J was born in Chernarus and grew up with a poor family who's father had served and died in the war of 2009. He lived a hard life, having to pick up work at the age of 12. Constantly working in the coal mines just in order to make up for the money they weren't able to earn due to his father's death. He had always been a decent person, but things started changing as he got mixed up in drugs and alcohol. He started to get into trouble with his boss, and he had his job threatened. On top of that, he had been arrested and fined for getting into fights with his classmates during school. A couple days after J turned 18, the outbreak started. J lost his mother and his sister during the whole debacle and he was filled with hate and anger for the world. He immediately took with his closest friends from work and school in order to take his anger out on the now collapsing world he lives in. After experiencing months upon months of losing close friends and loved ones to both infected and to bandits, J decided to take this new world on alone. He started traveling by himself, thinking that if he were to never become close with anyone ever again, he could avoid losing people he cares about. J suffers memory loss after being knocked out by bandits and dumped onto the coast of the Green Sea.