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It does not matter, victory shall be ours, it shall be swift, and it will be honest, purchased with blood.

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 of four endings and one of the main antagonists of the game.


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

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.[1] Asking Caesar about him reveals that 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 would not be able to win against Caesar, they chose to surrender. Lanius saw this act as a betrayal to the tribe and it drove him into a bloodthirsty frenzy; killing the Chieftain and fifteen others of his own tribe single-handedly before he was knocked unconscious. 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 specifically for him.[2] Lanius accepted Caesar's proposal, but in return he wanted permission to kill the survivors of his old tribe; Caesar demanded that he only kill the adult males. Since this time, Lanius has led Caesar's Legion to victory over nineteen tribes[3] and has led the conquest of Colorado.[4]

Interestingly enough, there seems to be several spoken versions of Lanius's origins, and he himself appears to be surrounded by myths. Lucius mentions that Lanius was already a legionary by the age of twelve,[5] which seemingly contradicts Joshua Graham's comment and Caesar's story about him. Also, Lanius is said to be a brutal savage that hates the Legion, only leading it because of his respect for Caesar.[6] However, he demonstrates both cunning and a certain kind of honor; seemingly has no grudge against the Legion itself, only those disobeying orders and not willing to sacrifice themselves for the Legion. Ulysses states he is never seen without his mask and that his own slaves are struck blind so as not to look upon his face, that he is not even certain it has always been the same person without his mask.[7] These opposing accounts show that Lanius's image and past is more a mythic construct within the Caesar's Legion than a flesh and blood man, with the truth of his past only known by Caesar.


Lanius is not well-liked within the Legion, and it seems that both Caesar and Vulpes Inculta harbor doubts at his ability to lead the Legion. Caesar openly admits that he does not think Lanius is worthy of being called a "great man"[2] and believes he has no "love" for his Legion. Vulpes is more reserved, but criticizes his blunt methods and shows quiet celebration if Caesar is saved, thus preventing Lanius from becoming the new leader of the Legion for the time being. Siri, a Legion slave, describes him as not "a man to be crossed - especially if you are a woman."[8]

When spoken to, Lanius is revealed to respect honor above everything. He states that treachery should not be relied on as a tactic, and hopes that the Omertas would die after their plan to hold a coup on the New Vegas Strip failed and they were discovered, as their aid in the Second Battle would have sullied the Legion. Lanius also suspects that the Legion took too much of the dam easily and that the Republic would not be so lax in its security if the Courier bluffs and states that there is a trap set for the Legion. He also shows a dislike for Vulpes Inculta's methods and he criticizes his ploys as "dishonest." He also makes hints that he believes Vulpes is a talker, not a warrior. 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.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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  • Veni, Vidi, Vici: Legate Lanius will be the one who gives the final order to the Courier, and also the one who congratulates them 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 the player character is only telling him this because it would be dishonorable to defeat a foe in such a way.
  • If the Speech or Barter checks cannot be passed, or the wrong dialogue is selected at the near-end or the beginning, he will prepare to engage combat, and the Courier will have a unique good Karma dialogue option that will convince him to fight the player character alone, "honorably," regardless of whether or not they have followers with them (requires 80 Speech).

Effects of player's actionsEdit

  • If the Courier sides with the Legion and allows Caesar to die because of his brain tumor, Lanius will become the new leader of the Legion. He is far more ruthless than Caesar, and handles several things differently than Caesar would have 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 grant him a swift death out of respect, exterminate the Followers of the Apocalypse rather than give them safe passage out of the Mojave Wasteland, and pursue the Enclave remnants rather than recognize it as a lost cause.


* Lanius will not drop his armor, however, one can briefly obtain the helmet for the rest of the quest. The Blade of the East that he carries is a different version from the one he drops.


  • He is also the only member of the Legion to call Joshua Graham by his true name.
  • When the Courier asks Caesar about the story of Lanius, he will say that his tribe critically damaged his face. However, when his helmet is removed, his face has no visible scars or wounds.
  • In a report by Mr. New Vegas, Legate Lanius practices a version of punishment from the Roman Army called "decimatio." In this practice, an entire army is divided up into groups of ten, and every group of ten is made to cast lots. The soldier on whom the lot falls is condemned to die. His nine comrades are required to execute him - usually by clubbing or stoning. This is a punishment actually historically practiced by the Roman army in extreme cases, where it was felt an entire body of soldiers had done something worthy of death - usually gross cowardice on the battlefield. It punished all of the men involved while leaving most of them alive to fight again.
  • Lanius is the tallest human non-player character in all of Fallout: New Vegas, with his size being equivalent to setscale 1.15.
  • Lanius performs human sacrifices to Mars, the Roman god of war.
  • Trying to use any exploits to reach his camp earlier in the game will not make him appear. He only appears at the end of the game. However, he can often be found in the normally inaccessible Legate's war tent.
  • The final battle with Legate Lanius is more heavily scripted than almost any other encounter in the game. Lanius takes a number of scripted actions during the battle intended to make him a more challenging fight:
    • When Lanius's health drops below 60%, he will use his healing powder, causing him to regenerate 8 hit points every second for 27 seconds. He has 5 doses of healing powder, and will constantly use them as their effects wear off.
    • When Lanius's health drops below 40%, he will run off and hide to regenerate health. While doing this, he temporarily ceases hostility, 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, and then resume attacking the Courier.
    • 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's unique version of the Blade of the East has an extremely high knockdown chance, causing him to frequently knock opponents to the ground.
  • In the add-on Lonesome Road, after completing the quest The End or The Apocalypse with Ulysses alive, when spoken to, he will mention Legate Lanius.

Notable quotesEdit

  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "I see you fight with words, like all beneath the flag of the Bear. Let us hope your skill with weapons proves greater."
  • "It does not matter, victory shall be ours, it shall be swift, and it will be honest, purchased with blood."
  • "Know that I shall return East. I shall not remain there forever. On that day, the strength of the bear shall be tested."


Lanius appears in Fallout: New Vegas and is mentioned by Joshua Graham in Honest Hearts and Ulysses in Lonesome Road.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • "Lanius" is Latin for "butcher."
  • 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."



  1. Joshua Graham's dialogue - Line 255: I don't know Lanius, but from what I've heard, he has no interest in leading anyone unless it's in battle.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Caesar's dialogue - Lines 365 - 371
  3. Ulysses' dialogue - Line 523: 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.
  4. Dialogue with Ulysses - Line 514: He put Colorado to the sword, broke the Hangdogs by throwing their hounds upon the flames, so they might burn forever in the afterlife.
  5. Lucius' dialogue - Line 48: He's the best warrior in the Legion. A full Legionary by the time he was 12, he's never lost a battle.
  6. Caesar's dialogue - Lines 373 - 376
  7. Ulysses' dialogue - Line 513: 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.
  8. Siri's dialogue - Line 18
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