of Russian folklore
, Alyosha Popovitch was a powerful warrior
who defeated enemies not through brute strength but clever tricks
. He served prince Vladimir of Kiev
by guarding the borders of old Russia
from monsters and demons alongside his fellow heroes
such as Ilya Muromets
and Dobrynya Nikititch
Daddy being a spooky priest, Alyosha was born to the sound of some bad-assed thunder and the very next day was seen to hop into a horse's saddle and ride "to see the world, to boast and to win". Fuckin' A.
Alyosha was also known as a vicious practical prankster among his kin-until he went too far.
Once, when Dobrynya went far away, Alyosha came to Dobrynya's wife and told her that her
husband was dead and that she should marry him. She rejected him, and afterwards Dobrynya
beat Alyosha to death.