"“Monsters are real, demons are real. They live inside all of us, battling the good within; sometimes they win”"
Aleksandr “Lex” Venkev was born in Russia in the wretchedly poor oblast of Chapaevsk on March 6, 1957, during the early years of the Cold War, and the height of Stalinism. His family, as poor and beaten down as any in the Soviet Union, provided little for him, and, like many in his position, he was faced with the prospect of starving to death on the streets, or clawing his way to the top. Aleksandr lived off the streets, forsaking his parents at the earliest opportunity and providing only for himself. He searched for the earliest opportunity to escape this hell. Sometimes opportunity manifests itself in curious ways. For Lex, that was an army recruiter. Faking his age, Lex was picked up by the soviet army and sent to Moscow for training at 16.
While he was clearly far too young to fight for the Soviet Army, he rose to the challenge, and was brutally beaten down by it. Eventually, Lex managed to complete his training and was placed into a unit sent to Ukraine in 1975. He only served in Ukraine for five years, at which point he was sent to Afghanistan in 1980. His first true conflict had begun.
He was first deployed with the 40th army into Kabul, occupying the city under the arm of the Soviet union. His time in Afghanistan helped him climb in the ranks, reaching the rank Serzhant, or Sergeant. Now in command of his squad, his quick rise through the ranks caught the attention of a Captain within the ranks of the Afghanistan deployment. Offered wealth, power and fame by Captain Tipolki, Lex hungrily accepted the offer, leading to his rapid rise within the Russian army. His rise was supported by the corrupt dealings of the Captain, which Lex completed as assigned, until he failed one critical operation. This operation, while the only failure to Tipolki, was critical to the corrupt Captain, and lead Lex to desert upon his failure, leaving him hunted by the Captain, and the Russian army for his desertion.
In hiding, he travelled south to Chernarus, which soon after became a free country with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Now a free man, Lex craved a new form of wealth, one not restricted by the laws of countries. He began working for private military companies.
The first of two corporations, Lex joined Bastion Defense Agency in 1992, serving in their purges of the Bosnian state. He worked closely with other mercenaries, until Bastion was dissolved. Of course, Lex never faced punishment for his crimes, he knew the right judges to bribe, and he walked a free man.
In the six years he served with Bastion, Lex earned enough to settle down, at least for some time. Well into his forties, Lex took the time to settle in Chernarus and start a family. A family which led him into his darkest moments.
His wife and daughter were everything to him, but with the Chernarussian civil war raging, he needed more money to protect and provide for his family. Returning to his past, Lex joined the Slavonic Corps in 2010, serving only to provide for his family, despite his age.
While he served well, and earned quite the living, it was never enough to protect them from his past. Tipolki caught up with him.
Returning home one night, a year after leaving the Slavonic Corps, he returned to his home, now blazing in the night.
He rushed into the building, quickly finding his wife and daughter. He helped them from the building, only to find his enemy waiting for him.
Outnumbered, outgunned, Lex was wounded and forced to watch as his wife and daughter were executed, and he was left to die.
With some form of luck favoring him, Lex survived his injuries. Now a ghost to those hunting him, Lex returned to hiding in South Zagoria, where the world finally ended, leaving a man fueled only by rage, and a thirst for revenge.