Victra au Julii is a Gold of the House Julii, a house of powerful, ruthless women. Victra is a surprisingly blunt character; she knows how to put up an act, but will not hesitate with the truth. She appears in Golden Son, as a part of Darrow's fleet, and later one of his closest friends.
She was born before Antonia, and they were half sisters. However, her sister's reputation causes her to be regarded in the same way, something she expresses frustration at.
Victra is known best for her bluntness and for her honesty. Despite coming from a family of opportunists, Victra is committed to speaking the truth. She is incredibly loyal, holding out under torture and never forsaking her cause or turning her back on those she cares for. She has a prickly, combative demeanor at times. She hates the color gold, saying that green suits her better.
She is a Peerless Scarred. Taller than Antonia, and bigger boned. She has jagged hair, and has jade earrings. She wears many jade rings on her fingers as well. Her resemblance to her mother is closer to that of Antonia, and she has deeply set eyes, many scars and a wide mouth. She prefers not to wear makeup.
You meet Victra in this book while she is under Darrow's command at the academy. Throughout this book Victra plays a significant roll as one of the main characters. (And definitely an amazing one) She convinces her mother to turn against the Luneborns and contributes to Darrow's Triumph. At the end of the book when The Jackal, Roque and several others turn against Darrow because he is a Red Antonia shoots Victra in the back twice, and kills their mother. Victra crawls her way over to Darrow to tell him she had nothing to with it and she didn't know. Then she loses consciousness.
Morning Star Edit
At the beginning of Morning Star Victra is being tortured by the Jackal. Once Darrow is set free he doesn't leave until he saves Victra as well with the help of Holiday and Trigg. Victra continues to help Darrow and Sevro along with the rest of The Sons of Ares. Victra along with Darrow and Holiday finally earns her wolfcloak! In a hilarious scene with Sevro and his Howlers Victra goes through an initiation to earn her cloak. First she gets ambushed while taking a shower and then is forced to eat live snakes and cockroaches drenched in alcohol. Near the end of this book Victra and Sevro get married. She tells the priest that they are Sevro and Victra Barca, not Julii, even though she is the superior house.
Victra served under Darrow at the Academy, where initially Darrow distrusted her and only warmed up to her near the end of their time there together. Victra for her part came to form an affection for Darrow that turned into romantic love, which was obvious to everyone but Darrow. Despite Darrow not returning her feelings, Victra remains loyal to Darrow in Golden Son and fights for him to the best of her ability. She is later captured alongside him and tortured for over a year. Darrow for his part, refuses to leave his captivity when rescuers come unless they save Victra as well. In Morning Star they continue to fight alongside one another, with Victra's feelings for Darrow fading into friendship, as she grows closer to Sevro.
Darrow comes to trust her as one of his best and most loyal lieutenants, and thinks to himself that one day he will tell his son of the loyalty of Victra.
Victra and her younger sister Antonia do not get along well. Antonia's behavior and manner often reflects poorly on Victra, who sometimes pays the price for her sister's vanity and treachery. Antonia shoots her sister in the back and paralyzes her, and revels in her torture when she is imprisoned alongside Darrow. In Morning Star, Victra pays her back in kind by brutally beating Antonia for killing Thistle. Antonia is later killed by Adrius and the Sovereign, though Victra does not mourn her.
They are on reasonably good terms as her mother could be persuaded to betray her allies.
Initially having somewhat of a difficult relationship with him, Sevro and Victra often bickered and argued in Golden Son, with Sevro not fully trusting Victra and Victra finding Sevro to be wild, vulgar, and foolish. However, they form something of a strong partnership as the novel progresses. Sevro helps orchestrate the rescue of Victra and Darrow from the clutches of the Jackal in Morning Star. They grow closer together still as Victra's unrequited love for Darrow fades. After witnessing Sevro's mercy towards Cassius, Victra proposes marriage to him. Despite her family being far senior to Sevro's, she takes on the last name of Barca, finding more honor in Sevro's family than her own. They remain happily married and work together to bring down the Sovereign with Darrow and The Rising.
- Her love for Darrow was mentioned to be blindingly obvious, yet Darrow was completely unaware despite knowing her for quite a while
- There is an asteroid called 12 Victoria
- 'I like the way stone smells before rain falls.' - Golden Son, Ch. 23: Trust
- "Bye, Felicia." - Morning Star, Ch. 48: Imperator