Years ago, Alder and his wife, Catherine, moved to Ravinale from the north and they became the two Senators Duvalier. During the Cult's coup d'état, the Senators and their son were thrown into prison. At some point in the Cult's custody, Alder and his wife were forced to confess to wrongdoings against the Cult and then were set to be executed.
"Maybe the universe is controlled by a giant, invisible kumquat named Harold. There's as much evidence for that as there is for Yawah."
Alder is an atheist who pretends to believe in Anu in order to win votes.