Gaius Julius Rufio (died 38 BCE) was a Roman general commanding the Roman forces in Egypt and a member of the Order of the Ancients. Appointed by Julius Caesar, Rufio sought to undermine Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius' rule in Egypt and claim the kingdom for himself, following Caesar's death.
During the mid-1st century BCE, Rufio served as an officer under Julius Caesar. At some point, he was inducted into the Order of the Ancients, adopting the cryptonym of the Leader. After Caesar's death in 44 BCE, Rufio gained command of the Roman forces stationed in Egypt. During this period of time, he gained the acquaintances of Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius, the lover and follower of Caesar respectively. Not able to get along with both of them, Rufio plotted to invade Egypt behind Cleopatra's back.
To this end, Rufio made plans to create a network of Egyptian and Greek collaborators throughout the country, through his captains Adras and Jibade. This was such that as he invaded Egypt through Siwa, he would be potrayed as a savior of the country and meet with less resistance from the local population. In addition, Rufio also stationed three of his lieutenants in the Sinai to gain a firm hold on the peninsula: Tacito in Klysma Nome, Ampelius in Madiama Nome and Ptahmose in Arsinoe Nome.
In 38 BCE, Rufio's plan to invade Egypt was discovered by Otis, a royal scribe who reported the findings to the Hidden One Bayek of Siwa. After dismantling the invasion plans, Bayek travelled to the Sinai himself, assisting the Hidden ORufio's men. Rufio's men. After the deaths of his lieutenants at tBayeknds of Bayek, Rufio brought it upon himself to eliminate the threat there, travelling to and docking his fleet in the harbors of Arsinoe. Amunet, learning of Rufio's whereabouts, travelled to Arsinoe with Bayek, eliminating the Roman forces in the process. Bayek later boarded Rufio's octareme, eventually defeating and killing Rufio.
Personality and characteristics
Rufio was a true believer in the Order's cause, believing it to be their duty to unite the world under the Order's banner. He has shown an ironic fascination with how his new opponents, the Hidden Ones, also wanted the same things as the Order, but was confident that the Order's faith and conviction are far stronger than the Hidden Ones. Even in his death, he was deeply confident in the Order's survival, to the point where it terrified Bayek as he realized that the Order may as well be eternal.
Aside from his devotion to the Order, he is a highly capable military general. Amunet has described him as an expert at intimidating others, stating that he can "cut" true fear into the hearts of the people. He was also seen and described as being extremely cautious, with him deciding not to set foot on to the Sinai Peninsula. Amunet even state that he is a master at guarding himself, suggesting that he never lets his guard down.
- Assassin's Creed: Origins (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones (first appearance)