Nystrom and his girlfriend Petra Larsen found an ancient manuscript detailing the hidden locations of the ancient Beserker Staff. The pair believed that taking the staff was the key to ascending to Godhood. After finding the first piece in the in a park in Norway, Nystrom, Larsen and their followers started hate-fueled riots in Oslo, Norway proclaiming "We Are Gods".
Nystrom and his followers gained possession of the second piece of the staff after taking it from Professor Elliot Randolph in Seville, Spain. Randolph was secretly the ancient Asgardian "Warrior Who Stayed" who hid the staff in the first place and he sought to find the pieces before the Paganists.
Nystrom and the Paganists then traveled to Ireland to find the final piece. There they were confronted by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Agent Phil Coulson who were led to the location by Randolph.
The paganists were taken out in physical combat by Agents Grant Ward and Melinda May, with Nystrom being defeated in combat with Ward. The Berserker Staff was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. possession.