I am Cassius au Bellona, son of Tiberius, son of Julia, Morning Knight, and my honor remains.
— Iron Gold

Cassius is a Gold of the Martian house Bellona, the son of their leader Tiberius. He's shown to be arrogant and careless, but values the people he keeps close. He is the favourite of his family; his twin brother, Julian, was killed in the Passage , while his older brother, Karnus, is portrayed as the 'monster' that cleans up family business.

In the Institute, he became close friends with Darrow, even to the point of calling him brother. Together, they led House Mars in the Institute.

In Golden Son, Cassius shows how good he is at dueling with the razor, and quickly rises to become an Olympic Knight as a result of the Sovereign's favoritism.

Background[edit | edit source]

Cassius was born to one of the most powerful and wealthiest families on Mars. He had a twin brother Julian and they were the youngest of the children of Tiberius and Julia. Cassius is also Tiberius' favourite son. Cassius loved his twin brother Julian very dearly and always looked after him. 

As a boy, Cassius wounded an eagle with a slingshot. Crying and unable to put it out of its misery, he took it to his older brother Karnus, who dropped a rock on it.  

Naturally talented and clever, he was good at everything he did, but because of his good looks and Gold origin, he became more arrogant and vain after his time at the Institute.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Cassius is an arrogant Gold, who at times couldn't care less about his actions. He makes friends with Darrow, but has different sides to him at different events in the story. He cares for Darrow at the beginning, and they are good friends, but when he finds out that he killed Julian during the Passage, he is filled with wrath and only seeks vengeance for his brother's death. He values honour above all else.

Despite his arrogance and later on, his bitterness, he cares greatly for those he's close to, including Darrow and Lysander, as he had shown several times throughout the books, a trait that he likely shared with Julian.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Cassius is described as a perfect Gold. He has golden curly hair and eyes. Cassius is very handsome and has a strong body due to his training.

Darrow first described him as having a "wide and white" smile, with "smooth and lustrous" skin. [1] In Golden Son, Darrow goes on to describe Cassius as "so pretty he's ugly".

"His hair is thick and lustrous. His chin cleft, hands steady. Shoulders powerful, made for war. Face made for the hearts of court" ~Golden Son, (page 98)

In Morning Star, Darrow mentions that Cassius is just over two meters tall.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Cassius vies for Primus of House Mars against Darrow. Initially they are close friends until Cassius learns it was Darrow that killed his brother, Julian, in the passage. Cassius defeats Darrow in a duel with ionBlades and leaves him for dead.

After attempting to stop Darrow in the Arctic, Cassius gets captured by Darrow, Mustang, and Holiday. He spends four months captive in the Morning Star. Later, Cassius was allowed to escape before the ship got to Earth, but he uses this moment of weakness to "kill" Sevro and hold hostage Darrow and Mustang. He plans on delivering the two and Sevro's body to the Sovereign. But this was all part of another plan. Cassius aids in the killing of the Sovereign, "because she lied." After Octavia's death, Cassius protects Lysander from being killed. A few months later, they set off from Luna.

In the years since the Battle of Luna, Cassius and Lysander have roamed the asteroid belt protecting cargo ships from pirate attacks. While investigating an Ascomanni attack on the Vindabonda, Lysander rescues a Gold girl his age who had paid the captain to deliver her to a particular asteroid.The girl gives them directions for another asteroid where she claims they will find help, and upon arrival their ship is boarded by Kryptea agents from Io under the command of Diomedes au Raa and Pandora. The identity of the girl is revealed as Seraphina au Raa. Alongside Romulus' wayward daughter, Cassius and Lysander are taken back to Io as prisoners. Before Romulus can have the two executed as suspected spies, Dido au Raa initiates a coup against her husband, and offers hospitality to Cassius and Lysander as thanks for saving her daughter. As they take advantage of Dido's hospitality in Sungrave, Cassius and Lysander begin to drift apart, Lysander having become enamored with the percieved order and efficiency of the Rim. At a dinner with the Raa family, Cassius' identity is exposed, and he is forced into three consecutive duels. As Lysander reveals his own identity and offers to give Dido what she wants in exchange for their safety, Cassius collapses from blood loss, and Diomedes' men rush him away for medical treatement. Later that night, Lysander is informed that Cassius had died from his wounds, and that friends of his fallen opponent taken his body into the wastes to desecrate it.

In reality, Cassius survived, and Diomedes shuttled him to an estate on Europa, where he was placed under house arrest, to be released once the war ended. Cassius escaped, and managed to reach Mars two months later in the still-damaged Archimedes. Upon returning to Republic space, he warned them that the Rim was in talks to ally with the Society Remnant and offered his services. With Virginia incapacitated by Caraval's coup, Kavax sent Cassius to Mercury to evacuate Darrow and the core leaders of the Free Legions.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Darrow[edit | edit source]

Cassius and Darrow have a complicated relationship, with them initially befriending one another. They fought together at the Institute and worked well side by side. However, Cassius learns that Darrow killed Julian, Cassius's twin brother, during the Passage, and thus betrays Darrow and stabs him. Darrow is able to survive and even achieves victory at the Institute. Cassius, defeated, swears revenge against Darrow for the death of his brother.

In Golden Son, Cassius attempts to use his new relationship with Virginia to hurt Darrow, but he is soon after beaten badly by him and publicly humiliated in a duel. Cassius loses his arm in the duel and loses face before the Sovereign. His entire family is later massacred, and Darrow is blamed for it. Cassius is eventually one of the key reasons for Darrow's downfall and capture in Golden Son, killing Ares and taking Darrow's ring from him.

In Morning Star, they are reunited after a year, where Darrow has been badly tortured. Cassius is shocked by how Darrow has been treated, and even shows him some pity by giving him a cloak to warm him. Darrow escapes from captivity, and soon after defeats Cassius and imprisons him instead. Darrow treats Cassius well, however, and slowly they are able to reconcile their old friendship after Roque's death and funeral. Cassius learns the truth that the Sovereign was behind the death of his family, and aids Darrow, Mustang, and Sevro in defeating her. Cassius leaves shortly after with Lysander in a self-imposed exile, though not before returning Darrow's ring and parting with him in forgiveness and friendship, even calling him brother.

Virginia[edit | edit source]

Cassius meets Virginia at the Institute, knowing her as Mustang and not knowing that she is the daughter of Nero au Augustus, an arch rival to his family. He finds her beautiful and intimidating, and somewhat like his mother, while Mustang finds Cassius to be foolish but handsome. However, they have little to do with one another, as Mustang later helps Cassius's enemy Darrow achieve victory in the Institute.

In Golden Son, Cassius and Virginia are in a relationship together in an effort to make peace between their families. They are practically engaged, and Cassius attempts to use his new relationship to hurt Darrow, who has feelings for Virginia. After Cassius's defeat to Darrow and near death, it is Virginia who convinces Darrow to spare his life and tends to his wounds after. However, Virginia ends her relationship with Cassius in order to join Darrow and her father, and becomes Cassius's enemy. She begins a relationship with Darrow and reveals that she had only been with Cassius to ensure the safety and security of her family, and not out of love or deep romantic feelings.

In Morning Star, they interact very little, though Virginia again convinces Darrow to spare him. They work together later to defeat the Sovereign, and Cassius leaves in self-exile as Virginia stays with Darrow and their son together to reshape the Society.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "We all deserve the worms, Raa." -- Cassius to Seraphina in Iron Gold [2]
  • “Well, I do believe I am the lightning. And you, my brooding friend, are the thunder.” - Red Rising, Ch. 31: The Fall of Mustang
  • "She's pretty as a peach, but she's all rotten inside. I took a bite once, if you catch my flow. Tasty, then putrid." - Red Rising, Ch. 15: The Testing
  • "Up for a race, Darrow?" - Red Rising, Ch. 21: Our Dominion
  • "I'm foxy, but I'm not a beast. I just win." - Red Rising, Ch. 22: The Tribes
  • "They made their beds. Now let them shit in them." - Red Rising, Ch. 23: Fracture
  • "Then it's to be a merry quest!" - Red Rising, Ch. 30: House Diana
  • "I wish it was easier to hate you" (to Darrow) - Morning Star, Ch. 50 Thunder and Lightning

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Gaius Cassius Longinus was one of the people that plotted to kill Julius Caesar.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Red Rising, Chapter 15
  2. Iron Gold Chapter 41
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