Galerius traces his ancestry back to the Ardiaei, a Dragonborn tribe of Illyria that first attained military might around 500 AUC, under the reign of King Agron and later his widow, Queen Teuta “the Untameable”, whom he claims is a distant relation. After Rome unseated Teuta and expelled her garrisons from Illyria, the exiles followed their queen for several decades, conducting piratical raids on Roman shipping. When her forces were finally destroyed at the Bay of Kotor, Teuta committed suicide, leaping off a cliff rather than surrender to Rome. The survivors among her people either fled into the wilderness and were forgotten or became Roman slaves. One such captive, Teuta’s royal cousin, passed along the tale of her people down many generations until Galerius learned of it through his father, Maraxus.
Maraxus, a freed gladiator of House Asina who had taken to life in the wilds of Italy, fought for the slave general Spartacus during the Third Servile War, believing in his cause of freedom. When the revolt was finally put down, the Romans crucified 6,000 captured rebels on the Via Appia as a warning. Among these was Galerius’ father, whose last dying words to his son and wife were “Roma invicta—Rome is unconquerable.” A few years later, after his mother passed away, Galerius left his home in the wilds and enlisted in the Roman army.
Galerius cuts an imposing figure, with his draconic features and solid physique. He dislikes fighting in formation, preferring the chaotic glory of a swirling melee. As an auxiliary in Legio X Gemina, he is tasked with various duties ranging from scout and outrider to skirmisher or shock infantry. Other legionaries respect his fighting skills, but they remain wary of his temper which can easily be set off by a careless word or action misconstrued as insult. In his quieter moments Galerius has a tendency to fidget, eventually focusing his attention on any small objects that happen to be nearby; these tend to end up broken or crushed in his powerful clawed hands after he toys with them for a while.