Nicky, whose portrait is seen here, co-founded Defiance in 2037. Publicly, she told the townsfolk it was to create an all-inclusive community where everyone could have a fresh start. The truth: Before coming to St. Louis, Nicky read about the miraculous survival of the Gateway Arch following Arkfall. She believed it was a sign that St. Louis was the final resting place of something called the Kaziri (the gold/silver artifacts we saw Irisa with). Nicky led an expedition to Missouri, with her team posed as miners. When gulanite was actually discovered, it started a gold rush (for lack of a better term). Nicky became mayor to manage the situation.