Ella Silverstein was born on June 2000 in Eeastern Germany, alongside her twin brother Friedrich. Their mother committed suicide five years after giving birth to the twins, and so the two children grew up with their sigle dad.
It was no easy childhood. Their father Samuel had always been an alcoholic, but with the death of his wife it worsened, and so did his aggression towards the children. Especially Friedrich became a regular victim of Samuel's tantrums, and when the boy did not manage to run outside in time, his father would beat the living daylights out of him. After years of abuse the most loving attempts of consolation from his twin sister could not ease the mental and physical pain anymore that Friedrich experienced through his father.
But the most painful and violent act in the children's memories occurred when they were seven years old. Their dead drunk father, unable to catch his son, vented his anger on the family dog and beat him to death. Gladly would Friedrich have endured the beating, had he known he might have saved the life of his beloved pet. But it was too late and when Samuel had calmed down, all the children could do was bury their dead dog in the woods.
While alcohol had ruined the twins' lives for the most part, it finally released them from their dad. One day, when they had just turned 13, they returned from school and found their dead father in a puddle of his own vomit.
Since the closest living relative of the twins, their uncle Lukas Silverstein, lived in Chernarus, the kids were sent there. However, it turned out that their uncle had no interest in taking in two teenagers, and so they spent half a year in a children's home before being placed with a Chernarussian foster family in Kirovograd, an industrial city in Western Chernarus. And so they became a part of the Novotny family.
Adapting to the new environment and learning a Slavic language was a challenge, but Ella and Ricky agreed that things could only get better, now that they didn't have to live with their dad anymore. Over time they grew fond of their step brother David, and they established a good enough relationship to their new parents.
A week before the outbreak, a strange visitor came to the Novotny house. It was a deaf, Asian-looking girl called Maggie, who turned out to be the daughter of Lukas Silverstein, and thus the cousin of Ella and Ricky. The twins had not known of her existence, and forgotten about her shortly after her visit, not knowing they should meet this deaf girl again under different circumstances, in a completely different and merciless world.
The Silversteins' foster parents had turned within the first weeks of the outbreak. The two siblings and their stepbrother David were more lucky. They survived the first days of panic, the deathmatch, the evacuation. They learned how to scavenge and hunt. They learned to not trust anyone and stay away from danger.
For one and a half years the three teenagers, who were about to become grown adults, stayed in the area of their home. Over time they found some friendly groups that would support them if they were in need. But after more than one year into the outbreak, bandit groups started erasing the peaceful settlements one by one. Food became a rare good in the outbacks of Kirovograd, the city itself was infested with Zeds and bandits, and every day the siblings had less living allies.
Despite their effort of staying out of trouble the day came that they were involved and nearly killed in a firefight. That was when they knew they had to leave the area and find a safer place.
The three teenagers wandered around for months, slowly heading westwards until they found the coast, and then even further West alongside the sea. They found no safer place. They found South Zagoria. They found their cousin Maggie there. They found friends and enemies. And their story has only just begun ...