Evžen Zahradnik spent his childhood living on a farm in Dubrovka where he was born. His father ran a business with horses and his mother would take care of crops and domestic animals the family owned. Evzen was very close to his older sister Bela who would teach him most of the things he needed to know to work on a farm. Both kids were raised in a very patriotic way, their father taught them to always love their country and culture the most. They were also brought up in a religious manner, the mother would make sure to take the kids to the church regularly and a lot of Orthodox Holidays were celebrated on their farm through the year. In their free time, the kids would play on a farm or in nature. Both were very interested in traditional folk legends, myths and other stories.
A big shock for Evžen was to see his older sister leave the family's farm to attend agricultural college in a Berezino in 2002. While having his sister around him most of the time Evžen didn't have many friends and wouldn't go around alone too much but now that had to change. The family had to work very hard to afford an apartment for Bela and Evžen would do small favors and jobs for people in the village to earn extra money, he'd help harvest crops, carry milk around the village or deliver newspaper. But soon he realized that he wasn't so interested in running the farms and succeeding father's business so he began dreaming of doing a different job. In 2009 he got a chance to fulfill his dream, but only partially. He found a new job, but that job was being a soldier, something that made Evžen's mother very worried, while his father was proud and encouraged him to fight for the freedom of his fatherland. Though he was a bit scared of going to war at first, he felt the need to do his part for his country, delivering newspaper that had titles saying how many Chernarussian young men started defending their homes and not doing the same was killing him. Only 5 weeks into the war Evžen joined the local NAPA unit which included volunteers from Dubrovka, Khelm and Berezino. While struggling with the challenges warfare brings at first by the end of the war Evžen grew into a skilled fighter. One day, after doing the usual job on the battlefield the unit started running low on ammunition so Evežen's father Tomaš decided to smuggle some guns for the unit. The plan was for Tomaš to meet with Evžen's company around Krasnostav but local communism supporters from the village informed Chedaki guerrillas about the plan. Tomaš was ambushed and killed on the way and now the Chedaki were well supplied. When Evžen found out about the event he was sad and furious. After a week of grieving he finally found the strength to inform his mother Kamila and Bela about what happened. He returned home for only one night, delivered the sad news and everyone in the house cried. Next morning he asked Bela to take a break from college and take care of their mother, he headed back to fight.
After the war was won Evžen returned home with a badly hurt leg from the bullet he caught on the streets of Svetlojarsk. As if the wound wasn't giving him enough pain Bela showed him the grave of their mother, she passed away from depression. He didn't know what to do, for weeks he would just beat his father's horses out of anger and drink but Bela found a way to calm him down, she offered to take care of the family's farm after finished college and suggested him to continue his military career. Evžen happily accepted the suggestion and applied to join the CDF. He was accepted into the 66th Division which had a nickname "Chernobog" after an old pagan Slavic god of war and death. In the years before the outbreak he served in Takistan and would always visit Dubrovka to check on his sister when he got time off. In his free time at the base he would learn to play the accordion. After the war in Takistan was over he reached the rank of Master Sergeant. In 20013 Bela got married to a businessman from Berezino and in 2015 Evžen got married to Tena, a girl from Sinistok who believed in Slavic paganism or so called Rodnovery. This eventually made him see paganism as a respected religion and so he joined the pan-slavic politicla party "Strana Vzkříšení". Everyone in the family lived a good life until the outbreak.
In the earliest days of the outbreak The 66th was deployed to Zelenogorsk and Evžen managed to survive the terrors and retreat from the city after it was lost. He ordered his wife to evacuate from South Zagoria with his sister's family to the island of Utes while he stayed to help the fatherland in need once again.
Evžen successfully carried out orders from the High Command with his fellows from the 66th until most of them disappeared for a reason unknown to Evžen. He first believed that maybe he didn't hear the newest orders over radio but that was not the case. His fellows were now gone and he couldn't find out if they died, deserted or if they were in trouble unable to make radio contact. This made him extremely paranoid and scared of how the CDF would continue to operate in the region but he decided to remain loyal and continue to put all his efforts in the fight against infected to bring stability. But the fight didn't last for too long, the High Command announced that South Zagoria is too dangerous for CDF to keep on with their operations. The final order was to retreat West towards Miroslavl' but Evžen decided to disobey and roam undercover in hope that CDF would make a return with bigger and stronger numbers when he could provide useful information he'd gather on his travels.