Gustaf Sigvardsson



This Caucasian man is of tall stature, six feet and two inches. Obviously, he is a cross between athletic and muscular but not to the point of bulky. With an oval face, strong and confident nose, and broad masculine eyebrows, he looks not only intimidating when needed but relatively handsome as well. His short and soft dark brown hair is cut Caesar style. Whenever his skin can be seen, one can see that it is a smooth pinkish white bearing hardly any scars or deformities besides the day old stubble around his face and the light fuzzy blonde hair on his arms and legs.

Worn over his torso is a plaid long sleeved shirt and black wool sweater. On the lower part of his body is covered by a pair of white snow bibs and a pair of white snow boots. A grey Russian fur hat rests on his head to keep him warm. Worn over his entire body is a white shell suit that helps him fit into the snowy landscape, complete with a hood plus a pair of white wool cotton gloves. On his back is a small homemade backpack, filled with all the necessary supplies needed to just plain survive.


Born in 1928 at Paltamo (Kajaani District, Kainuu Region, Oulu Province), Gustaf Sigvardsson had a happy childhood. His father was a successful shopkeeper who owned a bookstore in his neighborhood. That bookstore would serve as a primary source of entertainment for young Gustaf. His mother was a housewife who took care of Gustaf, his younger brother, and younger sister. Because Gustaf’s father worked with books, the appreciation for education and sources of knowledge was infused into the family. While his parents emphasized language and science, Gustaf found more interest in the social sciences and fiction. At the bookstore, he would read plenty of history books and novels.

At age eighteen, he was conscripted to serve in the reserve forces of Finland. However, the influence of the history books had kept him there even after his year term of duty, accompanied by brash young idealism and nationalism. However he did not join active duty so he could help out with the bookstore. When he was twenty, his father fell terribly ill and he had to take over the daily operations of the bookstore. On November 30, 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Finland, and he was preparing to be mobilized for the defense of the home country. Torn between having to take care of his ailing father, bookstore, and the defense of the home country, he had a difficult decision to make. His mother convinced him finally that it was more important to defend the home country, or else everything they had would be lost if the Soviets were successful in taking over Finland.

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