Born to Lisa and Kevin Allen in Coldwater Kansas, Richard spent the majority of his youth on a farm. His time spent in the outdoors is full of wonderful memories, and he looks back fondly on it. However, he had decided in high school that he did not want to spend his entire life on a farm, so upon graduation he went to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Throughout school he had done well in natural sciences, and enjoyed his simpler life outdoors, so when he was searching for what to take, he ended up choosing geology.
His time in school was relaxed and his course schedule wasn’t too demanding, so he spent what free time he had making friends and enjoying a life free from early mornings. After getting his Bachelors, he decided that if he ever planned on finding real work he was going to have to get serious. Working harder than ever, he pushed on through his Masters degree in Engineering Geology. With a good school and a reliable degree he headed out into the job market, where United Allied Construction Services snatched him up after he agreed to work internationally if the work required.
After a few years abroad he was offered work in Chernarus. After the civil war, there was still a great deal of infrastructure that was damaged, and the government needed help piecing back parts of their country together. UACS, having worked with multiple countries over the years that had experienced similar difficulties, the government of Chernarus awarded them the contract to oversee and manage the Coastal Roadway. Richard, being the resident geologist was sent into the field to do testing on the ground and rock structure along the coast.
Working with a Soil Scientist, Matthew Nelson, and Bob Mason, a Civil Engineer, they began to work with the locals and other specialists in UACS to plan, design, and implement the new roadway project. It was a long project, and he was able to visit his family every three months or so, but he had grown used to being away for long periods of time.
After completion of the roadway, he stayed on to work with Bob Mason on several government buildings, the last being a new government building in Chernogorsk. He was returning to Chernarus from a trip to visit his family in Kansas when things began to go downhill.
It wasn’t uncommon for his firm to work in dangerous areas, and even has political turmoil began in late April, his team remained in country to complete the project. The CDF had been working with the UACS since the first received the contract and were on good terms. During their time on the projects, including the Chernarus Northern Airbase, the CDF had provided security for their teams. It was also highly unlikely for them to encounter any real trouble as Russian/ Russian backed rebels attacking an American engineering company would quickly become an international incident.
As checkpoints began to be established, and rumors began to surface about Russians and the CDF north of Severograd, the UACS began to take a more serious view of the situation. Non-essential personnel were evacuated out of the country temporarily as a precaution, while those that were considered essential were briefed on evacuation plans, including the schedule of cargo flights that would be leaving the Northern Airbase over the next month.
When word of the destruction of a storage facility in the North by Russian bombers, the UACS enacted their evacuation plans, and dozens of engineers and managers quickly escaped the country, having already been ready to flee to the airstrip by Balota. Not everyone was so lucky to have been in Chernogorsk at the time however. Those throughout Chernarus at various sites were gathered at the airstrip outside of Krasnostav to catch the last flight out of country, but were directed away by CDF forces in the area. What happened to them is still a mystery to Rich.
Richard, having his own jeep made his way to the airbase in hopes of making a flight was turned away by roadblocks and troops and forced to try to find a way around. Richard was able to get in contact with Ken Jones, his manager, who told him to get back to the safety of Chernogorsk, that the military had formed a perimeter.
The days following had an influx of foreign troops, including the United States, NATO, and Russia, but it ended up proving fruitless as most of the troops had to pull out by the end. Civilians were rioting instead of working with the military, and the town erupted into chaos as the CDF pulled out. Ken led Richard and his co-workers through the U.S Army checkpoints, their UACS credentials, enough to get them into the safety of the military camp. They retreated with the U.S. military as they pulled out of Chernogorsk.
The U.S. army was able to protect them and sent them with a convoy of V.I.Ps back towards the coast while they attempted to hold their ground. The convoy never made it. The roads were nothing but abandoned cars and the infected. The security detachment attached to the convoy was able to hold back the infected for short periods of time, but the infected whittled away their numbers until there were only two humvees of people left, and by then everyone had panicked and scattered. Richard had kept with Ken and a spokeswoman named Linda, but they were both killed when they attempted to camp in a farmhouse for the night, leaving Richard alone, and doing his best to survive since.