Characters: Fallout New Vegas Caesars Legion
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''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.
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- 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 is the equivalent of President Kimball, who is a former war hero, Mr House, and Elder McNamara, who is a former Paladin, he still comes out looking rather impressive - despite having started out as a 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.
- 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 will 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).
- Safety is debatable, it's heavily implied in Honest Hearts 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.
- Also averted in the Legion ending. While it's possible for several groups to survive and prosper they do so in spite of the Legion rather than because of them, either by leaving (Khans, Followers of the Apocalypse, Novac) or simply fall off the Legion's radar (Goodsprings, Boomers, Enclave Remmnants). Even these communities don't survive if Lanius is in charge or the player doesn't intervene to help them.
- 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:
- The Big Bad: Caesar.
- The Dragon: Legate Lanius, the military commander, Caesar's heir and second in command.
- The Evil Genius: Vulpes Inculta, head of the Frumentarii (scouts and spies).
- The Brute: Lucius, chief of the bodyguards.
- The Dark Chick: Aurelis of Phoenix, who's rather eccentric for a Centurion.
- The 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:
- The Big Bad: The Legion.
- The Dragon: The Fiends, since they're the most active in terrorising 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.
- The Evil Genius: The Omertas, since there schemes involve deception and and high tech weapons.
- The Dark Chick: The Great Khans, who are more humorous and eccentric than the other groups and the least malicous.
- The 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.
- 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 not worthy 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 one of the more addictive chems. It's also implied that they manufacture Hydra themselves because it's mostly legionares who carry Cave Fungus, the rarest ingredient to Hydra, if you exclude Honest Hearts.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Cannibalism is an accepted practice among the Legion, though not all its members are cannibals.
- 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.
- 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.
"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:
"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: At first he seems like a subversion. After all, 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.
- Blatant Lies: 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.
- 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 tyres 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.
- The Dragon: To Caesar.
- 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 does not 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 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: Plays the Blue Oni to Lanius. 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 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.
- 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.
Known as "The Monster of the East
," Legate Lanius is Caesar's right-hand man and the commander of the Legion's army.
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