As a child, Nikolai was raised in a fairly normal life, with little excitement, bar the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. For most of this time, little, if any major events occurred that could be highlighted for the young man. Through his schooling, much of his success was relating to science, such as physics. The only main hobby that the boy had was hunting, which he regularly did with his father and two brothers.
Upon graduation, the man attended university, managing to achieve a number of varying degrees, primarily with a bachelor in Engineering. From this, the man managed to obtain a stable position working on various projects for the Chernarussian government relating to infrastructure and energy.
The civil war saw a significant shift in projects, and Nikolai found himself working logistics for the CDF. This position saw little frontline combat, with much of the man’s time being focused on supply lines, maintenance and communications. However, with the involvement of Russia, the withdrawal of NATO forces, and eventual fall of Chernarus, the CDF saw a purge of its officers and active participants.
Due to his position, the newly formed government saw the opportunity in logistics and engineering that had been displayed, and as such assigned the man to another set of projects, among which was the reorganization and reconstruction of infrastructure that was damaged due to combat.
Since the close of the war, Nikolai spent the majority of his time working on what was assigned, moving about the country as the government saw fit. Throughout this time, many associates and acquaintances fell away, leaving only a handful that maintained contact, resulting in the circle being fairly connected.
With the outbreak of the Frenzy Flu, Nikolai was assigned to assist in the maintenance and construction of quarantine zones, as well as managing supply lines for relief aid to a number of villages. However, as the situation deteriorated, the man was further assigned to other roles, helping military organisation and efforts in maintaining law and order. Despite his efforts, much of his work was undone, and by the end of June, much of his career lay in tatters, with the withdrawal of major government entities.
No longer employed, and running out of ideas, the man roams the forests of South Zagoria, hunting game and providing what he can to the friends he still has. In the event that he encounters others while out, he happily will offer some food in exchange for a story or two, seemingly welcoming of the chance to talk with others, possibly in an effort to return to normalcy.
Jozef was born on the 18th of December, 1980 in a rural town outside of the city of Belozersk, in the Soviet Union. Whilst being under the thumb of Soviet Oppression, the child’s parents were staunchly religious, with deep ties to the nations first inhabitants from the Burnaya river valleys. This connection to the ancestors brought with it a large level of spirituality and connection to the land. This belief was promptly kept a secret when the Socialist government attempted to curtail religion and deeper beliefs that did not match the Oppressive empire’s goals. Whilst many in the region withdrew from religion as a whole, those that still followed the path of enlightenment remained steadfast in their beliefs. Having moved further from civilisation over time, the family eventually settled near a small religious village in the Burjana valley to the north. This community held elements of christian beliefs as well as harbouring those who held more ancient views, with some following the beliefs of Paganism from the Skyth tribes that originally settled in the country. From this, the Vacek family found a place in which to grow.
The boy’s mother, Elena, was employed at the local corner shop, where she maintained much of the store’s inventory, and assisted any patrons that came through. Despite the high expectations and long work hours, she was always attentive and caring to her children, and actively used her job to provide a nice meal for her children when they came home. She was warm, caring and infectious in her cheer when talking to others. It was clear to many that Elena was proud of her children, as well as demanding. Though gentle in this approach, she had a strict side that was rarely seen. The few instances of this type of outburst is often swept under the rug due to the severity of such occasions. Outside of this, Elena was never particularly harsh without reason. The boy’s father, Josef , a former military officer, resigned himself to a position of security with other like minded individuals to form a local police precinct that covered not only the village, but much of the surrounding valley. This force regularly had brushes with the Soviet law enforcement, though when the Union collapsed, the group was incorporated into the nations’ police force, with Josef being assigned as the chief for the region. A stern and rather cold man, few outside of the family see a happy or caring father and husband. Much like his wife, the man dedicated a large portion of his free time caring for his children, either through sports on the weekends, hikes to build character, or simply hunting and fishing. Much of this was due to his own upbringing, which lacked many of the involvement he himself provided.
The collapse of the Soviets brought many changes, and the newly formed Chernarus saw a new flow of ideals, with independence, and democracy finally being found from the years of cold oppression. This newfound freedom brought with it senses of patriotism, nationalism, and even levels of isolationism, as the local populace strode away from the reliance upon foreign powers to maintain their country. Locally, the small village sprouted a heavy nationalist influence, with the deep roots of family and ancestry being a key influence in much of daily life. It was this time in which Jozef began his schooling years. The first few years of the boy’s schooling showed no major difference to his fellow students. The boy did seem to be interested more so in reading as his skills improved, though in a turn of irony, his writing ability seemed to be lacking. As he moved through his lower level education, the boy eventually caught up, and showed a high level of skill in his writing and speaking, performing fairly well in many presentations. Eventually, Jozef started focusing his attention on reading the history of the world, having a fascinating curiosity with the Roman Empire, particularly Caesar and his relation to Gaul and the Germanic Tribes. By the time of moving to highschool, Jozef had a relatively deep knowledge of the old empires and their relations with the chiefs and tribes. As this progressed, however, much of this turned towards the religion of these great nations and tribes.
Through this time, the young man began to involve himself in the local church groups. Originally, this was simply through further attendance outside of the family’s obligation, but eventually the boy was chosen as one of the church’s altar boys. This went on for a number of years through his time at school, however, eventually he was forced out due to increasingly violent arguments with one of the younger priests. As a result, the family was excluded from much of the community, with none wanting to associate with the parents of such an aggressive “heretic”. Jozef focused his remaining school time to achieve as high a grade as possible, and managed to gain entrance to a university for a Bachelor of Law. Having been shunned from his home, the man moved into the city of Dobkovicy where he began his studies. Through this time, the young man continued to read into the more ancient past of the country, yet again being drawn to the connection with nature, strength, and respect. As he achieved his degree, Jozef joined the local nationalist party, having a strong sense of national pride, and feeling somewhat better than the neighbouring nations. The man actively worked to draw support in an increasingly more hostile environment. Working as a lawyer whilst trying to push the party’s policies, the man was suddenly pushed into the civil war.
Having a strong dislike of the Soviet dreamers in the Chernarussian movement of the Red Star, the man joined NAPA in its efforts to resist the communist insurgents. Jozef was eventually given the chance to return to his home village, as its saviour rather than as its disgrace. Whilst initially cold in their acceptance, eventually the town warmed up, and welcomed him back. However, this reunion was short-lived, as Chedaki forces tore through the area whilst the militia was away fighting another unit, leaving much of the village in ruin, with much of the population slaughtered. Distraught at the loss of many friends and neighbours, Jozef used his position to commit a number of atrocities in the name of wiping out the communists, earning him the title of “The Tiger”. Through this, the man also gained a scar running across his left side when a fuel depot was shelled by chedaki mortars. The culmination of this effort against the communist forces, however, was a minor conflict on the outskirts of Dobkovicy, in which the militia elements of NAPA managed to hold off Chedaki forces from taking the local rail station, thus allowing faster movement across central Chernarus. Unfortunately, with the involvement of Russian forces, much of the forces in the area quickly dissipated, with many attempting to return to their lives, and avoid punishment.
Having taken part in multiple skirmishes, and seen the horrors of war, the prospect of returning to a normal routine was almost impossible. Jozef maintained his connections with his former NAPA brothers in arms, though keeping secret their identities and associations. Eventually the man moved back home, settling down in the once thriving village. Josef, seeing his son weary and spiritually broken, pulled what little connections he had left to have his son employed as a police officer. This managed to bring some peace to the troubled man, and eventually Jozef began to open up again, engaging with the community once again. Sadly, this was short lived, as shortly after, his father was rounded up in one of the many arrests and purges that occurred as “retribution”. His mother, Elena, distraught beyond all reason, took her own life shortly after. Working hard, and keeping his head down to avoid any unwanted attention, Jozef spent much of his free time drinking, and ranting to his close friends regarding the backwards steps of the new government, criticizing much, and blaming them for the death of his parents, as well as wreaking havoc and causing his town much destruction. Slowly, the ties with his friends fell away, as they began to keep their distance, hoping to avoid the probing of the communist government. It was at this time that Lopotev was assassinated. Jozef’s reaction was first of disbelief, quickly followed by joy and pride. His former friends reached out to the man, as they had formed a small group to harass local AFRC soldiers and personnel. Jozef eagerly agreed, and participated in a number of small fights and skirmishes in the dense forests surrounding his town. Being a backwater village, much of the attention was focused elsewhere, with city life and politics usually being the major news events.
Jozef did attempt to have a family during this time, and managed to have a number of sons with his wife, Karina. However, as 2019 came along, of his 3 sons, 2 succumbed to the virus, and died. Karina was broken by these events, and the two divorced shortly after, leaving his last, but oldest son, Vladimir, with the man. When 2020 came around, and the civil unrest increased, alongside infection numbers, the two moved East, to South Zagoria, with intentions to lie low in the rural country, while trying to find others to join their cause. Sadly, it was during this move in which Jozef’s last connection to his normal self was crushed, when his son was killed by the police while they attempted to crush a riot in Gorka. Much of Jozef’s mind is now focused on revenge, and a deep hatred for communists, Russians, and foreigners in general consume him. While initially approaching as a friendly face, depending on his judgement, interactions can quickly escalate.
Helms are relatively easy when compared to finding a sword, from my experience. Swords are pretty uncommon, though so far, I've found two, only to have one eat itself. The second one though has lasted a while. I'd be happy to part with it... for a price of course.
I cannot, for the life of me, find a black M65 anywhere on this bloody map. Am I missing something, or does it only spawn in specific points? Noticed similar situations in regards to certain locations tending to spawn more of one specific item, such as some police stations spawning about 10,000 pistols, while others are just hats. Anyone honed in on such magic, or is it all in vain?
I like the Idea of a christian group, I've been working on a similar idea for the past few days, and it's always good to see other people having a stab at a genuinely interesting idea. Though I'd suggest a bit of modernizing in the influence/presentation. There are quite a lot of christian groups that are still in operation even today, so I'm not sure Templars were the 100% best choice. For example, the Hospitallers are still around technically, as well as various other groups. It's pretty in depth when you look at some of them. Heck, even the Teutonic order is still around as a religious group, but moving away from the militaristic aspect.
Just some Ideas to help you out! Main reason I'd suggest the more modern groups, is it tends to be more relatable to today, making seem still in the realm of possibility.