James Ashworth was born in America but moved to Chernarus at a young age as his father had been hired to work at the docks in Chernogorsk as a forklift operator. James grew up in a small apartment in the middle of Chernogorsk, his father was working many hours a day to keep him and James fed and clothed. On the weekends, James used to go hunting with his father in the woods north of Pusta, his father teached him how to hande a rifle and he learned very quickly. Soon enough James moved out of his fathers house and got a job in at the big factory in Chernogorsk.
When everything went south in 2017, he and all the other workers in the factory were evacuated to Zelenogorsk. James searched for his father in the crowd of people in Zelenogorsk but he never managed to find him. It didn't take long until the town was overrun and he fled with a couple of other survivors, they set up camp in the woods. However James left the group because he felt he needed to find out if his father was alive. He began his journey to Chernogorsk to find his father.