Jason is a 27 year old Russian Jew who moved to NY with his family as Jewish immigrants from the soviet union back in 1995. He grew up in the streets of Brighton Beach, Coney Island in Brooklyn NY & had strong entrepreneurial tendencies since a young age. He was a prominent businessman, & a NYC city council member, having built a multi-million dollar corporation on his own. He was in Moscow on one of his regular yearly trips to visit his family (cousins, aunts & uncles) when the outbreak happened.
Moscow was secure, however all forms of flight transportation were down and it was almost impossible to get back to the states. After hearing the news of everything going on he reached out to his cousin Michael who was serving in the Russian VDV Forces and getting deployed to Chernorussia on relief efforts. The two were in contact for less than a week before Michael's radio went dark.
About a week went by before the worry and anxiety as to Michael's whereabouts set in. Jason decided that it will do no good to sit around and wait, he must look for Michael as he knew that Michael for do the same for him. The two grew up together and had a strong bond with one another.
Determined to find him, he contacted his friend Anton who had a crop plane on his farm about 50km outside Moscow. He explained to him the situation and convinced Anton to take him as close to the Chernorussia as he could and that he would make it himself from there. The two set out, but they didn't make it far. They were shot down over Ukraine under a no fly zone they weren't aware of. Large rounds clipped the left wing and the plane went down. Waking up in a fiery wreck, he seem Anton's lifeless body at the pilots seat. Miraculously having survived the crash, Jason climbed out and tended to his wounds.
He knew he couldn't stop now and after burying Anton he went out to the southern border of Ukraine into Chernorussia. There were international forces on the border, he knew they wouldn't let him in. After finding a blind spot, he went through the border and set out determined to find his cousin.
For months he was out in the wild, learning to survive. Towns were in chaos, the infected roamed free. It was like something out of a movie. He made his way through military bases gathering supplies and trying to find any information on where the bulk of the Russian forces may be. Finally he ran into a young Russian VDV soldier named Vanya. That was when he learned of Michael's fate. They were on a mission in Chernogorsk when they were overrun by the infected. Nobody made it out but Vanya and 2 others who he hasnt seen since then.
They went back to Chernogorsk and Vanya showed him the badly decomposed bodies of the soldiers among whom was his cousin Michael. They buried the remains of the soldiers and went their separate ways.
His travels and run ins with hostile groups made him cautious and not so friendly. However slowly coming to the realization of where he was and the unlikeness of ever seeing home again, Jason was determined to survive. After months on his own, and some violent encounters with bandits, he set out on the road to find other survivors still living in this G-dforsaken land. He knew he would have to work on himself and learn to trust people again if he was ever to coexist with others out here, and so he was looking for a new place to call home.