Allan was born in Helsinki to a fairly rich family. His youth was filled with with bullying and teasing from other children because he was quiet and keeping to himself. To this didn't help his voice that felt strange to others, in his native tongue strange but in english, Repulsive. As he grew older, he just distanced himself slowly from others and his family, making the voice his protection from others. In Finland he trained himself to be a forest keeper and guide, to stay away from the loud cities and intrusive people. He learned how to survive in the wilds, traverse the landscape and to make shelters. Few years after graduating and working for smaller company, he decided to move out of Finland, to Chernarus. Lot's of forests and new places for him to explore, and hopefully people who wouldn't care for his voice.
He got work from a tourist touring company, who at first were little doubtful how well he would work as a guide but, later on they were proven wrong, and he worked well with the clients. Though some still complained of the voice. In 2017 the outbreak put the halt to the touring, and made Reed focus on survival of himself. His voice became a problem to many, thinking that he is a bad man, man who seeks to harm others. As a result, he started to keep to himself, away from others. Alone, but alive. But even the loneliest person sometimes craves for company of others. So out he went, back to the streets, looking for people.
He traveled around Chernarus during the end of the world, seeing the fall of civilization around, even though some places held together better than others. Mirloslav, Kirovograd and Novigrad. He visited them all, and didn't feel at home at any of them. He traveled around the smaller cities and towns, looking for people to befriend, but a foreigner, and his voice was shunned.