Dima Orlavaeg was born in early 1982 to Dimitri Orlavaeg, an international stockbroker, and Aliya Turner, an American national in the country on a business trip. Dima's parents were separated by circumstance shortly after his birth; even though they would never remain together, the two remained on good terms. Both parents were wealthy and privileged, but the young Dima shunned the upper-class lifestyle. From a young age he was involved in the capital city of Novigrad's more unpleasant elements. From time to time he would turn up in the local jail for fighting or public disturbance or some other petty crime, only to be bailed out by his father's wealth. However, he quickly grew out of this thuggish persona and attempted to enlist at age eighteen. The CDF would not take him due to his previous track record. Undeterred, he took the first plane to France he could and attempted likewise to sign on with the French Foreign Legion. He returned home with a rudimentary understanding of French and more than a few reprimands for a lack of discipline. Eager to fight someone or something, he traveled to the middle east.
In the wake of the beginning of the War on Terror, there were plenty of opportunities for a man like Dima to ply his trade as a soldier of fortune. He fell in and out with various small mercenary groups, most contracted by one proxy terror group to fight another. After a few years of ping ponging between groups, Dima returned home to share his stories in his preferred dive bars. However, this was in 2009; the bloody civil war had begun. Dima, once rejected by the CDF, opted instead to join up with the Chedaki. He did not partake in the war crimes his brothers did, and when the game was up he melted back into the mountains, crossed the border into Takistan, and caught a plane to Syria. There he found a home with the Free Syrian Army fighting the reign of their corrupt president. He returned to Takistan briefly in 2012 to partake in Operation Arrowhead with some of the pro-Royalist tribesmen, and after the conclusion of the conflict he finally decided to return home to Chernarus, a changed man.
Dima's time spent fighting abroad cleaned him up more than either of his parents' lectures ever could. In 2013 he began to involve himself more and more with his family's affairs and eventually settled in the United States with his mother. There he met an American woman by the name of Alicia Carter, and by 2015 the couple was married with their first child on the way. To support his family, he opened and managed a security firm, staffed largely by ex-military and ex-mercenary contacts he had known in his many battles overseas. In March of 2017, his father passed after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. While Dima and his family were attending the funeral, the outbreak struck suddenly and brutally. In the initial panic and confusion, Dima chose to give his spot up on an evacuation helicopter so that his wife and daughter would have a better chance to escape. They escaped successfully and made it all the way back to the United States. Dima, however, was trapped in the increasingly chaotic Chernarus. Choosing the same strategy that kept his ninety six year old grandfather alive, Dima melted into the woods. There has has lingered for several years, occasionally coming out of hiding to find the resources he needs. Cut off from his family and just trying to survive, the mercenary is looking for a way out; and, if possible, a way to make it across a sea in a shattered world so that he might see his family once again.