Gaius Philippus
Fictional Character
Videssos Cycle
Videssos Series
Appearance(s): The Misplaced Legion
Swords of the Legion
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Roman resident of the Empire of Videssos
Religion: Roman pantheon
Date of Birth: c. 103 BCE
Occupation: Soldier, mercenary

Gaius Philippus was a centurion in a legion of the Roman army under the command of Julius Caesar. Taking part in the conquest of Gaul, Philippus was transported to the Empire of Videssos along with his commander, Marcus Scaurus, his cohort and two others, and a Gaul named Viridovix in a strange magical event.

Prior to his transport to Videssos, Philippus served in the Roman legions for decades, unapologetically fighting for the Marians in the civil wars of Marius and Sulla

Philippus continued to serve as centurion in the same professional capacity that he had displayed in his home world. As the senior centurion, he served as Scaurus' second in command and oversaw the day to day training and discipline of the troops. A tough disciplinarian, he kept the legionaries in line and ensured that discipline never slackened despite the strange setting in which the legionaries found themselves. His authoritarian, conservative personality jarred with the more easy-going manner of Viridovix; the two of them frequently traded barbs and jests, though they never got into a fight, much to the relief of their commander, Scaurus. He was resistant to the idea of allowing the legionaries' wives and children into the Roman barracks, but relented. 

He fought along with the Legion throughout the War Against the Yezda and the Sphrantzes Coup d'état. He was highly respected as a professional soldier by Thorisin Gavras. Philippus had no interest in women except when he needed a prostitute; this changed when he developed an attraction to a Videssian noblewoman, Nerse Phorkaina. Ironically, the fearless warrior just couldn't develop the courage to court her.

When his commander was awarded an estate, he, along a few other legionaries, chose active duty rather than settle down in Marcus' estate. They formed the cadre of a training unit to teach new Videssian recruits the methods of the Roman legion, signing on as one of the Empire's chief swordmasters. This is explained to have happened due to Philippus' lack of love for the farming life and like of the life of a soldier.

Gaius Philippus was hard-nosed, practical, and down-to-earth, with a stereotypical Roman appearance. He was resourceful and has a powerful presence in addition to being highly skilled in both armed and unarmed combat. After the defeat at Maragha it was his discipline that kept the Romans together as a unit.