Monster of the East
Lanius without the helmet.
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, is Caesar's second legate, living in the Legate's Camp in 2281. He is the final boss of Fallout: New Vegas in three endings and one of the main antagonists of the game.
- 1 Background
- 2 Interactions with the player character
- 3 Inventory
- 4 Notes
- 5 Notable quotes
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
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.”— Fallout: New Vegas loading screen hints
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. 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.
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. After proving himself in several battles, Caesar bestowed upon him the name Lanius, Latin for "butcher". Since this time, Lanius has led the Caesar's Legion to victory on nineteen tribes, fourteen being integrated with five being completely wiped out, and has led the conquest of Colorado. By October 2281, Lanius had concluded a campaign in the Utah wilderness, presumably with the 87th tribe. From his many war campaigns and merciless tendencies, Lanius has developed the moniker, "The Monster of the East".
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. 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. 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. He thinks nothing of suffering losses, so long as he can inflict greater loss on his enemy. 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" and believes he has no "love" for his Legion. 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. Siri, a Legion slave, describes him as not a man to be crossed - especially if you are a woman.
When spoken to, Lanius is revealed to respect honor and Caesar's will above all else. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]
Interactions overview[edit | edit source]
|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]
|Blade of the East¹|
5x incendiary grenade
|5x Legate healing powder|
Drops on death
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."
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Lanius was designed by John Gonzalez and Chris Avellone. Chris Avellone wrote all of Lanius' dialogue.
- In the G.E.C.K., Lanius has the unique class "Legionary Bad Ass".
Gallery[edit | edit source]