Scrappy was once a member of a group, a powerful but peaceful group of survivors in Vorkuta that forged an agreement with the alpha at the time only known as The Old Man, and became its main scouting force during the conquest of Northern Russia. Scrappo was one of the most successful scouts amongst his people, traveling vast distances in search of the enemies of both his and The Old Man’s people. His scouting ability was supplemented by his ability to live off the land, having acute knowledge of herbal remedies and medicines. However, once The Old Man’s campaign ended in Northern Russia, The Old Man promptly rewarded their aid by breaking the agreement and betraying them; they were then conquered and enslaved, in an ironic turn of events, they had reaped what they had sown... Their identity was erased and those who resisted were crucified along the streets of the town they once called home.
Scrappo is now a conflicted man. He steadily betrayed everything he held dear in service to The Old Man. Caught up in the maintenance of a brutal, nomadic army of reconditioned tribals, and the conquests, Scrappy slowly became a monster. Small compromises turned increasingly sinister and brutal, with Scrappy rationalizing them as making the best of a bad situation and doing what needed to be done. In the end, however, he and The Old Man had built a society on a foundation of fear and brutality, in which Scrappy turned into a monster through a decade of warfare and atrocities. Scrappy eventually believed his own lies and rationalizations. To Scrappo, war became the crucible of civilization, where the weak were consumed as fuel, allowing the strong to be forged and rise to greatness.
It is not a stretch to surmise that Scrappo was no longer a specific person, but became more of a myth or legend; a weapon in his own right, capable of bolstering the morale of his own men through his ruthlessness and ruining that of his opponents. He became keenly aware of his mythical status and is careful to cultivate it so that he might serve The Old Man as a symbol. He even had his own slaves struck blind so that he might never be looked upon without his mask, or to hide certain facts that don't correspond with the myth, like his face being intact.
Though he was neither a particularly brilliant strategist nor tactically flexible, his menace and brutality were infamous. The atrocities he committed made him feared by friend and foe alike. He was dangerous, unpredictable, and above all else legendary for being impossible to kill. But all great men eventually end.
To demonstrate that failure is not tolerated and to prove his loyalty, even at the highest of ranks, Scrappo was ordered by The Old Man to be burned alive. The former myth covered himself in pitch, lit himself on fire, and was thrown into The Pitt, for a reason still not fully known.
This punishment served two purposes for the raiders, discipline was stronger than ever and his reputation reinforced. Once recovered from this, he was allowed to live on within the group as a sign: death would be preferable to failure.