Nikolai Polzin (NEE-koh-LIE POHL-zihn) is a protagonist introduced in Grigory's Gadget. He is an archaeology student from Lodninsk, Morozhia who embarks with her friends on a journey to start a new life in Mirgorod, Vernulaia. On their way to their new home, their ship is attacked by pirates led by Captain Edmund Sokoll of the Ocean's Legend.
Nikolai – Russian form of Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people” Polzin – occupational name designating a merchant who engaged in transactions for profit in Russia
Nikolai is in his early 20s. He has dark skin, long dreads, and deep brown eyes. He is tall and muscular.
Nikolai's hometown is Lodninsk, Morozhia. He is an orphan. His mother died from a plague that swept through Lodninsk. His father’s death is unexplained thus far in the series. In college, Nikolai studies archaeology.