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Nicholas Jones grew up with his family as a native American, with an upbringing based on his Apache ancestry. Due to his skills as a warrior and hunter, Jones was approached by the Marine Force Recon Battalions to be the chief tracker on jungle missions where little or no satellite photos were available. He joined the Marines and was later transferred to Team 7.
On a mission in Transylvania with the Team 7 at the time, what was supposed to be a biological weapon held by a loosing faction in the Balkan was actually a nanotech alloy which was essentially a non-carbon based life form. In reality, Team 7 was supposed to retrieve or destroy the alloy before it fell into the hands of the Vampire Nation. The mission didn't go as planned, and Team 7 was exposed to the alloy which bound itself to their skin and acted like a living armor. Realizing something was wrong, Miles Craven ordered the supporting troops to kill Dane and his team, but Mother-One, who had herself been exposed to the alloy before the team, helped taking out the troops and save Team 7.
After the Balkan mission, Dane and his team was approached by Armand Waering, who took them back to the States and tried to help them use their new golden armor. As the symbiote had been developed by Waering industries, and Waering himself was connected to the Night Tribe and had his own agenda, the team was shortly after sent out on a mission to prevent the release of a viral agent by the Night Tribe. The mission succeeded in the sense that the virus was stopped, but Flattop and Crossbones were killed, and Grail and Dozer were changed.