Dominik grew up in Severograd. He didn't work very hard at school, choosing rather to enjoy his time smoking with his buddies and having a good time. Dominik had a bad relationship with his Father after he used to leave his mother for weeks on end so that he could go and spend time with his mistress in Chernogorsk. This left Dominik's mother with little to no income to keep Dom healthy, and so Dom got himself a job with the local blacksmith, working on different projects trying to help the local community as a young lad.
When war came to the province he had learnt a lot from his teacher and put his skills to use in cleaning, maintaining and fixing weapons which were on the brink of falling apart. He made little home-made modifications that could help out his Chernarussian brothers on the battlefield, heavy barrels and the such. During the war Dom lost his mother after an artillery strike hit the market square in which she was buying some vegetables. Dom was never the same and his anger towards others who would try and invade his country clicked. He saw that Russians and other foreigners were generally going to use his country and his people for alternative motives.
Once the infection hit, Dom made sure to save as many people from Severograd as he could but it ended up just being that he saved a few of his neighbours and brought them into the nearby forest. He kept them alive for as long as he could, but they were old and slow or children unaware of what was really happening. When the camp was attacked when Dom was away gathering supplies, he came back to a horror scene. He buried his neighbours, women and children being the majority and marked their graves. He never returned to the campsite, he never wanted to remind himself of the horrors he'd been through.
Dom came to be with a group of locals, all Chernarussians looking for a way to band together and stay alive. At the least he wanted to be around people he could trust to have his back. They'd survived by moving around for a while, sticking to the shadows and only doing what was best thought to be safe. Several ex-CDF members were running with them and keeping everything in line and in check.
It wasn't long before they set up a camp in Polana town, and it ran for a short while before being attacked. They initiated a move and hauled everything they had over to Severograd. Dom was familiar with the area and suggested the two large apartment blocks, allowing for both plenty of space for living, whilst also a decent courtyard and lookout over the general area. This worked well for a time, construction ran quickly in securing the initial stages of the compound, securing it quickly from the outside threats. Being so close to a city however did lead to a recurring theme of unfortunate infected souls pushing up against the gates and trying to get in wherever they could. It was hard for Dom or in fact any of the locals to kill these infected, not due to lack of skill but these were their home people. The citizens of their great nation who had fallen to such a horrible fate.