Jacob Hyde was born in Upstate New York. Early life was uneventful besides the occasional beatdown of the local greaseball kids, him and his friends would get into. He turned to crime movies and TV shows for excitement, which would inspire his decisions in his early adult years to leave High School early and attempt to become a career criminal. It bottomed out at just about every single turn for him though. Slowly realizing that maybe crime wasn’t for him, the desire to go straight or hit it big was pulling him in two different directions.
While out one day attempting to put in job applications, he came across an old friend that had recommended him to an “associate” who worked out of the dry docks over on the coast. It was a job offer from some eastern European man to work as a deckhand on a ship for a few months, then he’d follow up with a stable job working for him in a port in some city called “Chernogorsk”. He knew right away that this job was a front for a smuggling organization, which was perfect for him! He could pretend to be on the straight and narrow while being a piece of shit criminal all in the same. He took the job and a few months later he was checking shipping containers in Chernogorsk for any tampering with the shipments. Guns, drugs, and even a few cases of human trafficking came through. He just passed them all and took his cut on the side, under the table from his bosses.
Well day by day, the news got worse and worse. Breakouts of some crazy disease in the country supposedly caused by Russia or something? Jake wasn’t having any of it, he didn’t think that this proposed “zombie” infection was anything to worry about and was just another media scare to make money. At least he believed that until he woke up early one morning to screaming, sirens, and gunshots in the street outside of his apartment. More than usual. Looking out his window he saw police barricading the street and firing into crowds of sick disfigured people. They pushed over each other and attempted to swarm the barricade but the police were just barely holding them off. Jake didn’t delay, he knew that this new “zombie infection” had become more than just a media scare and packed whatever he could into his backpack and fled the city and attempted to make his way into the countryside where he thought he might be safe. He listened to the radio every day hoping for some good news, but after the radio broadcasts stopped he knew that this country was pretty much screwed, and he was trapped inside its borders with no way out.