Critias is a military person and military character in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. The Stepson ‘Critias’ is not to be confused with Plato’s uncle or Plato’s book by that name. Critias, called Fox, joins the Sacred Band of Stepsons as a single mercenary shortly after its formation and remains with the Band for the rest of his career, taking a Sacred Band partner, Straton. Critias participates in every major engagement joined by Tempus’s forces, fighting in the Wizard Wars, the Mygdonian Campaign, and the Great War (including the Battle of Chaeronea, the Downwind Sweep, and the Battle of Meridian). The brightest, coldest, and boldest of the Stepsons, Critias is initially Tempus’s task force leader and second in command and later becomes his executive officer. As the Band grows and the warriors mature through a series of conflicts, Critias remains one of Tempus’s mainstays. In “The Sacred Band” (Paradise Publishing, 2010), an uneasy relationship exists between Critias and Nikodemos, Tempus’s partner, which comes to a head when their commander is wounded at Chaeronea with Niko by his side. The tensions between these two senior officers persist, unabated, throughout the Sacred Band’s return to Sanctuary and the missions undertaken there, exacerbated by the integration of the Theban Sacred Band remnants into the Riddler’s forces. Nevertheless, Critias’s unflinching determination and unflagging devotion over so many years of war-fighting and his exemplary service record make him an indispensable member of Tempus’s cadre and among the most valued of the Sacred Band’s leadership.
“Survival has its own etiquette.” -The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
“Hug my crack.” -Beyond Sanctuary, by Janet Morris”Don’t, boy. Draw that sword on your left hip now and everything changes — for the worse, for you and all your brothers.” -The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
“Death’s easy to find. If She wants you, you’ll meet Her here as well as anywhere.” -Beyond Sanctuary, by Janet Morris”No mercy goes unpunished by the angry gods.” -The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
“To save something, where precious little can be saved. Again and again. To tip a balance, change destiny, trick fate.” -The Sacred Band, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
“Haste breeds error; error breeds woe.” -Beyond the Veil, by Janet Morris
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