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Characters: Fallout New Vegas Caesars Legion

This is a partial character sheet for the Video Game Fallout: New Vegas. Visit here for the main character index. Subjective trope and audience reactions should go on the YMMV page.

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    Caesar's Legion 

''Pax Per Bellum" (Peace through War)
- The Legion's motto as inscribed on their gold coins

"To enslave them is to save them, to give them purpose and virtue."
- Canyon Runner

Courier: Why is the Legion so...strange?
Courier: What does "Pax Romana" mean?

A merciless and well-organized nation of imperialistic slavers originated from Arizona in the area around the Grand Canyon. Founded by the charismatic and dangerous Caesar. They modelled their society on the Roman Empire and believe that though force assimilation against the people that they conquered, humanity will one day all be united under the banner of the Legion, putting an end to all wars. They are currently aiming to push the NCR out of the area and conquer the Mojave Wasteland, and one day, California.


Provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Inculta is a bit like this. Legate Lanius, despite being much more brutal than the other two, is surprisingly polite to the Courier, disapproves of Vulpes' methods of handling the West, and praises you if you have earned his respect or sided with Caesar. Caesar himself is a pretty good boss as long as you do not question his ideals too much/don't fail him. Lucius will apologize to you for blaming you if fail to cure Caesar, and is even willing to teach you unarmed moves if you haven't been hostile to the Legion.
  • Altum Videtur: Their entire culture is based on the Roman Empire and they love to use Latin in their speeches.
  • Always Lawful Evil: A different example than most, since their leader is an intelligent man with a spelled-out motivation and large ambitions. However, they play it straight in every other aspect; every legionary from top to bottom is an evil marauder who rapes and kills for fun at the command of Caesar. You never meet a single member who can even be called decent.
  • Armor Is Useless: Excepting the Centurions and the armor they loot from fallen enemies, Legion armor is terrible in comparison to NCR armor. It may have something to do with most of it being made of football pads.
  • Assimilation Plot: A cultural version. It's not enough for them to conquer territory; they explicitly aim to erase the cultural identity of everyone they conquer and make it their own, so that there are no nations, tribes, or gangs; there is only Nova Roma.
  • Badass Army: Every Legionnaire, from the Legate on down, is either an experienced combatant or dead. The rank-and-file might not be terribly creative or well-armed, but even Colonel Moore admits they are in fantastic shape and fanatically loyal, charging machine gun nests with little more than a sharp stick if their commander orders it. Caesar is an exception; he relies on his brains to get around his lack of brawn.
    • The three toughest NPCs in the game: Joshua Graham, Legate Lanius and Ulysses, were all legionaries at some point.
    • Depending on how you look at it, Caesar may still qualify. When you keep in mind that he's the equivalent of President Kimball, who's a former war hero, Mr House, and Elder McNamara, he still comes out looking rather impressive - despite having started out as a Followers scribe. That's right - the most badass faction leader is the one who never received military training to become this good. He still has the highest strength stat of them all, shares the highest endurance stat, has the most HP, and completely outshines the others with his tagged skills (Guns, Melee, Unarmed - all at 100), making him better with guns than a former soldier and a former Paladin. While he may not actively lead his men in battle any more, he is still present near the front lines, unlike any of the other faction leaders. Think of it this way: He wears a Displacer Glove and can still punch you to death, despite being 55 years old (notably only five years younger than Kimball) and suffering from a brain tumor. Additionally, in his early days he was an adventurer linguist. Not as badass as his men, maybe, but still a good example for the badass leader of a Badass Army.
  • Badass Native: The very first Legionnaires, bar Caesar and Graham, were all Blackfoot Indians. The feathered headdresses worn by the Decani seem to reflect this.
  • Badass Normal: The Legion has even less resources than the NCR, but has developed into a big enough threat to challenge them.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: According to the New Vegas game guide, Caesar claims to be the son of Mars and though most new slaves are doubtful their children are indoctrinated to believe it.
  • Berserk Button: Never say Joshua Graham in front of the Caesar or Lanius.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Let's face it, they look ridiculous in those outfits. But they're cunning, sadistic, numerous and an enormous threat in the Mojave and far beyond.
  • Bread and Circuses: The Legion rules over what they consider "civilized people" this way. Settlements that willingly accept Caesar as their supreme ruler, pays tribute to the Legion, and obey its men's requests and orders unquestionably are given the Legion's protection and modest supply of water, food, and electricity in exchange. Raul notices that they have turned Arizona, which used to be quite a hell-hole, into a somewhat stable and peaceful area this way. However, if the Legion writes off a group as an "uncivilized" tribe, they receive no such offer and ends brutally crushed and forcibly subjugated.
  • Child Soldiers: Listen to Ranger Andy's story and he'll tell you that the Legion have no issues with using child soldiers for suicide attacks against the NCR, knowing that the NCR soldiers will hesitate before they start shooting. When visiting the Fort, you can also see some young children training to be full Legionaries.
    • Those children have an even worse implication: Even in the NCR, many soldiers joined the active military at 16. Those aforementioned Legion children are expecting to be allowed to fight soon. Therefore it's likely the Legionaries become active soldiers very young. There is even a story about Lanius in which he (conflicting his usual story) became a soldier at age 12. While that seems to be the exception, there is also Chief Hanlon, who tells us that anyone who survives 10 years as a soldier in Caesar's Legion is exceptional and can be considered a veteran, since most of them die long before that. Think about that for a moment, and then about how old most of those Legionaries you are fighting probably are.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The most depraved and aggressive faction in the game wears red.
  • Democracy Is Bad: The Legion is at war with the NCR because Caesar is ideologically opposed to their democratic form of government. He considers democracy an extension of the corruption that existed during the Old World, ultimately doomed to fail, and believes that NCR's rampant inefficiency is a sign that this form of government cannot be sustained. Ironically, what made Pax Romana-era Rome stand out in relation to its contemporaries, was that leadership was held by multiple parties, though it wasn't really a modern democracy. Ruling as Caesar does would have gotten an actual Roman leader assassinated for being an aspiring king, even during the early centuries of the Empire.
  • Dirty Coward: While they boast about their loyalty and bravado, it's hinted throughout the game that their reputation stems more from ignorance than genuine courage. The terrifying presence perk usually only unnerves average NPCs, but the Legion assassins Karl sends after you? They scream at the top of their lungs and run away. Combined with their quickness to cower and run in a fight and how easily even Vulpes and Caesar freak out when threatened, it could be inferred that they simply aren't used to defeat or people standing up to them.
  • The Empire: The Legion has been at war every since it was founded and either assimilated or crushed every single community that they encountered. The NCR, Mr. House, and the Brotherhood are the first real opposition that they've ever seen. The Legion domestic policies include killing the sick, the weak and the elderly since they are not worthy of being alive, and wiping out the cultural identity of everyone under their rule.
  • Elite Mooks: The aptly named "Veteran Legionaries".
    • A much better example is the Legionary Assassins. Made up of the best warriors in the entire Legion; though their armor identifies them by certain roles, such as Praetorian Armor and Vexilarius Helmets, the Legionary Assassins are far stronger and better equipped than the generic versions of these soldiers. They travel across the wasteland in squads of four, searching for particularly dangerous enemies of the Legion. That means you. Once you pass level 25, they're the only type of legionary that will pose a legitimate threat.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Their brutal regime has made Arizona a safe and secure place to live. Safe in comparison to, say, the Capital Wasteland. In fact it's one of the safest places in the post-war world...unless you're not in a very specific group of people (healthy, young to middle aged, human male soldiers who are smart enough to follow orders but dumb enough to manipulate easily), in which case you either get killed or enslaved and this goes double for women. Averted strongly for women as Word of God confirms all females in Legion Lands are either slaves or raped until their bodies can't stand any more punishment, though it was not meant to come off as brutal as it does in the game (see No Woman's Land below). In Honest Hearts, however, it's implied that society in the Legion's outer regions is rapidly falling apart due to so many of the Legion troops being deployed to the Mojave and eastern Arizona.
  • Eviler than Thou: All the main factions in the game are pretty crooked, but the Legion surpass them all with the possible exceptions of the Fiends and Omertas. On top of brutal slavery, legalizing rape and killing slaves in the arena for fun, their leader is a psychopathic manchild who slaughters whole cities over a grudge and kills people for accidentally insulting his ego.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: House speculates that this will be the fate of the Legion once Caesar is out of the picture. With no strong charismatic figure to unite under, the Legion will fall to infighting and destroy itself within a year. Unfortunately, this also means that the territories of the Legion will fall back into anarchy.
  • Fantastic Racism: They dislike Ghouls and Super Mutants, though not to the extent of the Enclave or Brotherhood of Steel. According to J.E Sawyer, towns in Legion territory have a relatively decent standard of living, but the Legion either wipes out or enslave tribes and crushes their unique characteristics either way.
    • Sawyer also states that the main reason that Super Mutants and Ghouls are not part of the Legion is that the mutant population in Arizona is too small to make a difference and ghouls, being centuries old, are too jaded to buy into Caesar's propaganda.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Played with. It's noted by various characters, including the Courier in the ending that an economy sustained primarily through pillaging will not last long, especially when trying to invade a trade-based society like the NCR and that once Caesar dies or if there are a lack of enemies to fight, the Legion will likely turn to infighting. But on the other hand, Caesar's intent to take New Vegas and turn the Legion from a nomadic horde into a self-sustaining settled empire. It is also much better than the NCR at keeping peace in its territories.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Legionnaires are formal and disciplined to a fault; they won't even touch alcohol. This doesn't stop them insulting the Courier (if you do not side with them), torturing NCR prisoners for fun, indulging in cannibalism, raping slaves or molesting children.
  • Future Imperfect: Less than you'd expect, since Caesar did his homework and the parts that are Roman are reasonably accurate. Still, as pointed out by Arcade, it's not Rome, just an army that's using it as a theme. The Legion deliberately doctor history to suit their own needs. Their religious practises claim that Caesar truly is the son of Mars and claim the Great War never happened; Mars himself purged civilisation. Vulpes also lies about the Nipton massacre to make the town sound more deserving than it really was, claiming none of the townspeople fought back despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary.
  • Faceless Mooks: Many Legion soldiers wear balaclavas and sunglasses to cover their faces.
  • Five-Bad Band:
    • Big Bad: Caesar.
    • The Dragon: Legate Lanius, the military commander, Caesar's heir and second in command.
    • Evil Genius: Vulpes Inculta, head of the Frumentarii (scouts and spies).
    • The Brute: Lucius, chief of the bodyguards.
    • Dark Chick: Aurelis of Phoenix, who's rather eccentric for a Centurion.
    • Sixth Ranger: A Legion-aligned Courier and Gaius Magnus, added in Lonesome Road as a Bonus Boss, exact rank unknown but presumably high, since he wears the same armor as Lanius.
      • In relation to their allies:
    • Big Bad: The Legion.
    • The Dragon: The Fiends, since they're the most active in terrorizing Vegas. The Courier can also be the Legion's Dragon as a whole.
    • The Brute: The White Legs, who rely mostly on brute strength and savagery.
    • Evil Genius: The Omertas, since there schemes involve deception and high-tech weapons.
    • Dark Chick: The Great Khans, who're more humorous and eccentric than the other groups and the least malicous.
    • Sixth Ranger: The White Glove Society/Boomers/Enclave Remnants.
    • Sixth Ranger Traitor: The Van Graffs.
  • For the Evulz: Whether it's torturing prisoners like Sterling, stealing slaves' toys or raping anything without a penis. This mindset is enforced by Caesar himself who'll chastise the Courier if you try to save Benny. He doesn't even try to argue that Benny's crimes condemn him; simply that the player needs to work on their 'bloodthirst.'
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite the comments that they're trained to fight to the death with no regard for their own safety, members with low HP are still likely to run and hide.
  • Genre Savvy: Caesar has taken the necessary steps to ensure that his ideals and plans for the future will be perpetuated in the event of his death. Even then it's stated that if he dies the Legion will still fall into infighting - just not automatically.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: Caesar "intentionally a very dark grey.".
  • The Horde: Their entire purpose is to conquer and enslave everyone else. Even Caesar admits that they are more like the barbarians of Gaul than the legions of Rome.
    • And even that isn't entirely accurate: the tribes of Gaul shared a culture and at least the same basic language, but had as many smaller differences as, say, Native American tribes did. Not to mention that raping, pillaging and plunder was the expected standard for any ancient army in Europe, Rome included. Though there are no records of the Gauls utterly enslaving everyone when they took a city (which wasn't a frequent thing)—they usually preferred to just take what wasn't nailed down, or a tribute/bribe, and then leave to wherever they intended on settling. It's one of the many reasons they never became a more centralized society to create kingdoms or empires of their own.
    • Hordes from the East: A post-apocalyptic North American variant.
  • Hypocrite:
    • They always talk about how important loyalty is, and how they follow it, and apparently the lack of loyalty is the reason they butchered Nipton. However, they themselves are infamous for betraying their allies all the time. It's their official policy, actually.
    • Caesar teaches that the weak are unworthy of living and deserve to perish, and has outlawed all chems and technology including stimpacks because they contribute to making humanity weak and frail for relying on them. The second you get into his tent you'll see his bodyguards are armed with advanced power fists, he has an Auto Doc in his bedroom, and oh yes, he has a fatal brain tumor and sees no problem in using modern medicine to save his own skin.
    • The Legion is supposedly anti-drug, but legionaries occasionally carry Hydra, which is an addictive chem. It's also implied that they manufacture Hydra themselves, because the only renewable sources of cave fungus (an ingredient for Hydra) are legionaries and picking it from the caves in Zion (which is in Utah, a state whose territory is mostly controlled by the Legion). Most likely Hydra is considered exempt from "no chem" rules because they're considered "tribal medicine", but this is a rather meaningless distinction—in fact, the two main healing medicines used by the Legion are healing powder and bitter drink, which you craft from the exact same active ingredients as stimpaks (broc flower and xander root) just minus the syringe.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Cannibalism is an accepted practice among the Legion, though not all its members are cannibals.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Caesar's, Vulpes's, and Aurelius's faces are all based on their respective voice actors.
  • In Name Only: Despite modelling themselves on Rome, they much more resemble Sparta. Everyone is a slave or soldier, art and technology is unheard of, the slave support the warriors, the physically and mentally handicapped are executed, and doing horribly cruel things is seen as a sign of strength. Caesar even comments that he thinks the Legion appears closer to the hordes of Gaul.
    • As Caesar himself explains, the way to balance the Legion's warrior society out with a more desirable society where technology, culture and order will prevail is to create a center for their Empire. New Vegas will be their City of Rome that everyone will rally around. Without a capital for their society, they will continue to be little more than nomads warring across a wasteland.
    • Ironically, the Legion may actually fit the name - specifically, Caesar's Legion is a legion as opposed to the whole of Roman society. The Legions were a structured, regimented, efficient military force that practiced absolute discipline and ruthlessness in combat.
  • Jerkass: Every single one of them. Oddly enough, most of Caesar's inner circle are a lot more polite than his soldiers and officers.
  • Kick the Dog: Pretty much their entire lifestyle. When they're not massacring entire communities and committing grisly atrocities they entertain themselves by raping women, giggling about how much they like raping women, molesting children, watching slaves getting slaughtered in the arena, eating human flesh, committing human sacrifice, telling passers-by they deserve to by crucified, stealing teddy bears and gushing about how much they're looking forward to murdering their enemies.
  • Lack of Empathy: Aside from loyalty to Caesar most Legionaries lack any form of compassion to other people. They torture NCR soldiers for fun, regularly rape female slaves and even their generic dialogue has them smugly deride the inexperience of their fellow soldiers who died in Nelson and drooling over raping slaves. Some like Silus even go out of their way to make sure collars keep slaves in perpetual pain.
    • A more subtle example is Legion-friendly trader Dale Barton. He'll happily trade with you and praise the Legion for their security polices without even the slightest sign of discomfort at the abuse of slaves going on right in front of him, nor will he even bat an eye at the crucified recruits.
  • Legion of Doom: A literal example. Caesar has constructed an alliance to destroy NCR that includes previous Fallout villains such as the Khans and Van Graffs, as well as the White Legs, Omertas and Fiends. The player can also recruit the White Gloves, Boomers and even the Enclave.
  • Meet the New Boss: Caesar's manifesto is remarkably similar to The Master and his Unity, only with Legionaries instead of Super Mutants. You can even talk to Super Mutant Marcus about Caesar, and while he doesn't make a direct comparison you definitely get the vibe that he's seen it all before and knows it just isn't going to work.
    • Despite his contempt for Pre-War America, Caesar's flaws are worryingly similar to those of the Enclave. The glimpses we get of Legion's atrocities are remarkably similar to the iconic image of a soldier in Power Armor executing a captured and bound Canadian in the introduction to the original Fallout. The invasion of Canada and the sacking of New Canaan are also similar - both were innocent settlements that happened to have something their aggressors wanted, and so were brutally crushed. For all Caesar's attempts to make the Legion appear alien, their obsessive nationalism and intensely racist ideology are also more than a little familiar.
    • Although they despise the NCR for its love of money to the detriment of its people, the Legion's forces focus on protecting traders and caravans, many of whom profit directly of the Legion's war effort - while slaves and women are routinely abused and raped by Legion soldiers. Much like the NCR, they're aggressively imperialistic. It took NCR over a hundred years to reach its current size while the Legion equalled it in less than a lifetime. And while they belittle the NCR for trying to recreate pre-war America, the Legion is repeating many of the Old World's mistakes, such as the use of nuclear weapons at Searchlight and their brutality towards prisoners.
  • No Sympathy Between Mooks: If you thought their hatred of everyone else was bad enough, the legionnaires even sneer at the death of the Nelson Garrison if you opt to help the NCR in "Restoring Hope", mocking their inexperience.
    • You can also find several crucified legionaries around the Fort who were punished for failure. None of the legionaries walking around seem to mind.
  • No Woman's Land: Women in the Legion are restricted to domestic roles or made slaves, with the exception of the female-only priestly caste, according to the FNV official guide. If your character is female, the slave Siri will tell you that this is the first time that she met a women who isn't a slave after she got captured by the Legion.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Enslaving everyone either as a breeder or slave soldier.
    • The Fallout New Vegas Game Guide also says that they're racist against ghouls and super mutants.
    • Also, despite some rumors floating around the Mojave, mostly between NCR citizens, they are very homophobic, punishing homosexuality with death, if what Jimmy says is true. Rather ironic, when you consider the society Caesar's Legion is emulating.
    • The real kicker is their attitude towards rape. Siri, whose been around the empire makes it clear that the rape of female slaves is extremely common. They even boast about it in the audio logs left in Camp Charlie, the default dialogue of Legion soldiers has them lusting after slave girls and even Canyon Runner is very open about selling Sammy Weathers for sex.
  • Praetorian Guard: Since it is a faction based off Ancient Rome, this is a given. They're armed with Ballistic Fists in this case.
  • Putting On The Römisches Reich: Caesar modelled the Legion on Rome, particularly the post-Republic Roman Empire. He starts by uniting some tribes...
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Rape is both legal and encouraged in Legion territory. More soldiers are always necessary and the woman's consent is a non-issue. Siri says it's common for adult women, and not even children and old women are safe. Canyon Runner openly sells Sammy Weathers for "breeding", the New Vegas Game guide mentions Caesar and his Legates assign women to particular officers and JE Sawyer confirmed all women in Legion territory are used for sex, slavery and often both.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Their standard operational procedure after taking control of an area. When you confront Legate Lanius and have a maxed-out barter skill, you can point out that this is not a sustainable method for the Legion to operate under.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over
  • Religion of Evil: Among the Legion Caesar is worshipped as the son of Mars himself, with human sacrifice preformed in his name.
  • Rising Empire: Caesar sees his Legion as this. He intends on conquering New Vegas and establishing it as his Nova Roma, the nerve center from which he will go on to destroy the NCR.
  • Science Is Bad: Caesar believes that mankind's dependence on technology is what caused the Great War. He also thinks that it makes people weak and lazy over time. Therefore technology such as medicine beyond that of tribal remedies and war machines that allow for fighting without risking men (for example, robots) are banned. Energy Weapons are fair game because they're just guns. Caesar keeping an Auto-Doc and possibly Arcade for his tumor and using a Howitzer for the final battle, however, is just fine...
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Their entire organization.
  • Shown Their Work: Sometimes hard to tell from the real Roman Empire. They even pronounce Latin as correctly as they can according to current academic thought.
  • The Spartan Way: The Legion have no problem with using child soldiers against their enemies.
  • The Spymaster: Just like the NCR, the Legion have an extensive network of spies and will know about it if you work against their interest. They even managed to infiltrate NCR's military command in the area and the Omertas on the Vegas Strip.
  • Straight Edge Evil: They despise the use of chems, drugs, medicine and alcohol.
    • Also they rarely, if ever, use profanity.
      • Hilariously, Caesar himself is the exception; he'll drop F-Bombs if he loses his temper.
  • Token Good Teammate: Averted. While even groups like the Enclave and Powder Gangers have a few decent members, all the Legion appears to partake in some extreme Kick the Dog moments, and even their soldiers' generic dialogue identifies most as sadists and rapists. Interestingly, the only members with any real redeeming qualities are the leaders (Caesar, Lanius, Lucius).
  • Undying Loyalty: All Legionnaires are fanatically loyal to Caesar, though it's noted that they follow him rather than his ideals. However, this has its limits. Silus, the Centurion in Camp McCarran is able to see Caesar's megalomania and illness; he resents that a healthy soldier like himself has to die in defeat while Caesar lives. Similarly, Ulysses has long forsaken the Legion, though he still sees them as his brothers-in-arms, and some of his dialog suggests that he has always secretly resented Vulpes for destroying his tribe.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: If they win at Hoover Dam, they immediately turn on the Khans and the Fiends. If Caesar dies and is replaced by Lanius, they also betray the Boomers and the Enclave Remnants.
  • Vestigial Empire: According to Mr. House, this is what the Legion will become if Caesar dies. The fact that Lanius takes over after Caesar's death would only make this worse.
    Courier: You do know Caesar is dead, don't you?
    Mr. House: By my calculations, his death will affect the shape of the Battle for Hoover Dam minimally, if at all. The Legion's aggression will outlive Caesar. Indeed, they'll try to take the Dam as a tribute to his memory. Given a year, they'd have him deified - but by then, the Legion would be breaking down, riven with internal conflicts, a monster consuming itself. It's irrelevant.
  • Visionary Villain: While on the surface they look and act similar to the raiders of the Capital Wasteland, any length of talking with the higher ups (especially Caesar) will show that while the low-level grunts might be thugs looking for plunder, the leadership have vastly greater ambitions than being just another group of warlords. They want to remake the world in their image, and they have a surprising amount of planning in place to do just that.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Caesar wants to unite the entire wasteland under the banner of the Legion as a empire to prevent humanity from ever fracturing itself again.
  • We Have Reserves: From the countless bloodthirsty legionaries trained through brutal training regiments. They almost never surrender and have commands to commit suicide upon defeat. Boyd talks about how difficult it is to get a Legionary to give himself up as a prisoner of war.
  • You Will Be Assimilated: Their ultimate goal.
  • Zerg Rush: Even more so than the NCR. The Recruit Legionaries, the most common type of soldier, may be sent into battle wielding only machetes. There are anecdotes about them not even having that much and charging machine gun nests with sharp sticks, heavy rocks or bare fists.

    Caesar 

Voiced by: John Doman

"I was taught it was my responsibility to bring the torch of knowledge to the wastes. I may have taken the torch part more literally than they intended."
Caesar, talking about his origins

The head of Caesar's Legion, Caesar was a former member of the Followers of the Apocalypse by the name of Edward Sallow, sent east to learn more about the communities there. Caesar found a cache of old books on Roman history and was soon inspired to use the blueprint of the ancient Roman Empire to forge a new civilization from the wasteland. He and his expedition was captured by a tribe, but Edward parleyed himself into their leader by teaching them new and better ways of fighting. That tribe defeated one rival and then another, and Caesar drove them onward to conquer all the tribes they found, forging a new power in the Wasteland: Caesar's Legion.


Provides examples of:

  • Adventurer Linguist: What he started out as, along with Joshua Graham and Bill Calhoun.
  • Affably Evil: If you ignore all the murdering, torture, and slavery, he is actually a nice guy to talk to about political philosophy. At least until you touch a nerve and he throws a temper tantrum, threatening to have you killed. If you are successful in the missions he assigned you he will also praise you a lot.
  • A God Emperor Am I: Proclaims himself as the Son of Mars and maintains something of a cult of personality within the Legion. He doesn't believe it himself, but the troops do - to the point that suggesting Rome may be a pre-existing concept is punishable by death.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: If the player kills him, almost everyone the Mojave, and quite a few people outside it, are happy to see him go, NCR characters in particular. Many officers will greet you congratulating you for killing him, and random NCR soldiers will say "I wish I could've been there to see Caesar die. What an asshole," when talked to.
  • And Your Little Dog Too: To punish Joshua for failing at Hoover Dam, Caesar orders the extermination of not just the neutral community of New Canaan but the Crazy Horns, Tar Walkers, Sorrows, and Dead Horse tribes, simply for being friendly with New Canaan. By the time the game begins, the Tar Walkers and Crazy Horns, as well as a few other small communities friendly with the New Canaanites, have been wiped out, and the Dead Horses' and Sorrows' lands are being invaded.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Courier in the second half of the game if you choose to oppose him. He’s also the only faction leader you can build any long standing personal enmity with as House is dealt with minutes after you turn on him and you can’t meet Oliver and Lanius until the very end. Merciful players will have especially strong reasons to hate him as he blackmails you into killing Benny. The hatred is just as strong on Caesar’s side. He regards most of his enemies with either dismissive contempt (Such as previously conquered tribes and House) or with grudging respect (Kimball and Hanlon). His Villainous Breakdown shows that along with Joshua Graham, the Courier is the only enemy he passionately hates, to the point where he wants you tortured for his amusement. And unlike other persistent foes such as Ulysses there is no way to reason with him. Even non Legion obstacles such as the Fiends, Omertas and White Legs are directly involved with him.
  • Badass Bookworm: He was originally a linguist, sent by the Followers of the Apocalypse to research tribal dialects. His tagged skills? Guns, Melee Weapons, and Unarmed.
  • Badass Normal: Previous major villains of the Fallout series include super-computers, the President of the United States, and the psychic leader of the Super Mutants. Caesar is just a normal civilian born in the wastes, and rose to power by uniting raider tribes and galvanizing them into a warrior culture to create one of the most powerful armies in the Wasteland. Also notable is that unlike them, if the player chooses to side with him, Caesar can win and become a God Emperor ruling over the Mojave from a New Vegas throne.
  • Bad Boss: Joshua Graham found out the hard way. He can also be this to the Courier if you fail/question him, but if you don't he's happy to congratulate you and make small talk.
  • Bait the Dog: Double Subverted. The Legion seem to be nothing more than well trained savages...at first. However, meeting Caesar reveals he's a very thoughtful and cerebral individual who sees the Legion as the means to create a stable society. Then it turns out as soon as anyone ticks him off he drops all pretension of noble intentions, will remorselessly murder children and torture you to death for his personal amusement.
  • Bald of Evil: Even lampshaded by Mr. House.
  • Berserk Button: The man has several sore subjects, and bringing them up will cut right through his calm, sophisticated surface and cause him to throw a childish temper-tantrum.
    • Among these include Joshua Graham, and being told "no".
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the game has to one, unless you side with him. Of the four questlines leading to the final battle, all of them except for siding with the Legion involve you stopping Hoover Dam from falling under their control. The endings for the other factions vary depending on your actions and which of the Wild Card/House/NCR questlines you take, but there's always the possibility of the faction surviving or prospering. A victory for the Legion, however, results in most factions fleeing the region or being utterly exterminated.
    • Also the Bigger Bad of Honest Hearts, where he ordered the White Legs to exterminate New Canaan and its allies. He also sent Ulysses to give them machine guns and train them in their use.
    • Big Good: However, to a Legion Courier unless they decide to kill him and install Lanius as Caesar, Caesar will serve as this to the player: after all, it's he who you're taking your orders from and it's him who you're attempting to install as the ruler of the Mojave (and eventually California as well). However, as a Legion affiliated Courier is almost bound to be a Villain Protagonist, this can be left up for interpretation.
  • Black Sheep: As a child, he did never fit in with the Followers of the Apocalypse due to his petulance and narcissism.
  • Blood Knight: Caesar hides it better than Lanius, but he revels in violence. He'll scold the Courier for their lack of sadism if they ask to release Benny, and afterwards he gloats about the satisfaction of destroying his enemies and genocide. If you refuse to help him further, he'll threaten to have you cut to pieces for his enjoyment.
  • Bonus Boss: At no point in the game does Caesar need to be killed to proceed with any questline, and killing him only affects the ending and a handful of sidequests, so the player is free to engage him or not at their choosing. Compared to Lanius, he's a pushover, but he's still a respectably powered combatant armed with one of the best hand-to-hand weapons in the game, and accompanied by his five bodyguards also armed with powerful hand-to-hand weapons, in his tent which is very small and has nowhere for you to run. Doubles as a Wake-Up Call Boss in this regard — he'll fall easily enough if you face him later in the game, but if you think you can take him early on, you're in for a painful lesson.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: See Eviler than Thou below.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It's his M.O. to recruit disaffected local factions to help him take over a region, then exterminate or forcibly assimilate them once they're no longer useful. In his ending, the only Mojave allies he doesn't screw over are the ones strong enough to seriously hurt the Legion.
  • Classic Villain: Vice: Ambition, Wrath, Pride and Cruelty. His baldness, educated vocabulary and crude mannerisms separate him from other members of the Legion and wastelanders in general. He tries to lure both the Courier and groups like the Khans into his service by pretending to be less malevolent than he really is. The true depth of his malevolence is revealed when he destroys New Canaan, and as for an iconic demise, the game gives him three. If left alone he'll die of a tumor which could have been prevented by the very technology he banned; in the House/Yes Man ending he's killed by the Securitrons who were activated due to his hubris due to his over confidence in his ability to control the Courier; or he can be stabbed just like his historical namesake.
  • The Corrupter: While he prefers brute force, Caesar isn't above using temptation as a weapon. When attempting to recruit the Courier, he tries to bribe them into obeying him by offering them revenge on Benny. Even if you make it clear you want him freed and have to mercy-kill him to save him from crucifixion, Caesar glibly assumes not only that you enjoyed it but that it won you over.
  • Defector from Decadence: One of Caesar's motivations, evidenced by all his talk of "profligates" and "degenerates". Caesar was originally an NCR citizen and a member of the Followers Of Apocalypse. He left the two groups because he disagreed with them ideologically.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: If the Courier tries to have Benny released he'll blackmail you into killing him by threatening Benny with crucifixion. Because coercing someone who was likely your regime’s mortal enemy 24 hours ago into committing murder for your jollies is sure to win their loyalty and respect.
  • Dirty Coward: If you use the terrifying presence perk on him, he'll crumble to a stuttering wreck and throw his guards at you.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's almost universally condescending and smug towards you. Even if you do all he asks and have an Idolized reputation with the Legion, he's liable to refuse to answer your questions and will tell you that the reason you should do as he orders is because he ordered you to do it. He's this way even after just waking up from life-saving brain surgery that you yourself gave him.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: While he doesn't take it to the same level as Lanius, Caesar's rule creates a society where rape is legal; women are reduced to drones or sex slaves; men are trained to be bloodthirsty killers; sadism is promoted as a virtue and the sick, the elderly, and homosexuals are exterminated. And this is no temporary wartime measure - Caesar maintains these "standards" even after taking New Vegas.
  • Emperor Social Scientist: He built the Legion out of a few tribes by using his academic knowledge of Pre-War government, military tactics and Roman history.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Even if you're a puppy-hugging paragon of kindness, Caesar is completely convinced that you'll want to join his army of rapists, murderers and genocidal madmen. Judging from his attitude and dialogue, it is pretty evident that his big ego leads him to believe that anyone with an ounce of competence must think exactly like he does.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Joshua Graham. Both are charismatic leaders with an appetite for violence, both were responsible for founding the Legion and seek to uplift the people of the Wasteland. However, in contrast to Caesar's egotism, Joshua is capable of realizing his personal flaws and taking responsibility for his mistakes. He prefers to let people make their own choices and doesn't like his semi-religious image among the tribes - particularly because he's religious himself. In contrast, Caesar looks down on everyone around him, co-opts ancient beliefs for his own ends while believing none of them and openly pretends to be a god.
    • To a Good Karma Courier as well. Both seek to shape the future of New Vegas, both can potentially own Rex, befriend Arcade and gather a group of followers. However, while the Courier can encourage rival groups such as the NCR, Brotherhood and Followers to peacefully co operate Caesar violently takes over any opposing groups and eradicates cultural differences. While the Courier and Arcade's relationship is built on mutual trust and respect and helps him to overcome his internal conflicts, his relationship with the Caesar is one of forced compliance that eventually drives him to suicide. Additionally, the Courier can be forgiving to the point where they spare Benny despite him giving you every reason to kill you while Caesar wipes out entire communities over minor slights.
  • Evil Feels Good: After executing Benny, he admits that he finds torture and genocide especially entertaining.
  • Evil Gloating: Smugly boasts about his conquests and atrocities and flat out admits killing his enemies is the most satisfying thing about his job.
  • Evil Is Petty: He threatens to kill you just for bringing up his defeat at Hoover Dam and throws a childish tantrum (complete with name-calling) if you decide to stop working for him. Taken Up to Eleven in Honest Hearts where he destroys New Canaan and tries to kill anyone connected to them, simply to get back at Joshua Graham.
  • Evil Overlord: A post-apocalyptic version.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Edward.
  • Evil Luddite: He believes that introducing modern technology (especially medicine) to a population will corrupt them and harm their cultural development by making them weak and dependent.
  • Eviler than Thou: While previous Fallout Big Bads regretted their actions, seeing them as necessary evils (Richardson, The Master) or were at worst mechanically indifferent (Eden, Calculator), Caesar outright revels in the carnage he causes, needing nothing more than a personal grudge to justify wiping out a stable, altruistic community. In this sense, he somewhat resembles Frank Horrigan, down to there being no way to talk him out of his madness.
  • Expy: Has more than a few important similarities to Ashur from The Pitt DLC of Fallout 3 — a charismatic and powerful leader that has organized tribals and raiders into a superpower in the name of brutal but efficient and well-meant societal reformation, but they're more loyal to the leader than his visions and they'll fall apart without his leadership. The key differences are that the Legion is aggressively expanding its reach and values to other towns, and Ashur is aware of his flaws and plans to reform his men once they achieve their goals, while Caesar is an egomaniacal sadist who commits genocide out of spite, ignorant of the damage he's doing to the world.
  • Fatal Flaw: His pride and cruelty.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Occasionally he's genuinely Affably Evil but he's usually closer to this. One of his favourite tactics is to feign friendship with groups like the Khans and enslave them as soon as they've served their purpose. When you first meet him, he makes very thinly veiled insults at your intelligence and even something as simple as showing concern about his health or the first battle of Hoover Dam can get you a death threat. Even when he explains his philosophy he's extremely smug and condescending, though he does develop a respect for your intelligence after you cure his tumour.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Founder of the Legion and developer of its ideals.
  • Freudian Excuse: His brutality as well as his disdain for and abuse of tribals may stem from the loss of his father to raiders at a young age. However, this is downplayed compared to previous Big Bads. The Master and Frank Horrigan went through extreme physical and mental trauma that turned them into monsters (the latter also suffered from indoctrination and mental illness throughout his childhood) while Autumn and Richardson were born into groups with very strict dogma. Caesar was raised by a loving mother and the most unambiguously good faction in the safest, most sable region of the Fallout universe yet he turned out even more cold blooded and sadistic than all the previous villains before him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was the only child from a poor family that was raised as a Follower of the Apocalypse before he became the ruler of the Legion.
  • Genius Bruiser: Originally more of a Badass Bookworm. By the time of the game, his brutish appearance and thuggish attitude cover up his more cerebral side.
  • Genre Blind: His attempts to turn the Courier to his side (or lack thereof) reek of this. It doesn't even occur to him that a female Courier would be put off by the Legion's misogyny or the rape threats Siri warns her of in his camp.
  • Genre Savvy: If the Remnants fought for a Legion victory, Caesar is at least knowledgeable enough about the Enclave to leave them alone. Lanius, meanwhile, decides to hunt them down, leading to Legionnaires dying by the hundreds (and still failing to kill them).
  • The Heart: An extremely twisted version of this trope. While Vulpes and Lanius have more common sense, take a more active role in planning and carrying out the Legion’s deed and have more tactical savvy, Caesar is the one who holds to Legion together and informs its values.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: You can get through an NCR aligned path and never meet him once in the entire game. Also fulfills this in Honest Hearts, where he never appears but still serves as the main antagonist.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yes, that person who killed the very best of my spies, levelled Nelson, saved my hated former Legate and went around helping addicts and practicing science will be a perfect recruit for my misogynist, ruthless, anti-intellectual empire! It doesn't help that Caesar sees Lanius as nothing more than a brute, even though the Legate is at least as cerebral - and a lot more mature.
  • Hypocrite: What's that, Caesar? Science Is Bad? Medicine shouldn't be be allowed because the weak don't deserve to live?
    • Is that an Auto Doc next to your bed?
    • He also apparently has no problem with taking Rex, a cyberdog, in as his personal hound.
    • Ulysses straight up calls Caesar "History's Hypocrite" if you tell him that Caesar is dead. He then goes on to tell the Courier that if Caesar was too weak to defend himself from you, then by his own logic, he was too weak to lead.
    • He complains about how NCR's rampant capitalism and greed have made ordinary people suffer. Yet he devotes massive Legion resources to protecting merchants and caravans (some of whom, like Dale Barton, have profited directly from the Legion's war effort) while turning a blind eye to the extreme levels of sexual violence and abuse women in Legion territory go through.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Averted. Caesar revels in the brutality of the Legion to the point where he scolds the Courier for not sharing his bloodlust. His plans to conquer Vegas revolve around changing the Legion's infrastructure, not its moral compass.
  • Idiot Ball: Grabs a big one when he invites you to his camp.
    • Even if you've killed every single Legion member you've ever seen up until that point, Caesar pardons you and invites you to his camp to meet you face to face, then hands you the Platinum Chip he took from you and invites you to claim your weapons from his men. While the NCR and House at least try to give you an appealing offer, the most Caesar offers is the opportunity to kill Benny if you haven't already done so. And if you have, he still invites you. Caesar even lampshades this by asking why you'd come to meet him in person when all you've done is sabotage the Legion.
    • He fully trusts you to enter the bunker under the camp and destroy what you find down there, despite having no way of knowing what is down there, and never investigates if you actually destroyed it. You can even ask him why he trusts you, and Caesar gives a Hand Wave he doesn't want to expose the Legionnaires to technology of that level.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: He'll refuse to let you work for the Legion until you agree to kill Benny.
  • Insufferable Genius: When the Courier asks him what Hegelian dialectic is, he responds that the simple explanation is that it's something that he/she would know about if he/she read books.
  • Jerkass: Regardless of the Legion's morality Caesar himself is a venomously despicable individual. At his best he's smug, condescending and rude. At his worst he gleefully butchers the sick, old, children and communities for petty revenge with only his Pet the Dog moments saving him. That said those moments of decency arguably make him worse since most legionaries have been conditioned from childhood to be monsters, while Caesar chose to be one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first the Legion appear to be nothing more than an organized band of raiders. Then you meet the man himself and you find out it's all part of an elaborate plan to create a world that won't destroy itself...then you find out he's a bad tempered sadist who commits mass genocide over personal grudges, has people tortured to death for disrupting his sleep, finds torture and violence entertaining and loves every moment of his conquering and killing, suggesting his idea of what a better world is may be somewhat different from that of most sane people.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Whatever good intentions he may have had in the first place have long been replaced by a crueler and more sadistic mindset. Actions such as the sacking of New Canaan, forcing you to kill Benny, and having you torn apart for his amusement if you decide not to work for him certainly can't be justified as "pragmatism".
  • Karmic Death: What Caesar will inevitably receive if his brain tumor runs its course: A death at the hands of something potentially preventable by the very technology he banned from his civilization. Not that he didn't try said technology...
    • As noted under Hypocrite above, Ulysses comments that if Caesar dies, either by your hand or the brain tumor, then by the laws of his own Legion he was weak and didn't deserve to live.
    • Also, the Gun Runners' Arsenal rewards the player for killing him in two very specific ways: stabbing him to death with a knife ("Historical Propriety") or crippling his head with a throwing spear ("Even A God-King Can Bleed"). Arcade even gives you props for the accuracy of your historical re-enactment.
  • Karma Houdini: If the Legion wins.
  • Kick the Dog: Caesar is not a good person by any definition of the phrase, but destroying New Canaan along with any tribe with the slightest connection to them simply to spite Graham is easily his most gratuitously cruel act. It doesn't even have the flimsy justification Caesar uses to rationalize his aggression against NCR or Nipton; it was a peaceful, altruistic community that simply happened to have produced a Legate who failed him.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: A Good Legion aligned Courier is the only thing the Legion gets in the way of decent members. But chances are it won’t make much impact since Caesar will respond to even innocent questions with spite and verbal abuse and will promptly have you tortured to death if you disobey him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Sadistic Choice he threatens the Courier with if they try to save Benny shows what he lacks in foresight he makes up for in cunning.
  • Meaningful Name: He took the name precisely for the symbolism of it. While there are many "Caesars" in history, Caesar models himself specifically after Julius Caesar. He directly compares the Hoover Dam and his conquest of the Mojave to when Caesar crossed the Rubican river with his legion to begin his coup, becoming a dictator that transformed the democratic Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.
  • Might Makes Right: His philosophy. You can promptly kill him to prove that he can't live up to his own ideology. If you do, Ulysses straight up calls Caesar "History's Hypocrite" if you tell him that Caesar is dead. He then goes on to tell the Courier that if Caesar was too weak to defend himself from you, then by his own logic he was too weak to lead.
  • Morality Pet: If Arcade is forced into his service he genuinely grows fond of him and is devastated by his suicide. This is even more remarkable because Caesar apparently enjoyed political debates with him, when his usual reaction to having is values questioned is a little… zealous.
  • Moral Sociopathy: Caesar has a sense of morality. He holds the NCR in contempt for squandering the ‘common good’, respects his worthy opponents and has a strong belief in civic duty and maintaining a strong nation. However, it’s made perfectly clear he’s more interested in fulfilling philosophical abstractions and aside from occasional lip service, doesn’t care about people’s welfare. He butchers entire nations over personal grudges, dooms most of his subjects to a life of rape and slavery, kills people for interrupting his sleep and his smug, tortures them for entertainment and his self-congratulatory boasting about his past victories mixed in with talk of ordering the killing of children makes it clear he doesn’t have a shred of remorse over what he’s done.
  • Necessary Evil: Averted. Caesar believes he's working for the greater good, but unlike Ashur or the Master he doesn't see his actions as moral compromises.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While Caesar isn't actually a bad fighter, as you'll find out if you enter his tent and try killing him, he's more of a behind the scenes guy. He lets Lanius take command for the Battle of Hoover Dam. House even states that Caesar has minimal effect in the final conflict. Then again, he is an old man with a brain tumor and therefore in no condition to actually participate in combat. Besides, Lanius has it well in hand, and is a far more competent fighter and frontline general than Caesar.
  • No Sympathy: While Caesar has his Pet the Dog moments, he's perfectly capable of committing mass genocide without a blink.
  • Parental Abandonment and/or Disappeared Dad: In the supplemental material in the collector's guide, his father left him with the Followers of the Apocalypse when he was five. In-game, he tells the Courier that his father was killed by raiders when he was two.
  • Pet the Dog: If he takes over Vegas, Caesar allows the Followers to leave peacefully since they're the ones who raised him in the first place.
    • He'll also give Hanlon a quick, painless death out of respect, which is better than what Lanius gives him.
    • Should you sell Arcade into slavery, he'll try to treat him reasonably and will be devastated when Arcade kills himself.
    • He genuinely thanks you if you cure him and praise you repeatedly if you accomplish his missions.
  • Prepare to Die: If the Courier comes to see him by his invitation and has a bad rep with the Legion, Caesar will tell you that it was all a trap and he's going to kill you on the spot. And then...
  • The Philosopher: Surprising considering the Legion's general mentality, though he will not tolerate being questioned back from anybody apart from Arcade.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Surprisingly averted. Word of God (or more precisely J.E Sawyer) confirms that while most Legionnaires are chauvinist, Caesar himself keeps women at home because they're the only ones capable of breeding to keep up the Legion's numbers, and recruits every single able-bodied male into the military under threat of execution. His point is not that this makes Caesar's view of women or how they're treated in the Legion "okay", but rather that men are brutally indoctrinated, stripped of their cultural identities and marched off to die by their hundreds in battle. Both genders are shoved into nasty, brutal duties, with their only escape a painful death. It's absolutely sexist and disgusting - for both sexes.
  • Power Fist: He wears a Displacer Glove, and can still punch you to death with it.
  • Pride: Caesar refuses to talk about past defeats, to the point where he threatens to kill you for asking about the First Battle of Hoover Dam.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: It's very evident that he hasn't grown out of the narcissistic and petulant nature that created the rift between him and the other Followers back in the day. He reacts poorly if the Courier tells him that s/he's done working for him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Whether he's relating his past attoricties, or you most recent dirty deeds in the Legion's name, he always has a sneering grin.
  • Obliviously Evil: He believes that his actions will ensure humanity's longevity, but his lack of empathy for others prevents him from realizing he's created something at least as nightmarish.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: He doesn't like hearing the word "no". Not one bit.
  • Retired Badass: He may not lead his man in battle any more, but he can still punch you to death. He also outshines the other faction leaders in combat skills.
  • Sadistic Choice: Forced on you if you try to have Benny released. Either you kill Benny yourself, fight a near-impossible battle with Caesar and all his guards sans your weapons, or leave, in which case Benny's doomed to crucifixion.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Easily the most foul-mouthed member of the Legion.
  • Smug Snake: For all his talk of admiring the Courier's achievements, Caesar still looks down on him/her and pretty much anyone else. If asked about his philosophy, he'll make smarmy jabs at your intelligence yet still remain completely convinced you'll join him despite his disrespect. However, make no mistake - unlike most characters who fit this trope, he's every bit as dangerous as he thinks he is.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The rest of the Legion may be extremely impolite to you, but they're formal about it. Caesar, while he can be just as formal as his subordinates, throws around the word "fuck" and name-drops Grognak the Barbarian to the Courier. This is especially pronounced when he's afflicted by his brain tumor. Paraphrased:
    Caesar: What does it look like, asshole?
  • To Create A Playground For Evil: Though his main objective is to create a stable society Caesar also wants to create an environment that encourages practises such as sadism and cannibalism even though they don't have any purpose beyond giving him an opportunity to further torture his enemies.
  • Troll: If you've opposed the Legion he'll dramatically list all the crimes you've committed, culminating in declaring your execution, but then reveal he was just screwing with you. Essentially, he's what you'd get if you combined the Illusive Man's intelligence and ambition with Kai Leng's personality.
  • The Unfettered: Whether it's bending his own laws to survive his tumour, crucifying his enemies, legalising rape to maintain the Legion's numbers or wiping out a peaceful city to punish Graham for failing him, there is nothing to which Caesar won't stoop to get his way.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If you blow up the bunker underneath his fort but then say you refuse to work for him any more (or just pretend to), he'll start cursing and throwing a temper tantrum. Then you can threaten him with Terrifying Presence, resulting in him crying for his guards.
  • Visionary Villain: This is the major thing that separates Caesar and his men from a particularly zealous bunch of raiders. Caesar actually has plans to create a new world once the Legion plants its flag on Vegas, and talking to him at length reveals he has a surprising knowledge of government and social science and understands exactly what he is doing and what the results will be, for better and worse.
  • We Can Rule Together: to both the Courier and multiple factions. While he keeps up his word with the Courier (making him one of his lieutenants and rewarding him handsomely in the Legion Ending), he "rewards" the Khan with forced assimilation and the Fiends with extermination.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His ultimate goal is to unite the remnants of humanity and prevent a tragedy like the Great War from ever happening again. But his method for achieving that noble goal is morally questionable.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: If you neither do his quests nor go back to the Fort of your own accord to assassinate him, he simply disappears from the narrative. He doesn't even get mentioned in the epilogue. You'll only find out what happened to him if you read a guide or go back and complete "Render Unto Caesar" on your next play-through.
  • Wicked Cultured: Caesar is a highly educated man and enjoys political/philosophical debates. He is also a knowledgeable historian who justifies his extreme actions by naming historical examples.
  • Wolfpack Boss: By himself, he's basically just a normal Praetorian Guard with slightly worse armor. However, he has several Elite Mooks equipped with the most powerful hand-to-hand weapons in the game guarding him, as well as one powerful hand-to-hand weapon of his own. It's not very hard to take them all out if you know what to do, but they'll kill you quickly if you screw up.
  • Worthy Opponent: One of his very few redeeming traits.
    • If he conquers Vegas, Caesar grants Chief Hanlon a quick death out of respect for his victory over the Legion at Hoover Dam, and allows the Followers to leave the Mojave despite their philosophical differences.
    • It is also clear that he admires Kimball for his status as a former war hero and general, his autocratic attitude towards governing, and his draconian approach to warfare. But at the same time, he despises him for choosing to get elected democratically instead of staging a military coup.
    • Interestingly, he doesn't see the Courier this way. He'll constantly and openly insult your intelligence, and get mad when you show even the smallest disagreement. Once it's clear you have no interest in helping him, he'll throw a tantrum, call you names and promise you a humiliating, painful death if you continue to oppose him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had the entire population of New Canaan wiped out including the children. Oddly, he claims that he talked Lanius out of killing the surviving children of his tribe, though this was likely just pragmatism since they would likely be drafted as legionaries. Or it was just a bare-faced lie, considering the Legate's Multiple Choice Past.
  • Young Conqueror: He founded the Legion at the age of 22.
  • You're Insane!: Dummied Out dialogue from Arcade would direct this at him.

    Lucius 

Voiced by: Yuri Lowenthal

"Unlike an NCR trooper, a Legionary is always ready to fight regardless of the circumstance he finds himself in."

The head of Caesar's Praetorian Guard, he is a master of unarmed combat and assists in training Legionaries.


Provides examples of:

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He got to his position by fighting his way to the top, and has not been challenged in over thirteen years. Caesar suspects however it is more about respect from his underlings than fear of his prowess.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: As a member of the Praetorian Guard, he specializes in Hand-to-Hand combat and can even teach the Courier a new combat move, provided that they're not completely hostile to the Legion and they have a high enough Unarmed skill.
  • Bigger Stick: He's in the process of repairing a howitzer to take out NCR's snipers.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Since Caesar's brain tumor only starts showing its effects during the main questline, Lucius suspects you to be the cause of them. If you botch the surgery and kill Caesar, Lucius declares you did it on purpose, even if it was an accident. On the other hand the player can botch it on purpose and claim it was an accident to try and get away with it, making Lucius Properly Paranoid.
  • The Dragon: If Caesar dies, Lucius says Lanius who replaces him has not named a second yet, but his own name has been whispered.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's ashamed of his tribal origins, considering them primitive savages, and Caesar lifted them to something more.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's not only a very powerful melee combatant, but he has a better sense warfare than even Caesar possesses. For instance, he considers the Legion to have lost the First Battle of Hoover Dam because NCR's snipers killed their commanders from range, causing the lower-ranked Legionaries to fall apart without someone to give orders. For this reason he's planning to repair a howitzer to suppress this tactic should they try it again. He also acknowledges the Legion's reliance on the Zerg Rush is flawed, since sheer numbers are not always enough to prevail, you need tactics.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: He's the least evil among the legion leaders. He isn't a man-child that exterminates settlements over petty personal revenge like Caesar, nor does he partake in horrendous terrorist acts like Vulpes or is as brutal as Lanius. He's even registered as neutral karma — but so is Lanius.
  • Light Is Not Good: Invoked by his name, which is Latin for "light".
  • Noble Demon: In contrast to most of the Legion members you meet, Lucius is a fairly a decent guy. At the least, he doesn't seem to rejoice in causing rampant slaughter like Vulpes and Lanius, and isn't a rude jerk like Caesar himself.
  • Power Fist: Comes equipped with a Ballistics Fist.
  • Praetorian Guard: He's the leader of them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He says this is why Caesar teaches the Legionaries to be proficient with their bare hands and simple weapons instead of firearms. Firearms can jam, break down, or miss, and you may not always have them, so specializing in Unarmed tactics lets a Legonary be ready to fight no matter the situation.
  • Straight for the Commander: He considers this trope to be why the Legion lost the First Battle of Hoover Dam. NCR's rangers picked off the ranking officers leading the attack from range, and with no one to command them the lesser Legionaries fell apart, because none of them had the sense of tactics to be effective without someone to give orders. This is also in contrast to most other Legion members who when asked about the subject blame it on Joshua Graham and don't offer any further opinion.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Caesar. When he thinks you've caused his death during his surgery is the only time he really gets angry with you, and if you talk him down he tells you he lost his temper out of grief and loyalty.
  • You Are in Command Now: He takes over the Fort when Caesar is incapacitated by his tumor, and remains in charge if he dies, though Lanius is the overall leader of the Legion now.

    Vulpes Inculta 

Voiced by: Jason Spisak

"Do whatever Caesar tells you to do. And whenever the opportunity presents, strike at the Profligates. Pile body upon body."

The head of Caesar's Frumentarii, and one of the more undeniably evil men in the game. He's responsible for the destruction of Searchlight, the alliance with the Great Khans, the plot with the Omertas, and the pacification of the Twisted Hairs. When the Courier encounters him, he and his men have just finished sacking the small town of Nipton.


Provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Like many other characters in the game, his friendliness to the main character is the only thing keeping most players from murdering him on sight.
  • Animal Theme Naming: His name translates into "Desert Fox". And of course there's the dog head he wears.
  • Bait the Dog: Close investigation shows Nipton really was the Wretched Hive he describes, and even if you disagree with his actions, you can at least understand his goals... until even closer inscpection shows he lied about the town's cowardice to make it seem more deserving than it really was. And if that wasn't enough, he plans to massacre the civilian population of Vegas in an onslaught so brutal it disgusted even Lanius. He has the dubious honor of being labeled a "Very Evil" character in-game, something that is only given to four other characters: Cook-Cook, Duke, Mortimer and Philippe.
  • Blonde Guys Are Evil: Although the in-game version has brown hair, the depiction of him on the Collector's Edition card deck shows him with very light blond hair.
  • Chainsaw Good: The Legion usually prefers to use simple and easily maintained weapons. Not Vulpes. He has a Ripper instead, and it's implied that he mostly just uses it for torturing.
  • Cool Shades: As part of his Vexilarius Helm.
  • Creepy Monotone: His normal way of speaking is a calm, quiet tone; he hardly ever emotes much, even when talking about brutally slaughtering an entire town. His cavalier attitude just makes him even scarier.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: When him and his men sacked Nipton, they killed almost everyone there. Many were herded into the town hall to be mauled by rabid dogs. Some lucky ones were just shot or decapitated. The rest were either crucified or taken away into slavery, and the mayor who collaborated to escape the town's destruction was thrown into a pile of tires and burned alive. There were two survivors - one left physically unharmed, and the other got the bones in his legs smashed with sledgehammers.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: It's part of his theme.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He never speaks in anything but a cold and smooth voice.
    • Unless you go all Terrifying Presence on him and tell him you'll wear his head like he wears that dog's.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His appearance and the way he coldly explains how he handled Nipton sets the tone for both him and the Legion for the rest of the game.
  • Evil Genius: He's rather clever. See The Strategist.
  • Genre Savvy/Only Sane Man: The only member of the Legion to suspect the Courier who may have stormed Nelson, saved Joshua Graham and butchered waves of Legion assassins might not be sincere about joining the horde of Blood Knights that a day ago wanted them dead.
    • Idiot Ball: This doesn't stop him from going in unarmed and alone when he delivers the Mark of Caesar to the Courier.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His sacking of Nipton becomes downright cathartic once you realize what a crime filled hellhole the place was. Then you find out he was lying to an extent and the trope essentially gets turned on its head.
  • Meaningful Name: "Desert fox." Probably in reference to his cunning, especially as the originator of that nickname also happens to be the trope namer for invoked Magnificent Bastard.
  • Nemean Skinning: He wears a Vexilarius Helm when out in the field.
  • Not So Stoic: He's normally pretty blase, but there are a few moments when this slips.
    • If you accuse him of "slaughtering innocent civilians", he laughs in your face.
  • Older Than He Looks: He was the one who pacified the Twisted Hairs, the tribe that Ulysses belonged to, an event that happened around 30 years before the main game.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: A definite believer of this. Don't believe him? Just ask Nipton. He'll even tell you straight up to kill him if you believe he's in the wrong.
  • Promotion Not Punishment: The act that got him promoted to Frumentarius involved acting without orders from his commanding officer, which could have got him executed if Caesar hadn't been so impressed by it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Lanius' red. While Lanius is a Blood Knight who prefers glory in open war, Vulpes works in subversive ways that the Legate considers dishonorable.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: If he's still alive by the time you get to the Strip, he'll be there to give you a message to come see Caesar disguised as a Gambler, including a suit and a hat.
  • Smug Snake: Not as bad as Caesar or most legionaries, as he at least has the sense to mistrust the Courier, but he's still stuck-up enough to boast that if Caesar wanted you dead, you would be. You can repay him for his bravado by killing him, his master and most of the Legion's big wigs when you storm the fort.
  • The Spock: The most analytical and logical member of the Legion. While Caesar acts more on passion, Vulpes is more aloof and tends to plot out his attacks and discern their psychological impact beforehand. For instance, Nipton's destruction was painstakingly detailed to puncture NCR's morale, while the destruction of New Canaan boiled down to a glorified tantrum on Caesar's part.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The quiet, measured way he speaks just serves to make him all the creepier.
  • Shoot the Messenger: If you meet him in Vegas as he tries to act as a diplomat, there's nothing stopping you from killing him or his replacement on the spot.
  • The Spymaster: He's the head of the Frumentarii, in charge or overseeing all the Legion's covert-ops and military intelligence actives. You can take a few missions from him as well.
    • If you didn't kill him at Nipton, he'll approach you on the Strip to give you the Mark of Caesar. If you ask him how he even found you or how he got into the Strip, he'll just say that he has his methods as a Frumentarii. The implication being that he's been following you everywhere.
  • The Stoic: He shows about as much emotion as a robot, even when ransacking Nipton.
  • Straight for the Commander: His backstory has him winning a victory for the Legion over a rival tribe by charging through a hole in their defences and capturing their chieftain. This impresses Caesar and earns him a place amongst the Frumentarii.
  • The Strategist: By far the most competent officer in the Legion. He was responsible for the sacking of Nipton behind NCR linesnote , the dirty bomb attack on Camp Searchlight (a large NCR base, the destruction of which crippled their presence in the region), the establishment of the base at Cottonwood Cove, the alliance with the Great Khans (as he's The Spymaster, and the ambassador is one of his Frumentarii), and the plan with the Omertas to chlorine bomb the Strip, leaving it open for the taking for the Legion after the Omertas try to take it themselves. Not to mention that he was the one responsible for pacifying and assimilating the Twisted Hairs tribe in the backstory.
  • Unreliable Expositor: He claims none of Nipton's population tried to fight back during the lottery - but if you poke around the town, you come across three dead legionaries and several signs of struggle.

    Legate Lanius 

Voiced by: Mitch Lewis

"Lanius is savage. Savagely loyal, too, but only to me - he has no love for the Legion. But this has its uses. He has no attachment to his men, no compunction about battlefield losses. All he cares about is destroying the enemy. When another Legatus or Centurion fails to achieve results, I send Lanius to make things right. His first step is to beat the failed commander to death in front of his assembled troops. Then he orders the ritual of decimatio."
Caesar, on his second in command.

Known as "The Monster of the East," Legate Lanius is Caesar's right-hand man and the commander of the Legion's army.


Provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Much like the other Legion bosses. Bonus point for not being a Smug Snake. See mentioned trope below.
  • Badass: In the game files, he's even listed as "Legionary Badass".
    • Badass Baritone: Has one of the deepest voices in the series.
    • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the head of the army and Caesar's second-in-command, and he has the power to defend his claim.
    • Badass Boast: See his quote. In fact, nearly every quote by him is a Badass Boast.
    • Badass Beard: Although you can't see it when you fight him due to his mask, which itself has one.
    • Four-Star Badass: The best general in the legion.
    • One-Man Army: Lucius says that Lanius once beat ten men to death in the arena. Alone. At the same time. Bare handed. One account of his multiple choice past also had him wipe out entire Legion patrols when the Legion came to conquer his tribe, the Hidebarks. When his tribe's chieftan tried to surrender to the Legion to stop the bloodshed, Lanius flew into a blind rage and killed nearly every warrior that was left.
  • Bad Boss: The Radio New Vegas news story in which he is first mentioned involves him beating an under-performing squad commander to death, and then ordering nine-tenths of the force to kill the remaining tenth. (That last bit is actually rather expected of a Roman-esque military force, considering the actual practice of Decimation.)
    Mr. New Vegas: And you thought your boss was a pain.
    • Oddly enough, talking to him shows he at least disapproves of wasting the lives of his soldiers and has a limit to how much of his men he's willing to lose.
  • Bait the Dog: His intelligence, respectful attitude and sense of honor might lure you into thinking he's not that bad a guy, but his rule of Vegas is even more brutal than Caesar's.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Featured on his mask. His actual beard is much less wild.
  • BFS: The Blade of the East. Sadly, should you take it from him you likely won't have many enemies you can use it on, and even if you do the game finishes not long after. However, Lonesome Road features near-identical weapons known as Blades of the West, which were specifically made by the Marked Men to emulate Lanius' sword.
  • Berserk Button: Becomes enraged if you compare him to Graham and any attempts to talk him into withdrawing will fail if he suspects any dishonesty or dishonorable motives on your part. In general, he despises deception, which is what brings him at odds with Vulpes as he believes that victory in battle should be honest, purchased with blood.
  • Blood Knight: He considers war to be the entire point of living. If you managed to talk him in to retreating, he will give you a speech about how violence will set people free in ways that they will never understand and give them strength. In the Legion road, if asked about the battle, he will say he regrets fighting Oliver instead of Hanlon - because Oliver makes his victory too easy.
    • He even uses you as proof of this, pointing out all the things you have done after getting shot in the head.
  • The Brute: Alternates between this and The Dragon, though he isn't stupid.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: There's a lot of build-up around him, especially from other legionnaires and the DLC Lonesome Road.
  • Child Soldier: One story of his Multiple Choice Past had him become a legionary at the age of twelve after killing fifteen men with a sword. They had guns, by the way.
  • Cool Helmet: You can even complement him on it, while saying it will make a nice trophy. Overlaps with Mask Power.
  • Hypocrite: He really does hate cowardice and approves of honorable battle... yet he'll refuse to battle you alone if your speech skill is not high enough and he'll send his Praetorian Guards to gang up on you as well as running away when low on health.
  • The Dragon: He's the Legion's second-in-command and the most powerful warrior that they have, second only to Graham.
    • Co-Dragons: With Vulpes Inculta and technically Lucius, who's Caesar's chief bodyguard.
    • Dragon Ascendant: Becomes this if you kill Caesar.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: He's the general of the Legion and the commander for the final battle. House predicts the Legion would collapse in a year without Caesar, though.
  • The Dreaded: Most of the NCR is scared of him, and rightly so.
  • Dumb Muscle: We might get this impression, especially from Caesar, and while he certainly lacks Caesar's foresight this is largely averted. See Genius Bruiser below.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: While Caesar's rule is hardly anything to look forward to, Lanius' rule is much much worse with the intention of creating a Darwinistic world where the weak would be broken by violence while the strong thrive in constant warfare.
  • Easy Logistics: He completely disregards logistics in his campaign. You can point out to him in the final battle that even if he somehow wins at Hoover Dam, his attempts to capture the NCR will only result in the collapse of the Legion as the NCR, in a much better logistical situation, stages attrition warfare among the overstretched, poorly armed, and inadequately supplied legionaries.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He finds Vulpes Inculta's sacking of Nipton, Searchlight and his dealings with the Omertas dishonorable. And he can be persuaded to retreat if he's convinced that the campaign to take over the Mojave will be too costly for the Legion in the long run.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In part owing to his mask distorting his voice, but it still counts.
  • Expy: He has similarities with the Lieutenant from the first game. They're both dragons and potentially Dragon-in-Chief. You may get the impression that they're Dumb Muscle, but in reality both are Genius Bruisers with amazing vocabulary and unfailing politeness, although Lanius is more sincere about it.
  • The Faceless: He likes to enforce this image. The only people who have 'seen' Lanius without his mask are his slaves, who were struck blind soon after.
  • Fatal Flaw: As Ulysses states, he can't afford to look weak. To talk him down, the Courier has to convince him of the possibility of failure.
    • He has an additional one in his Wrath. As Caesar tells the Courier, he has no real loyalty to the Legion itself nor does he value its members for anything other than combat. On the one hand this makes him the absolute authoritative figure as his own men fear him more than the enemy. On the other hand, while he may be more intelligent than Caesar gives him credit for, Lanius' aggression and short-sightedness make him a less effective leader than he himself believes.
  • Final Boss: Surprisingly for this game, played completely straight.
  • Flunky Boss: If you fight him, then two Praetorian Guards and a little less then a dozen Veteran Legionaries will spawn, packing ballistic fists, machetes, marksman carbines, and super sledges. However, if you talk him into fighting you alone, he becomes a Duel Boss. If you play your cards right, you can even invert it. The speech check will have him order his men to back down, but you can still have the NCR Ranger Squad Leader, one humanoid companion (e.g. Boone), one non-humanoid companion (Rex or ED-E), Cannibal Johnson, and Doctor Henry, whereas he as no other support.
  • General Failure: He's better than Graham tactically, but strategically he has absolutely no idea what he's doing. A Courier with a maxed out Barter skill can get him to retreat just by pointing out how dumb his plan is.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite being made out to be a savage brute, Lanius is actually a better tactician than Graham and Oliver and wiser than Caesar thinks. He also understands warfare enough to know that defeat in battle isn't the only way to lose a war.
  • Get Back Here Boss: After you deplete his health about 3/4, he runs away, throwing grenades to cover his retreat. He's actually running towards the pen for his dogs, when he gets there he'll unleash them, use some healing powder, and charge back at you. Unless you sabotage the pen's lock first.
  • Hidden Depths: If you were expecting to speak to a monstrous savage when you finally meet him based on the stories, you're gonna be surprised. Lanius is brutal and violent, but also intelligent, perceptive, and has a personal code of honor. For instance, he's perfectly aware the Legion's current societal structure cannot sustain itself, and will consider you a Worthy Opponent for coming to challenge him when all others in the West would have fled.
  • I Am the Noun: "I am the East. And I will prove it this day."
  • Large and in Charge: He's the tallest and physically strongest human character in the entire game, and his metal armor makes him look even bigger.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: A relatively subtle example. His quote about violence giving strength is like leveling up by killing others.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can run faster than a Deathclaw, not to mention he can take more damage than the Legendary Deathclaw and hit even harder with his sword.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: As explained further on under Memetic Badass, Caesar and the Legion have deliberately cultivated the image of Lanius as an unstoppable blood-thirsty monster, so it's ambiguous how much of what you hear of him is true. There's even a couple hints that he's a Legacy Character and there have been several Laniuses, since anyone around when he's without his masked helmet on is blind or gets blinded.
  • Made of Iron: He can take 5 anti-tank rounds to the face without even slowing down. A Legion solider at the arena mentioned that Lanius once killed 10 men in a match. All at once. Barehanded.
  • Mask Power
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "butcher," appropriately enough.
  • Memetic Badass: Not only is one in-universe, but it's an Invoked Trope. Ulysses states that Lanius is considered a near-mythical figure, both to the Legion and NCR. His power is in his reputation and all the legends about him, creating a god-like mythos to scare the Legion into loyalty and NCR into retreating. However, as the player will find out, while Lanius is certainly a powerful combatant, he is not the rampaging butcher the myths proclaim. Ulysses also says that Lanius is aware of the power his reputation holds, and will not tolerate looking weak in front of his men to avoid damaging it, thus he'll back down if he thinks he will lose.
  • Multiple Choice Past: There are several accounts of how he came to be the Legion's greatest soldier that don't quite match up with each other. For example, Caesar's account of how he was the mightiest warrior in a conquered tribe and was press-ganged into the Legion doesn't fit Lucius' claim that he was already a centurion when he was 12 years old. Likewise, Joshua Graham remarks that he never heard of Lanius during his time leading the Legion, and only learned of him recently by reputation, suggesting Lanius wasn't present or at least prominent in the Legion until after Josh's banishment, which was only seven years ago. Ulysses mentions the possibility that there has been more than one Lanius, since the only ones who have "seen" him without his mask are blinded slaves. Furthermore, this trope is likely deliberate to build up Lanius's Shrouded in Myth Memetic Badass image.
  • Noble Demon: To some extent. He dislikes Vulpes' underhanded methods (specifically his ploy with the Omertas) as well as the idea of a Pyrrhic Victory.
    • Incidentally, appealing to his sense of honor is an effective means of getting him to withdraw and has a lower skill check requirement than relying purely on Speech or Barter.
  • Not So Different: Caesar considers him to be little more than a well trained animal. However, he's actually even-tempered, calm and by far the least arrogant member of the Legion. He also seems to have more foresight than other members of the Legion.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In contrast to Caesar who doesn't really care about gender as long as he can exploit you, Lanius actively hates women, calling them 'bitches' and even thinks NCR's treatment of them is its biggest shortcoming. Depending on your Karma, he'll even threaten to rape a female Courier if you challenge him to single combat.
  • Red Baron: The Monster of the East.
  • Smug Snake: The only member of the Legion who doesn't suffer from this. He'll patiently hear you out at Hoover Dam and even accept your warnings that victory would only harm the Legion, even acknowledging that you're different from others of the West that he's met.
  • Stupid Evil: If he takes over the Legion and wins, he takes a number of steps that demonstrate what an Evil Overlord he is, but are strategically really stupid.
  • Suck Sessor: Despite being Caesar's successor if he dies, it's implied that he is less accomplished as a ruler than as a commander. Notably, in the epilogue while Caesar does tend to leave certain factions alone if he thinks they're not worth the trouble of killing (most notably the Boomers and the Enclave Remnants), Lanius will try to take them down and incur heavy losses while doing so. It's also implied that he relies primarily on fear to hold the Legion together.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: Besides his BFS, his only weapons are his Incendiary and Frag Grenades.
  • Tin Tyrant: He wears metal armor that covers every single inch of his body.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers you to be one if you managed to use speech to convince him to retreat. He even says that your views are noble, and hopes that the west will one day be full of people like you, so he can return one day and fight them in an epic battle.
    • He also considers you one if you talk him into fighting you one-on-one, musing that you were brave enough to come face him when all the armies of the NCR would not.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Is suspicious of how easily the Legion gains control of portions of Hoover Dam at the end of the game. You can suggest this is an NCR trap and you're telling Lanius this as a matter of "honor," which he will believe. The truth of the matter is that General Oliver really was that careless and the Courier is lying out of his/her ass.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Caesar, and when you bring it up, to the Legion as a whole (because it's an expression of Caesar's will).
    • Subverted in part with the Legion because, as Caesar points out, his loyalty to the Legion exists only because it's an extension of Caesar. Lanius has no loyalty to the Legion in and of itself and this may be why, if events unfold in such a way, he's such an unspectacular ruler.


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