Before the outbreak, Yiska was a bit of a drifter. She'd sell paintings and photography as a street vendor to fund her travels, mostly up and down the East Coast of the United States and parts of Canada. Beginning a trip around Europe in the spring of 2017, she made her way to Istanbul in late June. When word of trouble in Chernarus began to spread over the internet it seemed like a perfect opportunity to turn her mildly profitable hobby into a real career as a news photographer and she traveled to Samsun, crossing the Black Sea. Friends back home warned her that it wasn't worth the risk, but she felt that she couldn't keep bouncing around living by her wits forever and this seemed to be a way to a more stable life. By the time the scope of the crisis became evident she'd made her way deep into Chernarus and found her self trapped in Novigrad, unable to escape the country.
Since the outbreak, she's been trying to keep herself alive and help those she meets in her travels however she can. She has aspirations of organizing with others to bring trade back to the region and rebuild some semblance of normalcy, but so far such efforts have been fruitless. She still makes an effort to document her travels and seek out the stories of those she's encountered, hoping to one day bring the story of the rebuilding of civilization to those who come after.