During his early life James has run ins with the police and was even locked up in Juvie at one point. His girlfriend Amber pushed him to do better, so when he got out he began training on his own and focusing on school. After school ended he signed with the U.S. Marines. Months into his service Pvt. James Lance, who was stationed on an island 20 miles from Chernarus before the outbreak. After everything went haywire James' squad joined up with a much larger group of survivors. A couple weeks in James was sent out to a cabin with his squad to search for supplies. While there, a group of raiders surprise attacked the men. James took a bullet, and was saved by a herd of the infected. After making it back, he felt alone and broken. After many weeks the group he and his squad had been with fell out and rapidly disbanded. James was prepared for this, he left and took a boat out into the water. His hope was to make it to a larger body land. one night whilst he was asleep, James crashed onto the rocky shore of Chernarus. James wakes up and decides to head inland, searching for help.