Brody grew up in a wealthy district in Glasgow, Scotland. He led a rich childhood, funded by his wealthy Mother, Jean, who was a successful doctor with her own private practise, and his father who was a retired fighter pilot. He grew up as a fairly bright kid, doing decent in his studies in primary school. However, this was not to last, as his mother was arrested for malpractice, and his father dying of a stroke in the weeks afterward when he was 12. This led to Brody being put into a foster home, as his only grandparents wanted nothing to do with him after the news of their daughters sin.
He was ridiculed in every foster home he was moved to, and would often get into fights and confrontations because of this. By the time he was 14, he had been sent to several juvenile detention centers for crimes ranging from petty theft, to assault and battery. It was here that he met Jess. Jess was almost completely opposite to him. Where she preferred to act carefully and plan long term, Brody acted in the present, thinking little for the future, except in severe cases where it concerned him or Jess directly. Jess preferred others to do her dirty work for her, while Brody relished in beating other kids up. Because of this, they formed a healthy working relationship, with Jess smuggling in items such as drugs, phones, food etc into the detention center, while Brody would beat those that tried to scam or did not pay up when asked, and handled all the other dirty work Jess would not sully herself with.
Upon their 19th birthdays, at which point Jess was diagnosed as a High Functioning Sociopath, while Brody was diagnosed as Low Functioning, they had started to branch out into more nefarious and lucrative avenues, starting off by raiding hospital lockers filled with “Laughing gas” nitrous oxide canisters to resell.
After several months, they had near control over all black market nitrous oxide distributions across central Scotland. However, Brody started to get out of control, after he beat the skull in of an 18 year old guy who burst the tires of his van. This caused Jess to force Brody to begin taking morphine as a means of mellowing him out, with it working most of the time, save for the occasional gruesome beating or murder. At the age of 21, Jess and Brody’ were busted by the police in a major operation to shut down large swaths of the nitrous oxide business. Luckily, Jess had contacts in some backwater Eastern European country from when they smuggled several containers full there. This allowed them to lay low for a while, while they counted their losses and set up to rebuild in Eastern Europe.
However, the infection turned that plan on its head. While living in Chernagorsk, the pair were thrown into hell as the infection spread into the main towns. The pair attempted evacuation into Miroslavl, but by the time they had reached the Kamenka checkpoint, there were more dead or infected than living. This forced them towards the Russian border, where they were met by a hail of gunfire, with Brody being wounded after he was shot in the right shoulder, and being grazed on the front of his throat. Jess did what she could do nurse him back to health, seeing him as a valuable asset to have in this new world, but one night, she was kidnapped by some Russian soldiers, after hiding an unconscious Brody in a ditch, leaving only the other half of the yin and yang necklace they both wore, to signify the perfectness of their relationship , and Brody would have thought she left him, were it not for the nail marks in the ground, and her empty backpack with her items strayed around everywhere.