Before the outbreak, Artyom was a man that could best be described as the life of the party, he was always willing to have a laugh, with the occasional drink to boot. When it came to his work life, he was employed and already pursuing a career in dentistry. The man was a workaholic, ensuring his dental surgeries and operations were carried out with the utmost care.
Though fronting a happy and cheerful exterior to his friends, his life in the household was not so much like that. Home was stressful, he’d married young and had regretted it. Arguments with his wife weren’t uncommon, mainly relating to how busy he always was with work and friends. She was frustrated at his refusal to acknowledge the problem, she hated how he always tried to smile through it all the time, pretending as if everything was okay.
He was in denial that she was going to leave him, in denial that his children hated his guts. After a very bad argument, Artyom came to work that morning, stale in the face. He was working on a client, cleaning his teeth in the chair. Out of nowhere, he grabbed the pliers from his belt and began to forcefully yank out a tooth from his client’s mouth, realising that he liked hearing him scream. It was the same sound he wanted to hear from his wife when she found out he’d be the first one to file for divorce instead of her.
The random act of violence landed the man jail time. However, before he was to be transferred, the outbreak hit. Artyom escaped custody, traversing into the woods, it was there where he officially broke. The loneliness was beginning to get to him. For that reason he decided to rebrand himself, giving himself a nonsensical name so he could dissociate himself further from his past life. He longed to get back to work. He decided that if he couldn’t be a dentist anymore, he would just have to make do with what he had.
And so, he made it his life’s work to operate on and collect teeth, from both the living and the dead. Believing that something in the saliva and tooth canals held the key to what this virus was.