Growing up under his abusive father, Abner Sartoris (a career criminal), he subconsciously developed a mental connection between unlawful activity and his father, whom he hated. When Borden reached the age of 18, he signed on with the army in order to escape his dreadful household life. After serving one term, he returned to find his home burned down, with no sign of his brother (Seth Sartoris) or his father abner. Through a period of four years, Borden managed achieve a career as a deputy US Marshal in his home state of West Virginia. While hunting down fugitives somewhat sedates his guilt for never standing up to his father as a child, Borden's greatest desire is to either imprison his father or put Abner down himself. After serving five years as a deputy marshal, he received a call from his brother, informing him that his father was raising hell in Chernarus. Taking some time of work, Borden booked a flight to Novigrad.