Oblivion:Belisarius Arius

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Belisarius Arius
(RefID: 00003988)
Home City Bravil
Location Bravil Plaza
Race Imperial Gender Male
Level 20 Class Assassin
RefID 00003988 BaseID 00036309
Other Information
Health 135 Magicka 77
Responsibility 80 Aggression 5
Essential Until Honor Thy Mother (Scripted Death)
Faction(s) [see notes] Dark Brotherhood Murderer(Murderer Murderer)
Belisarius Arius

Belisarius Arius is an Imperial assassin, and a Speaker of the Dark Brotherhood's Black Hand. He is killed by Mathieu Bellamont at the end of the quest Honor Thy Mother. Belisarius will only appear in the game when the player initiates the quest Following a Lead.

He always wears the robes of a Black Hand member with a matching hood and doeskin shoes. He carries an unenchanted iron longsword as his only weapon, and a small amount of gold.

The life of a Speaker doesn't seem to suit Arius. When you talk to him in Applewatch, he will complain that "Most of my time is now spent on administrative duties. I have not had blood on my hands in far too long! Killing Lachance was pure ecstacy [sic].", adding "Sithis is Master! All hail the Dread Father!" instead of a simple "Goodbye".

When the Black Hand descend into the Night Mother's crypt during the Honor Thy Mother quest, Arius is removed from the Dark Brotherhood faction and added to the DarkBrotherhoodRitualFaction instead.

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  • In the game, it is stated that Belisarius is a Speaker of the Black Hand. However, in the construction set, Belisarius is only listed as a Murderer in the Dark Brotherhood. The information listed in the summary box is the construction set faction, because this is the information that controls the NPC's disposition, dialogues, and responses to scripts; see Factions for details.
  • He may be an ancestor of Leonara Arius, who appears in Skyrim.