2 Works in Vladimir Lenin
"Ivan," Francis breathed gently, reaching a hand out to the grown nation. His heart sank when he saw the sadness and the distance in the cold violet eyes that, at one point, used to be so warm. He flinched when those eyes hardened into a glare, and he distressed knowing that the other nations saw Russia as nothing more than a monster. Did they not know how he was before, or had they forgotten? His mind had cracked, and it was beyond repair, but Francis still cared for him, just as he had centuries ago. "Ivan, I love you."
"I love no one. Never again."
Origin story for Azazel.
In 1923, Red Army soldiers discover a young child with red skin, a devil's tail and an extraordinary ability haunting a small village in Siberia. The boy, who is taken into custody and delivered to a top secret "orphanage" outside of Moscow, attracts the attention of revolutionary leaders Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
“Azazel's not a proper name for a boy,” the soldier told him.
“I'm not a boy,” Azazel told him. “I'm a little red devil.” This was what everyone had always said about him, and he accepted it on faith.
The soldier snorted. “You're red anyway, but that's alright, my boy. So am I.”
This was an outrageous lie; even Azazel – who'd up until then had little experience in telling the truth from falsehoods and who would never be especially good at detecting liars – could tell that much. “You aren't even! You – you're white!”
“Now, be careful you don't insult me, comrade. Those are fighting words.”