After getting into trouble which leads to Ana and Sofie forcefully parting ways each somewhere else, it took them about a week or so to find themselves. One day as Sofie was heading up the road from the town she didn't know the name at the time (Novy Sobor) towards just another town she heard about that is in the direction she was walking. She saw a person jogging through the fields heading the same direction as her. So Sofie decided to jog on and catch up to the guy to ask if he had seen Ana by any chance as she did ask everyone she had met. The man had seen her heading towards him so he stopped and waited until she got close then started talking. The two at first had conversation about what's happening and if they are both alright, after that the man mentioned he's heading up to Gorka to find girl called Anastázie which by fact was the same one Sofie was looking for, so she asked to tag along and they both headed further up the road towards the town where they ran into Ana and one more person. After reuniting and a short talk, it came to the light that those two men were people of Ana's father who came by to look out for her and bring her back home if it was possible.
After that, all of them in a small group they were in by now headed back down through Novy Sobor where they stopped by for water, cleared some infected and headed down to a summer camp south of the town in the woods. They spent their night there, the next morning Sofie woke up early while everyone else was sleeping and went outside to the well for a drink when she thought she could eat something as well, unfortunately she did not have any food on her and as she did not want to wake up others to ask for food from them she took her chance while others were sleeping to sneak back up to the town to look for some. After looking for food with no success she headed back to the camp where she got surprised by the emptiness of the place. Her friend and the other two guys were gone with all their stuff.
At first, she was freaking out not knowing what to do or where to look for them, she was sitting inside the house for a while trying to contact Ana with her phone but the phone signal was completely dead for her and soon enough even the battery of the phone. After the failed attempts to call Ana and her freaking out of what she'll do Sofie managed to calm herself down "Okay...same like before yesterday...gotta stay calm" she told to herself as she stood up, picked up her bag and headed up towards the town north again. She has been traveling alone without running into any people other than infected which she tried to sneak past most of the time. Until she went through 3 towns (Novy & Stary Sobor and Kabanino) until she ended at one by the name of Vybor on the more western side.
While she was walking through the streets of the town a man with his friend approached her (Novak and Dom). At first slightly cautious, all of them. Then they got into good chat decided it would be better to stick together as none of them had anyone to be around with at that moment. They drove with a car Dom had and headed outside of the town but had to speed up as the car started getting shot at as soon as Dom started the engine. As he freaked out he quickly drove outside of Vybor out of the range of the shots but unfortunately crashed the car really soon, no one got injured and everything was okay.
The three continued down south making a stop in Pustoshka to look for food and some clothing, afterwards headed down to a big city called Chernogorsk, which apparently the United Nations troops or whatnot were supposed to have a camp set up.
After they arrived in the city they went looking for the camp which lucky for them as it was already getting dark, did not take a long time. It was "just over the corner" in the side where they entered the city from. They went into the camp and talked to various UN members along with some civilians who were hanging around there. Slightly later they got into a conversation with one of the UN doctors who was there. The answers to questions they had were not very pleasing. That guy pretty much told them to get out of the country as fast as they can because the "thing" is really fucking bad. Sofie at first couldn't believe it and had concerns and still thought they are not telling them something...they're hiding something etc... Later she spent the night in one of the buildings just outside the UN camp while Novak headed somewhere else.
The next morning Sofie contacted Novak by radio he gave her with his frequency and they spent their time together for a couple of days. Once while they were traveling through Novy Sobor towards the west side they ran into two people. One of Ana's father's men and Ana herself. While Novak stood on side listening to Sofie, Ana and the other guy were all having slightly heated conversation in which Sofie was being accused of running away and not attempting to make any sort of contact with Ana and her people. In which she defended herself because she tried to contact and find them but she had no way of doing so. Anyway, after the heated conversation was over and Sofie was feeling not wanted in the presence anymore and also slightly offended by how "stubborn" in her opinion Ana was during that whole situation and seemed like she wouldn't listen to her at all. In the end, she decided she didn't want to bother herself with all of this and decided to just turn around and leave with Novak since she obviously wasn't wanted there anymore.
While traveling with Novak, the two made it all the way down to the southern parts of the region, they explored the "not so abandoned" city of Chernogorsk and its surroundings.
It turned out the United Nations (UN) had set up an encampment within the upper parts of the city. The members of the UN were nice enough to welcome any and all passing survivors and offered help to anyone in need of it. Sofie was interested in giving them a hand wherever it was possible as she had no other goal to persuade in her life at that moment, Novak on the other hand wasn't so intrigued by the thought of helping others. So it ended with the two saying their goodbyes and parted ways for the time being, who knows they might meet again one day.
After a couple of days, that she spent with the UN, she made some contacts and got to know the people there and also got to meet some civilians that came by. One of them was Thomas Kruger, the two met while they were standing across from each other on top of the apartment buildings around the camp. They were talking on the roofs and eventually found out that both of them are at the UN camp for the same reason, to help others. The two quickly became good friends, traveled together, helped the UN, made new friends and dealt with problems they got themselves in together. They got more and more fond of each, after spending so much time traveling, that the friendship eventually turned into a relationship.
Days, weeks, months passed by and the two were intrigued to find out more about the situation in the rest of the country, the two decided to go on an exploration trip down towards the city of Miroslavl. The travel to the city and back, as well as the duration of the stay took them about two to three weeks’ time as they had many places, with the addition of a big city they wanted to check out. To speed up the process, a soldier-for-hire drove them there in his car.
After returning to South Zagoria they found themselves back in Chernogorsk’s UN encampment, though this time it was abandoned, nothing was left. After making radio contact with the UN officials they were told the camp was moved to a new location, Berezino hospital, the two didn’t hesitate long and started traveling up north along the coast.
The camp at Berezino lasted for some time, but in the end the UN had some trouble and ended up leaving the region, disbanding their ranks and its members scattered all over the place. Some close people from the UN-Camp and a bunch of trusted civilians decided to group up together (Last Light). Sofie and Thomas were a part of this. But this time it wasn't about helping others, this time it was about them. The group set up in the quiet town of Shakhovka that nobody really passes through. Living there in peace, while making trips all over the region to gather supplies and to make contact with other groups and survivors.
After about a months’ time Sofie made the decision to travel to Miroslavl again, this time she was alone and was attempting to catch a ride with any possible car, plane, truck...heading towards western Europe as the wanted to get back to Germany to her home, hoping that her family could still be alive. Her attempts failed and she didn't really know what else to do, so she returned to South Zagoria, back to her friends. After doing so, she was helping Thomas to form a group and build a settlement called The Haven, it was a group dedicated towards helping survivors in need that visited the place. It was built in Pavlovo, and as usual in these times, the place was predestined to failure, with all the bandit groups out there on the hunt for power and control.
But before that happened Sofie had the worst day ever, on a trip to gather food and supplies, heading north she encountered a group of leftovers from the ChDKZ (Chedaki). The savages captured her, took her to their camp in the nearby forest across the Russian border, where they held her as a slave. After months’ time of having to live like this, her luck finally returned to her, as she was saved from their claws by a man she knew. Jack Lemons was his name, one of her friends who wasn't part of the groups that she was with. Jack freed Sofie in the confusion of a fight when the Chedaki camp got attacked by wolves that were initially chasing after Jack. Funny enough he unknowingly lured them exactly to their camp and thus turned his own bad luck into an advantage.
After Jack fixed up her wounds to the best of his abilities and helped her get back to South Zagoria, Sofie started looking for her friends and managed to reunite with Thomas, Mr. Nedved, Alex and a few other familiar faces. Along with this she also got to know some new people she had never seen before. It didn't take long and the small bunch of people turned into a group, (Chapter 2) initially lead by group vote. But everyone knew the real "leaders" were Sofie, Arnost and Red. The group had its adventures, business with other people and groups, made their own camps, and also had their fair share of trouble with bandits and nationalists.
During the time with this new group Sofie decided to end her relationship with Thomas as it was already broken in so many ways and "places" given the long amount of time the two were separated from each other. She tried to fix it at first, but it didn't really work. It wasn’t like it used to be.
Trouble, more trouble and confusion was all around the group. Sofie, Alex and some others were standing behind the thought that all the problems they found themselves in were caused by the decisions made by Arnost and Red. The chain of bad decisions forced the group to move their camp twice, and eventually lead to Sofie getting shot multiple times and Alex being hurt as well. Sofie suffered heavy injuries and was close to death, if it weren't for Alex and his friend, Rob. They took Sofie to their camp, fixed her up as best as they could. Alex’s friend left while he stayed to continue taking care of her.
During the time of Sofie and Alex being gone, the people of the group didn't really bother trying to find out where they went, nor tried to make contact with them, they knew something had happened but didn't act at all on it. This sparked some negative thoughts about the group in minds of Sofie and Alex. With this in mind, the two made the decision to stay away from them from now on, away from the trouble caused by the stupidity and false ambitions of others.