Roman Kapelos continues to wander around Chernarus, clinging to the small glimmer of hope he will find out what happened to his daughter.
Before the outbreak
Five years before the outbreak, Roman felt on top of the world. He had just finished his second year of teaching English at the Berezino Institute. He was relieved the risk to move his family from Akron, Ohio, to a completely new world had worked out.
Roman and his family had fallen on hard time in the United States. He and his wife had been laid off and couldn't find work and the bills were piling up. Roman had first learned about the opportunity in Berezino from a friend who had family in the area. While both he and his wife, Alex, hesitated to take the opportunity up, it was after they lost their house to a fire that they decided to take the risk and move to the thriving country in 2010.
His wife had found work at the local Berezino medical clinic as a nurse and his daughter, 7-year-old Ava, had finally started to come out her shell and was beginning to fit in with the kids in her class. Everything seemed to finally be turning around for him and his family.
But of course, the good times wouldn't last.
Three years before the outbreak
It was a rainy and sad February 23, 2014 for Roman and his daughter. They had just buried Alex, who had died after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. With his wife being unable to work for one-and-a-half years and the medical bills piling up, Roman and his family had to downsize their home. He also was forced to pick up extra hours tutoring students.
Ava had once again gone into her social shell and despite his attempts to break through, he felt the two were growing apart.
With both his and Ava's happiness compromised, Roman set a plan in motion to begin working towards getting the both of them back to the States and yet another fresh start.
The outbreak begins
The day was almost here.
Roman and his daughter were going to go back to the states. The flight was booked for August and their home had just sold.
And then the incident happened.
Roman remembers watching the news and seeing the protests and outrage over the Chernarussian woman and a Russian man wedding attack. And then Martial law was called.
The country was slowly turning into a war-zone and he knew his wife would only want him to do one thing – keep Ava safe.
Once the virus began to spread, Berezino was one of the first communities hit. Due to the unknowns still surrounding it, the military came in full force to try and keep it under control. Due to the madness in the streets, Roman and Ava fled their first opportunity to try and get away.
On the run
Roman only heard snippets about the outbreak as he and Ava moved from town to town to try and get as far away as possible from the outbreak.
But they could only run for so long.
Once the bombings started, Roman and Ava had started moving from group to group of survivors. Each learning their new way to survive. Each one meeting their own demise, whether it was by bandits or succumbing to the virus. Luckily for the both of them, Ava and Roman were immune to the virus.
But then would come the darkest day of his life.
While with a small group of 5 survivors near Moglievka in December 2017, bandits attacked them one afternoon. The group of 20 of them outnumbered Roman's group. While the bandits took their supplies and killed two of their group, one of the bandits kidnapped Ava.
Roman tried to stop them but was hit with the butt of a rifle, knocking him out and the last thing he remembers seeing is her screaming as the bandit tossed her into the vehicle they had patched together.
Ever since then, Roman continues to look for her. The glimmer of hope he clings to is the only thing keeping him alive that he will find her out there.
While he has run into a few people here and there, Roman has been unable to find a group to connect with once again.
And that's where we pick up his story...