Štěpán was born in a rough area of the city of Chernogorsk in Chernarus, his childhood was hard and he fought often with other boys. With his mother strung out on medication and his father slaving away in a Machine factory he didn't get much attention and was raised by the streets around him rather than a home life. His mother would often sell her needlework in the city center, this is where he meet a small shy girl from a well off family called Raina Valentova. The two played often together until the Girls mother found out and disproved of the company she was keeping, despite this they would sneak out of school early to play and go on adventures together, helping her break out of her shell a little and him become less volatile. Sadly this wasn't to last and the girl was sent away to another country to be educated at age 10 and Štěpán again was left alone, though he wrote her often he returned to his violent nature. By 2009 The Civil war was engulfing the country and Štěpán didn't see the appeal of joining the CDF and being a puppet of the USA, instead he joined NAPA and their militia and went to war at 16 years old, unfortunately this meant giving up the letter writing he held dear. Whilst at war he learned the fine arts of subterfuge and guerrilla warfare against the Chedaki and their local ethnic Russian supports, his violent nature and quick reacting mind he owned to growing up poor and in danger was put to good use, or at least he thought so at the time. When the war was finally over Štěpáns Militia refused the orders of the US installed government to return home and they continued to commit war crimes on the Former Chedaki supports and members who received amnesty from the government. Finally in 2012 NAPA had gained so much political influence that some militias were incorporated into the CDF and past crimes forgiven as to thin out Prizrak loyalists, he returned home and went on standard CDF duty as part of the 66th Chernobog, able to send a letter to his childhood sweetheart he missed so much. Much to his surprise she was returning to the country near the time he was also going home, they agreed to meet in their old spot in the woods north of the city, the little skinny girl that left years before had came home grow to be beautiful and Štěpán looked at her now as more than a friend, the two stayed up talking and joking until the sun came up, stealing a kiss before leaving for home, determined not to leave each other again. Štěpán fortunately was based not far in Balota airbase and the two met often and again were inseparable, although she would be punished often for seeing Štěpán they kept a steady relationship and overcame the odds until to their despair Štěpáns company was selected to be part of the UN mission to Takistan, again he had to say goodbye to her. Fortunately the Intervention was short lived and they could communicate often on social media, on his return he Promised he would never leave her again and after his Company's tour has just ended it was unlikely they would be sent out again. They lived in relative peace for 5 years, meeting, dating and falling in love with one another, eventually Raina's family had to get over their hate of Štěpán When they realized he wasn't going away and she seemed happy, they eventually got a little apartment together and Raina became as much a support for Štěpán as he was for her, his PTSD and night terrors grew worse and she was the only one able to nurse him back to sleep. Things were going well, there was even talk of marriage, until the infection.
No one at the lower ranks knew what was happening until it had happened, the Main CDF and UN forces were overran fairly quickly and Štěpán was at the front line trying to stream refugees and keep the monsters at bay, word was spreading that Bombing campaigns were underway along the border and were imminent in the Country itself, so Štěpán deserted his post like many CDF men on a mission to escape with their loved ones. Štěpán returned to his flat to find Raina gripped in fear at what the television had shown her and what she saw from her window, he took control of the situation and packed hid military bags full of supplies and ran with her out of the city, the pair checked on each set of parents to discover that Štěpáns parents had overdosed on his mothers pills instead of face what was coming and that Rainas parents being of the 1% of the city, had been evacuated with the priority citizens. Together they ran for their spot and and from the hills watched as UN soldiers were merciless in their containment tactics with the very refugees the two had broken away from to head to the woods.
Now despite having each other they struggle to live a life of solitude, keeping away from other survivors and infected alike, the two must venture to the cities again in order to find food and water which is becoming more and more scare. They are trusting each other to survive and be the only sanity and comfort the world can offer.