Ed Vundy grew up in Northeastern USA. Ed had a rather misguided upbringing without a father, and a mother that didn't take the greatest care of him. Ed was mostly raised by his grandparents. He grew up in a blue collar town excelling in jobs that allowed him to learn trades such as woodworking, constructing homes, general maintenance on household items/tools. among other things. Ed enrolled in college to study Law. Ed joined a study abroad program which took him to Europe. During that time a catastrophic outbreak unleashed onto humanity. There was no travel allowed back to the USA as the outbreak was hopeful to be contained/cured in Europe before that happened. Needless to say, that wasn't the case. So far Ed has kept alive by relying on his basic survival skills he learned while coming of age, and by whatever it takes, but mostly by his wits, charisma, and deception. He stumbled upon Chernarus just by sheer fools "luck" (if you'd like to call it that.) Eventually with the mindset to settle down for safety, and the guise of a "civilized" society.