Rupert “Ripper” Giles was born into a family who worked for the Watcher’s Council for three generations.At the age of 21 he left Oxford University and became part of group who experimented with dark magic for cash or fun. The group included Ethan Rayne, Phillip Henry, Dierdre Page, Thomas Sutcliff, and Randall. Together, the group summoned a demon called Eyghon, who would murder Randall. Following Randall’s death, Ethan and the others failed to exorcise Eyghon. After the death of Randall, Giles returned to the Council’s fold.