Refuge has a type of magnetic energy that pulls a certain type of person to its safe haven. For these, there is no other safe place on Earth. The people called to Refuge are special for one reason or another and do not fit anywhere else in the world. Misfits? Perhaps, or maybe just misunderstood humans whove been lost beneath the unforgiving umbrella we call normal.
Its a place for doctors who have performed medically assisted suicide and were about to be incarcerated for their beliefs. A journalist might end up in Refuge because he wouldnt reveal his sources and was bound for prison. A police officer that used his weapon justly in the line of duty might avoid an unjust prison sentence by living in Refuge. However, there are others, too.
Some were born with the ability to use a greater portion of their brain than others. Some were born with enhanced abilities due to a drug administered in vitro. Finally, certain residents have experimented with the occultblack or white in their dabbling. Difficult to find, Refuge seems like any other rural village in Nevada until you meet its mysterious citizens.