Emílie was born into a relatively wealthy family in the capital of Chernarus. Her father was a successful businessman doing business with Americans and Russians. Her mother was operating in the same countries as she was a political influencer and entrepreneur. They both were very quiet about their jobs other than her father occasionally taking them for a nice dinner at the finest restaurant in the city because he had just landed a big oil deal or her mother cussing and reading the politics sections of newspapers from around the world.
Because of her father wanting her to get the best education she was homeschooled with the best teachers her father could afford to hire. The homeschooling began when she was 6 years old and the pace was quite fast. She was a quick learner and loved learning new things especially in practice but the homeschooling was very theoretical so she occasionally sneaked out to meet the boys of the public school to play soccer and to whittle wooden figures out of scrap wood behind a nearby carpenter's shop. Sneaking out wasn't that hard since her parents weren't at home a lot during the week because of their jobs.
Around 2008 Emílie's parents had been fighting about something in the kitchen as she walked downstairs. They quieted down and told her that they would have to move away for a little while. Her parents were expecting the civil war and decided it was the best to get away from the country before it. They didn't sell the house but simply locked it down completely and moved to Detroit to live with her father's friend that he had been in business with for years. She had already learned the basics of English and was taught more in Detroit with teachers that her father got. She got a few friends by playing in a park near to their apartment. Other kids thought she was weird but there was one boy that she became friends with. The boy's name was Jon and he was from Ireland. They played together almost every day and he was able to help her with her English and getting a few friends.
Emílie's family ended up spending the entire time of the civil war of 2009 in Detroit and decided to stay for some time longer because her father's business was easier to conduct from there. A year more turned to two and two turned to three and three turned to four. Emílie's friends called her Emily and then just 'Em' and she adopted the name during the years and was speaking fairly fluent English with an accent. In 2015 when Emílie was 15 her family decided that it was time to move back to Novigrad. Emílie wasn't happy with the decision as she had already become familiar with the life in Detroit and on top of it all she had become really close with Jon. Their house was still fine after all the years as Emílie's father had had someone take care of it once every two or three months. Emílie kept contact with her friends from Detroit via the internet and texts but quickly started hanging around with her old friends from Novigrad and life started feeling normal again.
When the infection started to hit Novigrad, she was at a dinner with her parents near the harbor. A small group of infected sailors attacked the restaurant and managed to reach Emílie's family. She noticed them first and screamed out and began running. When she looked back she noticed that her parents weren't behind her and that they had in fact been left in the hands of the infected and as she looked at the table she could see the limp bodies of her parents. She was in shock and ran away crying. She got into her family's car and drove along the highway until crashing into a concrete barrier on the road somewhere along the coast and kept wandering North-East until she hit South-Zagoria.
After wandering around, Emílie found a small cottage and she decided to stay there for a while. She survived by eating what she could find from the nearby houses and from what other people gave her. Days, weeks and months flew by and she met a few people. Some of them were nice and some of them not so much. One of them was Jake, a former peacekeeper from Finland. He noticed that there was definitely something wrong with Emílie, so he tried to help her as much as he could. They weren't together too much but every now and then, Jake would come and visit her and bring her food and medicine.