Garbo was a laid-back and impulsive guy in his early years. It wasn't until 2017 when the terror and destruction of the outbreak made him the paranoid person that he is today. Despite many others having found groups and friends to watch each others backs, Garbo felt content being on his own. Nevertheless with not much to fill his days with anymore, his thoughts more often than not revolved around drugs. He set foot in South Zagoria in hopes of finding his old circus friends, if any of them were still around.
Having never known his real parents, Garbo was raised at the circus called "Omandos". They weren't anything overly fancy, but they toured Chernarus and had done so for decades. Garbo worked with the crew doing stray jobs like moving stuff from one place to another and keeping things clean and tidy. As he got older he made friends with the wrong people, and by his teens he had started experimenting with drugs. Alcohol and weed eventually turned into psychedelics and opiates. Before he knew it, he was hooked.
When the circus management found out, he was kicked out and left to fend for himself on the streets of Novigrad. He understood their reasoning, but he still missed some of his close friends from the circus. In Novigrad, he met other addicts and they quickly became friends. He learned how he could hustle others for a living, and more importantly; the next high. The methods ranged from pickpockets, petty theft and occasional robberies. The years flew by and overdoses led to the deaths of some of his friends, but not long after somebody passed, some other poor fellow had also fallen victim to the addiction they all suffered from.
After years of addicion he was lucky enough to be enrolled in a rehab program. Paid for and filmed by a tv-crew, he went through withdrawal and started working on a farm to make a living. It was a success story and Garbo felt he was part of something important for once. The farm was located just outside Pulkovo, and some of the citizens even recognized him from the tv-show. He had his ups and downs, but in the end he was very grateful for being allowed to stay at the farm and work.
When the infection reached the village many people panicked, including Garbo. Weeks went by as he slowly grasped what was happening. The death and destruction the infection brought went on for weeks before Garbo left the village that had saved him from his problems in life. He brought a lot of supplies and decided it would be a good idea to camp out in the woods to the west for a while. As months went by, he came across a sign from his former circus, advertising multiple shows in South Zagoria around the time of the outbreak. This started his journey around South Zagoria in hopes of finding anyone he knew from his past.