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Magnificent Bastard: Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror, Countessa De Wynter and Dmitri Romanov. Nikolai is shaping up to be one. He even lampshades this at one point when he cons the Countessa. His response to being called a bastard: "The biggest in the empire."