Glossary of Caesar's Legion terms

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The Caesar's Legion have created their own language, a combination of English, Latin and some particular terms adapted from Roman history, used in everyday communication. The following is an exhaustive glossary of Caesar's Legion terms, together with their translations (where applicable).

  • Aeternit imperi: eternal authority; referring to the perpetual authority of Caesar on the Legion and used as an inscription in the Legion aureus.[1]
  • Amicus: friend[2]; used to refer to an trusted independent ally of the Legion.[3]
  • Ave: hail; used as a greeting.[4]
  • 'Caesar
  • Caesar dictator: dictator Caesar or absolute ruler Caesar; used as an inscription in the Legion denarius.[5]
  • Capture, Captures: a term for persons that were captured during Legion raids and have yet to be trained into proper slaves.[4][6][7][8][9]
  • Centurion: chief of a hundred; an officer rank in the Legion he had 10 Decanii in his command.
  • Contubernia: the smallest organized unit of soldiers in the Roman Army and was composed of eight legionaries. Used much the same way in Caesar's Legion.[10]
  • Cursor: runner or messenger[11]; used by the Legion as a title for a legionary who ferries along the Colorado River.
  • Decanus: chief of ten; an officer rank in the Legion he had 10 Legionaries in his command.
  • Decimatio: decimation derived from Latin meaning "removal of a tenth", it was a form of military discipline used by officers in the Roman Army to punish mutinous or cowardly soldiers, used by the Legate in the Caesar's Legion against legionaries of an undisciplined officer. The Legate step to beat the failed commander to death in front of his assembled troops and after orders the decimatio. The legionaries are lined up in ranks. Every tenth man steps forward and is beaten to death by his comrades, instilling a robust obedience.[12]
  • Dissolute: from the Latin dissolutus, an immoral, degenerate person; term used to refer to people who are not members or subjects of the Legion.[13][14][15]
  • Divide et impera: divide and conquer, an expression coined by the Roman military and political leader Gaius Julius Caesar. It is a combination of political, military, and economic strategy of gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into chunks that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.[16]
  • Et cetera: Latin expression that means and other things or and so forth[17]; abbreviated as etc. in common language.
  • Frumentarii: from the Latin frumentarius, originally a soldier responsible for the collection of wheat owed by farmers, but later became to a military intelligence operative since Emperor Hadrian; used by the Legion as the name of their special forces operatives.
  • In hoc signo taurus vinces: under the sign of the bull you will win; an adaptation of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great's motto "In hoc signo vinces" incorporating the symbol of the Caesar's Legion, meaning that only those under the banner of the Caesar's Legion will win.
  • Damnatio memoraie: condemnation of memory; used to denote archenemies of the Legion, slated for elimination and erasure from history.
  • Honestas, Industria, Prudentia: Honesty, Industry, Prudence; three virtues of slaves of the Caesar's Legion.[14]
  • Magnum chasma: great abyss or great fissure; referring to the Grand Canyon and used as an inscription in the Legion denarius.[5]
  • Praetorian: derived from Latin praetoriani, it was a force of bodyguards used by Roman Emperors; used by the Legion as the name of Caesar's personal guards.
  • Pax Per Bellum: peace through war, an expression based on the Latin Si vis pacem para bellum meaning if you want peace prepare for war ; it is one of the motto of the Caesar's Legion and used as an inscription in the Legion aureus.[1]
  • Pax Romana: Roman peace, it was a long period of relative peace and minimal expansion by military force experienced by the Roman Empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD; Pax Romana in the Legion meaning a long-term stability at all costs.[18]
  • Profligate: from the Latin profligatus[19], a wasteful, shamelessly immoral person; term used to refer to enemies of the Legion, most notably the NCR.[13][9][20][21][22]
  • Rubicon: shortening of "crossing the rubicon" expression based on the Latin alea iacta est meaning the die is cast; Rubicon in the Legion meaning that events have passed a point of no return and that something inevitable will happen, especially used by Caesar to talk about the war against the NCR.[23]
  • Salve: hail[24] meaning "take care of yourself, be in health"; used during a battle to greet a comrade.
  • Vale: farewell.[25]
  • Vexillarius: flag bearer, legionary carrying the standard of the Legion into battle.[26]
  • Cedo Nulli: I yield to no one, spoken by the Silus by passing an intelligence check.[27]

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:FNV Legion golden coin.png
  2. Wiktionary:amicus#Latin
  3. (Generic Caesar's Legion military dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Canyon Runner: "Ave. Have you come to sell or trade for captures?"
    (Canyon Runner's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:FNV Legion silver coin.png
  6. The Courier: "By "captures," do you mean "slaves"?"
    Canyon Runner: "No, no, no - they haven't yet earned the right to be called "slaves"! Those three in the pen are captures, nothing more. I'm a Slavemaster, so I know what I'm talking about. Back at the Fort, I'd have those three half-broken and well on their way. But this is just a holding area, so all I do is assess their fitness and decide whether to send them on."
    (Canyon Runner's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "How much would it cost to buy the three "captures"?"
    Canyon Runner: "It's a weak bunch, to be honest. I'd rather have extra currency to buy supplies or better captures off traders. There's a boy, too old to be trained as a Legionary. Normally they have to die, but he's too frail to make trouble. The old woman's dried up, but she could keep house or do gardening - if she can learn to keep her mouth shut. The girl's the only one of real value, young enough to breed, not hideous to look at. What's your offer for the lot?"
    (Canyon Runner's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "Do you have any "captures" with the last name, "Weathers?""
    Canyon Runner: "Captures lose any claim to the names they called themselves when they let themselves be taken. If they're fortunate enough to become slaves, a new name will be given to them - one they can be proud of."
    (Canyon Runner's dialogue)
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Courier: "What is this place?"
    Severus: "A Legion outpost. What's it look like? We crossed the river when the Profligates fled from Searchlight. From here we stage raiding parties and process captures."
    (Severus' dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "Why haven't you attacked the enemy?"
    Dead Sea: "I have attacked the enemy. I led the assault on Nelson with two contubernia against twice our number. It is Caesar's wish that we hold this position. Our mere presence this side of the Colorado humiliates and demoralizes the enemy."
    (Dead Sea's dialogue)
  11. Wiktionary:cursor#Latin
  12. The Courier: "He sounds more like a savage than a general."
    Caesar: "Lanius is savage. Savagely loyal, too, but only to me - he has no love for my 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 a 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."
    The Courier: "What is "decimatio?""
    Caesar: "It means "decimation," but in ancient Rome the word had a very specific meaning - a punishment for cowardice. The Legionaries are lined up in ranks. Every tenth man steps forward and is beaten to death by his brothers. It instills a certain... robust obedience."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Courier: "Who are you calling "Dissolute?""
    Lucullus: "All who are not Legion are "Dissolute." They live in squalor, unrestrained by morality, lacking moderation, temper, and self-control. Their very existence is a blight on the common good. Even worse are the Profligates, the subtype of Dissolute one finds this side of the river. They hold themselves to be civilized, when in fact they are corrupt and self-interested. The truth will be made clear to them soon enough."
    (Lucullus' dialogue)
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Courier: "It doesn't bother you, enslaving people?"
    Canyon Runner: "Why would it bother me to enslave these wretches? They have no purpose, no creed, no honor. They live in pitiful squalor, undisciplined, intemperate. To enslave them is to save them - to give them purpose, and virtue. Honestas, Industria, Prudentia - even the virtues of slaves are beyond the Dissolute on this side of the river."
    (Canyon Runner's dialogue)
  15. The Courier: "What are you going to do about it?"
    Dead Sea: "I'll execute Caesar's will by hurling your corpse into the Colorado - like the other Profligates before you!"
    (Dead Sea's dialogue)
  16. The Courier: "What happened after you trained the Blackfoot?"
    Caesar: "Divide et impera - divide and conquer. I led the Blackfoot against the Ridgers, their weakest enemy. When they refused to surrender, I ordered every man, woman, and child killed. When next we surrounded the Kaibabs and they likewise refused... I took one of their envoys to the Ridgers' village and showed him the corpse piles. This was new for the tribes, you see. They played at war, raiding each other, a little rape and pillage here, a little ransoming there. I showed them total warfare. Like I said, there's a lot you can learn from old books."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  17. Wiktionary:cetera#Latin
  18. The Courier: "What does "Pax Romana" mean?"
    Caesar: "It means a nationalist, imperialist, totalitarian, homogenous culture that obliterates the identity of every group it conquers. Long-term stability at all costs. The individual has no value beyond his utility to the state, whether as an instrument of war, or production."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  19. Wiktionary:profligatus#Latin
  20. The Courier: "Do you see much action against the NCR?"
    Severus: "As much as their cowardice will allow. The Profligates avoid open battle, but on good days we find one of their patrols. Their landmines have caused us more trouble than their marksmanship - which is lacking."
    (Severus' dialogue)
  21. The Courier: "The trick is to rush the mine and press the blinking red light."
    Severus: "[SUCCEEDED] The light is a button that can interrupt detonation? We were too busy throwing ourselves to the ground to figure that out. To rearm the mine, we'd just press the button again - simple. The Profligates will regret that we learned this."
    (Severus' dialogue)
  22. Severus: "You did well to give Centurion Aurelius the Profligates' listening machine. We'll butcher the troops they send to ambush our patrols."
    (Severus' dialogue)
  23. The Courier: "So what's "dialectic" about you and the NCR?"
    Caesar: "The NCR has all of the problems of the ancient Roman Republic - extreme bureaucracy, corruption, extensive senatorial infighting. Just as with the ancient Republic, it is natural that a military force should conquer and transform the NCR into a military dictatorship. Thesis and antithesis. The Colorado River is my Rubicon. The NCR council will be eradicated, but the new synthesis will change the Legion as well... ...from a basically nomadic army to a standing military force that protects its citizens, and the power of its dictator."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  24. Wiktionary:salve#Latin
  25. Wiktionary:vale#Latin
  26. Wikipedia:Vexillarius
  27. The Courier: ""
    Silus: "Cedo nulli."
    (Silus' dialogue)