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The Wanna-Be Princess Invidia of Aquitaine

Aquitainus Invidia is the High Lady of Aquitaine, and wife of Aquitainus Attis. Invidia serves in several roles through the course of the series, ranging from tentative ally to major antagonist. She is brilliant, cunning, and a powerful furycrafter. She’s a schemer, almost insanely ambitious, and involved throughout the series in every book.


Invidia is tall and strikingly beautiful, with black hair, ivory skin, and grey eyes. Invidia appears in all six books of the Codex Alera series.

Early Life[]

Invidia was born into the top ranks of the Aleran citizenry. Her mother died when she was young, leaving her to be raised by her father, who largely ignored her in favor of her brothers. She attended the Academy at the same time as Princep Septimus, Aquitainus Attis, Antillus Raucus, Araris Valerian and Senator Arnos. Invidia eventually married Attis and became the major instigator behind his plots to overthrow Gaius Sextus and usurp the throne.

Aquitaines’ Puppets[]


Invidia is cold and aloof, very rarely feeling any sort of passion. She is as treacherous as she is beautiful, and derives her chief enjoyment from plotting against someone. She is also incredibly self-centered. However, she does not normally enjoy harming the little people, for no purpose.


As a high Lady Invidia has demonstrated immense ability in nearly every facet of furycrafting, though she shows a preference towards Fire, Water, and Windcrafting.


Invidia uses her earthcrafting primarily to bolster her strength in combat.


Invidia has demonstrated incredible control over her firecrafting, able to craft great swaths of flame to engulf enemies. During Academ's Fury Invidia created a small compact ball of flame that she could send into small spaces like rooms and hallways, bouncing the ball off of the walls to kill anyone in the vicinity. Invidia is able to coat her sword in flames, cauterizing any wound she creates in an opponent.


Invidia is a strong swordfighter, and uses her metalcrafting to bolster her prowess with a blade.


Invidia uses her powerful watercrafting frequently and to great effect. On several occasions Invidia has changed her appearance to hide in plain sight, taking on the mantle of slaves and watercrafting healers, among other disguises. Invidia is an advanced healer, working in legions healing soldiers and using her abilities to mend the wounds of her allies.


Invidia uses her windcrafting often to fly through the skies, and has enough power to fly several others in her windstream.


Invidia has not demonstrated many uses of woodcrafting, though as a High Lady it is likely she is quite powerful.


Book Spoilers Below!!


Furies of Calderon[]

Invidia was present at Fidelias’ exposure of Calix under the watercrafted guise of a slave girl. She begins her affair with Fidelias immediately following, before he leaves for the Calderon Valley. After his return from the Valley and the failed assault, she reveals Attis’ affair with Caria to Fidelias, showing that there was more than one knife at Gaius Sextus’ back.

Academ's Fury[]

In the second book, Lady Aquitaine proves to be an incredibly powerful fury-crafter. The First Lord's citadel comes under attack by the Vord, and Lady Aquitaine decides to provide aid in an attempt to prevent a rival from gaining political advantage. In combat, she displays remarkable skill with earth, fire, and air crafting. She also sends her legionares and Windwolves to the Calderon Valley to help Count Bernard fight the vord, in exchange for which Isana reluctantly agrees to support Invidia publicly, especially via the Dianic League, a women’s group that seeks to abolish slavery and aide women.

Cursor’s Fury[]

Invidia and a few Windwolves agree to help Cursor Amara (and her secret husband Bernard) rescue High Lady Placidus and High Lord Atticus’s teenage daughter, who were both kidnapped by Kalarus Brencis Minoris as political hostages. The rescue is successful, but then Invidia shows her true treacherous colors to Placidus Aria and loses the respect of the entire Dianic League. She also loses her hold on Isana, because Invidia broke her agreement with her by attempting to kill her brother Bernard and his wife Amara.



In book 4, Captain's Fury, Invidia conspires to have her agents kill Captain Scipio of the First Alerans. At the end of the book, Marcus /Fidelias shoots her with a poisoned bolt, very nearly killing her. After promising to serve the Vord Queen, she is restored to health. A small vord is attached to her chest; supposedly she’ll die without it. She wears vord chiton armor, too.

Invidia Nihilus and Vord Queen by Hiku25

Nihilus Invidia and queen by Hiku25

In book 5, Princeps' Fury, she shows her true colors, murdering High Lords, Citizens, and freemen alike. She recruits Kalarus Brencis Minoris to use Slave Collars on citizens, forcing them to serve the Vord Queen. She kills High Lord Rhodus at the battle for Ceres.

One more person rode a windstream within the Vord queen’s sphere. At first Amara thought she was naked. Then she realized that the beautiful woman was covered with the dark chitin-armor as well, as close-fitting as a second skin. Her dark hair was long, flying out wildly in a cloud as she hovered there, a slender sword of Aleran steel in her hands. Her skin was pale, her expression cold and confident. Upon her chest, between the woman’s breasts, rested . . . something, a gleaming lump the size of Amara’s doubled fists. Amara stared for several seconds before she realized that the object was alive, like some kind of burrowing insect or tick, its head thrust beneath the surface of the woman’s flesh. Invidia Aquitaine flicked her sword to one side, clearing the blood of the late High Lord of Rhodes from its blade. (Princeps’ Fury ch 19)

In book 6 First Lord's Fury, she stabs her ex-husband Aquitainus Attis in the groin with a flaming sword, leading to his eventual death. She herself is burned badly, and is often referred to thereafter as “the burned woman” (see image comparison)

Invidia Before & After Burn

Nihilus in vord chiton, “the burned woman”

Later, she gloats to Isana that she arranged Septimus’ assassination. Isana pieces together the past: After Septimus' victory at the Battle of Seven Hills, a marriage was arranged between the Princeps and Invidia. However, Septimus rejected the proposal because of her cold, scheming personality. Invidia was furious at the rejection and decided to take revenge. She played THE key manipulative role in the conspiracy that killed Septimus by suggesting to Kalarus and Rhodus Martinus that they murder Septimus during a battle with Marat invaders at Calderon Valley so as to throw off suspicion.

Isana names her Nihilus (nothing) nusquam (nowhere, never)

“For my husband’s memory, for my child’s future, for those whose blood is upon your hands, I defy you. I name you Nihilus Invidia, Invidia of Nusquam, traitor to the Crown, the Realm, and her people.” She drew herself up straight and spoke in a hard tone barely louder than a whisper. “And before I leave this place, I will kill you.” (First Lord's Fury chapter 27)

Nihilus Invidia is killed by a mere Spoiler

Her Kill List - spoilers[]

During the Vord War, Invidia kills several High Lords including Aquitainus Attis, Rhodus Martinus, High Lord Parcius. She betrays High Lord Phrygius Guntus to his death at the hands of the vord queen, and intends to kill High Lord Placidus Sandos and his Lady Placidus Aria as well as First Lady Isana, Sir Araris Valerian, and Countess Amara. Indirectly, through the poison she encouraged Gaius Caria to use and through her support of vord, she is responsible for the death of the First Lord, Gaius Sextus.

Before the vord war, whilst scheming for the throne, she directed her Windwolves to murder many more. And two decades ago, she convinced Rhodes and Kalarus to kill Gaius Septimus, after he rejected her.