John Pickering was born in North Yorkshire, England 1993. He grew up as a fairly normal kid, his Dad was a plumber and his Mum worked in a cafe. John was a bit spoiled considering the money his parents had, always having the latest computers and gaming consoles. John never really cared much for school, and would rather be at home playing his games, or playing with his friends at the park. This led to John scraping C's at GCSE, but with A-Levels John couldn't hack it and so eventually dropped out. John floated between jobs, saving money to go meet this girl he'd been talking to online for quite some time. She happened to be from Chernarus, and John had told her he'd been bored of his life for so long. She said if he saved enough money, and learnt the language he could move to Chernarus and she'd sort him out with a job. So John did exactly this, took his money and moved there illegally, hearing all the stories on the news about how Chernarus had put itself on the map.
Once there, the girl set John up with a small one-bed roomed house near hers in the middle of nowhere, where he'd begin to work with her on a farm. The job was cash-in-hand and gave John the money he needed to pay his rent, as well as being able to save a bit of money for a rainy day on the side. John's parents urged him to come home when tensions got high. John refused, however he did begin to hoard supplies and hid them in his attic in case war raged across the entire country, and although tried to act like nothing was wrong he was terrified of what may follow.
Upon hearing of the virus spreading across Chernarus, John was getting ready to hide in his attic waiting for it all to blow over. He realised he had to find his friend first though, so rushed over to her house on the other side of the small town. The door was open, he tried knocking but there was no response. He slowly walked in, looking all over for her but she was nowhere to be seen. All John found was a baseball bat in the basement, and a few more cans of food left behind in the kitchen. He took these with him and made his way back to his house, noticing this small town was even before barren than it was before. He could see some people driving off in the distance, but John had a different idea. He took the supplies he had just collected up to his attic, and planned to hide there until the virus had been wiped out.