Originally, Drake (Pendragon), Cates and Thade served together in the same military unit, commanded by General Phelps. This photo was before a yet undisclosed incident that took place on a covert operation in Serbia. It was in the preceding months that Drake and Thade were selected for Meta-Gene therapy. Cates carried on serving in the General’s unit, while Drake and Thade went on to command their respective teams.
Note: In this photo, Drake has no facial scarring. He picked up several facial injuries on the aforementioned Serbian operation. He remains tight lipped to this day, but has a great deal of animosity towards Thade, which is reciprocated in turn.