Ken grew up in a naval family moving place to place whenever his father was redeployed. Ken and his father had a rocky relationship after his mother died giving birth to him tho Ken never blamed him he began to resent him for parenting style. his father was always tough on him making sure at a young age that he knew who the "Captain" of the ship was and to stay in line like a good shipmate along with teaching him basic survival skills, war tactics that Ken would use to get up to no good. Ken's fathers stiff hand unfortunately had the opposite effect and made Ken rebellious always chasing a need to be free. As soon as Ken was 18 he quickly left home before his father could try to convince him to serve.
Ken fled to Europe getting a small boat then began bouncing around Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and the Ukraine looking for old sunken merchant ships in the black sea to fund his life of freedom sitting in a tavern in Odessa he hears about possible sunken treasure from the Crimean war in the green sea off the coast of Chernarus. gathering supplies he sets out sailing down the coast past russia and around into the green sea where he learnt more of the S.S Arthur a english owned vessel merchant vessel that was said to have sunk off Sevastopol was actually on a mission near Chernarus transporting stolen Crimean gold out of the area and sank off the cost due to nasty weather and russian guns but was never found. setting up base in Chernarus Ken began his treasure hunt often turning off his radio if he didn't need it to limit people being able to distract him from his goal.
Sailing back in after spending a few months out to sea sonaring for the wreck Ken came to an empty port wary he stepped out and began calling out to see if he could get anyone's attention or to see if anyone was even around. Ken's began to worry his was still out at sea hallucinating when he searched the empty destroyed streets he finds newspapers littering the ground he picks one up and begins to read a shocked and horror look stuck upon his face as he realized what he has missed and especially what he has walked into soon he begins to hear groaning from all around him deciding maybe it's time he gets back on his boat Ken runs for the dock but is quickly cut off by infected. seeing no other options Ken ditches his boat and ventures further into Chernarus looking for safety.