An Austin, Texas native, Nicodemus Salieri (“Nick”) was raised primarily in foster care. His experiences in “the system” were like most; some good, mostly bad. Nick often had issues—especially when he started manifesting strange abilities at a relatively young age. Coupled with a typical adolescent bad attitude, Nick tended to find any trouble that didn’t find him first. Much of his attitude problems had to do with issues of abandonment and low self-esteem as a result of those feelings of undesirability as a son or friend that often troubled kids in his situation.
When he was 15 years old, he was contacted by a woman who claimed to be his aunt, Deirdre Salieri. Deirdre was from New Orleans, where she ran a touristy “voodoo” shop in the French Quarter that mostly sold cheap cigars and street art. She also revealed that she was an honest-to-God Wizard and could explain the odd things that Nick more and more often found himself being able to do. She took him under her wing to be an apprentice and moved him to New Orleans.