Born poor to non-functioning alcoholics, Olive and Cherry had a tumultuous childhood. Ollie, the older sister, grew to resent her parents with a passion that motivated her to distance herself in all ways. Ollie used alcohol, pills, and cocaine as means of escapism for her teen years. As she grew older, she lost her affinity for these addictions, except for the love of stimulants (which still remains). Unfortunately, Cherry followed in her and her parents' footsteps and is in the throes of addiction. Though Olivia was attached to her younger sister, and worried for her, she moved out upon turning eighteen. This caused distancing and turmoil between the girls, as their parents fueled the fire in the shadows. Ollie pursued a career as a medical coder, easy work with decent pay. Years of unsatisfying relationships, unrewarding work, and family turmoil created a sense of wanderlust in the woman. She had found no purpose in the family she had, nor had she in finding a suitable partner to create her own, and she was beginning to slip into a depression. To remedy this, the woman immersed herself in new hobbies (butchering, writing, mycology) and following her dreams, along with attempts at reconciliation with her sister along the way. Unfortunately, bouts of peace were short-lived. Feeling forcibly disconnected from the only true connection she'd ever had in the world, Ollie relocated to Chernarus to pursue a career in journalism, a dream she'd left behind in her early twenties. She was to document the care of orphans in the region, compared to schoolchildren the same age, with varying factors being taken into consideration. A true nature versus nurture expose. Ollie grew attached to Alena, an orphaned six year old, in this process. A new and unfamiliar energy overtook her.
Purpose. She had purpose. To protect and teach. To care. Alena struggled with emotions, prone to fits of rage and violence. But when calm, she was entirely endearing. A troubled girl, that Ollie found herself relating to. Though Alena was supposed to remain detached and not interfere, she found herself playing with and teaching Alena throughout her days with her. When she was alone, Ollie would step in to learn more about her. Her favorite color was yellow. She didn't like cats. And, she wanted to go to space when she grew up. Unattainable dreams of adoption flooded the would-be journalists' brain.
As tensions within the country grew more and more threatening, Ollie worried not only for her own safety but for Alena's. When she began to consider evacuating the country, she would remember the girl's face of worry and fear. Upon news spreading of the attacks, Ollie immediately went in to the orphanage to take Alena with her but all had disappeared. For many weeks, she came back, searching the city for signs of the girl. She's yet to find her.
With little to no gun knowledge, Ollie relied on her hobby knowledge and common sense to live. She survived on a diet of mushrooms, bugs, and a healthy antisocial attitude for the first few days after her groceries had run dry. She's a forest-dweller but also a scavenger, which pulls her to the cities she hates. Neither Alena nor Cherry have spoken to her or been seen. The sisters remain estranged, if for no reason other than they haven't found each other since things changed. Part of Ollie remains hopeful she will come across one of them in the future but she is far too cynical to believe it's likely to happen.