Menenius serves as the Legion's chief intelligence officer, recruiting and dispatching spies, gathering information, and providing counsel to Legatus Noah van Gabranth in all matters of war. He commands the archaeological mission to the southern provinces of Dalmasca and Bozja, seeking to gain technological knowledge and arcane reliquaries from Allag and Ivalice of power surpassing present-day knowledge.
In the days of the republic, the Lanatus family boasted a long and august lineage, until Menenius's grandfather Thyrus opposed then-dictator Solus zos Galvus. Banished, Thyrus died famished and in ignominy, but his son Lucius was taken in by the IVth Legion, which had been dispatched to the fringes at the time. Possessed of a sharp mind and aptitude for military strategy, Lucius earned the favor of Basch van Gabranth, who named the young man his second-in-command. Determined to restore his family's good name, Lucius, at his Legatus's behest, married an Elezen noblewoman of diminished circumstances, adopting her son as his own─this was Menenius.
When the Garlean war of succession broke out, Legatus Gabranth chose the path of independence, realizing his long-held dream. The IVth Legion ceased to receive provisions or reinforcements from the Empire, rendering their position precarious as their battle with the Resistance dragged on. Recently dispatched to Castrum Lacus Litore after this the Bozjan Resistance targeted this key strategic point, Menenius oversees three armies: to wit, the beast army led by Lyon rem Helsos, Sadr rem Albeleo and his contingent of mages, and the tribunus's own pride and joy─a fearsome detachment of magitek warmachina.
Menenius is a wildwood Elezen with gray hair with thick sideburns and a small goatee. He has peach colored eyes and a scar over his left eye. In his first appearance before his promotion he wore a full set of dark brown Lost Allagan Armor of Fending, and afterwards he wears fearsome Tribune armor with large shoulder pads, and a horned helmet. In battle he wields a special type of gun lance.
A close friend and confidant of Noah van Gabranth since their early years, his loyalty to the Gabranths─both father and son─is absolute. He is willing─even eager─to accept the most unsavory jobs, making him uniquely suited to his current role. His methods are cruel, earning him a reputation as one who will justify any means to accomplish his ends. In truth, even his worst atrocities are motivated by a burning, yet forever-unseen passion to serve the Gabranths to the best of his abilities.
Behind the scenes
"Menenius" may have originated from "Menenius Agrippa". Agrippa Menenius Lanatus was a consul of the Roman Republic in 503 BC, with Publius Postumius Tubertus. He was victorious over the Sabines and was awarded a triumph, which he celebrated on 4 April, 503 BC. According to Livy, he also led Roman troops against the Latin town of Pometia. In some traditions he and his colleague completed a census during their consulship.