a biological scientist, originally from South America, that was on a research vessel when the outbreak happened. Back home he was a member of a research team at a Bayer laboratory specialized in DNA/RNA strains from new species of plants and animals that appear/disappear every year in the Amazon forest. Dedicated to his career, he ended up never getting married and so applied all his time into studying new codex of life. One year before this story began, he had obtained funding to stage a seafaring expedition that would expand his research into the depths of the oceans, looking for new lifeforms that appear and disappear. His research was motivated by findings of new cellular organelles in certain animals that changed their nervous system and produced highly mutant phenotype changes over the period of a few days. "New" organisms tended to be aggressive towards their biological counterparts, often feeding on them.
The seafaring expedition departed prepared to spend many months at sea and would stop at nearby ports to resupply as needed. Research equipment was usually shipped to the ports preemptively. Their last destination was a sea trench in the Mediterranean Sea. Shortly after departing from a resupply in Japan, the crew lost radio contact with everyone. No answers to any radio messages were coming in. After days at sea doing research near the trench, the crew of his vessel picked up an SOS transmission coming from nearby and headed that way. By the time they arrived, most of the crew was already sick or too weakened, so they decided to send him to the shore on a row boat to search for food, medicine, and water. While searching the coastal line, a group of infected appeared and he was cut off from the boat while trying to hide inside a house. The crew on his research vessel assumed he'd not survive and, given the circumstances, left in an urge to search for supplies elsewhere.
Peering out through the house windows, Gus "Retry" Heath studied for the first time in person the infected, realizing that the reports of strange happenings in other parts of the world were not mere tales of fantasy. His main mission had been to obtain proof and biological samples of the existence of such a catastrophe, but now he realized his hopes of going back home were probably lost, while he watched the research vessel sail away from Deer Isle. Another sudden realization came to mind: he had left all his research equipment on the boat.
Despite having some basic survival training, thoughts about what he'd have to learn next started coming to mind. Run? Hide? Find a gun? Look for other people, survivors perhaps? Abandon all hope of going back home and start to settle?
"Food and water first. Survive with what you have today, not with what you may have tomorrow," where the thoughts that came to mind. With that, he decided to wait for the strange "people" outside to go away since they were behaving like rabid animals, and later he'd go back to doing what he had gone on shore to do: get food, water, medicine, and survive!
Gus, or Retry as his crew called him (because he'd never quit), is of a calm demeanor and quite friendly. Curious about things around him at all times, and eager to learn. Although many times working as a loner, he understands that some endeavors require a good team. He is a man of average build, more on the lean nonathletic side, with long black hair and a beard. He has no favorite colors or food, just takes whatever is available.