Elias is a bit of a drifter, occupationally speaking. he used to be a security officer at Nexcorp's Bay City offices, was laid off when they closed down, then moved to Rock Hard City in search of work.
Unfortunately, his streak of bad luck seems to follow him wherever he goes. He was falsely convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to five years in state prison(though he was later pardoned near the end of his sentence). During his time in prison, he came face to face with the worst society has to offer, hardening his resolve and his view of the world.
After he was pardoned and released, he was approached by Providence with an offer to recruit him as a field agent for TF32. His assignments, while ranging from meeting contacts within other organizations to infiltrating hostile areas, are usually fairly straightforward.(Heh. As if.)
Luck has a habit of kicking him in the teeth and pushing him into a muddy puddle. While he tries to stay out of the RHG circuit between assignments, he often against his will gets tangled in the various conflicts and conspiracies that pervade the RHG circuit.
He currently lives in a dusty old trailer in a parking lot near Chandler Lake, at the north end of the city.
Task Force 32 is Providence's intelligence network in Rock Hard City. Its mission is to keep tabs on metahuman and RHG faction activity within the greater Rock Hard City area using a ring of informants, spies, and plainclothes field agents. They are led by their quiet, exceptionally competent director Michael Cobb.
Cobb is Elias's boss and TF32's director. Behind the middle-aged body, tired face, and enthusiasm for cigarettes is a man whose understanding of human nature rivals even those with superhuman empathic abilities. His tactics, derived from experience, common sense, and psychology, are as subtle and disciplined as they are manipulative.
Despite his loyalty to Providence, he views many other branches, particularly those who heavily rely on public use of force, with unspoken contempt, calling their methods "heavy handed and flashy - more like a circus than a peacekeeping organization". Cobb maintains a strained, somewhat antagonistic relationship with his superior Felicity, Providence's second-in-command.
Though he views Elias like any other asset under his work, he views Elias's talent for infiltration and his low profile in the RHG circuit to be particularly useful. He often assigns Elias to assignments without the knowledge of anyone else in Providence - surveillance and investigation of suspicious individuals, extracting people or documents from restricted areas, sabotage of RHG property, etc.