Nickolas Mercier was born in 2914 on Goss III. His father being a Navy Officer and his mother a Nurse, he somehow merged with the differing interests in his family. Being sly and educated, well-mannered and long-term oriented, he somehow lacked all qualities necessary for his dream profession "fighter pilot". Although he learned aeronautics pretty early due to his dad, Nick showed no sign of necessary combat Pilot qualities like intuition, agressivity and tactical focus. So he failed Navy Combat Pilot Test in 2935. What can be a lack of qualities in one branch was a benefit in another. So he sucessfully passed his test for Imperial Cartography Center and became Pilot in 6th Exploration Group. He earned his merits there for being a skilled pilot, serving on an Andromeda Class Vessel in his final stages of service. In 2946 he surprisingly mustered out after his mother´s death and joined Intergalactic Airlines for three years, changing to Atlas Defense Industry in 2949.