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Commodus was born in 161 AD near Rome, the son of Marcus Aurelius, the ruling Emperor. In 172 AD, during the Marcomannic War, he was given the victory title Germanicus. When he was eighteen years old, he became Apollo's lover for a short while. He ruled alongside his father Marcus Aurelius from 170 AD until his father died in 180 AD, and ruled on his own from 180 to 192 AD. He loved throwing extravagant games and slaughtering exotic animals and traitors (both real and imagined). He was finally assassinated in 192 by Apollo, who was disguised as his personal trainer, Narcissus, by being drowned in his hot tub. He was reborn as a god.
In the Series
Commodus, alongside Nero, influenced many events throughout history via Triumvirate Holdings-- using the company to fund Luke Castellan during the Second Titan War, and Octavian during the Second Giant War. At some point in time, he settled in Indianapolis and spread rare creatures all over the city and beyond. His forces kidnapped the Griffins of Britomartis, Heloise and Abelard, and he killed the mate of an elephant named Livia. He used to love sending his men into the Cave of Trophonius, watch them go insane, and get glimpses of the future.
Commodus makes a small cameo in the penthouse terrace of the building in New York City with Nero and the third emperor leader. Rachel Elizabeth Dare managed to take a picture of them but couldn't see their faces.
Commodus is currently residing in Indianapolis intending to make the city his new capital. He first appears in Apollo's dream in his lair in the sewers. He chews out his Germani for letting Meg McCaffrey escape. Then, he has his new consort, Lityerses, kill them and take his place. Apollo has several flashbacks and dream of when he was with Commodus the day his father was killed and how he killed the emperor.
Commodus appears in person during the rehearsal for his naming ceremony at the stadium for the Indianapolis Colts. He unleashing monsters, animals and mercenaries onto the field causing Apollo and Meg to fight back. Commodus ordered them to stop before revealing a bound Peaches suspended in the air. He prepares to kill the Karpoi by setting him on fire using a train. Apollo rides Livia to block the car. Then he cut off the helmet Livia was wearing and the elephant flung it at the god emperor, causing him to swerve off the track and roll and crash on the field while Meg freed Peaches. Commodus was about to kill Lityerses for letting the Hunters of Artemis through but Leo Valdez arrives on Festus with the hunters to save them.
Commodus took a last resort in getting rid of Apollo by having his Blemmyae set up a bomb to get rid of him in the Oracle of Trophonius. But Trophonius actually wanted his cave destroyed, so Apollo tricks the blemmyae into blowing up themselves instead of him and Meg. While that happened, Commodus takes part in attacking the Waystation. His Germani manage to hold Emmie, Georgina and Leo hostage while Josephine, Calypso, Lit and Thalia Grace stood on the opposite end at a stalemate. The emperor demands the Throne of Memory for the hostages, but Apollo tells his friends to stand down and he tells the emperor to leave before he sees the fear in Commodus' eyes. The now mortal god miraculously unleashes his Divine Form and blinds the emperor and his troops. Commodus is thrown out of the Waystation and somehow vanishes.
Commodus is a narcissist. He thinks he has the right to get away with whatever he wants. In The Dark Prophecy, he shows the desire to name the city, its major landmarks, and even dates and times, after himself. Commodus holds deep-seated fears, anger and bitterness. He hasn't been able to come to terms with the fact that Apollo, his friend and former lover, murdered him.
Commodus has a disregard for the rules, born from the fact that he disliked his father's strict adherence to them. Commodus is also impatient, wanting things done now, and killing those who advise caution or restraint. He also has a habit of seeing traitors in groups- some real, some imagined- and is blind to the fact that his actions are what created the real traitors.
Unlike Nero, Commodus is actually very good looking. He has curly brown hair with a beard, perfect teeth and brilliant blue eyes. His body bulked up with six-pack, golden abs. It makes him look like a hero so much, people can mistake him for an airbrushed, overly muscular caricature of Hercules, hence his nickname, the "New Hercules".
- Like Nero, Commodus is a God-Emperor and thus is more then likely a considerably powerful being
- He is limited however, unable to locate Meg McCaffery, implying a lesser power when compared to the True gods. He also has to work through Meg, implying that his powers are not freely manipulated like a god. This may be due to his lack of a Domain which often dictates a Diety's powers.
- Immortality, though greatly limited as unlike the Gods who can live without worship to some degree, Commodus and Nero were both unable to live in more then a weak, near death state when forgotten.
- He hated his father who he claimed was too virtuous.
- Commodus liked to dress in animal skin to make himself look like Hercules. He also liked to put on spectacles in the Colosseum where he slaughtered exotic animals for sport. Commodus created the combat ostriches to up his game when he didn't find shooting ostriches entertaining anymore.
- He was a lover of Apollo, making him the first LGBT Specific villain of the within the Greek Pantheon and Second after Loki all together.