And so the tale of the slightly insane woodsman begins.
Name: Gottfried Holtzmann
Country of Origin: Germany
The Holtzmanns have kept to themselves for generations, preferring the solitude of the forest more than the ever-growing cities. Consequently, they are not a clan of great notoriety. Indeed, only a handful of people -- those being, fellow woodsmen and a number of traders in Hamburg -- are generally aware of their existence. Encounters with the Holtzmann clan are generally pleasant as long as they do not involve poaching.
Gottfried primarily made his money by hunting deer and selling venison and pelts before the plague began. He is an experienced woodsman, possessing many tricks of the hunting trade, most notable among them marksmanship and tracking. He is also adept at most aspects of carpentry, having built his family's home more or less by himself.
The plague struck while the Holtzmann clan was in Hamburg doing business. The dense population distribution made odds of survival drop greatly. Gottfried's family did not survive -- they were mauled right in front of his eyes. The mental effects of this are noticeable; Gottfried suffers bouts of depression regularly, and occasionally becomes engulfed in delusions.
I'm not really satisfied with this quite yet; it looks jumbled to me. I'll edit it later, but this is the base, so assume the final product is at least similar.