Taya was born in Voronovo, where she was raised by her father. Her mother died to cancer when Taya was 4 years old. When she was 16, they moved to South Zagoria where Taya's grandparents lived. While Taya's father, Stanek, was very loving, he didn't know how to raise a girl properly and brought her with him on trips that usually only boys would go to. Her father taught her how to run everything around the farm they had, brought her along to his hunting trips and taught her how to shoot his guns.
Shortly after moving to South Zagoria, Taya got an internship at the school in Zelenogorsk and decided to start an apprenticeship as secretary there . But before she could finish that, the civil war took place and Taya decided to fight alongside her father, protecting her country and the people close to her. One day, Taya's father got shot twice in his left leg. There was no way to get him to a safe place for medical treatment and regardless of everything Taya tried to stop his bleeding, due to her little medical knowledge, she didn't succeed and Stanek died in her arms, just days before the war ended.
Her anger and hate towards the Chedaki grew bigger every week after her father died but being alone now with only her grandparents around, she needed to focus on them and not let her rage lead her to dumb decisions. A year after the civil war, she decided to go back to her birthplace and continue where she left off, trying to live a normal life. With both of her grandparents passing away in that year, she needed to get away from that place that brought her so much pain.
During the outbreak, Taya stayed in Voronovo to help protect the people living there. While it was chaotic and dangerous and the number of survivors in town grew smaller every day, the town eventually got safe enough to live there. Having walled off some buildings and the well in town, Taya had a safe place to return to. She was traveling around a lot and sometimes disappeared for days, even weeks while hunting and scavenging.
One day, when she returned back home after being gone for almost a week, she found her home raided, and most of the people she cared about dead. A note was laying on the ground in between some dead bodies. "go east" was written on the note in chernarussian. Taya waited for a couple of days to see if any survivors that might have been hiding nearby would return, but nothing.
She started packing up her belongings, closed up everything behind her and as she turned her back to the gate, a group of men walked up on her. It was a group of chernarussians lead by a man called Mikhail Barta. Those men were making their way from Takistan back to South Zagoria and offered Taya to travel with them since she was heading in that direction anyway.
During their journey, Taya was glad to have met a bunch of like minded people that fought on the same side as her in the past and are still fighting for something. While they were getting closer to South Zagoria, where she lost her father to the Chedaki, her anger came back and she decided to stick around and help these men, trying to get vengeance for her father's death while hopefully finding some of her people that fled their camp back home.