For choice and memorable utterances, see Quotes: Caesar Borgata.
"'Sweetheart, if you break your alliance right now, we will drink your blood over a peppy campfire tune. You're gonna shut up, sit down, and behave."
Strengths: Fighting, Tactics, Keeping Secrets, Loyalty and Duty
Weaknesses: No subtlety, Lack of finesse, Paranoia, Insecurity
First Appearance: TBFGK 104
Caesar is level nine.Erf-b3-p302
Prior to Caesar being named Heir Designate, there were two Transylvitian Royal Heirs, both of whom Don King and the troops of Transylvito eventually found unsatisfactory before they croaked. Caesar was popped as the Viscount of Vitalis,Erf-b1.5-p21 which made him a very minor Noble. He achieved his rise to power solely on personal merit. He is both a formidable fighter and a keen tactician.
During the time that Parson, Jack and Maggie were held prisoner in Transylvito, Don King was about to clap his hands to disband Caesar. Bunny used Thinkamancy to croak Don, dooming herself, but saving Caesar. As the current heir designate, Caesar became the ruler of Transylvito.
Caesar proceeded to align Transylvito with Gobwin Knob, and Parson offered to have Wanda decrypt Bunny and have her turn back to Transylvito.Hvs.tCF 219 While they were planning a rescue for Wanda, Caesar asked Parson to refrain from swearing, in return for Caesar's not smoking, as certain words give Caesar a headache and make him queasy.Hvs.tCF 247
After Bill turned to Charlescomm, Bill took Caesar as a prisoner. This was accomplished through a caster link between Bill and Charlie during which they modified Caesar's pendant. The modified pendant strangled Caesar, incapacitating him, allowing Bill to claim him as a prisoner.
Bunny had a romantic relationship with Caesar, whom she referred to as "Squeeze" or "Squeezie." Any spare juice Bunny had at the end of turn was usually spent in communication with Caesar, Erf-b2-p26 and the two engaged in liaisons whenever Caesar visited Transylvito.
It is unknown if anyone within Transylvito was aware of their affair, but they went to great lengths to keep it hidden. Caesar deliberately ignored Bunny whenever they were both in Don King's presence Erf-b3-p147, and they had a rule not to do anything together where anyone can see them. Erf-b3-p149 In public, Caesar flirted with others like Dewy Tulips to throw off suspicion.
Caesar despises Jillian, whom he privately refers to as "the wack from Faq",Erf-b3-p147 and is strongly opposed to Don King's policy of rapidly building the strength of Faq. Jillian dislikes Caesar because he was unwilling to give her the opportunity to find and croak Stanley.
Caesar's personal troubles began when he was assigned to meet with Count Vinny and a Barbarian Mercenary named Jillian. Jillian had made what Caesar regarded as the highly improbable claim that the ruins of three previously undetected cities existed close to Transylvito, and that Stanley planned to rebuild these cities after Gobwin Knob fell. Don King sent Caesar and a group of Warlords to investigate, to croak Stanley if he arrived where Jillian said he would be, and to claim the three cities for Transylvito, if they actually existed.
Caesar was deeply suspicious of Jillian from the beginning, and made it clear that he was in charge. Jillian and Caesar quickly developed an antipathy for one another. Part of the problem was that, unlike Vinny, Caesar was not particularly friendly towards the members of the RCC, and frankly seemed to care little about Stanley one way or the other.
Stanley did indeed make an appearance, but Caesar's ambush failed to croak him, because of Foolamancy and the combat power of the Arkenhammer. Two of Caesar's Warlords were croaked. Jillian then demanded that they pursue Stanley, but Caesar rejected her demand, because they would never find him while he had a Foolamancer. Caesar intended instead to claim the three ruined cities as he had been sent to do. Later when he informed Jillian that Ansom and all of the other members of the RCC army had been mysteriously croaked, she attempted to croak him in a fit of rage. If not for Vinny's interference he probably would have croaked her on the spot.
He may have regretted not doing so, because the next morning he received a change of orders from Don King. He was now ordered to escort Jillian to Transylvito, and to treat her as a Royal as he did so. Whatever dealings Caesar had with the two Royals who preceded him as Heir had left him with a rather low view of Royals in general, so he followed his orders from Don in the most sarcastic way possible. When he arrived in Transylvito, he learned that Don not only intended to allow Jillian to claim the three city sites, but to give her a significant amount of money to rebuild them. This was only the first of the money transfers to Faq which Don has authorized, and to which Caesar is deeply opposed.
When Jillian left the battle for Jetstone, Caesar ordered Vinny to begin listing every military asset Faq had. His current intention is to take the side.
Don King is used to being disappointed by his Heirs. He did not get along with his Royal daughter, and his Royal son tried to have him assassinated. So after both of his children were croaked, he decided to change how his kingdom was organized and simplified things. He dropped some of the fru-fru of nobility and kept what was useful. He appointed a minor Noble named Caesar Borgata as his Chief Warlord and Heir. Don King said he did so because Caesar earned it. At first, Caesar seemed much better qualified to rule than either of Don's children had been. He was a very capable Chief Warlord and earned the respect of Transylvito's Warlords and troops on his own merits and accomplishments.
However, following the Battle for Gobwin Knob, Don King again started to rethink the importance of royalty. Stanley claimed a titanic mandate, and that royalty was obsolete. Especially after the croaking of Queen Bea of Unaroyal, Don placed much greater importance on royalty. Unfortunately, he had a low-ranking Noble as his heir. The close relationship Don and Caesar enjoyed before the Battle for Gobwin Knob became divided by disagreement. Caesar was opposed to Don King bleeding all of Transylvito's resources to Faq. Transylvito was threatened on all sides because they could no longer defend themselves against kingdoms like Carpool who previously posed no threat.
In Don's view, Caesar didn't appreciate the magnitude of the problem posed by Gobwin Knob. Don was probably also aware that Caesar felt a bitter antagonism towards Queen Jillian of Faq, despite the fact that Don had made it clear Jillian played an important role in his plans. Don rethought the wisdom of downplaying the importance of royalty and appointing Caesar heir designate. He decided to pop a new Royal Heir to take Caesar's place. Don had not yet communicated with Caesar whether he would also be replaced as Chief Warlord. Caesar seriously suspected that Don tried to have him croaked by sending him with a small force on a suicidal attack against a heavily defended Chocula. Don himself openly hoped Caesar would be croaked in the near future on his increasingly dangerous missions.
Caesar said that he and Don King used to understand one another; they could talk and had a good relationship. They now had some fundamental disagreements, which destroyed the understanding. In particular, Caesar was opposed to Don's policy of rapidly building the power of Faq, because it left Transylvito exposed to attack, losing cities and good people such as Broadway Tony and other Warlords. Caesar grew to resent and despise Faq's Queen Jillian because of the investments being made for a woman he thought to be crazy and untrustworthy. Don believed that Caesar lacked the finesse and subtlety necessary to rule. He therefore concluded that although Caesar might still have the qualities needed to be a very effective Chief Warlord, he was no longer a suitable heir. Don King said that he was planning to "retire" Caesar to manage a quiet level 2 city somewhere far away, but Caesar made it clear he felt that was an unjust reward.
With the order to pop a third Royal heir to replace him, Caesar felt betrayed by his King; he had already seriously suspected that he was set up when he was sent to retake Chocula. If he hadn't fought so well, he would have croaked the turn before Don King announced the creation of a new Royal heir. Also in a time where their defenses were stretched so thin, the popping of a Royal heir required vast resources and production capacity that Caesar thought could be far more wisely expended.
Don King considered simply disbanding Caesar but decided that course was unacceptable, because the loyalty and duty of all units on his side would suffer. If Caesar fell in battle it would be a different story, but Caesar is a very tough combatant.
After Parson Gotti stumbled into the Transylvito portal, and the threat of Transylvito being attacked either by Faq or Charlescomm grew, Caesar's relations with Don became even more tense. The chief warlord made some orders to his king, including not talking to Gotti. At the time the Don found them sound and, as the situation developed, convinced Caesar to lift them. Don King was almost ready to disband Caesar at many points of time and the issue reached its peak when Caesar gave orders to his king again forbidding any interaction with Vanna. He didn't change his mind even after spending a night locked next to Vanna, having to listen to her side of the story.
The relationship came to an abrupt conclusion when Bunny croaked Don King while Don was literally in the midst of disbanding Caesar.
Having first met as an interrogator and a prisoner, two Chief Warlords were initially not very fond of one another. However, getting to know Parson's genius, Caesar found a great deal of respect for him. He was ready to trust Parson's judgements in strategy questions relating to fighting Charlescomm, such as sending Vanna away and not letting her meddle with Don King within the city of Transylvito.
As a Viscount, he was lower in social station than a Count like Vinny Doombats.
Real World References
- His name is likely a reference to Cesare Borgia, whose title was 'Duke Valentino' (he's in love with Bunny Velvetino). It may also be a reference to the major Atlantic City casinos Caesars Palace and Borgata, perhaps because of the regional accents of Transylvito units and the widely-perceived connection between the gambling industry and organized crime in New Jersey.
- Another possible reference is to Roman emperor Julius Caesar, whose family was from the patrician class and he won much glory for his home kingdom. When ordered back to Rome and told to leave his men behind, Julius instead brought his men along and took over, a possible parallel to Borgata's dissatisfaction with Don's rule. Julius' men were very loyal due to Julius' knack for winning and his treatment of them, which is how Transylvito's Warlords seem to view Caesar Borgata.
- His appearance may be based on Kiefer Sutherland's vampire character, David, from The Lost Boys, or on the vampire character Spike (from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel), whose spoken inflection Caesar's written speech also strongly resembles.
- Caesar's raiment upon becoming the ruler of Transylvito – black coat with red trim, white undershirt, and red gemstone necklace – resembles Dante in DmC: Devil May Cry.
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