At twenty three years old, Benjamin Stone is a tall and skinny man from West London. Ben grew up in a council property in a particularly rough area and fell in with somewhat of an ostracized group who did not take part in street violence or other disorderly activities, with he and his friends rather going to each others houses and listening to music or watching movies.
Because of this, he suffered some low level of bullying or resentment from his peers through late primary and secondary school for not taking part in street activities with others, and while he was not particularly bullied given his height among other children, he became very timid and quiet. Keeping to himself and his few friends and not wanting to stand out he developed a hunch and his speech became a mumble over time.
At sixteen, when his friends and other around him either sought an apprenticeship or went into one of the few colleges available to them, Ben felt as though he would never be accepted in any such place and rather sought to pursue a career by himself in either writing or music, whichever would come to him first.
At eighteen he was kicked out of his house by his parents, no longer being able to provide for him, and he set out to leave his home town and explore, with no means to take him anywhere. He spent some years catching freight trains with other cast out youths or homeless people, and developed a knowledge of street culture and a constant environment of seeking your next meal with nothing guaranteed.
Eventually he would come to be in Inverness and a thirst to explore even more countries would set in, with Ben boarding a storage ship to Chernarus in 2015, six years after the civil war. Continuing a street life and traveling the country with various groups through the next two years, he became somewhat knowledgeable of the prominent cities and major train routes before the infection begun to spread.