Valerian was born and raised in Chernogorsk shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union to a Russian father and Chernarussian mother. His upbringing were full of troubles as his father would often beat him and his mother due to his alcoholism, and ultimately, left the family when Valerian was only six years old, leaving his mother, Kristina to care for his little sister, Anna and himself. Valerian's direct family were not particulary religious but would attend Easter and Christmas Mass which Valerian would often refuse to go to. Valerian started getting into trouble in his high school years, often invoking anger and violence over his peers.
With no real paternal figurehead in the house, Valerian descended into a state of utter depression and continued his down-spiraling behaviours. His maternal grandfather, Fydor was a very strict man and a Red Army veteran, would also beat Valerian due to his indolent behaviour and disrespect, albeit in a more controlled and positive manner. As Valerian grew out of his adolescent years, he understood why his grandfather was harsh on him, as he did not want his grandson to grow up to turn out like his father, to understand and learn the importance of family, sacrirfice and devotion. Valerian would go on to marry a woman named Valentina Kuznestov, a smart and beautiful woman who saw through Valerian like a piece of glass as they grew up through their teenage years.
When he was twenty-one years old, he made the audacious deicison to give up his personal belongings and violent past to be inducted as a ordained priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He first met his mentor, Alexander Petrov in Novigrad at the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Igor II who taught him the Orthodox liturgy and the act of teaching, preaching, counseling and exerciseing the ministries of forgiveness and healing as per the Christian instruction. Valerian's further studies would take him to Moscow, Athens and across Europe to further his teachings and learn the English language. He was finally ordained as a priest by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', Patriach Cyril in 2015 after eight years of theological studies. Valerian was then assigned as a ordained priest in his home town of Chernogorsk were he invoked charasmatically the letters from the disciplies and taught moral lessons of ethics and philosophy contrast in a cruel world moulded by humans, just as his saviour had done over two millennium ago.
In 2017, right before the outbreak, Valerian learned that of his sister, Anna, who was married as well was being regularily abused and beaten by her husband, Oleg Novak. When Valerian learned of the man's actions, he confronted him in their apartment in downtown Chernogorsk. A physical struggle occured between and two, with Oleg seeming to get the upper hand, until Valerian strangeled him in cold blood, leading to Oleg's death and the absolute shock of his sister. Confessing his sins to the local authorities the following morning, he was arrested and remained in custody in the local police precinct. On that same day, the military emassed in Chernogorsk for some strange reason, setting up roadblocks and moving large convoys of civilian and military vehicles as he saw from his cell awaiting court appearance.
During the night, the entire city was in utter disarray with gun-fire, terrifying scretches and the screams of men, women and children. Valerian stayed up the whole night befolding the apocalypse before his very own eyes, before succumbing to exhaustion and collapsing in his cell. Valerian awoke pressumly after a short time empty, broken and alone, save the smell of burnt bodies, gun-powder and strange moans from whatever roamed beyond his small cell. Valerian moved to his cell door to call for help - but no one was there to answer. Pleading to God to forgive him, he leaned on the cell door on his knees begging for salvation, when suddenly, the old rusty cell door creaked open. A miracle perhaps? Or a concerned police officer who left it unlocked during the night?... Grabbing what supplies he could find in the station, Valerian set off to pick up the pieces and retrace his steps to find his family... more to come.