Disgraced alchemy professor and not so secret cult leader
Professor Starling was once an Advanced Alchemy teacher at Freehaven University before he was caught trying to experiment on some of his Gifted students and was quickly fired. He was recruited by members of the Esoteric Circle shortly after, who provided the professor with funding and man power to continue his experiments unobstructed. Using the blood of Gifted citizens he kidnapped, he tried to perfect a potion that would give its imbiber powerful Gifted abilities, but after testing it out on some homeless people, he found it was still very unstable and had sometimes fatal side effects. His experiments brought him to the attention of Unit 13, who quickly took down his Circle operation and stopped a dangerous new substance from hitting the streets.