Gaius Marcellus Nerva

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"Victory Through Discipline"

-Nerva's motto on the bottom of each of his explorer notes

Gaius Marcellus Nerva is a Roman Centurion who served in the Roman Republic/Empire during its conquest of Dacia.  Ever since he woke up on the Island, Nerva is disgusted at the inhabitants animal like behavior and seeks to conquer it to restore order for Rome with his New Legion.

Alias:

  • Gaius Marcellus Nerva
  • Nerva
  • Emperor of Pax Arcam
  • FIGJAM Incarnate
  • Mister Nerva
  • Leader of the New Legion
  • Jupiter's Gift

Background[edit | edit source]

Nerva was a Roman Centurion who helped in the conquest of Dacia for the Roman Empire.  Based on the history of Dacia, he was part of a Roman effort to retake the province.  In the ensuing battles, Nerva has met his death and arrived on the Island. He is determined to rally a group of survivors into an army that will make the Island know the name of Rome.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Being a Roman citizen and centurion, Nerva is a person who prioritizes discipline no matter where he is.  He is a calculating and determined leader who sets his goals before his pleasures. As a tribe leader, he understands that his army needs to be disciplined and he trains them.  He gives them something for them to enjoy as a reward. That is shown when he allows the army to rest for three days after they conquered the Painted Sharks. 

He has a degree of respect towards the scientist minds of Helena Walker and Edmund Rockwell but in the end, he uses them and their respective knowledge to help himself reach his goals of becoming emperor of the Island and using the power of the obelisks to destroy his enemies.

According to Rockwell, Nerva was honest and has a degree of intellect. Rockwell wrote that Nerva knows his way around politics and like how the Romans brought Pax Romana, Rockwell remarked at he might be able to bring Pax Arcam to the Island.

Deluded with dreams of grandeur, Nerva can get so blinded with power and domination when he ignored his tribe's plea to return to base to defend against the Howling Wolves.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Nerva tends to wear an olive wreath that is similar to how Roman emperors wore the olives. He is seen to wear a suit of flak armor along with having a romantic facial hairstyle.

Survival Skills[edit | edit source]

I would trust few tribes to be able to make good on such promises, but Mister Nerva's New Legion is perhaps the most powerful tribe on the island. Indeed, if they maintain their current trajectory, they may be the only powerful tribe on the island.

~ Sir Edmund Rockwell

With the various explorer notes, Nerva's ability as an effective centurion shouldn't be ignored.  Being a Roman during the Roman Empire, Nerva can effectively turn a rag tag group of people who have no idea of discipline into the most effective army on the Island: The New Legion. Despite being introduced to weapons such as guns that are foreign to him, he will find it useful if it helps them conquer better.

He is also able to creatively make traps and lures for enemy mounts to easily take them down.  When the tribe had very few mounts, Nerva was still an effective tactician who can learn from his mistakes and launch a devastating counter-attack. Against other tribes, Nerva rallies his army to stay focused while the enemy tribe recklessly attacks them, quickly turning the tide.  In the waning days of the Painted Sharks, Nerva wanted to implement creatures that can have a ballista on its back.  Also, his leadership could also make his New Legion capable of taking on the Island's hardest guardian, the dragon.

On an individual level with experience as a Roman Centurion and soldier, he is proficient with both the spear and sword since he was able to fight against Mei-Yin to the death and gave her a scar on her eye before he fell to her blade.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Even though Nerva wanted dominion over the Island, his efforts had profound effects. In a direct sense, he gave Helena Walker, Edmund Rockwell, Mei-Yin Li a means to escape the ARK and travel to other ARKs. Helena, Rockwell, and Mei-Yin gathered information about the ARKs from both Scorched Earth and Aberration though Mei-Yin only traveled to Aberration.

Gallery[edit | edit source]