Fitchner au Barca was a Gold on Mars, Sevro's father and a Peerless Scarred. He was the Proctor of House Mars at The Institute during Darrow's schooling, and was later appointed by The Sovereign as the Rage Knight, one of the Olympic Knights. In addition, he served as the underground leader of The Sons of Ares and liaison between the high- and lowColor factions. He was murdered and decapitated by Cassius au Bellona shortly before Darrow's Triumph at the end of Golden Son.

Personality Edit

Fitchner is gruff and coarse, possessing quick wit, a filthy mouth, and a crude sense of humour that contrasts strongly with his Gold peers. While he seems to be a lazy vagrant to most, Fitchner possesses a shrewd, cunning mind and was considered by many to be a master strategist and a visionary. He masterminds the Sons of Ares and successfully infiltrates the Society and aids Darrow in his own ascension. Additionally, he considers himself to be brilliant at math and calculations. Despite appearing to be crude and craven, Fitchner is brave and is capable of loving people very deeply. Despite his rage towards the Society, he never relished the prospect of killing innocents. For all his brilliance and talent, Fitchner was not overly vain, preferring to keep himself as he was, and never resorting to beautifying himself like most other Golds.

Appearance Edit

Possessing flaxen brown hair, a hatchet face, and a paunch belly, Fitchner was not considered to be very attractive. Other Golds likened him to a Bronze due to his hair colour and common, shabby appearance.


Red Rising:

Darrow meets Fitchner as one of the Proctors evaluating the initiates of the institute. He tests Darrow by telling him not to hit back and hitting him. Darrow kicks Fitchner, causing him to laugh. Fitchner insists on choosing Darrow for House Mars, even though Proctor Apollo is desperate to have him.

Fitchner is present when Darrow and Julian are put in the same cell in The Passage. He leaves a house ring on the ground, telling the two of them that only one of them can leave the room alive.

Fitchner goes on to explain the nature of the institute to his house.

Relationships Edit

Sevro au Barca Edit

Sevro au Barca was Fitchner's only son, although their relationship wasn't a close one. The two would repeatedly taunt and insult the other, and argue frequently. Nonetheless, Fitchner was concerned for his son's life in the Institute, and was later greatly relieved when Darrow revealed him to be alive in Golden Son following Nero au Augustus's rebellion. Sevro, in turn, misses his father at times, wishing that he could see him get married.

Darrow au Andromedus Edit

During the Passage, Fitchner would offer Darrow sarcastic advice, as well as reveal certain weaknesses and flaws of his fellow Proctors. In the guise of Ares, however, Fitchner displayed great affection for Darrow, referring to him as "my son", and placing great faith in Darrow's ability to overthrow the Society. When Darrow trapped himself aboard Octavia au Lune's shuttle at the tail end of his Iron Rain, Fitchner willingly blew his own cover and betrayed Octavia and the other Knights on board in order to save Darrow.