Salavdi was born the son of an oil worker in Southern Takistan. His family had been avowedly apolitical for as long as Salavdi could remember, however that did not shield them from the conflict that would arise between the Royalists and Socialist forces within his country. Amidst the western invasion, Salavdi's father would be killed in an attack on the country's oil refineries by royalist forces, with his mother and sister killed when a stray artillery shell from the NATO invasion struck his home near the front line of fighting. Though the conflict would end in 2013, Western forces would occupy the country, serving as a constant reminder what the war had cost him, and who perpetrated the murder.
Though the British were able to route former Takistani military insurgents, several armed groups began to form, as dissent grew among non-royalist sects of the population over the Western occupation. One of Salavdi's friends introduced him to one of these groups, which preached salafism and the return of Muslim rule to the country. Though Salavdi himself was not particularly radical or religious, he sought revenge for his family, and felt a sense of community among the group which he had lacked for some time. Salavdi would sparingly participate in attacks, favoring books over the sword so to speak, however he did not shy away from killing Western forces, hoping they would get the message and leave.
After the rise of ISIS and the world's attention put towards counter-terrorism operations once again, NATO forces in-country began to focus heavily on subduing the group, fearing its Islamist narrative. By mid-2017, nearly all of Salavdi's friends had been arrested, killed, or fled. Still wanting to be among the living, Salavdi left for Chenarus, fleeing to South Zagoria to be as far from any NATO pursuit as possible. Working as a day laborer until he figured out his next move, the outbreak occurred soon after his arrival. Without much left for Salavdi in Takistan, he saw no particular reason to return, placing his bets on lasting in Chenarus.