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TOMORROW | 2019-04-21 17:00:00 (server time) | Starts in 1 day, 19 hours, 40 minutes | Chernogorsk Docks | Peaceful
Konstantin Dudnyk
Character information
  1. Mental
    Demoralized, scared and in sorrow
  2. Date of birth
    1993-12-19 (25 years old)
  3. Place of birth
    Chernogorsk, South Zagoria, Chernarus
  4. Nationality
    Chernarussian Citizenship
  5. Ethnicity
  6. Languages
    Russian, Chernarussian, English
  7. Family
    Brother Aleksei Dudnyk (MIA), Mother Katya Dudnyk (Deceased), Father Ruslan Dudnyk (Deceased)


  1. Height
    178 cm
  2. Weight
    74 kg
  3. Alignment
    Neutral Good
  4. Equipment
    Black and blue clothing of mixed civilian and military origin, a heavy ballistic vest and a grey helmet with a full face gas mask.
  5. Affiliation
    Sokolovo Militia (Formerly)




Konstantin Dudnyk was born in the Chernogorsk to Ruslan and Katya Dudnyk, two Chernarussians who were descendants of Russian immigrants. Ruslan and Katya already had a son named Aleksei, who was four when Konstantin was born. The Dudnyk’s lived in the outskirts of Chernogorsk in a red house, a house which Ruslan had built with his father when he was a kid. Ruslan Dudnyk was a pro-Russian politician and a member of the political wing of the Chernarusskoye Dvizheniye Krasnoy Zvezdy (Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star, ChDKZ), and Katya Dudnyk was a Russian teacher at the Elektrozavodsk Primary School. Ruslan wasn’t exactly the typical Chedaki party member, as he was part of a moderate bloc in the ChDKZ that advocated for re-integration into the Russian Federation, a bloc which lost power during the civil war, when Russia refused the Chedaki demand for re-integration.

When Konstantin and Aleksei were young, they used to spend their summers at summer camp. They went to Letniy Lager Stroitel (Summer Camp Builder) in the hills north of Chernogorsk several times during their childhood and went to the Ozerko pond to swim during the hottest of days. When they came home from summer camp Ruslan would take his sons to the forest to hunt boars, which came down from the hills at this time. Together the three Dudnyk’s built a hunting post close to their home, from which they could shoot the boars roaming on the fields.

Around 2007 when the boys were now both teenagers, a man armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and donning a black beret with a single red star came to the red house asking for Ruslan, and Aleksei led the man to his father. Ruslan told his sons to go downstairs to their room, but the boys were so excited to see a real military rifle that they instead hid in the staircase and listened through the door. They could barely make out what the man said to their father, but Aleksei who was looking through the keyhole saw the man handing over a greenish satchel to Ruslan and heard him say “to protect your family” to Ruslan with a stiff expression on his face. The two adults left the house and the boys went back into the room to see what those items were that the strange man had given to their father. Aleksei opened the satchel and found a Makarov IJ-70 semi-automatic handgun, Aleksei waved around the gun pretending to shoot with it while Konstantin tried to take the gun so he could also play with it.  While the two teenagers fought over the handgun, their father came in and took it from them and smacked each of his sons across the face. He warned them not to play with such a dangerous thing, and then put the pistol back into the satchel and stashed it on top of a closet.

One year later tension was brewing in South Zagoria as forces of the Národní Strana (National Party, NAPA) and ChDKZ began a period of violence. First it started as minor skirmishes between locals but then warlords started taking up arms, and that was when the bombings started. The civil war had not yet broken out and the small skirmishes and violence was at this point still being contained by local police forces, though things were rapidly getting out of control.

One morning just as Ruslan was about to leave the Dudnyk homestead for work, a car was heard braking with great force outside the small red house, and heavy footsteps could be heard approaching and surrounding the perimeter of the Dudnyk home. Loud knocking could be heard at the front door, which woke up the boys who were still in bed. The boys looked up frightened as their mother Katya came through the door to their room and pointed for Aleksei to hide under his bed, while she took Konstantin in her arms and hid him and her under Konstantin’s bed. She gestured both her sons to be silent.

From their retreat in the basement, they could hear their father Ruslan upstairs as a door was opened forcefully. A thundering ruckus could be heard from above as Ruslan cursed at the intruders as they dragged him outside into the front yard. Not long after, all the heavy footsteps went silent, and all that could be heard was yelling from the front yard, muffled by the thick basement walls. One man kept yelling constantly and it seemed like everyone else was quiet. Then suddenly the yelling stopped and for what felt like an eternity everything was silent.

Suddenly a deafening gunshot was heard and Katya was immediately heard whining as tears dropped down her cheeks and onto the floorboards under the bed, all while Konstantin and Aleksei were looking at their mother with confusion and tears in their eyes. Next a loud command was yelled out, and a soldier could be heard entering the house once again. His footsteps could be heard from downstairs as the floor boards squeaked from the contact of the heavy boots on the wooden flooring. The footsteps then could be heard making their way down the stairs towards the room, where the rest of the family was hiding. The door to the stairs creaked as it was slowly opened and from their view under the beds Katya, Konstantin and Aleksei could see a set of black leather boots entering the room. Katya once again signaled Aleksei to be quiet and she covered the mouth of little brother Konstantin. For a few seconds the man in the boot stood still in the door opening until he walked across the boy’s room, over to the door to Katya and Ruslan’s bedroom. Again the door was opened very slowly and seconds went by as the man stood in the opening.

Tears rolled down Konstantin’s cheeks as he let out a whimper barely muffled by his mother’s covering his mouth. The man in the heavy black boots turned around and dropped to his knees looking under the bed, his eyes then made contact with Katya and Konstantin. Konstantin examined the man’s equipment as his eyes went down to the arm of the man’s camouflaged jacket. On the shoulder of the jacket he had a green and black arm patch; it had two swords crossed in the middle ringed by three golden stars, one above and one beside each sword and the words “НАПА” (NAPA) at the bottom below the swords. Next Konstantin noticed that the man had a hunting rifle hanging from a strap on his back. For ten seconds the man was just staring at the two until a yell from the outside which interrupted the terrifying scene. The soldier turned his head towards the small basement window, and then turned his gaze back on the mother and her child. He put his left hand index finger to his mouth, as sweat dropped onto the floor from his forehead and then got up from the floor. He then left the house and closing the door behind him. Again footsteps were heard outside until a car could be heard as the ignition was fired up, and the car left down the dirt road it had come from.

For a few minutes nobody in the boy’s room moved or made a sound, until finally Katya got up and rushed outside with Konstantin in her hand, followed by Aleksei who had also gotten up from under his bed. What they met outside was beyond their worst nightmares, as Ruslan the father of Konstantin and Aleksei and husband of Katya was lying in a pool of thick brownish-red liquid, hair and brain mass. He had been shot in the head by the intruders and left in the dirt outside their home.

A brief burial ceremony was held in the Chernogorsk cemetery, organized by party members. The family only visited the grave of Ruslan once, and that was for the ceremony. Not long after the traumatic execution of their father and his burial, Katya fled the city with her two sons. These events were their last memories from Chernogorsk.







The exodus from Chernogrosk was a tumultuous event for the young Dudnyk boys, who had to leave friends and family behind to escape the violence that was spreading in South Zagoria. They fled on a fishing boat south-west to Novigrad, where they were met by ChDKZ sympathizers who helped them to safety.

Together with several other Chedaki refugees from all of South Zagoria, they travelled by train to Belozersk, a major Chernarussian city close to the Russian border. Here they were met by Stepan Melnikov, a man who was also a ChDKZ party member, part of the moderate bloc and a close friend of Ruslan Dudnyk.

It was now late-2008 and they were now settled in their new city, meanwhile the civil war was only months from kicking off, and South Zagoria was now a horrible place of violence, as Russian TV channels displayed the death and destruction the brewing civil war had left in its wake. Because of the violence and the Dudnyk’s ties to ChDKZ they could not leave Belozersk or return to Chernogorsk, as a campaign of terror was brought upon anyone who had suspected links to the ChDKZ and anyone of Russian descent.

As the boys were getting settled, they heard on the news about the civil war in September 2009. Their mother tried to shield them from the conflict at home, but the access to internet at the school gave them access to news about the war. The war was chaotic but only lasted one blood month, after which anyone with ties to the defeated Chedaki forces were heavily oppressed. Katya knew Chernogrosk was no longer a safe place, and had no plans of ever returning as she thought people with her background would never be accepted back in South Zagoria, Belozersk however was different as many of its inhabitants were pro-Russian, and the ChDKZ which now operated underground still had major influence in the city. This also meant that the Katya and her sons were well taken care of, a task which Stepan Melnikov had promised Ruslan to oversee, should anything ever happen to him. With the moderate bloc in the ChDKZ having been excluded, many of its members chose to reorganize and created a new pro-Russian socialist movement in Belozersk, called Belozerskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Partiya (Belozersk Socialist Party, BSP). Stepan had also joined the newly formed BSP.

Years past in Belozersk, it was now 2017 and Chernarus was now a growing power, booming from foreign aid and investment. Aleksei and Konstantin now young adults were living a good life in Belozersk. Konstantin lived together with Aleksei and his Chernarussian girlfriend Nastya in a nice apartment, Katya Dudnyk lived a few blocks away and every Sunday they ate supper with their mother at her place. Aleksei was a junior Professor at the Belozersk Technical University teaching social studies and religion, while Konstantin still worked as the private chauffeur for Dieter, a German Vodka importing businessman with links to the Belozersk Socialist Party whom he had worked together with for a few years now. Dieter shipped cheap Chernarussian Bardak Vodka to the European marked, which made him quite wealthy. In reality Dieter was cleaning dirty money, to fund the Belozersk Socialist Party and to rebuild what the ChDKZ had destroyed with its aggressive ideology. Konstantin had been recruited to the BSP by Stepan Melnikov even though Konstantin was not very dedicated or interested in politics, but he felt he owed the party for their support during the rough period after the civil war. Another slight reason might have been that the BSP had nice young and dedicated female members, who were not shy to take political debate to more private facilities.

Through his work for Dieter, Konstantin profoundly improved his English and learned very basic German. Dieter’s import business had its office in central Belozersk, and Konstantin spent most of his time there, driving Dieter around and working as his local Chernarussian fixer. His tasks were pretty simple, he had to get Dieter from A to B and often he would also act as translator for those Chernarussians who did not speak English. Life was good in Belozersk.





During the spring of 2017, news agencies started reporting on renewed tensions in South Zagoria. These stories took Konstantin back to his old trauma, and replayed the events of 2009 like a movie in his head daily. A right-sector attack on Russians in Chernarus led to protests, political demonstrations, and calls for secession of ethnic Russian territories in Northern South Zagoria and Belozersk. This began a period of resurgence in the Belozersk Socialist Party, as it had had a withdrawn position since the end of the civil war, without many future prospects for their political project. Suddenly the machinery had begun and people were hoping for a peaceful solution but prepared for a new civil war. Ultimately this renewed violence led the State to declare martial law in South Zagoria on May 3rd, 2017. The province was gripped with fear and tension and some citizens left to go to western areas that were considered to be safe. The refugees setup camp outside Belozersk and some of the more desperate elements in the camp began terrorizing the locals in Belozersk to put food on the table.

Konstantin and Aleksei felt things changing in Belozersk as looting and riots began springing up all around, one time when they were down in the supermarket shopping for cans of food, a man with a pistol fired warning shots and emptied the cash register, while old ladies and the cashiers screamed and cowered in fear. May was a horrific month but what came after, in June was a nightmare no one could have imagined. After the supermarket event, they feared for their mother’s safety and moved Katya to their apartment to protect her and take care of her.

First evacuations and weird events were reported in the Black Mountain region of South Zagoria, then on the 10th of June the Dudnyk brothers woke up to a whole new situation.  Chernarus awoke to a war in South Zagoria as national demonstrations and outbursts of violence occurred in the morning. Chernarussian jets from the Vybor Airbase raided Russian border posts starting a back and forth between each country's military. Belozersk was a complete mess, with large demonstrations and attacks on different ethnic groups. Most Chernarussians fled the city chased out by the Russian inhabitants following the riots, this included Aleksei’s girlfriend Nastya. Nastya’s family had taken her and cut all contact to Aleksei, who they blamed as he was also of Russian descent and he never heard a word from her ever again.

The chaos in Belozersk had caused power outages, and the apartment Aleksei, Katya and Konstantin lived in was left without power for days. When power came back reports of rabid refugees from the refugee camp outside Belozersk attacking locals, could be heard on the radio meaning whatever happened in South Zagoria had reached Belozersk. Panic ensued as more people joined the frenzy and the situation in Belozersk was quickly deteriorating. With no means of communication the Dudnyk’s could only witness Belozersk tearing itself apart with looting and more frenzied people going berserk. Belozersk was clearly no longer safe.

The next morning, about a week after the Russian-Chernarussian crisis, the family began packing down all their belongings. Suddenly someone knocked on the door with great force. Konstantin opened the door slowly and saw Stepan Melnikov, the old friend of the family who had helped them settle in Belozersk, and the person whom had helped the family a lot throughout the years. Stepan told them that he had a van, and his family was down in the street, ready to leave Belozersk. He had originally not planned to go to the Dudnyk’s, but after attempting to leave Belozersk through the main roads he had given up, since army checkpoints and long traffic jams had left the exits of the city completely blocked. He knew Konstantin was extremely familiar with the city and its roads because of his work for Dieter driving all around the city, and saw this as a last ditch effort along with him still feeling a responsibility for his dead comrades family. They hastily filled the old Volkswagen T4 Transporter to the brim, as several salves of gunshots could be heard in the distance, from the direction of the central town square. Konstantin got in as driver next to him Stepan who took the co-driver seat while Aleksei sat in the back with his mother and Stepan’s wife and daughter. In the rear of the van the passengers all had to sit on bags and belongings. Konstantin looked behind him to see if everyone was ready, to which Aleksei send a nod his way. Konstantin then turned on the ignition and took off.

When Konstantin came to the roundabout that people would normally take to exit the city, he drove past the common exits and instead headed towards the industrial area, much to Stepan’s surprise. Konstantin drove into the industrial park, through to the gate which had been abandoned and left unlocked by the gate security personnel, Stepan got out and opened the gate and they proceeded forward. Passing factory upon factory, they drove until they passed an old Vodka distillery where Konstantin suddenly hit the brake, sending the passengers in the back tumbling about. He down rolled down the window and yelled “Zdravstvuitye nemetskiy d'yavol!” and let out a long chuckle. In an alley to the left of the van, next to the distillery was Dieter in a brown suit standing next to his silver Mercedes Benz C200 from 2010, arguing with two suspicious looking people about something. Dieter was red like a tomato and looked furious but his facial color and expression changed when he heard and then saw Konstantin. Dieter then turned back to the two men, cursing at them in German as he sent rude gestures their way and jumped into his car, driving over to van with all the people inside.

He rolled up next to the van and him and Konstantin exchanged a few friendly words, and talked about what was happening. Dieter told Konstantin that the distillery people had taken his money without delivering any bottles, and had blamed the current situation in the city. Dieter had also packed his car, but it seemed like he had been in more of a rush and when Konstantin asked him to elaborate, he said that the locals had attacked all foreigners and stolen everything. Dieter had escaped but in such a hurry that he was left broke and without any local currency or much of value, and hoped to get some mone y from the distillery, but that plan had now failed. Konstantin told him to follow the van, and then they moved on as a caravan with two cars, heading out of the industrial zone and out on a dirt road leading them out of Belozersk.

On their way out of the city, they saw a man vaulting onto an old lady, biting and hitting her as he tackled her onto the road, blood and her cries for help filled the air as the van circled past the scene, rushing away down the dirt road. No one spoke a word and everyone went completely silent after having witnessed this truly horrific scene.






For hours the convoy headed east along the country roads, when road blocks were spotted they changed to smaller roads, sometimes going through forests and fields. Stepan broke the silence when he aired a plan in which he hoped that the Black Mountains could provide safety since it was a pro-Russian region, “Hopefully Russia will save us from this chaos” he said out loud. After Stepan had broken the hours of silence, he told Konstantin and Aleksei what he had seen, and that the attack on the old lady wasn’t a single episode, but told them of hordes of people who had been infected with a virus that had turned them into frenzied beasts. The world had truly gone to shit.

Driving east they finally hit the Burnaya River, a river that cuts Chernarus in two running from the Russian border to the Green Sea in the south, and here they found that it would be impossible to continue on smaller roads, as none of these led to the bridges which would have to be crossed to continue towards the Black Mountains. They had no choice but to return to a highway. On the highway they passed convoy after convoy of army personnel, along with several groups of civilian vehicles. As they passed a field they saw a few cars parked in a crescent shape and civilians struggling to put up tents.

As day turned to evening they hit a checkpoint where a long line of cars, parked in all directions and also outside of the road, marked the beginning of the line for going through. As it was getting dark and people were scared and desperate, they had gathered outside their cars and piled up at the checkpoint. From the distance soldiers could be seen rejecting people, and trying to calm down the mob. Konstantin and Stepan could read from the situation that going through was no option, but unfortunately it was the only way south, down to the bridge that would allow a crossing of the Burnaya River. They reversed the van parking at the side of the road and got out to discuss their next move. They argued whether to turn back and drive north to the bridge up there and hope to cross that or whether to wait until they could pass the checkpoint.

While they debated the plan, Dieter instead chose to walk towards the checkpoint, to see what was happening, and as he approached it he saw two angry young men gathered outside a van with a rental company’s logo on it. One man was hitting the passenger side window, and the other one jumped onto the hood of the car as he yelled frantically and pointed at the driver. Dieter cried “Stop!” at the men, the one on the hood then jumped off and stood next to his friend, glaring angrily at Dieter as he approached. This was all Konstantin saw before he turned his gaze to Stepan’s young daughter, who had started crying as she felt the dire situation creep up on everyone. About fifteen minutes later Dieter returned with four foreign looking people, wearing backpacks and carrying travel cases.

He explained that they were Swedish tourists, and that they had been harassed by people at the checkpoint who blamed foreigners for their current situation. Dieter had stood up for the scared family, and the men had returned to their cars. Konstantin and Stepan were definitely not happy about having more people join the convoy, but Katya and Stepan’s wife insisted and so did Dieter. The Swedish father thanked them greatly and when they continued their debate about what to do next, the Swedish man told them that there was a village that was just a kilometer or two back the road. The tourists had been there earlier that day where they had eaten at a village inn, before going back to the checkpoint and getting stuck in traffic. Then they all agreed to go to the village, and everyone jumped back into their cars, Dieter taking the family in his Mercedes.

They drove back up the road and turned down the small road leading to the village. When they approached the village the van’s headlights lit up a sign standing at the edge of the village that said “Соколово” (Sokolovo).

They drove to the inn where they had a meal and paid with what cash they had, to stay the night. The following morning some locals had gathered outside the inn, attracted by Dieters expensive Mercedes. The mayor went inside the inn and welcomed the group with open arms and presented himself as Tomas Nemetz, mayor of Sokolovo. Konstantin and Stepan lead the conversation on behalf of the group, and explained their situation, to which mayor Nemetz told them that all roads had been blocked in an effort to contain the infection. On the radio he had heard that the infection was spreading rapidly, and that it had even spread outside of Chernarus. He told them that there was no reason in going east, because Chedaki remnants had taken up arms, and used the chaos to resurface. They were stuck in Sokolovo it seemed.

Two weeks went by and the group had not moved on, but had stayed in Sokolovo. In an effort to settle for the time and wait out the chaos, they had bought a large farmhouse in the village, right behind mayor Nemetz house on the main road. They had traded Dieters Mercedes for the house, and for being allowed to stay for as long as they needed, a deal which they had made with mayor Nemetz, who had received the expensive vehicle to his great satisfaction.

Sokolovo had proven to be a nice and peaceful place in the chaos, mostly because of its remote location and small size. The small village lived off of tourists and travelers coming from the highway, which was their main income aside from plowing fields and herding animals. Sokolovo was divided into two smaller hamlets, one was a few hundred meters further down the road to the left, and the other was immediately to the right following a dirt road. At the entrance of the town were two large barns and after them the mayors house which was a big house located pretty central in the village. The village was surrounded by forest and plenty of wildlife, and it had good fields for farming and grassing creatures.






About a year after the outbreak and the subsequent fall of society, Sokolovo had transformed quite a bit. The once small and insignificant village had turned into a proper self-sustained settlement with farms, a trading hub, a small improvised saw mill and a town militia guarding the perimeter, and sending out scavenger missions.

A few weeks after the Dudnyk’s, the Melnikov’s and the rest of the group had arrived in Sokolovo, deserters from the checkpoint had come to the village, in hope of finding shelter after having lost contact with the rest of the army. Most of the soldiers had taken vehicles from civilians and gone back to their hometowns, in search of family and friends, but four soldiers had decided to go to Sokolovo, seeing how there was not much left anywhere else. Of the four soldiers was the older Captain Gregori Karelin, the commanding officer of the checkpoint, his right hand man Lieutenant Mikola Novotny and two soldiers of lower rank, loyal to captain Karelin. Karelin had organized a town defense task force, known to most as the Militsiya (Sokolovskaya Militsiya, Sokolovské Milice). The militia was tasked with defense and scavenging, and the first place they scavenged was the checkpoint, to arm the militia, then later they would also send people to nearby towns for supplies. Captain Karelin and mayor Nemetz had split power and were both now in charge of the settlement and Sokolovo was now viewed as an independent settlement. Konstantin had joined the Militsiya and received some training, while Aleksei instead had become a teacher of the younger people in Sokolovo, and ran the school together with mother Katya. Every male member of the community was however conscripted into a basic survival and training course, this also included Aleksei.

The two old barns at the outskirts of the town had been heavily modified; the one closest to the road had been transformed into a trading station and communal hall, functioning as the meeting place for all citizens, and the other barn had been made into the Militia headquarters and also functioned as the storage facility. In the communal hall some civilians had put up a banner, which had the village motto on it which they shortened to ВДНХ (Все думают, что им нужно хан, everyone thinks they need a khan). This motto and local saying had once had little meaning, but now it was something people said often as it reminded them of their strength and independence from the outside world. The banner also had независимая станция (Independent Station) written on it referring to the small railway station just outside the town, which had been a badge of proudness for the village, because it added the village to the national maps. This banner summed up how people felt it in the village, they felt they had overcome crisis after crisis without any outside help, and they were proud of that fact and celebrated it. Before the war and the outbreak, Sokolovo had little to be proud of and felt it had been neglected and forgotten, but not they felt they had finally had achieved great things as a community. Things were good but times would quickly change.







In late October 2018 as the weather was turning colder each day, everything was peace and quiet in the village. The Militsiya had built scout posts all around the village, and Konstantin and another militiaman was in one of these scout posts, the one closest to the main road, with overview of the highway and the old overgrown checkpoint in the distance. Day after day nothing happened until a convoy of trucks drove by in great haste, stopping at the old checkpoint. With his binoculars Konstantin could see that the trucks had red stars painted on the sides and that there was about twenty soldiers, all armed to the teeth. Over the radio he reported the outsiders to Captain Karelin, and no alarm was put up, as outsiders weren’t a rare sight and would drive by on the highway once in a while, causing no trouble for Sokolovo. Normally groups would go to the checkpoint looking for supplies and military equipment, but everything had already been stripped apart by the army deserters and the Sokolovo Militsiya long ago. For two days the soldiers stayed at the checkpoint, and at night the outpost could hear the soldiers partying in their camp. On the third day Konstantin was replaced by Stepan Melnikov who had also joined the Militsiya and had become a leading member. Konstantin found it odd that Stepan replaced him, since the leaders of the Militsiya rarely if ever took outpost duty, but Konstantin didn’t question Stepan and walked back to Sokolovo.

The following night Konstantin woke up to gunshots and immediately grabbed his hunting rifle. He then went outside the house and saw a house in flames across the main road, he took a few steps forward and then something hit him from behind and all went black. He woke up all groggy, and after coming to his senses he found out he was at the small saw mill at the outskirts of the village, and that he had been tied up. Surrounding him stood heavily armed men in camouflage, wearing black balaclavas, and on their clothes they all had a single red star. Konstantin then saw that he was not alone, and that he was in fact with a bunch of men from Sokolovo, who was also all tied up. Aleksei was nowhere to be seen and neither was Katya which made Konstantin worried.

Suddenly a man emerged from behind the masked soldiers wearing a black beret, and he gave a speech in which he explained that the ChDKZ had been reborn and that a revolution was in progress all around Chernarus. The man explained that the ChDKZ were now the masters of Sokolovo and that all men were to serve as a labor force, for the purpose of reeducation and for the benefit of the revolution. The man then introduced himself as Colonel Alexandr Stavovich. It would seem that the town motto ВДНХ (Все думают, что им нужно хан, everyone thinks they need a khan) was now nothing more than an ironic statement, as Sokolovo was now once again ruled by outsiders, by a khan.

After the speech everyone was forced into a large storage shed, where mattresses had been put on the floor serving as beds, and told to sleep. The next morning and the following weeks Konstantin and the other males from the village worked from dusk till dawn at the Sokolovo saw mill, and the surrounding forest chopping down trees. The wood they processed was then loaded on a truck and driven to central Sokolovo, where the wood was used for the construction of something.

One day as Konstantin slaved on at the heavily guarded saw mill camp, he noticed a man with a familiar figure shape enter the saw mill grounds. Konstantin was in complete shock when he saw who it was, and that this was a man he had trusted, and whom he had lived with together at the farm for over a year. Stepan Melnikov stood there together with Colonel Stavovich shaking hands. Why Melnikov had betrayed them he wouldn’t discover until the next week. Konstantin was taking from his labors by a soldier and sent to central Sokolovo, and was put in front of Melnikov, who was now also wearing a black beret with a single red star. Melnikov told Konstantin that he would no longer have to work at the saw mill because Melnikov had arranged for him to return to the rest of the village, welcoming Konstantin as a fellow comrade clearly expecting Konstantin to thank him. Konstantin instead angrily questioned Melnikov who revealed that he had been contacted some time ago by an old Chedaki comrade, who had promised Melnikov a better life than what Sokolovo could offer, and that Sokolovo would also benefit from the protection and the logistics of the Chedaki forces. Konstantin however was not impressed and asked where his family was, Melnikov calmly told him that Aleksei and Katya were still working at the school. Konstantin then proclaimed that he would take his family and leave, to which Melnikov responded by grabbing Konstantin begging him not to cause more trouble. Konstantin however knocked his elbow into Melnikov’s teeth, which then led to him being jumped by soldiers. Melnikov spat out some blood and gestured the soldiers to remove Konstantin, telling them to send him to the construction site.

Konstantin was now once more back in the labor force, but had been moved to the less demanding construction work that was being undertaken at the two large barns at the entrance to Sokolovo, which had served as the Militsiya headquarters and as the communal hall. Here at the city center they were building a large wall surrounding the complex with towers and barbed wire, a fortress was being built for the ChDKZ. For some months Konstantin worked at the construction, but was permitted to visit his family and to go and sleep at his house, though always under the surveillance of soldiers.





It was now the start March 2019 and things were not getting better in Sokolovo.  Konstantin still slaved for the Chedaki invaders but the construction had finished, instead he was put to labor doing other tasks around the village. Aleksei and Katya reluctantly still worked at the school, but were forced to teach in the Communist Manifesto and the Marxist-Leninist ideals. Alexei had filled in Konstantin with what had happened while he was at the labor camp, and had told him that the foreigners that once were part of the group, had been taken by the Chedaki and were never seen again. Everything would however change one night, when the Dudnyk’s sat in their house. Two Chedaki soldiers sat with them laughing and acting rude as usual, with no respect for their hosts. One of the Chedakis wore a bloody bandage on his wrist and was a bit pale he also coughed once in a while but shrugged it off as nothing when asked about it. It was getting late and everyone went to bed, including the soldiers who were in their own section of the house.

All out of a sudden and in the middle of the cold dark night, a loud commotion was heard from the soldiers section. Everyone got up as the soldier who had been sick was lying collapsed on the floor shaking violently, and the other yelled for Katya to help him. Katya sat down next to the soldier, while Konstantin and Aleksei both stood silent in the background. Then out of nowhere the wounded and sick soldier assaulted Katya, jumping on top of her and biting her. The frightened other soldier started punching his frenzied comrade with the buttstock, but stopped when the clearly infected soldier look up at him, letting out a terrifying screech. The soldier then aimed his Kalashnikov rifle at the infected, and fired a salve into the soldier and Katya lying below, killing both. Konstantin and Aleksei then both screamed, diving over the soldier with the rifle as he had just executed their mother in front of their eyes. They both struggled with him until Aleksei grabbed his army knife and pushed it into his throat, which immediately stopped the soldier from further action. Aleksei fell onto the floor next to his mother, holding onto her as he cried all drenched in blood. Konstantin instead got up and stumbled to the window, hearing the alarm bell and seeing Chedaki soldiers far away assembling. Konstantin got to his brother pulling him along, as Aleksei cried still holding onto his mother’s pale hand. Konstantin yelled “We have to go Aleksei they are coming for us!” but Aleksei went back to his mother, grabbing her golden necklace from around her neck, and then follow Konstantin out of the house.

Chased through the forest they ran while Konstantin fired a few salves behind them once in a while, using the Kalashnikov from the dead soldier. They bolted through the woods with everything they had, while being chased by Chedakis who were yelling and shooting. They ran into an old field and then heard a car approach from the right. The headlights of the car made its way towards them with haste as more gunshots were heard. Aleksei and Konstantin continued across the field and made it to the next tree line, just before the car came up to them. The car stopped outside the tree line and a soldier fired blindly into the dark, as the brothers were no longer to be seen. For the rest of the night the brother’s continued on until finally they couldn’t hear more gunfire. They then dropped in the grassy forest and fell asleep.





The next morning they woke up and cleaned off some of the blood with leaves before continuing their escape away from Sokolovo. An hour later they made it to a set of train tracks, knowing it was the railway that Sokolovo Station was connected to. They followed the train tracks in the opposite direction of Sokolovo, until they made it to a rail switch where they went inside a tool shed. Resting in the shed the two brothers sad silently each in their own corner crying and grieving for the loss of their beloved mother, as the sky turned dark and rain began pouring down. Where would they go asked Aleksei, hoping that Konstantin would know their next course of action, since he was the one who had been outside Sokolovo often and therefor new the landscape. But Konstantin remained silent and so they sat for a day, waiting for the elements to calm.

The next morning both brother got up, and started following the railroad once more. They continued on along the tracks for hours until they decided it was time for a break and sat down on the railway beams. For some minutes they sat there once again in silence until the beams started vibrating under them. Aleksei got up and said “A train? Can it be true?” and looked into the horizon. Konstantin didn’t pay much attention until Aleksei started jumping up and down in joy pointing at the horizon. A yellow diesel engine came into vision in the distance, following the rails of the empty country side. The two brothers jumped onto the rails waving and jumping as the train approached, doing so until the horn of the train sounded, acknowledging that it had spotted them. The train slowed down to jogging speed, and the brother went up to the side and jogged along beside the train, as a man in leather came into vision hanging from the side of the train.

“Hello comrades how are you two doing this fine day?” he said, clinging onto the moving train followed by the two brothers. They replied “We could use a ride, take us with you!” to which the man then extended his hand, helping them on board, before the train starting speeding up once more. Konstantin and Aleksei sat down in a passenger car, filled with goods and only containing very few people, some heavily armed and others just holding onto their belongings. The man in leather introduced himself as Niko, and gave both brothers a bottle of water and some bread. He told them that this was a merchant train, run by traders and mercenaries transporting supplies back and forth between east and west. After his speech about the train and after asking what had happened to the brothers he said that he would need some form of payment, as the people running the train were not kind to strangers, and especially not strangers with no coin. Konstantin handed the man his rifle, to which Niko said that that wasn’t enough and then pointed at Aleksei, holding his mother’s golden necklace. Though reluctant they had no choice and handed over the necklace, after which Niko disappeared and came back with new clothes for the brothers. Maybe all hope wasn’t lost after Sokolovo?

Two days ride later the train passed northeast of Miroslavl, continuing on its journey. By nightfall they went to another car, the food car which had a bar and plain wooden tables and barrels to sit on. Together with Niko they had drinks and filled their stomachs. Niko told them that he was going east to find his friend who had left for Sochi, and was going to meet up with him and journey into the heart of Russia, where he had heard that safety and civilization still existed. He offered the brothers to join, and since they had no other plans they agreed to follow for now. As evening turned to night, people became more and more drunk, and this led to some people brawling in the other side of the food car. Niko, Aleksei and Konstantin stayed out of trouble until a drunken man fell on top of them and their table. Konstantin got up and pushed the man away, but this just send the man flying over into the next table with three mean-looking mercenaries. The angry mercenaries got up and cursed at Konstantin, who returned the word battle until a black donning mercenary grabbed him by the collar and pushed him to the wall of the train car, up against a window. Back and forth they went until Aleksei and Niko stood up, and tried pushing the mercenary away. Instead this ignited the cauldron and a huge brawl initiated between everyone in the train car. Konstantin and the mercenary punched each other until Konstantin got the mercenary up against the window, turning the tables around. This worked until a man tackled Konstantin from behind, sending him and the black wearing mercenary through the window and out of the moving train. Through the darkness they fell down a hill into thick bushes and tumbling further a bit. Konstantin only got a glimpse of the train before it disappeared in the distance, leaving him all alone in the dark with the mercenary. Konstantin closed his eyes from exhaustion, still hanging in the bush on the hillside.

He woke up some time later as sunbeams hit his face, and got out of the bush. For a minute as he came to his senses he stood on the hillside looking at the tracks above, shaking his head in frustration. He then turned around and found the mercenary, lying dead with his neck in an awkward position, not far from where Konstantin had landed. Konstantin bend over the man, then padded him down and took his things, among them a Kalashnikov rifle and his black armor and backpack. He packed everything and went to the tracks, following them until he met a road which had a huge sign saying “Chernogorsk 5 Kilometers”. Konstantin understood that he was in South Zagoria and that the road ahead would lead him to Chernogorsk, his place of birth. Many years ago he had left this place, hoping never to return but here he was once again. Konstantin stood for a second before continuing on towards Chernogorsk, hoping his brother would be able to find him somehow.



(Created by Gremlinco)



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