He was born to a poor family in a cut of valley in the south of austria. Most of his youth was spent working on his parents farm and poaching to get by. After turning ten years old he began running away. Stealing a few bucks and taking a train to the closest city. Living with homeless and surviving on other peoples scraps taught him alot about the true human nature. Eventually he allways was caught and returned to his parents, who weren´t too happy about his shenanigans.
But everytime he ran away, he learned. he stopped living in the cities centres and started building his shelters in the woods surrounding it. He started doing oddjobs, legal and illegal, but allways prefered to stay in the wild. During this time he started to move further and further into the wild, avoiding people and living of what he could get of the land. Coincidentally he discovered his love for the gifts of nature during this period.
Until he was caught smoking on top of a treehouse by a police helicopter scanning the area for weed farms. The time in jail wasn´t the worst in his life, funnily enough it was quite comfortable. But the feeling of being locked in with no way out almost made him mad. After his release he tried to get his act together, began working legal oddjobs and tried to get his cleptomanic tendencies under control. His cleptomania eventually led to his downfall, as he had to flee europe after stealing some quite worthy "assets" from one of his emploeyers.
Living out of an old minivan he began drifting through russia and the eastern part of europe, doing all kinds of oddjobs, returning to old patterns.
Eventually he ended up in Chernarus where he found a home at a small farm close to Vybor. Slowly he began replacing his illegal behaviors with survival and hunting trips.
During one of those survival trips his friends and him encountered a group of russian militaries close to the border region, which ended in his friends being shot on sight and Janek fleeing into the wild, without any equipment and losing orientation in the process. After a lengthy stay in the wild he made his way back to civilization. To find it in shards.
Since all of his trips to the border ended with angry russians and traces of devastation he decided to try to make his living in the rotting carcass of what once used to be his home