Caesar based this rank on the unit leaders (centurio/centuriones in Latin) of the ancient Roman army. Ancient Roman centurions were recognizable by the horizontal fanned plume on their helmets and the greave plates on their shins.
Centurions are the most skilled and experienced members of the Legion's military; a legionary must personally serve in many campaigns and kill numerous opponents before they can qualify to become a centurion. Each centurion leads a centuria of 80 men (which includes 8 to 16 decanus officers). A group of 8 centurions leads a cohort of 480 men (the largest military unit in the Legion). Centurions are rarely encountered in the Mojave Wasteland; due to their vast experience they are too valuable to squander on minor scouting skirmishes, and Caesar is saving most of his centurions for his climactic assault on Hoover Dam.
While centurions do not have quite as much health as specialist elite units such as Legionary assassins, Legion vexillarii, or Praetorian guards, their armor is by far the strongest armor available to Caesar's Legion; built from armor pieces taken from enemies that a centurion has personally killed (including components from super mutant armor and power armor), it offers virtually the same level of protection as NCR Ranger combat armor. They are also equipped with the best weaponry the Legion has available.
Two different types of centurions appear in Fallout: New Vegas. The first type, referred to as "Legion centurion," will appear randomly in the Wasteland leading hit squads sent after the Courier if they have heavily negative factional reputation with Caesar's Legion. Their health and stats are actually identical to those of a Veteran decanus officer. However, their Legion centurion armor is vastly superior to the armor worn by lower-ranking Legion officers. They are also noticeably better equipped, carrying both a chainsaw and a hunting shotgun.
The second type of centurion referred to as simply "centurion," appears exclusively during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. Their level and stats are random, based primarily on the Courier's current level. They are equipped with thermic lances or super sledges as well as hunting rifles, marksman carbines or anti-materiel rifles (albeit rarely; only during the All or Nothing endgame quest and the No Gods, No Masters endgame quest). Also, they carry several healing items on them, such as purified water, healing powder, and bitter drink.
Interactions with the player character
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- Just like Caesar, centurions are referred to with legitimate Latin pronunciation. Instead of the common English pronunciation "Sen-tur-ree-on," notable members of the Legion will use proper Latin pronunciation and say "Ken-tur-ree-on."
- The Legionary assassins that come after the Courier can be centurions.
- The centurions that appear at the Second Battle of Hoover Dam appear to have their faces covered with bandanas and biker goggles. Even with their entire inventory removed, their faces remain covered. This was done to reduce the system strain of rendering the faces of the dozens of soldiers from both sides fighting in the battle.
Centurions appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- In the ancient Roman military, centurions were professional officers who commanded a centuria of 80 legionaries. They often fought in the front line among their subordinates.
- In real life, a centuria (or century) would consist of 100 men instead of 80 as mentioned in-game. However, 20 of these men would be servants.