| "I once thought I could save the world... now look at it"
— Spoilers for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided follow!
Chikane has a background in the military as he served as a pilot in the South African Air Force for ten years. He spent a further five years in the private sector before working for TF29, who he has flown with for two years now.
During the Aug Incident in 2027, Chikane suffered an injury to his knee, having it ripped out by an augmented individual. Due to his opposition to augmentations, he refused to get it augmented and instead opted for a leg brace. Following this incident, Chikane becomes highly suspicious of augmented people.
He has a foster brother who needs special care and therefore lives in an assisted living complex that Elias is paying for. However, it seems he has trouble affording to pay them as he has been repeatedly late in payment and a fellow pilot commented that he could "afford to dish out 20 credits" for a retiring pilot.
- According to The Art of Deus Ex Universe, Chikane at one time or even still currently was a double agent for the Illuminati. His own computer and notes indicate a connection from the Illuminati reached out to him likely from Stanton Dowd or Volkard Rand based on the IP address from Hengsha being the same. DC.
- It's possible Elias uses the codename "Elanus Caeruleus" (a type of bird). If true, then he is actively working for the Illuminati and tipped off Marchenko to Adam's arrival at the G.A.R.M. Facility.