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Quote1 When the Wudesh were destroyed, Rhapastan had a new opportunity. We could rule ourselves. We could be honest abouth what we were. We could begin a grand crusade to make our children stronger than the weak adults who came before. These people you seek to protect. Their children ask for nothing but the future. They will not be silenced. They will not be ruled. They will bleed Vakhar dry, reduce its aged cowards to ashes, and stomp the remains to ashen dirt. Nothing has power over them. Do you see now, Green Arrow? Quote2
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Origin

Adi's story began as during his time as a child soldier, sold to one of the major drug dealing clans in Rhapastan by his parents to cover their debts. During his time as a soldier, his life was altered forever when he met Deathstroke, who entering Rhapastan for a contract. After intentionally leading Slade into a trap, he watches as Slade slaughters the bandits that attempt to extort him. When he draws a gun on Slade, his punishment is a broken finger and a lesson in the price of hesitation. He then delivers Slade to Vakhar, and Slade begins paying Adi for shelter while in the city on the condition that he stay away from his belongings.

As Slade operates, Adi has a run-in with a rival assassin called The Balkan, who spares him even after killing the rest of his group. Enamored, he asks Slade to teach him how to fight, but is turned down. Later on, he makes a half-baked attempt to rescue Slade when he is attacked by rival assassins seeking to steal his contract. He is bailed out by a wounded Slade, so Adi cares for him until he recovers, at which point he confronts Slade about the fact that he was the Balkan. For his troubles, Slade gives him a duffel bag of gold coins and is told to leave the city. On the way home, the bus Adi is on is raided by bandits, and while he considered fighting them, he decides to leave. Returning to Vahkar, he encounters Slade, whose contract to collapse Rhapastan was completed. Armed with a pistol and Slade's money, he heads back into the city as evacuations continue.[1]

As Vahkar implodes from the fallout of Deathstroke's actions, Adi spends the next six months taking over what is left of the city. Inspired by Slade, he outfits himself with makeshift armor reminiscent of his idol and takes the alias Nothing. Preaching a message of bringing the next generation of Rhapistani people to power and erasing the old generation, Adi gathers and militarizes the children left in Vahkar to establish power. Taking advantage of the adults' love for their children, he forces them to scavenge for supplies and surrender any relief items sent from the rest of the world, intending to work the adults to death until only children remain in the city.

This death spiral continues until it gains the attention of Oliver Queen, whose relief shipments where being stolen by Nothing's band. After his army shoots Queen's latest shipment - delivered personally by him - out of the sky, he is later confronted by the Green Arrow when he arrives to take the supplies that survived the crash. After explaining his grand plan to create a better future in Rhapastan, he and his army attack Green Arrow, who refuses to use his full arsenal after learning that his enemies are all children. Despite that, Nothing is cornered, until Green Arrow hesitates when he sees Adi's face and realizes he is a child too. He then uses the hesitation to shoot Green Arrow and leave him for dead, taking the supplies with him.[2]

Some time after his encounter with Green Arrow, Nothing's base is attacked by a band of young freedom fighters backed by Green Arrow, who they managed to save. Nothing tries to oppose them, but the resistance manages to convince his army to stand down while he is defeated by Green Arrow. The resistance fighters attempt to execute Adi for his actions, but he is spared after the adults, who were warned by Green Arrow, convince the kids not to murder him.[3]

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