Mordechai "Morty" Koppelman was born in New York, New York. Morty was often picked on growing up due to his aloof and passive nature. Eventually, Morty figured out that the more pathetic he came across, the less threatening he seemed to his bullies. Morty grew up in a Jewish household, but became disillusioned with any sort of organized religion after the bullying he experienced along with all the "everyday, normal, bad things" that seemed to happen to good people. Deep down, Morty has a good heart, but will value his own skin above all else and holds no allegiance to anyone.
Morty arrived in Chernarus completely by accident. His parents sent him on a boat to his homeland, Israel, but his boat was knocked way off course and had an emergency landing in Chernarus.