Franz grew up in a middle class household close to Wien, but eventually migrated to the United States after attending university in California. When the outbreak hit, Franz was returning home for the holidays to visit family. Caught in Chernarus by virtue of an unfortunate layover with a cheap Chernarussian airline. Luckily Franz spent many of his university days backpacking throughout Pacific Northwest, and acquired some basic survival and hunting skills along the way. Franz generally doesn't intentionally seek out violent armed conflict, and prefers to handle unexpected encounters with neutrality.