Ross Rohwan was born in Huntington, West Virginia, United States. Ross grew into a family of farming and military, choosing the latter as his career. His real father, Merlyn McCroye, was a professor who traveled the world to lecture on culture and old world traditions. He retired to Chernarus, settling down in Stary Yar to write his memoirs and books in 2008. Ross was landing in South Zagoria in support of the civil war relief effort when the virus rapidly broke out and attempted to locate his distant father but reached Stary Yar too late. Merlyn was nowhere to be found. Shouldering his pack, Ross set out into the now apocalyptic lands in search of his lost family.