River grew up in Wequetequock, Connecticut and was raised by her single father, Gabriel, after her mother left them when River was young. Gabriel held down a job as the local High School's custodian, so money was tight. On the popularity scale, she was considered weird. She had an active imagination, and no brain-to-mouth filter to stop her from saying whatever was on her mind, which inevitably lead to a lot of embarrassing situations. River was self-conscious about it all, and spent more time at home with her dad than she did with friends.
At home, River received an alternate education from her father. The most important lessons in his opinion were the ones teaching River how to physically defend herself. He would go through the motions, practice them, then stage surprise attacks in order for her to get used to using them in a moment's notice. Though his teaching methods were a little odd, they were effective. The cost, however, was River's peace of mind. Eventually she was looking over her shoulder all the time. She learned to distrust others, and to expect to be attacked at home.
Gabriel suffered from delusions and paranoia, particularly concerning the government, the existence of extraterrestrials, and their involvement on Earth. He also had delusions about ordinary things. For example, every time River was not doing well in school he was convinced that one of her peers or the teacher themselves was purposely sabotaging her because of some grudge they held against him.
When River was a baby, just before her mother left, Gabriel was convinced that she was cheating on him and that River was not his biological daughter. He still wasn't convinced after testing proved they were related, but had decided to “forgive” his wife and raise River as his own. Unfortunately by that time, the damage he did to his relationship with his wife was irreparable, and she left the both of them, and mysteriously disappearing shortly after. The police never found anything, and River grew up thinking that her mother was just far, far out of her reach.
Gabriel pounded his beliefs and suspicions into his daughter's brain from the day she was born. Despite all of his supposed knowledge, Gabriel didn't teach River anything of true substance when it came to the government, politics, and science. Instead, he taught her to question everything she was taught in school. Anything she'd learn in her history and science classes was retaught at home, so that River's comprehension of the world and of history would match his own. He taught her to believe in the existence of the 'Shadow Government', and to believe that not only do aliens exist, but they control the US government and possibly all of the world's superpowers.
All that Gabriel did teach her, she believed to be true because it was coming from her father. Whenever she tried to contest his reasoning, he became frightening. There were times that she feared for her life in questioning him. Gabriel was a large man, and a dramatic one. When he was upset he would break things, yell, and seethe. He never physically abused River, but the threat of it kept her on a short leash, and kept her from asking too many questions. The older she got the more tired she became of arguing with him, and the easier it was to accept his truth.
After graduating high school River went straight into the work force. Since age 18 she has held down a retail job at a local hotel and casino, and was working hard. She got along well with her coworkers, and has managed to stay focused and on-task most of the time. It was easier to make friends out of high school and by the time she turned 20 she was leading a more sociable lifestyle, going out often, and having fun. She planned to move out of her childhood home and live with a friend, choose her own life, but Gabriel didn't approve. He felt she was still too young to be moving out of her home.
They argued about it regularly until one day River woke up and Gabriel was gone. His things were packed, and there was no trace of him. She filed a missing person's report when he didn't return for twenty-four hours, but police weren't too concerned since it seemed he left of his own accord.
One night, a month after Gabriel left, River received a call from a number she didn't recognize. She was relieved to hear her father on the other end. He explained that he had gone overseas and made some big discovery in Chernarus, but the local authorities were onto him. He needed River to come get him and help him get home. He wouldn't explain what he had discovered, and said it was too dangerous to talk about over the phone.
River dropped everything to help her father and made a big dent in her bank account for the first ticket to Chernarus. When she arrived, she tried calling the number her father called from, but there wasn't an answer. She avoided going to the police to help, worried that something might have happened and they were responsible.
River continued to look for him well after the infection destroyed nearly everything. She had looked in every place she could imagine he'd be, and every place she could reasonably access. He was nowhere to be found. With infected, starvation and bandits to worry about she has put off the search for a while, but still looks for clues when she can.
Because of her very active imagination and the things she was taught to believe as a child, River holds some very odd opinions. Aside from her beliefs, she's a relatively normal person. She likes to laugh and to talk to people, and to make friends. She is self-conscious, and somewhat sensitive. She can be proud, and obnoxious, and stubborn, but also caring and considerate.
The Shadow Government: The world governments have always been manipulated by three separate groups, all of which are fighting for ultimate control: The Illuminati, the Reptoids, and the Zeta Reticulans.
The Illuminati: A subversive secret society whose ultimate goal is to implement a New World Order in which all people of Earth are under a single government. They are responsible for the design of both Capitalism and Communism, tools used to divide the world. Divided, it's weakened and will be easier to take control of once the pieces of their plans fall together. Their goal is not to destroy humanity, but to tame and control it.
The Reptoids (Atlanteans): A reptilian race originally from an unknown region of the Milky Way, the Reptoids claimed Earth millions of years ago as one of their colonies. Their capital was the City of Atlantis, the largest and most technologically advanced of all their occupied territories on the planet. On Earth they started a scientific project to create their own pet/servile species, which would later come to be known as the human race. The Reptoids tracked blood wherever they roamed across the galaxy, however, and it drew the attention of their enemies, the Zeta Reticulans, otherwise known as The Grays. The Grays helped the humans to rise up against their reptilian masters. Guerilla attacks within their homes as well as an assault made from the Grays killed off most of the reptiles, and sent the remaining few underground to hide, rebuild, and plot. There are several bloodlines present in all of known history of human-reptilian hybrids. Every royal bloodline and every US president is at least in part reptilian. Their goal is no longer to control humanity, but to exterminate them.
The Zeta Reticulans (The Grays): A neutral race of gray skinned extraterrestrials from Zeta Reticuli. The Grays are a technologically advanced race responsible for freeing the humans and destroying Atlantis, but it wasn't meant to be a pure act of kindness. The Grays are a neutral party, only taking interest in Earth conflict if it involves their long-time reptilian enemies, as Earth is considered a primitive planet and contact is required to be at a minimum according to galactic law. They have made deals with many governments, planted evidence, and orchestrated events all in the name of their million-year war. Their goal is neither to preserve or destroy humanity-- they leave the fate of the human race to chance, but will not allow an outside force to destroy them.
The infection was designed by the Illuminati-- more specifically a partially reptilian mole in their ranks. It was disguised as a method of benign population control. Before the infection the world was being killed by its near eight billion people and wouldn't make it fifty more years in the future. The mole worked with their scientific team to engineer a solution and came up with a plan, effectively keeping their true intentions from the Illuminati. Once the bio weapon was perfected, it was brought to Chernarus. The tensions there served to mask the infection from the rest of society as a catastrophic event, and another part of the conflict in the area.
Though it's still early on, River has formed a reliance on alcohol to put her in a better mood. Before leaving home, it was a vice which helped her have more fun when she was out, enjoying the buzz and the thrill of underage drinking. Now it's a vice which helps her cope with her loneliness.
Delusional Disorder (Developing)
Delusional Disorder is a mental condition in which an individual displays one or more delusions for a month or more. Some studies suggest that the delusions are used as a method to deal with extreme stress or a history of trauma. Genetics also comes into play, as individuals are more likely to develop Delusional disorder if they have a family history of schizophrenia or similar personality disorders.
Persecutory delusions – River believes that someone (or something) is spying on her and/or her father. Whatever big discovery Gabriel was talking about, they know he knows, and probably think River knows too. What it is they're going to do when they finally make their move is unknown, but it can't be anything good, especially not since they've already waited two years to pounce and the clock keeps ticking.
Delusions of grandeur – River believes that she's one of the most well-informed individuals left alive. Nobody else seems to see or care about what's going on in the background. When she talks about it, they laugh. Nobody's going to be laughing when they find out the truth for themselves, and then they'll see who was right and who was wrong.
The beach, astronomy, reading, dirty jokes, peaches, pears, oranges, dogs, drinking
Being laughed at, drinking too much, yelling/shouting,