Kerenza IV
"Am I not merciful?"
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Nik Malikov is a member of the House of Knives, a notorious crime family.


Nik's a goofy character - making the best in every situation and getting through difficult situations with humor/sarcasm. He's the comic relief in such a heavy book, brewing with war and death.


Nik has dark hair, dark eyes, and dimples. He is of Russian descent, as his family is based in New Petersburg and his last name is Russian. In Gemina, he describes himself as being lean and good-looking, with "great abs from working out in prison". According to Jay Kristoff, he resembles Bob Morley.[7]

Nik also has numerous tattoos. At the beginning of "Gemina" they are noted as being: a sleeve of blades noting his membership in the HoK, a single chain around his waist o note his time in juvie, and angel wings inked across his throat to note his deadly crime.

Skills & AbilitiesEdit

  • talented gunner and shooter
  • drug dealer and drug lab assistant
  • bravery, adjusted to death and fighting as a child
  • smokes cigarettes
  • funny, self-confident
  • In Obsidio, he keeps a pistol in his pocket


  1. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 8
  2. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_01, Page 14
  3. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 84
  4. 4.0 4.1 GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 296
  5. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_01, Page 25
  6. GEMINA: The ILLUMINAE Files_02, Page 2