Born in Chernarus, Nikolai lost his parents to a tragic car accident during a winter snowstorm at the age of 5. Nikolai was then taken in by an American couple who were nearby when the accident occurred. Going back to the couple's vacation house near the coast, the three were forced to stay indoors for almost a full week due to the tremendous snowfall. Dr. and Mrs. Patterson loved having Nikolai with them during those cold nights, and eventually decided to adopt the young orphan. After a month, once the snow began to melt, the new family went back to their home in Seattle, Washington. There Nikolai was fully Americanized, learning English and attending school like any other child. He quickly developed interests in both American baseball and hunting. The best times of his life have been either at a minor league baseball game or out in the countryside, hunting with his adoptive father. Nikolai's memories of his life in Chernarus slowly began to fade away as he grew older. Much later, Nikolai's childhood memories came flooding back to him when he started learning about the Chernarussian civil war while he was studying at Penn State. It was like he discovered a whole part of himself that he never knew existed once he started learning more about the conflict in his classes. He then vowed he would eventually go back to Chernarus and learn as much as possible about his homeland. After graduating with a degree in Sociology, Nikolai booked a flight to Chernarus to study there and learn more about his people. Only after one month in country, Nikolai started hearing the panicked broadcasts on the radio and television. While he still could not speak his native language, the message was clear enough for anyone to understand. Something horrible is happening to the world . . .