Mannix was part of a small mercenary outfit that was hired to play bodyguard for a bachelor playboy traveling the world. They arrived in Chernaurus after the bachelor heard about how big the bears get out there and wanted to bring one home as a trophy. After a week of hunting in the forests of Chernaurus, they decided to make their way to Zabolotye, satisfied with the one large bear they had caught. By the time they noticed that the town was empty, they had already been swarmed by crazies. The bachelor was killed immediately along with two others from the group, while the others fled, leaving Mannix to fend for himself.