BEFORE THE OUTBREAK (1994 - 2017)
Jake Siren was born into a normal Finnish family in Pori where he would after 19 years complete his mandatory military service and enlist for the peacekeeping training. His family was doing financially well during his childhood and they didn't afford luxuries but Jake usually got whatever he asked for.
Jake's big brother Marko was one year older than him. Jake didn't get into much trouble as a child but usually was the one to continue a fight rather than back down from it. He graduated the Finnish equivalent of high school at age 18 and quickly after graduation faced the greatest tragedy of his life. His brother had ingested some drugs and alcohol and crashed his car into a tree dying later in the hospital of his injuries. Jake was shocked and devastated after hearing the news and rushed to the hospital just to find out that his brother had just passed away. He furiously had smashed one of the hospital's windows with a chair and ran away. After his brother's death, Jake became somewhat depressed and angry.
It wasn't long until he decided that there was a way to fight this anger and process his feelings in the military and as the compulsory military service approached, he also decided to apply for the the Finnish Rapid Deployment Force within the and got in. He spent the next year in training and finished his service as a corporal. He enjoyed the training period a lot and shortly after it got a position as a security guard in Helsinki.
Around the time of NATO establishing CFOR in 2009, the Finnish President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy decided in their meeting that Finnish forces would be taking a part in the CFOR operation with around 100-200 Finnish peacekeeping forces. This unit would be trained within Finland as SOC (stands for "Suomen Osasto Chernaruksessa" or Finnish Unit in Chernarus) and then merged to the CFOR in Chernarus. Its main goal was set to be "securing peace and security" in the area with the CFOR.
The training with many volunteering Finnish conscripts began in 2009 in the Pori Brigade and concluded in May of 2010. The trained unit arrived at Chernarus on 1.6.2010 and was merged into the CFOR. The Finnish President and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy decided to continue the operation and supply them with a few new volunteers every year with the last meeting being in December of 2016 and deciding to send additional troops to the operation in January of 2017.
The continuance of the operation was expected because of the public consensus on the operation was that it was "essential". According to surveys by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) in 2016 over 55% of the people advocated continuing the operation.
As Jake had been trained in the rapid response unit, he was called in for the peacekeeping mission in January 2017. In Chernarus the new batch of units was quickly briefed and set under the NATO command. During the outbreak, Jake's unit was working with the CDF forces fighting the infected as they spread across South Zagoria.
AFTER THE OUTBREAK (2017)
Quickly after the outbreak chaos ensued. The NATO and CDF personnel present couldn't hold order and were under constant violence of many sorts. The main troublemaker was the Russian forces that had closed in from the North. The constant conflict with the overwhelmingly dominant Russian forces was eating up the morale of the western soldiers quickly.
After many chaotic weeks, Jake had been separated from his unit on a scouting mission on the coastline. He could not establish contact with his unit due to his radio being out of batteries. While he was looking for batteries from some residential houses, he was attacked by a few infected civilians. He was bitten and scratched multiple times. He managed to fight off the infected and patch his wounds but he knew what this meant -- he couldn't go back to the unit. He had seen how quickly the infection spreads and knew he would have just a few days left so he headed to the closest small cottage in the forest. He used the remaining antibiotics he had to treat the infected wounds and ate painkillers like candy to numb the pain.
It took him a few days to realize that the infection wasn't spreading like he had known it spread. He thought it was the antibiotics so he kept scavenging the nearby hospital for more antibiotics and painkillers. He could see that his wounds were still looking fairly bad and were definitely infected but he was still seemingly fine. After weeks of waiting for his infection to spread, Jake realized that it didn't but still attributed this to the antibiotics so he kept eating them. He was in a lot of pain, so he tried to remove any artifacts that might have gotten into the wound by knife and just made it worse. This went on for months and months until those scratch and bite marks were almost undetectable. He was left with large scars that probably will never heal properly.
Though the physical wounds had healed, there were still many mental ones left. Jake was still in quite a lot of pain and was limping a bit when he hadn't taken some pain pills. Most of the days he was just eating pills, some oatmeal and exercising and occasionally heading out to the nearby villages to fetch more supplies.
AFTER NATO (2018 - 2019)
Ultimately Jake tried to meet up with the remaining NATO troops. There weren't many left, and their morale was low. The country had been flooded with Russian troops and civilians that the NATO troops were attempting to push back to Russia.
It didn't take long for the remaining NATO troops to disband completely. The radio channel that would light up at least once a day with NATO radio traffic ultimately died down. The communication requests from the Utes HQ died down as well. Though their mission had failed, Jake still had hatred towards the Russians in Chernarus and kept wandering around and gathering intel on them. He wasn't too successful as an one man team, but he did find some people he liked and would for a brief moment even consider his family. He had developed a very aggressive cough that wouldn't go away. He even found one of his old NATO friends, Rainey, who as a medic took a look at his cough, but couldn't figure it out.
Jake kept taking his opiate pain medication that also suppressed his cough, but it was getting worse and worse. When he didn't feel too exhausted by the coughing, he would travel to the northern parts of Chernarus and keep fighting the Russians coming over the now defunct border. He managed to also find an another family up there on top of the one down South. This small Chernarussian family consisted of a girl and a boy. The boy died in an accident and Jake was left with the 19 year old girl, Emílie, who would become like a sister to Jake. The girl took care of Jake when the cough was bad with herbs and other remedies that she would come up with.
Eventually Jake wasn't able to return back South. His condition was getting so bad that he communicated one last time to his family down South. Emílie had found some Chernarussian doctors that tried to tend to Jake's cough, but they couldn't cure him. Their best diagnosis they were able to give was terminal lung cancer. Emílie was devastated.
Jake knew that his days would soon come to an end one way or another. He was quite depressed and drove Emílie away. They had had fights but the last fight they had was on another level. Emílie left Jake alone in their cabin and never came back. Jake became even more depressed. He remembered that the doctors had told him that the only way to prolong his life would be chemotherapy or radiation therapy, both of which would be unavailable. He spent nights coughing, taking pills, drinking and thinking about the cure. He decided to hedge his bets so he started taking antibiotics that he had still stacked up from the old infection days. He took many different antibiotics to hedge his bets even more. As the antibiotics didn't seem to help he had one more option – radiation.
He had heard that the Russians had dumped toxic radioactive waste in the northern parts of South-Zagoria. Knowing very little about how radiation therapy worked, he had to guess. With his options becoming fewer and fewer, he decided it was his last option before death. He traveled a day to the northern South-Zagoria region and entered the areas where he had heard the waste was located at. He experimented with the dosage he got by comparing his radiation sickness symptoms. Ultimately he didn't end up getting too much exposure, but still had clear signs of radiation poisoning – bleeding, burns on his skin and confusion. He managed to make his way away from the radiation zones and after a while, almost miraculously, he started feeling better. The cough was still there but it wasn't as bad as before.
Jake had kept taking the antibiotics, so he wasn't sure if it was the antibiotics working or the radiation. He hunkered down in a cabin in the forest of South-Zagoria and treated the symptoms of the radiation sickness. After the symptoms had disappeared, he was unsure about his medical condition, he was still coughing a lot, but he knew one thing for sure: anything after this would be extra, he was living on overtime and there was no knowing when his time would come to go.