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Hank was a child who lived in a town run by the Bluelake family. However, he lost his memories of his early life and his birth name when the [[Southern Confederation of Patria|South]] attacked and razed the town. His first memory from that moment on was being pulled from the rubble by the town's only other survivor: [[Elaine Bluelake]]. Given a new name by Elaine, Hank followed her around while she tried to carve out an existence for herself and other war orphans<ref>To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts [[anime]]: [[Episode 1]]</ref>. Things were peaceful for a time, until Elaine was scouted to become part of "The Church," a learning institute for young geniuses. Elaine agreed to go with them on the condition that Hank be brought with her, so he was given a room on campus, where he met and befriended [[Cain Madhouse|Cain Withers]], who would later join the school as well.
After a few years, Elaine went on to become the Church's top student, but Hank was unable to keep up with her or Cain even after being taught to read and write. Dissatisfied with
himself for relying on Elaine for everything, he joined the Union Army to prove his independence and contribute to bringing peace to Patria. Cain pulled strings to get him into military school, so Hank threw himself into training, but was kept from the front line until the North was in dire straits, where he quickly learned the grim reality of war. Later, Hank was stationed in a town that was attacked by the South. During the fight, he saw two children caught in the battle . Reminded of his younger self and Elaine, he rushed to their aid, but was blasted by artillery. Near death, he was taken to [[École]] to experimented on, where he was reunited with Elaine, who was spearheading the project. Elaine was reluctant to use Hank as a subject until his condition worsened. Refusing to accept losing him, Elaine went ahead with her experiment, which succeeded and turned him into the first [[Incarnates|Incarnate]]. By studying Hank, Elaine was able to successfully create more Incarnates, which became the unit Hank led to turn the war in the North's favor.
Near the end of the war, Hank talks with Elaine, and she asks if he remembers the vow they made as Incarnates. When he recites their vow, she asks if he regrets the power. Hank denies it, so she informs him of that the war is ending. Hank asks if peace will return, she confirms it but mentions there's no place for them in it. She then shoots him, stating that the Incarnates will lose their humanity, and she has no idea how to stop it. To save him and the Unit, she intends to work with Cain to kill everyone before they can become beasts. Hank is then forced to watch as Cain double crosses her, shooting her and leaving her for dead. Hank manages to survive and recover from the gunshot wound. Having been found and treated, he wakes up two months later, set on encountering Cain.<ref>To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts [[manga]] and [[anime]]: [[Chapter 6]] and [[Episode 1]]</ref>