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Who is Gordon Amherst? What to know before you play The Division 2 (spoilers for The Division)

NOTE: This article contains spoilers for Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Gordon Amherst is one of the main NPCs of Tom Clancy’s The Division, but the player never actually gets to meet the scientist.

After the Agent rescues Dr Jessica Kandel, near the beginning of the game, Faye Lau delivers a file to her that reveals that Gordon Amherst was suspected of being the person behind the viral outbreak.

The first real hard evidence that Gordon is the person behind the viral outbreak comes when the Agent is tasked with investigating Gordon’s apartment at the Amherst Apartments complex. The Cleaners have gone in and are cleaning the apartments out with napalm flamethrowers.

Getting into the front of the building the player needs to fight through Cleaners in the courtyard to reach Gordon’s apartment, where they find evidence that they need to take to the far end of the apartment complex. A helicopter has been sent to airlift the evidence back to the base of operations, while the Agent stays behind to deal with the remaining Cleaners before they harm more civilians.

In another location, the Agent is tasked with getting into Abel’s shopping mall, where evidence indicates that the viral outbreak began. It is up to the Agent to get into this ground zero point,  find one of the original dollar bills used to initiate the viral spread, and get it out past a group of cleaners intent on incinerating everyone, and everything, in the mall.

During the search the Agent can view an echo that shows Gordon Amherst in one of the shops claiming that his bank card is not working and asking if he can pay in cash. He is seen passing the first contaminated dollar to a store clerk during the Black Friday shopping rush.

After the player has finished the main story there is a brief mission that leads back to a building near Camp Hudson. Observant players will recognize the building, it is directly across from the point that the Agent first entered the city after catching a ride over from the starting area. They might have paused, as I did, to study the mural of the four horsemen of the apocalypse on the front of the building.

Inside this building, that had been inaccessible until the main story was completed, the player finds several end game things; including the body of Gordon Amherst.

It seems that Gordon Amherst developed the virus as a way to help Mother Nature bring the human race back down to sustainable levels. His goal was to wipe out a significant portion of humanity, thereby stopping the overpopulation of the planet.

Even before the outbreak, Gordon Amherst was known as a controversial and dangerous person. The character was given the personality type of a person that fully believed what they were doing was not only the right thing to do, but the only way the planet could survive. He knew that he would quite likely die from his own creation, and fully accepted that fate.

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