Emperor Nero Augustus Germanicus' was the Emperor of Rome during the events of Ryse: Son of Rome.


Nero was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius to become his heir and successor and succeeded to the throne in 54 following Claudius' death. He struggles to maintain his grip of power. As a result, he promotes his two sons, Commodus and Basillius, to powerful positions, letting them take control of the rebellious province of Britannia. Nero feels threatened by all potential rivals and exacts ruthless retribution against anyone who crosses him.

Ryse: Son of RomeEdit

As the Empire grew more peaceful, many of the senators began elections for reforms to improve the lives of the people. However Nero felt threatened by this and was manipulated by Aquilo to kill the key senators who were responsible, this included Leontius and the governor of Britannia.

After the death of the governor of Britannia, Nero had his sons replace him, by the advice of Aquilo. However the sons' brutality had inadvertently caused a full scale rebellion, Nero took little notice of this and cared little when Commodus killed Oswald, that caused the rebellion to start all over again, but on a much larger scale.

Nero was however more concerned with the people who were now against him and he started a great purge that began to weaken Rome, and making it easier for Boudica, and her rebel allies to attack. While the rebellion was taking place, Nero was meanwhile relaxing watching gladiatorial sports, along with his sons. During a reenactment of Commodus' "heroic" victory, in Britannia, Marius pretending to be a gladiator under the guise "Damocles" became the main star of the show. When Commodus was destined to challenge the gladiator, Nero was greatly concerned as Damocles still looked "alarmingly strong", though he was more concerned with his purse than with his son.

However, despite his son's cheating tactics used by Aquilo, Nero witnessed the shocking scene of Commodus' beheading and "Damocles" swearing that he was next. Nero retreated back to his palace, just when Boudica's rebellion hit Rome. However as the battle got closer to the palace, Nero was in a state of paranoia and anxiety. He called out from the palace balcony to his soldiers to protect him. One of the generals Marius, having reached the palace doors, Nero immediately met him there and demanded to protect him, but Nero seemed to be more frightened of Damocles than from yhe attacking barbarians.

When Nero and Marius reached the throne room, Nero opened a secret passage to a secure vault. Marius passes the time by telling his story. But as the story progressed and after the part with the fall of Yor, Nero deduced that Marius was Damocles. Having nowhere to run he had no choice except to listen to the end of the story. As the story ended to where they were, Nero asked as Marius that if he was not here to protect him, what is he to do now. Aa Marius lurched towards Nero, Nero reminded Marius of the Oracle's prophecy; "Emperor Nero can only die by his sword" and asking that he give him his sword so that he can die as an Emperor, even if he had lived as one.

But just before Nero could commit the act, he heard the door of the vault being pounded. Remembering that Marius had defeated the barbarians, he deduced that the ones pounding on the door are his Praetorian Guards. Seciding to use the banging as a distraction, Nero opened another door to another part of the palace. Hiding among pillars in a walkway, Nwo watched as Marius was confronted by Aquilo who was the god of the north wind, who has been aiding Nero and whose stated goal is to cause the collapse of Rome. Nero used this time to mortally wound Marius and get to his now arriving Praetorian Guards.

After Marius had got past the Praetorian Guards with Summer's help, Marius used all his might and rage to throw himself and Nero over the ledge near the statue of Nero. Nero is killed by the sword that the statue was holding, fulfilling the Oracle's prophecy and completing Marius's journey.


Nero is a vain, pompous, cowardly and cruel man but is also more intelligent than his sons.


  • Real life Nero Claudius Caesar Germanicus Augustus was actually a young emperor, suceeding his great uncle Claudius at age 17 and dying by suicide at age 31. However, like his game counterpart, he was an evil emperor, because he blamed Christians for a great fire in Rome and executed thousands of them by throwing them to wild animals or using them as human torches. Nero had also killed his mother, his step brother and his two wives (killing the first as he grew bored of her and kicking the second in a violent rage to death when she was pregnant). He also liked to regard himself as an actor , a profession that was frowned upon by aristocrats, forcing people to attend his performances. Nero was the first Roman emperor who committed suicide, and also the great great grandson of the famous Augustus Caesar.