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Francis Hartford was born on July 5, 1999 in the country known as the Philippines. His mother, Michelle Hartford gave birth to him at midnight. His father and mother met at a graveyard in Los Angeles, California because his mother's friend died. Thanatos was there and found Michelle and tried to comfort her and easily warmed up to her. Michelle and Thanatos soon started dating and eventually had an affair. After being impregnated by Thanatos, Michelle quickly left home and bid farewell to her lover because her father was said to have died of stroke. She immediately booked a flight to come to the Philippines but before she left, Thanatos revealed his true identity as a a Greek god and that their child is a demigod.
Michelle found it hard to believe at first but eventually, she did. Thanatos left her with a ring and told her to give it to their child by the time he turns 13. Michelle understood and boarded her plane. Years passed and Francis grew up to be a fine young man who is always questioning his mother about his father. His mother, unable to quickly think of an answer, just told him that his father is away and cannot be with them. Francis just nodded and lived his life normally until he started attending school. The bullies are always teasing him because he has no father and that he's a freak. Francis just shrugged them off and became quite of a loner. When Francis turned 11, his mother enrolled Francis in taekwondo so that he can learn how to defend himself.
Francis was a quick learner and immediately earned a black-belt. By the time Francis turned 13, a horrid event happened. A Hellhound sniffed out his demigod scent and attacked him at his own house. Francis tried using his taekwondo skills but the Hellhound is to strong. Michelle quickly tossed Francis the ring Thanatos gave her and told her to tap it 3 times. Francis did what his mother told him and the ring transformed into a metal scythe. The hellhound lunged at him and out of shock, Francis swung his scythe and hit the hellhound which exploded into a pile of gold dust. A few seconds later, someone knocked from the door and Francis cautiously opened it, afraid that it was some monster. But it turned out to be Ricky, the nerd guy on class who happened to be a satyr.
Ricky explained everything to Francis and Michelle and told them that Francis needs to go to Camp Half-Blood because it was the only safe place for demigods like Francis. Michelle recalled what Thanatos told her a couple of years ago and understood. She quickly packed Francis' stuff and booked them tickets to leave for New York the next day (she used the funds she saved up for Francis' future.) They left the next day and arrived at an airport in Manhattan, NY. They took a cab to take them into Long Island Sound and into Half-Blood Hill. As Francis entered the gates of camp, he was claimed as a son of Thanatos.