With Riley's family fleeing from South Korea on rafts to get to a place where war wasn't prevalent, Riley was bought up refusing to be shackled or put into a corner and he stood for whatever he believed in -- Whether it be a bully in school to debt collectors who continued to harass his mother on the daily for money in which she owed. Despite how much she had worked, she still fell short on her payments. As a last resort, Riley took initiative and headed out to find work, he had firstly volunteered at a Hospital less than a mile from home so he was able to check in on his mother even at work before taking up a position as security of the border, he was finally earning enough to help ease his mother's debts.
Life was finally looking up for the family of 3, they finally had time to breathe and with financial issues resolved, they could focus on what was next. His father had volunteered hours within military ranks, nothing special but as a weapons handler, his experience as a kid with guns enabled him to teach others what he was taught and his mother was quite content being a housewife.
With experience growing in the security division, it seemed like an ordinary day, Riley was confident in his new found ability and even felt accomplished but you can be lucky, and luck can run out. It was a regular day for Riley, a few hours into his shift a car was seen at the end of the road approaching the borders gates. It seemed to be rolling slowly, Riley squints attempting to look further and he notices that the car was void of any life at all -- A panic filled his eyes and he hits the alarms but it was too late. The car had detonated metres from the gate, blowing it from it's hinges -- Riley staggers with his ears ringing, the explosion was closely followed by gunfire, this was an attack.
With rounds flying past Riley's head, he continued to stay in cover, yelling out to his other officers but before he could finish the sentence, silence. Riley couldn't hear nor say a word, just the mere muffled gunfire and screams filled his head. He attempts to cough before looking down -- Blood pouring from his neck. As his vision blurs, he eventually blacks out.
Riley had been in a coma for weeks, with family by his side, he finally opened his eyes. All he could see was white as he waits for his eyes to adjust to the light. As his hearing slowly comes back, echoes of his family and their excitement he was finally awake filled the room. He wanted to celebrate with them but -- couldn't. Riley was shown a mirror by a nurse as he could see the hole that was left in hsi neck, he couldn't believe it. He was shot in the neck with a holo-point round, the fragments too deep for anything to be done, he had to learn and adapt to living without being able to speak a single word anymore. His eyes became teary as the realization sank in.
As his hospital stay came to an end, Riley was preparing to go back to the camp he had prepared in Chernogorsk. He approaches the exit but there wasn't anyone there, no one in the waiting area and not a sound from the hospital rooms. He rallied his stuff and went to search for his parents but they were no where to be seen. As Riley begins to panic, he runs toward the exit, in hopes his parents were waiting for him outside but as he had opened the doors, the screams of pain had become suddenly so loud. Blood and bodies filled the streets with people still adding to the pile as military personnel began eating civilians and vice versa. With not a clue as what to do, he booked it until he heard a voice telling him to get on. A bus filled with people was awaiting his arrival, the wheels and sides stained with what once was. He clambered aboard, being told he was heading to Nyheim -- Where there was a safe border, protection and a way out of here. That's what he was told before about Chernarus -- Was this going to be any different?
That was Riley's story, being born into the infection he found himself fighting from what seemed like Day One, Chernarus had been a home to him for so long and it seemed like the infection was becoming second nature, almost as if life was returning to the way it was before the infected were here at all -- His parents swear up and down that they were better days but somehow he didn't believe them. Fighting for his survival is and always be all he knows. Will Nyheim be his last stop or the mere beginning to another.