Communication in the whole area was cut, and Phoebe resigned herself to her hotel room, hoping for it all to blow over. Phoebe survived on her knowledge of her body's basic needs to keep her going on rations found in the hotel for two years. All the other people had evacuated, and so Phoebe stayed holed up in the complex until she could no longer.