Trooper is an army veteran and former paratrooper (where he got his nickname) who got out of the army after a few deployments with some scarring from those experiences. Once out, he felt alone and tended to stay by himself, buying a farm in the country to deal with the ghosts of his past. As more and more people moved into the area he decided to move to a more remote site to be to himself, and came to Chenarus prior to the outbreak. With the start of the outbreak, he lost what few friends he had and was forced to hide in the hills for weeks as the roving bands of zombies decimated the area and all services and communication stopped. He has relied on the skills he learned in the military and has been forced to learn to trust people again - but it takes a lot to earn his trust. He realized that in order to survive, humanity has to reestablish civilization and services. He has made a few close friends since the outbreak, but they have recently disappeared and he has set out looking for them, or other survivors to partner with and redevelop what once was.