Born to a working class family, Matej had a normal childhood growing up in the industrial city of Kirovograd. He was just like every other kid of the city, except his early fascination of mythology. Since he was a little kid, he kept reading books about ancient cultures and beliefs. Back in those days, Chernarus was a pretty safe country to live in. This however, with the rising tension, between the local Russian minority and the government, not to mention the rising of communist sympathizers, quickly became history. With the unexpected victory of the Chedaki, life became a bit more different than before. Being Chernarussian was no longer something to be proud of. With the return of the old system, and as result of years long civil war, living standards declined. His father, as someone who was drafted to fight for his country became a non desired element, which meant him losing his job. In order to have a somewhat of a decent life, even Matej had to work besides school. His interest to mythology was a bit fading away. By 2020 with the fact that the Chernarussian Socialist Republic had joined Russia, living standards were somewhat decent. With the frenzy flu he had to do some odd jobs before it all began in June.