Ivan was born in Severograd in 1995 to a family of blacksmiths who live in the Sinistok. His father Andrei Volkov and mother Aleandra Volkov have lived in Sinistok all their lives. Andrei fathers was a blacksmith by trade, he grew up learning his father's job so one day he could take it over. When Ivan was born Andrei knew that he wanted his son to take over the family business one day. Ivan's mother was at a normal doctor visit when they noticed lumps in one of her breasts. After more tests were done, they concluded that it was cancer. Within a few months the cancer was spread throughout her body. There was nothing the doctors could do, Ivan was only four at the time. Before his mother passed away she told him one valuable thing that he would keep with him for the rest of his life. She told him that "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." His mother passed away that night and Ivan took that quote to heart for the rest of his life.
As Ivan grew older he started to do more for the family business. He was working on his own jobs for his own customers. He started to make friends in the neighboring towns and selling more and more. His father taught him how to hunt at the proper age. They would go on hunting trips in the woods to the north west of the town. Ivan still remember the first animal that he killed. His father was so proud of him, he always made sure that Ivan was learning something from everything that they did together because one day he knew that he wouldn't be around to help him. Ivan was making huge successes, by the time he was twenty he was running his father's business and taking people out on hunting trips so they too could get their first kill. Ivan was out guiding a few locals from down south on a hunting trip. When they took a break for lunch. One of the locals turned on their portable radio, there was an emergency broadcast being played across all the local stations. There was a warning of an infection and it was spreading through Severograd. Ivan was worried for his father, he immediately decided to end the trip early so the locals could get back to their families. Once he got them to their vehicles safely, he rushed home. When he got there, he saw his father outside, his father yelled at him to stay back. He told him that he got the virus and was infected with whatever this shit was. Ivan couldn't believe it, his father told him it wasn't safe here anymore and that he should head to the woods to be safe. Ivan gather what he could and he told his father that he loved him. His father told him that he loved him too and wished him the best of luck with everything. As Ivan started to leave, his father yelled the same quote that his mother told him "Opportunities don't happen. You create them.". That hit him hard leaving his father, he now lost the two people that loved him the most. Ivan keep on hiking and found an old hunting hut and decided to make it his home for the time being, living out his days in the woods worrying about what else was going on in the world around him.
After being recruited by Kameníci Ivan was trained to fight. He was a quick learned and was better at it than he thought. He worked hard, constantly working on his skills. Ivan worked his way up the ranks and the men looked up to him for advice. Ivan and a few others have been around the longest. After Mikhail was injured the men looked up to the Sousek brothers and Ivan for guidance. They decided to have the Sousek brothers to take command and Ivan became a Warlord since he has been around since the beginning. The Sousek brothers and Ivan worked together to start recruiting more like-minded Chernarussians to the cause.