"What I want to do is to crush you, The man who beat Cardinal Albert Simon, who endured the Mistletoe's curse, who would not bend to Rasputin! If I can't destroy you, I'll never be able to forgive myself!"
|Nicholas "Nicolai" Conrad|
|Game||Shadow Hearts: Covenant|
|Voice actor(s)||Takehito Koyasu|
|Voice actor(s)||Ardwight Chamberlain|
|Hair color||Light brown|
|Special Arts||White Magic, Soul Pact with Astaroth|
A representative for the Vatican, and the main antagonist of Shadow Hearts: Covenant. He asks for Karin's help in obtaining the Holy Mistletoe to get rid of the "Demon of Domremy", temporarily becoming a playable character at the beginning of the game. After he uses it on Yuri, he reveals his true nature as scheming and relentless.
A member of the secret society, Sapientes Gladio, Nicolai is the boss of Lenny Curtis and Veronica Vera, and schemes to take over the throne of Russia with the help of his master, Rasputin. The reasons being is due to Nicolai being the bastard son of the current Tsar, ultimately making him the heir to throne of Russia, who impregnated Nicolai's mother and for unknown reasons were left to fend for themselves. Nicolai is fused with the fallen angel, Astaroth which the party fights later in the game for a few times. Nicolai eventually loses the control over the angel and his body was taken over by the demon becoming the entity known as Astaroth-Nicolai. Nicolai was then killed by the enraged Kato as he tried to kill Kato, however Ouka died to save her master.
It is implied throughout the game, especially in a special cut scene triggered by returning to Edgar's shop before fighting Rasputin, that Nicolai harbours a deep crush for Karin.
In the director's cut of Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Nicolai temporarily becomes a playable character for a second time, during the Nahasu Temple Dungeon, along with the added additions of Lenny Curtis and Veronica Vera. It is implied that he made his pact with Astaroth here.
Nicolai special skills are White Magic, where he uses Light-elemental spells to heal his allies, and damage his enemies. All his skills are available for normal Covenant characters to use by equipping the correct crests.
† Bright Crime is only available in the director's cut of Covenant, during the second time Nicolai becomes playable during the game. Interestingly, despite this, in all the regular versions of the game, Nicolai can use this move when he is in beserk status against the Gargoyle.