Eljas Talvela was born into a Finnish emigrated family in Karelia, a province/oblast of the Russian Federation. Eljas was the oldest of his three siblings, he set himself as the standard to be the bigger brother and held himself responsible for their well-being and actions, as for most of the time his parents were working and his father in Moscow for a lot of the time. His childhood was the same as any other child living in Russia, other than he mostly spoke Finnish around school and outside of it, reasons being the large minority of Finns/Karelians in the oblast.
After finishing his primary school education and entering high school, he found himself a job at a local fast food restaurant, working hours after school and on the weekends. Earning himself some much needed cash for his siblings and himself. He entered the Russian Cadet Corps around the same time ultimately quitting his job as he couldn’t do both the Cadets and work a job. Learning the basics of the Russian Ground Forces, being taught how to assemble and disassemble a Kalashnikov, military formations, discipline and other various Russian military techniques/ethics.
Around the time of the Annexation of Crimea and the Syrian Intervention he had completed his cadet training, finished his high school education and seeing the opportunity from the rising tensions between NATO and Russia, Eljas signed up for the Russian Ground Forces in 2017 at the ripe age of 19. He had completed basic training at the start of 2018, he pursued to further his expertise and career, Eljas decided to join the Military Police and completed training a few months later. He was deployed to the Southern Military District as a part of the Military Police wing.
After a few months of doing nothing other than drinking alcohol and gambling with his mates, he was transferred to the 320th Motor Rifle Battalion which was sent to garrison South Zargoria of the Chernarussian Oblast (recently annexed courtesy of Mother Russia) after recent insurgency and other various civil unrest. Assigned to a Rifle Company in Zelenogorsk then later stationed at the Pavlovo Military Complex. Eljas was called to arms to his local garrison after rapid civil unrest and reports of an infection began to spread amongst the local Chernarussian populace. Doing what he could in the early days of the infection, most military placements and institutions were overrun in the South Zargoria region by the infected, all elements of the 320th Motor Rifle Battalion were called to rendezvous at Novodmitrovsk.