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Garrison on cover Furies of Calderon

Maps for Codex Alera Series depicts Garrison as a fortress in the Calderon Valley, guarding the mountain gap and plains into Maratea, land of the barbarian Marat. It is the seat for the Count in charge of the entire Valley and houses a partial legion. It is nominally governed by High Lord Rivus Grantus of Riva, but being a builder, not a warrior, he pays little attention to the doings at Garrison.

Garrison Commanders[]

Rivus Flag
Banner House Calderonus

Garrison and the entire Calderon Valley was under Count Gram’s aegis during the events of Second Calderon in book 1 Furies of Calderon, but when he was badly injured, Bernard stepped in, being a former legionare and the current holder of Bernardholt, the first steadholt to be established in the valley.

After the battle, old Gram was promoted to Lord and took retirement in Ceres. He was succeeded by the newly appointed Count Bernard of Calderonus, so dubbed by the First Lord. From the end of book 1 onwards, Bernard is House Calderonus, Count, with authority over the entire Valley, including Garrison and the legionares, all steadholders and freemen. He reports to the amiably disinterested Rivus Grantus, High Lord of Riva. Bernard’s emblem is a brown bear on a green field. Riva’s emblem is scarlet and gold.

Mountain Fortress[]

A last redoubt mountain stronghold at the border of Maratea, defended by an incomplete rookie Legion. Described in book 1:

"Garrison. The place was a fortress. There, two of the mountains that rose up all around them fell together into an enormous V. At the point of the Valley between them lay the grim grey walls of Garrison, stretching across the mouth of the Valley and blocking entry into it from the lands beyond with expansive, grim efficiency. The wall stretched across the mouth of the Valley from the Marat lands beyond, twenty feet high and nearly as thick, all of smooth grey stone, its walls surmounted by parapets and crenelation. The gleaming forms of armored legionares stood at regular posts along the wall, draped in cloaks of scarlet and gold, the colors of the High Lord of Riva. Behind the wall stood the rest of Garrison, a blocky fortress laid out in a Legion square with ten-foot walls, a marching camp constructed of stone rather than of wood and earth. Fewer guards stood on the walls there, though they were not absent. Outbuildings had grown up around the outside of Garrison, impermanent and slapdash structures that nonetheless had somehow managed to acquire the air of solidity that accompanied a small town." (Furies of Calderon chapter 29)

Over the course of the series the Calderon Valley is threatened by greater and greater foes, and the forces of Garrison are forced to improve with every new enemy encountered. Under Count Bernard's leadership Garrison becomes a near-unbreakable fortress, with several layers of fury-enhanced walls and anti-siege weaponry, courtesy of Tavi’s tricksy mind and Magnus’ research in romanic artifacts. Much of this work was funded by the Dianic League, especially pushed through by Countess Amara, High Lady Placidus Aria and Isana.


Garrison’s Legionares were active in four engagements:

Battle of First Calderon[]

Fifteen years before book 1, the Marat invade the Valley and charge Garrison, killing the Crown Legion to a man, while simultaneously Aleran traitors assassinate Princeps Gaius Septimus.

"…only twenty years or so earlier, an invading horde had massacred the Crown Legion, which was still recovering from heavy losses in a previous campaign. Thousands of legionares and camp followers and holders of the valley had died in a single day, including Princeps Gaius Septimus and all but one of his personal armsmen” (Cursor’s Fury chapter 2)

Subsequent Retaliation[]

“I was there when last the Alerans fought your people. There was no glory in it. There was no honor. There was hardly any battle. The rocks rose against them, and the very grass beneath them bound their feet. Fire was laid on the ground, and fire swept over them and destroyed them. There was no contest, no trial of blood. They died like stupid animals in a trap because they grew too confident.” He twisted his lips into a sneer. “Their bellies too full.”

Battle of Second Calderon[]

Took place during book 1, Furies of Calderon, when Tavi was 15 years old. The treacherous Senior Cursor Fidelias conspired with High Lady Aquitainus Invidia and High Lord Aquitainus Attis and the “Whelpkiller Atsurak” of the herdbane clan in an attempt to weaken / overthrow Gaius Sextus. 10,000 Marat were posed to attack Garrison but Doroga saved the day (in book 1)

Third Calderon[]

An apocalyptic battle across the entire valley, especially at old Ericholt, at the Walls of Garrison, and on the Fury, Mt. Garados. (First Lord's Fury)

Unnumbered Calderon[]

Book 2- A Vord battle at Aricholt that decimated the legionares and farmers, after first decimating two thousand fierce Marat warriors, in Academ's Fury. A devastating desperate battle, but nobody believed it was much of a muchness, didn’t bother to fact check, didn’t believe Bernard, didn’t even name it, much less number it. Naysayers and scoffers included Senator Valerius and the High Lord of Riva. To his everlasting shame, liegelord Rivus Grantus refused to even consider that the vord posed any problem — just a fungus —- and instead focused on his peeve that Gaius Sextus appointed Bernard as Count of Garrison without even consulting with him.


Rivus Flag

“The gleaming forms of armored legionares stood at regular posts along the wall, draped in cloaks of scarlet and gold, the colors of the High Lord of Riva.” (Furies of Calderon chapter 29)

Garrison's Legion, while technically active due to the threat of the Marat, contains few veterans and numerous rookies. It is not a full compliment of men, but only two cohorts of about 500 men each. In book 1, many of the legionares are the spoilt sons of rich Citizens, serving an easy post in this supposedly quiet outback.

“rich boys who expect to be treated like invalids instead of legionares” (FoC chapter 29)
“New recruits? The better part of two whole cohorts down from Riva herself. Citizens’ sons, almost all of them. Not enough sense to carry salt in a storm among the whole lot.” (FoC chapter 29)

Fidelias interfered with the assignments to Garrison, making sure green rookies manned the walls.

“There was a veteran that was going to be set out with nearly two cohorts tertius, originally, but the paperwork got done incorrectly and they sent out a green unit instead.” “The crows it was an accident,” Fidelias murmured. “It took me nearly a week to set it up.” (FoC chapter 31)

Stationed at Garrison[]

  • Gram — a redheaded old Count overseeing Garrison, the valley legionares, the steadholders and farmers. After recieving injury in book 1, he was promoted to Lord and retired to sunny Ceres. He’s a very powerful firecrafter.
  • Giraldi - a decorated veteran centurion
  • Pirellus — Knight Commander of Garrison, metalcrafter and swordsman (Furies of Calderon, ch 35)
  • Count Bernard — His Excellency of House Calderonus (his colors are woodsman brown and green, his flag a bear on green field). He was a steadholder of Bernardholt but becomes Count overseeing the Valley and Garrison at the end of book 1, when Gram retires.
  • Healer Harger - "a grizzled old man dressed in a civilian tunic, but with the bearing and mien of a soldier, came walking briskly out of the gates, wisps of white hair drifting around his bald pate." (FoC chapter 29)
  • Officer Pluvus Pentius — initially a pompous bumbling truthfinder and accounts keeper, his character improves through fire
“According to our sources, the truthfinder is someone with a patron but no talent. House of Pluvus. He’s young, no experience, not enough crafting to even do his job, much less to be a threat in the field.” (FoC chapter 31)
"Pluvus Pentius turned out to be a slight young man with watery blue eyes and a decided overbite. He wore the crimson and gold of a Rivan officer, though his uniform tended to sag around the shoulders and stretched a bit over the belly. The officer slouched toward them through the snow, squinting in disapproval." (Furies of Calderon, ch 29)
“Pluvus said an explosion is a very different thing when it starts off surrounded by flesh instead of occurring in the open air. Much more devastating.” (FLF)

Book Spoilers!!![]


Furies of Calderon[]

Princeps’ Memorium

Princeps’ Memorium in Calderon Valley near Mt Garados

When the Marat attack the Calderon Valley they fight against the Aleran forces at Garrison. Just when the Marat threaten to take the fort, Tavi arrives with Doroga to man the walls of Garrison and defend the people, and to challenge Atsurak for leadership of the Marat.

Academ’s Fury[]

The Garrison legion, led by Count Calderonus, fight a Vord infestation at Ericholt. A large percentage of the men die, and many are wounded, but they kill the queen and her entire hive.

See map.

Calderon Valley Fortifications

Valley and Garrison, Fortified (book 6)

First Lord's Fury[]

Garrison is the last bastion of defense against the Vord horde, where the Aleran forces make their last stand. His Excellency Count Calderonus Bernard has known about the Vord threat and prepared Garrison accordingly. With input from Tavi’s letters, and funding from the Dianic League, the Count builds several layers of defensive walls along the valley coming up to Garrison, and adds numerous countermeasures to slow down the Vord as they approach the fortress.

By the time Tavi and the First Alerans arrive with Varg and the Canim Warriors and the Free Aleran Legion, Garrison is still standing, a bastion for the last remaining legionares and refugee survivors of the southern cities. Apart from Garrison, only the great cities of Antillus, Placida, and Phrygia still provide a haven for their people.

“Garrison is about fifty miles from here, on the causeway. They’ve still got almost a hundred and fifty thousand legionares and support from another hundred thousand Marat.” (FLF ch 49)
Valley defenses in book 6:[]

Fire: earthcrafters brought oil up to the surface from beneath the earth, ready for firecrafters to light, and windcrafters to oxygenate and whip into an inferno

Mules - large catapults used to fling fire and rock upon the enemy. Cursor Magnus and Tavi built the prototype after reading ancient clay tablets Magnus unearthed from the ruins of Appia (see image).

Romanic mule, weapon

Romanic weapon, a Mule catapult

Gargoyles - the merlins on the wall break off and take the form of stone dogs to attack the enemy when the wall is breached. Below the rampart, additional blocks break apart into defending dogs.

Strategic gaps - Bernard left parts of the wall unfinished close to Mount Garados, safe in the knowledge that the earth and fire Fury would attack any intruders

Exploding Arrows — arrows with exploding tips

Riva’s Liegelord Rivus Grantus was no help at all, until the end loomed large. Then, at the last, he offered the Count his incredible furycrafting power to hastily earthcraft additional defenses as the situation required (book 6)