Gabriel Anderson was born to a upper middle class Italian American family in New York. His family enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle with deep religious roots dating back many years. The oldest son to two other brothers by a few years, Gabriel was looked up to by his younger siblings as both a role model and for protection when the younger siblings found their way into trouble....and they always did. As time went on and the boys grew up, they followed in the wake of their families traditions, growing to be deeply devoted and enthusiastic about their faith. Church gatherings, volunteering to help others and more were commonplace in the Anderson household. The boys grew to men and it was Gabriel alone who's faith was unwavering as his younger siblings moved away from the lifestyle, forging their own paths. During his young adult life, Gabriel worked a number of odd jobs though found his most satisfying work in construction, working his his hands and building something new or fixing something old suited him just fine. Earning a wage with the sweat of his brow was how Gabriel lived for a number of years before finally having set aside enough to comfortably take a nice vacation. Keeping with his religious and family roots, Italy would be a perfect place to visit, to see family and see the Vatican itself hopefully.
Some weeks later, Gabriel was on a flight to Italy and spent the next few weeks traveling, visiting family there before finally ending his travels at the steps of Vatican City, one of the most holy sites in the Catholic faith. This was a time of great global unrest, as reports from the east were becoming further strained and unclear. A virus, a terrible force without end seemed to be sweeping through the populated areas despite governmental intervention to stop it. Days later panic took hold beyond the walls of the great holy city, the first signs of the infection began to show and after that it spread through the paniced populace like wildfire. Without much else to do, the Pope himself gave the holy order, to take in as many that fled the city below before ultimately sealing the city off. To save as many as they could from this virus until help could arrive.
One by one cities fell into madness, entire countries slowly went dark and communications with many failed. It was clear to the leaders of Vatican City and the Pope himself that help was not coming. The decision was made to build as much as they could to sustain what they had, to weather the storm by any means and protect who they could through faith and fire. Along with this, training by the Pontifical Swiss Guard; who were the primary security force in Vatican City, proved to increase the available manpower usable in defending the walls from the growing attempts by roving bandit groups to get inside. One month passed, then three, then six, then a full year since the infection broke lose upon the world. By this point most all of the civilians who had entered the City for shelter had been trained in one way or another, their faith unwavering. The Pope decided that hiding was no longer the proper course of action and after a period of debate, declared a crusade to take back the lands from the dead, from the evils that had tarnished the lands. To bring faith and hope back to the hopeless and bring new converts to the cause. The initial opening of the walls was met will little resistance as the defenders of the Holy City broke their cordon and retook the city below, each Crusader with a painted cross on their chest, slaying undead and bandit alike and saving whoever remained, adding them to their cause. Reclamation of the city gave access to increased resources and from here, the Holy Tenth Crusade truly began. Heralds of the incoming tide of holy fire were went forth, those willing to travel out into the dark to spread the word of faith, the fiercely loyal and religious Gabriel was one such soul. His journey took him East into the heart of the virus, his new training keeping him alive and his fiery devotion maintaining his soul. He and hundreds of others set off into the world to speak the word of God and to speak of the salvation that was to come.