Bogdan was born within a small survivor settlement on the outskirts of Murmansk. His father, Artyom, was a guard for the camp. Bogdan's mother, Oksana, was the camp's doctor. Both of his parents were killed in an attack by raiders when he was twelve. He fled Murmansk and lit out for the Russian wilderness. He was later taken in by the nomadic Sami People.
After spending several years with the Sami, Bogdan left their care to travel to more established settlements. He plied the trade of a hunter and trapper, both taking care of nuisance animals and providing settlements with a source of foo