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Character Arnos

Senator Guntus Arnos

Arnos is a senator


Guntus Arnos is your stereotypical cowardly corrupt politician. He uses his influence as a senator to further his goals and aims at the expense of others, and constantly seeks to further the reaches of his power. (See book 4, Captain's Fury)


Arnos allies himself with the powerful Aquitainus Invidia and surrounds himself with killers, mercenaries, and sycophants.

“It revealed, approaching through the ruins, a second and larger group of men, consisting of a number of armored legionares of the Senatorial Guard, Captain Nalus and his seniormost officers —-and Senator Guntus Arnos, his singulares, and his hangers-on.” (Capt Fury ch 51)


“I believe I’ve made a mistake in you, Arnos. I knew you were a pompous egotist with delusions of grandeur, but I did believe you were at least competent.”
Arnos stared in silence for a few seconds, then accused, “We had a deal.”
“We had an understanding,” Lady Aquitaine said. (Captains Fury ch 53)


Arnos does not demonstrate his furycrafting often, preferring to let his subordinates do any work he needs accomplished. He is at least competent in basic furycrafting, able to turn furylamps on and off and travel across the causeways with the Senatorial Guard.

Cursor's Fury[]

Arnos plays a minor role in Cursor's Fury, attending one of Bernard's conferences on the threat the Vord pose to Alera. He jabs and insults Bernard during the talk, attempting to undermine Bernard's account of the events that unfolded in Academ's Fury.

Captain's Fury[]

Arnos succeeds in his plans to create the Senatorial Guard Legion under the express control of the Senate. Arnos then takes control of the newly formed legion and marches towards Elinarch (and its bridge) to join the war with the Canim. Seeking to gain power and prestige by becoming a war hero, Arnos devises a plan to remove the heroic Captain Scipio /Tavi from command of the First Aleran Legion, defeat the Canim, and put down the rebel legion of former freemen and slaves, the Free Alerans, led by Durias, First Spear. Arnos conspires with the treacherous Aquitainus Invidia, several singulares including the maddened Phrygiar Navaris, and numerous corrupt mercenaries, soldiers out for all they can take. At his command, several mercenaries murder entire Steadholder families, hoping to draw out the rebel legionares, which infuriates the Canim warleader Nasaug.

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Tavi / Scipio, as Princeps, challenges Arnos to the Juris Macto for his crimes. His stand-in / champion Phrygiar Navaris is killed. Arnos tries to run away, but the Marat catch him. He tries to hold Aquitainus Invidia hostage in front of himself, but both of them are shot through the chest with one balest bolt.

He pointed a finger at the stunned senator. “Guntus Arnos! For conspiring with enemies of the Crown in plots that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of serving legionares, for the assault upon and the subsequent abduction of the rightful First Lady of Alera by subordinates under your direct command, and for ordering the murder of Aleran freemen, holders, and their families, I call you a traitor to your lord, your Realm, and your people!” Arnos’s mouth twitched, and incoherent gobbling noises came from it. “I call you to account, traitor!” Tavi thundered, and a nearby wall gave way beneath the shuddering earth and fell. “I call you to the juris macto! And may the crows feast on the unjust!” (Captain’s Fury ch 51)