Nikolai Makkel was born in Severograd, Chernarus to a Russian Mother and Father, being the first of his family to be born in Chernarus. His father was currently serving in the Russian Military and his mother spent most of her time as a stay at home mom raising Nikolai. Nikolai went through most of his childhood with zero problems, other than having to deal with his Father not being around often, he passed through school and had a functioning social life. Once Nikolai was of age, he joined up with the CDF with encouragement from his father who had spent time in Military service. Nikolai enjoyed being a soldier in the CDF up until the outbreak, where problems arose in the CDF and chaos ensued. Nikolai seeing this chaos, decided to desert. He made a run for it while the CDF was busy attempting to deal with the outbreak.