Preferring to be addressed by his last name, Ansgrim grew up in a small town in the Western Black Mountains. The small number of opportunities in the town led to his taking up a career in the family business as an automotive mechanic, leading to an interest in all things mechanical. Another effect of growing up in a small town is a life-long familiarity with the basic operation of civilian firearms for the purpose of hunting and home defense, this combined with mechanical aptitude led to a many-years long hobby of gun-smithing on the side.
While returning from a hunting trip one winter, Ansgrim was greeted by the sound of gunfire in the town. By the time he made it into town there was no one alive to be found, only bodies and the walking dead. After taking stock of the situation, he decided his best option was to head for the coast in the hopes that the military presence in the area would have the situation under control. The trip provided the necessary experience in dealing with the undead, but took its toll on the equipment he used along the way. Unfortunately the military was nowhere to be seen at the coast, and now he finds himself far from home, low on supplies, with little hope of surviving alone.