Nikolai is a master martial artist and leader of a crime ring that covers eastern Russia, northern China and Japan as well as a small fraction of east coast U.S. The city of Kellan was one of the american cities his crime ring enveloped and after the incident Nikolai investigated the area. His men found a man wandering the area where the explosion originated. Alexander Kross offered Nikolai great power in return for money to help finance his scheme. Nikolai accepted and was given a strange mask that was said to give him control over the legendary Sej. Graphite.