I was born on a cold winter day on January 1970 at the Berezino Hospital in Chernarus. My childhood has been mostly forgotten, but I still remember one special day at school. I think I might have been around 12 or 13 years old. I was excited, because we were suppose to have a day where we would bring one of our parents to school to talk about their jobs. I was always the one that was bullied at school, due to me using glasses. But I was proud of my dad, he worked for the Chernarussian Army and he had been travelling all over the world with his comrades.
The day started out well. We listened to stories over and over again about parents that were teachers, shopkeepers, truck drivers etc. but when we came to my dad, I really felt proud. My dad went up to the teacher’s desk and started talking. All of the other kids in my class were amazed that my dad was in the Army, and the fact that I never told them about it. This would be the last time I saw my father this way.
After the class finished my dad left for a mission with the Chernarussian Army. They were going to infiltrate Takistan and take down their leader. The Dictator of Takistan had recently declared war on Chernarussia, and the plan to take him down was to free the people of Takistan from the misery of this dictator. They never arrived at their destination, as the helicopter they were in crashed at the borders of Chernarus due to a technical error. Everyone died, except my dad. He had fractured literally every bone in his body, and his neck was severely damaged. The doctors at the Berezino hospital gave him little hope for survival, and said that if he would survive he would not be able to walk again. He was paralyzed for the rest of his life.
When my dad woke up and got the bad news, he was crushed. His military career was over and he would never be able to walk, drink, eat or anything ever again without the help of others. That was the day I decided to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I wanted to be of assistance to the people that would suffer the same fate as my father, since I had seen what this did to him. My dad died one year later due to complications leading to a brain tumor.
This is the only thing I remember from my childhood. Most of my life before Day Z is vague. I do remember that I studied for my Orthopaedic degree in the England for years. I made quite a few friends over there, and I even had some military weapons training done in the memory of my father while thinking that I would never get to use it. I was wrong.
It was morning. This had to be summer. I tried to get my radio working, but I couldn't obtain any signal anywhere. I looked at my watch, and I saw that I was late for work already. I swiftly packed my bags and drove over to Berezino. At this point, I lived right outside the town in a little village called Khelm. There was no traffic, and I stumbled upon a few abandoned vehicles on the way but I didn’t give it much thought at the time seeing as I was already late. When I came to the borders of Berezino I was met by a massive military roadblock, which also was abandoned. This was out of my understandings and I left the car to go outside to check out the perimeter.
There was blood everywhere. Bullet cartridges all over the place, I could not believe or understand what all this was about. I quickly stepped back into my car and tried to find something on the radio. I felt frightened but at the same time adrenaline was rushing through my veins. I decided to start up the car and go around the roadblock to get to the hospital and talk to some colleagues about this. When I arrived at the hospital I saw the same type of roadblock outside. All the windows of the hospital were shattered and there were tons of bodies in front of it. I quickly checked the ones closest to me if there were anyone with pulse around there. The bodies were ripped apart and bitten.
I entered the hospital when I was met by the most frightening, disgusting thing I had ever seen. It was a man covered in blood, his eyes were all white and he screamed like a predator. He started chasing me causing me to run for my life, so I ran up to the woods north of Berezino and decided to head for the North East Airfield.
I ran for my life, and after about 5 minutes of running the sounds of the creature had vanished. I turned around and I managed to see him about 200 meters away from me. He had stopped, perhaps I managed to vanish between all the trees. These creatures reminded me of the Zombies I had seen in many games and movies up over the years.
I reached the North East Airfield when I saw a plane taking off. The airfield was covered by guards and military. I decided to wait up in the woods until I saw a new plane landing on the field. I made my way down to the first guard and started asking him what had happened. He stopped me immediately and asked for ID, profession, and country of origin. I explained that I was a doctor and he swiftly took me inside. I was told that I would not be permitted to leave Chernarus, as the needs for doctors were immense. They conscripted me into the army and in return I got shelter, supplies and a weapon to defend myself.
The Chernarussian Army and it’s defeat
I was roaming with the Army for a few weeks. We went on a mission to save some people that was stranded over in Devil’s Castle. When we reached Devil’s Castle it was quiet, we were a company of 5 men. I was told by my commanding officer to wait outside and only come in if someone was hurt, because they would need me for medical treatment.
The adrenaline started pumping in me again, just like back on Day Z when I first arrived at the roadblock. I hadn't seen any familiar faces for a long time, and I hadn't been to my beloved Berezino for at least 3 weeks. I had begun to lose track of time. I was thinking to myself “How could all this have happened? Where is my family? Where is God in all of this?” when I heard screams. It was the zombies. I took a peek around the corner and all 4 of my comrades were already overrun by what seemed like hundreds of them, I knew I had to escape. I jumped in our car and drove back to North East Airfield as soon as I could. I did not know what I was about to see. The airfield was overrun by thousands of zombies. My immediate instinct to this was to turn around the car and head over to the Chernarussian Border to camp out. I set out a small camp of mine, with 2 tents and a small fireplace. I had abandoned the car since it was out of fuel.
After camping out by the border for what must've been a few weeks I decided it was time to man up and return. I decided to set out on a mission. I wanted to help those who needed help all over Chernarus.
I started to walk south....