Roque au Fabii, also known as the Poet of Deimos, is a Gold, and the Imperator of the Sword Armada directly under the command of The Sovereign, as of Morning Star. He had been one of Darrow's best friends during their time in The Institute on Mars, but subsequently lost faith in Darrow and his cause, and betrayed him to The Jackal. He was romantically acquainted with Quinn.
Instead of adhering to the dataDrops that stand for the schooling that young Golds get, Roque was raised by talking with mentors and teachers on Earth, walking beside lakes and so on. He is a quiet and creative individual, with high affinity for literature and the nature.
Roque is calm and is known for his quiet nature and composure even in intense situations. As a poet, he is fond of using poetry to get across particular ideas and pieces of advice. Roque is mostly fairly gentle, not one for outbursts of temper. However, when sufficiently angered, Roque is a skilled liar and is more than willing to use extreme prejudice to defeat an enemy.
He can be a loyal friend to those he cares for, forging bonds of brotherhood with Cassius and Darrow. However, Roque's outwardly compassion and calm hides his firm, rigid beliefs in the notions of the supremacy of the Golds in the Society. While not outwardly cruel to the lowColors, he has little sympathy in them as well, and believes that Golds have a right to be above others. His notion of superiority of the Gold race ultimately causes his undoing.
As a romantic, Roque loves deeply, and develops intense feelings for Lea, Quinn, and even for his Pink lover, is heartbroken by their betrayals and death.
Roque was leaner and shorter than the typical Aureate, described as having high cheekbones and hair the colour of wheat.
One of Darrow's advisors and true friends.
After being "Shamed" for his less capable performance at The Institute, Roque joins Darrow in becoming a lancer to House Augustus, and gains important experiences in fleet commandeering. He was romantically involved with Quinn, who gave him comfort after the death of Lea. His confidence in Darrow begins to waver when Darrow disregards his safety and anesthetizes him during the attack on House Bellona, and falls after Darrow's failures in keeping his men alive, in particular Quinn's death at the hands of Aja au Grimmus.
After the battle with Bellona, he was hailed as the 'Nelson incarnate' for capturing over 80% of fleet. He publicly betrays Darrow to The Jackal during Darrow's Triumph and exposes Darrow's Red identity and true motivations, thus sealing Darrow's fate.
Roque had been good friends with Darrow at The Institute, giving him good advice and was loyal to him through their numerous experiences. He weeps upon being reunited with him. After leaving The Institute, Roque joins Darrow at The Academy.
In Golden Son, their relationship undergoes a massive rift. Roque loses faith in Darrow, believing him to not care for his friends and to hide his true intentions. He betrays Darrow after discovering him to be a Red, and condemns Darrow to captivity and torture.
In Morning Star, they are enemies, on the opposite sides of the war, with Roque fighting for The Society and Darrow for The Rising. While Darrow mourns the loss of their friendship, they make war with one another, ending in Roque's defeat at Darrow's hands, and his eventual suicide in his despair.
Roque and Quinn both attended the Institute together and were part of House Mars. After their time there, they began a romantic relationship together. Quinn is killed in the battles against the Sovereign, which Roque blames Darrow for. Her death is the key catalyst to Roque losing faith and betraying Darrow.
Lea used to follow Roque everywhere. On the day of her death, Roque reveals to Darrow that he loves her. He is deeply hurt by her death, and regrets never saying anything.
- Roque Dalton Garcia was an influential poet that was murdered.
- We are Golds. We do not forget.
- Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.
- Blood begets blood begets blood begets blood.
- O dark dark dark, when did it become just us? Just you and me?
- "There is no greater plague to the introvert than the extroverted."