Before their little bump to the head, Magpie, or better known as Merrick Pine, was a member of the cruise ship, Costa Risacca, during their outing nearby South Zagoria, until their unfortunate accident with the fearsome storm. But until then, Pine was not quite the ordinary guest on the ship, and was in fact amidst a ploy to rob a portion of the cruiser's company- That was until the perfect storm, ruined his perfect plan. The Thief-to-be was thrown from the ship during the chaos, striking the watery surface hard, leaving them some miles from any sense of civilisation, an utter death sentence to most. Thus it was a miracle that they found themselves stuck upon a piece of a debris from the once-floating ship, dazed, confused and drifting closer to the shores of Chernarus, their head throbbing from the impact of the fall.
Upon arrival, cold, wet and injured, the once-known Thief staggered across the empty shores of Chernarus, finding the closest shelter they could. It was hard to say how long they rested within the confines of an old apartment building, scouring for remaining scraps before injuries, fatigue and malnourishment would force them to rest. Once the former two had subsided, it left the confused survivor enough energy to wander the nearby coastal area, with either the shock of the storm or their injuries causing them to adopt an almost-childlike sense of curiousity and outlook. Their speech was different, their attention focused on items that once might have been useful to a former Thief - Those that sparkled in the light, glimmering pieces of intrigue, or as he'd now refer to them ....Shinies.
Now after once gathering the equipment to sustain themselves, they wander the lands of Chernarus aimlessly, having adopted the name of Magpie after a rather thorough pilfering of a library, coming across the bird's name, and unique trait that they shared for shiny objects. They set themselves in acquiring only the best of shinies, through trade, scavenge or other methods, perhaps as an instinct of their former self, a side-effect of their trauma, or perhaps their attempt to search for some item to help themselves. Except for hoarding the most useful shinies, they do try to search for a "Head-Doctor" due to the growing pains and migraines that are imbued at random