by Aden Tate
Being involved in prepping, some readers are likely naturally curious when it comes to tales of survival. Often in survival stories, there's something unexplainable that helps people to get through extreme scenarios. The following stories all share something known as The Third Man Factor.
"Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together. But when I look ahead up the white road, there is always another one walking beside you." T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland and Other Poems
The Third Man Factor is the widely reported, mysterious phenomenon of feeling a presence during extreme situations. Survivors recall experiences of being guided or helped by the sometimes seen, sometimes heard, shadowy form.
Below are just a few real-life stories in which the survivors recount their miraculous encounters with these guardians.