Nikola Thornehart (born April 24, 1982) is a werewolf and was the Alpha male of the Kahlite Pack. He inherited the responsibility of Alpha after vengefully murdering the Kahlite's current Alpha, Ian Rochester at the age of fifteen. The conflict arose when Ian attempted to kill Nik's twin brother, Luca Thornehart. Nikola's alphaship was full of unfortunate events, from the outbreak of SRLV1 to the events surrounding his brother Nine and any connections with Elkyone Labs.
- Luca "Nine" Thornehart - fraternal twin brother
Nik is a number of things. Headstrong, socially awkward, over-protective, and the list goes on. Of the many adjectives to describe him though, protective might be the best word. His Guardian's Calling only seems to amplify this trait. As a result, when harm comes to his loved ones, emotional or physical, his Calling makes him suffer for it, slowing down his Regen and causing bleeding in the lungs.
On the one hand, he can be a loving, sensitive individual. At times though, he can be a cold jerk with very little regard for how his words or actions affect others. Usually, the victims of his spite get the brunt of it due to his Calling; if he feels someone is a threat, he doesn't treat them very nicely.
Nik's mother impressed upon him an importance in respect, especially where women are concerned. However, Nikola did twist it his own way. Those who did not fit what his mind saw as the role of a woman, were generally outside this "gentlemanly treatment."
Nikola also had a tendency, due to this protectiveness, to play favourites. Nine was allowed to act in many ways that overstepped the bounds of his rank, and Nikola allowed this to happen.
Nikola grew up in Vancouver with his twin, Luca Thornehart. Their family was not well off, and the twins dealt with different expectations. Nikola had high hopes pinned on him, while Luca received relatively no encouragement. But their childhood was mostly a happy one.
At the age of fifteen, Nikola was mauled by a freshly Changed werewolf who he'd mistaken for a rabid dog. He made his way to the hospital and was tested for rabies. One month later, he was running the alleys of the city, out of control, when he met Ian Rochester. Ian explained what he was, what would happen every night on the full moon, and that joining a pack was the easiest way to adapt to this new lifestyle.
Nikola joined the pack, but was unhappy with Ian's style of leadership. However, the few times he did speak up against the Alpha he was 'put in his place.' He grew pretty fast over the next couple of months. He grew, and he kept disappearing, and he was distant from his brother. Luca eventually went to investigate where Luca had been disappearing to all that time, and he happened upon the Kahlites.
Ian's laws regarding humans were unbending, and when he found Luca, he was halfway to killing the teen when Nikola intervened and murdered his Alpha, taking his place. Luca pulled through, having been saved, and became a werewolf.
Eventually, Nikola and Luca were forced to tell their parents of their change, and after a year, they Turned their father at his request.
Nikola attended the University, while Luca got a job as a personal trainer at the campus gym; their parents couldn't afford tuition for both, and Luca did not qualify for any scholarships.
Nikola and Luca grew distant after Luca became infatuated with a young Psychology student named Jayden. Nikola found Jayden creepy and resented him for the rift that began to grow between his brother and himself. His concern only became more adamant when Luca started talking about living with Jayden. Nik's insistence that it was a bad idea, especially since Luca wanted to let Jayden in on the secret. It was possibly this disagreement which led to the months where the brothers went without speaking to each other.
Jayden, after learning about werewolves and agreeing to Change and move in with Luca, abruptly severed their relationship all together. Luca was distraught beyond words. He was a romantic, and despite the fact they hadn't been officially bound yet, he considered Jayden his mate. He was inconsolable; nothing Nikola tried helped. Nik's Calling had him bent over a sink on a daily basis. The worst of it came when Nikola returned to their dorm to find Luca with a gun in his mouth.
Nikola saved his brother from suicide on three separate occasions, but he sometimes questioned his motives, wondering if it was selfish to keep Luca alive. He couldn't understand; his wolf had never really been in love.
The initial outbreak of Pandora's Plague was stressful, but it was almost a welcome distraction. It gave Luca the opportunity to vent his feelings while on Patrol, and kept him busy enough not to off himself.
For a number of years, Nikola's time was actually acceptable after the outbreak. He spent most of his time patrolling, drinking, sparring, and taking care of his pack while attempting to watch over his brother.
Nikola became Alpha of the Kahlites at 15 years old after attacking and killing Ian Rochester in a dispute about his brother. He continued to attend the University of British Columbia both to please his parents and keep close to his pack territory. It was tenuous for a while; Nikola had to prove himself, being such a young alpha, and there were many moments where the older members of the pack were unsure as to whether or not their young leader was capable of making wise decisions. But eventually they did come to accept him.
In 2006, SRLV1 hit Vancouver, and Nikola was forced to make dire decisions in order to keep Point Grey safe. The Pacific Spirit acted as a greenbelt, and Nikola set up patrols along these borders. All of the Kahlites were told to keep out intruders. Because there was no way to tell healthy humans apart from those who had entered the Trojanic Lapse phase, no humans were allowed to enter Point Grey, period. Those that insisted, or had progressed far enough in the illness to become delusional, were to be gotten rid of. It was cruel work, especially when rumors started to spread that no one in Point Grey caught the Snap because they had discovered a cure. The first year was the most difficult, with hundreds of people flocking in every day. The Kahlites were not large in numbers, only ten to begin with, twenty after a few more werewolves trickled into their ranks. Sometimes, panic over something as simple as the common cold resulted in people trying to /leave/ Point Grey, and werewolves' time had to be sacrificed in keeping the peace. Many of the wolves were kept awake for days, either on patrol or attending to the humans. They also had to make dangerous bi-weekly treks into Vancouver for supplies.
The chaos was only worsened by Elkyone Labs, as they were hunting and capturing werewolves for testing in an effort to create a cure for the Snap. This is where Nikola's father, Vlad, met his end after trying to escape with his wife, Arianna, to Vancouver Island.