Shay has lived a solitary life, often left out by others or choosing not to engage with others. Having spent all his life in an orphanage, located in a remote town just outside of Chernarus, Shay has basic social skills and is yet to learn how to act in a just and respectful manner. Shay left the orphanage in the night, escaped to Chernarus where he sought out the prove his self-worth. He didn't know how he would survive in the wilderness by himself, he'd read a number of survival books during his stay at the orphanage and has basic first aid knowledge due to his photographic memory of the books he once read. Realising that being a sole-survivor was his best option, Shay took to the hills and slowly learnt how to take care of himself for once.