Eddie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
His father, Johnnie, owned a popular local bar called "Booker's Corner". Their customers were loyal, blue collar workers who would come in for a quick beer or two before heading home to their wives and screaming children. Eddie would have to stay at the bar when his parents couldn't find a babysitter. He would sit in a booth and read books, do his homework, etc. As he got older, his parents let him start doing work around the place, at first just cleaning tables but after Eddie came of age, he started bartending there too. Eddie never minded, he loved the people there, they were like his extended family.
Eddie had spent most of his life in this bar and after a while, he became dissatisfied with his life. Surely there was more out there than his little corner of Brooklyn. He was already 28 years old and he had never even left the country. Longing for some semblance of change or adventure, he found an interesting ad on Craigslist. It was a job listing for an open bartending position on "Festival Cruises", a well known cruise line. It seemed too perfect, it was his exact trade and it would give him the opportunity to see many different parts of the world. Eddie submitted his resume and the following two weeks seemed like an eternity, he had given up on hearing back from them when his phone rang. It was the hiring manager from Festival Cruises and they wanted to know when Eddie could start! They had a fully booked cruise coming up and were shortstaffed. Without any hesitation Eddie said he could start right away, he was eager to get out of New York for a while. Curious, Eddie asked where the cruise was going.
It was going to Chernarus.
The ship had docked the previous day and stayed for 24 hours so guests could explore the area. They undocked and had been sailing for a couple hours when he first heard the commotion. Security was running past his room, they were in a huge frenzy to get to the ballroom, apparently a guest had snapped and start attacking other people, even biting them. Eddie didn't think much of it and went back to sleep, the security would handle it and it wasn't his problem.
He would reawaken to the sounds of the ship's alarm system going off. A panicked voice was on the PA system, all Eddie could catch was "-- I repeat, abandon ship! The crew and guests have gone insane and are killing everyone they see! ABANDON SHIP!" Eddie left his room to find the ship had descended into complete chaos. There was blood everywhere. People were being chased down by their loved ones and torn apart. Eddie rushed as quickly as he could to the side of the deck to see dozens of lifeboats already drifting away. Turning around, he noticed he had become surrounded by several crazed guests, their mouths bloody and chunks of them missing, yet they didn't seem in pain. Just as they all lunged for Eddie, he took his only option. He stood up on the metal bars on the end of the ship and jumped off.
Eddie awoke on the beaches of Chernarus, coughing up seawater. He had survived, but for what? He now found himself in a strange land in very strange times. As he gained his strength and got to his feet, Eddie could only say one thing.
"I never should've left Brooklyn."