Andrei Volkov was born to Taya & Alexander Volkov on December 7th 1972, just outside of Moscow. His father, a veteran of the second world war, was a habitual drunk & aggressively abusive towards Andrei & his mother. It was late in night on the evening of April 14th 1984, that Taya found the will to escape Alexander's brutality, and fled along with her son Andrei to live with her sister & her husband in the small town of Pusta near the green sea.
Upon reaching the age of 17 Andrei's uncle was able to get him a job in one of the "nicer" state owned factories within the near-by city of Elektrozavodsk. Andrei was a hard-nosed, loyal worker, and did his best to do his mother proud. It was during one of his shifts that "the incident" occurred. Andrei was struck by a swinging steal beam that had been improperly secured prior to being hoisted by the yard's crane. The beam shattered Andrei's hard-hat, the corner of the beam caved in a section of his skull sending several fragments of bone deep into his brain.
After several emergency surgeries, months of slipping from coma to death only to be resuscitated, Andrei had survived. However, Andrei was no longer Andrei. His mother had passed during his hospitalization, so his Aunt & Uncle tended to Andrei's care after his release. They noted that Andrei had a hard time remembering the ones whom he had known for years, yet could recall persons that he had never met. His behavior became increasingly erratic as the months passed, Andrei would become belligerently delusional insisting that he was thousands of years old & possessed magical powers. Eventually Andrei's Aunt & Uncle had him institutionalized. The state placed him in solitary confinement on the prison island of Storozh.
Over the next several decades Andrei's madness grew increasingly elaborate & unhinged. The guards frequently beat him unconscious to silence his midnight screams prophesying the end of the world. It wasn't until the abandonment of Storozh, Andrei able to break free from his magic dampening containment sphere. The foolish guards had neglected to imprison his ephemeral owl "delusion", who after trans-versing the nightmare planes broke open the gates of Apocalypse and set fourth the events that would eventually lead to Andrei's escape-- just as he planned.
Now he roams the wastes of Chernarus, in search of potions, spells, and fools for which he can use to find the spirit door that broods within the night-forest. Once he unlocks it's secrets, no mortal can stop him from enacting his grand plan.