Coming from an early childhood lived closely to the light of his relatives in his hometown of Vybor, Vadim's upbringing was not the most wholesome. Both his mother and father died consecutively of the same disease, only 2 years apart, when he was only 6. Being placed under the turbulent guardianship between his uncles, and aunts who were all in their 20s if not 30s, living in the lower class bracket which was commonplace in Vybor's widely middle class population. Vadim was witness to his family's excessive disorder due to drug use and poverty, but was kept from projecting this disorder through delinquency by staying with his grandparents in the outskirts of Vybor, where his grandfather taught him the crafts of bushcrafting and huntsmanship, which helped Vadim stay on the right path amongst his troubled past.
Early Years - Pre-Outbreak
Vadim was no stranger to the rising tensions in his hometown during his teenage years. His uncles had all corroborated with nationalist extremist ideals, they had collaborated with the mob for much of Vadim's life, even so much as exposing him to the shady business of arms dealing and smuggling that was conducted between them and what would later be key figures in the NAPA. He knew this would all lead up to something, and consequently, following nationalist demonstrations brinking the outbreak of the civil war, his uncles had all been snuffed one by one by either communist insurgents or the government itself. Seeing his family and himself as a target, he felt there was no other choice but to find an escape. So in 2010, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the CDF, and spent much of his 5 year service period in the North-eastern region of South Zagoria. Having preliminary experience in the wilderness and with hunting, he was enlisted into the 176th "Gorka" Mountain Battalion with a light recon unit in the north-eastern military region. After 5 years of extensive counter-smuggling operations, including a sting operation in which almost had him killed from a grenade blast, he was honorably discharged at the rank of efreitor. For 2 years following his discharge and recovery, he stayed employed as a forest ranger, stationed in the Novodmitrovsk area.
Returning to his hometown was all but something Vadim was looking forward to. Not having seen his family or even contacted them for 5 years, he had been blissfully ignorant to the politics and the environment back home. His grandfather died during his conscription, leaving him with only one place to go among returning - to care for his widowed grandmother. With the local economy struggling from , there was feeble high-education jobs even beyond Vybor, too many of those with deep roots in Vybor's economy were contributive to the opposing sides of the war, and consequently all perished or were forced out. With many industrial jobs in machining and fabricating being funded or either directly tied to the ChDKZ, that meant even fewer opportunities for Vadim in his field. Thankfully, through one of his grandfather's close friends, he was inherited into a machine shop where he worked as a foreman. During his grandmother's final days in a hospice, he had developed feelings for a young nurse caring for her, and she had developed feelings for him as well, coming from a similar past. Vadim inherited his grandparent's land, and him and his spouse both began what would've been a promising, successful life.
Even amongst the short notice of the oncoming outbreak through national emergency, Vadim had knew something was wrong just by his time spent in the bush. The brink of the final weeks before the collapse, the birds stopped singing, game was sparser and sparser, and the game that remained showed signs of disease and malnutrition. Vadim lost his job as a foreman following the early evacuation of people who knew of the inevitable danger. And while Vadim decided to stay, his spouse was transferred to a field hospital to the eastern town of Dubrovka. Unexpectedly, having left while he was at his final day of work. By the time Vadim could come to a conclusion of what to do, with no contact with his spouse or his family, the outbreak had reached Vybor, and Vadim was forced to evacuate en-massed with the rest of the population of Vybor, down the southern highway on a chaotic roadtrip to the concentration of Chernarus' population in Chernogorsk.
Witnessing the spiralling collapse of South Zagoria's government and remaining society, narrowly escaping being caught in the crossfire between the government and the mass of looters and bandits, Vadim knew that even if the forecasted evacuation boats could evacuate the overpopulation of displaced people in Cherno, very few would make it out in time amidst the chaos. Knowing he had to go back for his spouse, who had reached out to him amongst his arrival in Cherno, he set out on the path back to the Northeast on foot, through the foothills, away from the chaos of the arterial routes and society. Weeks spent of a blur of hiking through bush, avoiding the infection, and narrowly escaping an aerial bombardment, he reached Dubrovka only to find that the hospital and it's entirety of staff and patients had been massacred, including his spouse. Now having nothing at all, Vadim seeks to find the people responsible for killing her, going against everything he had told himself not to give in to his whole life, to seek revenge. He is now a nomad, wandering the wilds of Chernarus, in search of a new life after he was, like almost everyone, forced to leave his life behind.