Nolan has quite a bit of experience commanding a small, mobile strike force. During the Pale Wars, he fought with the Iron Demons, an elite unit whose deeds were legend. The Iron Demons often worked behind enemy lines, sabotaging Votan facilities. They were present at the Battle of Defiance in San Francisco, facing off against the Ekaru Kome ... an equally elite squad of Votan soldiers. While most of Nolan's squad were killed in battle, a few survived, including Jon Cooper (lawkeeper of Marin) and Eddie Braddock (a bounty hunter whose whereabouts are currently unknown).