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Lanius
Monster of the East
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
GenderMale
Height1.15
AffiliationHidebarks (formerly)
Caesar's Legion
RoleCaesar's Legion general
Ace of Clubs
RankLegate
LocationLegate's Camp
Hoover Dam
Dialogue FileLanius' dialogue
Gameplay
Mentioned inHonest Hearts
Lonesome Road
QuestsAll or Nothing
Eureka!
Veni, Vidi, Vici
No Gods, No Masters
Combat StyleCSNVLegateLanius
aggressionAggressive
confidenceFoolhardy
assistanceHelps nobody
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
SPECIALStrength: 9
Perception: 8
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 7
Intelligence: 6
Agility: 7
Luck: 7
Derived StatsHit Points: 845 → 920
DT: 19
Rad Resistance: 100
Poison resistance: 100
Fire resistance: 85
Tag SkillsLegionaryBadAss
Melee Weapons: 99 → 100
Guns: 95 → 100
Unarmed: 97 → 100
Level15 → 30 (Player Level x 1.30)
Technical
Editor IDVHDLegionLegateLanius
Base ID001300aaRef ID00137a9d
Editor FactionsVCaesarsLegionFaction
ActorMitch Lewis
 
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We shall see how brave you are when nailed to the walls of Hoover Dam, your body facing West so you may watch your world die.

— Lanius as he is threatened by the Courier

Legate Lanius, also known as the Monster of the East,[1] is Caesar's second legate, living in the Legate's Camp in Fallout: New Vegas. He is the final boss of Fallout: New Vegas in three endings and one of the main antagonists of the game.

Background[edit | edit source]

Legate Lanius, the Monster of the East, is the military commander of all Caesar's forces in the field. He is legendary for his devotion to Caesar and for his ability to sense weakness in any army.

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Hidebark warrior[edit | edit source]

Joshua Graham remarks that he did not know of Lanius during his time as legate, indicating he was not recruited until some time after the First Battle of Hoover Dam in 2277.[2] According to Caesar, Lanius was a member of a tribe hostile to Caesar's Legion, the Hidebarks, and Lanius was the bloodthirsty champion of that tribe, sometimes ambushing entire groups of legionaries by himself. Caesar's Legion then tracked down the Hidebarks, although when they knew that they wouldn't be able to win against Caesar, they chose to surrender. This act drove Lanius into a bloodthirsty frenzy; killing the chieftain and fifteen others of his own tribe single-handedly before he was rendered unconscious.[3]

A Legate of the Legion[edit | edit source]

When Lanius woke up most of his face was torn off and Caesar was standing beside him. He offered Lanius a place in the Legion and a mask forged in the image of the great god Mars especially for him. Lanius accepted Caesar's proposal.[3] After proving himself in several battles, Caesar bestowed upon him the name Lanius, Latin for "butcher".[4] Since this time, Lanius has led the Caesar's Legion to victory on nineteen tribes,[5] fourteen being integrated with five being completely wiped out,[6] and has led the conquest of Colorado.[1] By October 2281, Lanius had concluded a campaign in the Utah wilderness, presumably with the 87th tribe.[6] From his many war campaigns and merciless tendencies, Lanius has developed the moniker, "The Monster of the East".[7]

Man or Myth?[edit | edit source]

Interestingly enough, there seems to be several spoken versions of Lanius origins', and he himself appears to be surrounded by myths.[8] Legionaries mention in passing that Lanius was already a legionary by the age of 12, which doesn't fit well with Joshua Graham's comment and Caesar's story about him, which could just be attempts at a cult of personality surrounding Lanius. Also, Lanius is said to be a brutal savage that hates the Legion, only leading it because of his respect for Caesar. However, he demonstrates both cunning and a certain kind of honor; seemingly having no grudge against the Legion itself, but instead those disobeying orders and not willing to sacrifice themselves for the Legion. Ulysses states he is never without his mask and that his own slaves are struck blind so as to not look upon his face, that he is not even certain he has always been the same person without his mask.[1] These opposing accounts show that Lanius's image and past is more a mythic construct within Caesar's Legion than a flesh and blood man, with the truth of his past only known by Caesar.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Lanius is a reckless and ferocious general, but words hardly do him justice. He is a man of action and wholeheartedly believes that war and violence tests people, breaking the weak and raising the strong above everyone else.[9][10] He thinks nothing of suffering losses, so long as he can inflict greater loss on his enemy.[11][12][13] He is respected, but not necessarily well-liked within the Legion, and it seems that both Caesar and Vulpes Inculta harbor doubts at his ability to lead the collective Legion and not merely its military. Caesar openly admits that he does not think Lanius is worthy of being called a "great man"[3] and believes he has no "love" for his Legion.[14] Vulpes is more reserved about Lanius, but criticizes his blunt methods and shows quiet celebration for Caesar's leadership, which prevents Lanius from becoming the new leader of the Legion, at least for the time being.[15][16][17] Siri, a Legion slave, describes him as not a man to be crossed - especially if you are a woman.[18]

When spoken to, Lanius is revealed to respect honor and Caesar's will above all else.[19][20] He states that treachery should not be relied on as a tactic, and hopes that the Omertas would die after their plan to stage a coup on the New Vegas Strip failed and they were discovered, as their aid in the Second Battle would have sullied the Legion.[21] This shows great conflict swirling around Lanius as Caesar's successor and adds to the beliefs of Joshua Graham, Marcus and Mr. House that the Legion will tear itself apart in the years after Caesar's death.

He carries a grudging respect for the NCR, especially their Rangers, even going so far as say he respects Chief Hanlon. Regardless, he fully considers the NCR to be trapped in the west and will perish.[22][23] Lanius dislikes to be engaged in a battle already lost that could harm his reputation and will do anything to escape from this humiliation in the Legion, also related to the past of Joshua Graham.[24] Should he deem a conquest's efforts to be futile and fruitless, he will return to the security of Caesar's empire, and bide the military's time before returning.[25]

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Veni, Vidi, Vici: Legate Lanius will be the one who gives the final order to the player, and also the one who congratulates the player after the battle.
  • No Gods, No Masters, All or Nothing, Eureka!: At the battle of Hoover Dam, Lanius can be convinced into surrendering with numerous Barter and Speech checks, respectively 55, 65, 75, 85 and 100. One Speech route will convince him that the vast territory of the NCR is its weakness and that the Legion will not be able to claim and hold it without highly weakening their presence in the East. Another Speech route will convince him that factions within Legion want him removed from power and he should take care of said matter first. The Barter route will convince him that the West is not self-sufficient and too dependent on the NCR and its supply caravans, so it would be extremely difficult to maintain. If a Speech or Barter check is failed during the conversation, it is also possible to take a different speech angle to bluff and convince him to flee, suggesting that this fight was too easy because a trap lies in wait for him, and that you are only telling him this because it would be dishonorable to defeat a foe in such a way.

Effects of the player's actions[edit | edit source]

  • If the Courier sides with the Legion and allows Caesar to die of his brain tumor, Lanius will become the new Caesar. He is far more brutal than Caesar, and handles several things differently than Caesar would if victorious. For example, he would have Arcade Gannon crucified rather than keeping him on-hand as a doctor, slaughter the people of the Strip upon arrival at the gates of Vegas, have Chief Hanlon crucified with the other NCR Rangers rather than granting him a swift death out of respect, exterminate the Followers of the Apocalypse rather than giving them safe passage out of the Mojave Wasteland, and pursue the Enclave remnants rather than recognizing it as a lost cause.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Legate armor¹
Legate helmet
Assault carbine icon.png
Weapon
Blade of the East¹
5x incendiary grenade
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Carried items
5x Legate healing powder
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Drops on death
Legate helmet
Blade of the East
¹ Lanius will not drop his armor. The Blade of the East that he carries is a different version from the one he drops.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If the Courier sides with the Legion and wins the final battle with Caesar dead, Lanius will be shown on the ending slideshow in the Strip where he, strangely, is wearing centurion armor instead of his personal armor, however his helmet is still the same.
  • He is the only member of the Legion to call the "Burned Man" by his true name, Joshua Graham, in direct violation of Caesar's directive for all of the Legion.
  • When the Courier asks Caesar about the story of Lanius, he will say that his tribe critically damaged his face. But when his helmet is removed, his face has no scars or wounds.
  • In a report by Mr. New Vegas, Legate Lanius practices a version of punishment from the Roman army called decimatio, killing every tenth man if they were to lose a battle.
  • Lanius is the tallest human non-player character in Fallout: New Vegas, making him 7' 1" (2.16 m) tall.
  • If you try to use any exploits to reach his camp earlier in the game, he will not appear. He only appears at the end of the game.
  • In the final battle with Legate Lanius, he takes a number of scripted actions during the battle.
    • When Lanius' health drops below 60%, he will use his healing powder, causing him to regenerate 8 hit points every second for 27 seconds. He has five doses of healing powder, and will constantly use them as their effects wear off.
    • When Lanius' health drops below 40%, he will run off and hide to regenerate health. While doing this, he temporarily becomes non-hostile, causing allies to stop targeting him. This also causes all his limbs to be restored to 100% condition. After several seconds, he will run to his original starting position, then resume attacking the player.
  • Lanius also has a number of unique attributes that make him a tougher opponent than a normal non-player character.
    • Lanius is 80% faster than a normal non-player character, and is able to outrun the player character even with both of his legs crippled.
    • Lanius has significantly more fatigue points than a normal non-player character, making him extremely difficult to knock down.
    • Lanius cannot be disarmed of his weapon.
    • Lanius' unique version of the Blade of the East has an extremely high knockdown chance, causing him to frequently knock opponents to the ground.

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "We shall see how brave you are when nailed to the walls of Hoover Dam, your body facing West so you may watch your world die." (after being threatened by the Courier)
  • "And who are you to come before me... you bear the insignia of the Bear, yet you do not wear it as a soldier of the West wears it."
  • "Caesar's will is the will of the Legion. And the West... all beneath the flag of the Great Bear exist to test the strength of the Legion. The West shall fall as the East fell, and all the tribes that stretch to the setting sun shall bear the mark of the Legion."
  • "I see you fight with words, like all beneath the flag of the bear. Let us hope your skill with weapons proves greater." (when attempting to reason with Lanius)
  • "A plan by Vulpes... treachery is a weapon that one should never rely on. I can only hope that the Omertas died when their treachery was exposed, to have the plan succeed only would have sullied the Legion. It does not matter, victory shall be ours, it shall be swift, and it will be honest, purchased with blood." (when told that Operation Racket was sabotaged)
  • "As for wisdom... there is wisdom in your words, man/woman of the West. Know that I shall return East. I shall not remain there forever. On that day, the strength of the bear shall be tested. If the West is one day filled with ones such as you, perhaps it shall be a worthy fight, indeed." (when told there is victory in wisdom)
  • "My coming would have saved you, set your people free in ways they cannot see. War would have tested them. Broken the weak with its violence, yet allowing the strong to arise. Violence gave you that strength, awakened you - I can see it upon your face, where two bullets left their mark."
  • "Our forces are better equipped to take objectives than hold them. I do not wish to defend this place if another option exists. Our opponents follow a strict chain of command, which is both a strength and weakness. I intend to use you to strike at that weakness. Find the enemy commander, this General Oliver. Kill him or his resolve. Do this, and his cowards will retreat, leaving the dam to us."
  • "Mars's eyes are upon you. Do not fail him - or us."
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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Lanius appears in Fallout: New Vegas and is mentioned in Honest Hearts and Lonesome Road.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Courier: "Who is Legate Lanius?"
    Ulysses: "Lanius... the "Butcher." Monster, Terror of the East. Not even his slaves have seen his face - struck them blind so they can't. Wears a mask, don't even know if it's the same man. He put Colorado to the sword, broke the Hangdogs by throwing their hounds upon the flames, so they might burn forever in the afterlife."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "You don't think Lanius can lead the Legion?"
    Joshua Graham: "I think only Caesar can lead the Legion. I've never met anyone who could take his place. I couldn't. I never had a mind for logistics. I don't know Lanius, but from what I've heard, he has no interest in leading anyone unless it's in battle. No. The Legion dies with Caesar. What follows now are just the last steps of a man who does not yet realize that he's walking dead."
    (Joshua Graham's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Courier: "I've heard rumors of your legate, Lanius. What's his story?"
    Caesar: "Lanius is the greatest of my battlefield commanders. Some might call him a great man, but I'm not sure he qualifies. Once, he was the greatest warrior of the Hidebarks, a tribe of the Arizona. Maniacal in battle. Sometimes he'd ambush Legion patrols by himself. When, after several months we found and surrounded the Hidebarks' camp, their Chieftain raised a banner of surrender. The warrior who was not yet Lanius went insane with rage. He struck down his Chieftain and attacked his own tribe."
    The Courier: "What happened when Lanius attacked his own tribe?"
    Caesar: "He killed fifteen before they brought him down. He didn't die, obviously. I had him tended to. He was maimed, most of face torn off. It was days before he regained consciousness. When he did, I went to his bedside and showed him the helmet I'd had forged to cover his face. I said he could have it if he'd fight for me. He accepted... on condition that he be allowed to kill the surviving males of his tribe. I said, make it the adult males and you have a deal."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "You're the Legate, I'm guessing?"
    Lanius: "I am the commander of this army. The Son of Mars has granted me the name Lanius. And the time to serve him has come once more."
    The Courier: "What does Lanius mean?"
    Lanius: "The word means "butcher" in Latin. I was granted the name after proving myself in several battles. Perhaps after today's battle, you too will earn yourself a new name."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "Any idea on how to beat him?"
    Ulysses: "Nineteen tribes could not do it. All the lights in Vegas cannot."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Courier: "Who is this Legatus you mention?"
    Gabban: "Legatus Lanius, Monster of the East! Quite a man, if man he be. Caesar prides himself on selecting the right tool to overcome each new obstacle. In Lanius, he found his hammer. He's never been defeated in battle. 14 tribes have laid down arms at his boots. Another five, rendered extinct. His latest campaign in the wilds of the Utah has concluded, and he is en route. When he arrives, your doom arrives with him."
    (Gabban's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "What can you tell me about Legate Lanius?"
    Antony: "It took years for Caesar to conquer Lanius' tribe, and Caesar showed mercy to the survivors, allowing them to join the Legion. Had the positions been reversed, Caesar would be dead. Lanius is called the Monster of the East because he never, ever shows mercy."
    (Antony's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "He's just one general. I can handle him."
    Ulysses: "Lanius carries all the terrors of the East with him. He's the myth, the weapon the Legion needs. When he arrives, he'll fall on Hoover Dam like a hammer, break the Bear in two."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "Maybe you're willing to listen to reason."
    Lanius: "I see you fight with words, like all beneath the flag of the bear. Let us hope your skill with weapons proves greater."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  10. The Courier: "Where you see death, I see change - and I see it as a strength."
    Lanius: "[SUCCEEDED] Hnh. My coming would have saved you, set your people free in ways they cannot see. War would have tested them. Broken the weak with its violence, yet allowing the strong to arise. Violence gave you that strength, awakened you - I can see it upon your face, where two bullets left their mark."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  11. The Courier: "What can you tell me about the Legate?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "To call Lanius ferocious would be an understatement. In battle, he seizes the enemy in his jaws and will not let go. He thinks nothing of suffering losses, so long as the enemy suffers more. Though unsubtle, he is not dim. He detects traps, and sets his own. Be glad you will not have to face his judgment... if you are true to Caesar."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  12. The Courier: "I'm ready. What is the plan?"
    Lanius: "In the past, the NCR has relied upon attrition, withering our numbers with ranged fire and falling back as necessary. Not this time. The dam contains tunnels to its heart, overlooked by the NCR... now occupied by the Legion. When the battle begins, the NCR will find our teeth at their throats in a dozen places. There will be no attrition, no falling back, only carnage."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  13. The Courier: "Any idea what our chances are?"
    Lanius: "Their men take comfort in - and rely on - killing at a distance. They will not have the luxury of such comforts this time. Our warriors will wash over them in a tide of blood, severing arms before they can attack, legs before they can run, and heads before they can pray. So yes, fortune favors our chances, messenger. Provided *you* move quickly."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  14. 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."
    (Caesar's dialogue)
  15. The Courier: "What can you tell me about the Legate?"
    Vulpes Inculta: "Lanius served Caesar well, as his greatest battlefield commander. With Lanius at the head of the Legion, however, I doubt he'll have much use for my services. He prefers... direct methods."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  16. Vulpes Inculta: "I'm pleased that you were able to cure Caesar's malady. Though the Legate is a fine leader, we yet need the wisdom of Caesar to guide the Legion."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  17. Vulpes Inculta: "This is a moment I'd hoped would not come for many years. Caesar's death puts the Legate Lanius in command now."
    (Vulpes Inculta's dialogue)
  18. The Courier: "What do you know about Legate Lanius?"
    Siri: "The Legate is not a man to be crossed, especially if you're a woman. That's all I will say about it."
    (Siri's dialogue)
  19. The Courier: "Are you looking forward to the battle?"
    Lanius: "I live to serve Caesar's will - and the will of the Legion. If my victory serves them both, then I am pleased."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  20. The Courier: "What, Caesar giving you orders beyond the grave?"
    Lanius: "Caesar's will is the will of the Legion. And the West... all beneath the flag of the Great Bear exist to test the strength of the Legion. The West shall fall as the East fell, and all the tribes that stretch to the setting sun shall bear the mark of the Legion."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  21. The Courier: "Good, because the Omertas' plan was stopped, Vegas is as strong as ever."
    Lanius: "A plan by Vulpes... treachery is a weapon that one should never rely on. I can only hope that the Omertas died when their treachery was exposed, to have the plan succeed only would have sullied the Legion. It does not matter, victory shall be ours, it shall be swift, and it will be honest, purchased with blood."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  22. The Courier: "What do you think of the NCR?"
    Lanius: "They are passable foes. Like their citizens, they prefer their war from a distance, and at that, they excel. Their leaders have on occasion shown brilliance, their rangers in particular have adapted well to our strategies. But their rangers are few, and this General Oliver we face is not their best. I regret not being able to face Hanlon, the one who led them last time."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  23. The Courier: "As Legate, do you really believe that, or are you taking a chance?"
    Lanius: "Hnh. Long ago... when taking Denver, I had to face such a challenge. Many died, over many years to claim the city as ours. It was the lines of food and water that nearly broke the Legion's strength... and the lack of tribals near that cursed city. What I felt in that struggle, I felt as I saw the map of the West. The West is a trap. The bear has already been caught in it, and it is dying."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
  24. The Courier: "He must have a weakness."
    Ulysses: "His strength lies in his title - and it is his weakness. He will not fight a losing battle and destroy what he represents. Put the idea of loss in him. Convince him the Bear will not be the twentieth tribe beneath his heel, it will make him pause like nothing on earth. You do not need to convince him alone. Draw upon history. The past of other Legates are not filled with victories. Remind Lanius of this."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)
  25. The Courier: "There is victory in wisdom, Legate."
    Lanius: "As for wisdom... there is wisdom in your words, man/woman of the West. Know that I shall return East. I shall not remain there forever. On that day, the strength of the bear shall be tested. If the West is one day filled with ones such as you, perhaps it shall be a worthy fight, indeed."
    (Lanius' dialogue)
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