Joshua Herbst grew up in snowy Canada. He lived a childhood of favor, with his parents being both well-off and well-educated. Both of his parents worked in the banking industry. Josh's upbringing gave him many opportunities, including the opportunity to study medicine at McGill University. He graduated with honors and began the white collar life of dreams. He soon landed a job with Pfizer in New York, where he worked as a researcher. Specifically, Josh researched immunosuppressants, mainly for the curing of simple allergies. Josh initially cast of early reports of the breakout, claiming they were just fragments of fake news to draw attention to the failing country. But a few weeks in, Josh was requested to go to Chernarus to help research a cure. Astonished, he left his home behind to travel across the globe to Miroslavl. With the infection worsening, and with the onset of bombings across the town, Josh defected from his role as researcher, and sought to survive and make it back home to New York, one way or another, no matter the consequences.