Magnus was in school the day the infection first was reported in Norway. He knew about the infection from his father, a UN soldier, who just a few weeks earlier, had shipped out to Chernarus along with his squad. Reports on the news of what was going on in Chernarus was not really telling them anything. He never imagined it would hit Norway though, as he thought the UN would have it under control once they had boots on the ground. At least that was the impression his father had given him before leaving.
"We are bringing the best scientists and quarantine experts in the world with us to stop this" he had said upon leaving.
The rate of spread once the infection hit was frightening. Norway, it's "perfect" welfare and health system and all, was ill prepared for this type of outbreak. Add the several years of dismantling the National Guard and Military to a token force, and the ensuing chaos and panic was unavoidable. The government crumbled within days.
The second Magnus got home from school that first day, he packed the most necessary equipment, clothes and canned food for the entire family, and got in the family car to head for their cabin in the mountains. This was something he had learned from his father when he was younger. Always be prepared.
They got to the cabin safely, and were in good shape, having a privately drilled well for drinking water, and they were also good foodwise. After two weeks the radio and television went dark.
There was no news anymore, nor any special emergency broadcasts, just dead air.
After a month the food supply was drying out, and the need for scavenging runs became a necessity.
Magnus did this perilous job on his own, and sometimes he was gone for days on end, trying to scavenge food for the family.
It was after one of these long supply runs, he came home, only to find the log cabin burned to the ground… No one was around, and Magnus desperate calls on the pre-arranged radio frequency led to no replies.
After searching the nearby surroundings, Magnus finally broke down sobbing, realizing his family was gone.
The following days were a haze. Magnus has no recollection of when he snapped out of it, but somehow, he had managed to get back into Bergen city. He managed to get in contact with a boat anchored in the harbor. The boat was just about finished loading supplies, and getting ready to set sail when he caught their attention. The boat consisted of ex-Navy personnel, and upon hearing Magnus story of his father and family, they allowed him to board, providing he would work for his passage.
Weeks of travel by sea followed, but in the end, he parted ways with the boat crew, and continued by himself.
His end goal now was Chernarus…
He had to find his father, his last living close relative… He just knew he still had to be alive.
The thought of being alone in the world was just to difficult to accept…