Mike Murphy grew up in New York City and graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with an archaeology major. He made a career travelling the world in search of rare artifacts with his team, composed of 3 other members. In July of 2017 he and his team traveled to the small country of Chernarus to search the various ancient castles located in South Zagoria for artifacts. The first castle they explored was called Zub, located next to the town of Vyshnoye. Though they were staying at the international hotel in Chernogorsk, they decided to set up a campsite next to the castle because they would be there for several days. When they returned to Chernogorsk after 7 days, they found the city in chaos. People were packed in the small town and everyone was panicking. Murph and his team couldn't believe it when they heard about the infection. Had they heard about it the first day of the outbreak, they would be on a plane heading home in an instant. However, the infection was a week in at this point, and all the airports were closed due to the panic. So their best option was to stay in Chernogorsk and hope the infection wouldn't spread to the city. Unfortunately, on July 19th, the city fell. Waves of infected invaded the city and everyone went wild in the chaos. Murph and his team attempted to flee the city; however, Murph was the only member to survive the escape. He fled to a small cabin in the woods, where he stayed for several days, fearing for his life and mourning his friends. He contemplated killing himself several times, but something caused him to cling to life. This survival instinct is what pushes him forward, wandering Chernarus in search of a purpose.