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Sir Miles is a knight, the Captain of the Crown Legion, and brother to the famed swordsman Araris Valerian. Miles is steadfast and reliable, defending his First Lord and his country at great risk to his own life. He has a limp in one leg from an old injury he received when pushed in front of a wagon by his brother to prevent Miles from dueling Aldrick ex Gladius.

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Sir Miles is an accomplished metalcrafter and one of the greatest swordsmen in Alera. He was a member of Princeps Septimus' Singulares up until his injury prevented him from carrying out his duties. He uses his metalcrafting nearly constantly to dull the pain of his leg, allowing him to run and fight almost as well as he could before his injury. Miles is able to bend metal, using his metalcraft to hold a metal door against the Vord-taken Canim in Academ's Fury.

Academ's Fury[]

Miles meets Tavi while the young Academ is running errands for the First Lord. Miles is one of the few trusted people told of the first Lord's illness, and works to defend him while he is incapacitated. When the Vord-controlled Canim attack the Capital Miles fights them off to protect the unconscious Sextus alongside Tavi, Max, and Kitai.

Cursor's Fury[]

Following The Night of the Red Stars, Miles leads the Crown Legion to the support of Ceres and helps lead the defense of that city. He and High Lord Ceres lead a counterattack on High Lord Kalare and his heir Kalarus Brencis Minorus after they had launched an assault on an orphanage. Miles managed to wound Kalarus Brencis Minorus enough that High Lord Kalarus rescues his son and flees. He visits Steadholder Isana as she works to heal his brother Araris Valerian of his Garrick Oil poisoning.

Captain’s Fury[]

Miles makes a brief appearance in this book. He is surprised when he sees Tavi again after several years.

Princep’s Fury[]

Miles makes minor appearances in Vord battles

First Lord’s Fury[]

Miles engages in battle at the Battle for Calderon Valley but his role is minor, even though humorous, involving Garados the very angry fury.

Trivia []

"Miles" is the Latin word for "soldier," indicating his profession.